Bar & Restaurant Inspiration: New Openings, Fresh Menus and Hot Pop-Ups
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What’s New: Food
Mercato Hong Kong, distinguished for their wood-fire oven pizzas, is hosting 5 rounds of pizza baking contests between 5 esteemed local chefs. Pizzas will be available to the public at Mercato Hong Kong for two weeks each round. The pizza contest will run from 21 August – 6 November and competitors’ pizzas will be available to the public at Mercato during this time.
8/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
Bring along your best buds for this long lunch inside a warehouse party. Stemming from an eco-friendly commitment to minimizing waste, the team at Rhoda are launching “The Whole Hog.” Held on the third Saturday each month, the team is preparing a whole pig and plan to waste nothing. For $248 a person, guests can feast on unlimited Middle White Pork and a variety of sides such as kimchi coleslaw, mom’s potato salad, spiced potato wedges, house-baked dinner rolls and more. Rhoda’s beverage menu is adding two new drinks that pair perfectly with the new long lunch offerings. The atmosphere is laid-back with long tables, minimalistic settings and classic rock tunes playing in the background.
Price Point: $$-$$$
G/F, 345 Des Voeux Road West, 2177 5050
New Opening: Gough’s on Gough
The much anticipated Gough’s on Gough, Timothy Oulton’s (a widely known interiors brand with over 40 stores worldwide) first modern British restaurant, is set to open its doors in Hong Kong early this month. You’ll be dining on modern British cuisine curated by Head Chef Arron Rhodes in a casual yet polished atmosphere. The dishes are simple, yet use high quality ingredients to create modern renditions of British classics. We can’t wait to try the handmade gnocchi with 6 month mature comte cheese, pickled potatoes, and fresh herbs. If you’re a bit more carnivorous, Gough’s on Gough also serves a solid selection of meat and seafood dishes.
Price point: $$$$
15 Gough Street, Central, 2473 9066
New Opening: Fang Fang
LKF Tower’s newest resident, Fang Fang is a contemporary Chinese restaurant with a big personality. The mysterious Chinese opera singer, Fang Fang, is the inspiration and namesake behind the restaurant. The dining area seats over 100 guests and is a modern mix of suave black interiors with chic decor. Diners should prepare their stomachs for an array of modern Chinese cuisine by well established Executive Chef Kent Lee. If the food and vibe isn’t enough to get you into Fang Fang, the drinks surely will. Bar Manager Gagan Gurung has crafted an impressive variety of Asian-inspired cocktails that are sure to satisfy.
Price point: $$$
8/F, LKF Tower, Central, 2983 9083
Whether you’ve headed out for happy hour a little too often this week or your liver needs a break from all those boozy brunches you’ve been having lately, Divino’s new Recovery Brunch has you sorted. The concept is simple: delicious, healthy, and satisfying food and drink. Expect refillable detox waters (the pomegranate infusion tea was our favourite) and smoothies, to a simple food menu that’s broken up into veggies, eggs, mains, and sweets. Our pick? Start with the Chef’s “Healing Bowl” comprised of poached eggs, quinoa, smoked salmon, avocado, spinach, and pesto. Then, finish up with the beautifully presented Greek Yogurt & Granola Parfait with mixed berries.
Price point: $-$$
73 Wyndham Street, Central, 2167 8883
Pop-Up: One Star House Party Returns
Get ready for a 5 week pop-up, as One Star House Party returns to Hong Kong from June 30 – August 4. For the past eight months, the team behind One Star House Party has travelled to a different country each month to set up a week-long pop-up restaurant, using ingredients found in that area. We love the concept behind their menu for Hong Kong’s pop-up: they’ll be serving their favourite dish from each of the eight countries they visited, including Everest base camp, Vietnam, and Mumbai. Expect an incredibly unique evening filled with dishes from around the world.
Price point: HK$1000 per person (this pop-up is BYOB)
Test Kitchen, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun (Click here to purchase a ticket)
What’s New: Drinks
New Summer Cocktail Menu: The Envoy
Just in time for Hong Kong’s summer heatwave (more like humidwave!), The Envoy has launched a list of refreshing summer cocktails. Crafted by Amanda Wan, these new cocktails fall under the themes of “The Jungle” or “The Waterfall”. Cocktails found under “The Jungle” are catered for those who prefer darker and more intense flavours. We recommend Stranger Fruit, made with coriander redistilled gin, passion fruit puree, simple syrup, egg white, Angostura aromatic bitters, and seven spice powder. If you prefer lighter cocktails, look under “The Waterfall” section where you’ll find a selection of spritzes. Our pick is The Picnic Spritz, made with cucumber redistilled gin, rosehip and hibiscus cordial, mint, and soda water.
3/F The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road, Central, 2169 3311
New Cocktail Menu: Lily & Bloom
Lily & Bloom has launched a new cocktail menu (though a few classics from before have remained on the list) that offers something for every palate. The cocktails are carefully crafted by new Head Mixologist John Nugent, and you can really tell that a lot of thought, time, and effort went into the making of each one. We were able to try every single cocktail on the menu (the things we do for you readers!) and our favourite goes to the English Milk Punch, made with hennessy V.S.O.P. cognac, plantation original dark and overproof rum, pernod absinthe, pineapple, coriander, star anise, and cardamom.
6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2810 6166
For two weeks this month, London’s Black Rock Bar is making an appearance at Foxglove’s new “speakeasy within a speakeasy”, Frank’s Library. From Saturday July 22nd until Saturday August 5th, you can indulge in whisky flights, cocktails, highballs, and whisky “tours”. For this pop-up, the team at Black Rock will be assembling a table from a 7-tonne, 263 year old oak tree hauled in from North Cheshire, England (we’re pretty darn impressed). There will be three time slots each evening during the pop-up (5:00 – 7:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, and 9:00 – 11:00 pm) with a minimum spend of HK$500 per person.
G/F, 18 Ice House Street/6 Duddell Street, Central, 2116 8949
New Menu: Yashoku Night Brunch at Zuma
While some may argue that the concept of a “night brunch” is basically dinner, we love the concept behind Zuma’s newly launched Yashoku Night Brunch. Zuma has taken their classic (and much loved) weekend brunch concept and kicked it up a few notches. You can expect great live music and DJs, delicious free-flowing drinks (including Veuve Clicquot, sake, infused sochu, and beer), plenty of food, and a fantastic vibe. Zuma offers drink-only packages or drink and food packages, ranging from HK$500 to HK$880 for 2.5 hours of far too much fun.
6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, 3657 6388
thisgirlabroad is a Canadian expat who found herself packing 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, loving, and eating her way through Hong Kong for the past four years without any plans to slow down. Between working full time, managing her blog, and freelance writing, you’ll likely find her with a strong cup of coffee in one hand and a jar of crunchy peanut butter in the other.