Read on as EL discovers what’s news on the Hong Kong dining and foodie scene.
Quality Coffee Fast
Founded by three coffee-loving pioneers, Zai Fe (meaning “strong black coffee” in Cantonese) operates on the idea that coffee is a drink not a lifestyle. Zai Fe’s expert baristas prepare and serve two blends using traditional Italian espresso bar methods, and local fresh milk. They source fair-trade beans from all over the world, and roast them in their local Kwun Tong factory, and they serve their coffee in recycled paper cups that are compostable and covered in designs by local artists. The artistic element continues with the design of each outlet – simple and stylish spaces that reflect the local neighbourhood, and where the espresso bar takes centre stage. Zai Fe has already revolutionised the coffee scene in Quarry Bay and on Wyndham Street, with plans for more outlets across the city later in the year.
Zai Fe, 24 Finnie Street, Quarry Bay
The new Castelo Concepts dining and booking app puts the world of eating out at your fingertips. As well as full contact details, menus and maps for all of their restaurants, from Wagyu to Zaks, the app allows users to book a table at their favourite restaurant online. There is also the ability to check for current events and promotions and host of prizes and giveaways.
Available from both Google Play and the Apple Store. casteloconcepts.com
Shaking things up in the rapidly expanding craft beverage market, Tai-Pan Beer Co. has announced the arrival of its range of Australian craft beer and cider in Hong Kong. Sourced from some of the top independent brewers in the country, the product range represents the best of the brewing scene in Australia from multiple award-winning brewers such as Balmain Brewing Company, Bridge Road Brewers and Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, as well as ciders from Batlow Cider Co. The product range is already available at several leading Hong Kong bars and restaurants, and they are currently accepting retail orders for personal use.
email@example.com | taipanbeer.com
Go Go Mango
There’s no denying that Hong Kongers love food. It’s easy enough to eat out, but when it comes to dining in, the choices for where to buy your produce can seem a little daunting. That’s where Mango Menus comes in. This new website is a comprehensive grocery guide on where to source meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, health products and more – from the wet markets to the highest-end organic delivery services. The website also features monthly deals and discounts in the food space, many exclusive to Mango Menus, as well as a collection of recipes and a menu-planning service. Underlying it all is a well-written and entertaining blog from the founder, mother-of-two, Helen Scott.
6773 1012 | mangomenus.com
The Bellbrook, bistro oz by Laris
Australians looking for a restaurant with a taste of home don’t have to venture far, with the arrival of the BellBrook, bistro oz by Laris. Chef David Laris and his team have created a menu of flavoursome, no-fuss food, inspired by homemade Australian dishes with multicultural influences. All the dishes have been designed to share at the table, for families and friends to enjoy over lunch, weekend brunch, happy hour, dinner or late night supper. The upbeat and relaxed vibe of the space reflects the Aussie style, with an open kitchen, an enclosed balcony and the welcoming bar at the entrance. With vintage memorabilia on display, the BellBrook offers patrons a unique dining experience.
The Bellbrook, bistro oz by Laris, 2/F Wyndham Street, Central. 2530 1600
Not Only Meatballs
New restaurant and artisanal Italian eatery NOM (Not Only Meatballs) is now open in Soho, offering a menu of contemporary classics centered around the ultimate comfort food – meatballs. The result of Chef Partner Fabrizio Napolitano’s Italian heritage and nine years serving some of the most-loved Italian dishes in Hong Kong (formerly at Goccia), NOM is the region’s first ever meatball bar combined with a modern and sophisticated Italian eatery. Fabrizio’s focus is on wine and food in equal measure and a wide selection of organic and biodynamic wines are also on the menu. The restaurant’s aged wood and warm brass accents combine to create a modern rustic setting that’s casual, cosy and laid-back. “When we were thinking about a new concept for Hong Kong, we didn’t want to create just ‘another Italian restaurant,” says Fabrizio. “People want is comfort food in a friendly place, and dining at NOM is like dining at a good friend’s house.”
NOM, 1/F, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central. 2540 7988
Eat More Art
For those looking for dinner with a difference, Hong Kong’s multi-sensory gallery cum restaurant The Popsy Room is now offering a one-of-a-kind, “eat more art” gastronomic dining experience. The venue, an art gallery by day, seamlessly presents an exploratory dining adventure by night. As a platform for artists using various mediums, including sounds, sights, tastes and aromas, The Popsy Room recently invited Chef Kaze Lo to give her interpretation of the art pieces in the Maditation and Megrim exhibition – on a plate. The result was a nine-course degustation menu (HK$1,388) specifically designed to bring guests to a deeper understanding of the works on display. Both the exhibition and menu will change on a bi-monthly basis to bring art lovers new experiences regularly.
The Popsy Room, G/F, 30 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan. 2234 6711
Barcelona in Lai Chi Kok
Rústico is the latest new restaurant opened in the rejuvenated Lai Chi Kok industrial complex, D2 Place. Restaurateur Eric Ting continues the dining destination’s eclectic, unpretentious theme with a traditional, 1930’s-inspired Spanish taverna – complete with rustic wooden beams, an open kitchen with hanging jambon hams, pots and pans, and red brick and tile mosaic flooring. The star of the restaurant menu is the rotisserie chicken, cooked with a secret recipe on an authentic Spanish traditional gas stove. Wash it down with Spanish sangrias, cocktails, wines and spirits. Executive Chef Juanjo Carrillo’s mission at Rústico is to “share the home-style, carefree culture and food of Barcelona with Hong Kong.”
Rustico, G/F, D2 Place, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon. 2743 4511