Hong Kong’s foodie scene just keeps on growing! With new restaurants and menus constantly popping up, it can be hard to keep track of it all… that’s why we thought we’d give you the lowdown in our brand new Food News Flash! Keep up to date with all the best bites around town, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner (brunch or happy hour!) – we’ve got it covered. Don’t forget to make a reservation!
NEW RESTAURANT OPENINGS
Maximal Concepts have done it again – their new Chinese resto Mott 32 is already the talk of the town! If you didn’t make it to the opening, stop by to check out this massive 7,500-sq.-ft. space and their tasty Chinese food. Designed by Joyce Wang, the interior screams cool (look out for the embroidered wallpaper!), and we hear the char siu is out of this world.
Mott 32 Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central Central
Craving French fare? Head over to the trendy Noho neighbourhood and check out Cocotte! With food by Amber’s former chef, Patrick Dang, and the interior designed by Candace Campos (one of our That Girls!), this place brings a slice of Parisian chic to the ‘Kong. With beautiful dishes that use only the best ingredients, a stellar wine list and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the ideal date spot. Stay tuned for our review!
Cocotte 9 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong 2568 8857 www.facebook.com/…
Italian aficionados, this one is for you! La Laconda brings a taste of traditional Italy to Harbour City on Kowloon side, with Italian native Chef Giancarlo Perbellini serving up classic dishes from his home country. Expect a menu full of typical Italian dishes, and look out for an impressive wine list too. Mama mia!
La Laconda Shop 402, 4/F Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong 2785 9600 www.diningconcepts.com/…
Han Ga Ram
We love Korean cuisine at Sassy, from K-roll to Korean BBQ, we just can’t get enough! That’s why we were excited to learn that this new Korean restaurant has opened up in Wan Chai, right across from the Hopewell Centre. Han Ga Ram is offering up a selection of delicious Korean dishes in a sophisticated setting. Meat-lovers – make sure you try the barbeque and hot pot!
Han Ga Ram Korean Cuisine 27/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East Wan Chai
Toro Steak House and Gastro Bar
Bringing Latin-style dining to Elements mall is Toro! Sample a range of seafood and quality steaks, and don’t miss out on the scrumptious appetisers. The relaxed ambience and good food make this a fail-safe Kowloon side option. Stay tuned for our full review…
Toro Steakhouse & Gastro Bar Shop R008, 3/F, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong 2696 9608
Another new Italian hits HK, and this one’s in Wan Chai. Featuring dishes that include handmade pastas, thick-crust pizzas and the chef’s favourite – creamy truffle risotto… yum! This is the perfect date night spot for a casual evening out in Wan Chai. Look out for our full review, coming soon!
Opera House Italian Restaurant & Bistrot G/F ＆ 1/F, 109-111, Queen’s Road East Wan Chai 2520 6677
Tiger Curry is opening with a bang in Causeway Bay, offering up fiery Japanese curries that are sure to pack a punch! This is set to be the new hot hipster hangout, with street art on the walls and a cool ‘urban’ back garden. With curry, sake and whiskies on offer, Tiger Curry is looking like the ideal place to spend the weekend with friends. Watch out for the opening soon!
Tiger Curry G/F 14 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Ho Lee Fook
Soho gets another trendy addition to its streets with the Modern Chinese Canteen, Ho Lee Fook! Watch out for interesting reinterpretations of classic Chinese flavours from Chef Jowett Yu, who’s come straight over from Sydney’s coolest restaurants. The funky setting and unique menu (we’re talking Yunnan-style steak tartare with hot and sour sauce and mint!) are sure to create a buzz! Stay tuned for our review!
Ho Lee Fook 1 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Yes, we’ve already raved about this new opening here, but it deserves another mention! This loveable Chef is finally opening up his popular Italian joint in the ‘Kong, and we can’t wait to try it. Get ready for your fill of pasta, ristotto and pizza at this welcoming and cheery new restaurant, opening up in Causeway Bay this summer!
Jamie’s Italian 2/F Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; www.jamieoliver.com/italian/hongkong/home
We may have fell for their recent April Fool’s Day trick, but that’s only because we love their burritos so much! They are in fact expanding, but just to one new venue on Upper Station Street. The new place promises to be bigger and better, with more space, new items on the menu and changing artwork on the walls. Bring on the guac’!
Little Burro 1 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
2336 3909 www.little-burro.com
This new restaurant in Soho fuses the creativity of contemporary art and street art with French dining. Bibo will bring a piece of bohemian 1930s Paris to the streets of Hong Kong, using food, cocktails, art and design. Expect reinterpreted French classics that are sure to inject creativity into HK’s culinary world.
Bibo 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
2956 3188 www.bibo.hk
Fans of clean, Scandanavian style dining will be pleased to know that Prive Group’s newest restaurant, NUR (check out our Facebook album here), has now opened! Chef Nurdin Topham will be serving up ‘nourishing gastronomy’ that’s beautifully presented. Book now for a completely different dining experience!
NUR 3/F Lyndhurst Tower, Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
2871 9993 www.nur.hk
NEW MENUS & PROMOTIONS
Got a big anniversary or special occasion coming up? If you’re looking to truly splurge (and we mean a once-in-a-lifetime splurge), Hutong is the place to do it. This fine-dining Chinese restaurant in TST is celebrating its 10 years with a series of indulgent menus that comes at three price points: $1,000, $10,000 and $100,000 (the last one includes two round-trip business class tickets to London and a two-night stay at the Shangri-La!). We’re talking caviar laced asparagus and gold leaf fois gras… it’s Chinese fare fit for a king!
Hutong 28F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
3428 8342 www.aqua.com.hk
Operated by DiVino Group, Spasso’s new Sunday brunch boasts a hearty selection of Italian fare in a waterfront setting that will have you lazily indulging until the late afternoon. Choose from a selection of fine mains (including risotto, pasta and pork chop) and meanwhile, feast to your heart’s content on a buffet spread of antipasti, charcuterie, salads, fresh bread, sushi, sashimi, seafood and pizza! Check out our full review here. Don’t forget to also pay a visit to DiVino Patio, which recently launched their terrace for alfresco dining.
Spasso Italian Bar & Restaurant Shop nos G5-8&12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong 2730 8027
For a unique taste of Japan, visit Gonpachi at The Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay to sample a one-off menu featuring the ingredients from Kumamoto, a lush natural environment located in southwestern Japan. Premium ingredients on the menu include amakusa chicken, dekopon orange, hiougi scallops, saratama sweet onion, Kumamoto wagyu beef and more. The menu also features two unique sakes Kameman Sake Brewery in southwest Japan. Menu runs through May 15.
Gonpachi 4/F, The Lee Gardens, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Food fanatics can head to Armani/Aqua for a taste of their brand new menu inspired by rare salts. The idea of the “Salt Discovery” is to pair different salts with each dish (rather than the typical wine pairing) to provide a unique dining experience. This original tasting menu pairs six courses with seven different salts, including Pink Himalayan salt and Persian Blue salt.
Armani/Aqua 2/F Chater House, 8 Connaught Road, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Here’s one for those quick midday breaks — La Vache’s new weekday set lunch features just one item on the menu for $258 / person — a house salad followed by a 10oz USDA prime entrecote steak and unlimited fries, wrapped up with a sweet bite. Steak frites? Yes, please!
La Vache! G/F, 48 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
The Night Market
If you’re hankering after some Taiwanese eats, look no further than the newly launched afternoon tea session at The Night Market in Elements Mall. This cutesy restaurant is serving up your favourite Taiwanese street food, comfort dishes and popular beverages — they’ve also launched a new happy hour menu as well with a selection of craft beers!
The Night Market Shop 1028A, 1/F, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Not in the mood to go out? Pick up the phone and have fancy Italian food delivered straight to your door with Motorino’s Date Night Special ($388), which includes a signature Neapolitan pizza of your choice, a bottle of sparkling red Gragnano wine and a giant serving of house-made tiramisu to end it all. This is perfect for a cosy night in!
Motorino G/F, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong
2801 6881 www.motorinopizza.com
Splurge on an all-you-can-eat Saturday brunch ($238) at Spanish-themed tapas restaurant Boqueria, featuring buffet stations loaded with favourites like suckling pig, paella, grilled churrascos meats, salads, cheeses, and of course, desserts. This fabulous spread is an all-day affair for the family, while mums and dads can indulge in unlimited fresh sangria for $128.
Boqueria 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
2321 8681 www.boqueria.com.hk
Chez Patrick Restaurant
They say Paris is best in the springtime, and what better way to enjoy a little slice of the Parisian life than by treating yourself to the new express lunch menu at Chez Patrick! Enjoy a main meal of either Black Angus filet of beef or organic Atlantic salmon for only $208. Sneak in a cheeky lunchtime dessert for $238.
Chez Patrick Deli G/F, 3 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2527 1408 www.chezpatrick.hk
Above and Beyond
If you’re looking for an afternoon tea with a twist – this is the place to come. The sophisticated setting and stunning view of the harbour, teamed with delicious, dim sum styled bites, make this one afternoon tea worth trying. The price of the afternoon tea is reasonable at only $488 per set (for two people). See our full review here!
Above and Beyond Level 28, Hotel Icon, East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
3400 1318 www.hotel-icon.com/…
Who doesn’t love tapas? We can’t get enough of the bite-sized Spanish delights, so we’re keen to try out the Mira Moon’s ‘Super Giant Tapas & Cocktail Bar’! The Spanish-Chinese tapas are presented in unusual ways – we’re talking a smoked duck spring roll in the shape of a cigar! Try out this Sunday feast and look out for our review coming soon.
Mira Moon 388 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2315 5618 www.miramoonhotel.com
Tsui Hang Village
Founded in 1974, Tsui Hang Village really is an authentic Hong Kong restaurant! Serving up typical Cantonese cuisine, this iconic restaurant is now turning 40 years old and they’re showcasing old Hong Kong dim sum nostalgia to celebrate! Try their traditional Cantonese dim sum recipes from four main categories that include the Rice Flour Roll Medley, Tsui Hang Village’s Original Recipes, Egg Custard Delights and Oldies but Goodies.
Tsui Hang Village 2/F, New World Tower, 16-18 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Here’s another new afternoon tea to get us in the mood for spring… with waffles! The Waffle Afternoon Tea Set at FINDS is full of delicious spring bites, and you’ll leave feeling properly stuffed. Wash down Swedish waffles, orange and chocolate macaroons and smoked salmon mousse on malt bread with some flower-flavoured ice tea!
FINDS 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2522 9318
The Roger Room
Hong Kong’s first Peruvian restaurant, Chicha, has wowed us with its unique and tasty food, and their sister bar (right next to them) is wowing us with their happy hour prices! Snap up cocktails, beer and house red and white wines for only $50 from 3-7pm every Mon-Sat.
The Roger Room G/F, 39 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong
2561 3336 www.facebook.com/…
The ever-popular Chôm Chôm in Soho recently launched a new Hanoi Happy Hour with Saigon beers and banh mi — what better way to spend an afternoon? Every Wed-Sun from 4-6.30pm, get whisked away to Vietnam while snacking on tasty banh mi (varieties include classic pork belly, sesame beef and grilled chicken) and downing a few cold ones. Other options include Vietnamese-fried chicken wings and, for the more daring diners, crispy frog legs.
Chôm Chôm G/F Block A, 58 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
2810 0850 www.facebook.com/…
Portal Express Langham
Drink in style at Langham Place Hotel’s Tokoro, Portal and The Backyard! They’ll be offering a super happy hour with gourmet bites and a drink from 6-8.30pm at only $98… happy hour just got happier!
Langham Place 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
3520 2800 www.langhamplace.com.hk
Lily & Bloom
We’re big fans of this sophisticated bar at Sassy, so we had to share their new happy hour deal with you! Stop by for 2 for 1 house beers, wines or spirits, or snap up one of their famous cocktails for only $85! Available Monday-Friday from 5-8pm.
Lily & Bloom 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong 2810 6166 www.lily-bloom.com