Crystal Jade Jiang Nan (Yuen Long)
Toasting the celebration of the Crystal Jade Jiang Nan Wanchai outlet’s first anniversary, its new sister restaurant has opened at YOHO Mall II in Yuen Long. This branch offers a delectable selection of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Wuxi and Shanghai classics, fusing the Southern Chinese culinary characteristics of freshness and seasonality with Northern China’s explosion of vibrant flavours. Hmm... who’d like some bamboo charcoal noodles and double-boiled duck soup? In tribute to the anniversary and opening, both restaurants have introduced the Jiang Nan Opulence Banquet (priced at $1,988 for tables of 6 and $3,488 for tables of 12) and a 50%-off discount on the signature smoked pigeon for dinner until 30 November 2017 on weekdays.
Shop 2045, 2/F, YOHO Mall, 8–9 Long Yat Road and 9 Yuen Lung Street, Yuen Long, 2455 1828
A new restaurant that was immediately fully booked for six weeks upon opening? Being an esteemed master of fine dining after heading up Mandarin Grill + Bar and The Krug Room, Chef Uwe Opocensky has kick-started his own project, the eponomously named Uwe. Nestled on Hollywood Road, Uwe creates an inviting upscale dining experience focused on local organic ingredients and excellent wine pairing options. Book now to join the queue of in-the-know diners.
252 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2546 8665
Urban Coffee Roaster (Sheung Wan)
Local brand, Fairtrade coffee beans, Australian-style brunch, creative art exhibitions... Urban Coffee Roaster is revamping the café scene by ticking all these boxes at its third location in partnership with the event space C-dou in Sheung Wan. The exciting pop-up will last for six months on Pound Lane, bringing equally exciting coffee varieties and brunch options of the finest quality.
4 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, 9085 6548
J’s Bar Bistro
As The Royal Garden hotel’s first foray into a social dining concept, J’s Bar Bistro sounds like a chilled place to hang out. The bar features gentlemen’s and ladies’ corners and a wine cellar. Its light menu, with artisanal and farmhouse cheeses from France as the spotlight, is a match made in heaven with the specially created cocktails crafted by award-winning mixologist Stanley Au.
2/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, TST East, 2733 2088
Symphony by Jade
A contemporary Cantonese dining concept complete with 270-degree panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, Symphony by Jade is another welcome addition to Maxim’s Chinese Cuisine’s stellar collection of restaurants. With its beautiful interior and top-notch Cantonese fare, it’s no surprise that the new restaurant has already proven to be a big hit for merry gatherings and wedding banquets. Foodie attended a recent tasting, and we were impressed with everything we sampled. There’s a lot of creativity going on in the kitchen. We particularly enjoyed the fried cod fillets with spicy sauce on crispy rice crackers and the deep-fried prawns with mango mayo – both were fried to perfection without a hint of oiliness. We’re sure the adorable animal-shaped dim sum with be a hit with kiddies and tourists alike. How cute are these red-bean-filled cuttlefish pastries?
1–2/F, Restaurant Block, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, TST, 2722 0932
How to stand out amidst a sea of yakiniku restaurants? The Hokkaido beef haunt has landed in Hong Kong with its first overseas branch at Elements mall. Renowned for its farm-to-table approach, Yakiniku Kagura in HK showcases weekly imported Mirai beef raised on a cattle farm owned by the eatery’s Japanese founder. The meat expert has attracted rave reviews and has been endorsed in the 2017 edition of the Michelin Guide (Hokkaido special edition). Be prepared to fall in love with the melt-in-your-mouth grilled beef at Kagura.
Shop 1086, 1/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2682 3913
Maggie & Rose: New Rooftop Space
Being crowned as the “best and most brilliant family members’ club”, Maggie & Rose was born in London back in 2007 and has resided in Hong Kong since 2015. Starting from 4 November 2017, the Repulse Bay gem will open the doors of their lovely, whimsical clubhouse to the public on selected dates, including the amazing rooftop terrace overlooking Repulse Bay beach. Hop over on the 4th and join the Big Bang BBQ for heaps of family fun!
3/F, Lobby D, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2638 7192
If you’re on the lookout for a hip Cantonese fine dining stunner, Hexa would make a fine choice. Located at OTE, a new extension of Ocean Terminal in TST, Hexa plays magic by weaving together Chinese cooking styles of different provinces. With a chef from the Mandarin Oriental and stunning views of Victoria Harbour, the restaurant can hardly disappoint. And that’s not all – on weekends, the team from Macau‘s Club Cubic will be pumping out beats.
Shop OTE101, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, TST
New Bakery-café by Gregoire Michaud
Boasting roughly 25 years of baking experience, the former executive pastry chef at Four Seasons Hong Kong is launching his first bakery-café in Wanchai this month. Gregoire Michaud’s solo venture will bring you baked goods, sandwiches and drinks, as well as dine-in options including breakfast, lunch and teatime treats. If you’re familiar with the goodies baked up by Chef Michaud (his sourdough is the stuff of dreams), what’s not to love?
Flamingo Bloom (TST)
Flamingo Bloom has been invigorating Chinese tea culture in Central by introducing their Instagrammable floral loose-leaf teas that also bring about health benefits. Unlike many grab ’n’ go tea outlets, their handcrafted teas contain no synthetic additives or unnatural colouring. In addition to their always popular Stanley Street branch, the tea expert now debuts a flagship salon in TST with heartwarming hot and iced teas, bubble waffles, ice cream and a fun tropical island vibe. The TST boutique will give out a free flamingo floaty upon any drink purchase from 31 October–2 November 2017, plus a happy hour offer from 3 November. Time to escape from the daily grind and dive into some all-natural goodness!
18 Cameron Road, TST, 5178 7067
Casa Don Alfonso
With three lauded Michelin-starred restaurants under its wing, Grand Lisboa Macau now welcomes Casa Don Alfonso as the newest addition to its glowing repertoire. World-renowned chef Alfonso Iaccarino and his son Ernasto will bring authentic home flavours from Southern Italy to the dining table in honour of the restaurant’s name. The casual Italian eatery is due to open later this November, so stay tuned for Macau’s finest and most authentic Neapolitan pizza!
3/F, Grand Lisboa Macau, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau, +853 8803 7722
A nightclub in Hong Kong that reminds us of the stylish underground bars found in Tokyo’s Ginza district? Renowned designer Ashley Sutton and Dining Concepts are surprising us once again after the roaring success of Ophelia and The Iron Fairies. Featuring Japanese-inspired whiskies and cocktails created with mind-boggling ingredients, dazzling performances and international DJ sets, Yojimbo will surely attract crowds and some rave reviews. It will be fully open to the public from 10 November.
Shop 2–7, Car Po Commercial Building, 37 Pottinger Street, Central, 2576 1717
Emack & Bolio’s
Famous for their giant ice cream comes topped with sprinkles, cereal and all kinds of wonderful things, Emack & Bolio’s are setting up a new branch at Lee Tung Avenue in Wanchai. In celebration of the grand opening, free ice cream will be given out on Friday, 10 November 2017 from 2pm!*
*Limited to one scoop (selected flavours) per person in a cup or standard sugar cone and for the first 300 customers only
Shops G09 and G10, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, 2952 3883
Feather & Bone (Sai Ying Pun)
Pioneering butcher and delicatessen Feather & Bone are opening their fourth outlet in Sai Ying Pun, offering both a premium retail experience and a fully equipped restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am. The branch is also unveiling another exciting feature: a bar with signature cocktails. Expect the same neighbourhood values and commitment to personalised service at the new location, not to mention lots of good food and drink too!
Stay tuned for contact details
Jade Garden (Kwai Chung)
A new à la carte menu will be launched as the latest addition to the Jade Garden network is debuted at Kwai Tsing Theatre. Jade Garden has always set its heart on preserving the taste and craftsmanship of yesteryear while keeping abreast of the times through constantly revamps. This spirit is manifested by its new dishes including steamed lobster tail with chicken oil and Hua Diao, braised e-fu noodles with crabmeat and crab roe, stuffed braised duck and double-boiled fish maw in milk.
Shop 1, Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Chung, 2167 8818
This casual Italian eatery is reopening on 13 November after 10 months of renovation, with the same dedication to food and ingredients. The brainchild of Chef Gianni Caprioli, EAT.it will continue to import stellar ingredients from small family producers in Italy. The eatery will offer rustic Italian dishes, including customised pastas and pizzas, for which the dough has been fermented for 48 hours.
Shop J, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, 2489 8822
La Rambla by Catalunya
As one of the most popular dining destinations serving innovative Spanish cuisine, Catalunya is extending its legacy by introducing a new concept, La Rambla by Catalunya, this November. The outlet at ifc mall welcomes diners with exquisite Spanish food and postcard-worthy views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline.
Shop 3071–73, 3/F, ifc mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, 2661 1161
Veteran bar legend Jay Khan is taking his craft to new heights by leading the birth of Hong Kong’s very first Mexican artisanal cocktail bar. After channelling his passion for cocktails at Lily & Bloom and Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour, the award-winning expert now translates his love for fine spirits into action by launching COA in Sheung Wan. The bar will serve a wide range of tipples, transforming storied Mexican liquors into artisanal cocktails that may well revolutionalise the drinking scene in Hong Kong. The opening schedule will be announced on Facebook and Instagram.
6–10 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan, no phone
HAWKR (Pacific Place)
After launching its first branch in Quarry Bay a few months agp, HAWKR is extending to Pacific Place. The hottest Southeast Asian grab ’n’ eatery is inspired by Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai and Indonesian cuisines. Not only does it use fresh ingredients, HAWKR also keeps its food free from MSG, artificial flavours and preservatives and strives to work towards greater environmental sustainability. What’s better than food that is good for the taste buds, your health and the community?
Shop 6, B3/F, Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen’s Road East, Admiralty, no phone
Located at the heart of SoHo, the soon-to-be-opened Big Sur offers Californian barbecue cuisine adorned with Latino touches. Adding to the excitement, this Californian joint’s bespoke craft programme, in collaboration with Young Master Brewery, will feature both locally crafted brews and quality imports. Big Sur’s Thanksgiving Turkey Family Meal Takeaway is now available for order – time to celebrate Turkey Day with some lip-smacking roast turkey and pecan pie!
G/F, 22 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, email@example.com, no phone
San Xi Lou (Causeway Bay)
As a tried-and-tested brand boasting almost a decade of history, San Xi Lou in Central is endorsed by countless Sichuan cuisine lovers. Their success is no coincidence – every dish is prepared from scratch with the finest ingredients and in tribute to the most authentic regional flavours. The new branch at Times Square presents classic delicacies as well as more inventive creations to cater to adventurous diners.
Shop 1102, 11/F, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, 2838 8811
The Coffee Academïcs (Tai Koo)
The Coffee Academïcs are launching a new outlet in the popular neighbourhood of Tai Koo. Bearing the same vision of “making quality specialty coffee accessible for all within a comfortable and stylish space” as other Coffee Academïcs branches, the latest member of the family also brings in new food and drinks, including manuka latte, Okinawa cappuccino and coffee cocktails crafted by Antonio Lai of Quinary. As each branch embodies a unique theme, the Tai Koo outlet conjures up the idea of “chillax” and invites everyone to just chill for a moment.
G505 and G508, G/F, Ning On Mansion, 28 Tai Koo Shing Road, Quarry Bay, 3618 4485
Green Common (Tseung Kwan O)
Green Common took Hong Kong by storm when they debuted the Beyond Meat burger, and the green lifestyle advocate is now opening another shop in Tseung Kwan O to put forth their vegetarian initiative in this densely populated neck of the woods. The branch will offer veggie dishes infused with Chinese culinary elements like Beyond Meat beef pho and Sichuan spicy chicken, in addition to specially designed set meals for students and the elderly.
Shop G05, G/F, Park Central, 9 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2110 0158