Where to Eat & Drink November 2019: New Restaurants, New Bars & New Menus
Discover the best new bars and restaurants, pop-ups and exciting menus around Hong Kong.
Our pick of Hong Kong’s new bars, new restaurants & tempting new menus
We’re here to help you keep up with HK’s ever evolving food & drink scene. As well as bringing you the most exciting new restaurant and bar openings, we’re also uncovering tempting new brunches and afternoon teas, intriguing special menus, quirky new cocktails, and unique pop-ups. So get ready to mix it up a little with our guide to the latest bar and restaurant happenings around town. Click here if you want to jump straight to the drinks section (no judgement).
What’s New: Restaurants
Asaya Kitchen, the newest dining concept by Rosewood Hong Kong, opens on level six of the ultra-luxury hotel in the heart of the Victoria Dockside arts and design district. Asaya Kitchen offers striking views of the harbour and will open from sunrise till late, serving wholesome, health-conscious fare that respects responsible sourcing from the sea, as well as careful cultivation of the soil. Helmed by Chef Renaud Marin, formerly of Cochin and Upper Modern Bistro in Hong Kong, Asaya Kitchen champions artful Mediterranean and a healthy Japanese diet-inspired menu that focuses on seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers, fisheries and artisans, prepared in a light and clean style.
Price point: $$-$$$
6/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
LEE Lo Mei returns to the bustling corner of Lyndhurst Terrace with a new look and new menus. Shaking-up Central’s lunch time scene is a new star-studded set-lunch menu, inspired by classic Hong Kong movies and actors. For those who don’t work in the area, the à la carte menu features an array of new options that combine innovative Cantonese cooking techniques with unmistakably nostalgic flavours, reflecting Hong Kong’s playful nature. For those feeling adventurous, try the Clamorous – this dish packs a punch by combining razor clam and stinky tofu with garlic and chili sauce.
Price point: $-$$$$
G/F – 1/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
A new sister restaurant to Central’s original Ramen Cubism is opening in Tsim Sha Tsui. In Kowloon, the new 1,800 sq ft, 31-seat venue replicates the brand’s design them of a cosy interior with predominant wood finish, invoking the sense of natural, fresh and authentic ingredients sourced from environmentally-friendly places. To celebrate the new Tsim Sha Tsui opening, Chef Hayashi is unveiling his famous award-winning ramen from Japan – Japan Next Generation Ramen Competition Champion Ramen – Miso Ramen. Along with the introduction of this recipe, you can expect other Central ramen favourites at the TST location.
Price point: $-$$
G12-13, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
One of our favourite steakhouses has done it again: Morton’s The Steakhouse is launching a new Chef-inspired seasonal menu, packed with autumnal flavours, to help usher in the current change in seasons. Some of their must-try dishes include a Burrata, Brussels Sprouts & Roasted Butternut Squash Salad; a colorful medley of flavours and textures. The Black Truffle & Porcini-Crusted Center-Cut Wagyu Filet is a tender and lean cut, the filet is dusted with a porcini mushroom seasoning and black truffle zest, broiled, and then finished with a balsamic & roasted shallot butte. Finally, the Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream makes for the perfect side dish, and can also be a great substitute for a hearty meat-free main course.
Price point: $$$$+
4/F, The Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Meat lovers, rejoice! Porterhouse has just launched a new meat-filled menu on Tuesdays featuring a salad and cheese buffet, unlimited portions from their carving station, side dishes brought to the table, and dessert. For HK$528, you’ll begin your meal with a wide selection of premium cheese and a variety of salads. Once finished, head over to the carving station featuring a selection of prime cuts of beef, chicken, lamb, and pork that have either been marinated, roasted, or braised along with four different sides that are brought to the table. Not worried about work the next day? Opt for one of their free-flow packages that include wines, bubbly, beer, and a selection of cocktails.
Available on Tuesday at HK$528 per person (free-flow is an additional charge).
7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fung, Central
Named after the Japanese concept of ‘present yet absent’, as the restaurant is tucked away in a dimly-lit passage mirroring Tokyo’s alleyways, Kakure is Central’s newest Ginza-style Japanese restaurant. The restaurant features a live teppanyaki cooking station, a sushi bar, main dining area, private tatami rooms, and a modern Japanese interpretation of a Japanese hidden bar. The menu focuses on traditional cooking methods with twists in execution and presentation, and offers a wide variety of dishes to delight. Some signature dishes include the Minced Tuna Belly & Spring Onion Roll, Hida Wagyu Tenderloin, and Hokkaido Snow Crab Meat Croquette.
Price point: $$-$$$$
M20-24, M/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
Bali-favourite and featured in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019, Locavore is to pop-up at Test Kitchen for four nights. From November 7-10, diners will be dazzled by contemporary European cuisine created by Eelke Plasmeijer and made with locally-sourced ingredients. The nine-course menu will feature dishes such as Salt Baked Jicama with peanut lime emulsion, marigold or calendula flower, peanut gochujang and tagetes leaf – showcasing some of Indonesia’s most celebrated flavours, while plates like White Coffee Licorice Gelato with black wolfberries in Chinese black wine vinegar, palm nectar licorice syrup and coffee crumble, blend both local and international ingredients and techniques.
The nine-course menu is available for $1180 per person with an optional wine pairing at $480 per person.
Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building Phase 3, 158A Connaught Rd W, Sai Ying Pun
Soho’s most adored Italian-American osteria, Posto Pubblico, is celebrating ten years of serving the community with an incredible dinner menu and after party on Thursday November 14th. For HK$819 per person, guests can tuck into a six-course menu of all-star Posto favourites like Veal Meatballs and Homemade Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes, as well as Farfalle Salsiccia and White Truffle Cacio e Pepe from the pasta menu and much more. The dinner also includes a free-flow package of Champagne, Poretti Beer, premium red & white wines as well as classic Negronis for each guest. Be sure to stick around after dinner for the after party featuring DJ Mike Darling and DJ Fu spinning hip hop until late.
Available on November 14th from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm for HK$819 per person.
28 Elgin Street, Central
Not afraid of a little spice? Love eating dumplings? Then Chilli Fagara has a competition with your name on it. On November 20th, Chilli Fagara will be hosting a fiery Chilli Dumpling Eating Competition where you will be put to the test. Guests will be divided into groups, and will have three minutes to eat as many dumplings as possible. The winner from each group progresses into a Grand Final, with incredible prizes to be won including a trip for two to Chengdu, dining vouchers sponsored by Deliveroo Hong Kong, wine bottles provided by Sarment Wine Limited, as well as an Apple Watch sponsored by Anson Realty Limited. Only 30 coveted seats will be available and guests must register via email at [email protected] The competition will begin at 7.00pm on 20th November and is free to enter.
7 Old Bailey Street, Central
What’s New: Bars
Monkey 47 Pop-up at Ozone
From now until November 17th, head to Ozone at The Ritz-Carlton to experience “The Jungle at 490 Metres” Monkey 47 Pop-up. You’ll find innovative cocktails by Ozone Bar Manager Oscar Mena and a German-inspired menu by Executive Chef Peter Find to complement the Black Forest roots of Monkey 47’s distillery.
118/F, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
For more recent food and beverage news in Hong Kong check out our October 2019 Bar and Restaurant News