Hong Kong is a city with one of the highest ratios of restaurants per capita anywhere in the world – and more are always coming. We’ve rounded up the most exciting new restaurants, bars and cafés that have just opened or are opening soon here.
Right now, it seems that famous foreign imports are the order of the day with local heroes from Singapore, Tokyo and New York dominating our list. Though, that doesn’t mean that their aren’t some exciting new spots conceptualised here.
Intrigued? Hungry? Thirsty? Good. Read on, friend. But just remember – opening dates change frequently – often at the last minute – so always ring first to confirm.
The best new bar and restaurant openings in Hong Kong
Formerly housed in an industrial building in Ngau Tau Kok, Syut just relocated and reopened on a quiet stretch of Shek Tong Tsui. The underground café and restaurant is opened by local band tfvsjs and serves light and healthy dishes in a grungey, industrial-chic space. During the soft-opening period, expect a simple menu of salads, sandwiches and pastas, as well as more creative desserts such as the 'white rabbit' panna cotta with strawberry sorbet and butterfly pea.
The lastest addition to Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk district, The Artist House is a new bar and coffeeshop by craft beer company The Artist. The location touts a number of fancy features including an infusion-based microbrewery that supposedly lets drinkers customise their beer, a fragrances lab where you can tweak your beer’s aroma, a hydroponic aqua-farm and much more. If it’s too early for a beer, the coffee is equally fancy with farm-to-cup beans and cold brewing systems all in place.
Known as the designer behind fantastical outlets such as Iron Fairies, Ophelia and Yojimbo, Ashley Sutton lends his magical touch to yet another project, Dear Lilly. With a romantic, floral theme, Dear Lilly offers modern western fare and carefully crafted cocktails – all served with an amazing view of Victoria Harbour.
Promising chicken that’s led a wondrous life free of hormones, chemicals and cages, this new Sheung Wan eatery is serving up some very promising poultry. The menu puts a large onus on buying roast chicken outright in quarter, half, whole and boneless varieties but there’s some tasty sounding alternatives in the sandwich and burger realms too.
The world famous New York cocktail bar’s second branch does the original proud. Recently opened within The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar, the menu is a mix of PDT standards from the Big Apple and originals designed specifically for Hong Kong. If you’re only popping by for one, make sure you try PDT staple the Benton Old Fashioned.
Yet another iconic overseas eatery is making its Hong Kong debut later this month by way of Tokyo’s three Michelin-starred Sushi Saito. Overseeing the Hong Kong venture is revered sushi master Takashi Saito who is hand-selecting the freshest cuts of fish every morning to be flown same-day from Tsukiji Market to Hong Kong.
The legendary Singaporean resto – which serves up some of the best Hainan chicken outside of, well, Hainan – is finally coming to Hong Kong during March. The hugely popular eatery, which counts high profile foodies like Gordon Ramsey as fans, made a lot of noise already when it opened a pop-up store in Kwai Fong last November. Hongkongers flocked to it in their droves for a taste of Tian Tian’s signature soft, well-seasoned chicken rice. We expect more of the same when this branch opens.
Formerly known as Twenty Six by Liberty, the intimate chef’s-table restaurant at Stanley 11 in Central reopens later this month with a new look and concept. To celebrate the relaunch, the restaurant is rolling out a Korean-inspired menu along with other degustation dinners that pay homage to that most glorious of grains: rice.