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 cool new bars, it’s all here!
Sushi & Seafood
Gaia Group has launched two brand new flagship concepts at the Food Playground in K11 MUSEA. OOMAKI, which serves up artisanal sushi hand rolls, and G BAR, a trendy seafood, dessert and cocktail bar, will offer guests restaurant-level gastronomic experiences at an affordable price. The two venues join Gaia Group’s portfolio of over 20 unique brands across Chinese, Western, Italian, Japanese and Thai cuisines, among others.
Back in Business
Historic celebrity hotspot Yucca de Lac is back after a two decade-long hiatus! Now located at The Peak Galleria, the restaurant is surrounded by greenery and backdropped by HK’s picturesque slopes, with a sundrenched terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour. Yucca’s menu pays homage to age-old Cantonese gastronomy, and imbues international influences in traditional tea-house classics with a discerning selection of wines.
2/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Central.
Whatever Takes Your Fancy
Take a trip to Chinatown through a journey of Chinese-inspired and Pan-Asian cocktails at Sam Fancy. Named after a play on the Cantonese pronunciation of San Francisco, the new venue is divided into three distinct spaces: the fourth floor hosts The Merchant, offering an elevated cocktail experience under a traditional Chinese-style roof paired with sleek minimalist décor, while the third floor is home to Association and Lanai Lounge. If you’re hungry, the venue offers American Chinese staples such as General Tso’s Chicken and Crab Rangoon.
3/F & 4/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central.
New Kid on the Block
Basin, a new upscale eatery from industry veteran Erik Kirakozov and Spanish-born chef Antoni Bernabeu, has officially opened its doors in Central. Drawing on the hospitality, service and atmosphere you can find in the 20 or more countries dotted around the Mediterranean basin, the new spot has a menu highlighted by Chef Bernabeu’s personal favourites – think zucchini flower with goat cheese, walnuts, truffles and acacia honey; smoked sardines with a traditional ajoblanco sauce; and Mediterranean burnt orange pavlova.
3/F, Foco, 46-48 Cochrane Street, Central.
2362 2699 | basin.hk
Bonjour, Hong Kong!
Fancy an affordable Michelin-starred wine? From total vino novices through to self-confessed enophiles, newly-launched French wine bar Terroirs by LQV ensures that there is a glass or bottle to suit every guest. Lunch is launching in September, too, so you’ll be able to feast on classic French plates such as pissaladière, the famous anchovy and onion tart from Nice, and pâté en croûte, made entirely in-house with Noir de Bigorre pork and Maison Samaran foie gras.
3/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central.
2550 0345 | IG @terroirsbylqv
Red Carpet Ride
Along with introducing a new à la carte menu specially curated by Chef Dan Segall, Honjo is this month hosting its inaugural Celebrity Brunch, on 24 September. Come dressed as your favourite celebs and enjoy the red carpet treatment before dining on a menu of contemporary Japanese delights. The brunch includes free-flow sushi, sashimi, oysters and more, plus a choice of mains including pork belly skewers, short ribs in a red wine miso sauce and seared salmon teriyaki – and, of course, a showstopping dessert. You also get three hours of free-flow drinks, too, so you can be sure to have your own Hollywood moment at Honjo!
1/F, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan.
Black Sheep Turns 10!
Hospitality team Black Sheep Restaurants has been celebrating its decade milestone with a slew of offerings, including an all-star edition of its annual Summer Festival. The line-up of events, which culminates in September, features culinary experiences crafted to celebrate the group’s anniversary, plus former favourite dishes making a reappearance, from iconic New York-Italian dish Carbone’s Baked Clams to the Yakiniku Beef Udon at Fukuro.
Want to do your part in eating sustainably? Food Made Good has launched One Planet Plate presented by HSBC, which highlights sustainable offerings on restaurant menus across Hong Kong, helping diners enjoy dishes that taste great and are kind to the planet too. The global campaign, which calls on diners to think about dining more sustainably, currently has over 6,600 participating restaurants – including 31 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
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