Header photo: Beef & Liberty
Just one minute’s walk from charming European restaurant 238 the grill comes the new 238 deli in Sheung Wan, perfect for lunch and dinner munchers in the ‘hood (open daily 11am–8pm). We’ve got our eyes on the gorgeous sandwiches and pick-and-mix salad bar – choose a base, five toppings (from penne to egg), one meat or seafood item and dressing for only $58! If you’re cooking or partying at home, the deli stocks sustainable fish and seafood from Europe, USDA Prime steaks, artisan sausages and homemade marinated chicken, pork and ribs, plus 100% vegan products. Every weekend from 4:30pm onwards, customers will be treated to complimentary tastings of wine, cheese, cold cuts and more. This is the kind of spot we’ve been missing in Hong Kong.
88 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan
37 Steakhouse & Bar and Mina House
The newly revamped Peak Galleria is shaping up to be a F&B cash cow (Gordan Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Bar opened earlier this year, and Rajasthan Rifles by Black Sheep just made its debut). Joining these lofty folk in mid-July are two concepts by hospitality group The Food Story (which recently brought the three GOSANGO brands – J POT, Wagyu Vanne and Sensu – to Causeway Bay). Glam 37 Steakhouse & Bar is the HK outpost of the popular Tokyo restaurant, which first opened in Roppongi nearly a decade ago. As at the GOSANGO outlets, Hiyama Kuroge Wagyu will be showcased. A sake bar featuring the full range of sake by ancient brewery Sawaya Matsumoto is another element of 37. On the same level as 37 is all-day diner Mina House, where Instagrammable desserts are the stars (with a kiosk at ground level for takeaways). There’s
even a decadent two-hour all-you-can-eat dessert offering ($158/adult; $108/child), available daily 11am–5:30pm, where free-flow dessert is yours for the eating.
G/F–1/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, 2885 3320
Beef & Liberty (One Island South)
Lunch and dinner in Wong Chuk Hang just got a lot more interesting. The burgers experts at Beef & Liberty are opening up shop this month at One Island South and will also serve weekend brunch in the large, casual and cool space. They’ll have a unique feature at this location, serving up soft-serve ice cream to go for all those summer-treat cravings when you walk by or if your kids are playing at the grounds nearby. B&L will be serving up lunch sets, takeaways and delivery, as well as presenting a new loyalty programme – dubbed The Society – for repeat customers. Sounds like a society we want to be part of.
Shop G07, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 2568 1098
Popular local fast-food chain Fairwood – where the baked pork chop with rice and curry beef brisket are solid faves – is debuting an a new concept at E-Max WearHouse in Kowloon Bay this month. The humongous eSports complex is divided into six different
zones: dining area, main stage, eSports area with 25 gaming computers, live streaming area, private Xengagement Room and the KE Bar, serving up local craft beer by Black Kite Brewery. Open 7:30am–9:30pm.
B1/F, E-Max WearHouse, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
Feather & Bone Wanchai (Wanchai)
The Feather & Bone family is expanding fast, with the newest branch gracing Wanchai. Customers can stock up on the finest cuts of meat, produce and artisanal pantry items or head to F&B to dine in on breakfast, lunch or dinner – perhaps bircher muesli (pictured above) for brekkie, truffle mac ‘n’ cheese for lunch and chicken schnitzel for dinner.
5 Luard Road, Wanchai, 2325 6308
And yet another offering from Pirata Group has just been announced. This one is a modern Japanese concept called Honjo. Opening its doors at the end of July in Sheung Wan, it will occupy a vast space near the more intimate TMK space mentioned below. Honjo promises vibrant interiors with stained-glass windows and a quirky “retrofuturistism” vibe from the 1950s that sounds as exciting as the food. Sushi, tempura and hot dishes are all on the menu. We’re quite keen to check out both these new Pirata offerings.
1/F, Hollywood Centre, 77–91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, 2663 3772
Jardin de Jade (Hong Kong International Airport)
Michelin-starred Shanghainese restaurant Jardin de Jade has just opened an airport location that boasts a laid-back ambience, open kitchen (with dumpling making in full view), smart tables with touchscreens for ordering and a drink pairing menu. So the next time you’re jetting off, skip the Mickey D’s or Popeyes and indulge in the restaurant’s signature steamed juicy pork dumplings paired with a cosmo or drunken chicken matched with a gin and tonic.
Shop 7E111, 7/F, Terminal 1, East Hall, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau Island, 2337 5399
Kiki Noodle Bar (KiKi Tea)
In collaboration with local restaurant group Lai Sun Dining, cult fave noodle brand KiKi is launching a KiKi Noodle Bar at ifc mall late this month, opening hot on the heels of branches in Taipei and Shanghai. Signature noodle dishes include stir-fried minced pork mixed noodles with chive flowers and fermented black bean (pictured), Sichuan spicy tofu noodles in soup with duck blood and sliced pork and KiKi dan dan noodles. To wet your whistle, check out the Taiwanese-style bubble teas like pineapple green teapresso and peach oolong tea topped with mango cream mousse and coconut jelly, and for the sweet toothed, there are desserts such as Earl Grey chiffon cake with brown sugar pearls and chestnut Mont Blanc. The F&B options at ifc mall are really shaping up!
Shop 2017, 2/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2114 3426
Le Pain Quotidien (TST East)
Le Pain Quotidien has been popping up branches of this Belgian-founded café chain all over town, offering up a menu of soups, salads, tartines, egg dishes, homemade pastries and artisanal breads made mainly with organic ingredients – always accompanied by a big bowl of coffee. This is another feather in the cap for the TST East daytime dining scene.
Shop G38, G/F, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, TST East, 2352 4588
Soft opening in late July, pioneering plant-based eatery MANA! is expanding with a spacious flagship branch near Star Street opposite Three Pacific Place, presenting all the vegan classics its customers adore like its signature open flats, plant-based burgers and salads – plus an organic booze bar showcasing gluten-friendly beer. MANA! Star Street will also have all its lauded zero-waste initiatives in place to role-model the way business should be done.
8–10 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai
No longer the sole domain of Wanchai, cool Australian café NINETYs has now set up shop right in the thick of SoHo. Already popular, this café knows how to appeal to the coffee crowd with its brunchy menu and custom-roasted coffee with aromas that’ll bring you in before your eyes even set sight on the place. And, if you’re a fan of brunch but never seem to wake up in time to benefit, join Foodie Club for NINETY SoHo’s first-ever night brunch on Thursday, 11 July. Full deets here.
2–4 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central, 3417 5798
At the end of the month, Bird Kingdom Group, which opened Ramen Cubism in Central earlier this year, is set to launch nostalgic teahouse Peony Garden at Chinese opera house Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon Cultural District, bringing with it a taste of Hong Kong’s classic comfort-food dishes (baked pork chop rice, soufflé curry beef cheek rice), street snacks (curry fish balls, deep-fried shredded radish cake) desserts (milk tea egg tart, butter and honey French toast) and local-style drinks in a spacious “open-garden“ setting. Cart noodles are a highlight, with the option of mixing and matching from more than 50 toppings.
G/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Road West, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, 2320 7455
Sakti Elixir Bar
Photo credit: Fivelements
Part of the new Fivelements Habitat urban wellness concept at Times Sqaure – which offers a wide range of classes such as anti-gravity aerial yoga, mantra meditation and Japanese flower arrangement and features a space for holisitic spa therapies – plant-based Sakti Elixir Bar is an offshoot of Sakti Dining Room at Fivelements Retreat Bali and is open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
13/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, 6803 5081
Sensu by GOSANGO
Along with siblings J POT (hotpot) and Wagyu Vanne (high-end yakiniku) on the same floor, casual all-day-dining spot Sensu specialises in the revered Hiyama Kuroge Wagyu. These eateries are located in the mostly food-void Jaffe Road part of Causeway Bay, offering new options for those who work or live near the area. Sensu sounds like a reason to venture out to this less popular part of CWB, especially for the daily afternoon tea and happy hour featuring sake-based cocktails.
1/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road Causeway Bay, 2885 0533
Sichuan House (K11 Art Mall)
Photo credit: Sichuan House
This contemporary Sichuan eatery is now more accessible to HK Islanders with the opening of Sichuan House’s fourth branch at K11 in TST (the others can be found at major shopping malls in Mongkok, Tsing Yi and Yuen Long). This one places the spotlight on Sichuan-style hotpot – the spicy duck blood and bean curd soup base should be the one you’re after. The skewers – from lamb rack with cumin to pork belly with tomato – are also winners.
Shop 314, 3/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, TST, 2110 0575, book online
Sip Song Thai Eatery & Bar
The wait for this seaside Thai is over. Sunday, 7July is the date to throw open the concertina doors onto the waterfront (with booking lines opening from the 1st). Maximal Concepts’ Sip Song will take over the space owned previously by burger bar Hotshot, setting the scene for a beachside Thai showdown with the new Coconuts opened at Deep Water Bay Beach. Joining Maximal’s popular Limewood eatery at The Pulse, Thai chef Nuch Srichantranon (formerly of Mak Mak at LANDMARK) will be serving up signatures like whole steamed mullet with Thai herbs in a chilli-fish broth, chargrilled pork neck skewers with dark soy and coconut cream, jungle curry clams and banana roti pancake with condensed milk and chocolate. To whet your whistle, sip away on creative cocktails and mocktails, Thai iced teas and shaved ice drinks. For us, Thai makes for the perfect beachy eats, so we’ll be welcoming Sip Song with open arms (and bellies) – and our kids will too, what with Sip Song’s fab children’s play area, with giant Jenga, chalkboard art and beanbags aplenty.
G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2328 8285 , email@example.com (bookings only for parties of 6 or above)
A co-venture between local mixologists extraordinaire Sandeep Hathiramani and Gagan Gurung (pictured above), Tell Camellia is a tea-focused cocktail bar set to debut at the end of the month in a quiet alley next to H Code in Central. The charming moniker is inspired by Camellia Sinensis, a species of evergreen shrub whose leaves are used to produce tea. Teas sourced from around the world will be used to craft experimental cocktails.
LG/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central
Pirata Group are adept at filling holes in the Hong Kong market with their cool, accessible concepts like Pici and Chaiwala and have found another another spot to plug, with Japanese temakeria TMK opening on Hollywood Road in mid-July in the same spot as Honjo (see above). They’re making it edgy with a punk-rock-inspired, dive-bar feel designed for all-day and late-night dining and drinking on sushi hand rolls, Japanese highballs, craft beer and sake. We’re sold.
G/F and M/F, Hollywood Centre, 77–91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, 2662 2269
TWG Salon & Boutique (Festival Walk)
The newest member of the Singaporean TWG family has landed at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong. The elegant, colourful emporium presents 800 varieties of single-estate harvests and tea blends from around the world, with the dining space offering a special opening set lunch menu (available until 31 July 2019; from $208/person) that includes a choice of hot Geisha Blossom Tea or Silver Moon Iced Tea. The dishes featured each have a unique tea element such as porcini mushroom soup with Pu-Erh Prestige Tea foam and homemade egg-spinach spaghetti with tomato sauce infused with Singapore Breakfast Tea.
Shop LG2–11, LG2/F, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, 2725 6930
Pirata Group’s Peruvian-Chinese spot on Peel Street, SoHo, has just announced via social media it will be shutting shop. We’re terribly sad to see Chifa go, but at least we have two brand-new openings from the busy group to look forward to (see above). And for more of Pirata’s Peruvian fusion cuisine, there’s still the lovely TokyoLima.
Little Bao (SoHo)
Announced on Little Bao’s Instagram, Chef May Chow shared the sad news of the closure of the SoHo branch of eatery, the hotspot that sparked a bao trend that’s endured for over six years now. The government have reclaimed the space for urban development, so now your favourite bao can only be found at Little Bao’s spacious branch over in Causeway Bay.
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