May 2019: Bar & Restaurant News for Hong Kong

The hottest bar and restaurant news this May.

Hamachi bowl at Nhau, Hong Kong

If you’re looking for new restaurants and bars in Hong Kong, then let us inspire you with our regularly updated guide to latest  food and drink happenings around town. Click here if you want to jump straight to the drinks section (no judgement).

What’s New: Restaurants

aquaMarine menu at aqua

amalfi rock pool dish aquamarine menu at aqua Hong Kong

There are some stunning new creations on offer at aqua from now until the end of June. The aquaMarine menu takes inspiration from ocean experiences and includes 6 exquisite Japanese & Italian dishes featuring sea greens and premium seafood, all sourced with environmental care. aqua’s stunning Hong Kong harbour views make the perfect backdrop to these instagrammable dishes, like the ‘Amalfi Rock Pool’ (pictured) inspired by beach combing along the Italian coast, with a soft nori ‘focaccia’, a rich bouillabaisse and a crisp seaweed ‘carasau’, Mediterranean red and white prawn tartare and a sea urchin mousse nestled in driftwood.

Price Point: $$$$

29/30F, One Peking, TST



interior at PIIN, Hong Kong


PIIN is an independent wine restaurant established by the owners of two of Burgundy’s most impressive domaines – Château de Meursault and Château de Marsannay. Boasting over 2,000 rare Burgundy wines, 100 of which will be served by-the-glass, PIIN’s carefully curated wine list will pair with their elevated Cantonese cuisine by previous Fook Lam Moon Chef Ming. Be sure to try one of their signature dishes, like the slow-cooked pigeon smoked with jasmine tea leaves, and have the staff compliment your selections with the perfect wine pairing.

Price point: $$$

2/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central


Scarlett Cafe and Wine Bar – New Fish-tastic Offerings

Scarlett HK Fish

Fish at Scarlett

One of our favourite hidden gems of TST, cozy French-style bistro Scarlett is expanding their already fabulous offerings with their new Fish Market concept, bringing Hong Kong diners the best fresh-from-the-sea fish and seafood from Europe. On top of offering a range of new dishes inspired by fresh fish and seafood, they are also rolling out a new weekly offer routine with everything from Oyster and cheese specials to a Thursday’s Ladies Night and even a Beef Night on Wednesdays. With Saturday and Sunday brunch specials and a daily happy hour, Scarlett has us planning to drop in for date nights and dinners with friends as often as we can. Follow Scarlett on Facebook for the most up-to-date news of their weekly promotions.

Price point: $$-$$$

2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui


Sushi Zo

interior at Sushi Zo

Sushi Zo

Another new and exciting addition to the ever-popular heritage site makes its debut this month. Originally from Los Angeles, with branches in New York, Bangkok, and Tokyo, Sushi Zo brings its omakase experience to Tai Kwun. Three executive chefs will be behind the counter serving up a continuously rotating dinner menu based on the fresh ingredients flown in from Japan daily. With only two seatings per day at a maximum of 14 guests, we reckon you should make your reservations ASAP.

Price point: 18-course dinner omakase menu at HK$2,500

Shop 01-LG103, LG1/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central



interior at Birdie


Our ears perked up when we heard that this new yakitori joint in town actually rivals OG Yardbird. Birdie is located in newly opened H Code building on Pottinger Street and has a more modern feel to its interiors. The menu is broken down rather simply – from a smaller selection of yakitori and kushiyaki, to appetisers and rice/noodles. Regardless of what you’re after (though, as the name suggests, it’s likely the different parts of the chicken), you’ll be able to find something to please everyone on the menu.

Price point: $$

9/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central


The Pansodan

Ivan Pun from Pansodan Burmese restaurant

Ivan Pun from Pansodan

Taking over the former space of Fish School comes a three-month traditional Burmese pop-up: The Pansodan. Named after one of the biggest streets in Yangon, the brains behind this Burmese brasserie is young entrepreneur Ivan Pun who has ensured that the dishes on the menu takes inspiration from some of its surrounding countries. Their signature dishes include a classic Burmese tea leaf salad, Rakhine fish curry, and mohinga (a noodle dish in a fish broth). The Pansodan opened on April 27th and will only run for three months, so be sure to check it out before it’s too late.

Price point: $$

The Laneway, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun


J POT by Gosango

J Pot

J POT by Gosango

Despite the temperature skyrocketing in Hong Kong, we’re looking forward to the city’s latest hotpot addition. J POT by Gosango reinterprets traditional hotpot with fresh imported ingredients, and touches of both eastern and western gastronomy. Expect delights including fresh-made dumplings and housemade fresh pastas that are meant to appeal to all diners. Choose from seven soup bases (including a unique sea urchin miso soup) for your hotpot alongside fresh seafood carpaccios and a variety of other small snacks like sakura shrimp cakes.

Price point: $$ – $$$

1/F, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay



Hamachi bowl at Nhau, Hong Kong

Hamachi bowl at Nhậu

Nhậu is tucked away steps from Upper Lascar Row and offers a range of fresh Vietnamese dishes with a contemporary spin. Opened by Chef Que Vinh Dang, Nhậu has elevated your typical Vietnamese dishes like pho and banh mi to a whole other level. For a spin on a classic dish, try the Banh Mi Rice Tacos or Bun Rieu Mochi with crab and tobiko. Looking for a sweet ending to your meal? Nhậu has a handful of unique sundaes on their menu that sound delicious.

Read our review of Nhậu 

Price point: $$

12 Circular Pathway, Central


Pici Opens at Lai Chi Kok

pasta preparation at pici

fresh pasta at Pici

The neighbourhood pasta bar, Pici, will be settling into their new neighbourhood of Lai Chi Kok when this new outlet opens in mid May. Pici has quickly become known for its tasty freshly made pasta dishes and will be a great addition to the area’s dining scene. To give the community a taster of what Pici has to offer,they’ll host a pasta giveaway on Friday 17 May during lunch  at 12pm and dinner at 6pm (limited to 200 dishes per time slot). There will also be a Pici food truck stationed at Taikoo Place from 6-19 May, crafting piping hot pasta with ingredients from ImpossibleTM Foods.

Price point: $-$$

Pici Lai Chi Kok, Shop G03, G/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok


What’s New: Bars

Hutong’s new ‘Elixirs of Spring’ cocktail series

cocktails at Hutong

Elixirs of spring cocktails at Hutong

For delicious cocktails with stunning views, you can’t beat a trip to Hutong’s stylish Moon Gate Bar. To celebrate Spring – considered a great time to cleanse and heal the body – the world-famous restaurant launches five new seasonal cocktails, each inspired by ancient Chinese healing ingredients. Pairing ingredients such as chen-pi, chamomile and dried yam with delicious flavours such as lychee, vanilla and grapefruit, the Elixirs of Spring series are fruity, zesty and punchy in all the right ways. And with ingredients that encourage energy renewal, you really don’t need a better excuse to enjoy one (or two!) of these tasty tipples! But be quick…these are only available for a limited time!


Gishiki Lounge

Meaning ‘ritual’ in Japanese, Gishiki Lounge is the sister venue to Sushi Zo. Similar to Sushi Zo’s 18 course omakase menu, Gishiki Lounge will have 18 cocktails on the menu, each with its own ritual performed. What that ritual actually is… you’ll have to head to the bar to find out. The cocktails are based on Japanese myths and are named after ‘Noh theatre’ characters. The decor is dark and mysterious, and the bar itself is quite cozy. Gishiki Lounge is perfect if you’re looking to enjoy an intimate drink or a quick nightcap.

Shop 01-LG103, LG1/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, 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.


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