Bar & Restaurant Inspiration: New Openings, Fresh Menus and Hot Pop-Ups
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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
Feather & Bone has opened up a third shop that offers the same great butcher, deli, and grocery products as their Happy Valley and Central locations. So what makes this shop stand out? There’s also a spacious cafe/restaurant area that can satisfy any craving, from coffee and eggs benedict in the morning, to a hearty burger or some gnocchi (yes, please!) at night. The best part about their new location? You can actually head to the butcher, choose a cut of meat and a side, tell them how you’d like it cooked, choose a sauce, and enjoy your meal right then and there.
Price point: $$ – $$$
Shop 1, G/F Commercial Accommodation, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West
New modern authentic Japanese restaurant FUMI has opened up in California Tower, offering diners a range of seasonal dishes with a focus on high quality ingredients and traditional Japanese cooking techniques. You’ll find a range of Japanese dining options, including omakase and kaiseki experiences, as well as plenty of sushi, sashimi, and more. The restaurant plans on celebrating Japanese traditions by hosting a variety of cultural events throughout the year, like sake tasting workshops and Japanese dance performances.
Price point: $$$- $$$$
6/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central
We can’t get enough of cute, Instagram-worthy dishes and Yum Cha is all about staying on trend. Following the success of their other locations, they have now branched out to Causeway Bay. Although this location still serves much of the dim sum they’re known for (we can’t resist their molten buns!), this location will also have a special 20-dish menu honouring Causeway Bay’s typhoon shelter cuisine, like the Typhoon-shelter Style Fried Whole Crab with Dried Chilli Garlic Flakes.
Price point: $$
2/F, Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay
The success of Pici in Wan Chai makes it a no-brainer as to why Pirata Group has decided to open up a new location in Central. Nestled away on Aberdeen Street, the popular homemade pasta bar seats 65 in a similarly cosy and inviting dining area. Most of the menu staples remain the same, however, there are a few new dishes that are only available at this location like the creamy Plin Ravioli (HK$140) stuffed with rich gorgonzola, sautéed with porcini mushrooms and mascarpone. If decision-making isn’t your strong suit (anyone else want to order one of everything on the menu?!), try the Tasting Menu (HK$280 pp) for a chef selection of starters, mains, and dessert.
Price point: $$
24-26 Aberdeen Street, Central
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Bakehouse and their flaky, near-perfect croissants, fresh loaves of bread, and the general deliciousness of every item on the menu. If you’re wondering why there’s so much talk about this bakery, Bakehouse is actually the brainchild of former Four Seasons pastry chef Gregoire Michaud, who has been working on this project for the past five years. If you want to try a selection of these popular baked goods, be sure to get there right at opening (8:00 am during the week and 9:00 am on the weekend), or be prepared to queue and hope everything isn’t sold out by the time you make it inside.
Price point: $
14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai
Yardbird has been a yakitori staple in Hong Kong for the past six years, so we were sad to hear that its tucked-away location on Bridges Street was closing down. Thankfully, they quickly relocated to a new (and much bigger) spot just a few minutes away in Sheung Wan. The menu still has all the favorites we’ve come to love in a more refined, open concept space. Although we had hoped the larger space would mean less of a queue, the wait is still over an hour if you choose to go during peak dinner time, so be sure to get their early unless you don’t mind eating after 9:00 pm.
Price point: $$$
154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
For those that can’t get enough of the simplicity of steak frites at La Vache in Central, you can now head to TST to get your fix. We’re hoping that the 90-seat dining area means far less of a queue, so your best bet might be to cross the harbor on a Friday or Saturday night. The TST location is only open for dinner during the week and the classic menu of a green walnut salad, ribeye steak, and unlimited fries at HK$298 remains the same.
Price point: $$$
12 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
Black truffle season is here and DiVino does not disappoint with their “No menu. No limitations. No rules” approach, meaning you can put these Norcia black truffles on just about anything from the a la carte menu. If adding truffle to just any dish doesn’t suit your fancy, then you can opt to try one of the three truffle dishes available at each of their locations (DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant, DiVino Patio, Carpaccio, and Spasso) instead. Be sure to try the pumpkin soup with sliced almond, “amaretti” biscuit and black truffle slices; the perfect starter for Hong Kong’s chilly winter weather. The black truffle menu will be available until March 31st.
Price point: $$ – $$$$
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Lily & Bloom will be hosting 5 rounds of “Hong Kong MEAT Up”, where chefs and media personnel compete to win diners over with their creative spin on preparing and cooking a beef dish. Each round lasts two weeks and the winner is determined by the number of dishes ordered by customers during that time frame. This February, you can catch three of the five rounds: Until February 7th: Angelo Vecchio, Executive Chef of Porterhouse VS Satoru Mugokawa + Hosogoe Yukinobu, Executive Chef of Yakinikuu. February 8th – 22nd: Chris Grare, Executive Chef of Lily & Bloom VS John Nugent & Imelda Ng, Bar Team. February 23rd – March 9th: Anthony Burd, Head Chef of Mercato by Jean Georges VS Michael Connelly, Editor in Chief at Lifestyle Asia.
Price point: $$$ – $$$$
5/F, Lily & Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
This innovative kids cafe especially for little ones ages 0-7 recently opened in Kowloon Bay. The cafe is centered around educational play, exquisite delicacies, creative workshops and much more. The space was designed by award-winning designer Alan Chan and features house structures and motifs in a charming little town layout. The space allows parents space to relax and sip their drink in the cafe while keeping a watchful eye over their kids as they create, build, climb and read nearby. While many such cafes seem to ignore food quality, Origami has hired chef Xiu Jian Lin who has Michelin-starred experience to create a selection of mouth-watering Chinese food that appeals to adults and children alike. The space is also available for private party and event rental.
Price: A 2 – hour session, $138 per child on weekdays and $198 per child on weekends. Babies under 12 months and adults may enter free of charge. Minimum food and beverage charges apply.
Rooftop, North End, Zone B, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, 33 Shing Fung Road, Kowloon Bay
What’s New: Drinks
Let’s get real: Mondays are hard. Thankfully, Lily & Bloom are here to ensure your week is off to a good start with their Luau of Doom themed Mondays at the bar. Every Monday, from 5:00 pm – 2:00 am, head over to the 6th floor of Lily & Bloom to sip on tiki cocktails (the Banana Daiquiri is to die for!) created by Head Mixologist John Nugent. If you’re really looking to wash away the Monday blues, try the ‘34 Zombie – a drink inspired by the year 1934 when Don Beach – the founding father of tiki restaurants and bars – created his version of this cocktail. This cocktail comes loaded with light rum, Jamaican rum, 151 rum, grapefruit and more, and has a limit of 2 per customer.
6/F, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Two years ago, PDT (one of New York’s most popular secret bars) did a pop-up here in Hong Kong, and are finally coming back to make a permanent appearance in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. PDT will be serving some of the classic cocktails from their New York bar along with a completely new range of drinks that will be unique to Hong Kong. Be sure to pair your cocktails with some gourmet bar bites, like their famous hot dogs. If you’re wondering how to find this speakeasy, just keep your eyes peeled for the telephone booth.
Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road, Central
Taking inspiration from Hong Kong’s iconic cha chaan tengs, Back Bar’s new cocktail menu is exactly what we’ve been waiting for. Created by bar manager Laetitia Roudaut, expect classic cocktails infused with local flavors. Love an Old Fashioned? Try the Sweet Potato Soup made with sweet potato infused bourbon, ginger syrup, and Angostura bitter (HK$120), the inspiration of which was taken from Hong Kong’s much loved sweet potato dessert soup. For milk tea fan’s (which is pretty much everyone, am I right?!), check out the Don’t ‘Lai Cha’ Me (HK$120) – a boozy milk tea cocktail with vodka, amaretto, milk, English Breakfast and Earl Grey tea.
7 Ship Street, Wan Chai
Special Offer: High 5 Happy Hour Promotion @ The Diner
This February, The Diner is offering one of the best happy hour deals around with a selection of 5 drinks starting at only $5. The drinks are Coors Light, House Wine, Vodka, Rum and Gin (spirits served with soda mixers). Starting at 5pm, the drinks are $5 and then the price increases by $5 every 15 minutes from 5-7pm. You can score this great deal every weeknight except public holidays.
The Diner, Shui King Court, G/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 2562 3181
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.