The best new restaurant openings in Hong Kong
A long-time favourite at the InterContinental Hong Kong, Yan Toh Heen has undergone a major makeover as it’s moved into a new harbourfront location within the hotel. Aside from boasting jaw-dropping views, the new space also features a gorgeous interior, which includes a hand-carved jade corridor and silk screens with floral embroidery. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy the restaurant’s delicious Cantonese dishes – many of which are made with globally sourced and seasonal ingredients – as well as specialty brews selected and prepared by Yan Toh Heen’s very own tea sommelier.
If summer gorging’s got you feeling guilty, head over to Bear’s Lab, which offers smoothie bowls for the health-conscious. The bowls are made fresh-to-order and are packed with natural, nutrition-dense ingredients such as acai, chia seeds and fresh fruit. The store also offers good-for-you beverages, including a vegan latte made with charcoal.
The younger sibling of Tai Hang’s Tipsy restaurant, this new Kwun Tong eatery offers healthy, contemporary European dishes designed with the help of a nutritionist. Lunch-goers can fill up at the salad bar or go for the set lunch menu with heartier options. Value-for-money sets are also available for dinner, and feature simple and satisfying dishes such as crab risotto, miso salmon and grilled striploin.
Sappora’s Ebisoba Ichigen unveils its flagship Hong Kong venue at Harbour City. Known for its shrimp broth ramen, this location is the first in the world to serve ebi mazesoba – an incredibly rich noodle flavoured with shrimp essence, shrimp oil and shrimp soy sauce.
The team behind Brazilian-Japanese restaurant Uma Nota launches a new Middle Eastern concept this month. The restaurant and bar is inspired by the nomadic Bedouin tribes of the Middle Eastern deserts, and features plenty of spice-centric sharing plates as well as cocktails and mocktails crafted from seasonal produce and botanicals.
Greyhound Cafe’s new flagship location takes inspiration from the street food of Thailand. The soul of this cool and casual concept is the noodle bar, where slurpable dishes are prepared fresh to order. The restaurant also boasts all-new menu items, such as whole crab yellow curry and lobster tom yum. Also expect Thai-influenced cocktails – including the Mango Coconuttini and Bangkoktini – to go with the food.
Looking for somewhere special to host your next dinner party? Then book a table at Timothy Oulton. The upscale furniture gallery now offers bespoke dinner services by neighbouring restaurant, Gough’s on Gough. Amid handcrafted leather sofas and dazzling chandeliers, guests can enjoy a six-course menu ($1,488 per person) that showcases modern British cooking at its finest, complete with wines and champagne. The Secret Restaurant accommodates up to 10 guests and can be booked with a $15,000 minimum spend.
The World Cup may be over but that doesn’t mean our city’s any less hungry for football. If you’re looking for a place to watch regular league matches, check out the new Island-side outlet of The Stadium Bar & Restaurant. Like the original location in Kwun Tong, the Causeway Bay branch is adorned with sporting memorabilia and features plenty of TV screens tuned into the biggest games, including live broadcasts of the Premier League. Enjoy the action over pizzas, burgers, fries and, of course, plenty of beers, both bottled and on tap.
Hot on the heels of Chifa, Madame Ching and Hugger Mugger, Pirata Group rolls out yet another new concept, this time focusing on modern Indian fare. With experience from London’s Michelin-starred Benares, culinary director Balaji Balachander plates up a state-spanning selection of Indian dishes, many of which are designed for sharing. Also expect spice-infused Indian-inspired cocktails and delicious chai teas.
Expect opulent décor at Dragonfly, the new project by prolific designer Ashley Sutton (pictured). Hot on the heels of opening the romance-themed Dear Lilly – which in turn came hot on the heels of flashy neo-Japanese nightclub, Yojimbo – Dragonfly is inspired by the aesthetics of 19th-century American artist, Louis Tiffany. As with many of Sutton’s other ventures, the food and drinks will be provided by Dining Concepts.
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