Hong Kong's restaurant scene is notoriously competitive. We saw a few legacy restaurants closing this year, causing quite a bit of public uproar, stirring up nostalgic sentiments and long lines of customers who found it hard to say good-bye. On the flip side, there are also restaurants persisting and celebrating their anniversaries with great fanfare. Hong Kong's dining scene is as diverse and interesting as ever.
Black Sheep Restaurants - 10 Years
With over 40 restaurants and outlets (many of which are award-winning), Black Sheep Restaurants is leading the pack when it comes to celebrations of the decade-plus club. There are so many special menus and new openings being offered this Summer (which continue into Fall), that it will be a waste not to join in.
- For ten days, starting 9 September, a lucky diner has the opportunity to secure a table for two on the house at some of the iconic Black Sheep Restaurants, and daily special offers to be announced at 10am via Instagram.
- Osteria Positano at Osteria Marzia (8, 15, 22, 29 September). A 10-course feast focusing on fresh seafood such as smoked baby tuna, spanner crab linguine and salt baked sea beam. $988 per person + 10% service charge; (G/F, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai; 3607 2253 online reservations )
- New a-la-carte menu at New Punjab Club that showcases the best of the restaurant's roots. New dishes such as whole-roasted quail, tandoori batair ($208) served with a house-made pineapple chutney; malai tikka ($248) which uses Chefs Palash Mitra and Chhabil Sidhu's favourite local three-yellow chicken, brined overnight for extra flavours and juiciness (Address: 34 Wyndham Street, Central; 2368 1223; online reservations)
- Belon's elevated Neo-Parisian dining is an experience not to be missed. The new menu, a collaboration between Chef Matthew Kirkley and Chef de Cuisine Jacob Zuidervleit, is a stunning creation, showcasing dishes such as cured Tasmanian ocean trout ($498), Maine lobster with Asparagus and sauce vin jaune ($888), and pigeon with Jerusalem artichoke and pecan ($688); (Address: 1st Floor, 1-5 Elgin St, Central; 2152 2872 online reservations )
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- The decadent Teppanyaki cult-favourite Crown Super Deluxe has revamped their menu with three set menus, Crown ($888+10%), Super ($1,288+10%) and Deluxe ($1,388+10%), featuring a selection of rich dishes such as Teppan spiny lobster, Teppan foie gras, and A5 Kagoshima wagyu beef. (Address: Mezzanine LKF Tower 33 Wyndham Street, Central; 2111 8434; reservations )
See also: Tower of Flaming Wagyu at Crown Super Deluxe
We also look forward to new restaurants opening under this group's magic touch. A much-anticipated renovation of The Magistracy, one of the key monuments in Hong Kong, will breathe new life into the historic space through exciting new hospitality offerings. While the project will open in phases, the first phase will include two openings: Magistracy Dining Room helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Matthew Kirkley, and Botanical Garden. Both are slated to open in mid-September. We absolutely cannot wait. (Address: 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong; 2252-3188)
JUST IN: Black Sheep Restaurants raise funds for Pakistan
We have seen heart-wrenching pictures and videos documenting the weather-caused crisis in Pakistan. Thirty-three million people are now homeless, half of the country is underwater with cities flooded, towns annihilated, and villages evaporated. Left without electricity, drinking water and growing fears of food scarcity, the country is facing a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.
From Monday 5 September, for seven days, Black Sheep Restaurants is recommending adding HK$8 to each check at all restaurants, and HK$1 to each check at all casual and take-away establishments. Guests can choose to opt-out or increase their donation as they wish, and Black Sheep Restaurants will match every dollar raised, in the hopes that the combined efforts can raise HK$250,000 which will go directly to those who need it most and have a significant impact on saving lives.
Casa Lisboa - 13 Years
Your "oldie but goodie" classic hangout, Casa Lisboa has been serving solid, no-nonsense Portuguese cuisine for 13 years in Central. While their 13-Year Anniversary menu may be over, you can definitely still drop in to enjoy comfort-style, always-good food. Their 8-course Casa Primavera brunch menu ($458 + 10% service charge) is an easy way to savour all the favourites such as codfish cake and Portuguese seafood rice. Life is good when we're "swimming" in the famed garlic olive oil of their signature garlic octopus starter.
2/F Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central; 2905 1168
Mirama Group - 65 Years
The group celebrated 65 years on August 26, 2022 and is offering a range of privileges at Mira Place, The Mira Hong Kong as well as the Chinese & Western eateries under the portfolio of Mira Dining. This includes 35% off staycation and dining, member-exclusive rewards at their mall, together with a variety of MIRAcle consumption voucher rewards. There are finally benefits to being "senior" -
- 35% discount set menus at Cruise Cruise at IFC (Booking Enquiries: +2315 5222 or email@example.com) and Tsui Hang Village
- Guests aged 65 or above can enjoy a complimentary dinner buffet at Yamm upon dine-in consumption with at least 3 guests in August and September. Online reservations
More information and promotional offers of Miramar Group's 65th Anniversary can be found here.
TATE Dining Room - 10 Years
Starting 8 September and onwards, two-star Michelin restaurant TATE Dining Room is celebrating 10 years with a new limited-time tasting menu that highlights a milestone dish from the years since opening. The menu, includes dishes such as century egg mimosa created first in 2018 for a special Champagne event; ode to crab that highlights a dish that was conceived back in 2015 to pay tribute to the local seafood. There are many more dishes that take aspiration from well-known dishes from the past with an updated touch. 10th Anniversary Menu will be priced at HK$2,480+10% per guest for dinner (Tuesdays – Saturdays) and HK$1,480+10% for lunch (Fridays – Saturdays). 10% service charge applies. Wine-pairing options are available with additional cost.
210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan; 2555 2172; email reservations
Zuma - 15 Years
We can never get enough of their sumptuous weekend brunch. Zuma's modern Japanese cuisine and creative cocktails have cemented its place in our hearts. Hong Kong's Zuma celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and rest assured their weekend brunch is here to stay. The 2.5 hours free-flow champagne packages [from HKD 998 + 10% service charge] include a selection of fresh sushi, sashimi and maki rolls, a variety of small dishes, hot and cold starters, followed by choice of main course. The feast ends with a deluxe dessert platter for the table.
Level 5&6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road Central; 3658 6388; online reservations