Header image: CHAAT’s bhel puri, scallops, puffed rice, peanuts, tamarind
In light of COVID-19, we encourage diners to take precautions when eating out. You can also support your favourite restaurants by getting takeaway and delivery.
If you find yourself at Langham Place and are craving Thai, you’re in luck with this opening. Contemporary eatery Bamboo Thai brings both classic (satay, prawn cakes, curries, pad thai and the like) and more creative Thai dishes to the table. The must-try dish here, pictured, is laeng saeb, featuring a literal mountain of extra-large Dutch beef ribs slow-cooked with lemongrass, ginger, coriander and kaffir lime.
Shop 02–03, 8/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, 2111 9948
The Blind Pig
The name may be a bit off-putting, but we’re loving what this new speakeasy-style sports bar has to offer. Opened by Shore Hospitality of The Salted Pig fame, The Blind Pig sits pretty on Lei King Wan waterfront. Big-screen sports, craft beers, Prohibition-esque cocktails and down-home pub grub – from homemade pies, fish and chips and sausage rolls to patty melts, loaded nachos and jalapeño poppers – are the draws. We’re especially looking forward to the weekend roast dinner carvery, pictured above.
Shop 12–14A, Site A, Soho East, 45 Tai Hong Street, Lei King Wan, Sai Wan Ho, 2707 0002
Blue Bottle Coffee
G/F and 1/F, 38 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Rosewood Hong Kong has done a fine job with its F&B selection – we particularly rate Bayfare Social and Henry – and CHAAT will add to this impressive roster when it opens on 21 May. Led by Chef Manav Tuli, CHATT is all about authentic Indian street food that’s been elevated and modernised alongside slow-cooked curries, biriyani and tandoori dishes. Chef Tuli has worked at top restaurants and hotels across India and in London, and his most recent London venture, Tamarind, was awarded a Michelin star last year – the first for an Indian restaurant there. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into the chef’s pav bhaji and raj kachori!
5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 5239 9220, book online
Cookie DPT at The Upper House
Everyone’s favourite cookie bakers at Cookie DPT are back with another one of their wildly popular pop-ups, this time at The Upper House. Let the good times roll this summer, with the pop-up landing on the sixth floor of the hotel from 4 May until 30 August, perfect for noshing on The Lawn. In addition to signatures like chocolate chip, peanut butter and funfetti, expect limited-edition flavours like their recent Baby Yoda pandan and coconut cream cookie made in honour of May the 4th (Star Wars Day). For the first time at a Cookie DPT pop-up, coffee, lemonade and other bevvies will be available too. Open daily, 11am–7pm.
6/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Meaning “family” or “brotherhood” to the Teochew people, GaGiNang is one of the latest additions to Harbour City, presenting Chiu Chow delicacies like baby oyster congee, goose liver and caviar canapés and slow-cooked Angus beef with Chiu Chow barbecue sauce in a stunning contemporary space.
Shop OT310, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST, 2116 9068
This one’s quite unique! HAND3AG offers Hong Kong’s very first quick-service teppanyaki sandwiches, made by toasting bread on a teppan grill before being stacked with creative ingredients and sauces. The highlight of the menu is the Continental Iron House, the chef’s take on a prison meal! This teppan sarnie is layered with Provençal-style meatballs in ratatouille, mac ‘n’ cheese, lettuce, a fried egg and lava cheese, served with a secret gravy. There’s another one that’s inspired by yakisoba pan – hot dog buns filled with stir-fried noodles, in this case Japanese -style BBQ pork ramen. Open daily from 7:45am (9am on Sundays) – for breakfast sandwiches! – till 9:30pm.
Shop B226–B227A, B2/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, TST, 3907 0188
Another opening at Harbour City, Harbourside Grill takes the place of Gordon Ramsay’s maze Grill, which recently shut shop. The bar terrace with its comfy sofas for two offers stunning harbour views, and inside, diners can expect classic steakhouse cuisine by French chef Armand Sablon, with dry-aged beef from the USA and UK and wet-aged cuts from Argentina, Japan and the USA the stars of the show. Little ones have their very own menu that boasts a mini portion of seared steak and fries.
Shop OT401, 4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST, 2619 9100, book online
It’s all hands on deck at Harbour City with yet another opening – and we think this one is the best yet. This time, it’s Hiyama – the first international outpost of the famed (and first!) Michelin-starred Tokyo sukiyaki restaurant, which also showcases its own brand of top-notch Wagyu. We can’t wait to start dunking our beef!
Shop OTE302, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST, 2885 3203
COVID-19 can’t stop pizza thriving in Hong Kong, and La Camionetta in SoHo is the latest pizzeria to hit the
852, run by husband-and-wife team Benito and Giulia Proust. They’ll be serving up handcrafted pizzas alongside traditional Italian drinks in a super-cool space that’s fronted by a red-and-white VW bus.
12A Elgin Street, SoHo, Central, 5392 6264
Mercato Gourmet by Giando
Although not altogether new, Chef Gianni Caprioli’s premium Italian marketplace Mercato Gourmet has expanded from its Fenwick Pier, Wanchai, flagship with several new shops following the acquisition of international deli chain Pacific Gourmet. The product lines have been merged, with a focus on showcasing small producers who are committed to sustainable and socially responsible agricultural practices. Exciting news for grocery shoppers looking for the best of the best produce from around the world.
Branches in Ap Lei Chau, Happy Valley, Mid-Levels and Wanchai; click here for locations
Mille Mele Tokyo
One for fans of apple pie, Mille Mele Tokyo’s beloved flaky, buttery turnovers filled with stewed Fuji apple and soy custard cream are now yours for the eating in Hong Kong, having taken Japan by storm. Open daily, 12–8pm.
33 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, 2388 8282
Off Town Kitchen
European bakery and restaurant Off Town Kitchen is a lovely, homey addition to the SYP hood. Get authentic boulangerie, patisserie and viennoiserie like baguettes, rye, sourdough, millefeuille and croissants – all made with butter and flour imported from France and Germany – alongside beautifully plated and executed dishes such as tournedos Rossini, lobster blanquette, duck à la orange and a super lobster roll featuring their home-baked baguette.
21 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2988 8124
Making its debut this month, PANO is West Kowloon Cultural District’s latest culinary hotspot, serving up sleek Asian-French cuisine in the Art Park’s only stand-alone sea-view restaurant – with its very own spacious, open-air viewing platform. In charge of the kitchen is Chef Ken Lau, who cooked up a storm at Gaddi’s at The Peninsula before opening his own celebrated Italian restaurant, Palco, in Wanchai. The chef’s à-la-carte signature dishes include oyster tartare with Sicilian lemon foam, homemade linguine with Spanish red prawn, sea urchin risotto, slow-cooked French chicken leg roll with maitake mushroom and piña colada sorbet – or opt for the dinner-only Celebrity tasting menu ($888 for 7 courses or $1,188 for 10 courses) to try the chef’s latest creations. Good-value set lunch menus are also available if you’re looking for some bang for your buck. Open Tuesday–Sunday for lunch, happy hour and dinner.
Unit 1F–1, 1/F, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, 24–26 Museum Drive, West Kowloon, 2361 9600
Shake Up! (Mongkok)
Shake Up!’s drool-worthy milkshakes first hit TST, and now they’ve opened a second branch in MK. Made with Mövenpick ice cream, the signature shakes come in flavours like chocolate and salted caramel, peanut butter and espresso croquant, but if you’re feeling a bit guilty about indulging, you can order one of three low-sugar shakes from the brand’s newly launched #CheerUp series, which also pays tribute to the medical professionals working to fight COVID-19 (all healthcare workers are entitled to buy-one-get-one-free shakes with ID).
Shop 09–12, 11/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, 3422 8396
The Southside Pizza Co.
The Southside Pizza Co. is a godsend for Southsiders craving a authentic New York-style pizza pie. This new delivery-only concept by The Butchers Club co-founder Jonathan Glover features six sourdough pizzas – from the classic margherita to the innovative butter chicken – with the dough recipe created by the esteemed Gregoire Michaud of Bread Elements. Lasagne, spaghetti and meatballs, filled doughnuts, NYC-style cheesecake and tiramisu complete the short-but-sweet menu that’s a tribute to the Big Apple.
Available via Deliveroo for delivery to Pokfulam, Ap Lei Chau, Shouson Hill, Wong Chuk Hang and Aberdeen, soon expanding to Repulse Bay and Stanley – from 5–11pm on weekdays and 12–11pm on weekends and public holidays
TW WG (New Town Plaza)
Singaporean luxury tea purveyor Tea WG hits Sha Tin on 1 May, the first shop in the New Territories for the brand with its abundance of brass fixtures, mahogany tea counters and Italian marble floors. Buy Tea WG’s signature single-estate and blended yellow tea tins and a selection of tea-infused macarons and patisserie.
Shop 204A, 2/F, Phase I, New Town Plaza, 18–19 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, 2619 9603
Opened by the folks behind iconic roast goose restaurant Yung Kee in Central, Yung’s Bistro is a much more modern take on the 77-year-old brand, located in one of the largest F&B spaces (with 2,000-square-foot terrace!) at K11 MUSEA. The menu focuses on four different Cantonese styles: classic dishes with a modern twist (example: fried goose egg with premium goose oil – prepared tableside), rare dishes from the past (steamed egg with mini crab roe and rice), recipes that tap into childhood memories (whole goose leg over charcoal stove) and family-style cooking (lotus root cake made with Omnipork). The adorable White Rabbit candy custard – made in the shape of a pair of bunnies – is also on our hit list!
Shop 701, 7/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2321 3800, book online
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