1. Fish School by David Lai and JIA Group
Yenn Wong, pioneering entrepreneur and founder of the hospitality based JIA Group (Meen & Rice, 208,Ham & Sherry, Duddell's et al), will be collaborating with David Lai who brought us On Lot 10 and Neighbourhood and his expertise in less turgid yet still high quality French cuisine, to bring another new concept restaurant known as Fish School. Fish School will serve up contemporary seafood centric local cuisine, sourced from small, family-owned fishing boats and prepared with produce from nearby farms grown specifically for the restaurant.
100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
Tel: 2361 2966
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm - 11pm (Last orders at 10:30pm)
A passion project conceived by a natural wines expert Karim Hadjadj and creative natural living enthusiast Alison Christ, MyHouse is a new QRE Plaza situated wine bar, restaurant and live music venue. Bi-monthly art exhibits from local and international artists make the place a tad trendy, but the house party starts with Resident DJs Arun R and Romi Behl and between them local and international DJs and live bands. The music will also have a natural thread with beats ranging from reggae to house music till late.
202 Queen’s Road East, 26/F QRE Plaza, Wan Chai
Tel. 2323 1715
Dinner: Monday to Sunday, 6pm-11pm
Music Hour: Wednesday to Saturday, 10pm till late
3. The Ocean
Following from Bibo, Hotshot and TRi, Le Comptoir Group opens yet another restaurant at The Pulse, this time focusing solely on seafood based on a sustainable, minimalistic, ingredient-first philosophy. The restaurant boasts a 10,000 square-foot space overlooking the beach and stunning built-in aquarium walls. They offer both a la carte and set menus during lunch and dinner hours and there is rumour of a delicious brunch menu on weekends on the way.
Shop 303-304, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
Tel. 2889 5939
Lunch Wednesday to Sunday 12:30-2:30pm
Dinner Wednesday to Sunday 6:30-10pm
4. Foxtail and Broomcorn
Not a new restaurant, but rather a new branch, Foxtail and Broomcorn expands to Wan Chai after great initial success at its first store in Sheung Wan. The sophomore will see new dishes and recipes exclusive for the new store. It will follow on with the philosophy of serving noodles in the right way, the healthy way, perfect for those looking to satisfy their noodle cravings without having to conform to the noodle joints around every corner of Wan Chai that are chock full of MSG.
Sheung Wan Shop
G/F, 84 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
Tel. 2415 2555
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Wan Chai Shop
G/F, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai
Tel. 2603 2022
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
5. Mercedes me
Mercedes me has been on the radar as it opened bang in the middle of Central right on Queen's Rd. It is a lifestyle concept, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, that combines the glamor of luxury cars with the allure of good food by those who brought us the likes of Limewood and Fish & Meat. This new and unique venue in Central will showcase the latest cars, news and technologies of the automobile leader Mercedes Benz while its partner Maximal concepts strikes to offer the best culinary experience, all driven by the “The Best or Nothing” motto and philosophy. The 408 square metre space will also be home to a variety of different entertainments, ranging from F1 race screenings to art exhibitions to fashion shows.
Shop C and D Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central
Tel. 2895 7398
Hours: Monday to Sunday, Breakfast 8am - 11am, Lunch 12pm - 2:30pm, Dinner 6pm - 10:30pm
6. The First Floor
Situated on Ice House street, this new restaurant 2.0 is a creation by lifestyle and food brand Lifestyle Federation. The idea is to be much like a private members club that anyone can join. They have a restaurant with seasonal, fine dining dishes as well as a number of products on display to purchase in addition to a central kitchen and work bench which diners can eat on or rent out for private use.
The First Floor restaurant focuses on seafood that draws inspiration from French and Japanese cookery and is headed by chef Kit Cheung who built his career in Michelin starred restaurants such as Caprice and Spoon by Alain Ducasse.
1/F, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street (22 Ice House Street), Central
7. The Optimist
The Optimist opened earlier this month and has ambitiously taken over three stories in the heart of Wan Chai with the aim of transporting you straight to Spain the second you stride through its door. This Northern Spanish restaurant is brought to us by the same folks behind Pirata–an Italian restaurant that is constantly booked out and for a long while sat at the top of Tripadvisors' best restaurant list as number one in Hong Kong–and seeks to achieve the same bang, serving authentic Northern Spanish cuisine. On the first floor sits a chic Bar that offers casual drinks and all day dining, while the second floor is catered for a more refined and intimate dining experience as The Dining Room.
G/F – 2/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Monday to Thursday, 11am – 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday, 11:30am – 11pm
8. The London House
Gordon Ramsay opened his second restaurant in Hong Kong last month. Much like the previous flagship Bread Street, The London House aims to bring over the typical British vibe, featuring classic dishes like fish & chips, bangers & mash and shepherd's pie as well as an extensive selection from the grill for those who fancy something more substantial.
G5, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel. 3650 3333
Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 1am
Friday, 12pm to 2am
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 11am to 2am
9. Shiki Zen
If the seemingly ceaseless ramen craze is starting to bore you, forget not about its thicker and whiter cousin that Japan is equally famous for but seems to be always left out of the spotlight. Udon is finally taking center stage at Causeway Bay’s new noodle joint, Shiki Zen. Led by experienced chef Norihisa Maeda who previously helmed the kitchen at Sushi To by Harlan Goldstein, Shiki Zen will be offering up to 10 varieties of seasonal udon at any one time accompanied by a scrumptious broth that takes up to 24 hours of simmering.
Level 29, Soundwill Plaza II, Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay Hong Kong
Tel. 2970 3218
Adding on to the list of high end restaurants in the luxury mall of IFC is Ivy, the latest innovation by Gaia Group (who brought us Townhouse and Glasshouse among other houses). The restaurant will feature flavours from French Riveria, a region that previously belonged to Italy before it was handed to France in 1860. The dishes are therefore French-centric but with heavy Italian influences. Signature dishes include Blue Lobster Grill, Lemon Sole Almondine and the Whole Roasted Black Leg Chicken.
Shop 2075, Level 2, IFC mall, Central
Tel. 2383 4028