From the team behind Pirata and The Optimist comes their next restaurant devoted entirely to pasta: Pici. Be prepared for a night filled with carbs, as the menu consists of pasta, pasta, and more pasta (aside from the starters and desserts). What we loved about Pici is that the pasta is all fresh and homemade, so you know you’ll be getting an authentic, high-quality dish regardless of which pasta you order. The decor is simple and the atmosphere is inviting; it’s the perfect spot to grab a casual bowl of Italian comfort food after work, on a date, or whenever!
Price point: $
16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, 2755 5523
Celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen has taken to Hong Kong to open up his third restaurant (his first two are located in Sydney and Brisbane), which focuses on the food he was brought up eating: Vietnamese. You can expect all your favourite traditional Vietnamese cuisine (and imported ingredients, like the salt from Phu Quoc) with a modern twist. Moi Moi also has a dinner tasting menu with an optional wine pairing, where you can truly indulge. In terms of atmosphere, you can expect contemporary decor fashioned with bright, warm colors.
Price point: $$-$$$
Lobby, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, 2808 1086
Helmed by international chef Magnus Hansson, this American Brasserie concept aims at providing a casual dining experience with dishes that use an array of high quality, interesting ingredients. Aiming to use each of the five flavours (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, umami) in each dish, you can expect a new level of American ‘comfort food’ that is sure to impress and satisfy. We highly recommend starting with the Fried Camembert Cheese, then moving onto the mouth-watering Grass-fed Filet, and finally finishing with the Butterscotch Budino (we’re currently drooling just thinking about it!).
Price point: $$$
Shop 132, L1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2871 0775
While Kaum at Potato Head may not be new, they’ve just re-launched their weekend brunch and we can’t stop reminiscing over how satisfying it was. Prepare yourselves (and your stomachs!) for an onslaught of Indonesian food brought right to your table. For HK$395, you’ll get to try each of the small plates (from dishes consisting of veggies and curries, to fresh tuna and pan-fried chicken) and then as many servings as you’d like of the large plates (from roasted baby pig to nasi goreng). What’s a brunch in Hong Kong without opting for the free flow package, which consists of Veuve Clicquot, Bloody Mary’s, sangria, and more.
100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2858 6066
One of the newest bars to hit Hong Kong is Worth The Fuss (otherwise known as WTF Bar). Located between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, Worth The Fuss is serving up an array of creative cocktails and over 60 whiskey varieties. The bar is small and cozy, perfect for an intimate evening with a few friends. What’s more, the drinks are great value, with most cocktails sitting around the HK$100 mark. Whisky lovers should definitely try the Whisky Fix; a concoction of whisky, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, lime juice nutmeg, cinnamon, and mixed berries (#isitfridayyet).
Price point: $
10 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, 2792 0823
If you’re looking for a bar where you can enjoy meticulously handcrafted drinks and take in a stunning view of the city, Bar de Luxe has you covered. Opened by the man behind Bar High Five in Tokyo, Hidetsugu Ueno, Bar de Luxe will be home to his right-hand woman (three cheers for more women mixologists in the spotlight!), Yuriko Naganuma. You can expect simple, classic decor, fantastic views over Central, and cocktails that, although expensive, are crafted with precision, care, and passion.
Price point: $$-$$$
29-30F, 8 Wyndham Street, Central, 3706 5716
We love it when bars and restaurants have their own persona, which is why we’re excited Hong Kong has another one we can add to the list. It should come as no surprise that Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour was opened by the folks behind Mrs. Pound and Foxglove. So, what’s the story behind this new bar? Well, Dr. Fern is a self-proclaimed kooky physician who “treats his patients’ ailments, and stress related symptoms with his own concoctions of fresh local herbs and botanicals paired with Gins from around the world”. The menu is short and sweet, but you can always ask for the “Doctor’s Prescription” if you’re unsure of your affliction, and the experts at hand will certainly sort you out.
Price point: $-$$
Shop B31A, Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, 2111 9449
thisgirlabroad is a Canadian expat who found herself packing 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, loving, and eating her way through Hong Kong for the past four years without any plans to slow down. Between working full time, managing her blog, and freelance writing, you’ll likely find her with a strong cup of coffee in one hand and a jar of crunchy peanut butter in the other.