Keeping up with new restaurants, new chefs and new menus in Hong Kong can be tricky as there’s always so much going on! Our regular Hong Kong restaurant news round-up aims to keep you in the loop with what’s going on when it comes to new menus and new venues in the city’s ever-evolving dining scene. From the latest eatery to open its doors to celebrity chefs to brunches and bars, it’s all here!
Dragonfly takes flight
Dragonfly has opened its doors in the historic Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts. The latest venue to be designed by Ashley Sutton for Dining Concepts, this bohemian-style cocktail lounge has a feel of the Art Nouveau era. Sutton has taken inspiration from US artist Louis Tiffany, who was renowned for his favrile glass and stained-glass window creations, as well as French artist René Lalique. Head there for creative cocktails and delicious small dishes.
Legendary pizza chef Franco Pepe is bringing his award-winning Italian resto to Hong Kong. KYTALY. KYTALY, which takes its name from ‘ki’, the Japanese symbol for energy, and Italy, will have a menu featuring 19 pizze from classics to Franco Pepe’s signature creations, as well as a range of Italian salads and desserts. Franco Pepe currently holds the No.1 position for Top 50 Best Pizza in Italy 2018.
British to a tea
Fans of a classic British afternoon tea will delight in Gough on Gough’s new high tea set. Served on Saturday afternoons, the menu includes a mix of sweet and savoury items. Expect finger sandwiches such as smoked salmon with crème fraiche and cucumber, and, of course, scones with clotted cream and homemade jam.
KONG opens its doors
Wan Chai’s Bread & Beast is transforming into a sit-down restaurant and cocktail bar in the evenings, called KONG. The menu takes traditional Hong Kong flavours and gives them a twist, with a range of sharing plates making it a perfect venue for groups. Dishes include offerings such as Cherry Kola Brisket Cheung Fun, which is slow-cooked barbecued brisket, kola caramel, pickled cherry, and seared cheung fun.
New Indian resto
The city has a new Indian restaurant with the opening of Chaiwala in Central. This vibrant venue serves a modern Indian menu with six sections which spans the Indian subcontinent with dishes ranging from the north to the southernmost point. Those who want to try a bite of everything can opt for the Dabbawala Menu at HK$480 per person which includes a selection of Chaiwala signatures and chef’s favourites. Make sure you try the cocktails, made with aromatic Indian spices.
The Wise King
According to legend, the practice of eating tapas with decadent drinks was the result of a decree by King Alfonso X of Castile during the 13th Century. The Wise King, a new bar on Staunton Street, takes its inspiration from this 13th Century decadence, serving classic cocktails and tapas snacks. The bar is a new venture from industry veterans Joe Villanueva and Sandeep Kumar.
Fans of exclusive experiences should head to Foxglove to discover the hidden cocktail bar, Frank’s Library. Located in the depths of Foxglove behind closed curtains is a secret alcove library where bar manager Derek Tsui will be serving up a unique cocktail menu created with house-infused spirits and fresh ingredients. Offerings include cocktails with a cream cheese foam and made with goji liquor. 18 Ice House Street, Central.
Vegetarian and vegan friends take note! Leading Korean restaurant Jinjuu has teamed up with Impossible Foods to bring a modern Korean twist to the plant-based meat. All foods on this special collaboration menu are vegan, and includes the classic mandoo (steamed Korean dumplings). Fusion creations like Korean Impossible® Tacos and Bulgogi Impossible® Sliders are available as well for those looking to try Korean food for the first time. All the flavour and texture at a fraction of the environmental impact.
Junior Pizza Making at Sunday Brunch
Enjoy a lesiurely Sunday brunch at DiVino Patio while the kids do a pizza making class! Every Sunday from noon to 2.30pm, kids aged four to ten years of age can roll their own dough and make pizza, while their parents can enjoy have a leisurely brunch from either the a la carte menu of the three-course power brunch. There’s also an indoor pop-up playroom once pizza making is over. Pizza making is HK$120 per child, and includes an eight-inch pizza with the child’s chosen toppings, and free-flow juices and sodas. Dining vouchers go to the best pizza maker, and all participants get a certificate.
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