Known for its Michelin Star in LA, Sushi Zo is often rated as the best omakase dining experience in Bangkok, New York City and Tokyo, and is coming to Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun this spring. This Japanese concept promises to bring a high-end omakase experience to the city. With just two reservation-only sittings per day for a maximum of 14 people (at 6pm to 7:45pm and 8pm to 9:45pm, daily), the 18-dish menu will be priced at $2,500 per person. Offering diners an extremely theatrical and personalised experience, all dishes will be prepared and served directly in front of guests at a stylish sushi bar. The medley of ever-changing dishes will be based around the freshest fish and ingredients, flown in daily from Japan.
Sushi Zo, 01-LG103, LG1/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Opened at the end of March, Mashi No Mashi is the latest restaurant to open from the team behind the renowned Wagyumafia. Serving up dishes that are a little more budget friendly compared to its sister resto, Mashi No Mashi will specialise in Tsukemen (dipping noodles). Diners can expect to feast on the likes of Wagyu tsukemen, Wagyu gyozas and Wagyu Donburi – and with David Beckham already having tried the restaurant for himself, we’re sure it’s going to be hugely popular with ramen lovers across the city. Mashi No Mashi is open now every Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm until it’s all out of ramen and gyoza!
Mashi No Mashi, Shop 1B, G/f, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Mashi-No-Mashi
Previously known as Hullett House, the now renamed House 1881 has just unveiled five new dining concepts. Serving up everything from Cantonese fine-dining, to steaks, afternoon tea and craft beer and cocktails, the new restaurants and bars have something to offer everyone in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui.
Fortune Villa will be serving authentic dim sum crafted from traditional recipes and locally-sourced ingredients, including signature items such as Baked Abalone Puff with Diced Chicken and Steamed Bean Curd Rolls with Duck Web.
Originally the property’s horse stables, Stable Steak House will offer guests a selection of steaks from around the world, including premium A5 Wagyu beef from Japan and other signature dishes, including beef consommé and lobster bisque.
Located above Stable Steak House, Stable Bar will serve a comprehensive menu of artisanal cocktails, spirits and wines. The bar also boasts the largest gin collection in Kowloon, with 102 types of gin from around the world.
Situated in the main heritage building, Café Parlour is where to head for afternoon tea. The all-day eatery will serve a signature afternoon tea set, homemade cakes and pastries, light snacks and Indian fare.
Lastly, The Sergeant’s Bar (formerly a watering hole for police officers and visiting sailors) is set to be a laid back drinking destination, serving craft beers, themed cocktails and bar snacks.
House 1881, 2A Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.1881heritage.com
If you’re looking for a new spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and where your furry friends are very welcome, head to newly opened Mint & Basil in Tung Chung. The menu consists of MSG-free Thai and Vietnamese classics, curated by Thai Executive Chef Saksit and includes favourites such as Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai, Char-grilled Minced Beef in Betel Leaf and Lamb Shank Curry – not forgetting the obligatory dessert of Mango Sticky Rice. Perfect for enjoying al fresco, the restaurant features a spacious outfoor dining area, complete with waving palm trees.
Mint & Basil, Shop K, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/mintandbasiltungchung
New to the Central area comes Lee Ho Sing, a modern Cantonese takeaway and snacks eatery. Translated directly to mean “You’re So Smart”, the new restaurant draws inspiration from Hong Kong’s unique cosmopolitan culture to reinvent traditional street food. Menu items include Signature Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Nuggets ($38), Truffle Cheese Chicken Wings ($38), Homemade Curry Bowl ($33), along with specialty drinks such as the Red Bean Ice Cream Float ($28) and Grass Jelly Coconut Milk Drink ($28). Sure to be a hit with those who live or work in Central, a quick, affordable lunch can be found at Lee Ho Sing, with the 63° Egg Flat Noodles with X.O. Sauce, a snack and a drink costing just $55. The interior design is also set to draw in crowds, complete with artistic designs murals and numerous “Insta-worthy” spots, including Lee Ho Sing’s lion mascot.
Lee Ho Sing, Shop 2, 2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/LEEHoSingbyZS
Soon to open on Elgin Street, Cardamon Street will be bringing its own unique take on Indian cuisine to Hong Kong. Infusing international favourites such as tacos and burgers with modern Indian flavours, diners can expect to tuck into dishes like Chicken Tikka Sliders, Lamb Keema Tacos, Paneer Croquettes and many other innovative dishes when it opens its doors mid-month.
Cardamon Street, G/F, 38 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Although not opening its doors until June, we hear that Louise will be taking over the space currently occupied by Aberdeen Street Social. Partnering with Hong Kong restaurant group JIA, Louise is a collaborative effort by Michelin-starred French chef Julien Royer and Odette restaurant (which recently took the top spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list). Further details about the menu and concept are yet to be announced, but Aberdeen Street Social will be closing its doors on Monday, 1 April for renovations to begin.
Louise, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
This huge 8,000 square foot restaurant, designed to resemble a Chinese garden, has just opened up in the striking Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon. The food is overseen by executive chef Hui Mei Tak, who has spent over 30 years perfecting his craft. The classics on the menu, which include Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple ($128) don’t disappoint, but it’s the roasted meats that stand out. Don’t miss the Signature Peking Duck ($380 for half or $680 for whole), which is carved tableside. We hear that the crispy skin is cooked to perfection and the meat is perfectly moist. The menu also features Fried Rice with Minced Beef, Spring Onion and Garlic ($148), along with Mozzarella and Creamy Egg Custard Buns ($48), so make sure to go hungry!
Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant, 1/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Road West, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.buick-hk.com