Because Hong Kong’s dining scene is ever changing, we want to give you a head’s up on all of the latest restaurants that have opened in our city this month. From the latest rooftop bars and speakeasies to Macanese, Aussie and Balinese inspired new restaurants, here’s what’s new in the 852.
Now open, Popinjays is the latest F&B outlet to open in the much-hyped The Murray, Hong Kong. Set on the top floor of the hotel, the rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace is now serving a modern European-inspired menu, along with an impressive beverage selection. A popular spot is sure to be the restaurant’s 420-square-metre wrap-around terrace, complete with inviting lounge chairs, comfortable couches and an unparalleled views of The Peak, Central Hong Kong and its surrounding parks. Whether you’re sticking around for dinner, or just enjoying the view, be sure to try one of Popinjays’ signature cocktails from The Aviary Collection, Forgotten Classics and the Gin and Tonic Experience lists. Another sure-fire hit is the ‘Birds of a Feather’ menu. Available every Friday and Saturday night (for a minimum of four guests), diners can enjoy a selection of shared dishes and free-flow cocktails.
Sassy perk: Sassy readers that dine between now and Wednesday, 31 October will receive a complimentary dessert with dinner (available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only).
Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, www.popinjayshk.com
Hot on the heels of Madame Ching and Chifa, Hugger Mugger is the latest new concept from Pirata Group. Set to open this August, the new bar is slated to be a “sophisticated British salon”, which can be found by entering an unassuming door on Wyndham Street. Adding to the 852’s growing number of speakeasys, continue down the staircase to find the bar, and enter into a world inspired by 1970s London, complete with cocktails that have been carefully crafted around British cultural legends; such as Pink Floyd, William Shakespeare, and Ian Fleming.
Hugger Mugger, Basement, No. 43-55, Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.huggermugger.hk
Pirata Group are looking to be busy this month with a second new concept, set to open in mid-August. Chaiwala can be found through entering a wooden door found in new bar, Hugger Mugger, and will be serving up an array of modern Indian dishes. Inspired by the colourful hustle and bustle, which os synonymous with India, a sense of intrigue and creative energy flows through the three distinct spaces – the Chai Bar, Kitchen and Dining Room. Specific menu details are yet to be announced, but the new restaurant promises to encompass a range of flavours, from Kerala to Kashmir, and offers guests sharing sized dishes for a true taste of modern Indian cuisine. Drinks include Indian-inspired cocktails, and an array of old and new world wines, along with Chaiwala’s signature chai tea latte.
Chaiwala, Basement, No. 43-55, Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.chaiwala.hk
Now open on Staunton Street, The Wise King is a new cocktail bar, inspired by the indulgence in food and drinking of the 13th century. Known as the golden age of culinary and mixology exploration, The Wise King is sure to take Hong Kongers on a journey back in time; promising opulence fit for a king, along with contemporary cocktails and a substantial tapas selection. Guests can expect to sip on drinks such as the Turrón Sour ($118), made with a spiced peach and pineapple wine reduction and Cava; and feast on sharing plates that include Scarpetta, Patatas Bravas, Pollo Kebeb and a varied Spanish charcuterie and cheese selection.
The Wise King, 25 Staunton Street, Basement in Tsung Wing Lane, Central, Hong Kong, www.thewiseking.com
Recently opened in Kwun Tong, Little Tipsy is the latest restaurant to hit Hong Kong, from those that bought us Tipsy, in Tai Hang. The casual dining space is made for any occasion; with a lunch menu available from Monday to Saturday (complete with nutritious salad bar), a Saturday free-flow lunch offering, and a daily set menu available. All dishes are created in partnership with a local nutritionist, and aim to be packed with both flavor and freshness. The European inspired menu features dishes such as Crab Risotto, with asparagus, lemon zest and spring onion, Grilled Striploin with truffle mashed potato and green salad, freshly shucked oysters and more.
Little Tipsy, Room A, 9/F, Wong Tze Building, 71 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/littletipsyhk
Newly opened on Elgin Street, F-Word is bringing Aussie style dining to the heart of SoHo. Open now from 7am for breakfast and coffee (Redback coffee, to be precise), and serving an express lunch and dinner service, the resto focuses on using only the finest and freshest ingredients from a variety of local and Australian sources. Split into three sections: To Flirt, To Fascinate and To Fulfil; the dinner menu offers up favourites such Fish Tacos, Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Australian Steak Tartare, Soy and Sesame Roasted Salmon and an array of deserts. Top tip for Central dwelling dog owners, F-Word features a dog-friendly courtyard, perfect for enjoying an Aussie craft beer with your pooch.
F-Word, 38 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, www.fwordhk.com
Bringing Macanese cuisine to Causeway Bay, Café Terceira has just opened in Times Square and is offering authentic food, in a cosy and inviting environment. A unique blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese, diners can expect dishes such as Crispy Suckling Pig Bun with PiriPiri Sauce ($138), Terceira Rack of Lamb Curry ($185), and a Macanese tea set for two ($158), and to wash it all down with a glass (or a jug!) of sangria.
Café Terceira, Shop 1302, 13/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/小島澳門菜-Cafe-Terceira
Set to open on Thursday, 2 August, LCB express is the place to head to if you’re looking for a slice of Bali, right here in the 852. The menu has health and nutrition in the spotlight, with a range of yoghurt and acai bowls, salads and more on offer.
LCB express, 3/F, L’Hart, 487-489 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.lcbexpress.com
Another new opening in the Central area this month comes in the form of Mugung Hanwoo Beef Specialist. The Korean barbecue restaurant is the first in Hong Kong to exclusively serve Hanwoo beef, a rare Korean export, and one that has been historically reserved for Korean royalty and the privileged elite. Diners can expect juicy and flavourful meat, with dishes on the menu such as Steak Tartare, Braised Short Ribs, Ox Knee and much more.
Mugung Hanwoo Beef Specialist, 33 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/mugunghanwoobeefspecialist
This just in! Another global burger fave is set to be opening its doors in Hong Kong very soon. Hot on the heels of Shake Shack finally opening in ifc earlier this summer, Five Guys is set to hit Wan Chai soon.
The only info we have so far is that the burger resto will be finding its home on Johnston Road, where clothing store Tommy Bahama used to be – as the iconic red and white logo has been spotted on boards outside the building. Situated next door to the likes of The Pawn, and in close proximity to other J. Senses hot spots and Wan Chai foodie faves, it’s sure to be in good company.
When more information is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know; but for now, take a look at its menu online, and get excited for the American-style burgers, hotdogs, shakes and fries to hit the 852.
Five Guys, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.fiveguys.com.hk