Because Hong Kong’s dining scene is ever changing, we want to give you a head’s up on all the latest restaurants that have opened in our beloved city this month. From spicy new south side vegetarian food, to more Japanese, organic and healthy food, and tasty Italian fare (some with an Asian twist!), here’s what’s new in the 852. Be sure to check back out in February, because Ashley Sutton will be launching his bar and restaurant Dear Lilly at IFC and we’ll be letting you in on it!
Just opened last month, this new ‘multi-cuisine’ restaurant serves up lunch, dinner and cocktails in CWB. It has a bar, café and even an outdoor sky court where you can kick back and enjoy fresh oysters (up to 20 different varieties from around the world!) as well as a menu of hot dishes such as Sea Urchin Carbonara, Boston lobster, Spanish octopus, New Zealand prince, Tortellini and Chilean sea bass. We can’t wait to try this one out so stay tuned for our review!
Club Albergue 1601, Shop 1105, 11/F, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/clubalbergue1601
We mentioned this restaurant last month, but this all-day drinks and dining venue has officially opened up its doors to the Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhood! The drinks come first at Komune and we’re not complaining, having partnered with international cocktail consultancy, cocktail professor – it’s here to impress. With a menu inspired by travel and more than 30% vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, it boasts something for everyone. Enjoy its vibrant HK-inspired signature cocktail, Chinese Ink, on the garden terrace and embrace the “Komunity”.
Komune, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong www.komune.com.hk
If you’re looking for a more casual restaurant this January, check out this contemporary spot located in the hub of Central. It focuses on encouraging a mindful lifestyle and its ‘order at the counter but enjoy at the table’ attitude belies its tasty dishes. Its health-conscience menu is geared toward those who don’t want to sacrifice to have a hearty meal. Its salad bar, vegan menu, mini pizzas, homemade pastas and more offer something for everyone. We were lucky enough to get a first try at its menu, and despite the out-of-the-ordinary ingredients (Black Ink Spaghetti with Cuttlefish, anyone?), we were pleasantly surprised. Be sure to try the Pan Fried Tile Fish ($158) or Duck Leg Confit ($180) – both with a crispy outside and flavourful inside. For lunch menus, the salad bar is one not to be missed (the deal is great, too – just $50 for two choices and $70 for four choices).
aha, G/F, Nexxus Building, 77 Des Vouex Road Central, Hong Kong, 2881 1811, www.aha-food.hk
Its original location closed last year, but luckily, this popular Italian restaurant has popped up for good in CWB. We got to try out some items on the menu, and we could not get enough of the apps (no joke, get the snails with button mushrooms, and the spinach salad with egg – you won’t be disappointed), pizza, pastas and yummy desserts on offer. The space is large and roomy, with a small outdoor patio for those not-so-hot days (or nights).
PAPI, G/F, 8 Cleveland, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.papi-hk.com
Yet another Japanese place to add to our growing list, FUMI will officially open on Thursday, 18 January. Serving up seasonal dishes in omakase and kaiseki style, be sure to pair your meal with Daimon35, its award-wining house sake. Making its mark as a different type of Japanese resto, it will host sake tasting and food culture classes, and will also feature Japanese dance performances. We can’t wait to see its traditional Zen garden on the balcony!
FUMI, 6/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/FUMIHK
The latest addition to Sai Ying Pun’s High Street is a “little bit of everything” restaurant, and its menu is as diverse as the city it’s in. Owned by the same folks who brought us The Den, it features Peruvian, Spanish, Italian, British and Asian fusion dishes, you can find items such as Roasted Duck Pappardelle, Panca-seasoned Octopus, Prawn Salad, and even a homemade brownie dessert!
Pete’s Place, 23A High St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/petesplacehk
Another CWB addition is this Italian-Taiwanese bistro, set to open on 14 January. Featuring a VIP room and a bar, this funky resto from Taiwan really mixes it up, combining traditional Italian with Taiwanese accents. Think pastas and risottos with roasted pork or octopus and squid ink. Two delicious cuisines in one!
Bistroholic, 21/F. Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bistroholic.hk