Because Hong Kong’s dining scene is ever changing, we want to give you a heads up about all of the restaurants that are set to open in our city this July. From speciality fried chicken joints and lively Japanese temakerias, to plant-based cafés, here’s where (and what!) we’re eating this month.
Opening this July, TMK is the newest opening to come from Hong Kong restaurateurs, Pirata Group. The restaurant is set to be a lively temakeria, serving up a selection of quality, Japanese hand rolls. Signature fillings will include King Crab, Bluefin Toro (fatty tuna), and Hokkaido Sea Urchin, with the menu also including a range of fresh sashimi, along with other refreshing takes on traditional Japanese dishes. Taking a less than traditional route, the new Japanese venture will marry authentic cuisine with all things punk. Promising a rowdy soundtrack, a dive bar-styled interior, and an abundance of sake, Japanese highballs and craft beer, this new Sheung Wan spot is sure to be the go-to destination for late-night dining and drinking.
TMK, Shops G & H, G/F and M/F, Hollywood Centre, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/tmkhongkong
Also coming this month from Pirata Group is Honjo, a modern Japanese restaurant, set to serve generous platters of high quality sushi, melt in your mouth sashimi, delightfully light and crispy tempura, and hearty hot dishes. Opening its door towards the end of July, the restaurant will seat a whopping 120 guests, with the expansive space featuring retro yet contemporary furnishings. With both themed private dining rooms and warm communal dining spaces, Honjo will be separated into four distinct areas; Tin Toys Lobby, Safari Room, Red Armoury and Blue Suite, each offering a unique experience compared to other nooks of the restaurant.
Honjo, 1/F, Hollywood Centre, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2663 3772, www.facebook.com/honjohk
With one Michelin star under his belt for Central’s Arcane, acclaimed chef Shane Osborn opens Cornerstone this month. Located on Hollywood Road, the new eatery promises a more casual approach to dining. Said to be a passion project of Chef Osborn’s, the menu will offer a range of simple dishes, all highlighting both local and international high-quality produce. Favourites are sure to include the oxheart tomatoes with basil pesto, burrata and oakleaf, along with the Wagyu bavette with red onion, rocket, ciabatta and mustard mayonnaise – and we already have our eye on the dessert of chocolate brownie with hazelnut, vanilla chantilly and caramel – though the restaurant also promises a selection of vegan and vegetarian offerings. Along with a unique wine list of almost 5o bottles from lesser known regions, Cornerstone will serve filtered water, freshly brewed coffees and a selection of teas from the UK’s The Rare Tea Company. The all-day dining restaurant is open now Tuesday – Sunday, 11:30am to 11pm (closed on Mondays).
Cornerstone, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tucked away in Central’s Prince’s Building, newly opened Kakure is sure to sate any cravings. Amongst its varied offerings, the Japanese eatery promises to serve Ginza-style teppanyaki and Edomae-style sushi and sashimi, along with plenty of teppanyaki dishes and other classic Japanese delights. Dishes on offer include Hida Beef Tenderloin and Wood Smoked Red Grouper in Lemon Butter Sauce, along with the Kakure Shokado Bento – a lunchtime staple containing six classic dishes. You won’t be going thirsty at Kakure either, as the restaurant also houses a “hidden bar”, featuring over 120 rare and vintage whiskies. Signature cocktails will also be given an upgrade, with drinks on offer including “The Wagyu Old Fashioned” and “Tokyo Mule”.
Kakure, M 20-24, M/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.kakurehk.business.site
If you’re a lover of fried chicken, get excited, as The Chicken Bar is opening this month in Central’s H Code. Already gaining a following from its recent pop-up at Wan Chai burger resto, Honbo, we’re sure it’s going to be packed come its official opening. We can’t wait to try the Okonomiyaki Chicken Sandwich (with Crystal hot sauce mayo, Osaka okonomiyaki sauce, crispy lettuce and pickled cucumbers), though we’ve also spied some incredible looking crispy Chicken Tenders over on its Instagram feed.
The Chicken Bar, 7/F H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/thechickenbarhk
Good news if you live or work on the Southside of the island, Beef & Liberty is opening up shop in Wong Chuk Hang this month! Located in One Island South, the popular burger chain will be bringing all of its much-loved hamburgers (including a range of vegetarian and plant-based burgers!), drinks, sides and brunch favourites to the area. A new addition to the opening that hasn’t been seen before at other Beef & Liberty locations is the soft serve ice-cream to-go menu – sure to help us beat the summer heat. As well as seating up to 68 guests to dine in, the restaurant will offer both takeaway and delivery services throughout the week.
Beef & Liberty, G07, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.beef-liberty.com/hk
Set to soft open in July (with the official launch following in August), MANA! is making its way to Wan Chai this month. Situated close to popular Star Street, the new branch will be offering up much-loved favourites such as its signature flats, vegan burgers and plant-based coffees. Sticking true to its strong brand ethos of “Fast Slow Food”, the new opening will offer free water for all, along with operating a zero food-waste policy.
MANA!, 8-10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.mana.hk