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New menus and new venues in Hong Kong

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!

Super tasty superfoods

If you’re looking for a tasty turmeric treat on TST-side, then we have two places to recommend. Both the Michelin-recommended contemporary Thai restaurant, Namo Avant Thai and our old-school Indian favourite, Gaylord, are offering great turmeric options. Don’t forget, Gaylord has moved to Prince Tower on Peking Road in TST. Try the Haldi Chicken Salan (HK$108), a curry cooked with fresh turmeric roots and grounded spices. If you’re looking for something a little harder, head to Namo’s for a Turmeric Toddy Terminator (HK$68). facebook.com/namohongkong | facebook.com/GaylordHK

6-course Miyazaki Beef menu

For the next month (till 11 March), you can feast on champion-grade Miyazaki wagyu at FUMI in LFK.  Why should you care? Because this beef has won Gold at the Wagyu Olympics (Japan’s National Wagyu Competition) three times in a row! It’s a worthy exploration for beef lovers. The meal is punctuated with a Sashimi Platter and Sea Bream Soup to mix things up. The 6-course Miyazaki Beef menu is priced at HK$ 880 + 10% per person. fumihk.com  

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Indulge in some Olympic-grade wagyu at FUMI

Pu’er Tea afternoon tea

There’s a new skincare-inspired afternoon tea in town, this time at the Kerry Hotel. The Kerry Hotel is working with Cha Ling (a tea-based Parisian skincare brand) to deliver a tea inspired afternoon tea – Spirit of Pu’er. This experience features Pu’er tea as the premium ingredient (no surprises there). You’ll be treated to a Pu’er tea-infused scone, as well as a range of delicate sweet pastries that include Peach Blossom Curd on Almond Madeleine, Strawberry and Poppy Seed Mousse on Coconut Dacquoise, Pear Infused Caramel Tartin and Maple Syrup Sabayon with Chestnut and Caramelised Pine Nuts. Yum. Of course there are also savouries.  This afternoon tea will run from 16 January to 31 March and is priced at HK$638 per set for two persons. Head to 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon | Kerry Hotel

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The Spirit of Pu’er afternoon tea at the Kerry Hotel

New Pizzeria at Pacific Place

The team that brought us Beef & Liberty have opened EMMER PIZZERIA & CAFÉ on Level 4 of Pacific Place in Admiralty. Pizza lovers will delight at the rotating steel pizza oven. For a lighter touch they have a deli counter with freshly-made salads, paninis and pastries. Now is a great time to visit and enjoy some sunshine in the alfresco dining area. Best of all, they will have happy hour from 4-7pm with HK$38 draft beers, wines by the glass and house cocktails.  emmerpizza.com  

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Get the gang together for pizza and salads galore

A báhn mì bonanza

Who doesn’t love a classic Vietnamese báhn mì? It’s a mash up of comfort food and holiday vibes. Our friends at Black Sheep Restaurants are hosting an ongoing Báhn Mì du Monde Series, where their Chefs take turns in putting their own twist on the iconic Vietnamese staple. Yum!

In February, Osteria Marzia’s Chef Lisette Magampon is putting a coastal Italian take on the classic Vietnamese báhn mì from Le Petit Saigon. Chef Magampon is packing Le Petit Saigon’s French baguette with crispy soft-shell crab, roasted tomatoes, Italian pickled vegetables, lettuce and spicy Calabrian chilli mayo for an updated twist on the classic.

5 new brunch options…

#1 Kinship gets an upgrade

What happens when British brunch meets American brunch? Kinship. The Best of Both World’s British-American weekend brunch menu has been updated and now offers Smashed Avocado Toast, Corned Beef Hash and BBQ Pork Benny as optional extras. The Kinship brunch is priced from HK$388 per person. Choose to add an additional free-flow package for HK$198 and indulge in unlimited glasses of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cava, Asahi beer and gin and tonics. kinshiphk.com

#2 Japanese izakaya brunch

Silencio is Hong Kong’s first and only contemporary Japanese izakaya. Now, it’s offering a champagne brunch with live jazz by Le Comptoir. They’re calling it the Jazzakaya Brunch. They tell us this is a a champagne-fuelled brunch of unlimited seafood, tempura and yakitori, followed by a choice of main course and signature desserts. Jazzakaya Brunch starts at HK$458 (without free-flow), and there are a range of champagne packages to choose from, starting at $658 for Moet Imperial Brut. See the details here: silencio.hk

#3 JALAN’s long lunch

If you love Malaysian street food, you’ll love JALAN’s new long lunch concept. Kicking off for Chinese New Year, JALAN’s leisurely Long Lunch is launching on 26 January. Join and embrace the truly lazy Sunday spirit. At this event, hawker-style meals are directly delivered to a communal table. This is a meal that’s all about sharing with friends – there’s even the option to ditch the chopsticks and get hands-on. This Long Lunch is affordable, too, at HK$295 per person, with free-flow seasonal spritz, prosecco, beer, red and white wine for an additional HK$200. jalan.com.hk
NOTE: this event won’t happen every Sunday, only the last Sunday of the month.

#4 Wine brunch

ThinkWine has launched a Sunday wine brunch, which is a wine-focused take on brunch. Great for those who don’t like bubbles – if you exist! – or those who are keen to pair their brunch items with interesting reds and whites. The three-course ThinkBrunch is $290 per guest, with the option of adding a two-hour free-flow wine package for an extra $290. Reservations can be made by calling 2886 3121 or emailing drink@thinkwinehk.com.

#5 Tapas brunch

Or try the Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-La for an alfresco take on brunch – we have the perfect weather for it at the moment! This Hong Kong restaurant now has a bottomless Sunday Brunch Menu with free-flow Cava. The Kowloon Shangri-La’s Tapas Brunch experience will set you back $590 per person and runs from 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit Tapas Bar.

Hawker vibes for brunch at JALAN

The Pizza Project is open on Peel Street

New opening The Pizza Project is aiming to take us all back to our childhoods. Even the interior has a nod to a 70s-styled pizzeria. They’re keeping it simple with a one-page menu of handmade pizzas that are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Good news for those looking for gluten-free options, too; they’ll be offering gluten-free dishes from March onwards. They don’t take reservations, so head there with a chilled attitude! thepizzaproject.hk

Wasabi Wednesdays at TMK

Need a mid-week lift? A wasabi-infused margarita at TMK might do the trick! TMK in Sheung Wan has launched Wasabi Wednesday, offering Katanas (wasabi-infused margaritas) for HK$50. Sounds like trouble. If you’d rather a beer, grab an Asahi or a temakis for HK$40 on a Wednesday. The à la carte menu at this Hong Kong restaurant has also been given a facelift with a few new dishes to try. TMK.hk

Salmon Crunch is part of the new à la carte menu at TMK

New Chinese at K11

K11 MUSEA is where all the beautiful things are. If you haven’t been over to explore the new TST precinct, it’s well worth the trip. In time for Chinese New Year, Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining has opened, courtesy of the team that bought us Foxglove and Mrs. Pound. What’s on offer? A selection of dim sum dishes, seafood and roast meat platters. Looks like a delicious option for CNY celebrations. mingfathouse.com/mr-mings-chinese-dining

Ming’s barbecue pork looks delicious

Vegetarian Chef Menus

If you’re looking to go a little greener after over-indulging at Christmas, there are some good veg Chef Menus around town. Uma Nota, BEDU and JALAN are all participating in Green Monday and have new fully vegetarian dishes on offer for January. At JALAN in Central, the plant-based dishes are fuelled with modern Malaysian flavours. There’s even a fully vegetarian Chef’s Menu (HK$340). At Uma Nota, new dishes include a vegetarian take on Brazilian dumplings. Chef Gustavo’s Green Mondays Chef’s Menu also presents a selection of vegetarian favourites for HK$390 per person. BEDU has two menus specially crafted by Chef Corey. Try five courses of Middle Eastern-inspired delights for HK$350 or seven for HK$470 per person.

Fab specials at La Vache

If the post-holiday blues have you house-bound, we have good news for you. La Vache’s entrecôte steaks are now available in sandwich form and for delivery. For $118 you’ll get a six-inch French baguette filled with La Vache’s seared 5o-ounce USDA Prime steak and béarnaise sauce. It also comes with a side of frites. The steak baguettes and frites are available from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, exclusively on Black Sheep Restaurants’ delivery app GO in February.

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Get this French delight delivered to your door in January – yum!

Vegetarian tasting menu

This winter, Giando Italian Restaurant in Wanchai’s Star Street will offer a healthy Winter Vegetarian Set Menu that pays homage to Italy’s seasonal produce. This new menu is $798 plus 10%  service charge per guest. The experience highlights luscious fruit and veg to organic free-range eggs, all sourced from Italy and prepared in Chef Gianni’s signature style – a contemporary take on Italian cuisine.  giandorestaurant.com

Fab deals on great meals

This winter, the fab foodie deals continue. There are loads of Hong Kong restaurants offering deals around town, some with up to 50% off. You can find all the participating restaurants and deals via the HK is ON website. There are some amazing offers, including 50% off some of the mains at The Jumbo. There are also options for entertaining family if you have guests in town. New deals should be loaded regularly, so bookmark the site! See all the deals at hkison.com.

Hong Kong’s Michelin stars

The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2020 has delivered its verdict and Hong Kong’s food scene has a lot to celebrate. For starters, we now has seven three-star establishments. If fine dining isn’t your vibe, or your budget, don’t stress. The Guide also awards street food and more wallet-friendly options. See our wrap-up of which Hong Kong restaurants received an accolade in this dedicated story: Hong Kong’s Michelin Stars.


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