The duo who previously brought us Mr. Taco Truck has introduced a brand new Mexican restaurant to Wan Chai. Like its predecessor, Verde Mar will be abiding by the same philosophy of delivering Mexican food true to their roots but with a more refined and contemporary take. Including his time heading Mr. Taco Truck along with cofounder Vivan Wong, executive chef Eligio Escobedo has had more than 25 years experience in kitchens across the US and Asia specializing in Mexican and Cuban cuisines. Look out for signature dishes at Verde Mar such as Fish Ceviche with Avocado, Seven Sea Soup and Molcajete as well as a wide selection of other seafood and meat dishes. Adventurous souls can look to try their Chargrilled Cactus, using fresh cactus flown from Mexico and then chargrilled to produce a unique flavour and texture.
24 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai
Tel: 2810 0888
Hong Konger’s love for Italian food is undisputed, to say the least. But we’re getting something slightly different in the mix this time with Osteria Felice. It is a casual, all-day diner that offers a cozy and conversational, yet distinctly Italian environment coupled with reasonably priced, unpretentious family-styled dishes. Fight the winter colds with hearty dishes such as the Roast Chicken & Parmesan Sandwich chicken broth and the Braised Beef Short Rib & Soft Polenta, or share some laughs with families and friends over authentic Neapolitan Traditional Pizza prepared by their electric baking brick oven, the one and only in Asia.
Store 16-21, G/F, Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central
Tel: 2516 6166
PICNIC on Forbes
Following on from celebrated eateries Upper Modern Bistro and ON Dining, Michelin-starred chef Philippe Orecco brings another exciting member to the French dining scene named PICNIC, this time focusing more on a casual vibe that mimics a Parisian café culture. It is a mash-up of cocktail bar, dining area, roaster and cheese display and is home to an array of French delicacies like roast meats, crudités, cupcakes, fruit tarts and an extensive cheese menu. The restaurant also draws inspiration from the concept of a picnic and so most food items will be available for takeaway while served in a unique PICNIC basket.
38 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town
Tel: 2855 0810
Butcher & Baker Cafe
Set to open in mid November, Butcher & Baker Cafe is a 8000 square foot space that incorporates a cafe, butchers shop, florist, pizzeria, pastry shop, kids area and kids ice cream area all under one roof, aiming to deliver the finest family dining experience.
On Fat Building, 57-59 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town
Tel: 2591 0328
Meat lover rejoice! Beefbar, a celebrated steak house with proven track records across continents in Monaco, Moscow, Mexico and Greece, is opening their first Asian branch in Central. Their recipe for success lies in their especially juicy cuts prepared using a patented method that involves boiling the beefs at extremely high temperatures and then chargrilled. Their concept is simple: premium quality American, Australian or Japanese Beef coupled with an equally impressive mash potato recipe.
2/F Club Lusitano 16 Ice House Street, Central
Tel: 2110 8853
Le Garcon Saigon
Scheduled to open in mid-November, Le Garcon Saigon brings traditional Vietnamese fare with a chic Parisian vibe. Expect more refined versions of the typical Vietnamese fragrant flavours from celebrated dishes like pho or thit nuong (cold rice vermicelli topped with pork chop and herbs) while surrounded by designs that reflect Saigon’s colonial influences, from banquettes to brass detailing to mosaic floors.
G/F, 12-18 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai
Tel: 2455 2499
Opened late October in Central is a new Bistro that aims to strike a balance between luxury ingredients and basic foods. Specializing in the eponymous Tartine, or French open sandwiches, Tartine elevates this French staple food to a new posh level with fresh, thick-crusted sourdough bread topped with luxurious, seasonal produce sourced locally if possible. The venue exudes family-style casualness emphasizing on a light-hearted, flavor-sharing experience. Signature dishes include the salivating Tartine selections like Lobster & Homemade Bechamel with Lobster Bisque and the Maison Samaran Duck Confit, or the array of delicately designed sharing dishes like Big Eye Tuna Carpaccio and Duck Foie Gras, Fig Chutney. Michelin-stared Phillipe Orecco also makes his second appearance on this list as the chef consultant for this new eatery.
2-3/F, 38 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Tel: 2808 0752
Fuku by Nishimura
Nishimura Japanese Restaurant, owned by the Sunwah Group, is one prestigious outlet that serves premium-quality Japanese cuisine. Its selection of the freshest and finest ingredients has made it a favourite among the city’s most discerning palates. “Fuku by Nishimura”（“Fuku”）, the group’s newly established brand with more than HK$10 million investment, will be opened in early December. This new restaurant will be located in the heart of Central and it aims to provide a diversified and innovative dining experience to lovers of Japanese food.
3/F., Hutchison House, Central
Tel: 2110 5038
Jinjuu, meaning “pearl”, is co-owned by celebrity chef, Judy Joo. Located in the iconic, newly built California Tower, Jinjuu seamlessly merges traditional and contemporary styles of cuisine and design. The bar and the dining area offer a space that is casual and inviting, yet still upscale. With a menu encompassing both classic and street food fare, highlights include the tasty selection of “Anju”—small dishes designed to be enjoyed with alcohol. There are a lot of big bold flavours mixed withplayful concoctions from the bar. Jinjuu will soon become LKF’s most impressive new drinking and dining destination.
UG/F, 32 D’aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Tel: 3755 4868
Based in Central, Catch Juicery serves juices, smoothies, nut-milk products and also sells a limited selection of healthy groceries. Hugely focused on education as to where our food comes from, Catch sources and uses only organic fruit and vegetables and makes a variety of salads to complement their juices daily.
G/F, 67 Wellington Street, Central
Tel: 2567 3677
Chef Aoayama, a chef who hails from LA, is heading a new mod Japanese restaurant on Wellington Street in Central. After spending 15 years at a Michelin venue in the Twinkle Town, he is well versed in the sophistry and meticulousness of Japanese cooking. Momotaro is all about DJ beats on weekends and clever cocktails, aiming to freshen up the rather over-populated Japanese restaurant scene with a new approach to sashimi, wagyu beef and Japanese whiskies.
The Wellington, UG/F, 198 Wellington Street
Tel. 2865 0005
It's lunch time in central and a new plant-based cafe 'Fresco' is already buzzing and churning out customers at a fairly decent rate. Quaintly designed and somewhere between whole foods health fad and classy minimalist chic, this cafe/takeaway's white exterior breaks convention on the at-times-grimy Hong Kong Hollywood road.
In our opinion, Fresca definitely delivers in terms of freshness and accessibility for those hungry souls roaming around for a decent and healthy feed on a lunch break. There is room for growth, but this place with its people power, passion and dedication to conscientious eating is well on it's way and we are excited to see it blossom in all it's nutritious glory.
54A Hollywood Road, Central
Tel. 2770 2282