We’ve tracked down all the latest bar and restaurant news for this March 2019.
What’s New: Food
One of Soho’s favourite Italian joints and Wan Chai’s bars has undergone a makeover. Formerly Linguini Fini in Soho and Stone Nullah Tavern in Wan Chai have branded together, both under the name Fini’s. Fini’s Soho hasn’t change much aside from the name, however, Fini’s Wan Chai will now also be a New York-style pizza and pasta restaurant. While we’re super excited about the new look and feel, we weren’t quite ready to have Stone Nullah Tavern’s famous mac and cheese disappear forever. Thankfully, Fini’s Wan Chai will still have some of the former dishes available on special.
Price point: $$ – $$$
Fini’s Wan Chai – 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai
Fini’s Soho – 49 Elgin Street, Central
Scandinavian restaurant The Flying Elk is now offering a weekend Smörgåsbord brunch. Diners can choose between either 3 ($295) or 5 ($395) tasting dishes, plus one main course and a dessert. The tasting dishes are a fun introduction to Nordic flavours, including ox tongue with beetroot emulsion and horseradish, shrimp toast, herring with red onions, egg and brown butter, and gravlax with potato in dill sauce. Brunch is a relaxed affair at the Flying Elk, they offer a kids’ menu and a free flow option.
The Flying Elk will be at Taste of Hong Kong presented by HSBC, find out more about Taste and enter our lucky draw for a chance to win tickets here!
Price Point: $$- $$$
32 Wyndham Street, Central
Following the opening of SHÈ, sister restaurant Redhouse has made its debut in Lan Kwai Fong. Inspired by the Chinese symbolism behind the color red, Redhouse embodies joy, vitality, and prosperity. Redhouse wants to focus on authenticity rather than traditionalism in its dishes, which is why you’ll find a range of contemporary dishes that are rooted in the essence of conventional Chinese cuisine. Expect signature roast meats, premium seafood, dim sum, and more on the menu which lists over 200 modern Chinese dishes.
Price point: $$ – $$$$
23/F, California Tower, 32 D’aguilar Street, Central
Indulge yourself in an elegant afternoon tea whilst gazing down on the hustle and bustle of Central from the rooftop vantage point of Popinjays. Tuck into a host of tasty treats, premium teas (or a glass of champagne), and don’t miss out on Popinjays Signature Scones which come in two favours, Cherry Jubilee or Blood Orange, and are flambéed tableside.
Price Point: $688 for two, an additional $300 per person for a glass of Deutz Blanc de Blanc champagne or Charles-Heidsieck Rosé and $90 per pair for signature scones.
26/F The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
We had heard the rumours after Bread Street Kitchen & Bar closed their doors in LKF, but we weren’t expecting a relocation to The Peak. Still in collaboration with Dining Concepts, Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant remains practically identical to its former location (just with a much better view) in terms of the decor and dishes. You’ll find all your British favourites on the menu and they’re even serving an affordable breakfast on weekends – perfect for those starting their day with a hike up to The Peak.
Price point: $$ – $$$$
Shop G02, G/F, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road
Looking for a bit of theatrics along with your meal? Head to FUMI from now until the end of March for their Tuna Tasting Menu, which features a live tuna cutting ceremony before your meal. Upon arrival, guests are invited to try a variety of three different types of sake before heading into the restaurant. They use sustainable bluefin tuna and the seven-course menu consists of different cuts of the tuna prepared in various ways. Our favourite was the Tuna Carpaccio Salad and the Toro, Chu Toro, and Tuna Sashimi Platter.
Price point: HK$688 per person
6/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Hong Kong’s first vegetarian hotel restaurant has opened in Ovolo Central. VEDA, meaning ‘knowledge’ or ‘wisdom’, is an all-day dining concept that uses high quality ingredients to create delicious vegetarian dishes. The menu was crafted by New York-based Australian chef Hetty McKinnon and features a fusion of cuisines paired with Australian wines. The dining area is green, spacious, and cozy, making it the perfect spot for a fun, carefree catch-up with friends.
Price point: $$ – $$$
Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central
Followed closely by the launch of Aulis Hong Kong last month, chef Simon Rogan has just opened his second restaurant venture, Roganic, in the heart of Causeway Bay. With a focus on natural wines and fresh ingredients, Roganic presents diners with a city-centric take on a farm-to-table dining experience from London. The restaurant will bring over elements of Simon Rogan’s two Michelin-starred L’Enclume while adapting to the local palate. During the opening menu, you can expect dishes that focus and highlight Hong Kong’s local produce.
Price point: 10-course Roganic Long Taster Menu (HK$980) or 8-course Roganic Short Taster Menu (HK$680).
UG/F, 8 Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Located in Fashion Walk, eat darling eat is a new dessert bar that brings a playful twist on iconic Chinese desserts. Meant to evoke fond childhood memories, eat darling eat’s extensive menu features desserts like pineapple buns filled with pineapple custard and a range of their modern take on ‘tong sui’ desserts. The interiors of eat darling eat’s mimic the fun flavours of the menu: bold, colorful, surreal, and creative. The best part is that it’s open late (1:00 am during the week and 2:00 am on weekends), so you can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings well into the night.
Price point: $
Shop 17, G/F, 11-19 Great George Street & 27-47 Paterson Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
What’s New: Drinks
Head over to one of Wyndham’s hottest new restaurants on Thursday nights to fill your ears with the sweet sounds of jazz. From 10:00 pm to 1:00 am Frank’s new musical offering gives guests the chance to sit back and relax while enjoying delicious Italian-American plates, exceptionally made cocktails and world-class jazz from a trio of musicians led by veteran saxophonist and flutist Griffe Saunders. Alongside soulful, up close and personal jazz renditions, diners can devour a late-night feast of Frank’s savoury signature dishes.
G/F 79 Wyndham Street, Central
Lan Kwai Fong’s latest bar and restaurant has arrived. Taking up the first and second floor of California Tower is newcomer Ignis. Start your night on the second floor, where you can dine on dishes from an ever-evolving menu curated by Executive Chef Mark Sin. Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, make your way down to the first floor to continue the evening late into the night with plenty of drinks in this areas club-like atmosphere.
1 & 2/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, 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.