Keep up to date with the city’s ever-changing dining scene thanks to our roundup of the best new restaurants in Hong Kong!
Looking for some new dining inspiration for the month ahead? Whether you feel like dining-in or supporting from a distance with takeaway or delivery, have a read of our ultimate guide to new restaurants in Hong Kong, packed full of the best new eats our city has to offer. From vibrant Asian food halls to Neapolitan pizza, punk rock handrolls and more, here’s where we’ll be eating this February.
Editor’s Note: Social distancing regulations are currently in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice if choosing to dine out.
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New Restaurants In Hong Kong
Authentic Asian culinary fare awaits at J.A.M., Central’s newest dedicated food hall, which aims to transform street food snacks and homegrown comfort food into convenient grab-and-go dining options for the weekday work crowd. Located in a modern 200-square-metre space within Connaught Road’s Nexxus Building, the new concept by ZS Hospitality Group brings together four exciting foodie hotspots under one roof, including Korean home-style deli Mamalee Market, Singaporean-inspired Uncle Quek, authentic Vietnamese outlet Moi Moi and homegrown SiFu, which serves up “dim sum with a twist”. Each brand will offer its own three-course set lunch menu (priced between $138 to $158), and afternoon tea sets (priced between $98 to $128), both with the option to add on drinks ranging from regional craft beers, cold brew teas and more.
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In need of a new healthy lunch spot? Hong Kong’s first dietician-operated café has opened on Gough Street with a mission to make healthy eating effortless and enjoyable for all. Founded by registered dietician Tiffany Shek, the community-driven concept functions as an holistic wellness hub, offering professional nutrition counselling services upstairs while serving up a range of healthy treats in the cafe space below. Food-wise, Grain Of Salt covers a range of cuisines catering to different dietary requirements, including vegan and pescatarian. Highlights include the signature Avocado Toast ($128), hearty Soup-er (Veggie) Dumplings ($88) and the flavourful GOS Yoghurt Bowl ($98). Make sure to grab one of the antioxidant-packed smoothies ($78) to wash it all down!
Pirata Group’s signature temakeria expands its reach to Wan Chai this month with the opening of its second location on Moon Street. Indulge in handrolls and sake with a punk rock edge, or for a lighter option, try one of the new wholesome nori bowls for a healthy and satisfying midday meal.
TMK Rap & Rolls is set to open from Tuesday, 10 February. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Neapolitan pizza is the name of the game at newcomer Gustaci. Located on the ground floor of PMQ, this upscale pizza lounge is the first in town to spotlight dough that has been naturally leavened for up to 36 hours, making for a uniquely digestible texture and flavour. The brainchild of Italian couple Claudio and Boroka Cimmino, expect a menu of 10 made-to-order pies served up by Naples native chef Angelo, along with a medley of other grab-and-go delights including boutique Italian coffee, cakes and real gelato ice cream.
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Looking for an excuse to escape the Island? With its Michelin pedigree and contemporary Japanese fare, Izakaya By K is offering plenty of reasons for a day trip to Tseung Kwan O this month. Led by chef Yusuke Kitade, a protégé of Michelin-starred Shohei Shimono, head here for classic izakaya cuisine with a modern twist. Think Wagyu Beef Pot Rice with a smattering of Madeira sauce, and Chicken Wing “Karaage”. Don’t miss the affordable set lunch and dinner menus, in addition to the extensive sake menu which promises to introduce diners to a selection of hidden gems. Kampai!
Izakaya By K is set to open in mid-February.
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Debuting as the sister restaurant to Izakaya By K, Teppanyaki Mihara brings Japanese fusion with a modern global-inspired twist to Tseung Kwan O. Led by accomplished chef Terufumi Mihara (formerly at Cental’s Teppanyaki Sanka), the restaurant showcases his unique brand of “Wa Modern” cuisine, consisting of Japanese classics laced with French finesse. On the menu, this translates to dishes like steamed fish in a crust of salt and egg white, and Green Tea “Brule”. To experience the full span of offerings, opt for one of Chef Terufumi’s omakase menus (priced at $720 and $1,280) for a gourmet journey of Miyazaki A4 Wagyu beef, Hokkaido pork, Canadian lobster and more, along with a cheeky wine and sake pairing.
Teppanyaki Mihara is set to open in mid-February.
Hot off its Central opening late last year, casual dining concept Say Hi brings its brand of industrial chic aesthetics and Instagram-friendly cafe food to Wan Chai. Sitting pretty on Tai Wong Street East (just a few doors down from Bakehouse), head here for simple yet classic dishes of Hokkaido Pork & Mashed Potato, Grilled Australian Lamb Rack, Risotto With Cauliflower & Porcini, and more. The drinks menu in particular looks right up our street, with highlights like the Mango Martini and the sake and Cointreau-laden Yuze Light.
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New Restaurants In Hong Kong: January
New in from the team behind 11 Westside is OBP – a Korean “sool-jip”, or alcohol house, where cocktails and sharing plates are the order of the day. Hidden in an alleyway behind Old Bailey Street, OBP promises to be the next hidden gem of Soho, filling the void left by LKF favourite Jinjuu. In the kitchen, Chef Junwoo Choi leads the charge with an offering of inventive yet traditionally-inspired dishes, including the likes of Spicy Braised Pork Rib, Kimchi Pancake and Boneless Fried Chicken. Behind the bar you’ll find Daniel Eun, the Beverage Director of Westside Hospitality, mixing up a range of light and elegant tipples, of which we can’t wait to try Dokdo (Sour Apple) Gimlet, featuring Korean sake, and the rice wine-infused Damun Premium Makgeoli.
OBP, 3-5 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong (enter via alleyway behind Old Bailey Street), www.instagram.com/obp.hk
Great news for carb-lovers this month; Japanese brand SAKImoto Bakery has made its way to Hong Kong, complete with its signature “healthy” bread recipe. Specialising in artisanal Shokupan (a type of light and fluffy Japanese bread), the brand is best known for its Gokubi Natural loaf, which is made without eggs and milk. Enjoy your slice with a slathering of the bakery’s premium handcrafted butter and jam (take your pick from 15 different flavours!). To ensure authenticity, the equipment, ingredients and production process all strictly follow Japanese operational guidelines, and is overseen by one of the brand’s Japanese chefs.
SAKImoto Bakery, Shop 3208, L3, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/SAKImotoHK
New luxury hotel, The Hari, quietly opened its doors at the end of last year, bringing us not one but two new restaurants to savour in 2021. First up is charming Italian hotspot Lucciola, helmed by chef Francesco Gava. Hearty classics are the order of the day, with menu highlights including the 24-hour braised Piedmontese veal shank, whole sea bream baked in a sea salt crust and the creamy La Burrata Pugliese. When it comes to pasta, the Spaghetti – a Gava family favourite that has been perfected over generations – is not to be missed. As for dessert, we’ve heard on the grapevine that Lucciola’s tiramisu is up there as one of the best in Hong Kong.
Head over now to try Lucciola’s fantastic set lunch offer, which includes two courses for just $198 or three courses for $298.
From Italy all the way to Japan, The Hari’s second restaurant opening looks to the East for inspiration, serving up a refreshing take on Japanese cuisine centred on quality and ingenuity. Led by Chef de Cuisine Phillip Pak, who has worked alongside renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, expect to find seasonal Japanese produce featured in reimagined classics ranging from sushi to tempura and kushiyaki, all updated for the modern palate.
If you’re in the Central area and in need of a midday pick-me-up, look no further than Rise by Classified – a brand new artisan bakery concept from the Classified Group. From viennoiserie classics, like croissants and pain au chocolat, to an ever-changing array of daily specials, Rise has just the thing to help you get through yet another work day. For something a little more satisfying, opt for the Benedict on Sourdough Tartine, Dutch Baby or the signature Rise Burger. Plus, don’t miss the retail section, which features a range of locally-sourced products from Hong Kong brands, including PÜRA VÏDA, Alive Food, and Nicole’s Kitchen.
Rise by Classified, Exchange Square Podium, Shop No. 313, 3/F, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, www.risebyclassified.com
Food meets fashion at this new Korean concept, which serves up delicious savoury rice rolls and roll cakes to go. Housed in LANDMARK’s new retail urban wear concept Belowground, Rollin’s offering comes in stylish sneaker boxes, and is available in a myriad of gourmet flavours like Korean fishcake and tofu, Mortadella and Truffle beef. Launched by Francesco Lee of Aberdeen Street’s Moyo and Moyo Sik at BaseHall, the rolls start at $40.
Rollin, Belowground, Basement Floor, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/rollin.rollbar
Brunch your way around the world this month, courtesy of new Causeway Bay addition Passepartout Brunch & Coffee. Describing itself as a “creative international brunch restaurant”, the menu spans the globe, offering a dizzying array of fusion dishes, each named after the cities they represent. Highlights include the signature Calcutta, a Butter Chicken Waffle which brings together the flavours of West Bengal with an American classic, the Apple Crumble Pound Cake and, of course, the Hong Kong – a luncheon meat and rice Scotch egg.
Calling all fans of Korean and Japanese food! Travel might not be on the cards for us just yet, but new opening KollaBo is here to ensure our stomachs don’t miss out by bringing us 15 different Korean and Japanese cuisine brands to enjoy, all under the banner of one restaurant. Originally a Japanese concept, head here to tuck into the likes of raw crab marinated in soy sauce from SoBackJa Ganjanggejang, spicy fried chicken with cheese from Myongmul Dakgalbi and barbecue meats from Wagyu Yakiniku. We can’t think of a tastier way to satiate our wanderlust!
The Coffee Academïcs already has over 20 locations to its name throughout Hong Kong, but we have a feeling its new Harbour City outlet will be its best yet. Inspired by the art of urban hortology (indoor plants) and glamping, the new concept ties together together a coffee dispensary and retail shop with a dine-in café and restaurant, complete with a Coffee Bean Bar where guests can enjoy a customised roasting experience. Food-wise, the brand’s signature dishes will be available, alongside new delights like the KFC 2.0 with crunchy Korean fried chicken, spicy and sweet chili glaze, egglettes and salted egg yolk “cheese”, and the Braised Pork Cheeks with Miso and Mash.
Mandarin Oriental’s newest dining destination, The Aubrey, makes its eagerly-anticipated debut this month, joining the ranks of Clipper Lounge, The Chinnery, Café Causette and more. Founded in collaboration with Maximal Concepts, guests can look forward to an eccentric Japanese izakaya experience: think craft cocktails and whiskies matched with traditional cuisine, all set against the backdrop of that iconic harbour view.
Easy breezy casual Italian dining has landed in Hong Kong by way of Pazta, located within the courtyard of Tai Kwun. Serving up Italian cuisines from across the country, including provinces such as Venice, Bologna, Rome, and Sardinia, this newcomer presents a winning combination of simple yet quality food. Menu highlights consist of golden battered stuffed zucchini flowers, Pizzette Margherita and Pappardelle with slow-cooked wild boar. The piece de resistance? Pazta’s lively outdoor space, just like you would find in a traditional Italian piazza.