Bar & Restaurant News – November 2018
Craving something fresh? Our roundup of bar and restaurant news has got you covered.
What’s New: Food
Founded in Paris in 2013, this acclaimed truffle brand has just arrived in Hong Kong at Harbour City Ocean Terminal. This harbourfront venue serves enticing seasonal modern French cuisine, like the tartare de boeuf served with truffle shavings. Can’t get enough truffle in one sitting? You can purchase a variety of gourmet products and condiments at their concept store, located at the front of the restaurant. The truffles served are sourced worldwide from top producers and include well-known white and black truffle, along with Brumale truffle, summer truffle, and more.
Price point: $$$
Shop OTE303, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
One of the city’s beloved steakhouses is celebrating their 40th anniversary and to mark this achievement, Morton’s has just launched a few specialty dishes. Ever find yourself staring at a menu and struggling with the decision to order meat or seafood? Thankfully, Morton’s has made this tough decision a whole lot easier with their Lobster Oscar: a succulent piece of lobster atop a juicy cut of steak. For a real treat, end the night with their new Red Velvet Cake. Aside from these special 40th anniversary dishes, Morton’s has unveiled their new autumn menu which includes dishes like the All Natural Filet (10oz) with Bone Marrow and the impressive Dry-Aged USDA Prime New York strip (18oz).
Price point: $$$$+
4/F, The Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon
On the hunt for a casual lunch spot to grab a bite to eat in Central? Check out Chullschick, a Peruvian rotisserie that just popped up on Graham Street. Chullschick pays homage to the original Peruvian chicken while adding modern touches throughout the process. Their Pollo a la Brasa is made using a French chicken which has been marinated for two days in dark beer and spices, and afterwards is roasted using traditional equipment. Aside from rotisserie chicken, sides include options such as Peruvian Ceviche and Rocoto Chili Chicken Wings, along with a choice of 14 homemade sauces.
Price point: $
45-53A Graham Street, Central
Yet another restaurant to add to the growing list at Tai Kwun is Aaharn. Created by award-winning chef David Thompson, Aaharn presents patrons with an elevated Thai dining experience. The menu is based on the Thai concept of kub khao, meaning dishes to be eaten with rice, and consist of two seven-course tasting menus (a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option) along with a carefully crafted a la carte section. The a la carte menu is designed to be shared, with highlights including cured kingfish salad with mint and lemongrass, and green curry of pork, baby corn, and white tumeric.
Price point: $$$
1/F, Armoury Building 02, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
Originally from Osaka, A Happy Pancake has made its way to Hong Kong in the new Lee Garden Three. If you’re wondering what all the social media hype is about, then look no further than the cafe’s Boomerang-worthy fluffy pancakes. These incredibly thick, soft, and fluffy pancakes come in a few different flavours, like signature and matcha, along with sides of bananas, ice cream, and more. If you’re looking for something savoury, A Happy Pancake also offers dishes that come with wheat pancakes and various sides, like an omelette. The pancakes are all made fresh to order, so be prepared to not only queue to get a table, but to also wait a little while before your order arrives.
Price point: $-$$
2/F, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay
maze Grill, the latest restaurant by Gordon Ramsay has just opened in Harbour City Ocean Terminal after Bread Street Kitchen closed a few months ago. Lead by Head Chef Gareth Packham who has worked with the Gordon Ramsay Group for over seven years, this will be the first maze Grill to open outside of London. The menu consists of classic dishes alongside a few Hong Kong-exclusives, like the Prawn and Chorizo Toast, which plays with east-meets-west flavours. If the food isn’t enough to get you out to maze Grill, the incredibly stunning views overlooking Victoria Harbour certainly will.
Price point: $$$
Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Shop OTE401, Tsim Sha Tsui
LUMI is a new borderless restaurant; defined not by its cuisine, but by the seasonal ingredients and fresh produce that drive the menu. Although the concept may seem a bit vague and odd to most given that there is a Japanese chef, western cooking techniques, and romantic Parisian decor, LUMI certainly has potential. The name derives from the words “luminous” and “illumination”, and the restaurant hopes to evoke the experience of “joie de vivre” – the enjoyment of life. As for the dishes, expect the likes of Shabu Shabu Wagyu Salad, Spaghettini Glacier, Pan-fried Atlantic Salmon, and more to grace the menu.
Price point: $$$-$$$$
Shop 301, 3/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Taking plant-based cuisine to new levels, Grassroots Pantry has just launched a new seven-course seasonal fall tasting menu filled with vegan versions of popular dishes, like the Not Cheese course which features the team’s version of “halloumi” recreated from cashews, served with molasses and pickled fig preserve. To coincide with the launch, Grassroots Pantry is also raising awareness on sustainable initiatives with the introduction of a 3% carbon tax, which will replace the 10% service charge and go towards the restaurant’s ongoing efforts to support organic producers, researchers, NGOs, and social enterprises.
Price point: the tasting menu is priced at HK$850 per head
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
This exclusive, hole-in-the-wall gem is Hong Kong’s latest Japanese Izakaya and can be found tucked away in Tsim Sha Tsui. The minimalist, intimate interior seats 26 and the open kitchen allows for diners to get a glimpse at their dishes being prepared. MOKUTAN offers three omakase menus: a 9-course option (HK$288), a 13-course option (HK$428), and finally an 18-course option, which includes an appetizer, 6 meat skewers, 6 vegetable skewers, a simmered dish, soup, grilled dish, seasonal seafood, and rice (HK$688). For those that would prefer to choose their own dishes, MOKUTAN also has an a la carte menu which showcases a variety of Japanese classics.
Price point: $$-$$$$
Shop 2, G/F, Empire Prestige, 8 Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui
If you’re looking for something a bit different this month, check out Brut’s new supperclub series: BLACKOUT. Paying homage to raw materials in their most natural state, creative duo Camille Lisette Glass and George Kwok will be going back to basics to create an exquisite fine-dining menu with the ultimate challenge: zero electricity. The six-course menu will be created using only gas camping stoves in a kitchen lit by candles. This exclusive menu will be available in a series of three one-off supper clubs, each with a limited capacity of 20 guests per seating. The first of the series will be taking place on Thursday November 15th and the menu will be kept a secret until you arrive. The next two dinner series will take place on December 13th and January 10th. Reservations must be made ahead of time.
Price point: The six-course menu is HK$690 per person, with 10% of proceeds being donated to the global Movember movement.
1 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
Statement, The Chinese Library and The Dispensary
Aqua Restaurant Group has opened two new flagship restaurants and an innovative new bar at Tai Kwun. The restaurants reflect Hong Kong’s East/West cultural history with a stunning bar, The Dispensary, sitting between the two. In the East wing, The Chinese Library celebrates the different regional Chinese cuisines which have become popular in Hong Kong over the years featuring dishes inspired by group Founder, David Yeo’s vast collection of cookbooks found in his library. Statement restaurant situated in the West wing showcases innovative British cuisine, echoing Hong Kong’s colonial heritage while also displaying some of the more avant-garde culinary directions found in London today. The interior design of all three venues is nostalgic and luxurious, and both restaurants have terraces overlooking the former Police Headquarters and Hollywood Road.
Price Point: $$$
Police Headquarters, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road
There’s a whole lot of hype surrounding newly opened Kytaly, the award-winning Geneva-based Italian restaurant co-owned by legendary pizza chef Franco Pepe. When a restaurant claims to serve the best pizza in Hong Kong, you can bet our expectations are high. Breaking the mould of popular Neapolitan pizza, the dough is created in highly limited amounts every day with a secret recipe by Franco Pepe himself, consisting of 70% water which gives way to a surprisingly light and supple pizza. 99% of the ingredients used are directly sourced from Italy – from the tomato, oregano, basil, garlic and anchovies to the Fior di Latte and yeast. Just be warned, Kytaly doesn’t take reservations so be prepared to queue.
Price point: $$$
5/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central
What’s New: Drinks
Fuel Espresso, Hong Kong’s premiere espresso brand, is raising the bar with an addition of a new cocktail and drinks menu to its celebrated espresso offering. They’ll be serving up three espresso martinis made with their signature house blends and a new Single Origin roast. Each exquisite Espresso Martini will be hand shaken with a quinoa vodka and a luxurious coffee liqueur. We’re excited for the Dark & Smooth Espresso Martini ($108) made with dark blend espresso, but if you are more of a traditionalist, the Classic Espresso Martini is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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Although patio seating is hard to come by in Hong Kong thanks to the lack of street space, this city has some incredible rooftop bars and our list just keeps on growing. Enjoy an after-work drink or post-brunch cocktail at newly opened PIQNIQ in the buzzing new H Queen’s building. Le Comptoir Group’s (think Ecriture, Bibo, and The Ocean) latest venture offers guests stunning views of the city in a hip, modern setting.
27/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central
thisgirlabroad is a Canadian expat who packed her life up in the Great White North to move to a city filled with skyscrapers, dim sum, and 7-Eleven’s. She’s been living, working, and eating her way through Hong Kong for the past six years with no plans to slow down. Between working full time and managing her blog, you’ll likely find her with a flat white in one hand and a jar of peanut butter in the other.