Hong Kong’s New Restaurants, Pop-Ups, Menus & More: December 2022 . The good eats abound this last joyful month of the year

Hong Kong’s New Restaurants, Pop-Ups, Menus & More: December 2022

The good eats abound this last joyful month of the year

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 25 Nov '22

Header photo: SẾP’s Highlander smoked short ribs

BaseHall 2 – new food hall at Jardine House

Food hall extraordinaire BaseHall debuted during the start of the pandemic over two years ago, and it’s proved so popular – despite the many obstacles the F&B industry has faced here in the 852 – that its sister venue is set to open this month in the same Central location, celebrating home-grown culinary talent by 13 independent concepts in a stylish, contemporary space. Features of this cool-cat sibling include a pop-up event space created in partnership with Test Kitchen, an 18-seat chef’s counter and, scheduled to launch in early 2023, a hidden speakeasy concept. BaseHall 2 is split into two designated areas – Central Counter Kiosks serving up Japanese and Korean bites and Dice Kiosks showcasing Michelin-recommended local talent. Late-night dining, parties, live music, cooking classes, film screenings and DJ nights are also on the cards.

Where: LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central

Opening hours: TBC (from mid-December)

Bushra – new Middle Eastern bar & restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui

We’re excited about Bushra, an Arabian Nights-esque two-level spot in Tsim Sha Tsui focusing on the flavours of the Middle East and North Africa and offering a lively Beirut lounge-club vibe with DJs and belly dancers. The kitchen is led by three culinary talents hailing from the region – Morocco-born El Mehdi Zenasni, Egyptian Sakr Tamer and Najib Farkhoury from Lebanon (Chef Farkhoury spent 22 years at Hong Kong’s very own Beirut restaurant) – and the creative Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails have been designed by Sandeep Kumar from The Wise King, one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars. Bushra’s downstairs space features a large dining area and statement curved bar leading to a “secret garden” and shisha terrace, while upstairs is where the VIP terrace is located (and where the minimum spend is HK$1,000 a head).

Where: Shop G6 & UG16, G/F & UG/F, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, TST East

Opening hours: 12pm–2am daily

For reservations: phone/WhatsApp 6172 3591

daap – new local fusion restaurant in Sheung Wan

This modern, laid-back diner sees local Cantonese flavours mixed with French and Italian cooking techniques. The seasonal five-course dinner tasting menu (HK$680/person) at daap incorporates traditional Chinese ingredients such as lap cheong (sausage) in a carbonara pasta that also includes Chinese rose wine and onsen egg and a dish of Italian-style oversized ravioli filled with cured duck, nestled within a duck consommé and topped with pickled radish (pictured above).

Where: 20 Wing Kut Street, Sheung Wan

Opening hours: lunch – 12–3pm daily; brunch (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays) – 10:30am–4pm; dinner – 6–10pm Tuesday–Sunday

For reservations: phone/WhatsApp 9680 7456 or book online (1-day advance booking required for dinner)

Dough Bros – new branch in Tseung Kwan O

This new shop in Tseung Kwan O marks the 10th branch for sourdough pizza and doughnut specialist Dough Bros. They’ve launched a new pizza to celebrate – The Italian (pictured) – which packs a spicy kick from its Calabrian sausage topping. The Festive Feast pizza is here for the holidays, topped with tomato, mozzarella, Brie, turkey ham, bacon-wrapped sausage, cranberry sauce and toasted rosemary, plus there’s a limited-time doughnut filled with chocolate and Baileys.

Where: Shop G18A, G/F, MONTEREY, 23 Tong Chun Street, TKO

Opening hours: 11:30am–11pm daily (takeaway only)

Gingerbread for Good – charity pop-up at LANDMARK

We were impressed by last year’s inaugural edition of Gingerbread for a Good, and it’s back again this festive season. The charity campaign see social enterprise Cookie Smiles joining forces with a star-studded line-up of 22 celebrity chefs – led by Michelin-starred chef Richard Ekkebus of Amber – to create their own unique takes on Mrs Claus gingerbread cookies for sale. The pop-up aims to raise at least HK$600,000 for Cookie Smiles’ two beneficiaries, Box of Hope and Vocational Training Council’s Shine Skills Centre, which provides real-life working exposure for students with disabilities.

Where: Shop 305, 3/F, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central

When: 24 November 2022–1 January 2023 (10am–8pm daily)

KAPPOU MU & room 3 – new dual-concept Japanese F&B experience in Tsim Sha Tsui

These two sophisticated Japanese venues by Dining Art Group share a stunning space at H Zentre in Tsim Sha Tsui, offering both traditional kappo cuisine and a contemporary gastrobar under one stylish roof. As its names suggests, KAPPOU MU showcases exquisite omakase menus originating from Japan’s ancient culinary capital of Kyoto in a minimalist, counter-designed space. Current early-winter specialities here include sought-after fish, crab, shrimp and other shellfish such as kinmedai (splendid alfonsino), Himi kanburi (winter yellowtail), buri (Japanese amberjack), shirako (milt), Ise ebi (spiny lobster), kobako (snow) crab and Akasaki oyster, while Omi beef from Shiga Prefecture is the meaty highlight.

Inventive cocktails are the name of the game at room 3, where three whimsical interconnected rooms, inspired by bamboo forests, await (we’re most intrigued by the “secret” Roppongi Room). Complementing the edgy drinks is a refined menu of Japanese tapas-style bites.

Where: Shop UG01–03, UG/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, TST

Opening hours: KAPPOU MU – 12–3pm, 6–10pm daily; room 3 – 4pm–midnight Thursday–Sunday (from mid-December)

For reservations: phone/WhatsApp 6617 6602 or email info@kappoumu.hk; phone/WhatsApp 6361 8505 or email info@room3.hk

La Viña – new branch in Causeway Bay

Spanish bakery La Viña has expanded to a standalone branch in Causeway Bay, bringing with it its beloved Basque burnt cheesecake offerings. A new range of desserts and cakes can be found here – from tiramisu cups to Uji matcha red bean cream cake – as well as sweet and savoury pastries the likes of cinnamon buns, coconut buttercream croissants, cheese sticks and more. Sounds like a great spot for a post-shopping pick-me-up! There’s plenty of seating at this branch too.

Where: Shop G09, G/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay

Opening hours: 10am–7pm daily

To contact: phone/WhatsApp 9661 5106

The Little Big Lane – pop-up market at K11 ATELIER King’s Road

K11 ATELIER King’s Road’s first-ever pop-up market takes us from the Christmas season till right after Chinese New Year, with a shake-up of vendors every two weeks to keep things fresh. Nine stalls plus a signature food truck are scheduled to make appearances each week, from coffee, tea and organic F&B items to local fragrances, handmade accessories and more. Taiwanese bubble tea brand Share Tea will kick-start the opening of the truck. Additional foodie-related market stalls include Greece-based Coffee Island and home-grown WA!COOKIES, Monsoon Bagel and Alive Food (naturally fermented items).

Where: G/F (Lobby) & 2/F (K11 HACC), K11 ATELIER King’s Road, 728 King’s Road, Quarry Bay

When: 24 November 2022–5 February 2023 (Thursday–Sunday only)

Louise – Julien Royer x Franckelie Laloum 4-hands dinner tasting menu

For the first time since the pandemic started three years ago, Chef Julien Royer of three-Michelin-starred Odette in Singapore will return to his Hong Kong baby, one-starred Louise, joining hands with the French fine-dining restaurant’s head chef, Franckelie Laloum, for three nights. The two chef have crafted a sensational seven-course dinner menu featuring decadent dishes such langoustine ravioli with leek fondue and Alba white truffle, line-caught rockfish with saffron potato gnocchi and a very special tourte (pie) filled with Bresse chicken, pigeon and foie gras.

Where: G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

When: 14–16 December 2022 (6:30–11pm)

How much: HK$2,488/person; +HK$1,588/person for wine pairings

For reservations: book online

Ming Court – Mortlach whisky-pairing tasting menu

If you’re a whisky connoisseur, we recommend booking in for Ming Court’s eight-course tasting menu in collaboration with Scotch whisky brand Mortlach. This exclusive whisky-pairing menu has been designed by Chef Tsang Chiu King and showcases Ming Court’s signature appetiser trio (BBQ pork loin in honey sauce, roasted suckling pig, deep-fried Hiroshima oyster) paired with Mortlach 12 Year Old and fried Ibérico pork loin with caramelised black vinegar sauce complementing Mortlach 16 Year Old. Baked lobster with Mortlach lobster cream sauce and braised spinach in Mortlach lobster broth are two more dishes where the premium whisky is innovatively incorporated. Limited-time Mortlach whisky-pairing menus are also available at French restaurant Ami and new Indochine Vietnamese restaurant SÊP, both located in Central (see below for further information on SÊP).

Where: 2/F, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Road, Wanchai

When: 28 November–31 December 2022 (lunch and dinner)

How much: HK$1,288/person

For reservations: phone 2878 1212 or book online

Racines – new French restaurant in Sheung Wan

Racines takes the place of Alastian bistro Bretzel in Sheung Wan and is the newest labour of love for the team behind another nearby French bistro that we adore, Bouillon. Cooking up a contemporary French storm at Racines are Adrien Castillo (formerly the sous-chef at three-Michelin-starred Caprice) and Romain Dupeyre (head chef at one-starred Petrus). The elegant, intimate space with a mere 14 seats is where the chefs pay tribute to the diversity of the cuisine of the South of France. Tastings menus with optional wine pairings are available for both lunch and dinner.

Where: 22 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan

Opening hours: 12–3pm, 7–10pm Thursday–Monday

For reservations: phone 2886 8076 or book online

Roganic Hong Kong – Simon Rogan showcases his 20th-anniversary tasting menus

This month, Chef Simon Rogan’s UMBEL Restaurant Group will celebrate its amazing 20th anniversary, marking two decades since the opening of L’Enclume, Chef Rogan’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the Lake District, UK. As part of the many and varied anniversary events scheduled, Roganic Hong Kong will launch exclusive 20 Years Short and Full tasting menus highlighting Chef Rogan’s most iconic dishes across the past 20 years. For the first time, HK diners will be able to enjoy the authentic flavours of the chef’s award-winning UK restaurants such as L’Enclume, Fera, Roganic London and Rogan & Co. Notably, Chef Rogan and his team from the UK will be here in the flesh to explain the story behind each dish. Click here to see the complete menus.

Where: UG/F, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay

When: 13–18 December 2022 (lunch and dinner)

How much: HK$1,480/person for the 20 Years Short Tasting Menu; HK$2,880/person for the 20 Years Full Tasting Menu; wine pairings available upon request

For reservations: book online

Rosita – new Latin American restaurant in Wanchai

The culinary masterminds behind Michelin-starred Andō and MONO – Agustin Ferrando Balbi and Ricardo Chaneton, respectively – have partnered with Chef Marco A Livoti (previously the chef at Sake Central and founder of cult brand Holy Cannoli) to bring us a taste of upscale New Latin American cuisine. Rosita’s six-course dinner tasting menu (HK$988/person) is elevated with Japanese sensibilities from Chef Balbi complemented by classic French flair by Chef Chaneton. We envision a third Michelin star for the duo!

Where: 1–7 Ship Street, Wanchai

Opening hours: 6:30–11pm daily; 12–3pm on Saturday and Sunday (from mid-December)

For reservations: WhatsApp 9726 4188 or book online

SẾP – new Indochine Vietnamese restaurant in Central

SẾP by Lai Sun Dining is now open for dinner service, serving up an eight-course tasting menu (HK$2,400 for 2) of contemporary Indochine Vietnamese dishes by Executive Chef DoBee Lam, who has spent the past seven years in Vietnam immersing himself in the local food culture. In the open kitchen, Chef Lam creates innovative wood-fired wonders such as dry-aged local three-yellow chicken with galangal and Kampot pepper and Highlander dry-aged short ribs smoked with walnut and lychee wood. Other classic Vietnamese dishes have been reinvented by the chef – for instance, the French Quarter Chilean sea bass pictured above is a riff on the celebrated Hanoi fish dish chả cá lã vọng, this time with the fish wrapped in banana leaf and slow-cooked over binchotan, served with a lemon-dill-champagne beurre blanc.

To celebrate the opening, SẾP has collaborated with Montlach single-malt Scotch whisky to present a special six-course whisky-pairing menu (HK$2,400 for 2), available from 28 November–31 December 2022.

Where: 19/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central

Opening hours: 5:30–11pm Monday–Saturday

For reservations: phone 2116 5433, WhatsApp 9209 2400 or book online

The Shady Chalet – Shady Acres x Monkey 47 pop-up

Expect more monkey business than usual at fave SoHo watering hole Shady Acres this month, which is transforming into The Shady Chalet – cosy to the max – in partnership with German gin brand Monkey 47. There are three festive Monkey 47 cocktails on the menu – Monkey 47 Sloe Mulled Wine, Ginger for Life and Schwarz Collins – as well carolers, Christmas-themed trivia nights and lots more merry madness in store. From 5 December, bring a Secret Santa pressie and you’ll be gifted one in return – provided that you have a taste of Monkey 47 first, of course.

Where: 46 Peel Street, SoHo, Central

When: 1–24 December 2022 (5pm–1am on weekdays; 3pm–1am on weekends); carol performances – 4 and 11 December; trivia nights – 7 and 14 December; The Shady Chalet Christmas party – 8 December

How much: HK$110/Monkey 47 cocktail; HK$100 entry/team for the trivia nights (advance sign-up required)

To contact: phone/WhatsApp 9220 4344

Vista – new Italian restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui

Taking up the legendary two-storey penthouse space that used to house restaurant Aqua before its move to nearby H Zentre in Tsim Sha Tsui, Vista has all the makings of another hotspot. Chef Andrea Mura helms the modern Italian kitchen, with signatures including Venetian-style cicchetti, grilled seafood and handmade pasta dishes.

Where: 29/F & 30/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, TST

Opening hours: 6–10:30pm daily

For reservations: phone 2778 3255 or book online

YumMee – new pan-Asian concept at K11 MUSEA

Gaia Group has introduced this funky travel-themed concept to K11 MUSEA’s Food Playground, giving us a range of authentic noodles, rice dishes, snacks and desserts from around Asia. Noodles are a particular highlight, and at YumMee, diners can indulge in the likes of wonton noodle soup and satay beef instant noodles from Hong Kong, Bangkok boat noodles and KL-style laksa. For a deliciously affordable quick fix, check out the eatery’s This-This-Rice series; this meal features two dishes plus rice, with a daily rotating menu of seasonal dishes such as braised mapo tofu, Shanghainese-style sweet-and-sour fish and steamed chicken with wood ear. Note that there’s another YumMee branch located at D•Park in Tsuen Wan.

Where: Shop 203B, B2/F, Food Playground, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST

Opening hours: 11am–10pm daily (takeaway only)

To contact: phone 3689 4189

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