Header image: Heimat’s Königsberger Klopse
Pronounced “hour”, this innovative fine-dining eatery is the brainchild of Singaporean chef Edward Voon, formerly of Le Pan. Auor is set for a July opening, and the seasonal tasting menus – the signature Six Rounds “circle of life” lunch and dinner experience, an eight-course dinner degustation menu and a four-course lunch menu – showcase French dining traditions influenced by the vibrant flavours of Asia. Open Tuesday–Saturday (except public holidays) for lunch and Monday–Saturday for dinner.
Southsiders, rejoice! Grégoire Michaud’s beloved artisanal bakery Bakehouse opens in Stanely this June. In classic Bakehouse tradition, special creations inspired by the seaside location, in addition to crowd favourites from the original menu like the sourdough bread range and egg tarts, will be available here. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 8am–6pm.
116 Stanley Main Street, Stanley
benko by nüte at BaseHall
This eco-friendly wellness brand returns to BaseHall in June for a longer-term gig with its “Japaneasy” deli concept, benko by nüte. As well as plant-based offerings such as cold ume tofu mazemen, nori lentil bolognese and crispy chilli garlic chive omelette don, benko by nüte also features chicken and fish options in their “kenko” bento bowls such as wasabi soy-seared cured mackerel don, yuzu chicken don and sencha market fish ochazuke. A great light and lean meal option, each dish served up by benko by nüte comes with nutritional information stating the calories, protein, fibre and saturated fat content, with low- and high-carb options available upon request. Open Monday–Saturday, 11am–8:30pm (closed public holidays).
LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
Blend & Grind (Kennedy Town)
As of June, Blend & Grind has a beautiful – bright, airy, welcoming – 2,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space in Kennedy Town to add to its roster. We paid a visit on the day of soft opening, and we predict it will soon become a packed-out neighbourhood hang-out, from dawn to dusk. During the day, the coffee-focused brunch menu lists dishes like açai bowls, bagel sarnies (with the bagels courtesy of sister brand R&R), lemon Dutch baby pancakes and lamb shakshuka, while come 5pm, it’s sharing plates and grilled bao tacos matched up with B&G’s signature cocktails (we’ve yet to come across a better espresso martini in the 852). Plus, there’s a large pet-friendly area in the front just calling out to our furry friends. Open daily, 8am–11pm.
20 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, 6905 4038
BluHouse at Rosewood Hong Kong
Rosewood Hong Kong has set the bar high with its F&B offerings, from Indian stunner CHAAT to refined Cantonese eatery The Legacy House, but the luxury hotel is upping the ante even further with the opening of BluHouse on Thursday, 9 June. Located on the ground floor of the hotel right along the iconic Avenue of Stars, the harbour views are complemented by classic Italian cuisine served up in a relaxed space. Chef de Cuisine Giovanni Galeota, a native of Naples, oversees the kitchen of both BluHouse and The Dining Room by BluHouse, which is set to open a few weeks later. An elevated and environmentally conscious Italian restaurant within BluHouse, The Dining Room offers an exclusive private dining room and wine cellar. Open daily, 11:30am–10:30pm, with dinner-only The Dining Room open from 6pm on Thursday the 23rd.
G/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 3891 8732, book online
city’super’s 23rd annual sake fair (24 June–8 July)
The 23rd edition of city’super’s annual Sakagura Fair, themed after a tourist trail visiting Japan’s iconic sake breweries, is back this year at the Japanese brand’s Causeway Bay outlet. Complete with a guide map to Japanese bus stops for Insta-worthy photo opportunities, the fair showcases over 300 sake and liqueur brands, including some new to the HK market, From 13–19 June, customers can get a 12% discount on purchases of two or more 720ml bottles of Nanbubijin Super Frozen Daiginjo Namagen (priced originally at $560 per bottle) at city’super’s online shop. Exclusive novelties related to selected promotional sake purchases and prizes await.
B1/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, 2506 2888
Creo by Brentwood
Home-grown coffee concept Creo by Brentwood has opened two outlets this summer, in Kennedy Town and Kowloon Bay, with each shop inspired by one of the five Chinese elements. Each space champions local artisans; for instance, at the wood-themed Kowloon Bay shop, HK Timberbank has utilised locally reclaimed wood to craft the coffee tables and coasters (pictured above), while over in Kennedy Town, the water theme is enhanced by the custom-made “wave” coffee mugs and tableware in shades of blue by ceramic studio Lai Chan Kee in Lai Chi Kok. In terms of the food and drink, the home-grown theme continues. Creo’s house “Vivid” blend is made in partnership with local speciality roaster Redback Coffee, and the breads and pastries are sourced at popular local bakeries Miam and Alive Eatery by Alive Food.
Kennedy Town: 40 Forbes Street (open daily, 9:30am–6:30pm)
Kowloon Bay: Shop C2, 1/F, Capital Tower, 38 Wai Yip Street (open weekdays 8am–6pm and weekends 10am–3pm)
Hansik Goo’s 2nd anniversary dinner menu with Chef Mingoo Kang (7–8 July)
We recommend booking in ASAP for the second anniversary menu at Michelin-starred Hansik Goo, where Chef Mingoo Kang is braving the HK quarantine period to personally serve diners at his acclaimed modern Korean eatery. A tribute to the guests who have shown constant support to Hansik Goo during the past two pandemic years, the special eight-course dinner menu ($1,888/person) on 7 and 8 July will include both signature dishes and seasonal creations, as well as the debut of the restaurant’s refreshed Korean wine selection and wine-pairing programme. Booking opens on Monday, 6 June – act fast!
Heimat, highly anticipated since the start of the year, has finally opened, presenting refined German cuisine by Chef Peter Find, the former executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong for over a decade. The six-course tasting menu ($1,280/person) draws inspiration from Berlin to Bavaria and beyond, showcasing dishes such as Königsberger Klopse, an oversized pork dumpling made from a mix of local heritage pork, gherkins and capers in a cream sauce, and Frühlings Erbsensuppe, a cream-free pea soup accented with ocean trout that’s locally smoked at Aberdeen’s Victoria Island Smokehouse (vegetarian and vegan tasting menus can be ordered upon request). We’re especially excited for the bespoke gummy bear trolley, a fun and fitting ending to each meal at Heimat. A celebration of all things German, Heimat’s wine list features mostly German varietals alongside German gins and digestifs, while the restaurant’s design is a mix of traditional German architectural elements combined with the minimalistic style of legendary German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Notably for the month June, white asparagus tasting menus ($1,368 for 5 courses or $1,488 for 6 courses) are also available, spotlighting this delicious seasonal ingredient. Open Monday–Saturday for lunch and dinner sessions.
Hong Kong Cocktail Festival (30 June–3 July)
With a cool locale at newly opened KIN Food Halls, Tatler Dining presents this exciting four-day cocktail festival ($200/person) featuring the likes of COA, Argo, Darkside, Quinary, Penicillin, The Aubrey and more mixology masters. Click here to book a session and click here for the agenda of masterclasses.
2/F, Devon House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay
INK’s Tropical Summer Party (2 June, 9–11pm)
Get yourself into a summer frame of mind with INK’s al-fresco Tropical Summer Party ($380/person). DJ Just Bee will be spinning tracks right next to the harbour while guests are digging into free-flow BBQ pork and pineapple sliders, house-made passion-fruit ice cream, spiced fruit punch and tapped pineapple mojitos. A pretty sweet (and likely sweaty) deal, if we do say so ourselves.
G/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, TST, 3500 5881, book online
Ippudo Hong Kong x Mak’s Noodle ramen series (until 5 July)
Two famed noodle brands –Japanese ramen specialist Ippudo Hong Kong and local wonton noodle expert Mak’s Noodle – have united to offer a limited-time ramen series featuring Ippudo’s signature tori niboshi broth made with bonito flakes, dried sardine and dried seaweed topped up with Mak’s homemade shrimp wontons, seared scallops, clams, slow-cooked BBQ pork and soft-boiled egg (shio wonton ramen). For a meatier version, head to Ippudo offshoot Metro Tonkotsu Base at Telford Plaza in Kowloon Bay for the shio tonkotsu ramen.
Kicho & Ushidoki
Farm-to-table Japanese dining group AP Place Hong Kong Co (the group behind Tsukada Nojo, Bijin Nabe and NOJO Ramen in the 852) has firmly set its sights on Central, launching two upmarket meat-speciality restaurants on the first floor of Manning House in June. At omakase-style kappo eatery Kicho, opening in early June, the focus is on free-range Kuro Satsuma chicken from Kagoshima in its 16-course dining ritual, spanning starters, soup, charcoal-grilled yakitori, slow-cooked chicken, vegetables, main dish and dessert by Chef Chikashi Yoshida. Opening later in the month, the star of Ushidoki’s tongue-to-tail kaiseki menu by Chef Yoshiyuki Kikuchi is the prized Odagyu A4 Wagyu from Kagoshima’s Oda Chikusan ranch. Both open daily for dinner.
1/F, Manning House, 38-48 Queen’s Road Central, Central, book online
Le Méridien Cyberport
Although the five-star hotel’s refurbishment is not fully complete (the guest rooms and suites will open later this summer), Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport has already unveiled four exciting new F&B concepts. At lobby level, izakaya Umami (pictured) offers traditional Japanese favourites, including, sushi, sashimi and Wagyu sukiyaki, in a modern space with a pet-friendly Japanese-style garden (be sure to visit the koi and turtles). Right next door, there’s Latitude 22, the hotel’s signature bar and lounge, where it’s coffee by day and wine and cocktails at night. On the fourth floor, all-day diner Southside Bistro has an enviable location poolside facing Cyberport’s expansive garden; it serves up a mix of brasserie fare and modern pan-Asian dishes. The jewel in Le Méridien’s crown is Nam Fong on the third floor, an elegant restaurant showcasing Chef Bosco Li’s creative Chinese dishes.
100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, 2980 7000
Live Zero (Quarry Bay)
Hong Kong’s first (and only) zero-waste shop, Live Zero has opened its third outlet, this time in a 700-square-foot space just a few minutes’ walk from Tai Koo MTR station. Head here for a wide range of locally sourced plastic-free products, from pantry staples and organic foods to all-natural cleaning products, baby products, vegan beauty brands and even zero-waste feminine-hygiene items. Open daily, 11am–8pm.
Shop 1504, 15/F, Eastern Centre, 1065 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, 9728 3191
Maison Mumm x Cultivate’s champagne- and musical-pairing experience (10–11 August)
Esteemed champagne house Maison Mumm has teamed up with Chef Leonard Cheung of “fine casual” restaurant Cultivate to offer an innovative eight-course wine-pairing dinner experience dubbed Reserve & Regale ($2,988/person). The dishes are paired with a vintage selection of Maison Mumm’s full range of 100% Grand Cru RSRV champagne, with a live classical music performance included. Read our review of the preview tasting.
Nez Wine Bistro
This laid-back wine bistro presents refined yet approachable French cuisine paired with an impressive selection of boutique and hard-to-source wines curated by Burgundy-born sommelier Victor Petiot, currently also the head sommelier at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Highlights of the classic French menu at Nez include beef tartare, Burgundy snails, crustacean seafood soup and this gorgeous Wagyu bavette with caramelised onion and black pepper sauce. If you love fromage as much as we do, you’ll be keen to check out the restaurant’s artisanal cheese selection, hand-picked by Petiot to complement the wine list. Open Monday–Saturday from 4:30pm.
Phenix’s June discounts
Launched early last year, food-rescue app Phenix has welcomed more than 150 F&B partners around town to create mystery baskets full of goodies that would otherwise be thrown out at the end of the day. To encourage us to start eating more sustainably, Phenix is offering 10% off with promo code ZEROWASTE10 with the purchase of your first basket. Recommended items include a basket of brunchy baked goods by Feather & Bone, a basket for home cooks by Italian grocer Gustaci Food Gallery and luscious crêpe cakes by the expert bakers over at Shaz Confections.
Sbakery by Mama Soo (Sheung Wan flagship)
This online NY-style cheesecake specialist has opened its flagship brick-and-mortar shop in the chilled ‘hood of Sheung Wan. Sbakery offers cheesecake in flavours ranging from original, to blueberry, to tiramisu, and we can attest to the cakes’ perfectly creamy texture and buttery crust. This month, this shop is offering a 10% discount on all slices! Open daily, 2:30–8:30pm.
22–24A Tai Ping Shan Road, Sheung Wan, 5417 1479
SEN SEN SUSHI (Island Resort Mall)
The Island Resort Mall branch of SEN SEN SUSHI joins its siblings at OP Mall and Peak Galleria, a restaurant offshoot of Japanese discount superstore chain DON DON DONKI specialising in freshly made, high-quality yet affordable sushi. This is the first outlet with a dedicated takeaway area. Open daily, 11am–11pm.
Shop 102 & 108, 1/F, Island Resort Mall, 28 Siu Sai Wan Road, Siu Sai Wan, 2869 6411
The Sixteenth’s SUPERBRUNCH (11 June, 2 July & 6 August)
Over at The Sixteenth, Pirata Group’s foodie Mecca in Quarry Bay, it’s SUPERBRUNCH time! This epic monthly brunch kicks off on Saturday, 11 June – a whopping five-hour all-inclusive package (from $1,548/person) featuring an exclusive menu at either La
Favorita, Honjokko or TMK Funk &
Rolls complete with two-hour free-flow champers, followed by even more drinks outside on Tempo Tempo’s charming terrace (with DJs to boot). A themed experience, the debut brunch in June is tied to Amalfi, Italy, with the best-dressed brunch-goers – think white, linen and flowy dresses – standing the chance to win special prizes . Heads-up: the next SUPERBRUNCH on 2 July will have a Mexican theme, followed by a Cuban theme on 6 August. Pre-payment is required.
Spring Moon’s Jackson Family Wines dinner (16 June)
For one night only, Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Spring Moon at The Peninsula Hong Kong will be showcasing some of the choicest varietals from acclaimed California winery Jackson Family Wines, as well as its affiliated Stonestreet Estate Vineyards, in a six-course wine-pairing menu ($2,588/person) by Chef Lam Yuk Ming. Pairings include pan-fried Wagyu beef rolls with green pepper, onion and black garlic matched with Stonestreet’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – marking this wine’s Asian debut – and braised winter melon with fish maw, Ibérico ham, quinoa, spinach and beetroot sauce complemented by Mt Brave Merlot 2016. Both Pierre Marie Pattieu, Brand Ambassador in Asia for Jackson Family Wines, and Peninsula Chief Sommelier Marc Le Gallic will be on hand to guide diners through this innovative wine-pairing journey.
Test Kitchen x Bianco & Rosso (23–26 June)
In anticipation of new Mediterranean restaurant Bianco & Rosso’s debut here later this summer, the B&R team (General Manager Luca Andrei and Head Chef Ban Jee Min) will be popping up at Test Kitchen for a sneak preview of the menu. Notably, Bianco & Rosso’s beverage programme focuses on vermouth and fortified wines. The Med-style 12-course sharing menu ($950/person) includes an array of antipasti, two homemade pasta dishes (gnocchi with sage butter and Parmesan and risotto with stone crab and chervil), three meat and seafood dishes (carabinero prawns, Australian lamb chops and spiced baby chicken) and two desserts (passion-fruit cheesecake and Manjari chocolate and raspberry tart). Two seatings: 6:30–8:15pm and 8:30–10:15pm.
Sushiyoshi’s New Summer Omakase Menu (until August 13)
This beautiful collaboration between Chef Hiroki and sushi master Chef Kazunari Araki at Sushiyoshi is refreshing and full of gastronomic delights. The 18-course Omakase menu is to be savored from the first bite to the last. It is always nice a treat to see the kitchen and service teams come together to deliver a meal that calls you back for more. The menu has many highlights, including Horse Mackerel with Cucumber and Muscat Grapes, Abalone Soufflé, Sardines Tartare on Onion Chips and many more. The ingredients are super fresh and the craft of the masters is evident. HK$3,480 plus service charge per person.