Bar & Restaurant Inspiration: New Openings, Fresh Menus and Hot Pop-Ups
Craving something fresh? Our roundup of bar and restaurant news has got you covered.
Let us inspire you with our regularly updated guide to new food and drink happenings around town. Click here if you want to jump straight to the drinks section (no judgement).
What’s New: Food
This global movement was launched in London in 2016 and will be making its debut in Hong Kong on October 26th. In hopes of bringing more awareness to one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time, eight of Hong Kong’s top chefs have come together to create an incredible menu to support UNICEF’s work for the children in Syria. You can expect a Sryian-inspired meal by chefs Uwe Opocensky (Beef & Liberty & Restaurant Uwe), Peggy Chan (Grassroots Pantry), Nathan Green (Rhoda), Nicholas Chew (Serge et le Phoque), David Lai (Neighbourhood), Agustin Balbi (Haku), Jim Lofdahl (Frantzen’s Kitchen) and Nicolas Boutin (Epure). There are only 110 seats available and tickets are priced at HK$1,200 for an eight-course meal and free-flow drinks.
You can purchase your tickets here.
Beef & Liberty, 30 – 32 D’Aguilar Street, California Tower, Central
This new addition to the Black Sheep Restaurant group is all about transporting you to the coast of Italy with a selection of fresh seafood dishes and simple nautical decor. The first thing that will catch your eye when you step inside Osteria Marzia is the sheer height of the ceilings; a rarity in Hong Kong. These ceilings are what give the restaurant such a spacious feel, despite only sitting around 40 guests. As for the food, expect a large selection of seafood and dishes that will transport you to Italy’s coastal regions. Our picks? Start with the crostini with butter and anchovies, and the hamachi. Then be sure to order the spaghetti ricci with sea urchin and zucchini fritti. Finish off your evening with a big scoop of the most decadent chocolate gelato.
Price point: $$$-$$$$
G/F, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai
Looking for a restaurant that comes with great views of Hong Kong? Be sure to check out ANA Ten. With Victoria Harbour as the backdrop, this beautiful modern Japanese restaurant will surely impress. With ample seating both inside the restaurant and outside on the terrace, ANA Ten is a great destination for a group dinner, sunset drinks, or a casual lunch. Michelin-star Chef Ozawa Ryogo from Japan helped put together a menu filled with innovative Japanese dishes. For a picture-worthy dish, order the smoked fatty tuna with egg yolk sauce. Just be sure to have your camera ready when the glass covering is lifted off and the smoke slowly seeps out.
Price point: $$$-$$$$
Shop OTE 304, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui
Black Sheep Restaurant group has another highly anticipated opening this month: New Punjab Club. This tandoori grill house is inspired by post-colonial Pakistan and India; from the food to the decor. In collaboration with Michelin-star Chef Palash Mitra, New Punjab Club goes beyond your standard curry dishes to bring diners exciting sharing plates from the Northern Punjab region. Expect plenty of grilled meat from the tandoor ovens and dishes that you likely haven’t encountered yet, like the spiced mutton with milk buns. To add to the nostalgic authenticity of the restaurant, the two tandoor ovens used have been refurbished from co-founder Syed Asim Hussain’s father’s restaurant Mughal Room from the 1980s.
Price point: $$$
G/F, Worldwide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham Street, Central
If you’re looking for something unique this month, be sure to check out JIA Group’s new pop-up dining series “The Pass”. Held every Saturday night for eight weeks, The Pass kicks off on September 9th with Chef Josh Hartland of Mak Mak. Each Saturday evening a featured chef from one of the JIA Group restaurants will be curating a menu filled with delightful dishes of their own choosing, paired alongside free-flowing beverages. Purchase your tickets here ASAP, as some dinners are already sold out.
Price point: $$$$
1 Duddell Street, Central
Ying Jee Club is serving up an array of classic Cantonese dishes with a twist by Chef Siu Hin Chi (formerly of Duddell’s). Whether you’re after a low-key dinner, a dim sum date, or are looking to celebrate a special occasion in one of their private dining rooms, Ying Jee Club has you covered. Although not exactly wallet-friendly, we’re impressed that they offer a vegetarian tasting menu (HK$680) – something that isn’t exactly easy to find here in Hong Kong.
Price point: $$$
Shop G05, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central
What’s New: Drinks
Dust off your formal wear and treat yourself to this tutored cocktail degustation featuring six luxurious drinks surrounded by rare first edition cocktail books, vintage shakers and ephemera. In this exclusive event, accommodating only 8 guests at a time and four sittings a night, guests will get a sneak preview of The Embassy, a world-exclusive pop-up by legendary drinks maven Angus Winchester. The Quinary is ranked number 7 in the best 50 bars in Asia list and it is sure to be a memorable evening. The event runs for three nights only, 16-18 October. Tickets are available on Ticketflap now for $500.
56-58 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
For those that have been around Hong Kong for a while, you’ll likely remember Yum Sing Bar; a popular bar for almost three decades back when the Lee Gardens Hotel was open. The pop-up is taking place to celebrate Lee Garden One’s 20th anniversary. If this makes you feel a bit nostalgic, head on over until Friday October 13th for a walk (and a drink!) down memory lane. The cocktail menu includes classics from the original Yum Sing Bar, like the gin-based Lee Gardens Special (HK$68).
3/F Lobby, Lee Gardens LG One, Causeway Bay
This yearly event will take place from October 26 – 29th at the Central Harbourfront Event Space. Expect all the usuals: fine wines from all over the world, the perfect sweet and savoury bites to pair with your drinks, various workshops, and live music. With over 300 booths (that also include whisky and craft beer), you’ll surely find the perfect drink. Admission is a steal at only HK$30 (adults) with the option to buy wine passes (starting at HK$100) available.
Central Harbourfront Event Space
Looking for an intimate evening filled with premium, artisanal spirits? Check out the The Woods’ Annex, opened by Victoria Chow. The Woods’ Annex is modeled off the concept of a private kitchen; a platform where like-minded individuals can come together, try new and lesser known spirits, and become more educated. Expect a variety of guest speakers and workshops taking place, and if you end up falling in love with a specific spirit, you can purchase standard bottles to take home. There will also be an online store for customers to peruse the spirit collection and have their purchases delivered to their home. This 8-seat, hidden bar is open by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead before you show up.
64 Staunton Street (behind KWOON), Central
Instead of letting the dread of Monday morning dampen your Sunday evening, head over to Ozone for their newly launched Sunday Spritz Sessioni. Spend a lazy afternoon sipping spritz cocktails (aperol spritz for us!) and nibbling on mini complimentary tapas while you take in the panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. Launching on October 8th, pay a visit to the world’s tallest bar from 4:00 – 7:00 pm for a cheeky indulgence or two.
118/F, The Ritz Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon
New Offering: Chillers App
Throwing a party but don’t have time to get the booze? Plan to have a cold one after work and realise there’s none in the fridge? Not to worry, the new “Chillers” app has you covered. The app is designed to deliver cold drinks (mostly alcohol) quickly to you door, throughout Hong Kong Island, Sai Kung and Discovery Bay. They not only deliver to residential addresses but also to businesses, parks, beaches and junks. Delivery is available from their website, or their app. As a special offer for readers of The HK HUB, use promo code “hkhub” to save 20% of of your order.
New Opening: The Old Man
Ernest Hemingway is the inspiration behind Central’s latest bar, The Old Man. This new venture by renowned mixologist Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale wants to bring the cocktails Hemingway enjoyed while writing his well-known novels to life. Priced at only HK$90, The Old Man presents 9 cocktails, each paying homage to one of Hemingway’s books (with an added Asian touch, of course). The bar itself may be small, but the minimal contemporary decor in earthy greens really bring this place to life.
Lower G/F, 37 Aberdeen 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.