Header photo: La Petite Maison
A Happy Pancake
Oh-so-fluffy soufflé pancakes are all the rage on the sweet scene, and A Happy Pancake is the first overseas outlet of this famed Japanese pancake purveyor hailing from Osaka. The all-natural pancakes – made without baking powder – come in an variety of creative flavours, but the original with whipped manuka honey butter and caramel syrup is a thing of beauty in its own right. We’re also craving the organic matcha and ogura butter pancake with brown sugar syrup and, on the savoury side, the “meal” pancake with salmon, avocado and cheese mousse.
Shop 203–205, 2/F, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, 2338 4315
Artisan de la Truffe
Truffles take centre stage at Parisian import Artisan de la Truffe, landing at Harbour City mid-month. From sweet to savoury, every dish on the menu is accented with truffle, whether it be the black, white, summer or Australian varieties. Attached to the restaurant is a concept shop dedicated to fresh and packaged truffle items from around the globe including truffle-flavoured olive oil and balsamic vinegar and truffle pralines.
Shop OT303, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST, 2885 2030
Peruvian food seems to be having a moment right now in Hong Kong, and Chef Abel Ortiz Alvarez is throwing his hat into the mix with his new, first-of-its-kind Peruvian rotisserie chicken concept. At Chullschick, expect exceptional produce paired with traditional Peruvian cooking techniques, authentic flavours and a host of out-of-this-world chicken. French poultry is marinated in dark beer and spices for two days, then grilled on a unique rotisserie set-up until juicy and crispy. Drooling yet?
Shop D, 45–53A Graham Street, Central, 2668 3948
DEAN & DELUCA
Beginning its life back in 1977 in NYC’s SoHo, upscale grocer, deli and café DEAN & DELUCA is now a global name. D&D made it to Macau last year, and its gourmet food items and beloved baked goods will finally be available in Hong Kong at not one, but two, locations. The Hong Kong International Airport branch (Terminal 1, Departures Level) is the perfect spot for those jetting off who are in need of a gift for the fam, while the second shop is set to open in a prime Wanchai spot.
For opening details, follow D&D’s HK Facebook page
Another exciting H Queen’s fine-dining newcomer is Ding’s Club, the brainchild of Chinese celebrity chef Steve Lee Ka Ding and veteran chef Li Cheung. Chef Ding’s second venture following the success of private kitchen Ding’s Kitchen in Causeway Bay, Ding’s Club is all about classic Cantonese dishes reinvented. Highlights include lobster two ways with Sichuan spicy-sour sauce and Thai sweet sauce, crispy chicken with foie gras, cucumber and toast and steamed minced pork with sun-dried fresh squid and aged dried tangerine peel.
23/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2327 1398
La Petite Maison
The laid-back chic ambience and delicious French-Med cuisine of the London-based La Petite Maison global restaurant empire has hit H Queen’s in Central, with the buzzy, sultry space already full most nights. Click here to read more.
G/F, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central, 2887 1113
Mid-October sees the opening of LUMI at Pacific Place. With an ethos of “borderless cuisine” meets relaxed luxury, Chef Kihachi Kumagai’s all-day-dining menu is a mix of East and West, showcasing salads, pasta dishes and seasonal fish and meat.
Shop 301, 3/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918 1313
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After months of anticipation, Gordon Ramsay groupies will be heading to the Hong Kong outpost of the chef’s stylish London-based steakhouse maze Grill, which has opened its doors at Harbour City.
4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST, 2765 0890
Paradise Classic and Paradise Dynasty (Carnarvon Plaza)
The latest HK branches of these two stalwarts of Singaporean Paradise Group sit right next to each other in the heart of TST. The more well known of the two, Paradise Dynasty is famous for its signature eight-flavour xiao long bao and will be debuting an exciting exclusive XLB flavour at this shop: chilli crab. Paradise Classic places a focus on Nanyang-style Chinese cuisine, with new dishes including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (a Malaysian dish showcasing fresh seafood in a robust seafood broth), stewed silver-needle noodles with salted fish in clay pot and Singapore-style chilli crab.
2/F, Carnarvon Plaza, 20 Carnarvon Road, TST
PONG (Knutsford Terrace and Midtown)
Joining its location at ifc mall, nightlife and entertainment venue PONG has recently debuted two new locations, at Knutsford Terrace in TST and Midtown Soundwill Plaza II in Causeway Bay. Open from 5:30pm until the wee hours, taking centre stage at PONG is the PARTYConnect table, an interactive touchscreen platform offering a selection of games for up to eight players. A line-up of hot guest and house DJs, a state-of-the-art sound system, a customisable LED ceiling and top-notch cocktails are also on the cards. Bonus: right next door to PONG Midtown is new Japanese yakitori resto Toripon, opening on 11 October.
Knutsford Terrace: 2/F, Knutsford Court, 10 Knutsford Terrace, TST, 2536 0322
Midtown: 26/F, Midtown Soundwill Plaza II, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 2301 3988
You’ll soon be able to get your ShackBurger and frozen custard fix at a second HK location. Joining the ifc mall branch, Shake Shack will open at Pacific Place sometime later this year. In the meantime, head to the ground floor of Pacific Place to check out the interactive art installation #Happy2Gather by local illustrator Miss Quai, where guests can digitally create and personalise their own “Shackvatar”. Guests who post their Shackvatar or a photo taken at the installation with the hashtag #Happy2Gather will stand the chance to bag an invite to the Pacific Place pre-opening VIP party.
Sweet Fashion House (The Ritz-Carlton)
Hot on the heels of its recent debut at Lee Garden Three in Causeway Bay, a second branch of of designer dessert boutique Sweet Fashion House has opened, this time in collaboration with coffee specialist Cupping Room, which has created an exclusive blend for the shop – Kainamui – highlighting flavours of redcurrant, rosé and maple. Seasonal coffee blends and single-origin coffee will be featured throughout the year, complementing SFH’s gorgeous seasonal dessert collections. Not a java fan? Check out the range of cold-pressed juices by 12NOON and high-quality teas from INARI.
9/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 7072 0028
Renowned Tokyo izakaya Uoharu has opened its first venue outside Japan right here in our fair food city. With Executive Chef Masahiro Uchiyama at the helm, this eatery brings the fresh seafood from famed Tsukiji market to diners in Central. Adorned with brick walls and concrete floors along with the lively vibe of an authentic Japanese izakaya flowing through the robatayaki counter, sashimi station and cocktail bar, Uoharu is already in soft-opening stage and will be fully open later this month.
7/F, M88 Wellington Place, 2–8 Wellington Street, Central, 2217 8880
Related: New Restaurants September 2018
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