From fusion dining to cheeky twists on traditional eats… here’s what we’re loving this month
The culinary variety in Hong Kong always leaves us full and satisfied. Without wandering too far, you can find everything from noodles to tapas, to fun fusion joints. Not only is there great variety in terms of menu items but you can feast on a whole range of cultural cuisines. If you’re looking to “wow” out-of-town visitors, on the hunt for a new date night spot, or simply wanting to treat the fam one night, we’ve picked five restaurants we’re loving this month to get you started…
Looking for something authentically local but with a twist? Lee Lo Mei is the place. Don’t let the cheeky name turn you off, this place is oozing with old-school Hong Kong charm. The attention to detail is impressive, from the glass jars full of local candies of yesteryear to the dai pai dong styled seating… you’re in for a real treat here!
Whether you’re keen for some small bites like Turnip Cake ($88), Charcoal Squid ($98) or Wontons ($88) or you’re in the mood for a big steaming plate of Sweet and Sour Chicken ($158) or maybe Wagyu Beef Ho Fun ($258), Lee Lo Mei has you covered. Try the Golden Shrimp with Salted Egg Yolk and Black Truffle ($118), then the Cod Fish served with Preserved Vegetables, Tofu Cake and Seaweed ($188) and end it off with a quirky twist on the classic Sweet Rice Dumplings in Ginger Soup ($88).
Lee Lo Mei, G/F – 1/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2896 7688, leelomei.hk
Tokyolima is a must for anyone interested in something different. With a menu which combines the heat of Peruvian cuisine with the delicate flavours of Japan, it is a hit with foodies all around.
The menu highlights amazing seafood like the Lobster Acevichada ($360) and a variety of Maki ($100-140) balanced with the punchy flavours characterising Peruvian cuisine, all served in an Izakaya style setting, buzzing with energy and ambience. For the meat lovers, they also serve up Beef Tataki ($190), traditional Tacu Tacu ($210) and a variety of Anitcucho (skewered meats) ($120-150) which are sure to hit the spot. Bear in mind this is a late night restaurant mama, so leave the kids at home and make it a date night!
Tokyoklima, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2811 1152, tokyolima.hk
A triumph by Aussie celeb Chef Luke Nguyen, Moi Moi showcases contemporary Vietnamese cuisine at its finest. The quality of the food reflects the care taken to select only the freshest, most sustainable and most beautiful ingredients to create traditional Vietnamese street food and a few of the Chef Nguyen’s own family recipes. The restaurant is vibrant and inviting making it ideal for either lunch or dinner. Try the Green Tea Smoked Duck Breast ($138), Caramelised Kurobuta Pork Belly with 63° Egg ($198) and don’t forget the addictive Banana Fritters ($98).
Moi Moi by Luke Nguyen, 41 Connaught Road, Central, 2808 1086, moimoi.hk
For an authentic taste of Spain, look no further than Alzina. Specialising in Asado, this restaurant offers amazing grilled meat and seafood such as suckling pig and octopus leg with chimichurri as well as quintessential tapas, cold cuts, and the classic paella. The setting is charmingly rustic and the atmosphere makes you feel as though you have been transported to La Boqueria for an afternoon of bliss. Be sure to try their newly launched brunch menu ($398) which features everything that is wonderful about Spanish cuisine complimented by glasses upon glasses of Sangria and Cava ($128). A great spot to bring the whole gang for a weekend catch up.
Alzina Spanish Asador, G/F, 29-31, Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2723 9833, www.facebook.com/AlzinaHK
Staying with the Vietnamese theme Brass Spoon is simply pho-nomenal! Perfect for bringing the kids over dinner or lunch, Brass Spoon is serving authentic street food. You can get your fill of personalised pho containing Premium Raw Beef ($125) amongst other delicious proteins. For those hotter days, they also do a bangin’ Cold Vermicelli Noodles. Try it out with the grilled Pork Belly ($78) and go heavy on the peanuts. Yum!
Brass Spoon, Shop B, Ground Floor, 1-3 Moon St, Wanchai, 2877 0898, 10 Pottinger street, Central, 2804 1817, www.facebook.com/Brass-Spoon
Featured image via TokyoLima Hong Kong Facebook, other images sourced via respective websites.