Summer’s coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean Hong Kong’s slowing down when it comes to restaurants, menus and all things food! The holiday season is kicking off with the Mid-Autumn Festival, and that means mooncakes, mooncakes and more mooncakes are invading our kitchens. If you’re not a fan of these calorific lotus paste delights, never fear, there’s plenty of scrumptious, mouth-watering eats in this month’s Food News Flash to get your appetites flowing!
Bread Street Kitchen + Bar
The highly anticipated restaurant from notorious chef, Gordon Ramsay, is finally opening this month! Bread Street Kitchen + Bar is one of 25 restaurants in the Gordon Ramsay group, and with his strong reputation there’s high expectations for his first Hong Kong venture. Expect British/European fare that uses British artisanal products and high quality ingredients from Australasia… we can’t wait to try the all day dining and of course, the brunch!
Bread Street Kitchen + Bar, Mezzanine Level, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Reservations recommended – email Reservations@diningconcepts.com.
Minh & Kok
This brand new noodle joint is situated in Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk, offering al fresco dining on its casual patio area. Serving up a selection of Vietnamese and Thai dishes, Minh & Kok offers a more relaxed place to dine and enjoy street-food inspired meals. Sit back and relax with a cold Thai beer – what more could you want?
Minh & Kok, Shops C & D, G/F, 66-72 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2267 8366, www.maxconcepts.com.hk/en/minh_n_kok
K-Town has been buzzing with new eats lately, and now there’s another resto that you’ll need to add in to the mix! Kinsale is a super easy restaurant, perfect for family get-togethers and casual brunches. With a great, welcoming atmosphere and delicious comfort food on offer, this is definitely one to try out on the weekend!
Kinsale, Shop 3, G/F, New Fortune House, 3-4 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/salehk
Can’t get enough of those laid-back K-Town vibes? Chino is another restaurant gracing the streets of this up and coming ‘hood, and this place is definitely going to up K-Town’s ‘cool’ factor even more. With street art on the walls, modern Mexican fare on the plates and former Nobu chef Erik Idos fronting up the kitchen, this is definitely one to watch. Stay tuned for the opening!
Chino, 1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
The loveable Paul’s Kitchen has just opened another new venture. Hot Chick is their new takeaway joint that offers up a selection of homemade British products… yes that does mean fish ‘n’ chips! And of course, their signature roast chicken is a must try. Expect simple comfort food and yummy homemade desserts (we’re already eyeing up the sticky toffee pudding).
Hot Chick, G/F, 27A Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/hotchickbypsk
Can’t get enough of that Mexicana cuisine?! Check out the latest Mexican joint to hit Hong Kong, Cali-Mex. With four locations opening up this month, this is definitely going to be the new go-to place for a quick taco, nacho or quesadilla fix! With a cool shop-front and great ingredients (Aussie Angus beef, grass-fed and hormone-free!), this is definitely one to try if you’re craving a burrito!
Cali-Mex, 71 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2325 3005, www.facebook.com/calimexhk. See all locations here!
This newbie is right up the street from Sassy Mama HQ, so we’re definitely keen to try it out soon! The cosy interior is inviting and casual, and they do everything from lunch and tea sets to brunch. With delicious looking burgers and pizzas on the menu (hello, wagyu beef!), as well as ribs, a selection of salads and some sweet treats, this is a great, easy all-rounder.
The Lot, 22 Possession Street, Sheung Wan, Hong kong, 2576 7700, www.thelot.com.hk
This French favourite has recently opened up a new place in Wan Chai, and we were lucky enough to check it out! This little café/salad bar-style resto is tucked up a windy street, but if you manage to find it you’ll be treated to a fantastic salad bar with fresh ingredients, incredible sandwiches and authentic French produce. With super reasonable prices and value for money sets available, this is definitely somewhere to stop off for lunch.
Monsieur CHATTÉ L‘encas, G/F, Lucky House, 17-21 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, 2310 0055, www.facebook.com/monsieurchatte
Le Bistro Winebeast
One of our favourite wine stores, Winebeast, has gone one step further with their brand new French-style bistro. We managed to get a taste of some of their signature dishes and of course, sip on some of their fantastic organic wines, and let us tell you – it’s great! Just up from Wan Chai market, this cosy little spot is perfect for an intimate dinner – great food and wine at reasonable prices and a European ambience, what more could you want?
Le Bistro Winebeast, 15 McGregor Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Bistro-Winebeast
DK Cuppa Tea Cafe
Looking for an escape in the city? This café is your new go-to spot for some much-needed zen. This is actually the flagship café for Hong Kong aromatherapy brand, DK Aromatherapy, so you know it’s going to be very chilled out! With soothing organic teas and a guilt-free aromatherapy inspired high tea set, this is seriously what you need if you’re feeling a little stressed out. At only $298 for two people, this tea set is at the top of our list to try…
DK Cuppa Tea Café, G/F, 16A Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2771 2847, www.facebook.com/DKCuppaTea
Want fast food delivered straight to your door? Forget about navigating the lunchtime crowds, hk.delivery.com has just launched in Hong Kong and is bringing food from all your favourite restaurants straight to your door. Hop onto the user-friendly site to order from popular Hong Kong spots like Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort, Doppio Zero and Locofama; with just a few clicks, you’ll be savouring your favourite dishes without ever stepping out the door!
We love the unique concept of dining in the dark, and if you haven’t tried it yet, this is a definite date-night must! Alchemy in the Dark is adding even more twists to the plot with new dinner options of 3, 4 or 5-course menus including wine, Champagne or mystery cocktail pairings – we like the sound of that last one! Afraid of the dark? There are also scrummy new additions to the lounge menu upstairs, so be sure to pop by to try out the wagyu beef or “seafood in Alchemy’s style” platter!
Alchemy, G/F & LG/F, 16 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 6821 2801, www.alchemy-concept.com
Feeling a little girly? MO Bar at The Mandarin Oriental has recently launched their “Perfect in Pink and Purple” afternoon tea set, which includes the hotel’s first signature Violet & Blueberry Jam. The elegant afternoon tea captures the essence of fall/autumn, so say goodbye to those end-of-summer blues and celebrate the new season with a fragrance-filled afternoon tea set.
MO Bar, The Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2132 0077, www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark/fine-dining
Everyone has been buzzing about the Nordic cuisine at NUR lately, and they’ve recently launched a new wine pairing to their FEAST menu ($1,588 / person). The set dinner includes intriguing and tantalising dishes such as beetroot taco, carrot, fennel & cumin cream, langoustine with mango and yoghurt, king crab and Taiyouran egg with shiitake mushrooms and garlic. Wash down these delectable dishes with a pairing of premiere wines from around the world for a truly memorable feast.
NUR, 3/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2871 9993, www.nur.hk
Hong Kong’s first meatball bar has us nom’ing down on an assortment of tasty bites and their new happy hour is taking it over the edge! The new “Pizza Aperitivo Happy Hour” includes complimentary pizza along with the purchase of any cocktail from 6-7:30pm every Tuesday. It’s the perfect break to get you through the rest of the week – check out our review of NOM here!
NOM, 1-5 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong, 2540 7988, www.nom.com.hk
We’ve been keeping it “classy” at The Envoy with their cool selection of intriguing cocktails, and we’re excited for their brand new afternoon tea set! Newly launched this week, afternoon tea at The Envoy is an elegant affair with light bites including pandan kaya, mascarpone Victorian sponge cake, baked scones and chocolate delights. Call to reserve and be the first to try this tasty affair.
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2169 3311, www.fac/theenvoyhk
DiVino Casa Patio
Loving the homey Italian comfort fare at DiVino but can’t be bothered to dine out on a weekday? Take advantage of their new takeaway option which lets you enjoy their classic Italian dishes from the comfort of your couch (or your office during lunchtime!) The express takeaway menu includes favourites like half or whole Italian chickens, lasagnas and 12″ pizzas in seven different flavours.
DiVino Patio, Shop 11, 1/F, BRIM28, Causeway Bay Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2877 3552, www.divinogroup.com/
Settle in at Cocotte with an all-day dining affair in celebration of family, friends and food. Experience this all-essential meal the true “French way” with basketfuls of croissants, baguettes and you guessed it, plenty of ham and cheese! They’ve got everything from decadent French toast to “Cocotte-style” Caprese salads to baked eggs and wild mushrooms for an indulgent mid-morning meal.
Cocotte, 9 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2568 8857, www.facebook.com/CocotteHK
With new Chef Perry Fuller on board to reinvigorate the menu, Zuma is definitely worth a trip back if you haven’t been in awhile! Enticing new dishes include fried langoustines with red chili sour dashi and onions, popcorn tempura with yuzu salt and thinly sliced toro with chili, coriander and sesame. Their cocktails are just as stunning and ever, and with the newly polished menu, it’s the place to go for a fun (and tasty) night out!
Zuma, Levels 5 and 6, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 3657 6388, www.zumarestaurant.com
Sushi To by Harlan Goldstein is welcoming the new season with a bang with a new daily tasting menu, featuring signature dishes by Executive Chef Maeda San. For $680 / person, feast on the best in this season’s produce, including a sushi platter of medium fat tuna, golden eye snapper, hamaguri clams and spicy tuna rolls. Complement the meal with a glass of sparkling wine or house sake and top off the night in style.
Sushi To, 29/F, Soundwill Plaza II Midtown, 1-29 Tung Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2970 3218, www.sushito-dining.com
Happy 1st birthday to one of our favourite spots in Hong Kong to grab a quick burger! CaliBurger is celebrating their 1st anniversary in Hong Kong with a special deal: pop by between 2-5pm on 21 September and grab a West Coast Cali-style burger for only $10! That’s practically a steal and we know the kiddos won’t want to miss out on this one! Grab 3, 4 or 5 and have a burger feast with a side of their crackin’ fries!
CaliBurger, Shop A, G/F, 68 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2696 9008, www.facebook.com/CaliBurgerHongKong
Casual dining restaurant Papi is always a reliable family-friendly spot to grab a quick bite, and now you can make dinner easy with their 8-course dinner for four ($988). Grab the whole family and feast on Italian Roast Chicken with Pasta and Black Truffle, accompanied by a whole spread of starters such as fresh tomato crostini, pan-fried crab cakes, whole calamari and our favourite – the slow-cooked egg, spinach, eggplant and pine-nut salad. There’s something for every palate in the family and enough for everyone to be sufficiently stuffed!
Papi, 26/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2151 2868, www.papi-hk.com