Where to Eat & Drink October 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
Boasting a menu of Thai market favourites and a cocktail list of familiar flavours elevated through expert preparation, the welcoming venue boasts a lush terrace, al fresco bar area and cosy dining room overlooking an animated kitchen of talented Thai chefs. We love that there are a variety of options for dining: inside with intimate bench seating at dining tables, outdoor sofas for a relaxing drink or two, or at one of their taller seats at the bar. As for food, expect all your Thai favourites like red curries, grilled seabass, skewers, and much more.
Price point: $$-$$$
Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai (entrance on Ship Street)
The well-known London eatery has just opened its first international location in the IFC mall. The main entrance greets guests with a large take-out counter, perfect for diners looking for a grab-and-go lunch option during the work week. The dining area is welcoming with an open kitchen bathed in red at one end of the restaurant and a unique floating island bar at the other. The menu is designed for sharing and offers a take on British cuisine with broad European and American influences. While there is plenty to choose from on the menu (aside from the famous duck & waffle, which is an obvious must), we recommend trying their bread that is beautifully baked in-house, the grilled 18-hr pork belly, and the PBJ macaroon ice cream sandwich.
Price point: $$-$$$$
Shop 1081, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
One of our favourite Mexican restaurants in Hong Kong is opening up a second location on the southside. Te Quiero Mucho Taqueria has officially opened in Ovolo Southside and will offer exclusive dishes like the Mexican Torta, loaded with pork milanesa, tomatillo salsa, fried beans and queso fresco, and the Chicken Adobo Burrito. The dining space is inspired by rich Mexican street culture and features a funky designed taco truck made of recycled container parts and decorated with vintage Mexican advertisements and street art graphics.
Price point: $-$$
Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Meaning “street” in Malay, JALAN embodies the best destination dining of Malaysia: ‘mamak’ food stalls, bustling ‘pasar malam’ night markets and coffee or ‘kopitiam’ shops. The hawker-style menu at JALAN features a variety of large and small plates featuring classics like rendang, satay, and laksa (with a little twist). Try the unique LFC Laksa Fried Chicken or Beef Rendang Samosa if you’re looking for a fusion of flavours. The restaurant itself is set in a 70’s Borneo-inspired space of laid-back leafy greens and bright colors.
Price point: $$
G/F, 42 Peel Street, Central
Chef Wolfgang Puck continues to expand his global restaurant empire with the announcement of his very first restaurant opening in Hong Kong, Wolfgang Puck Kitchen. Located in the arrivals hall of the Hong Kong International Airport, Wolfgang Puck Kitchen will deliver a Californian-inspired interpretation of global comfort fare using high-quality seasonal ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, a late supper, a cheeky cocktail before your flight, or anything in between, Wolfgang Puck Kitchen is a solid choice for travellers.
Price point: $$-$$$
Shop 5T 150 Level 5 Terminal 1, Arrivals Hall, Hong Kong International Airport, 1 Sky Plaza Rd, Chek Lap Kok
Another new restaurant opening at the airport is Duddell’s. Located in the food court in the departure hall, Duddell’s is set to serve travellers a range of quality Cantonese comfort food in a more casual setting than their other location. Open 24 hours a day, you can expect to see Duddell’s signature dim sum and plates on the menu, like the braised abalone rice with scallop and scallion, and a variety of freshly rolled rice rolls. To celebrate the opening of this new location, they have added a new menu item: roast goose, pre-marinated for two days. For those in a hurry at the airport, Duddell’s will also have a grab-and-go selection of hot meals available.
Price point: $$-$$$$
Unit No. 7E161, Level 7, Departure East Hall, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok (Restricted Area)
What’s New: Bars
ThinkWine is Hong Kong’s first sommelier-lead specialty wine bar, co-founded by celebrated French sommeliers Romain Loriot and Jean-Benoit Issele. Stocking close to 600 different wines, the extensive wine menu at ThinkWine showcases the diversity of terroir, appellations and vintages rarely found in Hong Kong. While this may sound intimidating to those who don’t know much about wine (aside from that it tastes good!), ThinkWine aims to introduce a sophisticated yet affordable new wine and food pairing experience to the city.
2/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, Central
For more recent food and beverage news in Hong Kong check out our September 2019 Bar and Restaurant News