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 this July 2020. Click here if you want to jump straight to the drinks section (no judgment).
What’s New: Restaurants
Taking over the space of Jalan on Peel Street is a new concept by the same restaurant group: Mamma Always Said. This casual all-day dining (and drinking!) concept includes a broad menu encompassing everything from baked goods and cold drip coffee in the afternoon to salads, sandwiches, pasta, and more into the evening. Mamma Always Said also offers a selection of ‘budget’ bottles of wine for only HK$280, a few ready to go cocktails (perfect for that bustling Peel Street vibe), and, of course, your standard drinks that will keep you going into the night.
Price point: $-$$$
42 Peel Street, Central
Gone are the days when a food court was associated with average cheap eats; BaseHall, Hong Kong’s newest dining destination, brings together a variety of both original and new food and drink vendors. Anticipated openings include Cookie DPT, Co Thanh, Treehouse, and Honbo, alongside a few newcomers like Return of Lamak, Roti Tori from the team behind Yardbird, and Westside Taqueria from 11 Westside. Wash down all this good food with drinks from Pub 1842 (a concept from Young Master) and BaseHall Bar. With a quality selection of food and drink, a buzzing vibe, and its all day dining hours, BaseHall is sure to be a hit.
Price point: $-$$
LG9, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
Black Sheep Restaurants have just launched a new teppanyaki restaurant in the heart of Central: Crown Super Deluxe. To really understand the vibe this concept is going for, here’s a quick history lesson: teppanyaki has a history of being both a refined dining experience from Japan as well as an entertaining dining experience in the US. Crown Super Deluxe is the best of both these worlds. The main dining room decor is meant to take you back to the days when bigger and flashier was better (cue the golden counters, mustard velvet arm chairs, and purple carpet). Now, if you’re like us and were wondering why “Crown Super Deluxe”, it comes from Black Sheep co-founders’ admiration of Japanese taxi driver’s formal uniforms and pristine 80s Toyoto Crown Deluxe.
Price point: Three pre fixe menus to choose from, starting at HK$788 per person
Mezzanine Level, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Argentinian Chef Agustin Ferrando Balbi – you know him from HAKU – has opened Andō, his first solo restaurant launched in partnership with JIA Group. The name Andō comes from Balbi’s Latin surname, Ferrando; Andō in Japanese also means a sense of contentment, while in Spanish, it is the equivalent of ‘-ing,’ to describe the act of doing. Such complexity and multiplicity in meanings lie at the heart of Agustin’s cuisine at Andō, one that nods at his ancestral roots in Spain, while gazing at the land that shaped his craft – Japan.
1F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central
Although we were sad to see the Central and Poho MANA! locations close down, we’re all for its newest location on Staunton Street, just beside the escalators. This new location serves up all your MANA! favourites, including their signature flats, pre-made salads, burgers, and vegan cookies, alongside a range of new additions to the menu. You can now build your own daily soup, completely customize your salad box at their new salad bar, and head on over for their daily breakfast/brunch, and ‘hippy hour’ for a range of organic tipples and snacks.
Price point: $-$$
8 Staunton Street, Central
Featuring both indoor and alfresco dining, District 8 has just opened at Elements Mall – Civic Square. This casual bistro concept takes its inspiration from from the street side bistros of Paris’s iconic 8th arrondissement. District 8 is an all-day dining experience (open daily from 8:00 am – midnight) featuring French classic and comfort food for all (hello, steak frites!), alongside a selection of boutique wines available by the glass and Parisian-inspired cocktails.
Price point: $$$-$$$$
Shop R009, R/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
ZS Hospitality (the guys behind Miss Lee, Lee Lo Mei, Moi Moi, and more) has recently launched a new Korean restaurant. In collaboration with Mingoo Kang of Seoul’s Mingles, ranked 13 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Hansik Goo takes inspiration from family-style dining; infusing creativity with traditional Korean flavours. For the time being, Hansik Goo is offering a soft opening 8-course tasting menu that offers diners a whole lot more than just fried chicken and bulgogi beef.
Price point: HK$780 for the 8-course tasting menu
2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
The Wagyumafia family is expanding and has just opened Yakinifumafia in Sheung Wan. Redefining the age-old Japanese technique of grilling meat over fire, Yakinifumafia Hong Kong is a celebration of sustainably raised single breed wagyu and cutting-edge butchery techniques. Unlike members-only Wagyumafia, Yakinifumafia will be open to the public, with reservations opening on the 15th of each month via their website. The airport-themed decor is meant to replicate Copenhagen’s sleek airport, referring to the ‘take-off’ of their new brand.
Price point: $$$$
2/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Having recently moved locations to K11 Musea, yè shanghai still offers diners a taste of Shanghai, blended with Western elements and tastes of Hong Kong. This new location boasts stunning views of Victoria Harbour set across two floors, and will also be adding a new dim sum menu along with other new a la carte dishes created specifically for this location. Head Chef Sze Man Sui has been with yè shanghai since its original opening in 1998 and has introduced innovative dishes like the Crab Roe Meat Bun and Shanghai Rice Cake with Eight Treasures to this new menu.
Price point: $-$$$$
Shop 702, 7/F, K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui
Set to open on July 7th, one of our favourite pizza joints in Hong Kong is opening another shop in Wan Chai. Pizza Project, another one of Pirata Group’s success stories, opened earlier this year in Central to much hype. Unlike many other restaurants in Hong Kong, this hype has lasted, with crowds and queues still forming for lunch and dinner. Taking over the space where Madame Ching used to be, Pizza Project will be opening another outlet to satisfy your pizza cravings. You can expect all the same great handmade pizzas, antipasti, and reasonably priced drinks at their new location.
Price point: $-$$
5 Star Street, Wan Chai
Well-known tapas bar, 22 Ships, has reopened on Ship Street with a fresh new look and culinary direction under the helm of Chef Antonio Oviedo. Presented in a simple yet bold manner, the new 22 Ships menu includes a range of multi-regional tapas, together with quality Chacinas (cold cuts) and Quesos (cheeses), alongside 20+ varieties of wine (of which 90% are Spanish). The interior of 22 Ships is remodelled to echo the return of traditional yet modern Spanish tapas, while keeping the same easy-going neighbourhood charm, including its open kitchen.
Price point: $$-$$$
22 Ship Street, Wan Chai
Located in Rosewood Hong Kong, Holt’s Cafe has just launched a new menu of classic Hong Kong cafe dishes. The concept behind the new menu is to take iconic teahouse staples, like char siu rice and baked tomato pork chop rice, and elevate them using high quality ingredients. From Cantonese barbecued meats to dim sum essentials, Holt’s Café provides a faithful Hong Kong café experience in an informal setting that nods to the city’s colonial history. Holt’s Cafe also boasts a comprehensive tea menu, including a choice of 19 fermented pu’erh teas, created in collaboration with renowned 40 year old Tak Cheung Tea Shop.
Price point: $$$+
Level 2, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Authentic Italian Sai Ying Pun hotspot, LucAle, has enriched its menu with seven new seasonal dishes featuring the finest imported ingredients. LucAle’s coveted pasta menu welcomes a new seafood addition in the form of Black & White Tagliolini with clam jus, scallops, brandy and a quenelle of red Mediterranean prawns – this was our favourite! Other new dishes include the Cold Spaghetti Salad topped with Italian caviar, Ravioli with Viadana Squash and Mascarpone, Lamb Sirloin with Raspberries, Figs and Cauliflower Crème, and to finish your meal, a Coconut and White Chocolate Semifreddo with Mango and Passionfruit.
Price point: new dishes range from HK$88 – HK$338
Shop A, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will embark on a six-month renovation program beginning in August to upgrade and refresh the dining facilities located on the top floor. The renovation will see Pierre Gagnaire’s Michelin starred restaurant close after 14 years, while Man Wah will be expanded into the space currently occupied by M Bar. Prior to these renovations, there will be a variety of special menus on offer, including a Grand Finale Degustation Menu at Pierre and a Salute to a Legend eight course tasting menu at Man Wah on 31st July, 2020. Other events and limited menus will take place throughout the summer
Price point: Menus range from HK$888 – HK$3288
5 Connaught Road Central, Central
LANDMARK EATO, the newest food and beverage initiative from Landmark, is set to encourage diners to eat and drink at their 70+ outlets. For its first launch, Landmark is telling diners to forget Fridays: LANDMARK EATO rolls out ‘Thank God It’s Tuesday’ for special deals on food, snacks, and drinks. For the first wave, throughout 16th June to 4th August, guests can enjoy HK$69 drinks every Tuesday night from 6 PM – 9 PM at participating F&B outlets, including: Kakure Japanese Cuisine, PDT Hong Kong, ZUMA, and more.
Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
What’s New: Bars
Opening right in the heart of Central is Hong Kong’s newest rum bar: The Daily Tot. Taking its name from the Navy tradition of handing out a rum ration to sailors, this new opening is sure to be a summer hit. The man behind the concept is Gerry Olino (from Foxglove and Dr. Fern’s) who wants to pay tribute to the spirit. Unlike your typical tiki bar, The Daily Tot’s decor has a much more refined style to it, with a large lounge space, bar seating, and a terrace. Upon its opening, the menu will consist of 12 rum-based cocktails alongside a wide range of boutique rums.
Shop E, G/F, Felicity Building, 58 Hollywood Road, Central
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.