Bar & Restaurant Inspiration: New Openings, Fresh Menus and Hot Pop-Ups
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What’s New: Food
Love dumplings, but looking to spruce up that same plate of siu mai you get each time? Check out Chifa for your next #notyouravergaedumpling dumpling fix. Located on Peel Street, Chifa took over the former space of Cochin Delicatessen. Although we’re sad to see Cochin leave, we’re excited that Pirata Group has brought a unique concept to Hong Kong. Chifa cuisine began with 19th century Chinese migrants who settled in Peru, so you can expect a range of original and fusion dumplings, as well as a variety of other Chinese and Chifa dishes. Our favorites were the popular Peruvian street food beef tongue open buns (HK$90 for 3) with crunchy homemade cabbage and carrot slaw served in soft baos. You should also try the meat & rice (HK$100), which is Chifa’s Peruvian answer to ‘chau fan’. This version comes with house roasted chicken, pinto beans, black sesame seeds and crispy wontons.
Price point: $ – $$
26 Peel Street, Central
With summer hitting Hong Kong hard (hello hot weather warnings!), we’re all rushing off to the beach to spend the day staying cool in the water with a cold one in hand. One of the cities go-to beaches is Repulse Bay, so we’re excited to hear that 8 creATEive (the guys behind Rummin’ Tings and Amalfitana) have brought a new concept to The Pulse. Fratelli is a laid back artisan pasta bar that is perfect for a light bite before heading to the beach or a hearty meal after you’ve spent a few hours out in the sun. Fratelli has a good selection of antipasti (we’re especially keen to try the bruschetta burrata!) and plenty of pasta dishes on the menu.
Price point: $$ – $$$
112B, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
With International Gin Day just around the corner on Saturday June 9th, Sai Ying Pun’s Spanish staple La Paloma will join forces with Jay Khan of COA to present a “Spanish Gin and Tonic Brunch”. For only HK$328 (food only), you can feast on a range of Spanish sharing-style tapas and all-you-can-eat suckling pig and paella. As for the gin, Jay Khan has prepared three exclusive G&T’s at HK$88 each. We’re especially curious about The Botanist Gin & Lacto-fermented Lemon Verbena Soda, garnished with fresh lemon verbena.
Price point: HK$328 for food only. HK$398 for food and two G&T’s
1/F, SoHo 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
There has been plenty of buzz surrounding Blacksheep Restaurants newest edition: Fukuro. This Japanese izakaya is tucked away just above Ho Lee Fook and is helmed by Chef Shun Sato. With muted colors, light wooden walls, and an easy feel to the place, Fukuro is the perfect late night/date night spot. The smaller dishes are great for sharing and pair well with their selection of sake (just ask the knowledgeable waitstaff for a bit of help if you’re a sake newbie like us!). Their most popular, buzz-worthy dish? The creamy yaki udon dish with snow crab paste.
Price point: $$ – $$$
1-5 Elgin Street, Central
The original Tian Tian Chicken Rice hails from Singapore, inside the hawker-haven Maxwell Food Centre. Both Anthony Bourdain and Gordan Ramsey have sung praise about their food, leading to a Michelin-recommendation, a loyal following, and long queues. Their Causeway Bay location is their first outside Singapore and it actually serves signature items from three other Michelin-recommended food stalls: The 50s, Lao Jie Fang, and A Noodle Story. Tian Tian Plus seats 60 people and while the long line seems to move steadily, it might be best to wait until the hype dies down a bit before trying their famous chicken rice.
Price point: $$
Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay
Pirata Group is on fire this month with their second restaurant opening: Madame Ching, a modern Chinese restaurant and roast house. Located on Star Street, Madame Ching is reinterpreting classic Chinese flavors while paying tribute to local Cantonese roasts. When speaking about Madame Ching’s menu, Head Chef Son Pham says, “Whether you have been born and raised in Hong Kong, moved here from overseas or just passed through, there are certain dishes that always transport you to Hong Kong. We have crafted a menu that brings out these familiar flavours in new and inventive ways.” An example of their creative take on a classic is the Mapo “Tofu” (HK$120), which uses the core ingredients of the Sichuan classic dish, which have been transformed into a dip with deep fried tofu skin as chips.
Price point: $$
5 Star Street, Wan Chai
Boasting authentic Italian dishes, Theo Mistral by Theo Randall is a new Italian restaurant that will infuse life into the local culinary sphere. Led by one of Britain’s Top Celebrity Chefs, Theo Randall, the restaurant opened inside the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong in March. With quality Italian dishes that will send one’s taste buds on a captivating Italian journey. Following the successful launch of its lunch and dinner a la carte menus, the restaurant has recently unveiled a new Sunday Brunch Menu contrived with Italy’s finest seasonal produce. The La Dolce Vita Sunday Brunch is available from 11-3 each Sunday.
Price: $588 per adult, $338 per child aged 4-11, under 4s free, add free-flow for $138
Level B2, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Cordis Hong Kong’s Modern European concept, Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social is launching a new Sunday Tapas Lunch, featuring a range of irresistible small and large plates designed to share. Guests will begin by choosing two of a selection of enticing appetisers like a Mini charcuterie platter or Scallop ceviche. Then choose a main course from an array of delectable hot dishes (think Wild Herford ribeye) and finish your meal off with an unlimited supply of delightful desserts. The tapas lunch experience is available every sunday from 11:30-2:30.
Price: $298 per person
5/F, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, 3552 3388
What’s New: Drinks
Given that Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour is all about gin, it should come as no surprise that they will be celebrating World Gin Day on June 9th. Led by Bar Manager and Head of Prescriptions, Dr. Paul Chan will be running a gin masterclass from 5:00 – 6:30 pm where guests will learn how to make the perfect gin and tonic, and learn about the history, flavors, and botanicals of four different gins: Alkhemist Gin with Bickford Tonic, Ink Gin with Mediterranean Tonic, Silent Pool Gin with Fever-Tree Tonic, and Skulls Gin with Yuzu Tonic.
Price point: HK$550 per person
Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
The ever-eclectic Happy Paradise has just launched a handful of new “Spring Awakening” cocktails with a Chinese and seasonal twist. Three of these artisan cocktails will use Seedlip; the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. Perfect for those who want to savor all the flavors of a refreshing summer cocktail without the worry of a workday hangover. We have our eyes on the HK Lemon Tea (HK$88), made with vodka, lemon juice, syrup, black tea, and a hint of sweet soy sauce.
Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central
Negroni Week is an International Event that launched back in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s greatest cocktails and an effort to raise money for charities around the world. Okay, so we may be biased about the ‘world’s greatest cocktails’ bit but drinking for charity is something we can certainly get behind! For one week each June, bars and restaurants mix classic Negronis and Negroni variations for a charity of their choice. This year, Negroni Week will run from 4-10 June. Participating restaurants in Hong Kong include COA who will be selling Negroni’s to benefit No Kid Hungry and Winston’s Coffee who’ll be selling several varieties of alcoholic Negronis as well as Non-alchoholic “NOgroni’s” and donating $20 from each drink to Breast Cancer charity Susan G. Komen.
After a successful event in May, Tunny Gratidge, The Pawn Botanicals Bar Mixologist is back to host another Starry Night Mixologist Workshop this June. Become your own bartender and experience a two-hour interactive cocktail making class. Explore bar basics, equipments, techniques as well as learn the history of the spirits and their use in classic and contemporary cocktails. The $498 course fee includes three cocktails from the class as well as canapes, wine and beer.
3/F The Pawn Rooftop Garden, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, 2866 3444
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.