We've been at a bunch of restaurant openings this week. And last week. And the one before that. You get the idea....
Here are 13 new restaurants to try in June.
Binchotan grills at Shoku in Repulse Bay
Charcoal grills–can't get enough of them. Located at Repulse Bay, this Binchotan centric restaurant is set to occupy a 4,000 square foot space and features an authentic Japanese “binchotan” charcoal grill pit as its centerpiece. Chef Gavin Chow and his team will be firing up a fresh selection of seafood delicacies flown in daily from Japan each day for the hungry beach goers.
Shop 109, Beachfront, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay; 2808 2333
A new private kitchen in Wong Chuk Hang, every month Chef Cosimo creates seasonal menus with quality products that can be customized to the clients' needs. The food is only half the allure though, as Dine-art is a fine art showroom where uniquely exclusive and intimate private dining experience takes place. Worth a visit if only for the fabulous art and hamachi carpaccio with tomato essence.
16/F Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen; 2805 8555
Chef's table at Dine Art
Let's start with this: schnitzel and frites. Parmesan-crusted pork loin, fried until golden brown, served with frites and a crispy apple slaw. The established favourite from Quarry Bay and Wan Chai has now a new Central branch, and continues to bring a taste of Europe to Hong Kong with their lively Belgian beer and house Frites. An altogether welcome addition to the Central scene with a well stocked beer bar (they have over 70 available) and traditional European dishes.
Frites, The Wellington, 1/F, 198 Wellington Street, Central; 2217 6671
Chaky's are a banging new Indian restaurant in the middle of Central. In no way are they seeking a Gaggan like ethos, this slumdog millionaire restaurant is a pub/sports bar that serves really great Indian food. Oh and they do trivia on Tuesday nights from 8pm!
2F Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street; 2810 9881
Charcuterie at Scarlett
A newly launched restaurant focused on affordable yet high-end wines coupled with a casual French bistro feel. From Monday to Friday from 4pm to 7PM happy hour is very happy indeed, with a decent selection of imported wines by the glass for $45. AND on Sunday Brunch certain rose bottles go for just $200.
2 Austin Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; 3565 6513
A new Spanish/Mexican restaurant on Staunton St, and serves tapas and a variety of drinks. Think deliciously crisp Jicama tortilla with prawns & popcorn in a chipotle sauce, free flow sangria at brunch, and a set lunch that costs $98 for 2 courses with a choice of dessert, soft drink, tea or coffee. Even add cheeky glass of wine for $25. We like them already.
40 Staunton St, Central; 2549 2878
Celeriac salad at The Kinnet Cafe
We loved this new healthy eating haven. If the prices were slightly lower, we’d be weekly regulars. We enjoyed the unique combination of the quinoa and sweetcorn cakes bound together with tumeric and devoured the almond crusted salmon on a bed of crunchy greens that may well have been our other favourite.
3/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan; 3968 7623
A cool new concept with tasty bites in the heart of Central. We love a little 'mom and pop' shop, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at the bottom of this staircase. Go for the eggplant burrito with sweet ginger sauce ($75) or the K-pop chicken tacos ($80).
B/F, 55 Wellington Street, Central; 2362 1999
Pork ribs at the Grill Room
You will find a good variety of dishes to salivate over here, ranging from a grilled Wagyu burger, to vongole capellini, to mini ribeye, to the signature chargrilled pork ribs. The ribs are smothered in a sweet and slightly tangy barbeque sauce that wasn’t overpowering, and, although not exactly “falling of the bone”, have a juicy porky flavour.
5/F, The L. Square, No. 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
Fine French flavours with an Asian twist. We recommend the coddled egg on black truffled mash ($120), as this is an absolute triumph of a dish served with toast soldiers for dipping and delighting the palate. maison es is perhaps the girliest restaurant you will ever set eyes upon, and they make for a lovely high end dining experience.
Interior maison es
Yakitori is so hot right now. No really; the skewers are cooked over Binchotan coals at around 1000 degrees celsius. The wagyu with egg yolk dip ($58) is the winner, but the minced chicken ($28) is also worth consuming vast amounts of. The red brick walls and vintage tables and chairs give the restaurant a casual, laid-back ambiance. The menu isn't anywhere close to the likes of fine yakitori establishments like Toritama, but it's a fun little place to stop by for after-work drinks if you happen to be in the area. Just don't overthink it.
Shop 10-12B, G/F, Windsor Mansion, 29-31 Chatham Road Tsim Sha Tsui; 2723 9833
Grilled panini at Stazione Novella
A neighbourhood Italian bar, Stazione Novella takes its influences from the famed fiaschetterias (wine bars) of Florence, with loads of street-side stools that look out to PMQ. From breakfast coffee and pastries to Italian wines (freshly made croissants and double espresso), to panini and snacks (yes we have eaten at least 11 nutella and 14 truffle papanini already) served until late, you can pretty much come here any time and drink negronis with simple, delicious Italian food.
52-56 Staunton Street, SoHo; 2559 0559
If you have small children bring them here. If you have slightly bizarre friends with a penchant for cartoon cats, bring them here also. Few things are over $50 on the menu, which is a compilation of dim sum shaped like the overly feminine feline. It's awesome to some and appalling to others; check it out and tell us what you think.
Shop A to C, Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Road, Kowloon