The Latest Bar & Restaurant News for Hong Kong: June 2019
Discover the best new bars and restaurants, pop-ups and exciting menus around Hong Kong.
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What’s New: Restaurants
This is one new restaurant this month that we can’t wait to check out. Kinship hopes to breathe new life into the casual dining scene in Hong Kong and is the brainchild of American and British Chef friends Chris Grare and Arron Rhodes. These two entrepreneurial chefs have joined forces to share their vision for soulful and rustic home-style cuisine. Helming the kitchen will be Chris Grare, previously the celebrated Executive Chef of Lily & Bloom, and at the front of house will be Arron Rhodes, renowned for his Executive Chef’s stint at Gough’s on Gough. The menu is a farm-to-table concept, placing importance on forming sustainable relationships with family-run local farms and suppliers.
Price point: $$-$$$
3/F, 2-4 Shelley Street, Central
We were sad to learn that alfresco dining spot Aberdeen Street Social closed their doors at the end of March, but we’re excited to hear that JIA Group is renovating the space in anticipation of a brand new restaurant: Louise. In partnership with Michelin-starred French Chef Julien Royer of Odette Restaurant in Singapore, Louise will serve comforting French cuisine that stems from Royer’s upbringing. “Even though the Hong Kong audience is global and diverse, we all find familiarity and nostalgia when quality ingredients and honest cooking are brought together in a warm atmosphere” says Royer. The restaurant is set to open on June 18th.
Price point: $$$
PMQ, G/F, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
In line with the flavours of the summer, our favourite Hong Kong steakhouse has added a range of new side dishes, starters, and mains. Our hearts (and stomachs!) were totally won over by the Nueske’s Bacon Steak, made with a rich, sweet soy caramel sauce with five spice powder, cracked five-peppercorn and soy sauce. Steak lovers will get more than their fill thanks to Prime New York Steak Flight which features three medallions of steak: Certified Black Angus All-Natural, USDA Prime and Snake River Farm Premium Wagyu Strip. Other new dishes include a summer salad, seared scallops with lobster and caviar butter, and roasted cauliflower.
Price point: $$$$+
4/F, The Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Available until the end of this month, HAKU’s 12-course spring omakase menu is an explosion of intricate flavours, textures, and presentation. Each dish is beautifully presented and is a mix of modern Japanese cuisine with Mediterranean influence. The menu applies the five traditional techniques of Kaiseki: boiling, steaming, frying, cutting, and grilling. Whether you’re celebrating a special occassion or are just wanting to treat your tastebuds, HAKU won’t disappoint.
Price point: Omakase menu HK$1480 per person + HK$800 for optional wine pairing
Shop OT G04B, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Black Sheep Restaurants has finally given what the people in Hong Kong have longed for: a good Mexican restaurant. Taking over the former space of Yardbird, Taqueria Super Macho is a no-frills taco bar that will transport you to the roadside taquerias that litter the streets of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. The chef behind these dishes is Chilean-born Billy Otis, formerly chef at Carbone and the head chef of Lily & Bloom. Surprisingly, the prices also seem quite reasonable, with their DIY tacos ranging from HK$28 – HK$38 and the most expensive item on the menu is a Japanese clam ceviche for HK$108.
Price point: $-$$$
33-35 Bridges Street, Central
From the group that brought Masala Train to Wan Chai comes their next new venture: Cardamom Street. This tiny joint on Elgin Street serves up a range of dishes, all inspired and infused with Indian flavours. Former banker turned chef Tina Sekharan wants to showcase the healthier side of Indian cuisine, just like she did with Masala Train. In tune with the health/vegan craze that has seemed to sweep over Hong Kong, you can expect a handful of vegan options on the menu like veg quinoa biryani and the chatpate aloo tacos. If you work in the area, it’s worth checking out their great value set weekday lunch, which includes an appetizer, salad, curry, and dessert for only HK$118.
Price point: $-$$
G/F, 38 Elgin Street, Central
In a city with ample brunch options, we love when restaurants do something a bit different with their brunch. Cue Los Sotano’s new Borracho (Mexican slang for being drunk) Brunch. Happening every second Saturday of the month, this brunch features all the tacos, quesadillas, margaritas, and mezcal bloody marys that you can handle set to the best mixes from the 90’s and early 00’s. On top of that, for the last hour (after some much needed liquid courage) you can sing along to some old school tunes with their hip hop karaoke.
Price point: Packages start at HK$495
21 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Brickhouse’s new ¿ONTAS? Night Brunch is on every Saturday of the month and features free-flow tacos, champagne, and cocktails. From 8:00 – 10:30 pm, indulge in “The Full Package” which includes plenty of food (think guacamole, beet fries, Mexican-style street corn, tacos, dessert, and more) and five different cocktails, beer, and Mumm champagne. If you’re just wanting the drinks, opt for their “Liquid Courage” package and let the cocktails flow.
Price point: “The Full Package” is HK$650 per person. “Liquid Courage” is HK$380 per person.
20 D’Aguilar Street, Central
The new menu by homegrown Posto Pubblico Executive Chef Jay Cataplang, who first joined the Red Sauce Hospitality Group as a line cook back in 2009, features a range of inventive vegan and vegetarian dishes. Some of these standout dishes include Beet Carpaccio (HK$108) with Calabrian chili, mint, pine nut aioli and red onion, and two new vegan macaroni dishes: Homemade Orecchiette (HK$158) with green garlic and broccoli rabe pesto, preserved lemon, sundried tomato and chili, and an Eggplant Bolognese (HK$168) packed with ingredients sourced from Hong Kong’s own Zen Farms.
Price point: $$
28 Elgin Street, Central
The restaurant that brought the (admittedly rather odd) concept of a night brunch to Hong Kong has just launched on Friday nights as well. Zuma’s Yashoku Friday’s will be a more relaxed version of their well-known Saturday night brunch, intended to ease diners into the weekend with free-flow drinks, delicious food, and a live DJ. The menu will feature endless top-quality signature dishes including the seared salmon with lime shiso soy and spicy fried tofu, avocado and Japanese herbs, as well as crowd favourites, black tiger prawns and vegetable tempura, and much more. Wash down these Japanese bites with endless glasses of champagne, sake, or beer.
Price point: HK$720 per person for 2 hours (bookings at 7:00 or 7:30 pm)
5/6F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central
Originating from Milan, Trattoria del Pescatore is celebrating their first year anniversary by offering diners a delicious degustazione menu prepared by Milan’s head chef Andrea Bortolotti. Chef Bortolotti was actually the guest chef in Hong Kong from May 23 – June 2, but his 6-course menu will remain available until the end of the month. With a focus on fresh seafood, you can expect dishes like seared Hokkaido scallop on truffle mash (our personal favourite), seared grouper on fennel cream, and spaghetti with clams, cuttlefish, and Italian olives.
Price point: The anniversary menu is priced at HK$1400 for two people
11 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan
What’s New: Bars
Peel Street’s newest bar addition brings a bit more spice to an already rowdy area (not that we’re complaining!). The concept behind Shady Acres comes from two JIA Group veterans; Ryan Nightingale (of Ham & Sherry and Back Bar) and Mike Watts (of 208 Duecento Otto and Fish School). With an impressive selection of wine, funky cocktails, and a solid bar snack menu, there’s really not much to complain about. The best part about this bar? There’s two happy hours: one from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and another from 11:00 – 1:00 am where you can get beers for as cheap as HK$20.
46 Peel Street, Central
As if we couldn’t love this bar more (and in case you didn’t hear, they just won Best New Bar at the Foodie Forks Awards!), Terrible Baby has just launched a new cocktail and dessert pairing menu. Offering a more western pairing and an Asian-inspired one, we’re particularly keen to try the Citrulicious – a zesty concoction featuring fragrant yuzu juice, lime juice, Ketel One vodka, hazelnut liqueur, orange and lemon shrub. This Asian-inspired drink is the perfect complement to a dessert rooted in Cantonese cuisine — a Red Bean Mousse with Lotus Seed and Glutinous Rice Ball (HK$148 per pairing).
4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, 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.