New Restaurant Openings: January 2018

New Restaurant Openings: January 2018

Start your new year by working your way through these new hotspots

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 14 Jan '18


Top image: Feather & Bone, Sai Ying Pun


Feather & Bone (Sai Ying Pun)

Crazy-popular butcher and delicatessen Feather & Bone has gone ahead and opened their fourth branch, ensuring that their gourmet selection of meats and cheeses can be conveniently found all over the city. The new location holds 60 seats, with floor-to-ceiling windows and its signature chic and comfy deli-style design. The Sai Ying Pun branch features an exclusive lunch combo starting at $108, as well as regular menu offerings that include breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. Our eyes were particularly turned to the Australian Wagyu rump burger with thick-cut bacon, portobello mushroom and aged Comté, topped with a sunny-side-up free-range egg. Open 7am–10pm on weekdays and from 8am on weekends.

Read about their complimentary dry-ageing service

Shop 1, G/F, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 3705 0280

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Dockyard

The hot opening of the Kerry Hotel has now unleashed its enormous food offerings at Dockyard, which combines nine kiosk-style eateries into one casual dining hall, with all ordering done through an easy app. Diners will be thrilled to find the quirky combo of fried chicken and ice cream served up by cult Korean fave BobbyBox, the renowned giant-sized dumplings from Dongsan Dumpling, fresh and healthy salads from My Green Bowl and Guinness black bun sliders from Lab. There are also Japanese dishes from acclaimed Hide Yamamoto available from YAMAAN, the famous beef-brisket noodles from Sister Wah and modern Indian dishes from Made in India. The harbour-side restaurant has a large outdoor area as well as a circular bar inside, serving exclusive Dockyard Lager in partnership with our favourite local brewery, Young Master, and fun sidelines like foosball, pool tables and a stage for live music. Open daily 11am to 11pm.

1/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, 2252 5330

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Yakimon

New fusion restaurant Yakimon combines Western techniques with traditional Japanese grilling. Chef Toshiki Takatsuki from Kumamoto, Japan, spent years training in Italian, French and Japanese cuisines and now combines them all in Yakimon, with signature dishes such as “impromptu”-smoked mentaiko, Japanese tomatoes and yoghurt pearls in new caprese style and yaki chicken onigiri in a stone pot with rich chicken soup (pictured below). For dessert, there’s black sesame panna cotta with matcha syrup for an innovative ending, along with a selection of premium sake.

Read the review here

3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2896 1838

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Interval

This new coffee concept from Twins Kitchen is a Nordic-style café serving up Guatemalan beans roasted by April Coffee Roasters in Copenhagen. The coffee bar is designed with sustainability and eco-friendliness as the ethos within the walls of new event space PRESET. Serving coffee and pastries from 8am, the space will then switch to offering local Heroes beer and wine in the evenings from 5pm. Notably, Interval will also feature Hong Kong’s first Mavam espresso machine (pictured below) and will offer a pop-up space to rotating bar and coffee brands from around the globe.

UG/F and G/F, 33 Wellington Street, Central, 2570 5768

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Curry Bay

Newly launched contemporary Indian private kitchen Curry Bay cooks up premium regional Indian food with a modern touch. Using the freshest produce, authentic ingredients and an experimental flair, the resulting dishes are inspired by the chef’s family recipes meshed with extensive travel experiences for an innovative menu. Guests can book in for an intimate six-course menu for up to 14 people or a purely canapé-filled evening for as many as 40. BYOB and vegetarian alternatives available.

Read our contributor review here

Located in a quiet, undisclosed location in Wanchai near Kennedy Street. Email currybaykitchen@gmail.com for exact address and booking.


Green Common (Tseung Kwan O)

With its sixth store, Tseung Kwan O now has a Green Common shop specialising in vegetarian fare and promoting a greener lifestyle. They’ve launched the Beyond Bao, a Chinese twist on the Beyond Burger, which truly needs to be tasted in order to believe its astonishing meat-like qualities. They also have a package-free corner, which is exclusive to this new shop, boasting an impressive plastic-free shopping experience – an important issue for every consumer to consider incorporating into their daily habits. Open daily 11am to 10pm.

Read more about the future of food by Green Common

Shop G05, G/F, Park Central, 9 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2110 0158

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Tipsy

Modern European restaurant Tipsy is the latest addition to the Tai Hang neighbourhood, situated within the boutique hotel of Little Tai Hang. This casually elegant eatery joins May Chow’s and Young Master Brewery’s Second Draft and Italian restaurant and wine bar BOND. Signature dishes, which all seem to be blessed with splendiferous descriptions, include blow-torched Spanish red prawns and levitating caviar with lobster jelly and celeriac cream. Open daily from noon to midnight, they feature an extensive wine list of Old and New World labels alongside traditional and modern cocktails.

1/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, 2818 8807

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ZEN (relaunch)

ZEN International Group, known for their authentic Chinese cuisine for over 30 years, are back on the scene. Chef Tsang Heung Kin is putting his mark, Teochew background and seasonally driven cuisine on the brand through creative Cantonese dishes, with a hint of tradition peppered throughout the menu. There are classic dim sum dishes as well as new items such as shumai with whole baby abalone and prawn, pork and bamboo shoot dumplings.

2/F, Garden East, 222 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, 2868 1883

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Azores

You can forget the ferry ride if you’re hankering for some Macanese grub, as Yuen Long now has its own taste of Macau at Azores. Azores is named after the Portuguese archipelago comprised of nine islands and seems a fitting moniker for this restaurant, which offers a dining experience filled with the unique Portuguese cuisine refined with the African, Indian, Malaccan and Chinese ingredients that make it Macanese. You’ll find dishes using ingredients brought over from Macau, including salted fish, shrimp roe, Portuguese tinned sardines, salted cold, chorizo, Macanese beer, Mateus rosé and pastries from Yeng Kee Bakery, which all aim to deliver those true Macanese flavours.

Shop 2056, YOHO Mall I, 9 Yuen Lung Street, Yuen Long, 3586 9133

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Pici (Central)

Pirata Group’s second Pici has officially opened its romantic dining doors on Aberdeen Street. Serving up the homemade pasta and charming atmosphere we love from their Wanchai branch, we are excited to see a similar vibe emanating from the Central location. Diners can look forward to orecchiette with Italian sausage, hand-rolled garganelli with duck ragu and Sichuan peppercorn, Italian desserts and Aperol spritzes from this new iteration. No bookings.

Read about their brunch in Wanchai

24–26 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2755 5233

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Palms Café and Bar

The Sheraton Grand Macao has revamped their lobby restaurant to offer up a new concept with a host of breakfast options, lunch dishes, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and craft beer, along with lounge music and a seafood bar. Palms Café also has a deli-style takeaway counter for grab-and-go items that include their artisanal bakery goods. Freshly baked breads, cronuts, croissants and an all-day big brekkie, as well as an unusual mac ‘n’ cheese croissant, are available alongside their “Go Asian” options of hearty noodle dishes, Hainanese chicken rice, curry laksa and Korean army stew.

1/F, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo s/n, Cotai, Macau, +853 8113 1200

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Yum Cha (Causeway Bay)

Along with its branches in Central, TST and Mongkok, cool and contemporary dim sum specialist Yum Cha has opened its doors in HK’s busy shopping district of Causeway Bay. Made Insta-famous with its cute and eye-catching dim sum creations, this Yum Cha outlet has placed the focus on celebrating nostalgic typhoon shelter cuisine with dishes including fried crab with crispy garlic, boiled spicy whelk with Chinese wine, fried mantis shrimp and scallop with crispy garlic. We’re sure the staff’s retro boat-dweller duds will also be a hit. BOOK IT here!

Check out the dim sum workshop we held at Yum Cha.

2/F, Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, 2323 1288

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aha

This quirkily named “stylish casual” restaurant takes up the space that once housed veggie haven HOME – Eat to Live. Aha – an acronym for “a happy attitude”, “a holistic approach”, “a heart-warming atmosphere”, “a healthy aura” and “a healing art” – also places an an emphasis on health-conscious dishes, with dietician-approved menu labels indicating which items are good sources of protein and fibre and low in sodium. The dishes run the gamut from bento boxes, to homemade pasta, to mini pizzas, to meat and seafood, to desserts, cold-pressed juices and afternoon tea. We’re psyched to try the salad bar ($50 for 2 choices; $70 for 4 choices), with highlights including quinoa kale salad, pan-fried tofu salad and pumpkin beetroot salad. HOME, we’ll never forget you, but it sounds like aha is a worthy replacement.

See the gorgeous food pics from our contributor here

G/F, Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, 2881 1811

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Relocation

Mercedes Me closed its doors in December 2017 for a brief spell to move to a bigger, more prominent location, also in Central. No word on where as yet, but what we do know is that Maximal Concepts (Brickhouse, Fish & Meat, Blue, Mott 32, Limewood) will retain the Entertainment Building location, which we hope means that a new Maximal restaurant is on the cards...


Upcoming openings

Ralph’s Coffee

Which Ralph, you may be wondering? Well, it’s the Ralph of Ralph Lauren. His brand of all-American fashion has been stealthily extending into F&B since the opening of his first restaurant in Chicago, then New York, Paris and London, now continuing with his first Ralph’s Coffee in Asia. Situated within the Ralph Lauren shop at Ocean Terminal, they will be serving up Ralph’s own blends (a drip, an espresso and a decaf) and a selection of takeaway sandwiches, cakes and artisanal chocolate bars.

Shop OT312, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, TST, 2376 2881

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Sushi Saito at Four Seasons

With their first venture outside Japan, the legendary Sushi Saito opens this coming April 2018 at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Sushi Saito Tokyo currently holds three Michelin stars and is ranked 26 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Chef Saito specialises in exclusive cuts of fish and an extreme precision in his carefully crafted sushi, making this a very exciting opening for 2018 for all sushi aficionados in HK.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, 3196 8888

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