New Restaurants, Pop-Ups & Menus: December 2021

New Restaurants, Pop-Ups & Menus: December 2021

’Tis the season for some jolly good new eats, from a new Bakehouse in TST to a bakery/wine bar by Simon Rogan in Wanchai

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 30 Nov '21


Header: The Baker & The Bottleman’s chocolate layer cake


1111 ONES

This fine-dining Cantonese restaurant showcases seasonally and locally driven six- and eight-course tasting menus by Chef Will Leung, with inspiration from award-winning landscape photographer Kelvin Yuen. Both menus at 1111 ONES include unique creations where classic Cantonese and local flavours are enhanced with international twists. For example, to start, there’s a king crab dish combining bamboo shoots, black fungus, ja choy (pickled mustard) and huadiao wine topped with either salmon roe, Kristal caviar or sea urchin, depending on the season and availability, while the dessert Dark Earl Grey is made with dark chocolate, Earl Grey tea and traditional Chinese rose-petal liqueur. Open daily for dinner from 6pm, with lunch available on weekdays from 12–2:30pm.

11/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, 2910 1128


Anne

We’re loving all the new seaside dining options popping up in Tseung Kwan O, and Anne sounds like it will be tough to beat. Opened by Bohème Restaurant Group (of nearby Café Bohème fame), Anne is a Breton crêperie/bistro concept set in a lovely indoor-outdoor space. Anne showcases both sweet and savoury crêpes made with gluten-free buckwheat, as well as authentic French starters (like salade niçoise) and mains (like steak frites). Notable crêpes include The Complete (pictured above) – a classic combination of cooked ham, Emmental cheese and sunny-side-up egg, with the option of adding tomato, caramelised onion and wild mushroom – globally inspired crêpes including The American, The Beijing, The Indian, The Italian, The Norwegian and The Thai and dessert crêpes enhanced with the likes of salted butter caramel and Valrhona chocolate. Open daily, 11:30am–10pm.

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


Astra

Celebrated Chilean chef Francisco Araya has spearheaded the menu at Chilean grillhouse Astra, with a particular focus on the produce and flavours of the country’s southernmost region, Patagonia. Top-quality meat and fish from around the world are cooked on a traditional Patagonian-style grill using oak charcoal and vine shoots. The signature asado grill items include a showstopping Rubia Gallega “chuleta” rib-eye, dry-aged for 50 days, and a whopping 1kg Argentinian 21-day wet-aged T-bone. Astra also sounds like it would be a great spot for late-night libations, offering a variety of Chilean-style tapas and free-flow drinks – order one snack and get 90-minute free-flow for $138. Open Tuesday–Saturday for lunch, dinner and drinks.

Shop 2, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, 2668 2348


Auntie ĀYI

Auntie ĀYI is the first brand to launch as part of Pacific Place’s new wellwellwell F&B destination space honouring the richness and diversity of Chinese food culture (there are two additional concepts debuting soon). This Chinese restaurant celebrates home kitchens across the generations, where customers are hungry for both nostalgia and innovation. It showcases both Cantonese comfort food and popular regional Chinese dishes. One must-order dish is Auntie ĀYI’s sesame candy chicken (pictured above), a creative update on a traditional Cantonese dish that’s presented in an old-school fashion as to imitate a flying phoenix rising from the flames. More highlights include the 8 Immortals drunken platter, a selection of cold appetisers marinated in baijiu and huangjiu, and hand-pulled cheung fun (rice-noodle rolls). Open daily, 11:30am–10pm.

Shop 002, LG1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2803 7881, book online


Aurora Lab at the pulse (11 December–2 January 2022)

Looking for something different than the standard buffet this holiday season? Check out Aurora Lab, a unique pop-up experience themed after the Northern Lights, set up at the sky garden of the pulse in Repulse Bay. Here, you can partake in an immersive Nordic fine-dining experience in one of the Arctic-style huts, seating just two. There are two sessions – the three-course Arctic Dinner ($988/person) for sunset views and the four-course Aurora Dinner ($1,288/person) with a sea of lights as night falls – with both offering 180-degree sea views and even snowfall! The menu itself is exciting; a story card will be presented at each course during the dinner. Through quizzes, an Aurora ambassador will lead diners to open a puzzle box in their advent calendar. Guests can then visit the stunning The Moroccan Moment (3/F, East Wing) and show the result for a complimentary special cocktail at a designated time slot. We expect many marriage proposals at this romantic spot! Soft-opening 4–10 December, then open officially from 11 December–2 January. Note that prices will increase for sessions held on 24–26 and 31 December and 1 January.

Rooftop, East Wing, the pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, aurorahk@gmail.com, book online


Bakehouse (TST)

If you don’t live on HK Island, it’s been tough to get your hands on the fabulous baked goods at Grégoire Michaud’s Bakehouse branches in Central and Wanchai. But now those who live Kowloon-side are in luck with the debut of a takeaway-only Bakehouse outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui in mid-December. We can expect some TST-exclusive items at this branch, in addition to Bakehouse faves like sourdough croissants, sourdough egg tarts and various sourdough loaves in all their crusty glory. Open daily from Wednesday, 15 December, 7am–9pm.

44 Hankow Road, TST


The Baker & The Bottleman

Bakehouse has some big competition on its hands with this one! Opening in late December, The Baker & The Bottleman is a sustainable bakery slash natural wine bar by acclaimed British chef Simon Rogan of Michelin-starred Roganic fame. Just as at Roganic Hong Kong, Head Chef Oli Marlow leads his team in crafting every item from scratch, emphasising seasonal, local ingredients. By day, the bakery features an upstairs space to enjoy sweet and savoury pastries, cakes and bread with a strong British heritage (and that includes Roganic’s incredible soda bread!), while at night the space transitions to a bar serving up natural wines curated by Master Sommelier Pierre Brunelli of Roganic, complemented by snacks, cold cuts and cheese. Opening details TBC.

Shop G14–15 & F15A, G/F & 1/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, hello@tbtb.hk


Black Sheep Restaurants’ PLATED winter series (from 20 December)

Available for dinner only on Mondays and Tuesdays from 20 December, Black Sheep Restaurants’ PLATED series is a great way to get a taste of a seasonal selection of their fab restaurants at very wallet-friendly prices. This winter, we have Comfort Club ($588/person) at Carbone for Italian-American indulgence, Vietnamese street-food flavours at Chôm Chôm’s Bia Hoi Winter Nights ($288/person) and a casual Sri Lankan feast at Hotal Colombo’s Street Food, Soul Food ($288/person).

Click here for the menus and to book


BRICK LANE London street food stall pop-up (until 31 January 2022)

The Sha Tin branch of British-inpsired gastropub BRICK LANE is serving up two London street market faves at this limited-time pop-up, and we’re craving both: made-to-order grilled cheese sandwiches (buttered sourdough grilled with Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and either gammon or onion marmalade, topped with freshly melted raclette) OR raclette melted atop double-cooked chips or paprika-spiced nacho chips with homemade salsa. Carb-a-rific! Pop-up open daily until 22 January, 12–8pm on weekdays and 10am–8pm at the weekend.

Shop 126, 1/F, New Town Plaza Phase 1, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, 2111 0480


Caffe LB concept café (until 2 January 2022)

Love, Bonito, SE Asia’s largest womenswear brand, has opened up this limited-time café in Sheung Wan in partnership with coffee house stain+. The pink facade with its LB-themed mural painted by local artist Carol Mui has already become an Instagram star. While browsing LB’s latest autumn/winter festive collection, wet your whistle with a cup of rose coffee or pink latte. Open until 2 January, Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–7pm.

2–4 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, 9557 5055


Chalet des Alpes (29 November–19 December)

Black Sheep Restaurants’ Amalfi-themed pop-up was a hit at Tai Kwun this past summer, and now the restaurant group is back with another transportive seasonal pop-up at the heritage centre, this time themed around a magical Alpine winter. Chalet des Alpes is a rustic, cosy cabin (remember when après-ski was a thing?) where just one comforting, wintry set menu ($1,088/person) is offered – mache salad, raclette, cheese fondue with Schnapps, beef stroganoff with black truffle, Swiss roll with chestnut buttercream and confit poached pear and dark chocolate fondue with Japanese strawberries, marshmallows and cheesecake for dipping. Before dinner, head to Monkey 47 Inn for a menu of classic and festive cocktails (eggnog, here we come!). You can also separately book a guided champagne or whisky masterclass ($488/person) at the intimate bar tucked away from the main dining room. Open daily from 29 November–19 December for dinner from 6pm.

Central Magistracy, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, book online


city’super EKI

We’ve been at a loss at Admiralty MTR station ever since M&S Food shut shop earlier this year; it was a super place to pick up lunch or a snack to go. But now the space has been taken over by something even better – city’super EKI, a high-quality convenience store and new brand for the upmarket retail chain. At EKI, there’s the Little Mermaid bakery items that we all know and love from city’super, healthy salads from popular Japanese brand RF1, seasonal fruits from around the world, instant ramen and cup noodles, bento boxes and many more (over 700) tempting items. Open daily, 8am–9pm.

Kiosk ADM 26–27, Admiralty MTR station, Admiralty, 2736 3866


Cookie DPT flagship in Central

Boy, oh boy, have we been waiting for this one! We’ve been frequent visitors of Cookie DPT’s varied pop-up locations over the years, but we’re thrilled that the cookie specialist will now have a permanent brick-and-mortar space in Central opening later this month. We wonder what’s in store at this flagship café and bakery – we’re hoping for doughnuts, cinnamon rolls and a few savoury numbers too! Opening details TBC.

LG/F, 48 Cochrane Street, Central


Cookie Smiles x JOYCE gingerbread men pop-up (6–23 December)

A delicious way to give back this holiday season, social enterprise Cookie Smiles has teamed up with luxury fashion boutique JOYCE for this limited-time festive pop-up. Twelve top local chefs have created their own gingerbread men masterpieces for sale, with proceeds going to ImpactHK and other charitable organisations. The unique gingerbread creations include Andō’s Agustin Balbi with Pastry Chef Joanna Yuen’s Grumpy Mojo flavoured with maple syrup, the Mandarin Oriental’s Robin Zavou with Pastry Chef Christophe Sapy’s MO Salty Caramel Man and Cookie DPT’s gingerbread combined with red velvet cookie dough. #FindYourPerfectMan! Open daily from 6–23 December, 10:30am–7:30pm.

JOYCE, 1/F, New World Tower, 16–18 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2869 5816


The European Art of Taste: Italian Fruit & Veg Masterpieces cooking classes (13–15 & 20–22 December)

For the third year of this EU-led campaign in Hong Kong, the focus is on beautiful Italian produce by the CSO (Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli) – from blood oranges, pears and kiwi fruit to tomato sauces and fruit juices (how we’d kill for a holiday in Italy right now!). For a hands-on demo on how to incorporate Italian fruit and veg into your home-cooking repertoire, we recommend booking one of this month’s cooking classes ($200/person) led by seasoned Italian chef Daniele Casalino, the owner of Aquasala restaurant in Central. These classes will be held from 7–9pm on 13–15 and 20–22 December at Hong Kong New Oriental Culinary Art in North Point, teaching participants how to make Italian ingredient-driven dishes such as smoked salmon carpaccio with avocado and blood orange vinaigrette, homemade tagliolini with tomato sauce and burrata and kiwi tiramisu with dark chocolate – delicious options for your upcoming festive feasts!

Hong Kong New Oriental Culinary Art, 2/F, KP Tower, 93 King’s Road, North Point, book online


Gelato Messina’s gelato cakes

Australian brand Gelato Messina’s beloved handmade gelato cakes have hit their first HK shop this month, and we think they’re perfect for holiday gatherings. Eight drool-worthy options are available – five gelato cakes and three special ”trans” cakes, which have an extended travel time of up to three hours (we hear a beach picnic calling our name). Recommendations include Messina’s OG gelato cake, Dr Evil’s Magic Mushroom ($1,500) – flourless chocolate sponge layered with dark chocolate gelato, peanut cookies and dulce de leche (there’s also a popping candy feuilletine grass base, red chocolate glaze and white chocolate dots added to the mix) – and cute newcomer How Now ($800), comprised of Jersey milk-soaked sponge with Jersey milk gelato and dulce de leche gelato. Stay tuned for the launch of Messina’s handmade “mono” cakes in the new year – single-serving mini gelato cakes made for devouring solo.

37–43 Pottinger Street, Central (no phone)


Harbour City’s Biscuit Class kids’ meals (until 2 January 2022)

As part of Harbour City’s “Christmas Terminal” holiday campaign, the shopping Mecca has collaborated with five restaurants in the vicinity to launch festive “in-flight” meals for kids, along with special extras. These five eateries include family-friendly faves Cucina, Da Filippo Trattoria, Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill, J.S. FOODIES and Kinabaji Korean Café & Restaurant. Served on adorable in-flight food trays, all the Biscuit Class kids’ meals include a main course, dessert and drink, with prices starting at just $89. Kids will also each receive a DIY “cookie penguin” ornament and cookie-shaped souvenir with their meal.

3–27 Canton Road, TST, 2118 8666


Holy Bake pop-up at ifc mall (until 28 February 2022)

Hot on the heels of its successful premier pop-up ar Harbour City, scrumptious scone bakery Holy Bake crosses the harbour to its second pop-up at ifc mall. Starting from 1 December for three months, the pop-up offers a buttery line-up of delectable temptations, ranging from the brand’s signature scones to limited-edition flavours the likes of bacon and Parmesan cheese and ginger and manuka honey. There’s also decadent red velvet white chocolate and orange chocolate lava scones to put a little more spring in your step this holiday season. Gift boxes of four scones and two festive cookies are priced at $268 for early-bird pre-orders before 10 December and $280 from the 11th.

Kiosk LA2, 1/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central


Jom

There are never enough Singaporean restaurants for us in Hong Kong, so we’re keen to pay a visit to Jom. This vibrant contemporary eatery serves traditional-with-a-twist Singaporean favourites, such as Hainanese chicken and laksa, alongside authentic sauces and sambals. Just take a gander at that glorious chilli crab! Open daily, 12–10:30pm.

7 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai, 6426 3084 (WhatsApp)


K11 MUSEA’s Savoir-Faire Christmas pop-up (16 December–13 January 2022)

K11 MUSEA has something magical in store this holiday season – a Christmas village pop-up that pays tribute to the light festivals that take place around the world. The focal point of the village is a dazzling lit archway, which took 20 craftsmen about 1,500 hours to create. A line-up of over 20 international and local food and lifestyle brands will be showcased at the pop-up. F&B vendors include Baking Maniac, Fernet Hunter, Honbo, Maison Argaud, Para Ti, Paulig Coffee, METZ Tea, Stradf Mall and Candy Stand. Open daily from 16 December–13 January, 12–10pm.

Sculpture Park, 6/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, pre-book online


Kowloon Dairy holiday pop-up (until 23 December)

This is the season for indulgence, so we recommend checking out Kowloon Dairy’s holiday pop-up in Central, where special Christmas ice-cream flavours – gingerbread, cinnamon baked apple, pumpkin spice and hazelnut – will be launched, along with limited-edition ice-cream pints. In addition to the 23 flavours of ice cream up for grabs, Kowloon Dairy’s full range of classic ice-cream products will also be available at the shop, including Mochi Ice and cones. Open daily until 23 December, 10am–8pm Sunday–Wednesday and 10am–10pm Thursday–Sunday.

Shop A, 39 Wellington Street, Central


LANDMARK’s Christmas at Beauty Botanica (until 31 December)

Beauty Botanica, LANDMARK’s immersive beauty and wellness destination, has been gorgeously decked out for the festive shopping season, transformed into a fairy-tale-like Nutcracker Garden. Fab gift ideas include aromatherapy gift sets, an exclusive Beauty Botanica x Atelia Christmas Cabin candle and bespoke crystal diffusers and bottles from Treehouse. There’s even a cheeky “Boyfriend Dropoff” area for male folk to enjoy drinks by The Whisky Library while they wait for their ladies to get their shopping on. On the F&B front, there are festive offerings from Cookie DPT, Frederic Bloneel (Belgian chocolates) and Baking Maniac (hot chocolate bombs, s’mores bites, personalised snow-globe cookies and so much more), as well as complimentary mulled wine. Open daily until 31 December, 11am–8pm.

Shop 312–314, 3/F, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central


LANDMARK’s Star Collector tour (until 31 December)

As part of LANDMARK’s Christmas Concierge programme, the shopping mall is ending the year with a bang with this amazing dining experience. The stars in this full-day tour refer to Michelin stars – 10 in total claimed by fine-dining venues Amber, Mandarin Grill + Bar, Man Wah, 8½ Otto e Mezzo and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, all located in the LANDMARK vicinity, At each restaurant, guests will try a signature dish (think Amber’s iconic uni and caviar dish), with a stamped passport to mark each of the stops along the way. The Star Collector ($4,800/person) is available for booking from 1–31 December. Reservations can be made in person at LANDMARK’s Christmas Concierge, open daily from 11am–7:30pm.

Christmas Concierge, Shop 237, 2/F, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2500 0555


Major Seventh

Japanese-Chinese fusion cuisine is the name of the game at Major Seventh by Mori Tomoaki, a Japanese-Chinese chef himself who was born and raised in Hong Kong. The chef uses his favourite seasonal ingredients to craft dishes such as egg waffles infused with monkfish liver, mapo shirako and hairy crab paella. Open daily for lunch and dinner sessions.

G/F, Berkshire House, Taikoo Place, 25 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay, 9162 7855 (WhatsApp)


Maka Hiki

Tai Hang has a fun tropical bar and grill with the opening of Maka Hiki by Max Traverse – the “king” of tiki bars, having also opened Honi Honi and Mahalo here in the Kong. Food is a focus at Maka Hiki, and heading up the kitchen is Russell Doctrove, a veteran of the HK F&B industry. Former Group Executive Chef for Maximal Concepts, Chef Doctrove is also the founder of Patti Boi. Signatures at Maka Hiki include Hawaiian-style tuna poke, grilled mahi mahi and slow-cooked beef ribs in a tamarind jaew BBQ sauce. On the drink side, there’s a creative range of cocktails and punch bowls inspired by island experiences around the world, from the Caribbean to Polynesia. Open daily, 7am–11pm.

2/F, The Corner House, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, 2155 1777, book online


The Next Chapter

All-day-dining The Next Chapter is described as “a café, restaurant, al-fresco diner and sports bar all rolled into one” – laid-back fun in Tung Chung! The seasonal menu changes monthly, spotlighting the best of the best ingredients of that season, and the food menu’s got it all – fresh oysters and seafood, appetisers, soups and salads, pastas and homemade sourdough pizzas, prime steak cuts and various mains, snacks and desserts. The drink menu includes craft beers, wines, CBG-infused tipples, mocktails and more. Sustainability is also at the forefront of TNC’s philosophy; they try to minimise their impact on the environment as much as possible, from supporting local farmers, to employing a no-waste philosophy, to using bamboo straws and recyclable glass bottles. Open daily, 12pm–midnight.

Shop R&S, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, 2907 6808, 5966 8722 (WhatsApp)


Otetsu

Causeway Bay is where it’s at when it comes to Japanese dining, and one of the newest Japanese eateries to land there is Otetsu, a spot dedicated to teppanyaki by the folks behind Hungry Monkey and Tora Tetsu. We’ve heard good things about Otetsu’s creative seasonal dishes that are made with Western condiments, meat-smoking techniques and molecular gastronomy elements. Open daily for lunch and dinner sessions.

13/F, L’Hart, 487–489 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, 5703 1162 (WhatsApp)


Petite Coupe pop-up at Frank’s Library (until 30 December)

This is a snazzy little champagne-meets-caviar pop-up at Frank’s Library featuring retro French-style cocktails, exclusive Pommery champagne flights and pairings of prime caviar. For a truly indulgent experience, go for the Années Folles pairing ($780), offering 30g of Royal Cristal caviar served with two glasses of Pommery Brut Royal. A sparkling lead-up to the new year! Open from 6pm till late, Wednesday–Sunday, until the 30th.

Foxglove,18 Ice House Street, Central, 2116 2449, frankslibrary@mingfathouse.com


Plume

Le Comptoir Group is having another go at the rooftop space of H Queen’s in Central. What was once Piqniq is now wine bar Plume, now connected to the group’s two-Michelin-starred ÉCRITURE. Chef Maxime Gilbert of ÉCRITURE is in charge of the refined French bar bites, complementing an extensive European-focused wine list curated by Marc-Antoine Compper, Director of Operations and head sommelier for both ÉCRITURE and Plume. With such a successful team around it, along with its stunning sky-high views, we expect Plume to be packed out every night, especially when there’s a chill in the air. Open daily, 12–10pm, with breakfast launching soon.

Rooftop, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 5200 1363, plume@lecomptoir.hk


Posso

Cicchetti, the Italian (Venetian, specifically) version of tapas, are served at laid-back eatery Posso, straddling Central and Sheung Wan. With a tag line of “No frills. All Flavour”, the duo of former Shady Acres chefs whip up simple, flavourful sharing plates such as hand-cut fettuccine with smoked guanciale and lemon, oxtail with gremolata and tiger prawn risotto. Open Monday–Saturday, 5:30–10pm.

12 Kau U Fong, Central, 9870 0898


Ship Kee

Ship Kee by Epicurean Group presents comforting Chinese favourites – dim sum, BBQ and roast meats, live seafood – in a spacious, casual environment. The culinary team is led by Executive Chef Dee Lui, boasting more than 27 years’ experience working at some of Hong Kong and China’s leading traditional Chinese kitchens. The varied menu has something for everyone – for example, diced lobster with Sichuan dried chilli for the spice fiends out there, braised sea cucumber with pomelo skin in abalone sauce for fans of time-honoured Cantonese cuisine, roasted goose and honey-glazed char siu for the carnivores and freshly prepared dim sum (for all of us!). Open daily, 11am–11pm.

G/F, Pao Yip Building, 1–7 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2893 9688, 6620 3364 (WhatsApp), book online


Swire Properties’ White Christmas Street Fair (2–5 December)

Inspired by its location near the Taikoo Sugar Refinery, the theme for this Christmas market is “Santa’s Whimsical Factory”. You’ll really get into the festive spirit here, with 30 Christmas-themed booths, live entertainment, handicraft workshops and three main attractions: Snowy Christmas Ball, Santa’s Ride and Flying Christmas Truck. Festive food and drink, including hot chocolate, mulled wine and panettone, will also be on offer. Intriguing! Click here for more information. Open 2–3 December, 12–8pm, and 4–5 December, 1–7pm.

Tong Chong Street and 1/F, Office Lobby (Dorset House and PCCW Tower), Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay


Tong Chong Street Market’s Coffee Festival (weekdays until 24 December)

Tong Chong Street Market’s Coffee Festival is a go-to for java lovers and those who champion sustainability. Featured coffee vendors include tech-enabled Flash Coffee from Singapore, Aussie-style café Fineprint and independent local roastery roastwork. In terms of food, Big D’s Southeast Asian-slash-Texas BBQ is a big draw this month, showcasing exclusive dishes like Wagyu Texas brisket bo ssam, kimchi slaw and Cheetos mac ‘n’ cheese tteokbokki. Market-goers can enjoy a $5 discount at selected food trucks if they bring their own coffee cups, and they’re encouraged to bring their own food containers or rent utensils at the market. On-site washing basins for cleaning and recycling bins are also available. Open weekdays (except public holidays), 8am–3pm.

G/F, One Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay


Tori-Za Ten

Rotisserie chicken meets pizza meet milkshakes at Tori Za-Ten, a yoshoku-inspired Japanese restaurant (yoshoku refers to Western-influenced Japanese cuisine). If the food focus isnt’t quirky enough, check out the eatery’s design, described as a “1950s ice-cream parlour crossover with a touch of Japanese modern pop art”. The pizzas include one with Wagyu beef mince, Japanese curry sauce and grilled peach and another topped with uni, caviar and crab. Open daily, 12–10pm.

66 Electric Road, Tin Hau, 2336 1768 or 2336 1868


Woo Cheong Tea House

We wondered what would happen to the historic Woo Cheong Pawn Shop space when The Pawn closed its doors a few months back, and now we know! Following an extensive refurb, the building has reopened as an upscale Chinese restaurant operated by Classified Group. Woo Cheong Tea House is split between two levels. The first floor serves sophisticated dim sum courtesy of Dim Sum Head Chef Eric Sun, premium teas and tea-infused cocktails, while the second floors offers elevated traditional Cantonese cuisine. Notably, every room in the restaurant is connected to Woo Cheong Pawn Shop’s iconic balcony. Highlights of Head Chef Edmond Ip’s menu include sautéed prawns that change seasonally (right now, it’s the wild kuruma shrimp), tea-smoked chicken and stir-fried spare ribs with mandarin peel and black vinegar. Open daily, 11am–midnight.

1/F & 2/F, 62 Johnston Road, Wanchai, 2866 3444, book online


Wulao

Wulao is a beloved Taiwanese hotpot brand, and it’s hitting Causeway Bay this month. The creamy tofu hotpot (literally “ice-cream tofu hotpot” in Chinese) is a winner, akin to a creamy tonkotsu broth. We’ll be on the lookout for the free refills of of pig’s blood (much better than it sounds) and fried tofu skin, as they do it in Taiwan. Open daily from Sunday, 12 December, 11am–midnight.

5/F, V POINT, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 2633 3586


Ying Jee Club’s whisky-pairing tour (until 31 October 2022)

For the next nine months, two-Michelin-starred Cantonese eatery Ying Jee Club is offering a special whisky-pairing experience. Signature dishes by Chef Siu Hin Chi will be paired with four of Scotland’s finest single-malt whisky labels, beginning with Talisker until 31 January. For this first session, the showcased pairings are crispy suckling pig with one bottle of Talisker 10 ($1,580) and stir-fried lobster with one bottle of Talisker 18 ($4,580), with Talisker by the glass (from $120) also available. The tour continues in 2022 with Singleton (1 February–30 April), Mortlach (1 May–31 July) and Glenkinchie (1 August–31 October), covering the four corners of Scotland. Ying Jee Club is open daily for lunch and dinner sessions.

Shop G05, 107 & 108, G/F, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2801 6882, 5291 0503 (WhatsApp), reservation@yingjeeclub.hk


YUÈ

This refined Cantonese restaurant helmed by culinary stalwarts Chef Au-Yeung Chung Kei and Chef Andy Chan comes to us from LUBUDS Group, located just a stone’s throw away from the restaurant group’s Sichuan newcomer, CHUAN, which we visited recently and loved. Chef Au-Yeung was formerly the head chef of Fook Lam Moon for 20 years, while Chef Chan was previously the head dim sum chef at Jade Dragon at City of Dreams and Wing Lei Palace at Wynn Palace in Macau, We’re most excited to try YUÈ’s exquisite dim sum, served until 4pm. Open daily for lunch and dinner sessions.

Shop 1301, 13/F, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, 2838 3968, book online


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