Where to Eat & Drink September 2019: New Restaurants, New Bars & New Menus
Discover the best new bars and restaurants, pop-ups and exciting menus around Hong Kong.
Our pick of Hong Kong’s new bars, new restaurants & tempting new menus
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. Click here if you want to jump straight to the drinks section (no judgement).
What’s New: Restaurants
ZEST by Konishi is Hong Kong’s first chef-inspired restaurant. For those that aren’t familiar with Japanese chef Mitsuru Konishi, he forged his delicate blend of contemporary French technique and intelligent Japanese flair in some of the world’s most demanding kitchens, including two Michelin-starred L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon in Tokyo, and Taillevent in France, where he was the first Japanese Sous Chef in the famed restaurant’s history. ZEST by Konishi is a culmination of the chef’s travels and features a 38-seat dining area as well as a 12-seat private dining room. Expect dishes such as the Green Garden; a beautiful combination of 20 types of vegetables and herbs, or the Black-throated Sea Perch (nodoguro); a highly sought after fish from the Sea of Japan.
Price point: $$$-$$$$
28 & 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central
Mina House takes its name from the Japanese word for “everyone” and invites diners to enjoy their all day dining menu up at The Peak. Although Mina House does serve up an array of savory dishes, your visit wouldn’t be complete without trying their range of desserts. One of the most interesting aspects to the dining space at Mina House is the 10-seat live dessert station where chefs will create the sweet dishes in front of guests. For the ultimate sweet tooth diner, Mina House also features a decadent Dessert Free-Flow, a two-hour-long affair where over 20 captivating desserts are served tableside.
Price point: $-$$$$
Shop G03, G/F & Shop 101, 1/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak
Avocado lovers, this one’s for you. This popular concept from London is ready to delight customers with everything avocado (and they really do mean everything). The all-day menu offers a range of healthy comfort food each with its own creative avocado-twist. Signature dishes include the Avo Bun Burger and Ultimate Avo Toast, as well as desserts and cocktails made with the beautiful superfood to top it off.
Price point: $-$$
Shop 201, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Available from 3:00 – 5:00pm daily, La Rambla launches its first Spanish afternoon tea set featuring sweet and savoury bites by Chef Ferran Tadeo. In addition to boasting a contemporary Spanish theme, savoury bites dominate the menu for an ideal afternoon treat. The set includes Chef Ferran’s famous signature Jamon Croquetas, Bocadillos, and The Rustic Perfect Egg, an indulgent bite of scrambled egg, caviar, black truffle and potato foam served in an egg shell. For dessert, dig into ‘Xurros’, or homemade churros with salted caramel, and an assortment of fine Spanish pastries to conclude the experience.
Price point: HK$480 for two
3071-73 level 3, IFC Mall, Central
You may have heard of The Chicken Bar over the past few months as they’ve given Hongkongers a sneak peak at their menu around town thanks to its sister restaurant, Honbo. If you haven’t figured it out by now, the concept is simple: everything chicken. The Chicken Bar specializes in NOLA-style fried chicken with a Japanese flair. If you’re looking to try something different, opt for the Salted Chicken Egg Salad Sandwich with dashi mayo, wakami, Sausage Commitment bacon, and pickled daikon. They’re also open until 2:00 am from Thursday – Saturday so you can get your food fix before going home after a big night out.
Price point: $
Shop 3 G/F, H Code Building, 45 Pottinger Street, Central
What’s New: Bars
We’re always thirsty for new bar openings in Hong Kong and it seems as though Tell Camellia is going to make a mark. Opened by Gagan Gurung and Sandeep Hathiramani, Tell Camellia is a contemporary tea cocktail bar. The teas have been sourced from around the world and each teatail (see what they did there?!) is named after the origin of tea blend used, boasting highly unconventional ingredients that share the unique food culture and tea-drinking traditions of the region. Take a sip of Australia; inspired by the continent’s rich horticulture industry, along with its famous wildlife and chocolate biscuits or try Kenya; an exploration of the flavour profiles of the country’s diverse agriculture and local delicacies.
H Code, LG Floor, 45 Pottinger Street, Central
Wanting to head out for drinks but feeling guilty about all those calories? VEDA, modern vegetarian restaurant, has the perfect solution: health-forward cocktails. An array of classic cocktails have undergone a complete wellness-makeover at VEDA and we’re all about it. For something different, try the Carrot Martini (HK$128) which integrates a lemongrass and carrot infused vodka with carrot syrup or the Celeryta (HK$138), an epic spin on a Margarita, which includes fresh celery juice shaken with basil and lime, and sweetened with organic agave nectar, keeping the calories minimal.
2 Arbuthnot Road, Central
If work keeps you tied up well past happy hour, we’ve got news for you. Te Quiero Mucho has launched Hora Oscura, a new late night happy hour. From 10:30 pm until close every Sunday to Thursday you can treat yourself to a selection of cocktails and beers at happy hour prices. Draft and bottled beers range from HK$55 -$75 and classic Mexican cocktails, like the Tequila Old Fashioned, are only HK$60. For those of us that aren’t nightowls, TQM’s regular happy hour is available daily from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
286 Queen’s Road Central, Central