Sai Ying Pun Foodies' Tour

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2015 saw Sai Ying Ping transform from a fairly nondescript residential area in to one of Hong Kong’s trendiest neighbourhoods. With new hotspots popping up almost every week, Alice Jenkins investigates the best places to chow down…
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Akari
While there is Japanese food aplenty throughout Hong Kong, too often it’s high in price and low in quality. New izakaya Akari, perched between Mid-Levels and High Street, is a welcome exception. Offering up top-notch sushi and skewers for a reasonable price, this place is definitely worth hitting up when those raw fish cravings hit. 3 St Stephen’s Ln, Sai Ying Pun; keyakihk.com.


High Street Cart Noodles

With temperatures in HK still delightfully cool, a bowl of steaming soup is just what the doctor ordered, and this is the place to get it. This new noodle joint on High Street serves up Hong Kong-style cart noodles minus the MSG, so you can slurp away without feeling any icky side effects. The beef brisket broth is particularly noteworthy with its strong flavour and large chunks of melt-in-your-mouth meat. Don’t forget to order some of the seriously tasty croquettes to up your dining experience to another level!  39 High St, Sai Ying Pun, 2858 2680.


The Hideout Coffee House

Right on the slope of Centre Street (yes, the address is somewhat misleading), this new estaminet is the perfect place for some good ol’people watching accompanied by a warm beverage and a tasty snack. For all the foodies out there, there is a great selection of snacks, including some rather scrumptious croissant sandwiches. Not a coffee lover? Fret not, they also have some beautifully fragrant herbal teas that you can give a sniff and plump for. Shop B, 63 Third St, Sai Ying Pun, 2858 1012; fb.com/thehideoutcoffeehousehk.


Panda Café and Restaurant

For all your breakfast needs make sure to stop by Panda Restaurant and Café, which has the largest breakfast menu we’ve seen in a while. They’ve got everything from a traditional English fry-up to a more Latino mix of omelet, chili con carne and sautéed potatoes. Wash it all down with a fresh juice or smoothie and you’ll be set for the day. Just remember, breakfast isn’t all they do. There’s also a wide selection of pastas and other organic comfort foods, so come with an empty belly and get ready to indulge! Shop E, Basement, Tung Cheung Bldg, 1-11 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, 5595 0101; fb.com/pandacafehk.


Chico Chica

Hong Kong loves a bit of fusion and this trendy new eatery is no exception, offering Spanish tapas with an occasional Asian twist. The menu includes some all-time favourites – ham croquetas and garlic prawns, for instance – as well as some more unusual options like the pluma hamburgers, which combine pork patties with hoisin sauce. If you’re in the mood for a true fiesta, make sure to order the signature seafood fideo – a dish similar to paella but with noodles instead of rice. Shop J, G/F, 70 Third St, Sai Ying Pun, 2517 9777; fb.com/chicochicahk.


Taylor Shellfish Farms

This restaurant has opened its second concept restaurant on the hilly side of Sai Ying Pun. Like its sister restaurant in Tai Hang, the menu features an impressive range of bivalves from all over the world, but if you’re not a fan there are plenty of other sea critters to munch on. With the nautical themed interiors featuring lifebouys and a whole load of rope, you can sit back relax and (almost) imagine you’re sailing the Seven Seas. Shop C & D, G/F, Lai Yin Court, 80-86 High St, Sai Ying Pun, 2549 3130; taylorshellfishfarms.com.hk.


Winstons Coffee

This is one for all you caffeine fiends out there. Winstons provides top quality coffee at a decent price served by some almost painfully trendy staff. The food is also well worth trying – the highlight definitely being the avocado and cheese toastie, an unbeatable combo. For something sweet, make sure to try one of their vibrant green matcha egg tarts, which are the perfect accompaniment to a flat white. All in all, whether you want to grab a quick coffee on the go or sit back relax and watch the world go by, this is a must-try for any coffee aficionado. Shop 4, 213 Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, 2559 5078; winstonscoffee.com.


Va Bene

If you were wondering what happened to LKF Italian fave, Va Bene, look no further. This ultra hot Italian joint has upped and moved to the more laid back SYP and is still dishing up some mighty fine Italian cuisine. With classic, yet refined recipes and a decisively chic and upbeat atmosphere, you’re sure to leave with a happy tummy and happy heart. G/F, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, 2845 5577; gaiagroup.com.hk.

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