After a bumper 2015, things don’t appear to be slowing down in Hong Kong’s restaurant scene. And there are plenty of brand new restaurants to put on the radar this 2016. 2016 is set to be an exciting one, with plenty of big names and intriguing arrivals on the wining and dining scene. As the variety and quality of food continues to move out of Central to new places (Sai Ying Pun and Kowloon) and old haunts (Wan Chai and Causeway Bay), it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to picking out somewhere new to eat. The below is a regularly updated list of venues that we are expecting to check out this February – it just goes to show that your appetite can do the travelling for you.
1. Jan Jan Kushikatsu
Jan Jan Kushikatsu, Osaka’s renowned Kushi-katsu restaurant with more than 12 locations in Osaka & Tokyo, is set to make its Hong Kong debut in the heart of Wan Chai this mid February.
Kushikatsu meaning “fried skewers”, is a local delicacy from Osaka with over 100 years in culture, and seldom travels abroad because of its well guarded recipes by Osaka natives.
Jan Jan Kushikatsu’s menu will focus on Kushikatsu Items ranging from meat, seafood, vegetables and daily specials as well as a mix of Yakitori items. Authentic Japanese main dishes and appetizers will also be served along with your favourite Japanese Beer, Sake, Soju and more, bringing a fun authentic Osaka izakaya experience to all patrons.
Add: 2/F, 100 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2157 1408
2. Pho Bar
It’s only just in its early soft opening stages but Pho Bar has already been touted by local foodies as one of the best (and most simple) places for a hearty, steaming bowl of pho. Their secret? Apparently the broth is cooked overnight, resulting in an intense, rich flavour. Be sure to check out their zucchini noodles, house chicken wings with chipotle sauce and fries.
Add: Pho Bar, 24 Li Yuen Street, Central, Hong Kong
3. Maison Libanaise
Black Sheep Restaurants is announcing the opening of its 12th restaurant in Hong Kong, their second concept to launch in the first half of 2016 alone. Maison Libanaise will celebrate the rich diversity and vibrant flavours within Lebanese food culture.
Set in a three-storey building near the Mid-Levels escalator in Central, Maison Libanaise features bold colours and architectural elements of 1960s Beirut. Le Comptoir on the ground floor introduces guests to an all-day dining menu with take-away options. The first floor, named Le Salon, features a rich array of traditional mezze and main dishes served during lunch and dinner services. The rooftop space, named La Buvette, introduces guests to a wine list that features over 70 bottles from wineries of Lebanon.
Former Greg Malouf protégé James Harrison will take helm of the kitchen at Maison Libanaise, as he applies traditional recipes and methods to deliver honest and comforting dishes such as pan-fried baby snapper with sumac and almond tarator and housemade baklava.
Add: Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, Central
4. Sushi Gin
Sushi Gin will be the newest Japanese restaurant to join Yiu Wa Street in Causeway Bay. The restaurant features sleek interiors and the most premium handmade sushi with quirky surprise such as white peach ice cream and codfish chips.
Add: Sushi Gin, 27/F, Zing!, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2151 1888
With a storied history in re-creating authentic Malaysian cuisine that’s born from age old traditions and recipes, the PappaRich brand today is synonymous with bringing
the Malaysian experience all over the world through the enjoyment of its carefully-crafted food and homely ambience. Known for its homey comforts, PappaRich have just opened their first Hong Kong branch in Causeway Bay. Signature dishes include grilled satay, char kuay teow, prawn mee, Pappa chicken rice, fresh naan and roti with curry sauce and milo dinosaur cheesecake.
PappaRich, 4/F, The L Square, 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway bay, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2414 7188,
Causeway Bay’s Gastropup, The Chop House (part of the Wooloomooloo Group), will be opening up a second branch in Tsim Sha Tsui this month. Located within Miramar Shopping centre, this cosy steakhouse will also feature bright floor-to-ceiling windows, an al fresco area and a no-frills approach to classics such as BBQ baby back ribs, fajitas and Bailey’s cheesecakes along with a wide variety of artisanal beers and wines.
Add: The Chop House (TST), Shop 3013C, 3/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2295 3200
7. Flying Pig
With a name like this, there are numerous pork dishes on the menu, from sliders to pork knuckle and roast suckling pig, but also lighter options such as a quinoa salad. The desserts are rich.
Add: Flying Pig Bistro, G/F, 62 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2540 0311