New Restaurants & Pop-Ups: October 2020

New Restaurants & Pop-Ups: October 2020

Michelin-starred tempura from Tokyo, a new spot by Black Sheep dedicated to cocktails and fried chicken, a cheese pop-up at The Upper House and more exciting F&B newcomers this month

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Header image: C’est Cheese pop-up at The Upper House


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888 FATFATFAT pop-up

888 FATFATFAT pop-up Hong Kong

This experiential Chinese pop-up will be open from 15 October–5 December, with multisensory pieces and games on the table contributing to its allure. 888 FATFATFAT prides itself on having one of the longest dining tables in Hong Kong, and the communal pan-Asian menu has been designed by veteran chef Wong Hon Keung alongside the plant-based expertise of Chef Peggy Chan. Regional Chinese dishes include Henan 8 Immortal’s whole chicken, pumpkin treasure fried rice, vegetarian Xinjiang “lamb” skewers and Chinese custard “churros” with condensed milk. For groups of two or more, 888 FATFATFAT offers a curated 888 Experience ($888/person) that includes a baijiu tasting flight or cocktails. The restaurant will also be serving a special 888 noodle bar menu for lunch. Open Monday–Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Shop 402, 4/F, Exchange Square Podium, Central (enter via Shanghai Garden), book online

Baan Thai (Shek Tong Tsui)

Baan Thai Hong Kong

Reliable Thai restaurant Baan Thai over on Wyndham Street has opened a second cosy and contemporary branch just behind HKU MTR station in the spot that formerly housed BlackSalt Tavern. Expect the usual Thai faves as well as a well-priced snack menu mash-up offering everything from grilled pork neck and chicken satay to potato wedges and fried calamari.

G/F, One South Lane, 1 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, 2840 0041


BakeBe (Times Square)

BakeBe Hong Kong

With branches across Southeast Asia, co-baking space BakeBe has launched its second
location in the heart of Causeway Bay. Using an app along with all the ingredients and equipment provided by BakeBe, you can bake to your heart’s content in the chic space, from simple cookies and cupcakes to elaborate cakes. To celebrate the new shop, BakeBe is showcasing three character cakes – Hello Kitty, My Melody and Cinnamoroll – in partnership with Sanrio (available 10 October–30 November). Open daily, 11am–10pm.

Shop 605, 6/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, 3793 4998


Bar Q88 x Artisenses pop-up

Bar Q88 x Artisenses pop-up Hong Kong

Cocktails meet perfumes at this unique “scent bar” pop-up at JW Marriott’s Bar Q88 in collaboration with local fragrance house Artisenses. Artisenses has recently created a series of five cocktail-inspired perfumes – whisky green tea, Long Island iced tea, gin and tonic, pink vanilla martini and mojito – and Bar Q88 mixologist Bryson Rivera has taken this as his inspiration to craft his own versions of these tipples. The cocktails will be available daily from 5–8pm from 8–31 October, and each comes with a corresponding 12ml bottle of Artisenses’ cocktail series eau de toilette. If you happen to head there from 5–7:30pm on Thursday–Saturday, you can get a free personalised consultation on perfumery by Artisenses.

Lobby, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2810 8366


BEDU’s Dinner with Corey: East Meets Middle East

BEDU Hong Kong

We loved the concept of Middle Eastern hotspot BEDU’s Dinner with Corey series so much that we named Chef Corey Riches the Foodie Forks 2020 Editors’ Choice Chef of the Year for his bold and inventive menus that embrace complementary flavours. On Wednesday, 21 October (6pm or 8pm), Chef Riches will continue his series with five ($350) or seven ($500) courses featuring a blend of Chinese and Middle Eastern flavours, with dishes the likes of preserved chilli and peanut labneh, prawn and taro manti served in hot-and-sour soup and soy chicken glazed with orange blossom and served with hummus and Chinese greens.

40 Gough Street, Central, 2320 4450, book online


Bibi & Baba

Bibi & Baba Hong Kong

Famous private kitchen duo PasirpanjangBoy from Singapore has partnered with JIA Group to serve Nyonya cuisine in Hong Kong at Bibi & Baba from Tuesday, 6 October. The menu promises popular Nyonya dishes such as Nyonya laksa, kueh pie tee, nasi lemak and Penang prawn noodles (Hokkien mee) – and we cannot wait to try them all! Open Tuesday–Sunday for lunch and dinner.

1–7 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2555 0628 (no bookings)


Big Birdy

Big Birdy Hong Kong

Former Sheung Wan favourite Little Birdy has grown up and landed in Sai Ying Pun as Big Birdy. The spot boasts a bigger and better menu featuring flame-grilled Portuguese-style chicken with homemade peri-peri sauces, sandwiches, superfood sides, cocktails and naughty iced teas. With a peri-peri scale ranging from lemon garlic to insanely spicy, this is sure to be one hot spot! We’re already licking our lips at the thought of the chicken and waffles with peri-peri butter and maple syrup.

48–78 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2360 0968


The Big Bite Flame-Grill

The Big Bite Flame-Grill Hong Kong

With years of success in North Point, The Big Bite has now expanded, bringing its Canadian-inspired burgers, chicken wings and beer to the Shek Tong Tsui ‘hood. The eatery’s steak frites and BBQ ribs also come recommended to all those comfort-food-loving diners out there.

8–16 Clarence Terrace, Shek Tong Tsui, 2857 2508


Boticario

Boticario Hong Kong

As its name suggests, two-storey Boticaro is a bar and restaurant themed around botanicals, specifically the traditional herbs, flowers and roots prescribed at pharmacies in pre-war Buenos Aires. Now, that’s specific! Opening at the end of the month on the Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront, Boticaro features a 1920s-inspired main dining room, an al-fresco terrace and patio, a menu of Mediterranean and Latin dishes and an innovative cocktail programme laced with homemade sodas, phosphates, tonics, tinctures, infusions and craft spirits. Live music is also a draw. We’ll be following this one with interest.

Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, TST East


C’est Cheese pop-up

C’est Cheese pop-up Hong Kong

The Upper House has got us cheese fiends drooling with news of the debut of its artisanal cheese and wine pop-up on the lush surrounds of The Lawn. The limited-time weekly-changing menu features cheese varieties from France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands alongside wines chosen to match by the hotel’s chef-sommelier Leo Au. Cheeseboards are priced from $275 for a selection of three, and there’s a 50% discount on selected bottles of wine from 5–7pm daily. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 5–11pm. We can’t wait to get our fromage on!

6/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968 1106


Chatterbox Express

Chatterbox Express Hong Kong

Singapore’s iconic Mandarin chicken rice specialist Chatterbox Café opened to huge crowds at K11 MUSEA last year, and now they’re spreading the love to Chatterbox Express in Taikoo Shing. The modern fast-casual eatery presents more than 40 of the Lion City’s delicacies including that legendary chicken rice plus items such as char kway teow, Nyonya laksa, fried pork chop kolo mee, coconut ice cream kaya sandwich and even breakfast sets. For a limited time, the Mandarin chicken (whole and half) will also be available for takeaway. Open daily, 8am–10pm (from 11am during soft opening).

Shop G515, G/F, Kin On Mansion, On Shing Terrace, Tai Yue Avenue, Taikoo Shing, 2873 3893


Cinnabon (Citygate)

Cinnabon Hong Kong

US-based cinnamon roll chain Cinnabon is opening its second Hong Kong branch at Citygate in Tung Chung on Saturday, 24 October, offering a host of both sweet and savoury new menu items. Read more here. Open daily, 11am–9pm.

Shop 298, 2/F, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung


The Coffee Academïcs (HKU & Stanley)

The Coffee Academïcs Hong Kong

Local speciality coffee chain The Coffee Academïcs – notably, the first to eliminate all single-use plastics across HK – adds two new shops to its impressive roster. Open daily from 8am–6pm at the University of Hong Kong, the first newcomer features student baristas, coffee workshops, signature brews and drinks and grab-and-go bites. Also open daily from 8am–6pm in Stanley Plaza, the Stanley shop is the only outlet to offer an exclusive blend of two rare Yemen coffee lots won at a recent auction.

HKU: G/F, Library Building (Old Wing), Main Campus, University of Hong Kong, 2623 3600

Stanley: Shop 207, 2/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 & 33 Carmel Road, 5287 5970


Cookie DPT pop-up (Harbour City)

Cookie DPT pop-up Hong Kong

Cookie DPT heads to the Dark Side for this Harbour City pop-up – their third successful location across Hong Kong including BaseHall in Central and Lee Garden One in Causeway Bay. Open daily, 11:30am–7pm, 9 October–28 February 2021.

3/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST


Cookie Vission pop-up (K11 MUSEA)

Cookie Vission pop-up Hong Kong

More cookies in Kowloon! Home-grown cookie brand Cookie Vission (we do wonder, what’s with the double “s”?) will have a dedicated space at K11 MUSEA for the next two months. Serving up their delectable cookies from a retro-style food truck, Cookie Vission’s pop-up is a teaser for a dedicated retail space opening later this year. Five of their signature lava-centred cookies will make an appearance – including the beauty that is the hazelnut Nutella, pictured above – as will two new, locally inspired flavours: Hong Kong milk tea crème brûlée (October) and Hong Kong egg waffle (November). And, in this case, the early bird really does get the worm – these exclusive flavours will be free to the first 25 customers on the first day of each month! Open daily, 12–9pm, 1 October–30 November.

Kiosk 033A, G/F, MUSE EDITION, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST


Crêpe Delicious Urban Café

Crêpe Delicious Urban Café Hong Kong

Atmospheric Lee Tung Avenue in now the second HK location of international crêpe chain Crêpe Delicious, which first opened in the 852 nearly three years ago at MOKO in Mongkok – having already expanded worldwide from Canada to the likes of the UK, USA and Middle East. There are lots of new sweet and savoury crêpes to explore on the Wanchai menu – Tea Break (black tea custard filling topped with chocolate chips and caramel sauce, served with daily gelato) and Big Feast (braised BBQ pulled pork with butter lettuce and red onion, pictured above), to name just a few. Other headliners include puff pizzas (made on puff pastry) and homemade gelatos and sorbets, with over 20 flavours to mix and match. Open daily, 12–10:30pm, during soft opening.

Shop G26 & F26A, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, 2617 7800


DON DON DONKI (Central)

DON DON DONKI Hong Kong

Japanese discount wonderland DON DON DONKI is opening its fourth Hong Kong branch in just a year’s time, this time on the bustling thoroughfare of Queen’s Road in Central, right underneath the Central–Mid-Levels escalator, so we expect lots of foot traffic, especially at lunchtime. Opening on 15 October, the 24/7 Central shop is more than 12,000 square feet and will focus on catering to office workers in the area with an extensive bento and deli selection. Premium ingredients such as Wagyu beef and fresh fish flown in daily from Japan – never frozen – are also the focus.

The DONKI HK empire is expanding fast, with a fifth branch opening at O’South Coast in Tseung Kwan O next month and a sixth at Island Resort in Siu Sai Wan in February 2021.

LG/F and B/F, 100QRC, 100 Queen’s Road Central, Central


FIAMMA

FIAMMA Hong Kong

Michelin-starred Italian chef Enrico Bartolini (in fact, he’s the most starred chef in Italy) is opening his second restaurant in Hong Kong later this month, with his first – SPIGA in Central – landing here in 2016. FIAMMA is located at Peak Galleria and offers family-style, comfort-food Italian cuisine with a focus on in-house production, including its bread and pasta selection. Mediterranean-inspired cocktails, an Italian wine list and a takeaway kiosk make FIAMMA a good contender for both tourists at The Peak as well as locals opting for a nice day out. The open kitchen is where dishes such as Fassona beef tartare with Parmigiano-Reggiano fondue, tagliolini with bottarga and Japanese sea urchin and panna cotta with wild berry compote are served up by Rome-born chef Paolo Olivieri, who used to head the kitchen at SPIGA. Open daily, 11am–10pm (10:30pm on weekends), with breakfast served on Saturdays and Sundays from 8–11am.

Shop G02, G/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, 2657 0800, book online


Flakes & Layers pop-up (Maggie & Rose)

Flakes & Layers Hong Kong

Private family members’ club Maggie & Rose meets Amanda Strang’s Flakes & Layers, this time debuting a strawberry oonut (millefeuille x doughnut) flavour in addition to some very enticing iced madeleines. Open daily (except Tuesdays), 12–5pm.

3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 9191 3301 (WhatsApp)


Greyhound Café (K11 MUSEA & Times Square)

Greyhound Café Hong Kong

Bangkok’s Greyhound Café has expanded to multiple locations in the Kong, offering Thai
dishes with a Western twist. The new flagship café – Greyhound Café Galleria – is located at the foodie mecca that is K11 MUSEA, presenting a noteworthy selection of homemade desserts and ice cream, while Thai seafood dishes take centre stage at the café in Times Square.

K11 MUSEA: Shop 327A & 327C, 3/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2394 6600

Times Square: Shop 1104, 11/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, 2152 3833


GUU SAN

GUU SAN Hong Kong

One-stop Japanese speciality shop GUU SAN is now open in Tsim Sha Tsui with three tastefully decorated areas for your shopping pleasure: SAWAYA (plastic-free Japanese produce and select groceries and lifestyle products), KOME KORNER (handcrafted omsubi) and THE SALFEE BAR (a coffee shop slash salad bar, with the coffee beans roasted in-house). Open daily, 8:30am–9pm.
Shop 1–2, G/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, TST, 2892 0868


#HAPi

#HAPi Hong Kong

#HAPi really intrigues us. It’s a 4,000-square-foot, industrial-chic lifestyle store in
Sheung Wan covering supermarket, restaurant, fashion, homeware and floral service. All the products are meant to spark joy, hence the name. On the dining side, the health-conscious modern European bistro is run by Chef Ashvin Chow, who used to work at Rech by Alain Ducasse. Open daily, 10am–8pm.

11 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 2811 3623


Holy Gaw

Holy Gaw Hong Kong

Described as serving up Filipino-inspired fusion food, Holy Gaw is helmed by Philippines-born chef Marvin Gaw, who cut his culinary chops at both Chino and Carbone. We’ve only heard rave reviews about the modern comfort food on the menu, from the Moo Salpicao (US beef tenderloin, garlic, calamansi, cauliflower rice) to the ice-cream sandwiches made with homemade ube ice cream stuffed inside toasted pandan pandesal, a popular Filipino bread roll.
15 Swatow Street, Wanchai, 2782 3988


Honky Tonks Tavern

Honky Tonks Tavern Hong Kong

Ryan Nightingale and Mike Watts of wildly popular Peel Street watering hole Shady Acres (Foodie Forks 2020 Readers’ Choice Best New Bar) are soft-opening their Honky Tonks Tavern offshoot this month. The Honky Tonks are specialists in organic and free-range Nashville-style hot chicken, thin-crust pizza, natural Aussie wines and creative cocktails, with the bar programme led by Edgar Santillan, formerly of Terrible Baby at Eaton HK (Foodie Forks 2019 Readers’ Choice Best New Bar). Foodie Forks 2021 is calling! Open daily, 4pm till late.

Man Hing Lane, Central (no bookings)


Hotel ICON’s Wagyu beef brunch buffet

Hotel ICON Hong Kong

We all need a little indulgence – these days more than ever – and Hotel ICON’s upcoming weekend Wagyu beef brunch buffet ($760/adult; $530/child aged 3–11) on 25–26 October and 1 and 15 November sounds like just the ticket to decadence. Signtaure dishes include Wagyu beef tartare bruschetta, Wagyu beef sushi, classic roasted Wagyu beef and Wagyu beef burgers in three styles – in addition to towering seafood platters, to-die-for desserts, free-flow bevvies and more.

Silverbox Ballroom, 1/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, TST East, 3400 1388, book.restaurant@hotel-icon.com (book and pay before 31 October to get a 15% early-bird discount)


Koffee Mameya

Koffee Mameya Hong Kong

Sister brand to Omotesando Koffee, this is the first overseas branch for Tokyo’s Koffee Mameya, a boutique coffee brand offering up to 20 seasonal selections at any one time while working closely with many of the world’s top coffee roasters and perfecting their brewing techniques. This branch features exclusive coffee selections for Hong Kong by Eiichi Kunitomo, Koffee Mameya’s founder. Open weekdays, 11am–6pm, and weekends and public holidays, 12–7pm.

Shop B217, B2/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST


The Last Resort

The Last Resort Hong Kong

Black Sheep Restaurants’ next sure thing is The Last Resort, an uber-cool, retro dive bar described as “a crumpled love letter to all those gritty, down-on-their-luck bars that boomed in post-war port towns”. The menu is a dynamite combo of quality cocktails plus fried chicken courtesy of Chef Jowett Yu, also of Black Sheep’s Ho Lee Fook and Le Garçon Saigon. And this isnt’t just any fried chicken – it’s made using the famed local three-yellow chicken and Chef Yu’s secret spice blend.

Somewhere in SoHo


Mamma Always Said x Mr Black Roasters & Distillers

Until the end of the month, global comfort-food all-day diner Mamma Always Said is showcasing four new coffee drinks and one dessert in a team effort with Australian coffee liquor brand Mr Black. We love the sound of the affogato, made with vanilla ice cream, espresso and Mr Black–infused coffee syrup.

Mamma Always Said Hong Kong

On Wednesday, 14 October, Meraki Hospitality Executive Chef Corey Riches will
launch his new At Mamma’s Table dinner series with an “Aussie mammas” theme, continuing the eatery’s tribute to the Land Down Under. Riffs on iconic Aussie dishes – think beer can chicken, chicken Parma croquettes and Iced VoVo ice cream – will be on the menu, with five courses ($295/person, 5:30–7pm) or seven courses ($370/person, 7:45pm–late) available.

42 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 2386 2216, book At Mama’s Table: Aussie dinner online


Pastis Tapas

Pastis Tapas Hong Kong

Tsueng Kwan O’s waterfront Monterey Place is going from strength to strength in the
F&B sector, and the latest opening is Spanish restaurant Pastis Tapas. Sit on the terrace or in the pretty tiled main dining room and order yourself up the usual suspects of tapas, paella and sangria, all done to a high standard. Open daily, 12–11pm.

Shop G05, G/F, Monterey Place, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, 6277 2293


PENICILLIN

PENICILLIN Hong Kong

Founders Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale (pictured above) are parting ways from their award-winning bar The Old Man (now number 2 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars after topping the list last year) to open two new concepts, the first of which is PENICILLIN, debuting in mid- to late October. Calling itself HK’s only sustainable, closed-loop bar, PENICILLIN is a family affair, co-founded by the duo’s wives, Laura Prabowo and Katy Ghale, as well as Betty Ng of home-grown architectural firm COLLECTIVE. Drink ingredients including
botancials will be locally sourced, with brewing, fermenting, recycling and upcycling all done in-house in order to produce minimal waste. The highlight of the bar is THE PENICILLIN LAB, a space giving customers a look at the experimental cocktail production process. Exciting stuff! Open daily, 3pm–2am.

Stay tuned: next month, Prabowo and Ghale are set to unveil their second venture on On Wo Lane in Central – DEAD & (read: “Dead End”) – a modern take on a dive bar.

LG/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, 9880 7995


ROOM 309 x Two Moons Distillery Mystic Nights pop-up

ROOM 309 Hong Kong

Another fun cocktail collaboration sees hidden speakeasy ROOM 309 joining forces with
local craft gin distillery Two Moons Distillery for a pop-up headlined by four drinks made with Two Moons gin. The pop-up has a cool mystic tarot theme, and the menu is actually
made up of tarot cards. Two Moons co-founder Ivan Chang and HK’s first female distiller, Dimple Yuen, will be on hand every other Wednesday evening to share the brand’s story, but we recommend heading to the pop-up on a Thursday from 6–7:30pm for tarot card
reading on the house. Open daily, 4pm–12am, 28 September–14 November.

3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central (to enter, pick up your key card from Reception)


Smoke & Barrel

Smoke & Barrel Hong Kong

Not to be confused with grab-and-go smokehouse Smoke & Barrels, which opened last
month on Graham Street in Central, sit-down barbecue restaurant Smoke & Barrel is the latest restaurant project by chef duo Chris Grare and Arron Rhodes of SoHo’s Kinship, with the kitchen overseen by Southern native chef Christopher Tuthill, who was formerly the head chef at The American Club Hong Kong and also spent almost a decade working in the birthplace of BBQ, Texas. Taking over the corner spot where The Flying Elk once stood, Smoke & Barrel is all about down-home American BBQ, with a wood-fired smoker imported from Missouri (the only one in Hong Kong) firing up authentic, hickory-wood-smoked meats like beef brisket, cider-glazed baby-back ribs and Carolina pulled pork. The sides – from jalapeño cornbread with lime and herb sour cream to mac ‘n’ cheese loaded with smoked Gouda and Cheddar – have us drooling in equal measure. Lord have mercy! Open daily for dinner, with brunch served at the weekend (weekday lunch will launch from from mid- to end October).

1–2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, 2866 2120, book online


Tempura Uchitsu

Now we head over to the Four Seasons for a mega opening that’s snuck up on us. Two-Michelin-starred Tempura Uchitsu from Tokyo will be opening its first overseas outpost at the hotel in mid-October in partnership with the group behind high-end Japanese restaurant stunners Sushi Saito, Ta Vie, Mu-ni by La Bombance and Tenku RyuGin. Tempura Uchitsu will sit up high on the 45th floor, right next to sibling Sushi Saito. Tempura-only omakase menus are the name of the game here.

It’s all change at Four Seasons in the coming months, with a new cocktail bar (replacing Blue Bar) and lobby café set to debut in Spring 2021. This is part of a large-scale makeover programme that will see the five-star hotel’s guest rooms and lobby completely transformed.

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


Test Kitchen x Chef Tomiya pop-up

Test Kitchen Hong Kong

Japanese chef Tomiya returns to Test Kitchen for a two-day pop-up – both for dine-in and takeaway – on 1 and 2 October in three time slots (12–3pm, 3–6pm and 6–9pm). The chef’s three menus feature Kagoshima Nozaki Wagyu and Hokkaido uni and are priced from $480 for an indulgent Wagyu, uni, salmon roe and onsen egg bowl. Email vincentmui@testkitchen.com.hk or WhatsApp 9032 7628 for details, prices and to book/pre-order.

Shop 3, Phase 3, Kwan Yick Building, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 9032 7628


Test Kitchen x Chef Jimmy pop-up

Test Kitchen Hong Kong

Next up for Test Kitchen is this pop-up by Chef Jimmy, who brings his experience as a pastry chef at Aberdeen Street Social and Arbor to create a dynamic eight-course tasting menu ($1,380/person) that takes its inspiration from nature. Given the chef’s experience, the two dessert courses – Lichen (pistachio crème brûlée, black sesame sponge cake, mascarpone, milk tuile) and Shell (brown butter madeleine, rum, passion fruit) – are the stars for us. Available for dinnertime bookings on 8–10 October. Email vincentmui@testkitchen.com.hk or WhatsApp 9032 7628 for the full menu and to book.

Shop 3, Phase 3, Kwan Yick Building, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 9032 7628


Test Kitchen x Chef Ching pop-up

Test Kitchen Hong Kong

Then Chef Ching’s pop-up comes to Test Kitchen, offering a French-Korean tasting menu ($1,280/person) on 16–18 October featuring dishes the likes of homemade doenjang sourdough, yukhoe (beef tartare) with pear, egg yolk and sesame, carbonara showcasing homemade linguine, bacon, bracken and shiso powder and braised monkfish with minari and bean sprouts. Chef Ching has worked with acclaimed chefs such as Shane Osborn, helping him to open Arcane here in Hong Kong in 2014. He most recently was senior sous-chef at La Petite Maison. Email vincentmui@testkitchen.com.hk or WhatsApp 9032 7628 for the full menu and to book.

Shop 3, Phase 3, Kwan Yick Building, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 9032 7628


The Wild Monkey Inn pop-up at Quinary

The Wild Monkey Inn pop-up at Quinary Hong Kong

Monkey 47 gin from the Black Forest Valley in Germany has come to popular bar
Quinary this month, transforming it into quirky The Wild Monkey Inn, featuring special Monkey 47 cocktails, magician performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays, a treasure hunt, complimentary Monkey Inn postcards and posting and an intricate Monkey Inn dollhouse shipped over from Germany. Monkey Inn cocktail menus are also available at neighbours Draft Land and ORI-GIN. When the monkey cuckoo clock strikes “monkey o’clock” at one of these three venues (7:47pm at Draft Land, 8:47pm at ORI-GIN and 9:47pm at Quinary), you’ll get 20% off all orders of Monkey Tonic for one hour. The
Wild Monkey Inn pop-up is open daily until 6 November, 4pm–midnight.

56–58 Hollywood Road, Central, 2851 3223


Yakitori Torisho

Yakitori Torisho Hong Kong

All hail to the humble chicken at warm and intimate Yakitori Torishi, sitting mighty alongside the steps of Pottinger Street. As the name suggests, the focus is on grilled chicken – from wings and skin to rare parts – as well as kushiyaki (skewers). These Japanese bites are accompanied by an equally heady menu of sake and global wines. Open daily, 6–11pm (2am on Thursday–Saturday).

LG/F, Harilela House, 79 Wyndham Street, Central, 2727 0117, book online


Zuma’s pop-up terrace bar

Zuma Hong Kong

Teaming up with French artisanal gin Citadelle, Zuma’s new bar manager, Lorenzo Coppola, will be shaking things up this autumn with a terrace pop-up that takes us away to the South of France with its greenery, lemons and shades of ocean blue. On the limited-time menu will be French-Japanese snacks and gin-based cocktails made with Citadelle. So perhaps pair your Ringo Sour (Citadelle Reserve, green apple, fino sherry and plum wine) with Japanese scallop tartare with wasabi white ponzu and apple granita or French Gillardeau oysters with lemon, shallot, Tabasco and rice vinegar. Open daily from 12pm until late.

6/F, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3657 6388


COMING SOON

The Aubrey

The Aubrey Hong Kong

A new restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental! The Aubrey, an “eccentric Japanese izakaya”, will open in January 2021 on the renovated 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental. The restaurant will be a joint concept between the hotel and Maximal Concepts, and it promises Japanese craft cocktails, whisky and cuisine with awe-inspiring, uninterrupted views of Victoria Harbour. Izakayas are usually casual places for after-work drinking, and “The Aubrey” is distinctly not a Japanese name. We are desperate to know more – stay tuned for updates.

25/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2825 4000


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