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Smokey Joe's, new American-style BBQ eats, Elgin Street, Hong Kong
Smokey Joe’s, the new American-style BBQ eats on Elgin Street

Smokin’ Hot!

Promising “the best damn BBQ in Hong Kong”, Smokey Joe’s in Soho brings a selection of American-style favourites to Elgin Street. Whether you’re after a rib-sticking feast or something to snack on before a night on the town, the small menu features such classics as baby back ribs, smoked chicken sandwiches, beef brisket and pulled pork. Sides include Southern-spiced fried okra, smoked beans, and buttered corn-on-the-cob. Need something to wash it down with? Choose from a variety of bottled craft beers and draft beers, or a bourbon-spiked Savannah Ice Tea or vodka-spiked Passion Fruit Lemonade.
38 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, 2530 5885


TORO Steak House & Gastro Bar, new dishes, Chef Richard Sandoval, Hong Kong
Chef Richard Sandoval adds new dishes to TORO’s menu

Shaking Things Up

After a recent visit to Hong Kong, acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval added some exciting new dishes to the menu at TORO Steak House & Gastro Bar. With influences ranging from Mexican and Latin-Asian to Peruvian, the new menu includes dishes like angel prawn tiradito, smoked duck carpaccio, a parrillada platter, and queso fundido, a three-cheese fondue. How do you say “yum!” in Spanish?
Shop R008, Rooftop Garden, Civic Square, 3/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2696 9608


Lai Bun Fu, traditional Chinese cuisine with modern twist, Chef Chung Kin Leung, Hong Kong
Lai Bun Fu welcomes Chef Chung Kin Leung

Cantonese Hospitality

Bringing with him the influence of 10 years as executive chef at Government House, Chung Kin Leung offers diners traditional Chinese cuisine with a modern twist at Lai Bun Fu. Having cooked for a number of world leaders and dignitaries, Chef Chung knows how to please the fussiest of diners. Expect high-quality ingredients and exquisite flavours with an East-meets-West ambiance. It’s where James Bond would eat if he were to visit Hong Kong, and he’d probably have a hard time choosing between Sifu’s crispy chicken, Typhoon Shelter Crab, and foie gras prawn cutlets on toast.
5/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, 2564 3868


Topiary restaurant and cocktail bar, cocktail bar and whiskey lounge, Hong Kong
Bespoke cocktail bar and whiskey lounge, Topiary 

Don’t Forget the Veg

The city’s vegetarians no longer need to go hungry or limit themselves to tiny bowls of nuts on nights out. Topiary, Soho’s newest cocktail and whiskey bar, not only specialises in vegetarian canapés and bar snacks, it also has a unique “food pairing” concept incorporating a number of its signature drinks. Ever had a bespoke cocktail? Topiary do those too, and you can choose to drink them inside, outside or in the VIP room with its own private garden. Getting your five-a-day has never been more intoxicating!
3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Road, Central, 2866 6485