Hong Kong’s bustling food and drink scene never stops. Every month, we’re introduced to daring concepts and venues where we can sample new local and international culinary creations and creative tipples.

At Foodie, we’re always hungry for our next bite and the next restaurant to keep us invigorated. Below, check out our list of the most exciting openings in our city this month and where to dine next.

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New restaurants in Hong Kong: April 2024

Caligari showcases its award-winning Japanese curries in Central

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Central lunch-goers can’t seem to get enough of Caligari’s curries, which snagged the number 1 spot in Japan’s Kanda Curry Grand Prix. The Japanese chain offers two varieties of curry – Caligari curry with the sweetness of coconut milk and the premium spice curry, which is even more spice-rich and aromatic – accented with your choice of protein, from tatsuta chicken breast (HKD138/HKD158) to Wagyu meat cutlet (HKD138/HKD158).

Caligari Hong Kong, Shop F, 2/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 6058 6216

Bambino is a chilled all-day French-Italian restaurant and bar in Soho

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Founder Matthieu Maury, who left his finance career to open popular Soho bakery FRENCHIES, has launched this laid-back spot fusing his French roots with his affection for Italy. At Bambino, chef Andy Mast, formerly of Foodie faves Honky Tonks Tavern and Shady Acres, crafts seasonal dishes that are the best of France and Italy, such as spinach fritters and ricotta (HKD110), green pesto gnocchi (HKD140), and the cheeky Ménage à Trois (HKD90) dessert, where chocolate cookie, vanilla ice cream, crushed pistachio, and salted caramel are bed buddies. The beverage programme by Penicillin Bar alum Lee Morris is highlighted by a selection of 40 French and Italian wines.

Bambino, 45 Peel Street, Soho, Central, book here

Chef Ton of Bangkok’s Le Du has designed the menu at New Town Plaza newcomer Here Thai Market

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We’re keen to check out this new Thai restaurant in Sha Tin, with Here Thai Market’s menu curated by a renowned F&B duo – chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn of Lu Du in Bangkok and Niras here in Hong Kong and chef Man Wai Yin, a Hong Konger who now runs the successful Cantonese eatery Chef Man Restaurant in Bangkok. Here Thai Market’s boat noodles and Thai milk tea are our must-tries.

Here Thai Market, Shop A216, 2/F, Phase III, New Town Plaza, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, 3108 2197

96-year-old Jimmy’s Kitchen returns to Central with new chef Russell Doctrove on board 

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Opened nearly a century ago in Central, Jimmy’s Kitchen has long been treasured for presenting a uniquely Hong Kong-style Western menu, and regulars were bereft when it shut shop in 2020. Now, Jimmy’s Kitchen has been brought back to life on Pedder Street by Epicurean Group, serving up both its iconic signatures, including beetroot and vegetable borscht (HKD108), chicken supreme Kiev (HKD238), and baked Alaska (HKD228), as well as modernised dishes courtesy of new executive chef Russell Doctrove, such as seared Hokkaido scallop with bacon marmalade (HKD188) and, for sharing, 24oz Cavalier Wagyu sirloin (HKD1,888) from South Africa. 

Jimmy’s Kitchen, M/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, 2526 5293, book here

ÓNA’s Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours brighten up Discovery Bay

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Discovery Bay residents and day-trippers have the bright and sunny flavours of the Middle East and Med to look forward to with the opening of ÓNA. The restaurant celebrates the coastal cuisines of the region, from Spain and Italy, to Greece and Turkey, to Lebanon and Morocco. Moroccan chef El Mehdi Zenasni whips up a wide variety of dishes – tagines and couscous, signature seafood plates, Josper-grilled specialities, and plenty of fresh salads and mezze. Sounds like a great spot for whiling away a weekend afternoon with delish bites.

ÓNA Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar, Shop G09, G/F, DB Plaza, 1 Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, 3619 0937, book here

Vietnamese restaurant Pho Bay also makes its debut in Discovery Bay

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Along with its neighbour ÓNA, Elite Growth Group, which also runs Cabana Breeze and The Upper Deck in nearby Tung Chung, brings a taste of Vietnam to DB Plaza with Pho Bay. The bamboo-decked terrace with its sea views is the place to be to savour veteran chef Chaliang Phaenthong’s light and refreshing regional Vietnamese seafood specialities, as well as national staples like pho, banh mi, and summer rolls.

Pho Bay, Shop G08B, G/F, DB Plaza, 1 Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, 3619 0932, book here

Thai street-food flair lands at PMQ with the launch of BKK restaurant

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BKK comes to us from Chess House Restaurants, an F&B group overseeing reliable favourites like Chutney and Shahrazad in Central. Chess House now turns its attention to the authentically vibrant flavours of Thailand in a colourful and funky space. We’re thrilled to see Thai street-food key player crab omelette (HKD158) and also khao soi (HKD158) on the menu; this northern Thai curry noodle dish is rarely seen in Hong Kong.

BKK Thai Street Food, Shop SG09–SG14, G/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2330 0306, book here

Ciclo adds to Causeway Bay’s glitzy F&B scene with fusion cocktails and plates

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With a “modern zen” atmosphere, featuring smoke-art installations symbolising the rhythm of our breath, Ciclo is a sleek restaurant and bar in Causeway Bay taking up the entire fourth floor of the OLIV building adjacent to Times Square. On the menu are innovative East-meets-West cocktails, complemented by a food menu blending Italian recipes with local and other Asian ingredients. Signature dishes include the Hokkaido uni and lobster arancini (HKD228/2pcs) and drunken crab pasta (HKD228).

Ciclo, 4/F, OLIV, 15 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, 5501 0697, book here

Sonny’s pizza, hot dogs, and soft serve bring a slice of the Big Apple to Soho

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A Singapore import, we’ve been craving a place like Sonny’s in Hong Kong, a spot where we can pick up an authentic slice of NY-style pizza – thin-crust, charred, and crispy, just how we like it. The slices, plus hot dogs courtesy of Honbo, can be enjoyed alongside Sonny’s wicked soft serve, crafted by new Soho creamery Milk.

Sonny’s, 68–70A Hollywood Road (enter via Elgin Street), Soho, Central, 9755 0355

Historic Woo Cheong Pawn Shop transforms into Sophia Loren House, a multi-storey Neapolitan dining, drinking, and entertainment complex

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Formerly housing high-end Chinese restaurant Woo Cheong Tea House and Neapolitan pastry shop Crust (and, before that, modern British The Pawn), four-storey Wan Chai landmark Woo Cheong Pawn Shop has taken on a grand new life as Sophia Loren House, a tribute to the la dolce vita culture of Naples. Four distinct dining and entertainment concepts are set to debut here in mid-April: Sophia Loren Pizzeria, Casa Sophia Loren for sophisticated Italian seafood bites, 70s-throwback STAGE for live performances and dancing the night away, and Pellicola Rooftop, perfect for sunset cocktails.

Sophia Loren House, 60–66 Johnston Road, Wan Chai

New restaurants in Hong Kong: March 2024

Ming Pavilion at Island Shangri-La celebrates Hokkien culinary traditions

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Island Shangri-La adds to its F&B prestige with the debut of the inviting, contemporary Ming Pavilion, inspired by the culinary abundance of Fujian province in south-eastern China. The kitchen is led by chef Jack Lam Yeung, with his diverse range of Hokkien dishes featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, delicate flavours, and intricate cooking techniques complemented by a tea programme curated by Tea Master Tiffany Chan offering a selection of 18 Chinese teas, including 14 varieties from Fujian province.

Ming Pavilion, 8/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, 2820 8580, book here

Zahir Mohamed expands his Baked brunch empire with new branches in Kennedy Town and Tai Hang

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Founder Zahir Mohamed’s Baked chain, which specialises in gut-busting North and South African brunch dishes, is now taking over the Kennedy Town and Wan Chai neighbourhoods, following its knockout success in Wan Chai. Baked Tai Hang has an Italian slant, inspired by Zahir’s time spent in Bologna, offering pasta plates for dinner, whilst Baked Kennedy Town, opening later in the month along the waterfront, is the most ambitious Baked yet, with a bakery, beer-brewing facilities, and restaurant space seating close to 200 diners.

Baked Kennedy Town, Shop 1, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town

Baked Tai Hang, 15–16 School Street, Tai Hang, 2885 2121

Abbraccio, a “luxury” pizza shop, joins the Wyndham Street fray

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Taking over the former Babacio (and, before that, Ktlay) space, Abbraccio continues the upscale pizzeria theme with this elegant restaurant churning out authentic Italian antipasti, salads, pizzas, and pastas. Their pizzas are the biggest draw, broken down into Classiche pies with a base of artisan tomato sauce, Bianca pizzas with a white sauce base, and Creazioni pizzas where innovation is the name of the game. We favour the classic approach of the Margherita DOP (HKD188) and Tonno (HKD198), but the Contadina (HKD218) with shredded chicken, cream cheese, mozzarella, Cheddar, and leek does sound mighty tempting in a sophisticated comfort-food sort of way.

Abbraccio, 5/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 75–77 Wyndham Street, Central, 2633 3878, book here

Wharney Hotel in Wan Chai welcomes The Hunan House for spicy, sour, and salty flavours

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Also housing Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Seventh Son, the Wharney Hotel is quite low-key about its F&B prowess. The Hunan House now joins the four-star hotel, the first Hong Kong outpost of this restaurant import from China. Highlights of the diverse menu include zuan tofu – uniquely made of shrimp, chicken, and pork – stir-fried beef and pork with chopped chilli, and a soft-shell turtle broth that’s not for the faint of heart.

The Hunan House, 1/F, Wharney Hotel, 57–73 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, 3580 8288, WhatsApp 9592 5883

Chef Donovan Cooke showcases fine-casual modern European cuisine at his eponymous restaurant in Causeway Bay 

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British chef Donovan Cooke is an icon in Melbourne’s food scene, having achieved great success there at French eatery Ryne and waterfront restaurant The Atlantic. Lucky for us in Hong Kong, he’s recently landed in the 852 to front his eponymous modern European restaurant Donovan, which is both refined and welcoming. The eight-course tasting menu (HKD1,280 pp) with its Asian influences varies according to the best seasonal ingredients on hand, and wine-pairing plays a very important supporting role. We’ve heard the chef’s caramelised soy brioche with seaweed butter is legendary!

Donovan by Donovan Cooke, 16/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 5228 7006

Flat Iron Burger brings its gourmet burger concept to Soho

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From the Steak King and Flat Iron Steak team comes this new gourmet burger eatery opening on Mar. 11 in Soho run by Johnny Glover and chef Aarik Persaud, the masterminds behind The Butchers Club and The Butchers Club Burger – so they know a thing or two about good patties. Flat Iron Burger’s signature blend of prime Black Angus or Wagyu beef is exclusively sourced from renowned Australian beef farmer Macka’s. We have our sights set on the Pigalle N Cheese (HKD188), featuring a moreish mix of Black Angus patty, house-made bacon, truffle jam, crispy fried onion, and raclette cheese. Flat Iron’s lunch set (HKD148) is an extremely wallet-friendly option that includes a six-ounce burger, fries, and frozen custard.

Flat Iron Burger,  27 & 29 Elgin Street, Soho, Central

New restaurants in Hong Kong: February 2024

Crushed Wines transforms into Crushed Wine Bar in Sai Ying Pun, with small plates, sharing dishes, and strong by-the-glass wine programme

Crushed Wine Bar

Located just opposite their sister restaurant Brut, South African oenophile Leigh-Ann Luckett and successful French-American restaurateur Camille Glass have transitioned their Crushed concept from a wine shop to a snazzy wine bar. Downstairs at the bar area, guests can grab light bites whilst enjoying their favourite by-the-glass pours. Heading upstairs, the ingredient-driven, comfort-food menu by Camille is perfect for groups, featuring communal dining and creative dish highlights like roast acorn squash with burrata and hazelnut brown butter (HKD248) and scallop risotto with sumac beurre blanc (HKD298).

Crushed Wine Bar, 6 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, 5597 8774, DM on Instagram to book

The Cipollini Pizzeria is the latest restaurant to open at AIRSIDE, offering a tomatoey, cheesy taste of Rome 

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Yet another fun-loving Italian restaurant is gracing the Hong Kong dining scene with The Cipollini Pizzeria arriving at AIRSIDE mall in Kai Tak. The main attraction at the Kowloon eatery is the thick-crust Roman-style pizza al taglio, which is sold by 100-gram slices in a variety of flavours. Our best bets for slices include the Prosciutto e Rucola (HKD52/100g), vegetable-packed Gardenia (HKD38/100g), and creamy Mortadella e Burrata (HKD46/100g). Try the 12-inch Carbonara pizza (HKD168) for funky, rich flavours. If you’re in the mood for pasta, The Cipollini has three options from which to choose.

The Cipollini Pizzeria, Shop G012, G/F, AIRSIDE, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, 2666 0238, book here

Charcoal Bar, a sizzling grill concept by two-Michelin-starred chef Bjoern Alexander, opens at Harbour City

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We know and love two-starred chef Bjoern Alexander from his stints at Hong Kong fine-diners Octavium and Restaurant Petrus. Charcoal Bar is a more laid-back and approachable venture for the acclaimed chef, a partnership with LUBUDS Group where open-fire grilling plays a starring role. Premium aged meat and fresh seafood are grilled before diners’ eyes on the Josper and open wood-fired grill, from the finest cuts of meat like USDA Choice Brandt beef and lychee-wood-smoked OP rib to charcoal-grilled eel and lychee-wood whole grilled jumbo tiger prawn.

Charcoal Bar, Shop OT G62, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2117 0088, WhatsApp 6566 8284, book here

Mue Mue at Mira Place offers innovative Thai cuisine with a Chinese twist by chef Saito Chau

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Chef Saito Chef brings his wealth of culinary experience at John Anthony, Dim Sum Library, Hutong, and Chinesology to play at Mue Mue by Mira Dining, fusing traditional Thai recipes with Chinese flavours and techniques. Standout dishes include tom yum roasted with crispy chicken (HKD298), Thai curry lobster with rice cake (HKD780), and beetroot-infused deep-fried tofu (HKD128). Mue Mue is also home to Mue Bar, where vibrant East-meets-West cocktails enjoyed al fresco (with or without shisha) are the draw.

Mue Mue, Shop 302, 3/F, Mira Place, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 9833 0788, book here

AMO AGO, a chic bakery-café in Soho by Fiata Group

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AMO AGO comes to us from the folk behind award-winning pizzeria Fiata. Bakery whizzes (and husband-and-wife team) Julien Zampieri and Paula Andrea work their doughy magic, expertly baking up croissants, tarts, and more impeccable pastry delights. The duo’s sfogliatella, a delicate shell-shaped filled Italian pastry, is already turning heads.

AMO AGO, 11 Shelley Street, Soho, Central

Uogashi Nihonichi expands its standing sushi bar concept to Central Market

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With 20 stools available for sitting or standing at the colourful, inviting Japanese sushi import, this Central Market branch is the second in Hong Kong for Uogashi Nihonichi, following its debut by Cafe Deco Group at AIRSIDE last autumn. The fresh fish specialist – uogashi means “fish market” in Japanese – is one of Japan’s most beloved Edomae sushi establishments, showcasing abundant seasonal offerings from the sea. It is also one of the few sushi restaurants at Japan’s top fish markets that has auction rights. 

Uogashi Nihonichi, Shop G12, G/F, Central Market, 93 Queen’s Road Central and 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, 5596 7982

TEADAYE opens flagship Tsim Sha Tsui store specialising in Thai coconut tea drinks


Expanding from their takeaway shop in Sheung Wan, coconut-themed café TEADAYE opens their flagship location at Heath Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui with 20 seats and a space clad in soothing white. The tea spot imports high-quality Thai young coconut juice and raw-leaf tea from China to create silky and floral coconut-infused tea and coffee drinks. Signatures on the menu are the Squash Lemon Coco Tea (HKD32) and Coconado (HKD38) and the Pu’er Coco Milk Tea (HKD32) and Popping Tapioca (HKD32) from their coconut tea-based series.

TEADAYE, Shop S11 C & D, B/F, Heath Kong Kong, Chungking Mansions, 36–44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 5583 2830

APRIL COFFEE LAB brewing coffee at second corner location in Sai Ying Pun

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Brewing in Yuen Long since 2021, APRIL COFFEE LAB expands their share of smoky coffee to Western District with a cosy, eight-seat location in Sai Ying Pun. Decked out in a cool caramel colour, the shop serves a variety of Western-style coffee drinks and a limited run of baked goods, with plans for menu expansion in the near future. Make sure you get there before the Xiaohongshu crowd finds it!

APRIL COFFEE LAB, G/F, Benon Tower, 266 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 6856 8866

New restaurants in Hong Kong: January 2024

Carna by Dario Cecchini, a sophisticated Italian steakhouse, stuns at Mondrian Hong Kong with a nose-to-tail approach

New restaurants in Hong Kong: January 2024

With the recent opening of luxury hotel Mondrian Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui comes the launch of its in-house Italian steakhouse, Carna by Dario Cecchini. Dario is a legendary butcher from Tuscany, made world famous for his appearance on Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Nose-to-tail dining, sustainability, and zero waste are at the heart of Carna. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into the vibrant steakhouse’s crowning glory – the bistecca alla Fiorentina (HKD1,980) – showcasing a 1.2kg 45-day dry-aged Australian Rangers Valley Black Angus porterhouse.

Carna by Dario Cecchini, 39/F, Mondrian Hong Kong, 8A Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3550 0339, book here

AOAO Japanese izakaya boasts a massive terrace for cool al-fresco drinking

New restaurants in Hong Kong: January 2024

Replacing a former office space, AOAO izakaya marks a legendary opening for a spectacular outdoor space that’s comfortable for cool cocktail-drinking and partying till dawn. The à-la-carte menu at AOAO focuses on traditional Japanese bites, with an emphasis on charcoal-grilled, sweetened flavours. Order the caramelised pumpkin (HKD88), chilled chawanmushi (HKD128), takoyaki-style chicken wings (HKD148), and chicken karaage (HKD118).

AOAO, 14/F, Manning House, 38–48 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 5506 5521, book here

Nocino introduces Hong Kong to Swiss-Italian flavours in Tai Hang

New restaurants in Hong Kong: January 2024

Never has Hong Kong had a clear representation of Swiss food until now, with the quaint Tai Hang eatery Nocino opening to explore the world of Italian-speaking southern Switzerland. Expert a fusion of carby and sharp, meaty flavours with the beef-shin ragu casarecce (HKD165), baked tubi (HKD150), house rosemary focaccia (HKD35), and malakoff (HKD65/pc) alongside rare offerings of Swiss cheeses and cured meats. Noicno is founded by Matthew Ziemski of former Kinship and Woolly Pigs HK glory. 

Nocino, 92E Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, 6012 1098, book here

Sabatini Ristorante Italiano opens a new restaurant at ifc mall

New restaurants in Hong Kong: January 2024

This Italian stalwart at The Royal Garden hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, which first opened 31 years ago, now has a sister outlet at ifc mall on Hong Kong Island. Sabatini Ristorante Italiano boasts quite a storied history, having originally been founded by the Sabatini brothers in Rome in 1958. At this brand-new ifc mall branch, chef Marco Antonio Li Voti helms the kitchen (Marco is also the chef behind local dessert brand Holy Cannoli), offering the classic Roman-style dishes and ambience beloved by Hong Kongers for over three decades.

Sabatini Ristorante Italiano, Shop 4008, 4/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2610 0080, book here

Second branch of Big JJ Seafood Hotpot debuts at BaseHall, serving up cha chaan teng eats

New restaurants in Hong Kong: January 2024

Big JJ on Central’s Wo On Lane is not only famous for its cool-cat vibe and signature hotpot made with pork bone, knuckle, and clam; it’s also a firm favourite for its lunchtime non-hotpot specialties, which are an assortment of authentic cha chaan teng plates. Now, lunch-goers in Central have another spot to pick up Big JJ’s local noodle and rice dishes, with the shop recently opening a second location at BaseHall. The sausage and luncheon meat rice with fried egg and soy and scallion sauce is a pure nostalgic delight.

Big JJ Seafood Hotpot, BaseHall 02, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central

Chef Marcello Scognamiglio opens modern Neapolitan Trattoria Felino on Star Street

New restaurants in Hong Kong: January 2024

Michelin-experienced chef Marcello Scognamiglio trades his hotel and private club work for this restaurant opening on Wan Chai’s Star Street. Trattoria Felino is an ode to the southern Italian cuisine of the chef’s home town of Naples. Designing a menu crediting his grandmother’s cooking, highlights include Neapolitan classics such as crudi, pizza nel ruotino, homemade pastas, and his nonna Ida’s meatballs, along with cast-iron half yellow chicken for a local injection of flavour. 

Trattoria Felino, 1–7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, book here

New restaurants in Hong Kong: December 2023

Guzzle brings its classic HK-style sandwiches to Central

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Famed in Yau Ma Tei for its considerate renditions of traditional Hong Kong-style egg sandwiches, Guzzle has come to Hong Kong Island shores with a new Soho location for eager lunch munchers. The signature coriander scrambled egg and luncheon meat sandwich (HKD42) is a must-buy, with the mashed taro and pork floss (HKD42), corned beef and cheese (HKD42), and satay beef and scrambled egg (HKD42) additional worthy sarnie contenders.

Guzzle, G/F, Khuan Ying Commercial Centre, 85–89 Wellington Street, Central, 9065 4597

Yakitoriya Hon introduces powerful duo of yakitori and sake to Sai Ying Pun

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Aiding in the birth of ArtLane in Sai Ying Pun, a cosy mini-neighbourhood popular for its graffiti-laden alleyways, Yakitoriya Hon is swinging its doors open to beckon yakitori-loving folks in Hong Kong to chomp on chicken hearts, gizzards, legs, heads, and more. Premium Suntory pints are available on draught pour here, and a huge sake selection is stocked for whisking you away to Japan (only momentarily; we know how much you love Tokyo!).

Yakitoriya Hon, Shop 8–11, Two ArtLane, 1 Chung Ching Street, Sai Ying Pun, 5596 8180

Flat Iron Steak opens tasty new location in Wong Chuk Hang

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Experiencing searing success in Soho, Flat Iron Steak has moved to Wong Chuk Hang to open a second location at One Island South. With a mission to serve Hong Kong with cut-throat-priced flat iron steak, the Wong Chuk Hang branch opens with an excellent lunch set (HKD148) featuring a delicious 7-ounce Black Angus flat iron steak alongside fries or salad. Lobster mac and cheese (HKD65) and beef-tallow hand-cut fries (HKD45) are amongst the fan favourites alongside the cuts of beef. 

Flat Iron Steak, Shop G07, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 5607 4860, book here

House of Culture leads a Malaysian renaissance with chef Gavin Chin

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Following great success with Fukuro and Brut!, Australian-Malaysian chef Gavin Chin opens the doors of House of Culture to gourmands eager to sample his intelligent mastery of East-meets-West elements. Featuring a wine list imported from Australia, House of Culture’s opening menu offers a fusion of Malaysian, Cantonese, and French influences, along with flavours from Down Under. It’s worth visiting the hotspot simply to check out the funky interior.

House of Culture, Shop B, G/F, Kenbo Commercial Building, 335–339 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2886 9689, book here

Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic, the world’s most Michelin-starred female chef, debuts at Forty-Five in Central

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For those with a penchant for French fine-dining, Cristal Room should rocket to the top of your must-visit list. This luxe collab with Maison Baccarat is a crystal-filled extravaganza of resplendent decor united with exceptional French gastronomy by Anne-Sophie Pic, crowned with three stars for her restaurant at Maison Pic, the chef’s family home in Valence, France, since 1889. Highlights of chef Pic’s dinner menu include her innovative signature Les Berlingots ASP, featuring sobacha (Japanese buckwheat tea) pasta filled with 24-month-aged Comté, served with a mushroom consommé infused with coffee and more sobacha.

Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic, 43/F, Gloucester Tower, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3501 8580, book here 

Pâtisserie Millefeuille’s classic Parisian-style pastries delight in Soho

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Renowned pastry chef Lionel Bodros, who used to head up the pastry departments of star-laden L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, has set up shop on Staunton Street to entice diners with his signature mini millefeuilles, in flavours like vanilla-caramel, pistachio-raspberry, and even a savoury rendition with smoked salmon and caviar, alongside exquisite petit gateaux, canelés, madeleines, and more authentic French pastries. Pâtisserie Millefuille’s sandwiches have also got us talking – in particular, a sinful version combining Morbier cheese, truffle ham, and Isigny butter. Oui, oui!

Pâtisserie Millefeuille, 16A Staunton Street, Soho, Central, 9317 1023

Mercury Recalls by Lost Stars spotlights vinyl, coffee & cocktails in Causeway Bay

The best new restaurants to try in Hong Kong in 2023
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Lost Stars, the jamming live music bar in Tai Kok Tsui, has given birth to this cool-cat space on Hong Kong Island, a vinyl-spinning bar and café. By day, expect coffee, cakes, and brunch plates at Mercury Recalls, whilst, come sundown, the menu turns its attention to signature cocktails named after songs and a food menu offering pasta, risotto, and modern European mains

Mercury Recalls, Shop A, G/F, Fairview Mansion, 51 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, 2416 7503, book here

Karashibi Gyukotsu Ramen Kikanbo’s creamy, beefy broth is a ramen masterpiece

The best new restaurants to try in Hong Kong in 2023

Sibling to Tokyo-born Karashibi Miso Ramen Kikanbo, which opened in Hong Kong in 2019, this is the next-door neighbour specialising in luxuriously velvety white beef-bone broth, diverging from the brand’s OG miso-flavoured broth. Here, diners can customise the spiciness level of their noods. Butter-tossed ramen, beef-bone broth tsukemen, and Angus beef don with egg yolk are additional menu highlights.

Karashibi Gyukotsu Ramen Kikanbo, 528 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 2481 3383

Scottish craft brewery BrewDog launches its first branch in Hong Kong

The best new restaurants to try in Hong Kong in 2023

BrewDog, the Scotland-based craft brewery and pub chain, has made its HK debut in Central. The bar features 16 taps, ranging from BrewDog headliners like Punk IPA, Elvis Juice, and Lost Lager, to small batch-specials, to a selection of local craft brews. The brand’s signature burgers and wings are also on board, as is a takeaway beer fridge that’s loaded up with canned beers to go.

BrewDog, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2219 9905

Modern European fine-diner Bochord, designed like an old-world library, is helmed by a seasoned chef from The Peninsula

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Bochord feels like a vintage British members’ club, decked out with dark green leather sofas, a traditional coffered ceiling, built-in bookshelves, and pleated lamps. A veteran chef who built his career at The Peninsula hotel is said to be overseeing the kitchen, offering a modern European fine-dining experience with a particular emphasis on quality steak cuts. Guests can also look forward to cocktails inspired by classic works of art and nightly live music.

Bochard, Shop 1101, 11/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, 3613 0092, book here

Croque monsieur specialist Croque opens in Central

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Co-founder Rémi Brunet, the polished general manager of Michelin-starred Louise, has opened sandwich shop Croque, introducing Hong Kongers to France’s sarnie of choice. There are both traditional and quirky versions of the French sandwich sensation, including one called Captain Hook where smoked salmon and horseradish cream headline.

Croque, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, 78 Wellington Street, Central

TREEHOUSE opens new branches at AIRSIDE & Chungking Mansions

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Hong Kong’s favourite plant-based restaurant brand TREEHOUSE is expanding its eco-friendly footprint with two new locations this month – one at AIRSIDE in Kai Tak and the other at Heath, the buzzy basement retail and dining space at Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui. It will be true farm-to-fork dining at the AIRSIDE shop, with TREEHOUSE setting up an in-house hydroponic farm. New to the menu, we can’t wait to sink our teeth into the smoky tempeh and black bean “ball park” hot dog.

TREEHOUSE, Shop G103, G/F, AIRSIDE, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, San Po Kong (opens Dec. 4)

TREEHOUSE, Heath, B/F, Chungking Mansions, 36–44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (opens Dec. 11)

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