Because Hong Kong’s dining scene is ever changing, we want to give you a heads up about all of the new restaurants that are set to open in our city this September. From sustainable, plant-based fast food, to spicy Sichuan dishes, avo-centric menus and more, here’s where (and what!) we’re eating this month.
Following on from numerous openings including popular fried chicken resto, The Chicken Bar and ramen joint, NOJO, TREEHOUSE is the latest opening in Central’s H Code. Set to open later this month, TREEHOUSE differs from its meaty counterparts by serving an eco-friendly and plant-based menu. Brought to the Hong Kong dining scene by Christian Mongendre (of HOME – Eat to Live, which closed its doors in 2017), the new opening has sustainability at its core. Open from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, the all-day menu is centered around dishes that are sustainable, ethical, modern and fast. More details are yet to be announced, but items such as a variety of healthy bowls, sourdough breads, burgers and salads, along with cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, smoothies, kombucha and more will be on offer to eat in and takeaway. Offering both gluten-free and raw options among other allergy-free options, the menu at TREEHOUSE is set to be completely unprocessed, featuring only whole foods (which are free from preservatives, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, food dyes, trans-fats, soy-isolates, bleached flour and more), sourcing local and organic produce wherever possible. And it’s not just the food at TREEHOUSE that is getting the green treatment, as the space itself has been created with lead-free eco-cement and reclaimed wood and will feature 100% recycled plastic furniture and composting stations.
Treehouse, Shop 1, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/treehouse.eco
Due to open this month in TST, London’s famed Avobar is coming to Hong Kong! Known for serving an avo-centric menu, featuring the likes of the signature avo bun burger, green smoothies, avo toast, salad bowls and more, the all-day dinning menu at this superfood café is sure to draw in the crowds. We’re also hoping that the boozy brunch, featuring the likes of Avo Marias, Bellini Sunshines and Avo Coladas, makes its way on to the Hong Kong menu.
Avobar, Shop B201, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/avobar_hk
Another new restaurant which has recently opened its doors in H Code is Blush. Decorated in shades of pink, the ‘gram-friendly bar and restaurant serves multi-national lunch sets, canapes, bar snacks, handcrafted cocktails and drinks. During the day, diners can indulge in wallet-friendly two-course lunch set from just $88! For those who are in the area later in the day, don’t miss Blush’s two-for-one happy hour (Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm to 9pm), including cocktails, wine and beer from $88. Be sure to complement your drink with a side from the bar snack menu, featuring parmesan truffle fries ($68), popcorn chicken ($98), nachos ($88) and more; and finish your night off with a round of beer pong.
Blush, 3/F, The Steps H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/blushcentralhk
Opening in late September, JALAN is the latest opening by Meraki Hospitality Group, the team behind popular eateries Uma Nota and BEDU. The new neighbourhood kitchen and bar is set to serve an array of Malaysian street food, taking inspiration from Malaysia’s popular food stalls, night markets and coffee shops. Found on SoHo’s Peel Street, the restaurant promises to transfer guests, with a 1970s Borneo-inspired space filled with laid-back leafy greens, vibrant colours and a soundtrack of vintage Malay-pop tunes. The menu will feature a series of smaller and larger plates, with dishes on offer including rendang, satay and laksa. Highlights are sure to be the beef rendang samosa ($90); laksa fried chicken ($135); and coconut roasted prawn curry ($195); along with the dessert of pandan custard doughnuts ($80).
JALAN, 42 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.jalanhk.com
Set to open in the second week of September, Gunpowder is the latest restaurant from Mayfare Group (beyond acclaimed Indian resto, Gaylord and Namo Avant Thai). Opening on Wan Chai’s Ship Street, Gunpowder, a modern “Indian RestoBar”, will serve Indian street food favourite dishes in Dimsum portions – dubbed “IndiSum”. The menu will span savoury street food bites, tandoori grilled meats, freshly baked breads and exotic curries, all with a modern twist. A highlight of the menu is sure to be the Gunpowder Chicken (crispy chunks of chicken liberally seasoned with gunpowder flavour), along with Nizams’s Tacos (cottage cheese tossed in truffle cardamom folded in roti tacos). Once open, the restaurant will serve hungry diners for lunch, brunch and dinner – with a happy hour thrown in for good measure. When it comes to drinks, classic offerings will sit alongside contemporary drinks infused with aromatic spices, including the “Gunpowder Negroni”, along with an extensive gin, whiskey and wine selection.
Gunpowder, G/F, 18 Ship Street, J Residence, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.mayfare.com.hk
Taking the space that previously housed On Dining on On Lan Street in Central, ZEST by Konishi is opened its doors in August. Helmed by acclaimed Japanese chef, Mitsuru Konishi, the restaurant promises to highlight Konishi’s signature French Japanese flair. Split over two levels, The Dining Room on the 28th floor will deliver haute cuisine for lunch and dinner, with both a la carte and degustation menus on offer. Here Konishi will illustrate his skills and inspirations, complemented further by the theatrical open kitchen. The Lounge, found on the 29th floor, will pay tribute to Japanese culture, with delectable express set menus and bento served, as well as Nippon-inspired craft cocktails.
ZEST by Konishi, 28/F & 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.zestbykonishihk.com
Open now in Kowloon’s ELEMENTS malls, pho.dle.bar is offering a modern twist on Vietnamese classics. True to its name, the new opening serves up all the classics you would expect to see on a Vietnamese menu. Split into nine sections, the menu features Pho, Bun Chay, Vietnamese Noodle in Hot Soup, Fried Noodle and Rice, Appetisers, Rice Paper Roll, Salad, House Specials and Dessert, with dishes on offer including slow-cooked pulled pork with Asian slaw, wheat pancake wrap and hoisin honey sauce ($78); fried organic brown rice with prawn, lime leaf and crispy shallots ($148); beef short rib pho ($128) and more. Located right next to the cinema in ELEMENTS, it’s sure to be a great option for pre or post cinema and shopping fuel.
pho.dle.bar, Shop 2132, ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.cafedecogroup.com
Another new opening in Kowloon, CHUAN PALACE serves up a menu of authentic Sichuan specialties and quality dim sum. Opened at the end of July, the restaurant promises to offer the highest standard of Chinese cuisine. The kitchen is run by master of Sichuan cuisine, Chef Chi Kwong Lee and dim sum chef, Chef Sai Fai Chan. Found in the MOKO shopping centre in Mong Kok, the menu offers authentic and spicy Sichuan dishes (with its own homemade chilli oil!), such as sliced pork with mashed garlic ($118) and chilled poached chicken with sichuan style (whole $388, half $268). When it comes to dim sum, the restaurant serves classic offerings such as BBQ pork buns ($38) and baked taro puffs with scallops ($38) which sit alongside unique dim sum creations, including steamed beetroot dumplings with spicy sauce ($38) and steamed green tea dumplings with minced pork ($38).
CHUAN PALACE, Shop 501, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/chuanpalace
Opening its doors in August, SUSHIRO is the first Hong Kong location of the popular Japanese chain. As one of the most popular conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Japan, the chain has over 530 branches across Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Perfect for a quick and cheap bite, Sushiro operates with touchscreen ordering devices, ensuring that you get your freshly-made order in record time – delivered by conveyor belt, naturally. Dishes will start from as little as $12 and the Nathan Road branch will serve over 100 varieties of sushi and other Japanese favourites.
SUSHIRO, UG, 348 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/SUSHIROHONGKONG
After opening its first location in California Tower at the beginning of this year, modern Chinese restaurant, Redhouse has now opened up shop in Causeway Bay. Featuring an extensive menu that ranges from Redhouse signature roast meats and premium seafood dishes to vegetarian bites and dim sum, guests are encouraged to embrace the customary approach of sharing dishes that is deeply rooted in Chinese culture. What’s more, for a limited time, diners will be able to enjoy a 50% discount on selected dim sum dishes, available from Monday to Friday at lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Diners who spend more than $200 at Redhouse Causeway Bay will also receive a $100 cash voucher per table!
Redhouse, 1/F, Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.gaiagroup.com.hk