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New restaurants to try in Hong Kong this July

Find out what's heating up Hong Kong's food scene this month

Tatum Ancheta
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Tatum Ancheta
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Hong Kong's dining scene is constantly changing, so we've always got one eye on the latest openings. From a new Champagne and caviar place, a pork-centric eatery, a shabu shabu place, as well as revamped and relocated venues, satiate your appetite for new eats with this round-up of hot restaurant openings. 

RECOMMENDED: Try to get a booking at Hong Kong's toughest tables, and don't forget to get after-work drinks at some of the best bars in town. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars
  • Central

Oenophiles looking for afternoon drinks and quality bites can check out LQV Group's – a Hong Kong-based company and proprietor of a number of French wine bars, restaurants, and shops in the city, including LQV Wan Chai - Le Bar & La Cav, La Crémerie, and La Boucherie – latest addition to their ever-growing company. Located above Lyndhurst Terrace, Terroirs by LQV covers 2,000sq ft of space with a bar, dining area, and two al fresco terraces. The bar's access to the group's cheese shops, butchers, and bakers allow the establishment access to delicious pastries, artisanal cold cut platters, and cheese boards, as well as classic French plates made with the finest ingredients. Must-tries include pissaladière – a popular flatbread from Nice – and pâté en croûte –​​ a traditional French dish made with meat pâté served in a pastry crust – using Noir de Bigorre pork and Maison Samaran foie gras. 

  • Restaurants
  • Wan Chai

Auor (pronounced as 'hour') is Singaporean chef Edward Voon's (formerly of Le Pan) new restaurant in Wan Chai. The restaurant is themed around the circularity of life and time, featuring two private dining rooms, a terrace and a 10-seater chef's table. The theme continues to the dishes where past, future, and the present blend into creative dishes using seasonal ingredients crafted with French techniques and Asian flavours. For July, guests can enjoy a six and eight-course dinner menu (six plates at $1,680 per person/eight plates at $1,980 per person) presented in 24 solar terms from the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendars. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

Taking its name from widely-celebrated caviar-producing beluga sturgeon, the restaurant will serve modestly priced French-Mediterranean dishes with generous servings of caviar alongside fresh seafood like oysters and lobsters. Aiming to bring France's niche champagne culture to Hong Kong, guests can indulge in lavish dishes and pair them with glasses of Champagne from an expansive collection of bottles from various Champagne brands, including Vilmart et Cie Grande Reserve Premier Cru Brut and the 2012 Maison Mumm RSRV Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Vintage.   

  • Restaurants
  • Tai Hang

Oink if you love pork because this eatery serves pork in every way imaginable. Located in Tai Hang, Porkcentric is a new restaurant from Deadly Rabbits Concepts, the group behind the friendly neighbourhood restaurant Ask for Alonzo. Meat-lovers can indulge in hearty pork-based dishes inspired by street food from Germany, Hungary, Poland, and more using pork from five different pig breeds around the world – American Duroc, English Hampshire, Japanese Kurobuta, Italian Cinta Senese, and Hungarian Mangalica. Dishes range from assorted Polish cold cuts ($198 for three choices; $298 for five choices) to indulgent selections like their pork chop tomahawk ($568). For drinks, sip from a wide selection of craft beers from international and local breweries. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Causeway Bay

Lifestyle specialty store City'super has opened its first authentic Japanese restaurant Mikura at the Sugar+ building on Sugar Street in Causeway Bay. The restaurant specialises in sake and Nabemono (hot pot dishes) using quality ingredients sourced from Japan. City'super's Japanese artisan brands will be utilised in the kitchen, including Hakataya soy milk, Yamagata A5 grade Otome Ushi Wagyu beef, Kayanoya dashi, and RF1 salad usually seen on the salad counters of the gastro market. At Mikura, guests can enjoy shabu shabu, sashimi, grilled fish, udon, and donburi while overlooking panoramic views of Victoria Park. 

From now until August 31, 2022, City'super's super e and super e-gold members can get an exclusive 10 percent discount off their bill when they dine. 

  • Restaurants
  • Central

Two-Michelin starred Bo Innovation has moved and reopened to Central's lifestyle enclave H Code. Chef Alvin Leung's signature Chinese dishes will be presented in an all-new 10-course tasting menu called 'The Masterpieces' ($2,000 per person; $1,680 with pre-booking) inspired by renowned works of art plated in custom tablewares with interactive elements. Standout dishes include a soup inspired by Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, whole steamed fish with gold plated bones inspired by Fish Magic, a 1925 surrealist painting by Swiss-German artist Paul Klee, and an aged duck breast with eight treasures pudding that celebrates Salvador Dali's Autumnal Cannibalism which he painted just after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Causeway Bay
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Park Lane Hotel's popular rooftop bar Skye in Causeway Bay got a facelift and reopened this summer with a bigger and better al fresco area which made drinking and dining amidst unobstructed harbour views a whole lot better. The reopening also comes with a new casual dining concept focused on robata-grilled skewers, as well as a new drink menu featuring cocktails inspired by zodiac signs. The indoor area looks pretty much the same as before, aside from the exposed ceiling, slight changes in decor, and an atmosphere sporting a more relaxed dining experience. Guests can enjoy new small and sharing plates, including some of the restaurant's old signatures like the Beef Wellington and roast ping yuen chicken which serves four people. 

  • Restaurants
  • Central

Opening on July 5, this yōshoku (Western-influenced Japanese cuisine) restaurant is the latest venue launching at the newly renovated off-course betting centre of Hong Kong Jockey Club on Stanley Street. The eatery takes after the name of Tic-Tac Men, who used to facilitate the communication between betting companies and other off-site workers in the horse racing industry in the 19th century. Guests can order from the two sets of menus – available during non-racing days and racing days – with options of appetiser, soup, dessert, and two drinks, and includes dishes like crab croquette ($78), karaage fried chicken ($58), hamburger steak omurice ($138), and fried ebi omurice ($138). 

Make sure to book a reservation during racing days to secure a seat. Booking will be available on this link from July 2 onwards.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • West Kowloon

Opening its doors to the public on July 1 – one day ahead of Hong Kong Palace Museum's grand opening – Crepes & Bakes is a new French Eatery located on the Palace Museum grounds. Offering unobstructed harbour views of both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, the cafe is great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Indulge in baked goods, including various types of bread served with salted butter and jam ($68), croissants and baguette sandwiches ($40-$68), salads ($78-$138), sweet treats like palmier, tarts, and eclairs ($40-$88, and gluten-free, savoury and sweet crepes ($58-$98). 

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Rosewood Hong Kong is adding a new dining destination to its world-class F&B offerings, complete with picturesque views of Victoria Harbour. Offering both casual and elevated dining experiences, BluHouse opened on June 9 to serve hungry Hongkongers looking for authentic Italian bites. Helmed by chef Giovanni Galeota, the new eatery will transport guests across Italy, featuring a barista corner serving coffee and aperitivo, a roaster, and a pizzeria serving pizza by the slice, as well as a pastry and gelato counter. From June 23, The Dining Room by BluHouse will open to the public to offer a refined Italian dining experience complemented with excellent wines from their extensive cellar. Watch this space for more information! 

 

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Central

This month, oenophiles can check out a new French wine bistro at trendy hotspot H Code. Taking its name from the French word for 'nose', Nez offers classic French bistro fare paired with a selection of boutique and hard-to-source wines specially curated by Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong’s sommelier Victor Petiot. Heading the kitchen is chef de cuisine Don Wong, who is taking 25 years of his culinary experience to the table. Expect classic dishes, including classic beef tartare ($328), Burgundy snails ($208), and Bavette de Boeuf Wagyu ($498) served with classic creamy mashed potatoes. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Trying to eat healthy to get your summer time beach body? Add this new restaurant to your regular haunt. The Langham, Hong Kong has converted its all-day dining restaurant, The Food Gallery, into a new health-conscious eatery called TFG (The Food is Gorgeous). Dine without guilt and enjoy a selection of healthy dishes, which includes salads, hot soups, and poke bowls with options of chicken, salmon, as well as Omni Pork for their proteins. Finish with guilt-free desserts including chocolate nice cream with cocoa nibs made from sugar-free and dairy-free vegan ice cream and wash them all down with healthy, power drinks, and detox water. 

  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

 

After 21 years of serving Hongkongers with Italian and Japanese cuisine complemented with Victoria Harbour views at One Peking Road in TST, Aqua has relocated to the 17th floor of the stylish H Zentre on Middle Road with a new look and an even better view of Hong Kong’s skyline. If you have not visited the new location, add this to your must-visit list this season. The new venue features a spirit bar and two expansive outdoor terraces where patrons can sip on sundowners amidst a garden setting and harbour views in the backdrop. DJs will be on deck to keep the fun vibes going late into the night. Expect a host of new cocktails crafted by Aqua’s new creative bar director Lorenzo Coppola (formerly Zuma). Standout drinks that we’re excited to try include the smoked sour cocktail called Eye of the Storm, made with asparagus-infused tequila. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Central

Priding themselves on mastery of the charcoal grill, Kicho specialises in exquisite tori kappo dishes, serving Kuro Satsuma chicken bred in Kagoshima Prefecture – noted for retaining an optimum fat content and fine fibres regardless of cooking method. Providing a 16-course omakase dining experience, Kicho’s menu features an extensive list of starters, yakitori skewers, slow-cooked chicken, vegetables, main courses, and desserts. Turning farm-fresh seasonal Japanese ingredients into premium quality omakase dishes presented to diners, their charcoal-grilled tori kappo is light and moreish. With a wide array of sake using organically cultivated rice, there are plenty of pairing choices for the omakase dishes. Also providing wine pairings for their dishes, Kicho selects a medley of wines grown in the Miyazaki Prefecture. 

 

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Central

Just a few steps away from Kicho is Michelin guide-recommended wagyu-centric Japanese restaurant from Singapore, Ushidoki, which offers a new spin on kaiseki meals using Kagoshima Prefecture’s acclaimed Odagyu A4-grade beef. Specialising in a ‘tongue to tail’ wagyu menu, the restaurant provides premium beef with a melt-in-the-mouth consistency and deep umami quality. As the star of their wagyu kaiseki dining experience, the Odagyu beef can be seen in the ten-course chef’s menu in dishes like stews, shabu-shabu, sandos, and many more. Like its neighbouring restaurant, Ushidoki also provides guests with an extensive selection of sake and wines to pair with their wagyu kaiseki dishes. 

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  • Hotels
  • Pok Fu Lam

Le Méridien Hong Kong is offering three new restaurants and a bar for their grand re-opening. From refined takes on Cantonese classics like sweet and sour pork or poached spotted grouper in pickled mustard green soup, Nam Fong’s dishes transform traditional recipes and fresh ingredients into outstanding and creative dishes. Feast on breakfast buffet, brunch, and a la carte dining at contemporary all-day restaurant Southside Bistro. Importing seafood from Japan, Umami is an izakaya offering signatures like grilled amadai with mashed lily and house-made sauces, Kagoshima wagyu sukiyaki and more. Head to Le Méridien’s bar Latitude 22 for afternoon tea during the day or cocktails and wines with various petit plates at night.

  • 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. 

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Kennedy Town

Opening their third location in Kennedy Town, Blend & Grind is the perfect morning to night spot that serves coffee first thing in the morning and espresso martinis in the evening. Aside from their rustic interior dining area, bring your pups along with you to dine in their dog-friendly outdoor space. Their healthy menu includes daily brunch items, ranging from acai bowls, fresh bagels, grilled chicken salad with mozzarella cheese, and lamb shakshuka with olive, and thyme sourdough bread. Accompany your meal with a selection of teas, smoothies, juices and infusions – but leave room for their in house blended coffees. From the light-medium roasted White Edition to the three-bean blend Black Edition, there’s something for every coffee enthusiast. End your day with their small sharing plates and signature cocktails, whether it’s with the Classic Espresso Martini, Avocolada, the Spicy Devil 2.0 – or all three of them! 

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