Hello, from the Southside!
No longer do we need to schlep up to the Southside, especially when it’s impossibly hard to catch taxis home. The South Island Line has finally been completed, and we can thank our lucky stars, mama! Traditionally an industrial area with not much happening, restaurants and cafés are popping up by the dozen. Wong Chuk Hang is definitely becoming one of our favourite dining neighbourhoods for family brunches and dinners.
Most of them are found in industrial buildings, which may seem a bit odd at first, but more often than not, they’re hidden gems waiting to be discovered. We couldn’t contain our excitement as we walked into places with modern décor, contemporary dishes, and experimental menus. What’s more, many of our picks are 100% family-friendly! Perfect.
Click through to see our tried and true, favourite picks!
Decorated with portraits of figures in popular culture, this Italian restaurant has certainly achieved their individual flare. Its regular menu has a great balance of familiar and experimental dishes. We definitely recommend the Salsiccia and N’duja pizza – imagine, spicy sausages topped with rocket salad… there’s really nothing better! You also can’t go wrong with a side of deep fried calamari with its lemon aioli sauce. If you prefer to dine out, you can also come to GCX and shop from a plethora of premium Italian goods such as cheese and sausages to take home!
GCX, One Island South, Shop G09, 2 Heung Yip Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2528 0772
Looking for the perfect brunch spot with the fam and gang? Head over to Ovolo Southside hotel and check out the modern bistro, CIRQLE. The spacious and comfortable dining situation is great for larger parties or a family with kiddos under 5 (we get it, mamas!). With everyone going crazy for charcuterie boards these days, it stays current as a delicious Spanish Charcuterie Board is on its menu as a starter (pair it with a glass or two of sangria!). You also have the option of enjoying the live BBQ and Mediterranean-style foods on the terrace for some major view #goals.
CIRQLE, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Hong Kong, 3460 8157
Take a break from the concrete jungle and dine al fresco at 3/3rds rooftop garden. It’s furnished with white picnic tables and is not only the perfect brunch spot for the fam, but also a great spot if you need some quiet R&R time. Grab a coffee and a salad while enjoying free wifi-access. Their daily choices of salads, soups and oven-baked pizzas make this a place we’ll return to again and again for the healthy eats. Feeling like a cheeky treat? We definitely recommend their Blackened Cajun Chicken Wings.
3/3rds, Yally Industrial Building, 22/D, 6 Heung Yip Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 3462 2951
Are you a novice chef or enjoy a gastronomic dining experience? Then M Cuisine is definitely for you. Chef, Michael Erlik, is said to cook with intricacy offering only the most luxurious experiences. And we say, “yes, please!” to that! M Cuisine offers an intimate setting that is perfect for those special occasions. It also offers cooking classes and catering if private dining isn’t your thing. The menu consists of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and uses only organic ingredients. With Chef Erlik’s attention to detail and passion for cooking, a simple meal can become an experience.
M Cuisine, Derrick Industrial Building, 17/F, Shop B, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Hong Kong, 2558 8664
Deli by day, restaurant by night. The Butchers Club group can do us no wrong! This restaurant is a great lunch spot, offering filling and delicious items such as their sumptuous beef sandwiches and duck fat fries. The Butchers Club Deli can also be booked for private evening dinner parties (hello, milestone birthday venue!). Meat lovers will be pleased to know it’s famous for its dry aged steak which is exclusively available to private dining customers.
The Butchers Club (Deli), Shu Ki Industrial building, 16/F, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Hong Kong, 2884 0768
You really can’t go wrong with an all-day breakfast menu, and Sensory Zero definitely hits the spot! We definitely recommend the unique Pork Floss Grilled Baguette. But don’t stop there, as its extensive coffee menu is what it’s really known for. Our Sassy Mama Editor, Kat, loves to camp out here with her laptop, latté and free wifi. The large warehouse space also serves as a showroom of furniture, unique homeware goods and crockery. The long wooden tables makes it a perfect place for large parties and gives a hip co-working vibe. Plus if you have kiddos in tow, there are change rooms just a hop, skip away at One Island South next door.
Sensory Zero, One Island South, G01, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2511 6011
Looking for a caffeinated pick-me-up or an ice cream sandwich treat after a Saturday morning with the kids at Ocean Park? Literally a few minutes outside of the amusement park is one of the three locations of Elephant Grounds. If you fancy something a bit more substantial, it has a selection of healthy and hearty dishes on the menu, so there’s definitely something for everyone!
Elephant Grounds, The Factory, 1/F, 1 Yip Fat St, Wong Chuk Hang, 2562 9000
Looking for vegetarian options on the Southside? Mum Veggie and Coffee is a charming veg resto that packs a punch when it comes to flavour. Its selection of vegetarian friendly main courses is what makes us want to declare this spot as our official MeatFree Mondays option. Order a Veggie Tempura Udon with a bowl of their daily soup, or grab a side of chilli if you prefer something with a little bit more kick.
MUM Veggie and Coffee, One Island South, G07, G/F, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2115 3348
Feature image sourced via Facebook, all other images from restaurants’ websites.