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HOT NEW TABLES February 2018: New Restaurants in Hong Kong

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PDT (Please Don’t Tell)

Eagerly anticipated since the news broke last November, PDT Hong Kong has finally opened its doors! The New York export is a stylish and intimate cocktail bar, seating just 25 guests and located on the mezzanine above MO Bar, in The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. But this isn’t some stuffy hotel bar. PDT exudes modern class; from the telephone booth disguised entrance, to the chic interiors, expert cocktails and comfort food menu. We’re looking forward to trying the ‘Bad Hunter’, a John Collins prepared with Chivas blended Scotch whisky, Fernet Hunter, lemon juice, dragon eye and Moët Brut Imperial Champagne, and washing it down with the ‘Honkie Dog’ – a fried pork dog with sakura shrimp and XO mayo. Did we mention it will also serve up Okonomiyaki-style tater tots topped with kewpie mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce, shredded nori, bonito shavings and scallions? We’ll see you there!

PDT, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/the-landmark/fine-dining/bars/pdt

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Dear Lilly

From the man behind Hong Kong favourites such as Iron Fairies, Ophelia and J.Boroski, Dear Lilly is set to open this month and we’re more than excited. Renowned for his stunning and ambitious designs, Ashley Sutton’s new restaurant and lounge bar is taking inspiration from all things romance, and is slated to open in time for Valentine’s Day. With the décor reflective of a dreamy Parisian florist and the promise of contemporary cuisine and superb cocktails, we can’t wait to try it out.

Dear Lilly, Shop 4010, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Dear-Lilly

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Bakehouse

Giving us a new reason to get out of bed in the morning, freshly opened artisan bakery & café, Bakehouse, has just hit Tai Wong Street East in Wan Chai. Brought to us by Grégoire Michaud, the former Executive Pastry Chef of the Four Seasons, Bakehouse offers up a drool worthy selection of goods to take away and dine in, with the butteriest croissants, sourdough breads and other pastry perfection all on the roster. The queues out the door vouch for just how good this place is, and we’ve sampled a couple of the breads and have got to say that it really is worth the hype. The products are ever-changing, but we’re eager to get our hands on a Strawberry and Vanilla Cruffin, or to sit in the high-ceilinged relaxing space with a coffee and a focaccia sandwich.

Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.bakehouse.hk

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FRANCIS

Just opened up on the popular St. Francis Street in Wan Chai, this cool new eatery is serving up delights inspired by the Middle East. Accompanied by a unique wine selection, the restaurant tempted us in with dishes such as Hummus with Chickpea and Lamb Neck Ragu ($80) and Spring Lamb and Beef Kafta, Grilled Onion and Tahini ($160). We tested it out for ourselves and loved the Sweet Potato with Paprika, Israeli Cous Cous and Feta.

Read our full review here!

FRANCIS, G/F, 4 & 6, St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.francis.com.hk

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Le Boucher Français

Another fresh opening in Wan Chai is Le Boucher Français. Located on the popular Swatow Street (right next door to Bread & Beast!), the new concept is bringing a huge selection of French meats, including beef, lamb and pork, with the in-house butcher, is preparing new cuts every day. Along with takeaway meats and other produce, Le Boucher Français is serving dishes to enjoy whilst dining in. Guests can look forward to choosing their favourite meat and having it prepped right there for immediate enjoyment, served alongside delicious sides and a wine selection from Le Quinze Vins.

Le Boucher Français, 5-7 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Le.boucher.francais

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Little Birdy

Opening up this week in Sheung Wan, Little Birdy promises to bring chicken dishes with a difference to the 852. With the slogan “No cages. No nasties. No exception. Chicken done good” – we have high hopes!

Little Birdy, 15-17 New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.littlebirdy.com.hk

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Elementary

From those who bought us CATCH and Mama Malouf in Kennedy Town, now comes a new Tai Hang hangout. Now open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, and Tuesday to Friday for lunch (set menus start at $128), Elementary is serving up contemporary cuisine with an emphasis on sharing. The menu is broken into three sections – light, medium and heavy – reflecting the flavour profile and taste, not portion size, so there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy, whatever mood you’re in. With the chef being one of the brains behind Bread & Beast in Wan Chai, we’re sure dishes like the Pork crackling corn croquettes, pecorino, sambal mayo and coriander ($78); and the short rib, braised kalbi, honey kimchi relish, grated Asian pear and puffed rice ($288) are going to be hits. A brunch is also in the works, so watch this space for more info to come…

Elementary, 15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong

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JUNON

Just opened above Wan Chai’s Hopewell Centre, JUNON is bringing a taste of old Hong Kong (and Paris!) to Queen’s Road East. Opened in collaboration with Cantopop star Hins Cheung, the venue is a re-embodiment of the original JUNON, which opened in Mong Kok in 1967. With the venue split into three sections – Bistro JUNON, The Bar and La Scène de JUNON – guests can enjoy French style a la carte dishes, along with nightly live entertainment and fab cocktails, all set in the vintage inspired and glamorous décor, complete with stained glass ceiling.

JUNON, 2/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.junon.com.hk

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