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New restaurants to try in Hong Kong this May

The most exciting new openings in the city

Tatum Ancheta
Dara Chau
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Tatum Ancheta
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Dara Chau
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May is a bit of a special month in Hong Kong, with the relaxed dining restrictions allowing us to enjoy a meal out until midnight, there is really no better time than the present to treat yourself to an evening out. The city’s dining scene is still hot with restaurant openings to appease the appetite for new bites. This month, we see the launch of a Spanish fine dining restaurant, a tech-driven food hall and a couple of neighbourhood bistros, among others. 

Keep reading to find out where the latest and greatest restaurants to get stuck into this month are. 

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  • Restaurants
  • German
  • Lan Kwai Fong

After more than 30 years of working in high-end kitchens around the world, veteran chef Peter Find (formerly of The Ritz-Carlton) opens his own restaurant, Heimat, in Lan Kwai Fong. Heimat, which translates to 'homeland', is Find's love letter to Germany. The restaurant offers elevated German cuisine, which is certainly more exciting than bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer. For its soft opening, Find showcases a six-course tasting menu ($1,280; +$480-$680 for wine pairing) that will transport the customers to the chef's hometown in Bersrod, to Frankfurt, Berlin, Bavaria, and the Black Forest.

The menu embraces traditional German dishes from the chef's childhood memories with fresher and more cosmopolitan strokes, paired with an Austrian and German wine list curated by award-winning sommelier Wallace Lo. Standout dishes include Frankfurter Grüne Sauce served with Brittany lobster, slow-poached egg, herbs, and potatoes (flown all the way from Germany); seabass with cabbage and goulash jus that goes perfectly well with the Fürst Bürgstadter pinot noir; and koenigsberger klops (pork dumplings in a creamy caper sauce) that can be made with OmniPork for vegetarians and complemented with a flinty Austrian sauvignon blanc from Weingut Tement. For spring, a special white asparagus menu will be available until June. After a sumptuous meal, stay for the gummy bear trolley will come by your table to serve Heimat's signature gummies made in collaboration with confectioners Bären-Treff.   

  • Restaurants
  • Central

Twin chefs and entrepreneurs Joshua and Caleb Ng present their latest culinary project, Vivant. The guys behind Cut Sando Sound Bar are now turning towards a different direction, with the help of Jeston Chua, ex Belon and Bâtard chef, to bring modern European bistronomy to Lyndhurst Terrace. The intimate space only seats 20 guests and offers an a la carte menu that can be paired with natural wines. Our favourite dishes from the menu include the flavourful potato mille-feuille smoked eel rillette ($108), creamy tortellini with green pea and parmesan sauce ($148), and threadfin fish with piperate and fondant potato ($148) – the fish practically melts in your mouth. Finish off with a poached pear and horchata ice cream ($98), or order the freshly baked cornbread coffee maple syrup butter. Along with the carefully curated wines, the restaurant serves an eclectic selection of beverages, including craft beers, ciders, and non-alcoholic drinks.   

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  • Restaurants
  • Soho

Transitioning out of the fine dining scene and turning their attention into their own French upscale casual seafood-focused restaurant, Joyce and Bond opened Bar Bleu. The menu reflects the owners’ love for seasonal fresh catches and Champagne, with highlights which include the signature oyster with cucumber and watermelon; king prawn vol-au-vent; Japanese mackerel, horseradish with green apple; Japanese snow crab with souffle omelette and herring caviar; and the Carabineros XL risotto. Bar Bleu is open for lunch, dinner and brunch, but space is intimate so we recommend booking in advance.

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  • Sheung Wan

Taking over 208 Hollywood is JIA Group’s new concept Ramato. The neighbourhood Italian restaurant is the brainchild of chef Antimo Maria Merone of Estro and mixologist Mario Calderone of Duddell’s. Named after the Puglian round tomato, expect Romato to serve hearty, traditional family-style Italian fare. The dish that stands out to us the most is the spaghetti ramato tomato sauce (the restaurant’s rendition of the spaghetti pomodori in Ramato’s signature red sauce). Others that jump off the page include the homemade pappardelle ragu, 1.5kg baked sea bass and XL king tiger prawns. Ramato has now soft opened and is welcoming diners all day.

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

Agora is the second restaurant venture by Madrid-born chef Antonio Oviedo which is set to open in Tai Kwun in mid-May. If 22 Ships is any indication of what Agora will be like, it will be nothing short of amazing. Unlike the ever-popular 22 Ships focusing on upscale casual tapas, Agora is a contemporary Spanish fine-dining concept that focuses on the chef’s roots to push out seasonal degustation menus. On the menu, diners will have the option of a 10 or 12-course tasting menu which highlights seasonal ingredients from Spain and innovative cooking techniques like cultivation and dehydration. 

 

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Central

Since opening its first outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui just six months ago, the contemporary izakaya is expanding across the harbour to Central. In such a short period of time, the restaurant has already made a mark in the business with its innovative, borderless dishes rooted in Japanese and French cooking. Highlights we can’t wait to try include the abalone liver noodle, fish maw with crab soup, and 26-day dry-aged toro sushi. 

 

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

Tai Kwun has fast become the dining destination in Central with plenty of exciting new restaurants within its property. Newcomer Cantina brings an Italian flair to the space with chef Luca Schiavone’s redefined classic dishes. Designed for sharing to get the most flavour out of your meal, you’ll find handmade pasta, risotto and signature thin-crust pizza (from varying regions) on the menu. We’re most keen on the street-style panelle; cavatelli pasta with pork ribs, beef flank and fennel sausage; and the pollo alla stemperata, the tangy Sicilian family stew. Not sure what to get? Cantina also serves a tasting menu where the restaurant will present an assortment of dishes to surprise you. The restaurant will open for dinner starting May 6, brunch from May 14, and lunch from May 16.

  • Restaurants
  • Tseung Kwan O

Tseung Kwan O welcomes a new neighbourhood joint, Koi – the contemporary Japanese bistro helmed by chef Terufumi Mihara. Integrating the finest ingredients in his ‘wa modern’ menu, chef Mihara’s fusion cuisine is inspired by his homeland and his time spent in Chicago. The dishes that have us mouthwatering at the wallet-friendly restaurant include the spicy tuna on crispy saffron rice cracker, Miyazaki A5 wagyu beef and uni roll, and marinated akami tuna angel hair pasta with ikra, and creamy mentaiko carbonara udon with mushroom and hot spring egg. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Quarry Bay

Really a first of its kind, KIN Food Halls is Quarry Bay’s exciting dining destination that puts out over 200 dishes from 40 famous restaurants throughout Asia. Developed from a 'food playlist' concept, diners will be able to experience all types of foods and cuisines in one meal – from Sushi Kuu and Miss Lee to Honbo and Yardbird – delight in whatever you please. 

In case you missed what happened last month

  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Sha Tin

Serving contemporary takes on traditional Indian cuisine, this 68-seater restaurant is one of the latest additions on Wyndham Street. If you’re looking for hearty meals to share with friends and family, book a table for lunch or dinner and enjoy plates of traditional Indian dishes presented with a contemporary twist. Must-tries include tandoori cauliflower ($168) with buttermilk and cream dressing, the crispy and flavourful Mughlai jheenga ($188) fried shrimp served with spiced beetroot and guava chutney, whole Mediterranean tandoori seabass ($480), and Chutney's mix tandoori platter ($628) with barramundi, Australian lamb chops, and two types of chicken tikka. Wash it all down with glasses of cocktails like the smoky sour mezcal-based Hera Pheri ($120) or g&t's from their gin trolley. 

  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • West Kowloon

Mosu Hong Kong is the offshoot of two-Michelin-starred Mosu Seoul, an innovative fine dining restaurant created by Korean chef-founder Sung Anh, who bases his imaginative cuisine on his experiences growing up in the US and working in famed restaurants, including The French Laundry and Benu. Mosu Hong Kong will debut with signatures from the flagship, such as abalone taco, sesame tofu (the restaurant in Seoul uses white sesame while the Hong Kong restaurant will use black), and acorn noodles, but it will also bring new dishes that embrace local seasonality and produce. Led by another Korean chef, Shim Jung Taek, the Hong Kong team looks to include more Cantonese elements as they go, adding a unique Hong Kong inflection to chef Sung Anh’s inventive cuisine. The restaurant, which is located in M+ on the third floor adjacent to the Roof Garden, benefits from the museum’s epic skyline views and reflects the artistic visual culture that can be explored within.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Sheung Wan

Taking the old Gough’s on Gough spot on Gough Street (that’s fun to read) is a new Mexican cantina Chicano. Warm and cosy, Chicano is the creation of Latino founders Gabe Pérez and chef Edgar Vigo who aim to bring LA-influenced Mexican food driven by the traditional recipes from Perez’s grandmother. From tacos and tamales to sharing plates of Birria with braised beef cheek and spiced consommé or a fiery Camarones a la Diabla, which is a tiger prawn and devil sauce combination that just makes our mouths water in anticipation.

  • Restaurants
  • Delis
  • Wan Chai

Swiss pastry chef Gérard Dubois, a name you’ve probably heard of if you’ve been to bakery-cafe Passion, has opened a new artisan deli called Sour Dough in Wan Chai. The ground-floor pet-friendly venue has a bakery counter offering all sorts of bread, pastries and other baked goods made using one of three varieties of sourdough starters (rye, white, and dark rye) that are over 30 years old. They also have a selection of dessert jars and cakes, deli-style sandwiches, including a very flavourful Cubano and pastrami sauerkraut sandwich, hot plates of food including Mediterranean Hot Breakfast, and a rotating range of vegan-based salads to try. Plus, with several tables and chairs, some of which are by the semi-open windows, you can sit down and enjoy it all with a cup of coffee and watch Wan Chai walk by.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Wan Chai

Sitting on the first floor of the Green House, a revitalised heritage building in Wan Chai, Maison Meiji offers not one, but three Meiji-era inspired experiences. This includes a fusion by day and refined French-Japanese by night dining concept in The Bistro, specialist teas and coffees with Japanese wagashi in The Coffee & Tea Room, and vinyl music with handcrafted shochu and awamori cocktails to enjoy in the Kuromaru lounge. The Bistro will serve food crafted by executive chef Tatsuo Haruta who will be introducing refined iterations of Western-Japanese kissaten classics which includes his signature omurice and hamburg steak. 

  • Restaurants
  • Juice bars
  • Kennedy Town
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Created by the same cool and creative team of Quality Goods Club, Juicy is a new joint in Kennedy Town that opened as a temporary pop-up and a way to ensure QGC staff would still be employed. It has since blown up in K-town, and everyone is going mad for their fresh fruit juices, slushies, sandwiches, coffee, and cocktails. Try the truffle cheese toastie or the Hero sub with Mortadella, spicy salami, roast ham, provolone, pepperoncini, roasted bell pepper, romaine, and tomato in ciabatta. Plus, they play old school bangers and wicked tunes, what’s not to love?

New locations

  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Admiralty

After five years in their humble digs at Kau U Fong, Cô Thành has relocated to Pacific Place, bringing their signature bún dishes to the swanky mall. Whether it’s the heartwarming beef broth with four cuts of beef in the Bún Bò Huế ($128) or the refreshing tamarind, lemongrass and galangal of  Bún Thái ($128) that gets you going, you can get it all in Admiralty now. Plus, the Vietnamese street gumbo dish Bún Mắm ($128) is back on the menu. There’s also a bunch of Bánh Mì (from $98) available on the menu made with fresh baguettes, pork charcuterie, pate and fresh herbs. 

The new 2,100sq ft space seats up to 100 diners, a fair bit more than their old venue, with different dining areas and a seated bar. The new Cô Thành also offers a selection of cocktails including the Calamansi Sour made with local Two Moons gin distilled with locally-grown calamansi and the Vietnamese Maria which features a spicy blend of garlic, coriander, Vietnamese chilli, and fish sauce. The restaurant also offers non-alcoholic beverages such as Cà Phê Sữa Bánh Flan Trân Châu which is filled with boba pearls and coffee pudding.

  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Opening its second location in Tsim Sha Tsui, Vietnamese restaurant Xuân is now also in the Gateway Arcade with bright interiors and ocean views. Crowd favourites including the signature beef pho ($158) with add-ons like roasted bone marrow ($50) or egg ($20) are still on the menu as well as mini savoury pancakes made with sea urchin, quail egg, coconut milk and scallion oil in the form of  Banh Khot ($168). Other highlights include crispy suckling pig ($268), Xuân prawn noodles ($198) and, a personal favourite, the Com Ga Hoi An chicken rice ($168) with three yellow chicken, fried egg, turmeric-infused garlic chicken rice, and pickled papaya and carrot. You can also opt for the lunch set (starts from $178) which is available from 11am to 3pm on weekdays. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Fortress Hill

Popular pizza joint Dough Bros expands again by opening another branch, it’ll be their seventh location, in Hong Kong. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Dough Bros has also introduced new pizzas: The Texas Hot ($148) and The Maui Deluxe ($158). The Texas Hot is flavoured with smoked Texas sausage, chilli flakes and jalapeños, and The Maui Deluxe has smoked ham, pepperoni, Hawaiian sausage and pineapple. Meanwhile, new desserts come in the form of doughnuts filled with cappuccino cream and caramel twist cream (both $38).

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