I’m sure Hong Kong gets hotter by the day – even if it is a typhoon – but I’m not just talking about the weather. Restaurants and bars are upping their game like never before and I’m having a tough time choosing my favourites. This month I spent some time in Korea and Taiwan and came back in denial I would find any food here as good as I did there. How wrong could I have been.
Where to Eat
If you’re a serious meat-lover then I’ve found just the place for you (if you hadn’t already guessed from looking at the photo). Morty’s is a New York style diner inside Jardines House in Central. They are SERIOUS about their beef with a 45-day ageing process all done in-house from the spice rub to the curing and smoking, even down to the final resting of the beef. There’s a hell of a lot of goodness to choose from and it needs two visits really, but on your first you should definitely order the Reuben which is slow smoked pastrami, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing & sauerkraut on house rye. And the Bagel & House Lox – chive & dill cream cheese, cold smoked Atlantic salmon, tomato & red onion on bagel is a must-try. Come hungry and expect to leave in a carb-coma.
Shop 2-14 Lower Ground Floor, Jardine House 1, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Pl, Central
It’s the season of afternoon tea, and I’ve found myself at quite a few this month. Trying to impress a British gal with an afternoon tea is a tough job for any restaurant and I’m yet to find anywhere that makes scones quite like they do in my hometown. Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t give them all a try and a place worth a mention this month is Seasons by Olivier Elzer. Their afternoon tea collaboration with Roger Vivier features sweet treats such as strawberry macaroons, lemon eclair, green tea mousse, and coffee jelly all served in Seasons’ signature wooden box. On the savoury front there are mini-burgers, duck foie gras cream egg, lobster jelly and prawn toast. This French-style fare will only set you back $248 which includes your choice of 14 different teas or coffee. And as for the scones? I’m sorry Seasons you didn’t come anywhere near the ones from back home.
Shop 308, 3/F, Phase 2, Lee Garden,, 2-38 Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay
It’s been quite a meaty roundup this month, but of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Black Sheep’s latest venture BA Polo club. As a long-time lover of La Vache, I wondered why the same restaurant group had to open another steak joint only a few minutes away, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it had a lot more going on that just the beef. Inspired by Argentina’s dynamic grilling culture and passion for polo, the interior representssomething completely new to the HK scene, yet is like no restaurant I visited during my stay in the beautiful South America country. (However, I never had the pleasure of visiting one of members-only restaurant that they are taking inspiration from). Grilled in the Asado tradition the menu screams Argentina all the way from their empanadas to their sirloin. Controversially the steak didn’t impress me all that much, however, the sides really did. The golf salad was fresh and seasoned with a delicious garlic sauce which worked perfectly with the fully loaded baked potato with sour cream, Machego, and chorizo. Another stand out dish was the eggplant escabeche served with jalapeno, tomato, and shallots. By no means was the 14oz sirloin pure black Angus steak bad, it just didn’t wow me, however, every other dish really did. I never thought I’d enjoy an unintentional vegetarian meal in a prestige steak house, but those veggie dishes were really something else.
7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
If you’ve been hunting for a serious cheese and meat board look no further than Chez Patrick on uber-trendy Star Street in Wan Chai. This Parisan-style deli is no newcomer to the bustling scene, and definitely knows its brie from its cheddar – boasting a selection of cheese’s un-seen anywhere else in the city. I went along one lunchtime to feast on the creamy delights and walked out a few stone heavier and with a new appreciation for cheeseboards.
They also serve quiches, and local country dishes inspired by the homeland of the chefs. Pick all the cheeses’ you want and wait for them to come out perfectly placed on a crisp white board (an Instagrammer’s dream) each with a distinct and delicious flavour. I tried cheeses that I hadn’t even heard of and I can’t stop thinking about them now. Somehow I manged to sneak in a cheeky chocolate and passion fruit tart which again, with faultless. Next time I want to head to their Stanley deli and drink rosé and eat cheese while watching the sunset. Anyone want to join?
3 Star Street, Wanchai
Where to Drink
Everyone has been to coffee academics, right? With coffee shops in more locations than I can remember, I always seem to find myself only a few minutes from one. Their latest adventure BrewBār by The Coffee Academïcs, inside entrepreneur hang-out Mettā, scales dizzy heights on the 22nd floor of California Tower. I went along (okay, I’ve been a long a few times) this month to get my hands on their latest creation of the month the ‘Sydney’ coffee, a creamy coffee with a marshmallow top (which unfortunately is no longer available as they change every month). While I’ve never been impressed with their prices – don’t expect ANY change from a $50 – their coffee is always top notch, and their latest adventure with Mettā represents their brand very well – quality coffee with quality people in a space that makes you fall more and more in love with the city at every glance. Metta is not open to the public only to Metta members, except on Saturday, when it’s open to all the people!
Mettā, 21/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar St, Central
Doesn’t time fly when you are drinking too many cocktails? I was here only last year and it has closed and re-opened again since. So it was time I returned – to exactly the same bar even through its closure – to see if it was still the hippest place on Shin Hing street. With its almost painfully stylish interior and its too cool for school cocktail menu I couldn’t work out if it was creative or just too much, but leant towards creative as the cocktails started flowing. With cocktails like Nova Coco – that has chilli vodka inside – on the menu, this isn’t a place for the faint-hearted. If you think you’re looking fly on your visit to NEO why not order the Express Polaroid with dark rum and coffee liquor that comes with its own polaroid picture of your lovely self. Order it if you want to make it night to remember. Or as a morning-after reminder of where you were the night before.
10 Shin Hing Street, Soho
You can’t really host a friend in Hong Kong without taking them to Sevva can you? The most popular (and spacious) bar in Central needs no introduction, so I won’t go on about its huge terrace overlooking our fragrant harbour, but what I will go on about is their new low-sugar Belvedere cocktails. Complimenting the summer, and their afternoon tea, Belvedere have launched every girls dream – a cocktail low on calories. With names like Cucumber Spritz, Citrus Spritz, and Grapefruit Spritz it doesn’t take much working out to guess what is inside, but these simple yet delicious cocktails need nothing more than good friends, a good view and the sun shining.
25/F, Prince’s Building, Princes Building, 10 Chater Rd, Central
Now you know where to eat, and where to drink, check out our events roundup to figure out what to do!
Sarah is a 27 year old professional world wanderer. Four years ago, she left the UK and everything that offered security and routine in exchange for a life of constant excitement and adventure. Through working as a Scuba Dive Instructor, freelance writer and running her blog www.coffeewithasliceoflife.com she now leads a life as a full time digital nomad. Based in Hong Kong you will most likely bump into her typing away on her laptop in one of the city’s latest coffee shops.