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Five Restaurants in Sai Ying Pun that we love
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Five Restaurants in Sai Ying Pun that we love

Much like the neighbouring Sheung Wan and Central, this trendy part of the Western District is home to a number of delightful restaurants serving up an array of dishes both local and international. From Korean fried chicken to the Spanish paella, here are our top picks of the restaurants in Sai Ying Pun that you need to try! RECOMMENDED: Looking for more to do in Sai Ying Pun? Check out our complete neighbourhood guide.

Best XO sauce in Hong Kong
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Best XO sauce in Hong Kong

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we say Kung Hei Fat Choi to you and yours! Turnip cake is a staple for many households during the course of CNY celebrations, and it’s a truly luxurious experience when it’s paired with some XO sauce. The Hong Kong invention and local favourite is named after XO cognac, as the sauce mainly consists of the finest dried seafoods, including scallops and shrimps. The spicy and savoury taste comes from frying the roughly-chopped seafood with chilli peppers, onions, and garlic. The many types of XO sauce out there can get confusing – which ones are the best, and where do we get them? Well, look no further, for we have composed a top five list that are worth the trip and the calories! RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking for a place to host your big CNY dinner, take a look at our list of the best Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong.

Where to go and what to eat when you're hungover in Hong Kong
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Where to go and what to eat when you're hungover in Hong Kong

So, things got a little crazy last night and now you’re curled up in your bed with a pounding head, a dry throat and a growling stomach. Yep, it’s certainly a hangover, but don't worry too much, we've all been there. The morning after the night before comes with what are surely among the worst feelings in the world, so we've put together a list of the best things to eat and drink to perk yourself up after a heavy night, and where to find them in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Take it easy next time and opt for these best Hong Kong bars for mocktails and low alcohol drinks instead.

The best restaurants for group dining in Hong Kong
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The best restaurants for group dining in Hong Kong

There’s no better way to celebrate a special occasion than over a good meal, and while there are plenty of restaurants for you to choose from in Hong Kong, not all of them are suitable for dining in big groups – luckily, you've got us. Whether it's a sophisticated restaurant with a gorgeous view or a down-to-earth dai pai dong gathering, we've rounded up some of the best places in Hong Kong that are perfect for big group dining.  RECOMMENDED: Consider yourself a bit of a lone wolf? There are lots to do in the city even when you're alone.

Thai restaurant Samsen opens second branch in Sheung Wan
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Thai restaurant Samsen opens second branch in Sheung Wan

The famous foodie destination Samsen opens the doors to its second location on Jervois Street in Sheung Wan this evening, serving up what promises to be another exciting array of Thai favourites. This opening comes on the back of the success of the original Wan Chai branch, which opened in 2016 and has since found masses of loyal fans particularly taken with the company's passion for exploring the bold flavours of traditional Thai street food, especially with their famous boat noodles. This new branch moves away from the famed noodles, instead focusing on other iconic Thai dishes like Khao Soi and scrumptious roti, all within a space that is intended to resemble an authentic Thai street shophouse. Feeling peckish after a hard day's work, anyone? 

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Emmer Pizzeria & Cafe
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Emmer Pizzeria & Cafe

The team behind burger bar favourite Beef & Liberty quietly opened a new venture in late 2019, but this time focusing more on cheese than beef and subbing out soft buns for bready crusts. The new pizzeria, which came as the first in what turned out to be a spate of recent cheesy openings to bless our city, is located on the leafy 4th level of Pacific Place and proves a worthy addition to Hong Kong’s growing list of quality pizzarias.  The restaurant takes its name from an old type of awned wheat that has been used for centuries in baking, not least by the Romans who utilised it to delicious effect in a dense and nutritious type of ancient bread. The pizza chefs at Emmer today mix the grain with more commonly found flours for a crust that is satisfyingly substantial and bouncy, bearing a unique flavour that immediately sets it apart from that of your average greasy pizza joint. Yes, the guys here certainly know what they’re doing, and they make no bones about showing off all that they do with an open kitchen that allows unobstructed views of the rolling process and the sleek chrome pizza oven that dominates the space behind the counter. To compliment the crust, Emmer keeps it simple by offering just six variations of toppings from Margherita ($98) to Marinara ($118). These are all exclusively rolled to 11 inches in order to make for quite the filling bite, especially when ordered on top of one of the starters, which include cultured nibbles like stracciatella and cold cuts p

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Kura
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Kura

A couple of floors above bustling Jaffe Road, Kura recently opened its doors as a Japanese restaurant with a mission to offer top-quality traditional Japanese cuisine in an authentic, modern setting. In a city where Japanese restaurants are – thankfully – these days ten-a-penny, Kura manages to stand out because, although slightly missing the mark in a couple of important areas, it serves up an impressive array of Japanese favourites that do full and delicious justice to the ways of washoku. The restaurant is relatively spacious, with various nooks and crannies delineated by pillars, dainty-wooden-beamed dividers and thin walls, much like in restaurants on the back streets of, say, Tokyo or Kyoto. There’s also a hulking counter that stands as the focal point of the restaurant and at which nine lucky patrons can sit and look on as the sushi chefs slice and press away. Despite these features however, it has to be said that the ambience of the place falls short of offering that truly authentic Japanese experience. Whether it be the choice of furniture, which could be taken more for Ikea than Ikebukuro, or the slight messiness – it is extremely hygienic by the looks of things – behind the sushi counter that just wouldn’t fly in your average Osaka sushiya, it’s hard to forget that you’re actually in Hong Kong. Now onto the food, which leaves very little to complain about. Kura’s rather extensive menu offers 13 lunch sets comprising of favourites from sushi to tempura, priced aro

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Poem
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Poem

The latest offering from the group behind Ecriture and Bibo partially fills the enviable space previously occupied by Lily & Bloom as a restaurant offering “sustainable cuisine inspired by the island of Bali”. Far from the first Indonesian restaurant to grace our city, Poem carves out its niche by offering a mid-high-end island experience, which is generally well done but somehow lacks that X factor to make it really stand out in this bustling part of town. To start on a positive note, the interior is beautifully done, with a wall of lush vegetation gently leading the eyes towards a maelstrom of exotic shapes etched within the fixtures and furniture – done in wood, bamboo, rattan and stone. The venue clearly focuses on escapism, and it works as these elements bring the rainforest to the city in a tropical-cum-urban-chic environment that primes diners for the Poem experience before they so much as sit down. The menu is extensive with a good selection of dishes for different budgets and palletes. This is a good thing as it affords diners the freedom to mix it up, with offerings like the Home-Style Fried Rice ($118), the Skipjack with Egg Noodles ($128) and Vegetable curry providing relatively inexpensive ways for diners to fill their stomachs here. The Soft shell crab ($98) is as good a place as any to start, with a promising accompaniment of smoked eggplant caviar, coconut sambal, balado sambal and sea asparagus. This dish isn’t bad, with a nice earthy flavor, but it is let

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Ruam
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Ruam

The opening of Ruam on Wan Chai’s trendy Ship Street was a relatively low-key affair when compared to that of Black Sheep’s buzzy new venture, Associazione Chianti, a few weeks later and a few doors down. The latter was common of restaurants that have recently come to populate what has to be given credit as one of the most interesting epicurean alcoves in our city right now, and so the prospect of visiting one of the street’s quieter neighbours was all-the-more alluring. While certainly not proving a disappointing experience overall, the food at this self-described vibrant-casual Thai garden bar and eatery needs more attention to do the atmospheric space justice. The name of the restaurant means “to gather” in Thai, and it’s easy to discern that this was at the forefront of the minds that designed the space. Upon trundling up a narrow staircase, visitors emerge in an outdoor, deck-style space that dominates the restaurant and is replete with wooden counter-height tables seating around four – some of which offer charming views of the street below – and a couple of sprawling round tables in the centre to accommodate larger groups. Add to this atmospheric lighting, accentuated by fairy lights festooned between the wooden beams overhead, and you have a space that is inviting and conducive to conversation. The Drinking Snacks section of the menu is a good place to begin food-wise, as it’s where you’ll find a selection of starter-sized dishes including but not limited to skewers,

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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Best new restaurants and bars to try in Hong Kong this month
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Best new restaurants and bars to try in Hong Kong this month

There's never a dull moment in Hong Kong's food and drinks scene, with new restaurants, cafes and bars opening seemingly all the time in one corener of our city or another. Whether a western venture with a heavy focus on meat, a refined Italian eatery of a cheerful waterfront seafood bar, Hong Kong has it all opening all the time. Here is our line-up of the recent foodie openings not to miss.   RECOMMENDED: Hankering for Italian? The look no further than our list of the best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong? Want something a little more spicy? Then maybe try our list of the best Southeast Asian joints in the city.

The best dim sum in Hong Kong
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The best dim sum in Hong Kong

From traditional dim sum spots, to the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants.

Hong Kong’s best street food essentials
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Hong Kong’s best street food essentials

Hong Kong’s street food scene is known the world over. Whether you’re in Causeway Bay or Mong Kok, Tsuen Wan or Sham Shui Po, you’re bound to find some delicious streetside snacks, be it curry fishballs on a stick or fluffy eggettes in various flavours. Best of all, these tasty tidbits are usually wallet-friendly and can easily fill up your belly for just a few bucks. While our city also boasts some of the world’s best restaurants, Michelin-starred dining and other delicious eats, no Hong Kong experience is complete without sampling some – or all – of these street food favourites.RECOMMENDED: If you’re hungry and you know it, grab a slice of pizza or check out the best dim sum spots in town.

The best food in Hong Kong
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The best food in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a true food paradise, with some of the world’s very best restaurants, from cheap eats and street food to high-end Michelin-starred eateries. But what makes Hong Kong’s dining scene truly unique is undoubtedly its local dishes. While most of these dishes are – unsurprisingly – informed by Chinese cooking, many of them also capture Hong Kong’s east-meets-west heritage in the most delicious of ways. Whether it’s traditional Cantonese dim sum or beverages influenced by British culture, there’s something here to please all tastes.If you’re hungry to try some of these local Hong Kong dishes, here are some of the best places to do so. From wonton noodles at Mak’s Noodles to egg tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery, from seafood in Sai Kung to barbecued meats at Joy Hing, these restaurants and cafés are your best bets for an authentic taste of Hong Kong food culture.RECOMMENDED: Want to try the crème de la crème? Then be sure to check out our list of the absolute best restaurants in Hong Kong to try right now.

The best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try
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The best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try

Hong Kong is a dining paradise with one of the highest ratios of restaurants per head in the world. With establishments striving to outdo each other on a daily basis in our city's fiercely competitive F&B industry, it can be hard to keep track of who's top dog at any one time. That's why we're bringing you the Time Out EAT List — an ever-changing selection of Hong Kong's hottest tables, updated on a monthly basis. From long time favourites to super newbies, we've sorted everything from restaurants in some of Hong Kong’s best hotels to the city's most delectable street eats. In short, this is whatever serves the best food in Hong Kong right now. If you've eaten something that you love on this list, share it under the hashtag #TimeOutEatList. You can also find out more about how we review restaurants and make recommendations.

The best Hong Kong cafés and coffee shops
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The best Hong Kong cafés and coffee shops

Forget the stereotypes, Hong Kong coffee culture is about more than just showing up to work 15 minutes late with a Starbucks’ latte. Despite the popularity of traditional Hongkie drinks like lai cha and yin yang, our city is home to an increasing number of coffee connoisseurs. More and more speciality cafés are popping up around town to cater to different taste buds, and not just to cater to demand for espresso and a flat white but nitro coffee and unusual brews, too.This guide will lead you to all the best coffee shops in Hong Kong, all the way from Sheung Wan to hidden gems in Cheung Chau.

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