Restaurant News: May 2018
The hottest bar and restaurant openings, fresh new menus and special foodie events in Hong Kong.
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
New Brunch Menu: New Sunday Brunch at Theo Mistral by Theo Randall
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
New to Hong Kong: Impossible Burger Hong Kong Launch
The anticipated launch of the Impossible Burger has finally arrived in Hong Kong. This vegetable-based burger patty imitates the look, smell, taste, and texture of a “real” burger all while being environmentally friendly. The Impossible Burger has currently launched at three Hong Kong restaurants: the Impossible Thai Burger (our personal favorite) and Impossible Chili Cheese Fries at Beef & Liberty, the Impossible Bao at Little Bao, and Xinjiiang Hot Pockets with an egg yolk dip at Happy Paradise.
Price point: $$
Available at Happy Paradise, Beef & Liberty, and Little Bao
Taking inspiration from New York’s wild weekend brunches, Lily & Bloom has launched an all new hip hop blackout brunch on the last Sunday of every month. From 12:00 – 4:00 pm, head to Lily & Bloom to feast on a range of all-you-can-eat sharing dishes of avocado toast, fried chicken, blueberry pancakes, and much more. Wash all those carbs down with free-flow prosecco, wine, beer, Bloody Mary’s, and Aperol Spritzes while listening to hip hop and soul funk compliments of the monthly DJs.
Price:HK$530 for unlimited food and drinks or HK$265 for unlimited drinks
5 – 6F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
You’ll find Le Comptoir’s most recent restaurant opening in the new H Queen’s building. ECRITURE’s dishes are an interesting mix of French cooking techniques with various Japanese inspirations. The seasonal ingredients are sourced from Japan and France to help create a continuously evolving menu. There are three different tasting menus to choose from (3, 5, and 7 courses) as well as an a la carte menu. The crisp, modern interior is complemented by the stunning views of Central outside.
Price point: HK$488 – HK$1,488 for the tasting menu
26/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central
This one goes out to all you pizza lovers (that’s basically everyone, right?!). Gia has just launched ‘Tanta Pizza, Pizza Tanta’ where you can feast on unlimited freshly baked pizza slices like Funghi e Salsiccia, Piccante, Margherita, Marinara, and Caprese. Gia takes pride in using locally sourced produce as well as quality ingredients from Italy, so you know these pizzas are going to be good. This promotion will run from Sunday to Wednesday from 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm (with a 2hr time slot for the unlimited pizza) and includes a complimentary drink.
Price: HK$278 for unlimited pizza and a drink (beer, wine, prosecco, soft drinks, juice) with an option to add a 2hr freeflow package for an additional HK$128.
1/F, Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King Street, Fenwick Pier, Wanchai
Taking over the former RA Restaurant and Lounge is Zinc Group’s newest restaurant venture: Elia. This rustic nautical restaurant will serve up contemporary Spanish food, with a focus on south-eastern Spanish bites paired with designer cocktails (the highlights of which are sherry-based). With over 2,000 sq. ft. of space and an impressive al fresco dining area, Elia is a great option for intimate dinners, casual drinks, or large parties. Plus, its location in TST East means you’ll get great harbour views alongside your meal.
Price: $$ – $$$
G/F, Wing On Plaza, TST East, Kowloon
From May 7 – 21, head to Jinjuu for a hot collaboration with TABASCO® to celebrate their 150th anniversary. Chef Judy Joo has crafted a unique menu to showcase the versatility of TABASCO® Sauce in a variety of dishes, like the US Baby Back Ribs which are spice-rubbed and glazed with plum doenjang and TABASCO® Sauce. She will also be flying into Hong Kong for one night on May 3rd where a 7-course menu (HK$666 per person) will be presented – just be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. To complete your spicy experience, pair your Korean dishes with some unique TABASCO®-infused cocktails, all priced at HK$108 each.
Price: $$ – $$$
UG/F, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Another addition to H Queen’s is Arbor; a modern French restaurant with Chef de Cuisine Eric Räty (formerly Cafe Grey) in the kitchen. The restaurant is inspired by nature and serenity; a stark contrast to the hectic life many Hongkongers lead. You can expect rotating seasonal menus that use French gastronomy techniques along with high quality ingredients sourced mainly from Japan. Similar to ECRITURE, Arbor also boasts captivating views of the city below from the 25th floor.
Price point: HK$468 – HK$698 for lunch, HK$1,488 – HK$1,988 for a 9-course menu
25/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central
Known to be one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in Hong Kong, with one of the biggest selections of Tequila in all of East Asia, Wan Chai favourite, Agave has made its way over to Central. The interior of the new branch has a more refined demeanor than the colourful Wan Chai location, with wood panels, tiled floors and beautiful dark wooden table tops. They’ve long hung to the claim that their margaritas are the best in town, and you’ll find out why few dare to challenge it when you tuck into a Serrano al Melon or Sangrita Margarita both made with fresh limes flown all the way from Mexico each week. The beverages are a great compliment to the food with over 11 types of tacos, and other dishes from all over Mexico.
G/F, 26 Hollywood Road, Central, 2523 1988
The concept behind this new Soho steakhouse is using fresh produce obtained from the British Isles. Head Chef Clayton Ma sources quality ingredients and is passionate about sustainability. The main attraction is (rather obviously) steak, and Steak on Elgin boasts 100% grass-fed UK-native beef selections that cover all cuts, like the Kettyle Irish Salt Moss Cave Aged Porterhouse (42oz, serves 2, HK$1,420). Choose one of six classic sides to accompany your steak (hand-cut triple cooked fries, anyone?!) and order a glass of wine from their extensive wine list to wash it all down. Not sure which wine to pair your meal with? Steak on Elgin’s sommelier has you covered.
Price point: $$$ – $$$$
59 Elgin Street, Central
What’s New: Drinks
The quintessential drink of the summer is making a comeback at Stazione Novella for their Summer of Spritz. Head to Stazione Novella every Monday throughout the summer from to cool off with a refreshing glass (or two!) of on-tap Aperol Spritz for HK$58 or gather some friends and grab a jug of it for HK$198.
52-56 Staunton Street, Central
Until May 31st, head to Shore’s rooftop terrace any day of the week to enjoy their buy one get one offer on Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne (originally HK$160 per glass). Their large outdoor space and convenient Central location make this the perfect spot for after work drinks or a lazy Sunday spent under the sun.
3/F, The L. place, 139 Queen’s Road, Central
Now that spring has officially arrived, head on over to Morton’s of Chicago to sip on one of their new cocktails. If you’re looking for a refreshing spin on a classic to start your night, try the Bee’s Knees (HK$160) made with a blend of Hendrick’s gin, lemon juice, and honey, served with fresh basil. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Try the State Street Manhattan (HK$160), which is served from a towering handmade apparatus that has been divided into three sections. As if this bourbon-based drink couldn’t get any cooler, it’s actually garnished with Morton’s signature USDA Prime New York Strip (yes, you read that correctly).
The Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong, 4/F, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon
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.