Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar has returned to Hong Kong after a brief hiatus, relocating from Central to the Peak, and we’re sure the hordes of tourists who head there each day are rubbing their hands in glee. Open for lunch, dinner and cocktails daily, plus breakfast at the weekend, Bread Street is all about relaxed, contemporary, British-inspired dishes – think prawn and snow crab cocktail, fish and chips and beef Wellington.
Shop G02, G/F, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, 2350 3888, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: Dai Bing
Sibling to Sai Ying Pun’s hip gin palace Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, we have something else to shout about with the opening of Dai Bing, which translates to “big ice” in Cantonese. As the name suggests, the bar features HK’s first artisanal ice suite, where the ice blocks used in Dai Bing’s signature long drinks are created and kept chilled. When it comes to eats, Portuguese snacks take centre stage, and there’s an ongoing visual and performance art programme to keep drinkers feeling cultured.
52 Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan, 9838 4438
After a brief delay, stunning modern Greek restaurant Estiatorio KEIA is now open at H Queen’s. Bulldozer Group have brought over celebrated Mykonos-based chef Alexis Zopas to create an ingredient-driven menu presenting contemporary interpretations of classic Greek dishes. Fresh seafood is a focus – there’s even a raw bar for browsing – and a central oven designed to bake Greek pies is another unique feature. With a whole lot more to Greek desserts than the ubiquitous baklava, KEIA has brought on board Greek pastry chef Marino Kosmas to fashion delicate desserts and homemade ice creams and sorbets.
2/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2677 7737
House 1881 – the cultural landmark formerly known as Hullett House – has rebranded with five new F&B concepts that reflect the venue’s history as the 19th-century Former Marine Police Headquarters:
- Fortune Villa – Cantonese fine-dining restaurant featuring a special fishing-village-themed menu
- Stable Steak House – this is where diners can go to indulge in premium steaks from around the world, seasoned to taste with over 40 varieties of salt
- Stable Bar – located above Stable Steak House, this watering hole boasts the largest gin collection in Kowloon
- Café Parlour – all-day eatery serving up afternoon tea, homemade cakes and pastries, light snacks and Indian fare
- The Sergeant’s Bar – in the past a taproom for police officers and visiting sailors, this bar now offers themed cocktails, craft beers and bar snacks like fish and chips
2A Canton Road, TST, 2926 8000
Ignis by Linx
Part modern European fine-dining restaurant part sophisticated club, Ignis is the latest luxury nightspot to land in Lan Kwai Fong. The two-storey space showcases a state-of-the-art sound system, immersive lighting, DJ bar, whisky bar, molecular cocktails and VIP rooms.
1–2/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 2623 0298
Our taste buds started tingling when we heard tell about Jing Alley, a new Sichuan restaurant in Sheung Wan specialising in dishes from Chengdu. The Chengdu style of Sichuan cuisine is known for its elegance and refinement, creating layers of flavour by mixing spices and different types of chilli preparation (including pepper paste, pickled chilli and chilli oil). Using traditional techniques learned after weeks spent with master chefs in Chengdu, the chefs at Jing Alley have created authentic dishes like fried chicken with homemade Sichuan pepper paste, braised duck maroon jelly with pickled mustard greens, chilli and minced pork, sliced pork belly in fresh garlic paste and black garlic and organic maitake mushrooms with crispy soybeans and Sichuan spice.
G/F–1/F, Dawning House, 145 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, 2868 9801
Lee Ho Sing
Sibling to its neighbour Lee Lo Mei, modern takeaway spot Lee Ho Sing ups the ante on local snacks with a creative menu featuring the likes of salted egg yolk chicken nuggets, homemade curry bowl with fish balls, pig’s skin and squid (above) and truffle cheese chicken wings, plus speciality drinks such as red bean ice-cream float, grass jelly coconut milk drink and mandarin peel salted plum soda. We just wish the shop (open daily, 11:30am–10:30pm) stayed open a bit later – the snacks sound like perfect late-night chow options if you ask us.
Shop 2, 2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2896 6383
mango tree kitchen
Joining its siblings Mango Tree at ELEMENTS and mango tree café at Cityplaza, mango tree kitchen is a down-to-earth member of the Mango Tree Thai family. Signature dishes include green mango salad with soft-shell crab, five-spice crispy chicken, roasted slow-cooked suckling pig and mango sticky rice. In tribute to its name, between 1–3 March 2019, for every $150 spent dining in, diners will be gifted with one Naam Dok Mai mango, known for its super-sweet taste and aroma.
Shop 1035,1/F, YOHO Mall I, 9 Long Yat Road, Yuen Long, 2602 2878
Mashi No Mashi
Giving traditional pork-bone ramen a beefy makeover, Mashi No Mashi focuses on using premium Wagyu in its broth and noodles. Connected to cult favourite Wagyumafia, the ramen shop is a reasonably priced alternative for those who want a taste of the brand’s famed Wagyu selection. Currently in soft-opening phase, the selection is currently limited to Wagyu tsukemen, donbori and gyoza. However, later on the shop aims to sell a limited 100 bowls of Wagyu ramen per day. Like many ramen shops in Japan, Mashi No Mashi operates on a vending machine system, so get ready to swipe that card.
Shop 1B, G/F, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, 2812 0500
Mint & Basil (Tung Chung)
If you live in Tung Chung and have a craving for breezy Thai or Vietnamese food, you’re in luck. This second location of Mint & Basil joins the restaurant opened previously at SOHO east in Sai Wan Ho. M&B’s spacious, pet-friendly outdoor terrace is a draw, as are the classic Thai and Vietnamese dishes that populate the menu – from tom yum soup to pho bo.
Shop K, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, 2762 8077/8099, 6162 5651 (WhatsApp)
Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant
If you’re nearby the brand-new Xique Centre to take in a Chinese opera performance, a fitting culinary pairing would be a meal at Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant, opened by the team behind the long-standing Pak Loh Chiu Chow brand. The contemporary regional Chinese restaurants takes diners on a culinary journey of the nation, with roast meats and dim sum highlights of the classic-meets-creative menu.
Unit 2–4, 1/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Road West, West Kowloon Cultural District, 3622 1449
THE SEA by The Old Man
The awards keep piling up for SoHo cocktail bar The Old Man (currently sitting pretty at number 10 on The World’s 50 Best Bars and number 5 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars lists –and Foodie Forks 2018 Best New Bar winner), and now founders Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale are continuing the Ernest Hemingway theme with watering hole THE SEA, set to launch mid-March in Sheung Wan. THE SEA’s innovative tipples will be more rustic than those at The Old Man, with prices starting at a very humble $90.
2Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 2307 0030
Le Comptoir is adding to its portfolio with the launch of Japanese izakaya Silencio in Central this month, which also uniquely features live jazz. The interior will showcase the artwork of modern Japanese artist Tomoo Gokita, with the kitchen helmed by Sean Mell, previously the executive chef of NOBU Hong Kong, as well as a collection of junmai sake and craft cocktails.
6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Tai Tai Pie Pies’ pie and beer shack
Makers of the best down-home pies in the 852, Tai Tai Pie Pies have plans to launch a pie and beer shack in Causeway Bay late this month or early April, serving up their full range of individual sweet and savoury pies – from classic American apple to British steak and Guinness – and several family-size pies, along with pours of local Gweilo Beer. Great pre- or post-shopping nosh.
Off Hoi Ping Road, opposite Lee Garden Three, Causeway Bay (stay tuned for exact location and opening details)
Tea WG (ELEMENTS)
Along with its boutiques at ifc mall and Harbour City, Singaporean luxury tea brand Tea WG has opened another shop at ELEMENTS, decked out with its signature vibrant colour palette and elegant design components. Tins of premium teas and tea blends are the main draw, of course, but the ELEMENTS boutique is the first to feature a sorbet and ice-cream counter, doling out scoops and cones of tea-infused flavours such as Alfonso mango tea sorbet and black tea ice cream.
Shop 1095,1/F, Wood Zone, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2363 9683
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