Not to be confused with the popular fashion garment also named Chinos, the name of this new restaurant actually comes from the Spanish word for a person of Asian decent. Growing up in Los Angeles, Executive Chef and Partner Erik Idos was surrounded by an abundance of amazing Mexican street food. After 8 years of honing in his skills with Japanese ingredients and cooking techniques at Nobu in California, New York and Hong Kong, Erik decided to combine his past and his present culinary experiences to create CHINO – a family style, neighbourhood restaurant with a menu focused on merging Mexican and Asian culinary traditions.
We are drooling just reading the menu, and can’t wait to try the crispy market fish tacos, the pumpkin and sweet potato kakiage with spicy lobster and uni, and the banana dulce de leche harumaki! There’s also a specially curated selection of tequila and mezcal to knock back.
With cool, vibe-y branding and graphics designed by California-based illustrator Stephanie Jung, and an original mural painted by artist Aaron de la Cruz, this new joint is sure to become a neighbourhood favourite. We just have to sit tight, and wait patiently for another 4-6 weeks before our maiden meal there!
Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 6pm – midnight and lunch on weekends from 12pm - 3pm.
1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, no reservations, www.chinohk.com