Where to Eat & Drink December 2019: New Restaurants, New Bars & New Menus

Discover the best new bars and restaurants, pop-ups and exciting menus around Hong Kong.

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Our pick of Hong Kong’s new bars, new restaurants & tempting new menus for December 2019

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 December 2019. Click here if you want to jump straight to the drinks section (no judgement).


 

What’s New: Restaurants

HUE

window view at Hue

Interior at HUE

If you’re on the lookout for a restaurant that offers stunning views of Victoria Harbour, look no further than HUE. This modern Australian restaurant has just opened up along the harbourfront in the newly renovated Hong Kong Museum of Art. Given its unique layout, every diner can enjoy views of the harbour from their table. Seasonality and freshness are at the forefront of menus executed by Australian Executive Chef Anthony Hammel, who has worked at the Australian celebrity chef Mark Best’s Pei Modern restaurant in Sydney before taking up a role at Prime Steak House & Seafood Grill by Mark Best, aboard cruise ship Genting Dream.

Price point: $$$-$$$$
1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

 

Ink

INK

Alfresco Dining at Ink

Located just below HUE and right along the harbourfront is where you’ll find Ink: Victoria Harbour’s newest casual alfresco dining destination. Open daily from 9:00 am, Ink serves up ingredient-driven cuisine. Breakfast features options ranging from freshly baked croissants, brownies, egg tarts, sausage rolls, coffee, and house-blend fruit tea. If you’re looking for something later on in the day, Ink has a unique ‘create your own plate’ concept that allows diners to choose from a range of sustainable seafood and other protein, rice or noodles, and sides. Ink’s menu includes a variety of seasonal ice creams, made on the premises, with initial flavours including vanilla star anise, strawberry cheesecake, raspberry milk tea, and more. Insider tip: the drinks list is incredibly reasonable with pints of local craft beer for only HK$50, wine and G&T on tap for HK$60, and bottles of wine at only HK$280!

Price point: $

G/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui


 

Red Lobster

Red Lobster Hong Kong

Interior at Red Lobster

Red Lobster, the world’s largest seafood restaurant company, has just opened in the heart of Causeway Bay. Continuing the brand’s global reputation of offering gourmet seafood dining at excellent value, Red Lobster Hong Kong is serving up exceptionally priced dishes, such as the Ultimate Feast® (HK$338) – a platter loaded with tender North American lobster tail, steamed wild-caught snow crab legs, signature hand-crafted garlic shrimp scampi and crispy fried shrimp, complete with cocktail sauce and hot drawn butter. While you can get all of your favourite Red Lobster dishes here, there will also be a few Hong Kong-exclusive dishes like Typhoon Shelter Lobster (HK$358 1LB), a dish inspired by the city’s garlicky iconic typhoon shelter crab, fried lobster with chili and garlic, umami-rich Salted Egg York Shrimp (HK$48) and a Milk Tea Panna Cotta (HK$38), complete with a bubble garnish. And we can’t forget about the complementary Cheddar Bay Biscuits made in-house that are just divine!

Price point: $$-$$$$
G/F, 8 Cleveland St, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay

 

FAMA Dim Sum

FAMA DimSum

Dim Sum at FAMA

Being one of  the pioneers of healthy restaurants in town, including Locofama, Sohofama and Supafood, FAMA Group goes the extra mile, by partnering up with the famous Michelin-starred One Dim Sum on foodpanda to create another eco-friendly, MSG free, and Michelin-starred quality Dim Sum virtual restaurant for HK. FAMA Dim Sum, available exclusively on foodpanda and at Sohofama for their newly launched weekend brunch, has combined the quality ingredients and recipes of famous One Dim Sum with a bit of a healthier twist to create this new concept. Expect all your favourite dim sum dishes along with a few new twists, like their xiao long bao with caviar and gold flakes.

Price point: $

Available exclusively to order for delivery on foodpanda and on the weekends for brunch at Sohofama

 

Associazione Chianti

Bistecca at AC

Bistecca at Associazione Chianti

Black Sheep Restaurants’ new Tuscan trattoria, Associazione Chianti, has officially opened on Ship Street in Wan Chai. Executive Chef Josh Stumbaugh has worked tirelessly to bring the flavours of Tuscany, known as cucina povera, to life in Hong Kong. The centerpiece of the menu is I Tagli Del Macellaio, or Butcher’s Cut, offering a well-rounded selection of prime cuts that have been sourced by Associazione Chianti’s butcher. After in-house dry ageing, the steaks are seasoned with a dry rub of Chianti aromatics before being cooked on a custom-made Tuscan broiler. Other highlights on the menu include an array of homemade pastas, pan-fried chicken breast in butter, and more. Of course, your meal at Associazione Chianti isn’t complete without wine. The wine list here features a carefully curated list after working with the wineries themselves to include a selection of familiar labels alongside smaller independent ones.


Price point: $$$-$$$$

Shop 2, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai

 

Gontran Cherrier 

Gontran Cherrier

Gontran Cherrier

Gontran Cherrier, the fourth generation French baker and globally recognised pastry chef, has opened his first boulangerie and restaurant in Hong Kong’s newest retail destination, K11 MUSEA. The 3,500 square ft. Gontran Cherrier space encompasses an open bakery emitting aromas of freshly baked goods, an 80 seat restaurant along with a comfortable communal table, a café area with seating as well take-away coffee, and a retail space for take-home baked goods. If you’re in a rush, head to their takeaway counter to grab a selection of baked goods. We love their traditional croissants, which have the perfect balance of a flaky exterior with a warm buttery inside. If you have more time, take a seat inside their French bistro restaurant for a hearty meal of soups, pastas, risottos, meats, and fish.

Price point: $-$$

B2, B205-207, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside,18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

 

Bayfare Social

Bayfare Social

Interior at Bayfare Social

The vibrant, open and fast-paced social eatery Bayfare Social serves all-day light dining, from breakfast to lunch to drinks and dinner; providing a casual setting for drinks and tapas overlooking the harbour. With Chef de Cuisine Álvaro Ramos healming the kitchens, you can take your pick from the seafood station, deli station, tapas station, and finally the Asian noodles and Italian-style pastas station. Once seated, guests have the option to browse and order from the menus, but are also encouraged to explore the surrounding produce counters for dine-in and grab-and-go options.


Price point: $$-$$$

Level Five, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

 

HENRY

HENRY

Interior at HENRY

HENRY, the American grill, smokehouse and butcher concept healmed by Chef de Cuisine Nathan Green, is now open at Bayfare Social, on Level Five of Rosewood Hong Kong. The restaurant pays homage to the time-honoured American steak tradition inspired by the flavours and ingredients of America’s southernmost states. A Rosewood-conceived concept, HENRY evokes the character of a Southern states gentleman – a storied individual whose penchant for fine wine and premium meat led him to open his own establishment in which to entertain the good and the great within his milieu. Equipped with live-fire ovens, charcoal grills and world-class meat lockers at the butcher’s shop, the menu highlights include Smoked Short Rib (HK$598) with Brandt USDA prime beef and espresso BBQ sauce, Southern Fried Frog Legs (HK$98) with hot sauce mayonnaise; Cold Smoked Steak Tartare (HK$198) with egg yolk puree and toast, Mac & Cheese (HK$498) with devilled lobster, spring onion and cotija, and much more.

Price point: $$$$+
Level Five, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

 

Uncle Desi Food & Sons

Uncle Desi food

Food at Uncle Desi Food & Sons

Serving up the subcontinent’s most beloved dishes for delivery-only, the kitchen is overseen by Chef Palash Mitra, Black Sheep Restaurant’s Culinary Director for South Asian Cuisine. Uncle Desi pays tribute to all the individuals who moved from their homes in South Asia and set up shop in the UK, the States and beyond. Most of these entrepreneurs were not chefs, but home cooks using family recipes, with nothing sophisticated about the cooking and ingredients that often had to be substituted with what was available locally in their new homes. Uncle Desi Food & Sons’ menu takes inspiration from your favourite Indian takeaway growing up. Expect all your throwback classics such as Aloo Samosa, Chicken Tikka Masala, Prawn Vindaloo and Lamb Rogan Josh, delivered straight to your door (delivery available from Kennedy Town to Tai Hang).

Price point: $-$$


Delivery available via http://uncledesifood.com/

 

KIDO

Skewers from KIDO

Skewers from KIDO

Traditional Fukuoka-style ‘hakata-ku’ skewer bar KIDO is now open along Minden Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui. Crafted to highlight the authentic flavours of Fukuoka’s ‘hakata-ku’ style of ‘yakitori’ grill bars, KIDO’s menu headlines premium quality Yakitori Chicken Skewers – from Thigh, Neck and Skin to Liver, Heart and Brisket (HK$35 – HK$65). Expect other skewers that combine vegetables and fruits, deep-fried kushikatsu skewers, and a variety of fried chicken dishes, Tokyo-style tempura, and a range of appetisers. The intimate dining area combines both communal ‘kaunta seki’ counter and booth seating for 43.

Price point: $-$$$

G12-13, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui

What’s New: Bars

%Arabica – KUBE

%Arabica KUBE

%Arabica KUBE

%Arabica has taken Hong Kong by storm and has just opened their sixth store in the city right outside the new K11 MUSEA along Victoria Dockside. You can expect the brand’s minimalist design at this new location through their golden cube-shaped kiosk designed by acclaimed architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten. Customers can expect the same great coffee pours at this new location with a stunning view of Victoria Harbour.

G/F, Kiosk 06, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,



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