There’s now another reason to head to Cheung Sha Beach in South Lantau. At Bathers, guests can enjoy beachfront al fresco dining with a menu of meat and seafood gastropub favourites, including fresh seafood platters, beer-battered barracuda, salads and a selection of Australian grass-fed steaks. Wash your meal down with a selection of craft beers, boutique ciders and surf-inspired cocktails. There’s also a dedicated kids menu to ensure a family-friendly experience.
32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, 2504 4788
The Old Man
Named after author Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Old Man and the Sea, Aberdeen Street’s latest watering hole The Old Man is inspired by Hemingway’s understated style and penchant for sophisticated local drinks. Founded by three Hong Kong cocktail and bar scene stalwarts – Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale – discerning drinkers can look forward to inventive cocktails with an Asian twist and a moody yet charming vibe.
LG/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, SoHo, Central, 2703 1899
Second Street Comfort Food & Bar
The latest addition to Sai Ying Pun’s collection of trendy, tasty eateries is Second Street Comfort Food & Bar – a wallet-friendly, service-charge-free neighbourhood bistro that specialises in fresh, hearty comfort food. Menu highlights include the house-made 10-ounce all-beef burger with Turkish bread ($188) and the Mediterranean-style baked whole sea bass with pesto breadcrumbs ($188). Drinks-wise, enjoy all-day happy hour deals ($48 for draught beers, house wines and spirits, as well as rosé and sparkling wines) and a selection of reasonably priced New and Old World wines. A weekend brunch menu is also available, which can be paired with cocktails like a classic Bloody Mary or Pimm’s Cup ($148 for one main and one cocktail).
Shop 9–10, G/F, Island Crest, Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2503 3325
Contemporary Southeast Asian-inspired, healthy “grab-and-go” spot HAWKR has opened in Quarry Bay, featuring a mix of a regional salads, soup noodles, hot curries, wraps, tailored juices and bespoke coffee blends. Inspired by Southeast Asian street foods from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia to Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand, each dish is created without any MSG, artificial flavours or preservatives. Signatures include the Javanese beef rendang ($68) and Thai-style chicken and lemongrass soup ($35), alongside fresh noodle soup pots (an ironic take on instant cup noodles) that simply require the addition of hot water either in store or back at home/the office. There will also be Vietnamese baguettes and exotic wraps, as well as desserts like the Thai coconut-pandan delicacy khanom chan ($18).
36 Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay, 9222 8583
This month, renowned Michelin Guide–recommended Hokkaido yakiniku restaurant Kagura opens in TST’s Elements mall. First opened in Hokkaido in 2007, Kagura is committed to farm-to-table cuisine made with carefully sourced Japanese and international ingredients. It’s also famous for its use of high-quality Mirai beef from Oakleaf Farm – a farm established by Kagura’s founder that exclusively provides beef for the restaurant.
Shop 1086, 1/F, Elements, TST, 2682 3913
J.CO Donuts & Coffee (Tseung Kwan O)
Having sold more than 500,000 doughnuts since they opened their Wanchai branch earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before J.CO Donuts & Coffee opened a second outlet. Doughnut lovers in the New Territories can now rejoice with the opening of J.CO’s Tseung Kwan O shop. Besides their popular doughnuts and Italian-style coffee drinks, Tseung Kwan O customers can also exclusively enjoy a special breakfast menu as well as J.CO‘s first-ever J.Cronuts ($16), or croissant doughnuts, which come in flavours such as Oreology and Mr Green Tea.
Shop B15, B1/F, Central Heights, 9 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories
Cali-Mex Bar & Grill
Popular Californian-Mexican takeaway shop Cali-Mex now offers a sit-down dining experience with Cali-Mex Bar & Grill. Besides the usual taqueria favourites like burritos, quesadillas and tacos, diners will be able to enjoy an expanded menu of dishes made with fresh, quality ingredients sourced from all over the world. Signature items include grilled chicken Parmigiana (made with free-range Australian chicken), beer-battered fish and chips (made with sustainably farmed fish from Vietnam) and USDA rib-eye steak. There are also beer taps at each table, so you can pour your own pint of chilled Asahi or Kronenburg Blanc.
7 Lan Kwai Fong, LKF, Central (flagship), plus locations in Discovery Bay, Kennedy Town, Sai Kung, Sai Wan Ho, Sheung Wan, Stanley, TST
Opening in late August in Wong Chuk Hang, Golden Monkey is a food court/market offering a modern, healthy take on Southeast Asian classics. Tenants will include Pho Bar, which will offer their contemporary Vietnamese beef noodles alongside healthier options such as courgette noodles. There will also be a “Garden Bar” serving made-to-order salads with Southeast Asian flavours and toppings such as barbecued meats.
Shop G08, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
First opened in Central six years ago, Loyal Dining has now shifted to a new Wanchai location that comprises two levels decked out in a retro yet contemporary finish. At Loyal Bar (on street level), enjoy Hong Kong–style bar snacks and cocktails that put a spin on local drinks such as the Ovaltine Fizz ($105) with Baileys, Kahlúa and Ovaltine and The Joy in Childhood ($105), which contains rum, Kahlúa, Coke and chocolate ice cream. At Loyal Dining (one floor above), feast on classic Hong Kong favourites such as crispy pigeon and homemade BBQ pork. Creative new additions to the Loyal Dining menu include the soufflé with beef ribs curry rice ($148), Waldorf salad with homemade deep-fried shrimp balls ($108), Loyal Ovaltine soufflé ($98) and Loyal banana split ($68), whichcontains red beans, tofu and mango ice cream.
5 Tonnochy Road, Wanchai, 3125 3000