New restaurants opening in Hong Kong


Keep up-to-date with the latest café and restaurant openings in Hong Kong (updated fortnightly)

April 2016

Omotesando Koffee

This famous coffee shop from Tokyo, renowned for its espresso and cube-shaped baked custards (‘kashi’), has closed its doors at its picturesque residential location in Japan and opened inside Wan Chai’s swank Lee Tung Avenue complex. The lines are getting long and competition is fierce for the kashi, but we can confidently tell you they’re worth the wait. G24-25, Lee Tung Ave, 200 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai;

Keyaki Group is at it again, this time opening a casual Japanese and Korean tapas restaurant along Knutsford Terrace. The name translates to ‘school open day’ in Japanese, so expect a cute concept with
small plates at affordable prices. Judging by how much we enjoy Ganguya in Tin Hau, we’re confident this one won’t disappoint either. 6/F, 1 Knutsford Tce, Tsim Sha

This cooler, younger sister of traditional local dessert café Honeymoon Dessert has landed at Yoho Mall in Yuen Long, featuring angel and devil-themed treats. The angelic creations cater to the health-conscious crowd with a collection of low-calorie yoghurt jars filled with super-food ingredients like Greek yoghurt. Meanwhile the dark side tantalises with five different and equally seductive options such as dessert pizzas. Perfect for sweet lovers, both naughty and nice. Shop A315B, 3/F, Yoho Mall II, Yuen Long, 2325 4049;

April 2016

Erawan Thai Premium
Erawan Thai Premium is a restaurant concept recently opened in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui’s dining sector and is brought to you by the team behind the Michelin recommended Moon Thai. Serving traditional Thai cuisine, characterised by fragrant spices and balanced flavours, this eatery uses quality ingredients imported daily from Thailand. 4/F, Astoria Bldg, 24-38 Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3708 8368;

Just like the street name suggests, sail away from Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle to Ship Street’s newest addition – QMO. Recently opened, this seafood bar and winery is sea-rious about its food. Helmed by expert chef Martin Carrasco and the team behind Quemo, you can expect more of the same from the popular eatery in the QRE, except at a new location and with a more casual concept. Shop 4, G/F, Ship St, Wan Chai, 2836 0699;

Home Eat To Live
Attention nutrition fanatics! Officially opening on May 12, Home Eat To Live is a sustainable and healthy restaurant conveniently located slap bang in the middle of Central. Its mission is to promote green living by offering entirely natural delicious food and drinks. Indulge in the guilt-free courses which use only high quality organic ingredients from a network of local farms. G01-G101, 101, Nexxus Bldg, 77 Des Voeux Rd C, Central, 2777 4777;

The Cakery
Want to enjoy sweet treats without worrying about sugar and processed ingredients? For a limited time, The Cakery is here to make desserts that are much more healthy. Head to The Landmark to experience cupcakes that come in gluten-free, wheat-free or dairy-free options and find out how healthier ingredients like goji berries, Himalayan pink salt and Chinese dates can make amazing desserts. Shop 316, The Landmark, Central, 6688 6883;

Seafood Room

An exciting new restaurant in the new Tower 535, Seafood Room brings Hong Kong a unique seafood menu and interactive dining experience. Helmed by legendary chef James Cornwall, of J Sheekey fame, diners get to pick their own menu from seasonal catches, while enjoying an unobstructed view of Victoria Harbour from the rooftop lounge, which also doubles as a shisha bar. 26/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, 3708 9668;

High Tide
This much beloved and long established Thai restaurant on Lantau Island’s Cheung Sha beach has moved its premises to Mui Wo after the old lease was not renewed. Fear not, the relocation is having no effect on the appetising and authentic Thai dishes, or the down-to-earth service that garnered the eatery its loyal following in the first place.
Shop 2, 6 Ngan Kwong Wan Rd, Riverwalk, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, 2980 3002;

March 2016

Lobster Central
What happens when fast food meets seafood? Lobster Central is the place to find out. The menu offers three seafood rolls which contains a choice of fresh Boston lobster, crab or shrimp. Still feeling peckish? Pick a tasty side of lobster bisque, truffle fries or sweet potato fries. 50E Stanley St, Central, 3565 6725;

Jan Jan Kushikatsu
With 12 locations across Osaka and Tokyo, Jan Jan Kushikatsu brings its first venue outside of Japan to Hong Kong. The name Kushikatsu means ‘meat skewers’ in Japanese, a delicacy very popular among Osaka locals, as are many of the other options on the menu. Pair your meal with a drink from the wide selection of Japanese beers, sake and soju. 2/F, 100 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2157 1408.

Satisfy your Japanese food cravings at Kyoku, a sushi and teppanyaki restaurant newly opened in Causeway Bay. The fresh, delectable dishes combine with the modern, sleek interior to make a new spot perfect for anyone seeking an authentic Japanese experience.
Shop 2, G/F, 38 Haven St, Causeway Bay, 2156 9888;

February 2016

Cobo House by 2am:dessertbar

Collaborating with award-winning chef Janice Wong, this dessert bar is merging art with sweets to form aesthetically stunning dishes. Currently the soft menu focuses solely on sweets; expect a full course menu to be ready by the end of March. G/F-1/F, 8-12 South Ln, Sai Wan, 2656 3088;

La Porcina

New to the streets of Sheung Wan, La Porcina offers Spanish cuisine, with seafood as its speciality. Dishes on the menu include spaghetti with surf clams, pumpkin and chestnut risotto in lobster sauce and seafood chowder. Shop C, G/F, 188 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, 2857 2028.

Sushi Gin
Sushi-lovers looking for a new spot to dine should head to the recently opened Sushi Gin, located in the heart of Causeway Bay. Pick from its selection of fresh sashimi and enjoy watching your food being prepared in front of you at the sushi bar. 27/F, Zing, 38 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay, 2151 1888;

Centre Street Kitchen
Enjoy great views of Victoria Harbour at Island Pacific Hotel’s newly refurbished Centre Street Kitchen. Recommendations from veteran chef Roy Ho Kin-cheung include their signature Hong Kong dishes, like the braised fish maw and goose webs with Yunnan ham and stir-fried crab with turnip cakes, both skillfully prepared with patience and passion. Island Pacific Hotel, 152 Connaught Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, 2131 5908;

Pam’s Cheesecake & Jam
Straight from Mama Pam’s kitchen are these absolutely delicious cheesecakes in nine innovative flavours, including durian, tofu, Earl Grey pistachio, pumpkin and strawberry. Believe us when we say you’ll be a party pleaser if you surprise someone with one of these – you can really taste the difference when something is made with care and consideration. 6735 7455;

Filled with Latin hospitality, sharing portions and a cozy ambience, Picada is the newest entrant to Hong Kong’s crowded South American food scene. Tuck into Latin American comfort food served on large platters and relax into the wee hours. 16A, Elgin St, Central, 2526 7737;

January 2016

Artisan Room

Sleek and chic, this is an artisanal coffee shop that combines finely crafted drinks – whether coffee, organic tea or juices – with an ambiance built for sociality. Enjoy a sweet éclair or a delicate quiche and take a seat at the outdoor terrace or a communal table complete with charging stations. 8-12 South Ln, Sai Wan, 2656 3198;

Good BBQ
Central is home to this new takeaway-only siu mei (Chinese roast meats) restaurant. Featuring char siu crispy pork belly, soy chicken, poached chicken and roast duck, the eatery uses modern cooking methods such as sous vide and provides boneless chicken for anyone wanting an easier eat. Good BBQ also utilises modern technology, such as WhatsApp, to allow customers to place their order quickly and conveniently. Shop 2, 39 Queen’s Rd (entrance at Li Yuen St East), Central, 9852 1062;

Plat du Jour

With its second restaurant making a debut in Pacific Place, Plat du Jour is set to continue its tradition of providing essential French cuisine good enough to satisfy the fussy palates in the city’s business district. Make sure not to miss the signature lobster bisque or beef bourguignon, nor their feathery madeleines. Unit 007, Level LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2715 0511;

Café Bauhinia
Surround yourself with the fragrant aromas of fresh flowers in Sheung Wan’s secret garden. Café Bauhinia is a flower and coffee shop, quaint and quiet in equal measure. The walls and terrace are dripping in bloomers, creating an almost rural atmosphere while you munch on items from the tea-set-inspired menu which offers coffees alongside Hong Kong’s first ever s’more buffet. Say what? What’s’ more perfect than oozing fluffy sugar puffs combined with crackers and chocolate while you’re inhaling coffee and flowers?

23 New Market St, Sheung Wan, 2368 9339;

Ginza West
Finally, Ginza West has ventured outside of Japan and opened a luxury confectionary dessert shop in the heart of Wan Chai. Drop by for pies, cookies and cakes that have been carefully prepared by pastry chefs who use only the finest ingredients and shy away from artificial flavours and colours. Choose an assortment of your fave flavours and share with friends and family. Just remember to count those calories later!

Shop G13, Lee Tung Ave, 200 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 3974 5888;

The Drunken Pot
Feast your eyes on TST’s newest hot pot spot, a 6,200sq ft restaurant that looks and feels like a rustic-yet-contemporary fish market. The Drunken Pot moves beyond the traditional bland broths of hot pots past, serving 18 varieties of soup base which come with premium ingredients within for those who like to experiment with flavours. It’s suggested diners can add a shot of sake to their broth for an extra kick.

2/F, 8 Observatory Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2321 9038;

December 2015

Hong Kong’s newest Cantonese restaurant is serving up a playful twist on traditional dai pai dong classics, fusing them with contemporary dishes for both nostalgic and modern palates alike. With wall panelling mimicking the stalls of yesteryear and doorframes copied from 19th century tong lau buildings, Kasa is stylish with a flare for old Hong Kong simplicity.
1/F, Shui On Ctr, 6-8 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, 2659 9189;

Late-night blues aficionados can rejoice at last with the launch of a new New York-style jazz club. The 2,000sq ft venue in the heart of Central embodies class and glamour to the nth degree, with walnut tones and dim lighting reminiscent of 1950s New York bars. Sip from tumblers of the world’s finest whiskeys or flutes of premium champagnes as you indulge in live jazz performances.
1/F, On Hing Bldg, 1 On Hing Tce, Central.

Pom Pom Purin Café
With Sanrio bringing us Hello Kitty and Gudetama inspired cafes, it’s about time they brought over our favourite little pudding dog, Pom Pom Purin! Sanrio-loving foodies will adore the franchise’s newest creation, the Pom Pom Purin Café, inspired by crème caramel. You can be sure the café will sell treats just as sweet as the décor.

B1/F, Macau Yat Yuen Ctr, 523-527 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay, 2893 0095.

World-renowned three-Michelin-starred chef Hideaki Matsuo is debuting his first overseas branch of Kashiwaya here in Hong Kong. Known for his indulgent kaiseki, Matsuo’s menu is tailored for every season, using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Be sure to try the Japanese spiny lobster ise ebi, a special dish dedicated to Hong Kong. 
8/F, 18 On Lan St, Central, 2520 5218;
Café Hong Kong
Striving to conjure up nostalgic 1960s and 70s charm, Café Hong Kong opens its doors to unveil a vintage-meets-modern ambience and traditional cha chaan teng menu, adorned with antique radios playing the tunes of yesteryear, vintage cultural posters and relaxed mood lighting. The restaurant aims to provide efficient service and serve traditional fast food-style dishes prepared MSG-free using quality, fresh ingredients. 
15 Hollywood Rd, Central, 2806 0220; café

Enjoy creative, high quality and reasonably priced Japanese shabu shabu at the newly opened On-Yasai in Harbour City. With over 300 outlets dotted all over Japan, you can anticipate a range of choice and versatility. There are nine different types of soup base for the pot, accompanied by the freshest vegetables from around the world, as well as prime kurobuta pork and wagyu beef.
Shop 37A, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2153 1801;

November 2015

Popsy Modern Kitchen
Following the successful launch of her private dining gallery The Popsy Room in Sheung Wan, Rome-educated, award-winning designer Jennifer Chung is bringing her talent for pairing food with art to an all day dining restaurant at The Wellington in Central. Get ready to experience an artistic culinary feast, featuring an extensive menu of colourfully crafted European dishes and original Poptails.
5/F, The Wellington, 184-198 Wellington St, Central, 2907 8188;

Osteria Felice
Launched by Australian chef Brian Moore, this new Italian restaurant and bar brings a distinctive Mediterranean flavour to the stark business quarters of Central. Enjoy an affordable range of authentic Italian meats, massive Neapolitan pizzas and an international selection of handpicked wines in the casual, rustic atmosphere of this self-proclaimed ‘neighbourhood joint’.
Shop 16-21, G/F, Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Rd, Central, 2516 6166;

The Roundhouse – Chicken + Beer
Opening its second branch, The Roundhouse is sending head chef Austin Fry to bring its signature crispy fried chicken to Wan Chai courtesy of his hometown recipe from Texas. Diners are most likely to be impressed by the authentic, sweet tea-marinated fried chicken and large selection of international craft beers.
29 Amoy St, Wan Chai, 2866 3330;

London’s trendy contemporary Korean restaurant and bar has landed in Hong Kong. Helmed by the Korean-American Iron Chef, Judy Joo, Jinjuu brings the ‘anju’ culture of eating while drinking to the heart of LKF. Look forward to some fantastic cocktails accompanied by delicious fare.
UG/F, California Twr, 32 D’Aguilar St, Central;

Ebb & Flow

After undergoing an extensive renovation, The Park Lane reopens its doors as a Pullman Hotel with a revamped lobby lounge, Ebb & Flow. The contemporary eatery features an artistic interior design and sumptuous menu. For global nomads, it’s definitely a nice spot to enjoy some light snacks, such as an éclair and coffee, or one of the delectable afternoon tea sets.
L/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, 2839 3377;

Yum Cha

Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui is contemporary dim sum restaurant Yum Cha, which features your favourite baos and dumplings infused with quality ingredients and playful presentation. Sitting on the third floor of the soon-to-open Attitude Hotel, and one floor below sister restaurant Urban Park, this is definitely a spot to explore.
3/F, Attitude Hotel, 20-22 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2891 6622;

October 2015

The First Floor
The ‘edutainment concept’, by Lifestyle Federation has always mixed education and entertainment across the food, drink and lifestyle continuum. With a range of classes, workshops and tastings available at its club, this 4,000sq ft space is the perfect place to host such events. And now, with the addition of The First Floor restaurant to the premises, it promises to serve premium-sourced ingredients from across Europe.
1/F, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell St, Central, 2840-0032;

Synonymous with all things opulent, the Keyaki Group is now turning its hand to robatayaki – where fresh ingredients are laid out in front of customers counter-side, who can then have their selections expertly grilled by specialists. To emphasise that this isn’t a stuffy, formal establishment, the décor is dotted with iconic Japanese superheroes from classic shows such as Gundam, Ultraman and Saint Seiya, to name a few. Be prepared to have both your inner child and your appetite  satisfied here.
16 Ngan Mok St, Tin Hau;

Monaco’s chic steakhouse has made its way to our fair city. With locations spread around some of the world’s most coveted destinations – including Monte Carlo, Moscow and Mykonos – Hong Kong meat eaters can expect to be wined and dined with the finest cuts available from Argentina, Japan and Australia.
2/F, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House St, Central, 2110 8853;

Lobster and Mussels by Paul’s Kitchen

Paul’s Kitchen has long been famous for its rustic, homemade Western cuisine. And now, revamped and redecorated, Paul Lee is introducing his latest concept – a fresh lobster and mussels-themed restaurant. Expect to indulge in lobster rolls, moules in special sauces and some of the juiciest seafood in town.
16 Gough St, Central, 2815 8003;

Shiki Zen
Located slap bang in the centre of Causeway Bay, Shiki Zen is here to take udon to a whole new level. Importing a special machine from Japan to make fresh noodles on site every day, the restaurant has also hired a Japanese udon master to ensure the culinary team are whipping up perfect udon dough. Move over ramen, it’s time for an udon uptrend!
29/F, Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, 2970 3218;

Yakini Kuu
Synonymous with quality and reliability, Sushi Kuu has been a Central favourite for years. Now it’s showing its expertise with yakiniku, or grilled meat. Located in the tail end of Kau U Fong, Yakini Kuu is set to deliver the barbecue meat version of what Sushi Kuu is famous for. With lunch sets averaging $150 and the deluxe dinner set at a very reasonable $680, you’ll be set for your next date.
Basement, 29-31 Gough St, Sheung Wan, 2331 3805;

Almas Caviar Bar

Joining the other five restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton is this exclusive seven-seater caviar bar. Taking its name from the premium almas persicus caviar found in the Caspian Sea, the bar can boast being Asia’s sole retailer of the legendary delicacy. This is guaranteed to be a luxurious experience.
102/F, International Commerce Ctr, 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, 2263 2270;

Transforming from quirky coffee hub by day to house party-style venue by night, this wine bar-slash-creative space gives off a true ‘my house is your house’ feel. Designed by natural living enthusiast Alison Christ and natural wine expert Karim Hajadi, they’ve moulded a space where Hongkongers can gather and relax together at a convenient Wan Chai location.
26/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2323 1715;

The Ocean
Hot on the heels of successful Indonesian restaurant Tri, the boys from Le Comptoir group have just opened another equally impressive restaurant – Ocean. The modern French-and Japanese-influenced dishes are, unsurprisingly, all ocean-inspired and combine minimalist design on the plate with an ingredients-first philosophy, one that expertly showcases the culinary talents of chefs Yukio Kimijima and Agustin Balbi.
Shop 303-304, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, 2889 5939;

September 2015

HK Sixties

HK Sixties might not have racecourse views, but instead this new members-only restaurant at the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Sha Tin offers visitors a nostalgic trip back in time with its retro menu and decor.
Sha Tin Racecourse, Grandstand I, 4/F, Section 2, 2966 6500;

Madera Café
Inspired by the founder’s very own Yee Tak Sesame Factory, the Madera Café is fashioned around the flavours of sesame and cinnamon. It’s also the first café at Le Riviera, Hip Shing Hong’s boutique residential project that boasts jaw-dropping views of Victoria Harbour.
Shop G/F, Le Riviera, 23 Shau Kei Wan Main St E, Shau Kei Wan, 3579 4548;

Fish School
Chef David Lai promises to re-imagine local cuisine with his modern approach to ‘made in Hong Kong’ seafood dishes at his newest restaurant, Fish School. The intimate 50-seater is centered around an open kitchen, with a huge fish tank as the focal point displaying the day’s menu.
100 Third St, Sai Ying Pun, 2361 2966.

Bun Cha
Taking up the obscure spot on Aberdeen Street vacated by short-lived Criminal Treats bakery, this little Vietnamese eatery is already generating buzz for serving up authentic fare.
Shop 1, G/F, King Ho Bldg, 41-49 Aberdeen St, Sheung Wan, 2858 1900;

Tang2, a brand new casual eatery in Lai Chi Kok, offers celebrated dishes from other Tang related eateries, such as China Tang, at affordable prices. Noted for its relaxed surroundings, the extensive menu is what makes this venue such a welcoming place to dine. 
Unit G09C, G/F, Cheung Sha Wan Plaza, 833 Cheung Sha Wan Rd, Cheung Sha Wan, 2341 5788;

Trois Petites Gaufres
Hidden down Causeway Bay’s up and coming Tang Lung Street, Trois Petites Gaufres features a fantastic selection of European and American delights. But it’s the dessert menu and artisanal coffee that’re the main draw. It’s signature waffle comes with a generous lump of vanilla ice cream, Nutella and a honey dip, while the homemade caramel coffee with latte art (think Totoro, Minions) is a sight to behold.
Shop D2, G/F, Tang Fai Bldg, 36-48 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, 2478 3589;

As you can probably guess from the name, Greenhouse is the latest addition to the Gaia Group which includes the likes of Glasshouse and Townhouse. If its sister restaurants are anything to go by, diners can expect to see Greenhouse whipping up a variety of old time favourites and comfort food such as the tried and true squid ink pad thai – with a dash of Eastern and Western influences, of course. 
Shop 1004, 10/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay.

August 2015

Issaya Siamese Club
This award-winning restaurant from Bangkok aims to stay true to traditional Thai ingredients and flavours while utilising international and progressive cooking methods. Helmed by Ian Kittichai, chef and co-founder of the original, the menu features an array of à la carte options, such as its signature Mussumun curry and jasmine flower flan. 25/F, Soundwill Plaza II Midtown, 1 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, 2154 3048;

With the abundance of yakitori joints in Hong Kong, it goes without saying that bite-sized chunks of food on sticks are a hot commodity. With street food such a large part of Hong Kong’s culture, this Thai-inspired barbecue street vendor fits right in. Situated smack centre in Lan Kwai Fong, it’s a decent to-go place for pre-gamers who want to line their stomachs with something tasty. 17-19, D’Aguilar St, (cnr 1 Wo On Ln), Central, 2530 1022.

One of Hong Kong’s most buzz-worthy recent openings, Fishteria is a contemporary restaurant located along Queen’s Road East. Unsurprisingly, the focus is seafood and the eatery promises nothing but the finest and freshest dishes. Check out its mouth-watering menu and its refined selection of caviar before it gets too busy. G/F &1/F, 109-111 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2343 8111.

Pivo Czech Bar
Don't have the time and money to fly to the Czech Republic? The new Pivo Czech Bar at Civic Square promises to bring the ultimate Czech experience to your doorstep, like no other before. Introducing traditional flavours from Central Europe, Pivo specialises in an array of beers that are relatively uncommon in town. Beer connoisseurs, don’t miss out. Shop R004, Civic Square, Elements, 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, 2196 8733,

Mr & Mrs Fox
Led by chef Joey Sergentakis (former chef at Café Gray Deluxe), this modern steakhouse is plating up hearty dishes with an emphasis on premium meats and quality seafood. Expect to find a range of dishes, from M9 Australian wagyu strip steak to the prawn kataifi on the menu. 23 Tong Chong St, Quarry Bay, 2697 8500,

Levelthirty Lounge & Bar
Located in the tranquil neighbourhood of Sha Tin, this stylish venue, perched on the top floor of Courtyard by Marriott Sha Tin, offers beautiful skyline and breath-taking views. Gather with friends at the stunning rooftop bar and be ready to indulge in the signature fruity cocktails. 1 On Ping St, Sha Tin, 3940 8888;

July 2015

Grassroots Pantry
This much-loved restaurant in Sai Ying Pun has long nourished our bodies with its wholesome cuisine based on organic and sustainable ingredients. Now, Grassroots Pantry is finally opening its long-awaited flagship store on Hollywood Road. The new location will continue to feature a wide range of vegetarian dishes from a variety of cultures. 108 Hollywood Rd, Central, 2873 3353;

Coast Seafood & Grill
Located in the heart of Causeway Bay, Coast Seafood & Grill cooks up Mediterranean dishes that fuse the taste of southern Italian, French and Spanish cooking. The warm environment is complemented by the newly opened whisky bar that serves over 30 different bottles from around the world. Shop C, G/F, 9-11 Cleveland St, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 2576 8650;

Kettle Black
 Located in one of the most dynamic parts of Central and sporting a chic monochrome décor, Kettle Black offers a healthier and more nutritional twist to all-day comfort fare. The latest ‘black’ menu features a large variety of dishes, such as an all-day breakfast ($98) of fried eggs or omelette with veggies and meat, as well as its special charcoal toast. 198 Wellington St, Central, 3628 2238.

The Sky Boss
Following The Boss’ success in Central, the Michelin-starred team is opening a branch to offer diners the opportunity to enjoy dim sum, afternoon tea or dinner with spectacular views from the International Commerce Centre. Where else can you indulge in sea cucumbers and abalones alongside such a sweeping view of Hong Kong?
Shop B2, 101/F, International Commerce Ctr, 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, 3955 1755;

In an authentic Kyoto machiya setting, the latest offering by the Keyaki Group allows you to enjoy high quality sashimi and sushi. They can be paired with one of more than 50 types of sake on offer for an authentic dining experience.
3 St Stephen’s Ln, Mid-Levels, 2857 2127;

URA Japanese Delicacy
Serving dishes with ingredients imported daily from Osaka, this new addition to the fringes of Central is not to be missed. An exclusive omakase menu is also available. Pop by from 3pm to 7pm daily for a happy hour featuring BOGOF beer and wine.
2F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Central; 2111 9381;

Mano Café

Under new management by the gang at Corner Kitchen, Mano is back in the game for the third time. This time round it returns with a more extensive menu and dining hours from breakfast until dinner. A wide selection of wallet-friendly drinks and beverages are on offer for those seeking a laid-back environment in which to knock back a few.

G/F, L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 2399 0737;

Yours Bistro
Thanks to the success of Yours Milano, its brother restaurant Yours Bistro has recently opened in the same district. Boasting the same authentic taste and affordable prices, you’re in for a treat if you’ve a hankering for French delicacies. The braised beef cheek in red wine ($195) is a must-try, and with various drinks and desserts on the menu, the choice is truly yours to make.

5 Kwun Chung St, Jordan, 3956 9601.

Good news for everyone with a sweet tooth, brand spanking new dessert joint Munchies is serving up some of the tastiest goodies in town. Cookies, doughnuts and ice creams are served in a variety of flavours and all are 100 percent organic, GMO-free and handcrafted.

4 Shin Hing St, Sheung Wan;

June 2015

Lady M

Opening in July is New York pastry sensation Lady M. The confections are made using a mixture of French techniques and Japanese ingredients, and are lauded for being the best of both worlds.
Kiosk, 2/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui;

Spreading its philosophy of ‘Eat Well, Be Well’, Cedele has opened a new branch in Causeway Bay. The menu includes gourmet sandwiches, salads and hearty soups. Each item is handmade from scratch and the brand takes pride in eschewing trans-fats.
Shop C, G/F, 58-64, Paterson St, Causeway Bay, 3791 2493;

La StationConfectioner Paul Lafayet has opened its first flagship coffee house in Wan Chai. Staffed with the winner of the recent HK Grand Barista Championship, this café is sure to win your heart over.
G1-2, Sunlight Twr, 248 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2868 2100; f

Bobby and Friends
Other than its signature ramen, which promises to not contain MSG, this Japanese restaurant has a wide selection of side dishes. With choices such as spicy pork knuckles, homemade corn pie and ox tongue, there’s a lot more than noodles on offer here.

Shop 2, On Lok Ln, Wan Chai, 3565 6696. 

May 2015

Royal Grill Ginji

In keeping with izakaya dining traditions like its brother restaurant Mekiki no Ginji, this joint dishes up teppanyaki, as well as top-notch Okinawan wines. The restaurant offers a range of delicacies from A4 wagyu to the street food classic, okonomiyaki – a pancake-like snack served with seafood or meat that’ll have you hankering for more.
Shop 367, 3/F, Moko, 193 Prince Edward Rd W, Mong Kok, 2392 0028;

The big Belgian is back with a brand new spot in Central. Just seconds away from the escalator you can indulge in its signature half-metre sausage whilst quenching your thirst with one of its numerous European beers. As always, generous portions are to be expected, so bring friends. The Wellington, 1/F, 198 Wellington St, Central, 2217 6671;

Broadway Macau Food Street
As part of the new phase two development of Galaxy Macau, Broadway Macau is an entertainment venue complete with its very own food street, which includes over 40 outlets offering a range of local and Asian dishes, including Tim Ho Wan for dim sum and Xin Dau Ji Cantonese barbecue. You won’t go hungry here. Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau, +853 8883 3338;

Scarlett Café & Wine Bar

We can all use a little time to unwind. And you can’t go wrong with the newly opened Scarlett Café & Wine Bar in TST, which offers a relaxed rustic ambiance with both indoor and outdoor seating. Promising to sell the ‘best value French wines’ in the city – and with bottles starting at $220 a pop – it may be time for Scarlett fever to grip Hong Kong. 2 Austin Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3565 6512;

Japanese restaurant Shoku has just opened in Repulse Bay and is already making a name for itself as it features the biggest Binchotan charcoal grill in Hong Kong. Sister to the beloved omakase specialist – Kishoku – in Causeway Bay, it has a menu that impresses with its Japanese offerings. Shoku also keeps the party going on weekends with DJs spinning long after the sun goes down. Shop 109, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, 2808 2333;

Toss & Turn The Salad Bar
With summer just around the corner, Toss & Turn couldn’t hit Admiralty at a better time. Having a large list of ingredients to choose from at the salad bar, you can toss up a satisfying blend of fresh vegetables. If you’re hankering for something a little more satisfying, the eatery also serves up fresh wraps and sandwiches to go along with your salad creations. Shop 3, B3, Pacific Place, Phase 3, 1 Queen’s Rd E, Admiralty, 2633 8312.

April 2015

Viet Kitchen
Chef Peter Franklin just can’t stop taking on new challenges. The spirit behind popular happy-hour hangout Chôm Chôm has just opened up a modern Vietnamese experience in Central. Boasting a dining room and an express bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwich) counter, Viet Kitchen also knocks up a range of phos alongside cocktails that are made from drip coffee. Franklin, my dear, we do give a damn.
G04 & 06 Nexxus Bldg,
41 Connaught Rd C, Central, 2806 2068;

Asobu Bistro
More Japanese eateries are popping up around town all the time. The newly opened Asobu in Hung Hom specialises in Western Japanese fusion dishes. It seats just 16 peeps in cosy interiors and dishes up some cracking comfort food, like omelettes in curry sauce and homemade hamburgers. Definitely a pit-stop in the up-and-coming neighbourhood. Shop D3, Whampoa Estate, Tak Man Bldg, 29 Tak Man St, Hung Hom, 3482 0060.

Andy’s Garage
There are plenty of foodie reasons to go to Tai Hang. One of them is Andy’s Garage, a new Mexican restaurant that insists on quality, with up to 80 percent of ingredients imported from the Central American country. It’s all freshly prepped every day. And the décor is inspired by cars and a garage, adding to the charm. 14A Sun Chun St, Tai Hang, 2267 9021.

March 2015

Palette restaurant buffet at Hotel sáv

Located in up-and-coming Hung Hom, Palette is the brand new buffet restaurant gracing the first floor of boutique Hotel sáv. This is the go-to place for all-day dining you won’t get tired of, as there are endless combinations of seafood and international dishes to try. Don’t forget to try the special cocktails on offer as well. 1/F, Hotel sáv, 83 Wuhu St, Hung Hom, 2275 8778;

Napoli’s Pizza & Caffe
Napoli’s brings you sizzling Japanese pizzas ‘prontissimo’ from the hot, hot, hot, 500 degrees Celsius oven. There’s hardly any waiting time for the busy lunch crowd since they guarantee an impressive 90 seconds of oven time before serving. Match the speedy experience with some sides too. 44, G/F, Champagne Ct, 40-46 Carnarvon Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui,

Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine
Ermahgerd! It’s Hello Kitty dim sum! The coveted Japanese character is opening its first Chinese cuisine concept in Hong Kong on April 16. If the Kitty-dim sum and baos don’t win you over, the bow-shaped chopstick rests and Kitty-inspired Chinese paintings will. Still not interested? Don’t worry, your kids, sister or girlfriend will drag you there to try it anyway. Shop A-C, G/F, Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Rd, Yau Ma Tei, 8202 8203.

Wasabi Warriors

Wasabi Warriors
Encouraging Australians since 2010 with ‘Eat Good, Do Good, Feel Good’ as its slogan, Wasabi Warriors has just brought its natural and eco-friendly concept to Hong Kong. Expect wallet-friendly prices and natural ingredients such as organic free-range chickens. The eco-conscious eatery also sources vegetables from local farms to limit its carbon emissions – so if you’re in an altruistic mood, this is your first stop for lunch. Unit F, G/F, World Trust Twr, 50 Stanley St, Central, 2323 1512;

A trendy Thai fusion eatery has opened up in TST. The sleek and chic black and red decor elevates the ambience to a new level. Drool over the sea-salt-baked barramundi and spinach, salmon curry fried rice and many more traditional Thai dishes with a modern twist. A new choice for date night. 21 Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2693 6808;

Meen & Rice
Be prepared for the coolest congee and noodle house in town as prolific restauranteur Yenn Wong embarks on her newest venture at The Pulse. Sit down to home-style congee, crispy barbecued roast meats and silky rice rolls. In combination with the trendy interiors and proximity to the beach, comfort food has never been more stylish. Shop 113, 1/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, 2566 8886;

February 2015

Tromba Rija
The famous half-a-century-old Portuguese family restaurant Tromba Rija has landed in Macau. Marking its first ever overseas outlet at the Macau Tower, the interiors here mimic the original eatery in Leiria. Diners can enjoy a selection of more than 60 authentic Portuguese dishes like feijoada, braised salty cod and roasted suckling pig. G/F, Macau Twr Convention and Entertainment Ctr, Largo da Torre de Macau, Macau, +853 2896 2878;

The Royal Touch Bakery
Enjoy the British regal treatment at Carolyn Robb’s The Royal Touch Bakery, which has just descended on Harbour City mall. Robb was Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s personal chef for more than a decade. She also catered to the young palates of Princes William and Harry. In fact, Will’s favourite chocolate biscuit cake as a lad is sold at this new TST spot. Pinkies up everyone! Shop G02, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3188 8086;

Soi 7
There’s a vibrant new addition to Wyndham Street. And it comes in the form of Soi 7, a trendy bar and restaurant which knocks up some innovative takes on modern Thai recipes. The spotlight is on the slow-cooked beef dish, the ‘laughing bull’, that’s cooked sous-vide for 12 hours, creating a tender and succulent taste extravaganza. 57 Wyndham St, Central, 2840 0041;

Piri-piri chicken at flaming Frango

Flaming Frango
Nando’s cravings in Hong Kong can finally be satiated as new piri piri chicken joint Flaming Frango opens in Soho. Apart from flame-grilled 24-hour piri piri chicken and a fiery chicken burger, there are also exotic cocktails to match. Try the piri piri chocolate martini or the strawberry and cardamom cooler to abate the heat. Things are sizzling in Soho! 36B Staunton St, Central, 2899 2244;

Inspired by two major Spanish cities, San Sebastian and Barcelona, Timón’s menu is 85 percent seafood. Ingredients are sourced every day from the wet markets, while a portion of seafood and vegetables are imported directly from Spain. This eatery strives to bring an authentic Spanish experience to Hong Kong. Olé! 33 Ship St, Wan Chai, 2111 0484;

With an adorable black bear as its logo, the trusted Sapporo chain has landed in the fragrant harbour! This joint specialises in the much-loved soup-style Japanese curry, which showcases Indian and Southeast Asian cooking influences. You can customise your own bowl, beginning with the base of tomato, coconut or prawn, and you can also choose a spiciness on a scale from one to 30. You’re bound to find that perfect curry here. 51A Gough St, Central, 2191 8850;

The Grand Buffet
The world really is your oyster at The Grand Buffet on the 62nd floor of the Hopewell Centre. Taking over the top revolving floor of the iconic building, this new eatery offers cuisine from all over the globe. Using only the freshest ingredients, the venue introduces ‘buffet à la minute’, which is the concept of cooking a high turnover of small portions so diners can enjoy piping hot dishes over and over again.
62/F, Hopewell Ctr, 183 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2506 0888;

Hige Izakaya
Quirkily named ‘hige’, which means ‘beard’ or ‘moustache’ in Japanese, this whiskery izakaya specialises in Japanese skewers, served hot off the grill. Relax under the moustache-themed décor and wash down your piping-hot barbecued dishes with generous helpings of beer. That’s a must for any izakaya experience, facial hair or not.
Shop A, G/F, Woodland House, 9A-9C Castle Rd, Central, 2503 3533;

Smooth back the work anxieties and let the urban chic surroundings at this new bar and lounge transport you away. With an unbeatable selection of small bites, gourmet eats and smokin’ drinks (in some cases, literally) to enjoy, there’s no reason not to come by to get your groove on.
5/F, Langham Place Hotel Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok, 3552 3028;

January 2015

La Table de Patrick
Hot off the success of our city’s popular Chez Patrick Delis, chef Patrick Goubier brings us an intimate restaurant which combines his French techniques with modern Asian flavours. The dishes are based on fresh seasonal ingredients and you can expect generous portions on the menu. 6/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Bldg, 37-43 Cochrane St, Central, 2541 1401;

Yakiniku Great
An offshoot from its highly successful restaurant in Kanto, Japan, Yakiniku Great promises quality rare cuts of Kuroge wagyu flown in straight from the Land of the Rising Sun. The Japanese barbecue joint prides itself on fresh, lean meat, which is hand-selected and expertly prepared in front of guests. Indulge in fresh wagyu, the Japanese way. Commercial Unit 1, Manhattan Ave, 255 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 3565 6129;

LGB La Mer
Hong Kong’s first vermouth bar has just opened, bringing us a delectable slice of the Med. LGB La Mer couples a premium seafood collection with an extensive library of vermouths for the ultimate afternoon indulgence. Sample goods from gourmet food and vermouth producer Espinaler, particularly its delish canned seafood. Shop G008-010, World Trade Ctr, 280 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, 2327 8225;  

November 2014


Taking over the old space of Socialito, Privé Group's new venture is a French eatery that bursts on to the dining scene with confidence and verve. Start your meal with a barley salad – a medley of pearled barley and almonds, then plump for the Creekstone Farms ribeye, which comes complete with Yorkshire pudding and bone marrow. Shop 2, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central, 2623 7868;

Uncle Padak
Popularised by the recent Korean entertainment wave, the humble Korean fried chicken trend is going strong in Hong Kong. At Uncle Padak, the dish takes centre stage on the simple, three-page menu. Try the padak (fried chicken with spring onion $168), which comes with fried rice cakes, or the sweet and spicy chicken ($178) – a boneless offering which will really give your taste buds a kick. Shop D, G/F, 59 High St, Western District, 2117 9792;

Feng Wei Ju
Sichuan and Hunan delicacies abound at StarWorld Macau's newest restaurant, where the lush, opulent surrounds get you in the mood for a tip-top gastronomical experience. Unique dishes include the superior soup dumplings 'Dalian' style and the steamed carp with assorted red chilli (for that tingly Sichuan goodness). 5/F, StarWorld Hotel, Avenida da Amizade, Macau, +853 8290 8668;

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe
Billed as Hong Kong's 'Purveyor of Finest Confectionery', this wonderfully traditional British sweet shop is offering all the old favourites to a new generation of candy consumers. The décor is deeply nostalgic and the variety on offer is mind-boggling. Packets of 100g sweets are just $20 to $50 each, so get ready to stuff your face with flying saucers, Blackjacks, Wham Bars and midget gems. 37 Lyndhurst Tce, Central, 8192 6138;

The Kinnet Café
Healthy, homemade all-day dining is the catchphrase at The Kinnet. This relaxing new eatery sources its food from local and overseas farms, and it's always prepared to ensure maximum nutritional value. Try the roast organic chicken or the Sunrise, a cold-pressed juice that is comprised of carrot, beetroot, orange, apple and lemon. 33 Hillier St, Sheung Wan, 3968 7623;

Cityview's brand new Thai concept restaurant launches with innovative and stylish Thai-influenced dishes. Standouts include pan-grilled pork neck. All the fab meals here are prepared in a chic open kitchen. Amazing is nestled in a garden environment under a high ceiling skylight, so be prepared for a great combination of fresh air and food. G/F, The Cityview, 23 Waterloo Rd, Yau Ma Tei, 2783 3268;

October 2014

Gaucho's slow-grilled tira de ancho with chimichurri

London’s famous Argentinian steakhouse opens in Central’s LHT Tower, bringing a ‘touch of Argentine culinary and cultural passion’ to our city. Famous for its beef from farms in the South American country, the award-winning eatery also boasts delightful ceviches. 5/F, LHT Twr, 31 Queen’s Rd C, Central;

Foxtail & Broomcorn
Named after two of the first grain varieties used to make noodles, the focus of this new MSG-free hotspot is high quality noodles cooked with a European twist. Shanghainese, ramen, udon - you name it, they've got it. There is a noodle type for everybody. 84 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, 2415 2555;

Jules Bistro
Nestled away in Happy Valley is this little slice of Paris, an inviting French bistro serving up Parisian delicacies in a cosy setting where you just want to sit and relax. Stop by for a nice crisp glass of sauvignon blanc and some of the delicious charcuteries and cheese. Once you're there, you'll feel like you've stepped right off on to the streets of Paris. King Inn Mansion, 13-15 Yik Yam St, Happy Valley, 2838 1115.

Xi Yan Penthouse
Celebrity chef Jacky Yu introduces another culinary gem to the Hong Kong dining scene, with this dining room/gallery bringing together art and delectable Asian cuisine. Taking an 'East meets West' approach, chef Jacky Yu doen't fail to impress, combining flavours from Eastern Asia while maintaining a Chinese undercurrent. The place is strictly reservation only so make sure to book in advance! 6/F, Benefit Industrial Factory Bldg, 59-61 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, 3622 3912;

Social Place
This casual Cantonese dining venue is Tang Palace Group’s first foray into Hong Kong. Gather round in this sunny, vibrant space and try some signature Chinese dishes like the white king pigeon ($38) or the truffle mushroom bun ($36). Ask your server to pair any dish with a wine or a local beer.  2/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 3568 9666;

The Mickey B Pizza Co
Specialising in Napoli and Roman pizzas, Mickey B uses freshly-made, in-house pizza dough to make the thick crust that is unique to Naples. Try the Mickey B Pizza ($120), which includes Buffalo mozzarella, Italian pork sausage, and zucchini, among other goodies. Convenient for both eat-in or takeaway, get it while it’s hot! Shop 13, 1/F, Brim 28, 28 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, 3100 0478;

K-Town is really exploding with hip new dining concepts and eateries. New to the lineup is Shiba. A cute little yakitori place that highlights the alcohol pairing of the experience rather than just the food, it boasts beverages like mango or yuzu beer and a very, comprehensive sake list to pair with your tasty skewers. Shop E, G/F, May Sun Bldg, 1-15 Smithfield, Kennedy Town, 3568 2425.

10/F, The Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd, Causeway Bay, 2568 8708;
This fortnight, the talk of the town – quite literally – is Town. Taking over Western restaurant Alba’s vacated spot on the 10th floor of the Cubus building in Causeway Bay, this smart eatery is celebrated chef Bryan Nagao’s newest venture. Anticipate signature dishes like the Sicilian red prawn carpaccio (pictured above, $198) and the house-made black ink udon with Spanish prawn ($368).

Le Relais de l’Entrecôte
1/F, Garden East, 222 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 2891 9080;
When it comes to steak frites, the real deal is about to hit the city. Iconic French steakhouse Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, which has been a Parisian mainstay for half a decade, has just expanded to Wan Chai, so prepare to tuck into a mind-blowing salad, a sensational steak, perfect chips and maybe a great wine. There’s nothing else on the menu. There doesn’t need to be, really.

Ice Pop
Shop B, 9-11 Pennington St, Causeway Bay, 3568 9948;
Just opposite Tiger Curry on Pennington Street is new-fangled molecular ice cream parlour Ice Pop. Nitrogen ice cream is made to order here to ensure a fluffy consistency. With the shop’s location in a convenient part of town, we’re making sure we pop in regularly to try their special flavours.

September 2014

Cali-Mex Hong Kong

71 Wellington St, Central, 2325 3005;
American Mexican restaurant Cali-Mex debuts this month with the opening of four new fast food joints across town. You can get your fix of your favourite Mexican grub like burritos and quesadillas at the new Central location from September 8, with the others following later in the month. With a mix of high-quality ingredients from around the world and fresh veggies from local farms, gourmands can now get a taste of California right here in Hong Kong.

The Lot
22 Possession St, Sheung Wan , 2576 7600;
Craving for a burger with more extravagant options? A brand new burger sensation is here to indulge you with no less than 14 choices. Ranging from the Number 1 burger ($118) stacked with wagyu beef, cheese, relish and herbed mayo to The Lot Grand Burger ($248) with double wagyu beef, grilled tiger prawns, French beans and more, the burgers at The Lot are anything but ordinary.

Paul’s Kitchen
27 Swatow St, Wan Chai;
Missing the taste of the UK? Paul’s Kitchen has brought some authentic British grub to Hong Kong, with its simple yet classic menu including roasted baby chicken and a classic fish and chips. Served with a wide array of soups, homemade salads and desserts, the culinary journey is bound to satisfy a few homesick stomachs.

G/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, 2858 8238; Hong Kong lifestyle store GOD is collaborating with organic restaurant Locofama and is serving up Chinese comfort food at PMQ. Committed to incorporating locally grown ingredients, Sohofama serves up old favourites like steamed whole crab in organic egg whites. Comfort food just got healthier!

Le Bistro WineBeast
15 McGregor St, Wan Chai, 2479 6833; Vintage retailer Winebeast has just launched a modern French bistro, offering a seasonal menu of Parisian cuisine as well as an selection of bottles offered at the same prices as the retail store. Oenophiles should indulge in the dinner tasting menu, which pairs dishes such as pan-fried foie gras or chilled white chocolate soup with select French vintages.

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
Level M, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham St, Central, 2230 1800; We’ve been waiting for this new eatery to open since we broke the news of its arrival earlier in the year! Foul-mouthed celebrity Brit chef Gordon Ramsay has finally hit the LKF Hotel, bringing his Bread Street Kitchen franchise with him. Serving classic British European fare, you can now sample signatures like tamarind spiced chicken wings or slow-roasted Dingley Dell pork belly in spiced apple puree. F***ing brilliant! Read our full restaurant review here and for our exclusive interview with chef Ramsay here.


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