Hong Kong

January 2016

2016 Q1 Restaurant List

Mak Mak

We announced the soft open a couple of weeks back but in case you missed it, the new Yenn Wong restaurant is now open for business. The retro Landmark Atrium space focuses on the cuisine of central Thailand, and features traditional dishes like goong tom yum hang (wok-fried tiger prawns with tom yum sauce, lemongrass, chili, and a green herb salad garnish), pla tubtim yum takai (crispy red tilapia fillets, sweet and sour chilli sauce, lemongrass, mint, cashew and fried shallot) and tom ka gai (chicken and galangal soup with lemongrass, roasted chili and coconut cream) which is served in young coconut.

Related: Hong Kong food trends that need to disappear in 2016

Mak Mak, 217A, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2983 1003, http://www.makmak.hk

Raki

Real talk: given their sheer proliferation, it’s hard to get excited about the opening of yet another Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong. New to Causeway Bay, Raki is no ordinary sushi house. Rather, chef Jack Yan (Sushi Ta-ke, Kishoku) uses the tried, tested and traditional methods as a launching pad for a new brand of Japanese haute cuisine — think dishes like signature oak-smoked sashimi, grilled scallop cooked in paraffin paper with butter sauce and shiro shimeji mushrooms, and slow-cooked Hokkaido oysters. Uni lovers are also in for a treat as chef Yan has been working on plates like sea urchin with shredded Kyoto silly tofu, which is lifted with homemade soy sauce of tamari, and apple infusion.

Raki, 15/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2782 0010

Urban Park

The concrete jungle and constant humidity of Hong Kong isn’t exactly conducive to the idea of a traditional, outdoor picnic, but new TST restaurant Urban Park is determined not to let environmental factors get in the way of a good time. As the name would suggest, the modern European diner is a green, breezy oasis just a few floors — but a whole world away — from the busy streets below. Expect simple, pared back dishes that are prepared well and with a lot of heart, and perfect for sharing. And if TST is stretch, they’ve also just opened in Sheung Wan’s Nan Fung Place (smack on Des Voeux Road), too — it’s not outdoor, but the vibe is just as chilled.

Urban Park, 4/F, 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2751 1999, http://urbanparkhk.com

 

Paradis

New to Wyndham Street, Paradis is bringing a refined taste of the Caribbean to Hong Kong this month, looking specifically to the region’s rich French influence. Dishes like scallop ceviche are lifted with passionfruit and avocado, while other, more traditional must-tries include crispy fish croquettes, slow-cooked Iberico pork chop with candied yams, clams with roasted garlic, chorizo and basil, and cinnamon-crusted plantains, an island staple.

Paradis, 3/F, 46-48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3182 0105, http://www.paradishk.com

 

Maizuru

For a more traditional Japanese dining experience, Maizuru is gaining some serious buzz for its omakase offering. The new Causeway Bay restaurant plates up the full wonders of the sea, with ingredients flown in from Japan for that extra touch of authenticity in dishes like oyster shooters, octopus cups and uni and crab on rice.

Maizuru, 26/F, Jardine Centre, 50 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3586 3038,www.facebook.com/MaizuruRestaurant

 

Ciao Chow

If you’ve been within 50 feet of LKF over the past few weeks, chances are you’ve already seen buzzy Italian newbie ciao chow. Acting as something of the anchor for California Tower, the new semi-subterranean dining room is an all-day Italian cafeteria, plating up house-made pasta, VPN-certified pizzas, antipasti and large sharing plates using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Given the hit and miss nature of the new building’s food offer, perhaps something relatively simple will be just what LKF needs.

ciao chow, g/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2344 0005, http://www.facebook.com/ciaochow.hk

Anchor’s

The Tseun Wan waterfront mightn’t be the most obvious dining destination, but new seafood restaurant slash beer garden Anchor’s will make the journey worth it. The South China Sea provides a perfect backdrop for the casual, sea-focused fare here, with an all-day selection of western and eastern faves on both the à la carte and buffet menu, the latter of which is available daily for breakfast and dinner, as well as all day Sunday.

Anchor’s, 123 Castle Peak Road, Yau Kom Tao, Tseun Wan, New Territories,+852 2945 1138, http://www.facebook.com/anchorsseafood

 

The Drunken Pot

Winter in Hong Kong is all about hot pot, and new TST spot The Drunken Pot are bringing the much-loved dining tradition into the 21st century with a cheeky twist: sake bombs in the broth.

Related: Read more about The Drunken Pot here.

The Drunken Pot, 2/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2321 9038, http://www.thedrunkenpot.com

The Roundhouse – Chicken + Beer

Elgin Street’s much-loved craft beer room extends to Wan Chai this month, with a focus that’s just as much on the food as the brews. As the name suggests, it’s all about the poultry here, and in its best version: Southern fried. They also make their own biscuits, which they drizzle straight out of the oven with locally-produced honey.

The Roundhouse – Chicken + Beer, 29 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2866 3330, http://roundhouse.com.hk


 

November 2015

Fish School

Yenn Wong makes her move on Sai Ying Pun this month.

The prolific and indefatigable Yenn Wong (whose growing stable includes established faves like Chachawan, 208 Duocento Otto and 22 Ships, among others) has teamed up with David Lai (On Lot 10 and Neighbourhood) for a brand new seafood-based concept in Sai Ying Pun. With a focus on locally-caught fish and seasonal produce grown on local farms specifically for the restaurant, Fish School is taking a different approach to “local” cuisine, chef Chris Ma (NUR) drawing on his international training to present a menu that defies categorisation.

Fish School, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2361 2966

Shiki-Zen

A5 Wagyu beef shabu shabu udon will be a comforting new winter favourite.

While ramen’s moment in the sun seems to have turned into a fully-fledged sojourn (David Chang, we’re looking at you), new Causeway Bay spot Shiki-Zen is turning its focus to the noodle. With up to 10 varieties of seasonal udon available at any one time — each made daily and on-site — the accompanying broth will be stewed for up to 24 hours before service, with an actual udon master flown in specially to ensure that each bowl is as true to the centuries old tradition of the dish as possible.

Shiki-Zen, 29/F, Midtown, Soundwill Plaza II, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2970 3218, www.shiki-zen.com

MyHouse

MyHouse is the latest creative space to open in Wan Chai.

New to Wan Chai, MyHouse is a little bit of everything, a restaurant, wine bar and music lounge and art space all rolled into one. Open from brunch right through to late night, the food focus here is modern European-tinged shared plates which use only free-range meats and sustainable seafood, paired with natural wines. There’s also an impressive vinyl selection and eight private listening stations, so you can unwind over a glass or two with your own private listening session, while bi-monthly art exhibits will be starting points for a continued creative discourse.

MyHouse, 26/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2323 1715, www.facebook.com/MyHouseHongKong

 

The Ocean

Wild mushroom tortellini, lobster confit, maitake and bisque represents The Ocean’s approach to creative cuisine.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Le Comptoir Group (BiboHotshotTRi) have planted their tricolore on the top of The Pulse. As the name would suggest, the cuisine is inspired by the eponymous sea, with a minimalist, ingredients-first, sea-to-table philosophy set to be a counterpoint to the enormous 10,000 square foot space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Repulse Bay. As well as full à la carte lunch and dinner service, The Ocean will also feature set menu options and a specially crafted weekend brunch menu. There’s also an on-site umi bar, presenting a daily selection of fresh sushi and sashimi, with an omakase option as well.

The Ocean, 303-304, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, +852 2889

5939, www.theocean.hk

Tartine

Tartine is promising “a slice of wonderful” for its diners.

Philippe Orrico (Upper Modern Bistro, ON Dining) shows his range with new project Tartine. While they’re keeping tight lipped on the particulars, it’s looking as though it’ll be a new lunch fave for Centralites, specialising in the open sandwiches for which the site is named. There’s also a handy vino selection too, being as it is a collaboration with local wine purveyors Pont des Arts.

Tartine, 38-42 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 6304 0914, www.facebook.com/thetartinehk

 

Siam 28

Siam 28 offers a contemporary take on Thai food.

New Causeway Bay spot Siam 28 is injecting a bit of personality into Hong Kong’s Thai food scene, with a focus on lesser known dishes and what they’re calling “Thaipas” — that’s Thai tapas. Dishes include deep fried quail eggs with shredded pork in a taro nest, yum pla duk fu (deep fried minced fish served with green mango relish), and pan-fried mango sticky rice. You know it’s serious when each table is topped with hoisin, Thai red chili, green chili, satay and tamarind sauces and vinegar.

Siam 28, 28/F, Macau Yat Yuen Centre, 525 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3421 0472, www.facebook.com/siam28hk

 

Foxtail & Broomcorn

Sheung Wan faves Foxtail & Broomcorn expand to Wan Chai this month.

Following their success in Sheung Wan, the boys behind MSG-free noodle house Foxtail & Broomcorn have expanded east to Wan Chai. Expect more of the same lean, clean noodle dishes at this latest site, which has already started seeing queues form for the busy lunch hour. There are a couple of new additions to the menu here, too, like the Hanoi-style phở, Taiwanese pork rice, and a selection of grilled dishes from the kitchen’s hot stone grill, including an intriguing grilled kaya toast.

Foxtail & Broomcorn, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2603 2022, www.foxtailandbroomcorn.com

 

Mercedes me

Mercedes me offers an internationally-inspired all-day menu.

Because when you’re shopping for a luxury ride, it’s only proper that you sit down over a meal to think about the investment. Part of the Mercedes-Benz expansion into the lifestyle sector (beyond the steering wheel, that is), is this showroom, retail space, restaurant and lounge all under one handy roof. And they’re taking just as much care with the food as you’d expect, teaming up with Maximal Concepts (LimewoodFish & MeatMott 32, among others) for an all-day menu of produce-driven plates that straddle a Japanese/Spanish/Latin American hybrid.

Mercedes me, Shops C and D, Entertainment Building, 30 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.mercedes.me/hongkong

Ivy

Just like the Riviera, pickled octopus is on the menu at Ivy.

The Gaia Group is another big name expanding their portfolio this month with the opening of Ivy. The ifc restaurant will focus on the lesser explored (in the Hong Kong context, at any rate) cuisine of southern France, with signature dishes including confit salmon with French beans, slow-cooked entrecôte, grilled blue lobster and pineapple polenta cake.

Ivy, Store 2075, 2/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2383 4028, www.gaiagroup.com.hk

 

Emack & Bolio’s

Emack & Bolio’s epic ice cream creations are set to be all over your Instagram feed this month.

The famously sweet Hong Kong palate is about to get another Insta-friendly, drool-worthy destination in the form of American ice creamery Emack & Bolio’s. Opening this month on Cochrane Street, this represents the second overseas branch of the parlour (after Bangkok), and serves up cones that can only be describes as ridiculous, but in the very best way.

Emack & Bolio’s, 26 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2505 6626, www.facebook.com/emackandbolioshk

September 2015

Hong Kong Restaurants

Cecconi’s

Asparagus tortellini, mushroom and aged parmesan is one of the highlights at the all new Cecconi’s.

Cecconi’s was one of the hottest restaurants in the dining mecca that is Melbourne when it first opened its doors over a decade ago – for some reason though, the Hong Kong branch never seemed to quite hit the sometimes spectacular highs of its big sister down under. The unstoppable Dining Concepts (Gaucho, Lupa by Mario Batali, Bread Street Kitchen, among others) have re-launched the Italian restaurant with a new chef, Michael Fox (Cecconi’s Melbourne, Vue de Monde) and a new, swanky Wyndham Street location. Expect fine Italian fare with innovative and contemporary twists.

Cecconi’s, 2/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2565 5300, www.diningconcepts.com

Grassroots Pantry

New location, same hearty nosh – Grassroots Pantry opens on Hollywood Road this month.

This one doesn’t exactly fall under the category of “new” either, but it’s one of our faves and well worth a mention (and a visit, should you not have occasioned to do so already). The lovely Peggy Chan has relocated her charming Grassroots Pantry to a shiny new Hollywood Road site. The 50 seater will be open seven days a week from breakfast to late dinner (with takeaway also available), continuing to serve its global array of vegetarian dishes with the same heart and soul as the original Sai Ying Pun site. Chan’s popular cooking demonstrations will also feature at the new site, which is slated for a mid-August opening.

Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.grassrootspantry.com

 

Ura

No, this Japanese restaurant isn’t named for the horrible Urban Renewal Authority – “ura” means “hidden” in Japanese.

It mightn’t have the same publicity machine (or big international names) behind it as the will-it-ever-be-finished California Tower (Ore-no Kappou, Porterhouse by David Laris, among others), but The Wellington is quietly becoming a pretty hot destination. The latest to open up in the brand new building on the corner of Queen Road Central and Wellington Street is Ura, a sexy Japanese restaurant with fresh ingredients flown in daily from Osaka. Featuring four distinct spaces — a swish bar, main dining room, sushi bar and secret garden-inspired outdoor space — the new restaurant is dishing up contemporary Japanese soul food, like spicy cod roe cheese toast (HK$78), tuna akami cutlet sandwich (HK$168) and probably the best onion rings (HK$168) in town, made with the sweet, fruit-like variety from Awaji Island.

Ura, 2/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2111 9381

Casa

Wash down the craft beer with some Euro-inspired nibbles at Casa.

We were a little shattered when we found out that Hong Kong’s only subterranean live music and boules bar, Boules, was closing its doors, but we’re more than happy with what’s taken its place — namely Sai Kung’s neighbourhood tapas and pinxtos bar, Casa. New to Shek Tong Tsui (the little stretch between Sai Ying Pun and K-Town, FYI), the eatery and bar is the latest thing that’s getting us excited about the revolution out west, a huge dining room and extensive beer selection with one of the coolest interiors we’ve seen in a while (think black walls and long, wooden, communal tables). Like the Sai Kung original, they’re also doing live music, making it the perfect destination for neighbourhood vibes with a twist.

Casa, 14-16 Woo Hop Street, Shek Tong Tsui, http://casagroup.co


K-Pocha

K-Pocha brings even more colour to LKF this month.

Hong Kong’s Korean obsession continues this month with the opening of K-Pocha, which, put simply, is a real slice of Korea in the heart of LKF — as well as street food and family-style dishes, the colourful new venue serves soju cocktails with fruit direct from Korea, Korean drinking games and Korean TV (including all Korean dramas and K-pop videos). They’re also the first venue in Hong Kong to brew their own makgeolli (rice wine) — don’t say we didn’t warn you.

K-Pocha, 7/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2770 0611, www.kpocha.hk

Tri
The presentation might be contemporary, but the flavours at TRi ring very true to the original classics of Bali.

In case you missed our feature about the newest addition to The Pulse, here’s the news — Le Comptoir, the team behind Bibo and Hotshot, have opened a contemporary Balinese restaurant concept that brings the hearty flavours of the island to a stunning beachfront location. With an interior by Bali-based designer Elora Hardy, and a menu featuring dishes like isi calamari, lobster bakar and duck goreng, we’re hoping that TRi (pronounced “tree”) might herald a wave of love for the food of Southeast Asia.

TRi, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2515 0577, www.tri.hk, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Mercado

Yup, this is a thing – Peruvian sushi comes to Hong Kong this month.

There’s a surprising amount in common between the seemingly distinct cuisines of Peru and Japan — so much so, in fact, that the South American nation has been going crazy over Nikkei cuisine for some time (over 100 years, in fact), which is, essentially, a fusion of both. It’s Hong Kong’s turn to get a taste of Nikkei at El Mercado, a new Wan Chai spot which takes its design inspiration from buzzing marketplaces and plating fresh market items that represent the best of this deliciously intriguing cuisine.

El Mercado, 21/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, +852 2388 8009, www.elmercado.hk

 

Café Hong Kong

You might have seen this one boarded up on Hollywood Road, and we’ve got the scoop right here (though at this stage, there’s still not much info available). Café Hong Kong, as the name would suggest, is presenting classic Hong Kong comfort foods (think French toast, soups, chicken wings and the like) in, as the location would suggest, a chic retro setting. We’ll have more on this when we get more information, but you heard it here first. It’s due to open mid-August.

Café Hong Kong, 15 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

 Twenty Six by Liberty

Chef Bjoern Alexander is taking his wares across the harbour this month at Twenty Six by Liberty.

Another that’s being kept under tight wraps, the space formerly known as Liberty Private Works is being re-branded. Helmed by Chef Bjoern Alexander (Whisk), all we know thus far is that the high-rise Central space will this month start plating up innovative contemporary cuisine with a German bent.

Twenty Six by Liberty, 26/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

June 2015

Restaurants
Tycoon Tann and Mod Bar
Wellington Street is set to be shaken up by this ambitious restaurant slash bar concept. The city’s love affair with Chinese-inspired cocktails seems to know no bounds, and that is exactly what the ground floor Mod Bar will be serving, under the guidance of award-winning Peter Kwok — they’ll also be upping the bar snack game by offering their lavish dim sum platter from upstairs. Speaking of, Tycoon Tann is the restaurant portion of this double-header, a two-floor beauty that calls on modern finishes with touches of traditional Chinese, a theme also seen in the menu, which includes signature dishes like braised abalone and black truffle in casserole and Hungarian Mangalica hogs with honey sauce.
Address: 74 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 3125 3228, http://www.tycoontann.com
The Walrus
The Walrus is the latest venture by the sisters behind Hollywood Road cocktail bar The Woods — as we’ve come to expect from Juliette, Regina and Victoria Chow, this is not a run-of-the-mill concept. The Walrus is an oyster bar, promising the finest bivalves in town and paired with the sort of creative cocktails we fell in love with in that Hollywood Road basement. No confirmed word about an opening date as yet, but they’re hoping to open doors sometime this month.
The Walrus, 64 Staunton Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 9132 1802, http://www.thewalrus.hk
Maison es
The design of Maison es founds its inspiration in the flower stores of France.
After a successful foray in the private kitchen environment with Ta Pantry, Esther Sham has branched out into her first non-private venture on Wan Chai’s Electric Street. While it’s still finding its feet a little bit with the lovely French fare, the interior is probably one of the most impressive we’ve seen in a while, a soothing antidote to the contrived oneupmanship that seems all too rife in our hype-based food scene. Sham has personally overseen every last detail of the interior and decor, from the charming floral patterned crockery to the sleek marble, gold and wooden bar in the middle, as well as the comfortable private room and understatedly adorable garden area. We genuinely can’t wait to see this one grow as the kitchen gains a little bit more confidence.
Address: 1 Electric Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 2521 8011
Atelier Vivanda
Chef Akrame Benallal’s eponymous début has already been a huge hit with the foodie set (and critics alike) — his latest (which opens this week) may just be a few doors down, but it’s a whole world away. Atelier Vivanda is a showcase of meat and potatoes — yep, that’s it. With a casual, countryside bistro setting and hearty dishes, this looks like our new go-to for a comfort eat.
Atelier Vivanda, 9A Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, http://www.ateliervivanda.com.hk
Jamie’s Italian
Jamie’s florentina pizza is one of the highlights at his new TST branch.
Sure, the long lines at the Causeway Bay original might have been based more on the name than the actual food, but sources tell us that Jamie’s new TST branch is quite a step up from his first offering — if you can brave the crowds at Harbour City, that is. Expect comfort Italian eats in the form of hearty pasta dishes and proteins. You can probably rest assured it’ll be around for a while, so you might be wise to wait a bit until the crowds die down to check it out.
Address: Shop 412, 4/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Contact: +852 3758 3333, http://www.jamieoliver.com
BriKetenia
A Michelin-starred restaurant from the southern French town Guethary has opened its first overseas outlet in Kwun Tong. It’s not a completely random endeavour though — chef David Ibarboure (himself a third generation chef — his father was at one point a chef for François Mitterand) actually spent three years working at the Mandarin Oriental’s Pierre before opening BriKetenia in his hometown in 2008, and obtaining his first Michelin star in 2010.
He’s no doubt hoping to repeat his success with the opening of BriKetenia Hong Kong. The cuisine straddles the line between French and Basque — think starters like a beef tartare with avocado, piment d’Espelette, pine nuts, green apple and sauce vierge, and foie gras crème brûlée with raspberry jam and baguette. Green line, we’re coming.
Address: Shop B1, 1/F, TG Place, 10 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon Contact: +852 3577 8100, http://www.briketenia.com.hk
Bisque – Lobster & Champagne
This lush venue (think velvet banquette seating with glossy metallic finishes) is the perfect setting for Bisque’s speciality, which, as the name would suggest, is premium lobster and champagne — and you know they mean business when each table actually comes with an in-built ice bucket.
Address: 1/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 2331 8181, http://www.facebook.com/BisqueHK
Townhouse
The latest opening in the LKF high-rise is the Gaia Group’s Townhouse, which serves as an extension of their ifc rooftop restaurant Glasshouse. Slick modern décor (read: lots of concrete) with European twists hint at the east-meets-west cuisine: signatures include buffalo wings with lime and lemongrass, and cheese rice noodles with bacon and 62 degree egg because trends. There’s also a handy cocktail menu featuring some pretty interesting ingredients (lavender-infused plum wine, anyone?).
Address: 23/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 2344 2366, http://www.gaiagroup.com.hk
Bars
The Woods
Molecular mixology cocktails are popping up all over town, but The Woods is our number one place to go when we want a cocktail with a twist. The experience at The Woods is altogether different from your regular bar, especially when it comes down to the drinks. It’s all about the attention to detail here, from the well-thought décor to the creativity of the cocktails. Inconspicuously hidden on Hollywood Road, The Woods can be easily missed, but we guarantee that after one visit you’ll want to return for more! Just take a look at our review here. Using artisanal spirits from small batch distilleries and market-fresh ingredients, each drink is meticulously crafted. This is truly an experience that taps into all the senses – make sure you try out their new Prix Fixe menu this month for some magical winter flavours… you even get to smoke your own rosemary for the ‘Campfire’ digestif cocktail!
Address: L/G, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 2522 -0281, http://www.thewoods.hk
The Envoy
Ever since its opening this summer at the Pottinger Hong Kong, The Envoy has been the talk of the town and we can see why! Antonio Lai and Charlene Dawes are the brains behind this new hot spot, and with some of the city’s most sought-after bars already under their belt (Quinary, Origin and Angel’s Share), you know that the drinks are going to be on point. The luxe interior of Envoy is enough to get jaws dropping, but the quirky presentation of their crafty concoctions are sure to prompt a couple of Insta pics or two. Satisfy your visuals and taste buds with True Blood #2, which is served in a hospital-style blood bag, or their award-winning tea inspired cocktail, Honey Me Honey Tea, which comes in a bird-shaped glass with a rolled up message. Take a look at these beauties here and pop down to Pottinger Street for some festive and fun drinks!
Address: 3/F The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 2169 3311, http://www.theenvoy.hk

April 2015

Spring has sprung and that means there’s a whole host of new light and bright menus taking over Hong Kong’s many dining spots. If you’re looking to try something different, there’s no shortage of new restaurant openings in the city – from Hello Kitty themed dim sum to delicious British gastro-pub delights, it’s all here in our April Food News Flash! We hope you’re hungry…

NEW RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Viet Kitchen
One of our favourite chefs and a pioneer of fresh, modern Vietnamese fare, Chef Peter Cuong Franklin, has set up shop at the recently opened Viet Kitchen. Expect his signature contemporary take on this flavourful cuisine at Viet Kitchen for dining in, or head to Viet Baguette for tasty on the go bites.

Viet Kitchen, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/vietkitchen.hk

Tycoon Tan and Mod Bar
Another addition to the Central dining scene is Tycoon Tan, serving up Hong Kong fare with a contemporary twist. Think classic local dishes with high quality ingredients in a sleek and stylish setting adorned with artwork. And don’t forget to try a Chinese inspired cocktail at Mod Bar! Both open up their doors in May, so we’ll see you there.

Tycoon Tan, 74 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3125 3228, www.facebook.com/tycoontann

Conrad Hong Kong’s Garden Cafe Terrace
Looking for a new al fresco spot to enjoy the sunshine? The Conrad’s new dining venue is situated on the lower lobby level of the hotel, and is the perfect cute, candlelit nook to escape the city. Sit back and enjoy sophisticated cocktails and delicious barbecued dishes on the patio…

Garden Cafe, Lower Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2822 8890, www.conraddining.com

The Saint
If you’re looking for a relaxed venue with great food and drinks in a Central location, look no further than The Saint. Tucked away on Elgin Street in Soho, this trendy new resto serves up British gastro-pub style comfort food – think oven-roasted halibut, fresh salads and buttermilk spring chicken. They also have an impressive selection of gins and the cocktails are to die for! Stop by for The Saint’s ‘Tipple Time’ from 5-8pm for $40 specials. Stay tuned for our review!

The Saint, 55 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 2646, www.thesaint.com.hk

Jack’s Fried Chicken
If you love the food from Chef Jack Carson (the man behind the delicious food at Restoration), then you’ve got to check out his most recent venture in K-Town. If you’re craving fried chicken, this is the place for you! We’d like to get our hands on their secret Cajun spice recipe.

Jack’s Fried Chicken, G/F 78-86 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2755 5547, www.facebook.com/jacksfriedchickenhk

MANA! Raw – Wild Juicery
One of our favourite healthy dining spots, MANA!, has opened up its second venue just down the road from the original location. MANA! Raw – Wild Juicery serves up creative raw dishes like ‘Vushi’, their version of vegan and/or raw sushi rolls, and offers a selection of freshly made juices. It’s the perfect place to pick up some healthy goodness on the go! And don’t forget to sample their delicious raw desserts too…

MANA! Raw – Wild Juicery, 92 – 97 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2851 1611,www.mana.hk/raw

Maple & Ice
If you’re from Canada and feeling a bit homesick, we suggest you check out Maple & Ice, an online boutique that brings Canadian products to Hong Kong. From organic maple sugar to maple infused vodka, they’ve got you covered if you’ve got a hankering for all things sweet and maple-based!

Maple & Icewww.mapleandice.hk

Wasabi Warriors
Looking for something to spice up your lunch? Wasabi Warriors on Stanley Street bring the heat with their freshly made sushi rolls. All the rolls use locally sourced ingredients, making this sushi spot a sustainable lunch option. Don’t forget to check out the daily specials too!

Wasabi Warriors, Unit F, G/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley St, Central, 2323 1512, wasabiwarriors.com.hk

Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine
Our favourite cute kitty and our favourite Hong Kong food? We can’t think of a better combination! Yep, you can munch on Hello Kitty dim sum on Canton Road at the newly opened resto. This is a MUST visit for the most adorable Insta snaps…

Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine, Shop A-C, G/F, Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

 

Berrytime
We’re often munching on cupcakes and cookies here at Sassy HQ, so it was a nice change when Berrytime delivered a huge box of healthy snacks to our door! This online Hong Kong health food store sells a range of healthy foods, from superfood supplements to paleo bars, to healthy sweeteners and nutritious nuts. They also have a cool magazine which you should check out for some fab recipes and foodie news.

Berrytime, www.berrytime.com

NEW MENUS AND PROMOTIONS

Kaetsu
Celebrate spring with a new menu at Kaetsu featuring the finest ingredients of the season from Japan. Designed by Chef de Cuisine Takeda Yukio, Kaetsu offers diners an unforgettable experience, with dishes such as Hokkaido cheese mixed with dried persimmon wrapped with seaweed, peas from Wakayama and a bean curd paste from Miyagi. You’ll also be able to sample the unique Charcoal grilled abalone with Funka Bay sea urchin dish this season… sounds like a tempting treat to us! Available now, the spring kaiseki menu is priced at $1,600 per person plus a 10% service charge.

Kaetsu, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, 2584 7722, hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com

Tapas at ToTT’s
Looking for a fun alfresco spot? Head to ToTT’s and Roof Terrace as the weather warms and enjoy a spread of new tapas on the menu including Toasted loaf with tomato salsa, Anchovies and Iberico pate, Fried salt cod croquette and Serrano ham with Manchego cheese. Don’t worry, the favourites are still there as well! You’ll want to order the Chili Con Carne Quesadilla, Lemongrass and Chili Chicken Skewers and Stewed Bite Paprika Short Rib and pair it with a refreshing cocktail from the master mixologist at ToTT’s. It’s a sunny way to spend lunch Mon-Fri, or head there on the weekend for a spectacular Champagne brunch.

ToTT’s and Roof Terrace, The Excelsior Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2894 8888, www.mandarinoriental.com/excelsior

Icy Froyo Pops
Looking for a healthy snack? We went gaga for EskiMO’s new frozen yogurt cake pops when we received a shipment to the office last week, and we know you’ll love them too! These low-fat pop have no added sugar and are available in an assortment of flavours that change seasonally. We’ll definitely be bringing a box of these along to our next summer outing – call them to find out what flavours are in season now!

EskiMO’s, Shop 416, Level 4, The Arcade (Food Court), Cyberport, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, 2758 0002,www.eskimos.hk

Sunday Dinner at 121BC
If you’re searching for a new Sunday dinner spot, you’ll want to head to 121BC for a flavourful taste of Italy, now open Sundays from 5-10pm. We love this secluded spot for their minimalist, yet cosy decor and rustic dishes that hit home every time. They’re serving up all new regional dishes on their menu, as well as brand new kids’ items – so make sure you bring the whole troupe over for house-made tagliatelle and tasty gelato for dessert ($150 each for kids).

121BC, 42-44 Peel Street, Central, 2395 0200, www.121bc.com.hk, e-mail info@121BC.com.hk for reservations

 

Oyster Delight
Love oysters? You won’t want to miss family-friendly Spasso’s Oyster Happy Hour on their alfresco terrace, with oysters sourced from France, Japan and Canada. The ‘Oyster Discovery’ experience includes a nightly surprise pairing package of oysters and wines – so bring the hubby and settle in for this seductive date night! Raw, baked, paired with wines, or slipped into shooters, Spasso is featuring it all – this is definitely one not to be missed for oyster lovers!

Spasso, G5-8, 12-17 Empire Centre, 68 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2730 8027, www.divinogroup.com/restaurants/spasso

Bread Street Lunch 
If you haven’t yet been to this casual British fare resto, now’s the perfect time to pop by for an affordable taste of Gordon Ramsay’s creations with the launch of their new set lunch menu. The seasonal menu is offered Monday-Friday, and diners can choose between three different appetisers including a refreshing blue cheese salad and marinated pork ribs with pickled plums, and mains such as fish pie and lamb meatballs. Fresh ingredients change with the season, so make this your new go-to lunch destination for a taste of London in the heart of Hong Kong.

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Mezzanine Level, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2230 1800, www.diningconcepts.com/breadstreetkitchenbar

Discover Thai Taste
Award-winning buffet restaurant Yamm at The Mira Hong Kong serves us a myriad of tasty Thai dishes this month in celebration of Songkran, Thailand’s popular Water Festival. Curated by the restaurant’s Thai sous chef Danita Srisuwan, the “Discover Thai Taste” menu at Yamm features scrumptious specialties such as Minced Pork Salad, Massaman Curry Chicken, Pineapple Fried Rice and Phad Kee, or Spicy Stir-fried Noodle. This delicious dining experience is completed by traditional Thai refreshments such as Thai Iced Milk Tea and Iced Longan Drink. Savour the feast for $668 / adult and $398 / child (Mon-Thurs) or $698 / adult and $428 / child (Fri-Sun and public holidays) until 17 May.

Yamm, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315, 5111, www.themirahotel.com 

Taste of Italy
Now you can enjoy Pirata’s homey Italian-style dishes all-day with their new family-inspired lunch menu comprising of an antipasti buffet, main course and dessert. Choose between three main course options ($168, $196 and $248) and whet your appetite with a delicious assortment of fresh vegetables, cheeses, cold cuts, beef carpaccio and more from the bountiful buffet spread. Mains include Campanelle with Italian Sausage Ragu, Grilled Wild Yellowfin Tuna and Pirata’s signature M.M.M., or My Mamma’s Meatballs. This is sure to be a hefty meal to recharge before heading back to the boardroom for the day!

Pirata, 30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, 2887 0270, www.pirata.hk

Mex is Best 
Super-size your order at Cali-Mex with their all new 1kg burrito for those with healthy appetites (or those who love to share!). Choose from their range of 12 delectable fillings including Australian Angus Beef, Australian Free Range Chicken Breast, US pork shoulder, New Zealand Ling Fillets and Juicy Prawns. With this new double-sized burrito, you’ll definitely leave fully stuffed and satisfied, while the healthy and fresh ingredients will keep you from feeling heavily weighed down for the rest of the day. Available now for $168 at all Cali-Mex locations around town.

Rooftop Cookout
A Wan Chai institution, The Pawn is back with a new Rooftop ‘Farm’, incorporating an urban farm, fully-equipped kitchen and bar, and a spacious events area for private events and functions. Working with local farming experts, the team at The Pawn has expanded their range of homegrown vegetables, fruits and herbs, with 20 different herb varieties harvested in-house! Every other Sunday from 12-3pm, the “Rooftop Cookout” invites guests to partake in a scrumptious outdoor feast consisting of fresh salads and made-to-order BBQ meats including pork belly, rump steak, salmon skewers and the restaurant’s homemade beef burger. $598 for adults and $300 for kids under 12.

The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2866 3444, www.thepawn.com.hk 

Lobster Feast
Enjoy scrumptious seafood as the breezy summer weather beckons with Lobster Sundays at Assaggio Trattoria Italiana. This lobster-themed brunch comes complete with all-you-can-eat variations of lobster dishes, including Herb Butter-Glazed Lobster, Lobster Salad “Catalana”, Lobster Pizza, Lobster Aglio e Olio, Lobster Soup and more! Throw in a mix of Italian cold cuts, appetisers, cheeses and Assaggio’s Suckling Pig and you’ve got yourself a feast! The best part is that this brunch won’t break the bank at just $398 per adult and $298 per kid.

Assaggio Trattoria Italiana, 6/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, 2877 3999, www.miradining.com/assaggio-wanchai

Canapés on Command 
If you’re looking for a trusted caterer for your next birthday bash or private dining event, look no further than Invisible Kitchen, founded by British Chef Tom Burney. This gourmet catering company is dedicated to providing unforgettable dining experiences for Hong Kong’ers and their new canapes menu sounds simply delectable, with bite-sized dishes including Thai prawn sugarcane lollipops, asparagus, basil & Serrano ham wraps, and ricotta, spinach and pine nut filo tartlettes. Invisible Kitchen can cater for parties ranging from six to into the thousands, so sit back, relax and let the Invisible team take your event to gastronomic heights…

Invisible Kitchenwww.invisiblekitchen.com

Dine and Design
Food-lovers, take note! Dine and Design is back and better than ever this year. This three-day event takes place from 1-3 May at the Central Harbourfront, with over 100 stalls featuring emerging designers, food vendors and interactive workshops. The spotlight event for the dining portion is the Harbourfront Feast, which features 12 headlining chefs representing the best eateries in the city coming together to serve up one epic food fiesta. Taking place on 2 May from 1-5pm, the Harbourfront Feast will showcase the creations of chefs such as Nathan Green from 22 Ships, Bryan Nagao from TOWN and Antonio Cacciapaglia from Lo Locanda, all serving up both sweet and savoury delights. $680 per person includes free-flow food and drinks.

Dine & Designwww.facebook.com/pages/The-Harbourfront-Feast
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March and April dining news:

Lai Bun Fu

Helmed by former government house executive chef, Chung Kin Leung (who has cooked for the likes of former president George Bush and Margaret Thatcher), Lai Bun Fu offers traditional Chinese dishes made with premium ingredients as a contemporary twist. Location: Lai Bun Fu, 5/F, 18 On Lan Street Area. Central Website: http://www.laibunfu.com Phone number: +852 2564 3868

Steak Frites by The Butchers Club The Butchers Club, who arguably do one of the best burgers in Hong Kong, have opened their highly-anticipated Steak Frites by The Butchers Club in Central. Just like all of their other joints, the restaurant revolves around The Butchers Club’s very own beef from its farm in New South Wales, Australia. Location: UG/F, 52-56 Staunton Street Area: Central Website: http://www.butchersclub.com.hk Phone number: +852 2858 9800

ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge

Widely-acclaimed chef Philippe Orrico has teamed up with Jeremy Evrard, mixologist Giancarlo Mancino (previously of Otto e Mezzo) and sommelier Nicolas Deneux (previously of Grand Hyatt) to open ON Dining Kitchen & Foodie Bar — an interactive southern European and Mediterranean dining experience.   Location: 18 On Lan Street Area: Central Website: http://ontop.hk/ Address : 28-29/F, 18 On Lan Street Central Phone No. : 2174 8100

Quest Hong Kong

Chef Que Vinh Dang (the guy behind TBLS private kitchen) has returned to win over the hearts of Hong Kong all over again with his contemporary take on Vietnamese food at Quest Hong Kong. Think beef tartare with dry rice noodles, soup jelly and fresh herbs and Vietnamese summer rolls with Alaskan king crab and pickled daikon. Location: Quest, 28/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Area: Wanchai Website: www.questbyque.com Phone number: +852 2554 0888

The Pawn

Nestled within a 19th century heritage building in Wanchai, The Pawn offers modern British dishes designed by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, a botanical bar and an urban garden up top.   Location: 62 Johnston Road Area: Wanchai Website: http://www.thepawn.com.hk Phone number: +852 2866 3444 Email: info@thepawn.com.hk

SEPA: Bacaro Veneziano

SEPA is Hong Kong’s first Venetian concept restaurant and bar created by Chef Enrico Bartolini, one of Italy’s youngest Michelin star chef.  The restaurant’s concept is inspired by the play ”The Servant of Two Masters”, a 1743 comedy by one of the most famous Italian playwrights, Carlo Goldoni in the theatrical style of “Comedia dell’arte”. Location: 61 Caine Road Website: http://www.sepa.com.hk Phone number: +852 2521 9800 Email: reservations@sepa.com.hk
Toritama Tokyo’s famed yakitori restaurant, Toritama, has just launched their first branch in Hong Kong. Considered to be one of Japan’s best, Toritama’s menu features 24 distinct chicken parts including the wing, thighs, organs and soft breast bone, which are all prepared by hand and marinated with salt or in an explosive mix of Toritama’s signature soy sauce, sake and mirin.

Location: 2 Gleanely Website: www.facebook.com/toritamahk Phone number: +852 2388 7717

Limewood

Located at the Pulse in Repulse Bay, Maximal Concepts’ Limewood restaurant is a mix of South East Asian, Hawaiian, South American and Caribbean flavours centered around barbecued seafood and meats. Location: G/F, 28 Beach Road Area: Repulse Bay Website: www.limewood.hk Phone number: +852 2866 8668

Carbone

Having taken New York by storm, Carbone has set up shop in Hong Kong to delight guests with their traditional American-Italian cuisine. Featuring classics such as linguini with clams and veal parmesan, this homely yet elegant joint is destined to become the new foodie hotspot. Location: 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street Area: Central Website: www.carbone.com.hk/ Phone number: +852 2593 2593

Seasons by Olivier E.

Opened by Olivier Elzer, the three-star Michelin chef who used to work for L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Pierre, Seasons by Olivier E. features contemporary French fare inspired by each season. Location: 3/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road Area: Causeway Bay Website: http://www.seasonsbyolivier.com Phone number: +852 2505 6228

November 2014

Spoon by Alain Ducasse at the Intercontinental Hotel at
18 Salisbury Road, in Kowloon

Pierre
Address : 25/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central Central
Phone No. : 2825 4001

Amber
Address : 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central
Phone No. : 2132 0066

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Address : Shop 401, 4/F, The Landmark, 16 Des Voeux Road Central Central
Phone No. : 2166 9000

Mandarin Grill + Bar 文華扒房+ 酒吧
Address : Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central Central
Phone No. : 2825 4004

Sevva
Address : 25/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road Central
Phone No. : 2537 1388

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