HOT NEW TABLES December 2019: New Restaurants in Hong Kong

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Emmer Pizzeria and Café

Fans of Beef & Liberty, rejoice, as the team behind the city-favourite are bringing us a brand new pizza joint. Open now in Pacific Place, Emmer is an all-day pizzeria & café serving locally roasted coffee, pastries, signature Emmer bread panini and salads, along with its signature 11-inch “crunchy-yet-chewy” pizzas. Open daily from 7.30am, the restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a happy hour also available from 4pm to 7pm every weekday. Promising to elevate the humble treat food to something a little more special, Emmer’s menu features items such as classic Margherita pizza, Marinara, Diavola and more, along with XTC Gelato and a daily cake special for dessert.

Emmer Pizzeria and Café, Shop 407, Level 4, Pacific Place 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong,

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Uncle Desi Food and Sons

New from Black Sheep Restaurants, Uncle Desi Food and Sons brings you India’s greatest hits delivered straight to your door. Inspired by the classic Indian takeaway and the “Uncle Desi’s” who ran them, expect a menu of comforting throwbacks with dishes including chicken tikka masala, prawn vindaloo and lamb rogan josh. Available for delivery only (from Kennedy Town to Tai Hang), keep an eye out for its riders who you’ll see sporting custom uniforms and bedazzled bike boxes.

Uncle Desi Food and

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The Araki

If you’ve ticked off every sushi restaurant in the city already, there’s a new one to add to your list this month. With restaurants in both London and Tokyo, acclaimed The Araki is making its Hong Kong debut. Opening on Thursday, 19 December, sushi master, Chef Mitsuhiro Araki will be offering his unique style of acclaimed sushi at this new and exclusive opening. With three-Michelin stars already under his belt, Chef Araki will personally present his sushi masterpieces to diners  – and with just 12 counter seats available, reservations are sure to be in high demand. Advanced booking online will be available from Monday, 2 December by emailing

The Araki, G/F, Stable Block, House 1881, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong,

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Another renowned international restaurant that is set to make its Hong Kong debut this December is Amelia. Opening in Harbour City, Executive Chef Paulo Airaudo will be bringing his contemporary European and Michelin-starred cuisine to Tsim Sha Tsui. Hailing from Spain’s celebrated culinary region, San Sebastián, Amelia will be the first Asian outpost of the popular restaurant. Chef Airaudo will work together with Head Chef Son Pham to present a menu of innovative and contemporary European cuisine imbued with Asian flavours  – all of which will be complemented by spectacular views of Victoria Harbour.

Amelia, Shop OTG63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong,

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Dedicated to modern Australian dining, Hue is the first restaurant to open at the newly revamped Hong Kong Museum of Art. Operated by Wooly Pig hospitality group, Hue is open now and can be found on the museum’s first floor, spanning 5,000sq-ft and offering unbeatable city views from its floor-t0-ceiling windows. Helmed by Executive Chef Anthony Hammel, the new opening will showcase modern Australian fare, featuring premium and seasonal produce from around the globe. Menu items are set to include buffalo ricotta gnocchi, steamed coral trout, grilled octopus teriyaki and more.

Hue, 1/F Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong,

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Set to open its doors this December, MONO is the latest restaurant from Hong Kong’s acclaimed JIA Group, together with Chef Ricardo Chaneton (formerly Head Chef of the three-Michelin Star, Mirazur). The opening will be the chef’s first restaurant in Hong Kong. MONO will be located on On Lan Street in Central and promises to introduce a new take on contemporary French cuisine by South American-born Chef Ricardo. Focusing on a single, ingredients-driven seasonal tasting menu, the intimate 30-seater space features counter seating and a surrounding dining area that can also be converted into a private dining room. Once open, MONO will serve weekday lunch sets and a MONO (single) tasting menu for dinner.

MONO, 5/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong,

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Red Lobster

Open now in Causeway Bay, Red Lobster is bringing one of the world’s most loved seafood restaurant’s to the heart of the 852. Offering its signature great value dining options, guests can expect to tuck into an extensive menu of over 60 seafood dishes, grilled steaks, flatbreads, bowls, pasta and more. Highlights include  the Ultimate Feast® ($338) – a platter loaded with North American lobster tail, steamed wild-caught snow crab legs, hand-crafted garlic shrimp scampi and crispy fried shrimp, complete with cocktail sauce and hot drawn butter. HK exclusive dishes such as salted egg yolk shrimp ($48) and a milk tea panna cotta ($38) also feature on the menu. Found on the corner of Cleveland Street and Gloucester Road, the two-story 13-seater Red Lobster, Hong Kong is just a stone’s throw from the popular fashion walk and is open daily from 5pm now.

Red Lobster, G/F, 8 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong,

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Miss Lee

Joining ZS Hospitality “Lee” family of restaurants (Lee Lo Mei and Lee Ho Sing), Miss Lee is set to offer a modern vegetarian approach to Chinese cuisine. Located in Sheung Wan on the corner of Wellington Street, the new opening will serve an inclusive menu featuring vegan, dairy-free and egg-free dishes that are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians alike. Signature dishes include the smoky quartz skewers, with king mushroom, shiitake and asparagus; golden flowers featuring cauliflower and braised mushroom glazed in salted egg yolk; and a hearty lotus leaf vegetable stew and brown rice wrapped inside a lotus leaf. Miss Lee will also offer a convenient takeaway counter that will serve grab-and-go options, along with fresh smoothies throughout the day.

Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong,

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Ink Seafood Bar

Joining Hue at the newly renovated Hong Kong Museum of Art is Ink Seafood Bar. Also operated by Woolly Pig, the new opening promises a casual, cool menu of fresh seafood and local beers. Situated on the ground floor of the museum, Ink takes holds a prime spot on Tsim Sha Tsui’s harbourfront promenade, adding to the laid-back seaside vibe of the restaurant. Open daily from 9am, the menu will include breakfast options ranging from freshly baked croissants and brownies to egg tarts, sausage rolls, coffee and house-blend fruit tea. Dishes such as salt and pepper squid, freshly shucked oysters, crispy curried oyster “donuts”, tempura octopus balls, scallop and clam chowder and more will also feature on the hearty seafood menu. Diners are encouraged to complete their meal with a homemade and seasonal ice cream, with flavours including vanilla star anise, strawberry cheesecake, raspberry milk tea, dark chocolate, mango and passionfruit, and salted caramel with peanut. All dishes can be washed down with craft brews from Hong Kong’s Gweilo Beer,  and imported artisanal sodas from New Zealand’s Six Barrell Soda.

Ink Seafood Bar, G/F Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong,

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