It’s been quite a summer for Hong Kong’s thriving restaurant scene. The historically unique food culture has long played a vital role in maintaining the heartbeat of this wonderful city. This month though, it seems that the focus is primarily on local hitmakers, with new restaurants by no lesser names than Yenn Wong, Philippe Orrico, Maximal Concepts and Le Comptoir Group, among others. And, true to form, their new concepts are set to add yet another dimension to our ever diversified culinary scene.
Here are the 10 new Hong Kong restaurants you need to know for the month ahead:
The prolific and indefatigable Yenn Wong (whose growing stable includes established faves like Chachawan, 208 Duocento Otto and 22 Ships, among others) has teamed up with David Lai (On Lot 10 and Neighbourhood) for a brand new seafood-based concept in Sai Ying Pun. With a focus on locally-caught fish and seasonal produce grown on local farms specifically for the restaurant, Fish School is taking a different approach to “local” cuisine, chef Chris Ma (NUR) drawing on his international training to present a menu that defies categorisation.
Add: Fish School, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2361 2966
While ramen’s moment in the sun seems to have turned into a fully-fledged sojourn, new Causeway Bay spot Shiki-Zen is turning its focus to the noodle. With up to 10 varieties of seasonal udon available at any one time – each made daily and on-site – the accompanying broth will be stewed for up to 24 hours before service, with an actual udon master flown in specially to ensure that each bowl is as true to the centuries old tradition of the dish as possible.
Add: Shiki-Zen, 29/F, Midtown, Soundwill Plaza II, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2970 3218
New to Wan Chai, MyHouse is a little bit of everything, a restaurant, wine bar and music lounge and art space all rolled into one. Open from brunch right through to late night, the food focus here is modern European-tinged shared plates which use only free-range meats and sustainable seafood, paired with natural wines. There’s also an impressive vinyl selection and eight private listening stations, so you can unwind over a glass or two with your own private listening session, while bi-monthly art exhibits will be starting points for a continued creative discourse.
Add: MyHouse, 26/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong,
Contact: 00852 2323 1715
Seemingly out of nowhere, Le Comptoir Group (Bibo, Hotshot, TRi) have planted their tricolore on the top of The Pulse. As the name would suggest, the cuisine is inspired by the eponymous sea, with a minimalist, ingredients-first, sea-to-table philosophy set to be a counterpoint to the enormous 10,000 square foot space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Repulse Bay. As well as full à la carte lunch and dinner service, The Ocean will also feature set menu options and a specially crafted weekend brunch menu. There’s also an on-site umi bar, presenting a daily selection of fresh sushi and sashimi, with an omakase option as well.
Add: The Ocean, 303-304, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
Contact: 00852 2889 5939
Philippe Orrico (Upper Modern Bistro, ON Dining) shows his range with new project Tartine. While they’re keeping tight lipped on the particulars, it’s looking as though it’ll be a new lunch fave for Centralites, specialising in the open sandwiches for which the site is named. There’s also a handy vino selection too, being as it is a collaboration with local wine purveyors Pont des Arts.
Add: Tartine, 38-42 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 6304 0914
New Causeway Bay spot Siam 28 is injecting a bit of personality into Hong Kong’s Thai food scene, with a focus on lesser known dishes and what they’re calling “Thaipas” – that’s Thai tapas. Dishes include deep fried quail eggs with shredded pork in a taro nest, yum pla duk fu (deep fried minced fish served with green mango relish), and pan-fried mango sticky rice. You know it’s serious when each table is topped with hoisin, Thai red chili, green chili, satay and tamarind sauces and vinegar.
Add: Siam 28, 28/F, Macau Yat Yuen Centre, 525 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 3421 0472
Foxtail & Broomcorn
Following their success in Sheung Wan, the boys behind MSG-free noodle house Foxtail & Broomcorn have expanded east to Wan Chai. Expect more of the same lean, clean noodle dishes at this latest site, which has already started seeing queues form for the busy lunch hour. There are a couple of new additions to the menu here, too, like the Hanoi-style phở, Taiwanese pork rice, and a selection of grilled dishes from the kitchen’s hot stone grill, including an intriguing grilled kaya toast.
Add: Foxtail & Broomcorn, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2603 2022
Because when you’re shopping for a luxury ride, it’s only proper that you sit down over a meal to think about the investment. Part of the Mercedes-Benz expansion into the lifestyle sector (beyond the steering wheel, that is), is this showroom, retail space, restaurant and lounge all under one handy roof. And they’re taking just as much care with the food as you’d expect, teaming up with Maximal Concepts (Limewood, Fish & Meat, Mott 32, among others) for an all-day menu of produce-driven plates that straddle a Japanese/Spanish/Latin American hybrid.
Add: Mercedes me, Shops C and D, Entertainment Building, 30 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
The Gaia Group is another big name expanding their portfolio this month with the opening of Ivy. The restaurant will focus on the lesser explored (in the Hong Kong context, at any rate) cuisine of southern France, with signature dishes including confit salmon with French beans, slow-cooked entrecôte, grilled blue lobster and pineapple polenta cake.
Add: Ivy, Store 2075, 2/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
COntact: 852 2383 4028
Emack & Bolio’s
The famously sweet Hong Kong palate is about to get another Insta-friendly, drool-worthy destination in the form of American ice creamery Emack & Bolio’s. Opening this month on Cochrane Street, this represents the second overseas branch of the parlour (after Bangkok), and serves up cones that can only be describes as ridiculous, but in the very best way.
Add: Emack & Bolio’s, 26 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2505 6626