The best new restaurant openings in Hong Kong
This Greek taverna comes from the same folks who brought us Ho Lee Fook, Belon and New Punjab Club. Styled as a casual neighbourhood hangout, Artemis & Apollo serves classic Greek dishes, from mezzes, such as taramasalata, to grilled meat souvlaki. Another highlight is the charcoal-roasted Steki tou Ilia lamb chops on the bone. The taverna also features an exclusively Greek wine list, as well as an ample selection of ouzo. Another reason to visit? There’s a courtyard out back, making this the perfect spot for a breezy al fresco meal. If you want to check the restaurant out during its soft-opening period, be sure to sign up on the website.
Enjoy modern takes on classic Belgian and French dishes at Belgos. Moules frites are a must, and aside from traditional European preparations, you can get renditions inspired by Thai and Sichuan cooking. Also worth trying is the waterzooi – a Flemish stew made with assorted seafood and vegetables. In true Belgian spirit, the restaurant offers more than 30 premium beers to enjoy with your food.
This newcomer is ready to spice things up with its tradition-breaking Indian cooking and cocktails. While informed by various regional cuisines and recipes from India, the designed-to-share menu also features ingredients from other countries – as showcased by the chili honey-glazed French langoustine and pan-seared minced American duck patties – as well as globally inspired creations, such as the paneer bhurji quesadilla.
After months of teasing, America’s favourite burger chain Five Guys has finally revealed the opening details for its first store in Hong Kong this month. Occupying a large, diner-esque space on the ground floor of J Senses, Five Guys will griddle up its signature fuss-free, two-patty burgers, which you can then load up with any combo of toppings, from the standard lettuce and tomatoes to jalapeños and mayo. Of course, you’ll also get to order the chain’s famously generous portions of hand-cut fries. Opens Nov 19.
Opened by the same team behind Posto Pubblico and Linguini Fini, Frank’s is a casual Italian American joint specialising in hearty, food and hospitality. There are plenty of old-school touches, including an all-vinyl soundtrack and a bar area modelled after a mom and pop grocery store. In the dining room upstairs, enjoy unfussy dishes inspired by the “red sauce” Italian restaurants in New York and Jersey. Highlights include the zuppa di mare and chicken parm. Opens late November.
The brand new Marriott property at Ocean Park features four F&B outlets, all of which champion eco-conscious dining practices by offering sustainable seafood on their menus. Enjoy ethically sourced fish at the hotel’s contemporary Chinese restaurant, Canton Bistro, or enjoy surf and turf options at the 1920s-themed Prohibition Grill House. There’s also Marina Kitchen & Marina Café, which offers all-day buffet dining complete with an impressive seafood station, and the cocktail-focused Pier Lounge & Pier Bar. Please note that reservations are essential during the soft-opening period this month.
Enjoy modern Vietnamese food at Madam Saigon. Housed at Mira Place 1, the restaurant gives a contemporary spin to traditional recipes, resulting in dishes such as steamed rice flan with minced pork, dried sakura shrimps and deep-fried garlic. To go with the food, enjoy one of Madam Saigon’s Vietnamese cocktails, or go for the filter coffee brewed from beans supplied by actor Moses Chan’s brand, Blooms Roastery & Craft Tea.
The popular steakhouse-slash-food store opens yet another location. This time, it’s a bi-level space in Mid-Levels, complete with a rooftop terrace. The menu includes simple dishes that rely on quality ingredients. These include things like the signature house-made chicken liver pâté, fried cheese with date jam and, of course, grilled cuts from the butcher’s counter. Opens Nov 12.
This intimate, 26-seat izakaya offers deliciously affordable omakase menus starting from just $288 for nine courses. If you prefer to select your own dishes, Mokutan offers an à la carte menu with a heavy focus on skewered and grilled items, including various types of yakitori, beef and seafood – all at extremely reasonable prices.
It’s a good month for burger fans. Aside from the Five Guys debut above, another US-born fastfood favourite, Shake Shack, is expanding with its second store in the 852. The new location is at Pacific Place, close to the AMC Cinema. Aside from serving up Shackburgers, crinkle-cut fries and hand-spun shakes, the store will also have items that are exclusive to the PP location. Opens mid-Nov.