It's February, and this romantic month has some treats in store for us food and drink-loving Hong Kong dwellers. This month we welcome the addition of a stylish new Indian joint, a branch of a world-famous dessert brand, and a solid new bar to add to the list of the city's quality drinking establishments. Here we go then, with our line-up of the recent food and drink openings not to miss.
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New bars and restaurants February 2020
Aptly named, Yummee strives to dish out different kinds of Asian noodles with authenticity, quality, and deliciousness; taking foodies from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei, from Hanoi to Tokyo, from Bangkok to Shanghai – all just with a bowl of yummy noodles. Aside from tasty carbs, they also serve other goodness such as har gow, a Thai-style slow-cooked pork belly, rice paper rolls with shredded duck, and a citrus coffee with fresh lemon and lime.
Want some ooey-gooey treats for your sweet tooth? Well, you’re in luck, because one of the US’s most iconic bakery chains, Cinnabon, has finally rolled into Hong Kong this month. If you simply can’t choose between the brand’s signature cinnamon rolls, aromatic caramel pecanbons, or equally-mouthwatering chocobons, go for the Minibons or BonBites that’ll let you have a bite of everything. Just don’t forget – sharing is caring!
Pondi, short for former French colony Pondicherry in southern India, offers an intimate yet laid-back dining experience that is inspired by the coastal town’s uniquely multicultural cuisine. The new and authentic restaurant formally opened on February 10th, and is independently run by three industry professionals with backgrounds spanning from Paris, US, India, and Hong Kong. Go for the rich flavours, stay for the sherry wine pairings.
Ever thought about glamping in the middle of a concrete jungle? Campsite will make your wildest Pinterest dreams come true, with its rustic interiors and feast-on-nature motto. Brought to you by the restaurant group behind Brick Lane, OM Tapas, and Takagi Yakitori, the earthy yet glamorous restaurant puts a strong focus on sustainability, seasonality, and provenance, without compromising on quality and atmosphere.
The Diplomat is a speakeasy concept hidden in Soho’s H Code, promising renewed classics of American cocktails, expertly crafted by award-winning mixologist John Nugent (formerly of Lily & Bloom). Despite its small-scale of 18 seats, The Diplomat boasts a classy yet intimate interior. The drinks are relatively affordable while the cosy gastropub’s burgers, fries, and truffled mac and cheese are to die for. What’s worth noting is that they offer $40 mini cocktails for the lightweights, non-drinkers that want a taste, or if you just wanted a little extra for the road.
After the success of its Mongkok branch, the creators behind Ming Court have launched a second branch to present contemporary Cantonese dim sum and classic favourites. With award-winning chef Tsang Chiu King on board as culinary director, its new Wan Chai location carries even more renewed Cantonese delicacies than before. Aside from that, they also brought forth a new bar section with tea-infused cocktails fit for a southern China emperor.