It seems that Indian cuisine is having a bit of a moment in Hong Kong – and it’s been a long time coming. Contemporary Indian restaurant Daarukhana promises more than tikka masala and samomas – instead, the sleek setting will play host to inventive sharing dishes like smoked tiger prawns with wasabi and mint cream, baked sweetcorn with popcorn foam, spicy mint and coriander butter, deconstructed dosas and slow-cooked Wagyu short rib, where the tandoor is the star.
G/F and 1/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Road, Wanchai
Now when you head to your local Cali-Mex Bar and Grill shop (of which there are many), you don’t have to be craving Mexican but can instead opt for a burger. Harley’s gourmet burgers have been concocted by Chef Nate Green, previously of Rhoda. He’s unveiled 10 burgers that feature the likes of mac ‘n’ cheese, beer-battered fish and chilli con carne, and any of these can be made with Impossible meat (the alternative plant-based meat) upon request. Chef Green hasn’t stopped there – he’s also whipped up four milkshakes to go with your burgers, which can be liquored-up versions or virgin.
Branches around town; click here for locations
MIC Kitchen (relocation)
This one-Michelin-starred restaurant may have previously felt a bit out of reach in its Kwun Tong location, but perhaps now it will feel a bit closer to home with its relocation to Central, also giving the restaurant panoramic views of the city. MIC Kitchen is by Hong Kong’s well-known Demon Chef Alvin Leung, who specialises in delighting diners with his particular brand of modern Asian cuisine.
26/F, Stanley 11, 11 Stanley Street, Central, 5186 3282, click here to book now
MOKUTAN is the little izakaya that could. The minimalist space in Tsim Sha Tsui seats only 26 people, specialising in affordable omakase menus priced at under $300 where meat (especially yakitori) and veggie skewers are the stars of the show.
Shop 2, G/F, Empire Prestige, 8 Kimberley Street, TST, 2708-2009
Peking Garden (Star House)
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Peking Garden has overhauled its Tsim Sha Tsui branch and will be launching some exclusive dishes that will only be available at the Star House restaurant. It will reveal its makeover the first week of November and is set to continue its role of bringing the best of Beijing cuisine to Hong Kong. Whatever you order, don’t leave without trying the signature Peking Duck (there’s a reason the Peking Garden brand has been going strong since 1978).
3/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, TST, 2735 8211
SaladStop! (Exchange Square)
Filling the gap for fast and healthy food since 2009, SaladStop! has been building a loyal crowd in Hong Kong at its Taikoo Place and Pacific Place branches. After several international openings, they’re planting a flagship shop smack bang in Central. We love the local farm-to-plate concept and how fast and easy it seems to be, so we’re very excited to be able to grab our fave salads and wraps in Central now too.
Shop 311–312, 3/F, Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, 2877 1600
Those of you who live near Kowloon City, take note: multi-storey Japanese restaurant Sanwa Jo offers something for everyone, featuring separate robatayaki, sushi, teppanyaki and washoku dining areas, as well as two private rooms.
46 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City, 2321 0867
Super Sweets Gallery
Japanese celebrity patissier-chocolatier Hironobu Tsujiguchi is launching Super Sweets Gallery on 9 November at city’super’s Harbour City, ifc mall, Times Square and New Town Plaza branches – his first opening outside Japan. Get ready for Chef Tsujiguchi’s renowned confectionery, roll cakes, biscuits and chocolates, along with traditional Japanese wakashi gift boxes. Signatures include strawberry cream cake, Mont Blanc (above), cheese soufflé and truffles infused with matcha and Dassai Junmai Daiginjo sake. Fans can meet the master himself on Saturday, 10 November (3–4pm/5–6pm) at the Chef’s Table at Harbour City for a dessert-making demo.
For city’super’s Harbour City, ifc mall, Times Square and New Time Plaza locations, click here
We like the name as much as we expect we will like the Eaton HK’s new terrace bar. Terrible Baby is bringing a whole new type of watering hole to Jordan. Former Jinjuu bartender Edgar Santillan will be concocting his creative cocktails alongside the live local and international music performances that are at the heart of this elegant and intimate venue.
4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, 2710 1866
Tian Tian Plus (ELEMENTS)
The craze around the opening of Hong Kong's first Singapore export Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice in Causeway Bay has only just begun to die down, so now they’re opening another – and this one is bigger and grander than the CWB version. The 2,200-square-foot ELEMENTS location offers exclusive drink items like fresh fruit tea and Hokkaido milk-foam tea and an updated food menu with dishes like bak kut teh with Wagyu shank and tripe as well as famed Singaporean desserts such as kaya cake and deep-fried durian dumplings. And just in case the queues weren’t already guaranteed, they’re giving away 100 cups of 1950’s Coffee’s Nanyang coffee every day during the first week of November.
Shop 1050A, 1/F, ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road West, TST, 3108 2182
Argentinian steakhouse chain Gaucho has shut shop in Hong Kong, although its branches in the UK and Dubai are still going strong. The reason? The press release has stated a “combination of high property costs and a restaurant market focused on heavy discounting”. Hmmm – we’re not sure about the “heavy discounting” part. In Central? Really?
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