It’s full steam ahead for Hong Kong’s dining scene, with a flurry of new openings all around town. Here are the 10 new Hong Kong restaurants you need to know about this month.
Another month, another Italian it seems – new Hutchinson House diner Osteria Felice is doing things a little bit differently, though, and making it a casual, all-day affair. A very deliberately styled neighbourhood hangout bang in the middle of Central and Admiralty, the seasonally rotating menu full of hearty, homely plates like braised beef short rib and polenta, pan-fried cotechino sausage with potato and lentils, and an intriguing roast chicken and parmesan sandwich soup, in which the baked mini-sandwich is actually served in a chicken and vegetable stock. Osteria Felice is also home to Asia’s first electric brick oven, in which they prepare traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas.
Add: Osteria Felice, Store 16-21, G/F, Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2516 6166
Popsy Modern Kitchen
From the same creative minds behind Sheung Wan’s gallery slash fine dining space The Popsy Room comes this brand new Central spot. An all-day fine dining spot with the same artistic bent as the Upper Lascar original, the menu at Popsy Modern Kitchen is a beautiful journey through contemporary European flavours and ideas. We can’t wait to check this out when it opens at month’s end.
Add: Popsy Modern Kitchen, 5/F, The Wellington, 184-198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
While the Tex-Mex craze never quite took off in Hong Kong, new Wan Chai diner Verde Mar is hoping to become a hit with some more authentic fare. The restaurant has been styled on an old Mexican village courtyard (complete with patio lights), and will take you instantly south of the border, with dishes like red snapper ceviche with avocado, skirt steak carne asada, and a monstrous molcajete, a mixed grill featuring several types of protein as well as actual cactus (which is delicious if you’ve never had the pleasure), flown in straight from Mexico.
Add: Verde Mar, 24 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2810 0888
The criminally under-represented cuisine of the Mediterranean is finally getting a proper look-in this month with the launch of Soho’s Awtar. While ambitious in its mission to combine the rich (and surprisingly varied) traditions of Lebanese, Greek, Turkish and southern European cuisine on the one menu, we have full confidence that the soon-to-open two-storey Staunton Street venue will hit its brief. There’s a handy cocktail list and shish menu (with tobacco flown in from the UAE) to help set the mood as well.
Add: Awtar, 23 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2530 5900
No prizes for guessing the signature at this new Central restaurant. First conceived by Monaco-based lifestyle group Giraudi, Beefier has already proven a hit in Monte Carlo, Moscow, Mexico, Mykonos, and this month sees the opening of their first steak haven in Asia (though unfortunately for the alphabetically inclined among us, it’s not in Mong Kok). Cuts from Australia, Japan, Europe and the US (from both all natural and dry-aged programmes) are cooked in a secret, patented method ensuring the ultimate in juiciness every single time – sorry, vegetarians.
Add: Beefbar, 2/F, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2110 8853
Moonshine & The Po’Boys
This one is so good we rated it before it even opened – and now that is has, it could mean danger for the waistline. The Sun Street grill room is dishing up finger licking Southern barbecue in the traditional way, with epic sides like truffle duck fat fries with parmesan and mashed potatoes with chicken liver gravy because if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right. No protein is immune from the grill, with an impressive selection of both seafood and red meat to suit any carnivorous hankering.
Add: Moonshine & The Po’Boys, 4 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Picnic on Forbes
Philippe Orrico’s third restaurant is set to open this month in buzzy Kennedy Town. A more casual concept than his other two (the still excellent Upper Modern Bistro and ON Dining), this new diner is an ode to the eponymous style of eating – he’s even offering takeaway in picnic baskets.
Add: Picnic on Forbes, 38 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Vivienne Westwood Café
No-one asked for it, but here it is is anyway. In a venture that, let’s be honest, probably never needed to happen, quirky British designer has launched her first Hong Kong café in Harbour City (because obviously). Think Agnès B with more focus on cake, tea and, naturally, designer elements.
Add: Vivienne Westwood Café, OT305A, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 5-23 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
The empire of Satoru Mukogawa (Sushi Kuu, Tiger Curry) expands to Gough Street with this subterranean yakitori hang. Expect perfectly grilled prime cuts for relatively reasonable prices from one of Hong Kong’s leading Japanese chefs.
Add: YakiniKuu, B/F, 29-31 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
COntact: 00852 2331 3805
In a move that probably should come as no surprise, a contemporary Korean restaurant is set to join the stable at California Tower. The first Hong Kong venture of American chef and television personality Judy Joo (whose extensive résumé includes Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, Claridge’s, Petrus, as well as The Fat Duck, French Laundry and even London’s Playboy Club before opening her own Jinjuu London at the start of this year), the 120-seat restaurant will serve classic Korean sharing dishes (another KFC to add to the list), street food and smaller tapas-style plates, which you can wash down with boutique wines and soju-based cocktails.
Add: Jinjuu, UG/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
COntact: 00852 3755 4868