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New nibbles: where to dine this month

By: Rebecca Simpson

Keeping up with new restaurants in Hong Kong, let alone new chefs and new menus, can be tricky. Our restaurant news round-up will keep you in the loop about the city’s ever-evolving dining scene. From the latest eatery to open its doors to celebrity chefs to Hong Kong brunches and bars, it’s all here!

Get your Christmas dining sorted

If you haven’t booked Christmas lunch or dinner, it’s time to get serious and book! We’ve pulled together some options from Hong Kong restaurant and hotels in our Christmas dining round up. Check it out here.

Miss Lee: modern Chinese vegetarian

Good news for vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians alike, there’s another plant-based restaurant in town – woo hoo! Head to Miss Lee in Sheung Wan for some modern Chinese vegetarian cuisine. The team at Miss Lee assure us their beautifully plated dishes are inspired by flavours found in Chinese cooking, full of aroma and texture, to ensure that every diner, even carnivores, are fully satisfied. They will also have a takeaway counter open at lunchtime. From 12pm until 2:30pm you can pick up a healthy salad or a set lunch for $68. G/F The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan | misslee.hk

The set lunch at Miss Lee looks pretty good

Kervin Unido joins PDT

Kervin Unidoin has built a solid reputation as one of the city’s leading Bartenders. He has been crowned Young Bartender of The Year, the Champion of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition, and voted one of the Top 25 Bartenders in Hong Kong & Macau. He’s kinda a big deal. Now, he’s the Head Bartender at PDT at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental.

Craft Gin: Made in Hong Kong

Gin-thusiasts, this one is for you. We have a new microdistillery in Hong Kong – hurrah! Head over to Two Moons in Chai Wan for some locally produced gin. Not only are they distilling, bottling and labelling locally, but they have a cool space where you can lounge around and try some new gin concoctions.  A fun night out and some Christmas shopping sorted all at once.

All-female chefs at TATE

TATE Dining Room’s residence program will be an all-female affair in 2020. We can’t wait. Chef-patron Vicky Lau will host exclusive dinner events with three of the world’s most pioneering female chefs, including Ana Ros (Hisa Franko, Slovenia), Manu Buffara (Restaurante Manu, Brazil) and Leonor Espinosa (Restaurant Leo, Colombia) from January till May 2020. Prices and details for each event will be unveiled closer to the dates. tate.com.hk

Wine pairing at home

If you’re entertaining at home this festive season, we have a potential cheat for you. At-home catering service, MobiChef, is now collaborating with wine platform MyiCellar to launch Wine and Chef. This new service provides party platters and nibbles, along with matching wines. There are three different party sets to choose from. A not-so-silly approach to entertaining at home during the silly season. Learn more at mobichef.com

Platters and wine pairing are on offer from MobiChef

Monoprix at Marketplace

French brand, Monoprix, is now available at Market Place by Jasons. They’ll now stock over 70 Monoprix items, including over 20 kinds of premium French cheeses, French Ricotta and Spinach Tortellini, frozen hams and other meat delicacies. They will also be Monoprix chocolates and biscuits.

A Taste of Malaysia

Harbourside at the InterContinental continues to roll through it’s celebration of Asian flavours. January and February are all about Malaysian flavours.  Yes, that’s right The Taste of Asia weekday lunch buffet has moved into its Malaysia phase at this Hong Kong restaurant. What’s on offer? Chef Nicholas Chan has crafted Malaysian Fish Curry, Sautéed Petai with Sambal, Pork Belly, Squid and Dried Fish, Nyonya Laksa Prawns, Nyonya Beef Lemak, Malaysian Hokkien Mee (Prawn Noodles), Nyonya Babi Pongteh (Pork), Malaysian Mee Goreng. Yum! The Taste of Malaysia lunch is available Monday to Friday (12 noon to 2.30pm) and costs HK$488, or HK$338 for children 3 to 11. hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

Taste of Malaysia… where to start?!

OMG the cutest Christmas dim sum ever!

YUM CHA may well have sent us THE cutest Christmas-themed food photos ever. YUM CHA has added some serious Christmas cheer to its dim sum experience with four festive, super-cute new dishes. There is Polar Bear Custard Buns ($38 for 2), Reindeer Cupcakes ($38 for 2), and our favourite, Broccoli Salad with Mashed Potato ($89).  They are available as à la carte dishes or The Limited edition Christmas box is $68 and includes the Reindeer Cupcake, one Gingerbread Man Legend and one Polar Bear Custard Bun. I mean, it’s almost too cute to eat! yumchahk.com

There is warm custard in those bears… yum!

New harbourfront eats

We don’t have enough harbourfront dining or modern Australian cuisine in this town. So we were delighted when two of our favourite things – Australian-inspired eats and views of the water – launched onto the scene this week. Welcome, Hue; you are long overdue and we’re delighted you’re here. Head over to TST (catch the Star Ferry) and stroll along the waterfront to this new restaurant, on the first floor of the Hong Kong Art Museum. It’s a great option for entertaining guests or clients visiting Hong Kong. huedining.com.hk

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The food is just as good as the view.

New brunch options

The Pirata Group has refreshed some of its brunch offerings, just in time for the sill season. Honjo (modern Japanese) is now offering a brunch menu each weekend and on public holidays from 12 till 2.30pm. It features a sushi, sashimi and maki station, plus an oyster station where guests can top their plates with selections freshly sourced from Ireland. Honjo’s spread will include a choice of main course and a dessert station. Priced at HK$468 per adult and HK$98 per child, with the option of a free-flow at HK$198 per adult. honjo.hk

Exploring new bites at The Rosewood

Last week, we brought news of Asaya Kitchen, an urban wellness concept where health meets gastronomic delights. Here, plates are infused with raw, sprouted, pickled and fermented organic ingredients (in the à la carte lunch menu). This week, it’s time to explore Bayfare Social, a tapas-inspired social eatery/market. Bring your friends for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner. This eatery connects The Rosewood to the new K11 Art Mall. rosewoodhotels.com/hongkong

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Bayfare Social by Rosewood is a new casual food market to explore

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Best brunch spots in the city