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!
Grub on Graham Street
Just opened in NoHo is Graham St Food Hall (GSFH), an allday dining venue for work or play (it’s pet-friendly, too). Five homegrown food vendors serve a range of tasty dishes: Japanesestyle hamburg steak donburi bowls at Hambaga; expertly smoked American meat dishes at Smoke & Barrels; thick and cheesy Detroitstyle pizza (HK’s first) at Motown Pizza & Wings; signature Basque burnt cheesecake at La Viña; and artisanal bean-to-bar chocolates from Girona, Spain at Casa Cacao. Plus, GSFH has drinks for any time of day, including 15 different American bourbons. All vendors cater for takeaway and dining in; you can order via the website or Deliveroo.
Look out for special offers and pop-ups.
Shop 3, 23 Graham Street, Central.
9612 0988 | grahamstfoodhall.hk
Turning Jackfruit to Pork
Karana, Asia’s first whole-plant based meat brand, has arrived in Hong Kong after a successful launch in Singapore. Delicious and sustainable, Karana’s first product is a tasty and healthy “pork” made with an often underutilised and wasted product, jackfruit. The brand is partnering with various HK restaurants – including Chaat, Sip Song, Emerald, Beef & Liberty, Elephant Grounds and more – as well as with Deliveroo brand Hot ‘N’ Meen, and with distributor Classic Fine Foods.
eatkarana.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening in an iconic heritage building in Wan Chai in June is CRUST Italian. This new dining destination is for those who love the warmth, the tastes and the ingredients of Naples and the Amalfi Coast’s legendary food culture. It combines an all-day Pasticceria pastry and coffee shop, with a restaurant and Italian street food takeaway counter; so, the essence of the Campania region all in one spot!
Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, G/F, 60A-66 Johnston Road.
Say hi to vegan cheese!
The plant-based food juggernaut continues, this time in the form of Le Fromage by Ma, which has opened at K11 MUSEA. The concept? To be Hong Kong’s first and only vegan “cheeze” shop. On offer are more than 20 different cheeses packed with nutritious ingredients yet made without any suffering to any living being. You can try the creamy truffle-flavoured “Shamembert”, for instance, or a smoked cheddar, brie studded with pink peppercorns, or the Gorgonzola-inspired “North Pole Star”. All the cheeses are locally hand made in small batches from natural raw materials.
Unit 21, B201, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
6019 5889 | lefromage.com.hk
Three in one
Inspired by Japanese izakayas, new three-bar concept The Aubrey by Maximal Concepts has opened on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental. The Ma in Bar features a signature cocktail menu inspired by chess (try the amazing Two Bishops!), plus seasonal cocktails using Japanese ingredients; meanwhile, the four-person Omakase Cocktail Bar takes guests on a journey across Japanese spirits and flavours; and The Champagne and Sake Bar does exactly what it says on the lid. Dining is in the hands of Michelin-starred Chef Yukihito Tomiyama, and includes raw, tempura and robata menus, with world-class sushi and sashimi skills.
5 Connaught Road Central.
facebook.com/theaubreyhk | @theaubrey.hk
Tea, toast & treats
Opened in late 2020, modern speciality tea café The Tea Academïcs has introduced some wholesome new seasonal menus. All-day breakfast items (from 8am weekdays and 10am on weekends) include Spiced French Toast (HK$78) with blueberries, hibiscus yoghurt and manuka honey, and a Paratha Omelette (HK$88) with halloumi, organic eggs and chilli. Mains (from 11am) include an Impossible Mince Pie (HK$128) and handmade Vegetarian Dumplings in Hot and Sour Soup (HK$108). Wash it all down with fine hand-brewed teas from around the world.
1/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road, Central.
3187 7303 | the-academicsgroup.com
If you’re missing your annual Japan ski trip, head to THE ALP, a new lodgestyle café that’s opened as an adjunct to Lounge Hakuba in Causeway Bay. Here you’ll find brunch, light eats and artisanal coffee, all featuring Japanese ingredients, and put together by a young, dynamic and multicultural crew. While we love the sound of signature dishes Scattered Soba Bowl (HK$118) and Beef Mountain Donburi (HK$118), the Crispy Buttermilk Drumsticks (pictured, HK$128) are really taking our fancy. Don’t miss the great coffees, too, with a house-roasted blend of beans from Guatemala and Brazil.
Tower 535, Causeway Bay.
2111 1707 | @the.alp.hk
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