When it comes to food, there are few places that can parallel Hong Kong’s incredibly diverse, colourful gastronomic scene. With cuisines from all around the world and no shortage of globally-renowned chefs fighting for a spot to open shop, it should come as no surprise that so many big names have their eyes set on the Pearl of the Orient. Finding new places to eat? Well, look no further because we’ve compiled all the new must-tries debuting this November! By Andrea Hui
Designed with comfort and socialising in mind, Asaya Kitchen’s dining area exudes hominess with its open kitchen, light color scheme and wood furnishings. Equipped with an infinity pool and an al fresco poolside bar, not only does the restaurant offer exquisite food and a perfect site for bonding, it also provides a stellar view of Hong Kong’s famous harbour and glittering skyline. Spearheaded by Executive Chef Renaud Marin and using only seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers, fisheries and artisans, Asaya Kitchen serves health-conscious, plant-based dishes that derive strong influences from infamously nutritious Mediterranean and Japanese diets. Those who want something more casual can visit during their lunch service for a more laidback feast on organic foods. But if you’re up for something fancier, feel free to come by during dinner to witness the kitchen’s more delicate and artistic side.
Named as a tribute to Fortnum & Mason’s 300-year-old headquarters located at 181 Piccadilly in London, Fortnum’s 181 is a grandiose, elegant restaurant situated on the second floor of the iconic brand’s two-floor branch in Hong Kong. The dining room’s seasonal, specially curated menus feature Scotch eggs, rare teas, caviar, smoked salmon, scones, knickerbocker glories, beef wellingtons, and much, much more. Be it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, having a meal in this fine establishment is sure to give you a taste of pure, unadulterated luxury.
Located on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s stunning harbour, % Arabica’s sixth Hong Kong branch “KUBE” doubles as a cube-shaped design installation by Dutch architectural firm OMA. Adorned by a special anodized golden finish on its smooth, aluminium exterior, the dai-pai-dong-esque kiosk is able to reflect ever-changing shades of gold under different light qualities, giving the multifunctional installation a dynamic look that shines in the day and glows in the night. Complete with marble chairs and an event-friendly space, KUBE is an intimate, communal environment that encourages bonding and inspires human connection through artistry and a cup of % Arabica’s specialty coffee.
Opened by the familiar Black Sheep Restaurants, Associazione Chianti is the latest addition to the well-known restaurant group’s long oeuvre of dining experiences. Specializing in authentic Italian food – particularly the cuisine of Tuscany – Associazione Chianti is able to transport their patrons to the center of Florence with a bite of their no-frills, simple Italian dishes. Perhaps the most outstanding of them all is the chef’s recommendation, the I Tagli Del Macelliao (Butcher’s Cut), which features a cut of Black Angus beef selected by an in-house butcher and sourced from an Idaho farm. If you’re a carnivore or carb-fiend, make sure to drop by the restaurant for some perfect steak and soul-nourishing pasta.
Helmed by seasoned British chef Nathan Green, meat-centric fare Henry located in Rosewood Hong Kong is every meat lover’s dream come true as the restaurant draws heavy influences from Chef Green’s countryside upbringing and American traditions to bring the best of Texas barbecue to the table. With woodfire ovens, charcoal grills, dry-aged heritage meats, and even an in-house butcher shop on display, the restaurant transparently showcases the amount of care and attention detail they invest in elevating the diner’s experience to another level. Meat enthusiasts, don’t miss out!
New yakitori joint Kido stays true to yakitori traditions with their cosy counter table setting and classic menu that includes every part of the chicken. But on top of that, this yakitori skewer bar will also be serving up traditional, Fukuoka-style “hakata-ku” skewers, extending the menu to healthier, more diverse skewered dishes that include other meats, vegetables, and even fruits. Led by Kido’s head chef Kimura Junichiro, diners will be able to authentically experience the timeless tradition and culture of yakitori feasting in this trendy, classic, yet nevertheless distinctly Japanese hideout.
Located on the fifth floor of Rosewood Hong Kong, the tapas-inspired gastro market Bayfare Social is opening its doors to groups of patrons looking for a leisurely meal and an aesthetic view to accompany it. Headed by Chef de Cuisine Álvaro Ramos, the vibrant, lively eatery is the perfect place for learning tapas, enjoying flavours from all over the world, and getting some Spanish draft beers or stylish cocktails. Boasting an extensive array of food and drink for value prices, Bayfare social is the all-in-one venue for quality food at affordable prices Hong Kong rarely offers nowadays.