Andō

The huge open plan kitchen is the beating heart of Andō where you’ll see a flurry of chefs, including Argentine chef-founder Agustin Balbi, formerly of Haku, and award-winning pastry chef Joanna Yuen, plating up impressive dishes. It’s a fusion of Japanese technique and the cuisine of Balbi’s Spanish ancestral roots, and promises to be an exceptional display of creative fine-dining. With a name that has multiple meanings – in Spanish it is the verb to describe an action, while in Japanese the word reflects a sense of solace and comfort – the space has been decorated with luscious padded grey carpets on the floor and impressive artwork (a large shell sculpture exists at the centre of the restaurant) that gives the feel of a decadent home.

1F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington St, Central; andohk.com

Yung’s Bistro

From the people behind Hong Kong staple Yung Kee comes this ode to classic Chinese culinary techniques with a distinctly contemporary twist. Yung’s Bistro is located in the new K11 Musea in a space that offers city skyline views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s decorated with old, handmade tiles from the original 77-year-old restaurant, in brilliant shades of jade and gold, along with minimalist brass lamps and herringbone floors. On the menu is a roasted whole goose leg cooked in a charcoal stove that’s been a firm favourite over the years, and a homestyle braised pork with preserved vegetables in soy sauce that’s made with locally raised UK Berkshire pork sourced from Hong Kong Heritage Pork in Yuen Long. Ingredients are carefully sourced, and often nostalgic, with a White Rabbit dessert that comes shaped like the animal. 

701, 7F K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; k11musea.com

Xuân

Ex-Chom Chom head chef John Nguyen has named his new Wan Chai restaurant Xuân, after the 18th century female poet Hồ Xuân Hương, whose risqué and forward-thinking works established her as a national icon. In a contemporary space decorated with hard walnut tables and chairs, and walls made from handmade bricks in three tones, he celebrates the vibrant flavours of Northern Vietnam. The region is the birthplace of phở, which was crafted in the mid-1880s, and heavily influenced by both Chinese and French cooking. It is believed to be derived from the French soup pot au feu. It’s much simpler than the southern adaptations of the dish, as it’s made with less ingredients, and true to form at Xuân — picked garlic is used instead of fresh herbs. Meat is the focal point with a choice of beef prime ribs, three-yellow chicken or the signature with beef tongue, oxtail and prime rib, plus the option of elevating the phở with bone marrow, chicken heart, liver or crispy skin. Dishes from the north, where the country is cooler and therefore restricts the growth of spices, is milder than food served in other regions, but there’s still plenty of colour at Xuân with lemongrass, ginger, coriander, mint, lime and basil threaded throughout. 

G/F, 18 Lun Fat Street, Wan Chai; facebook.com/Xuan 

Crown Super Deluxe

Kitsch with purple carpets and gold velvet chairs, Crown Super Deluxe is another unapologetically themed endeavour from restaurant group Black Sheep. The teppanyaki restaurant hails back to the cuisine’s origins in post-World War II Japan, embracing the flamboyant style of cooking by which a chef prepares meat and seafood on an iron griddle, but ups the ante with Rocky Aoki-flair. Aoki was the Japanese-American amateur wrestler who founded the cult Japanese restaurant chain Benihana in the US. The menu is short and simple with three sets to choose from – Crown, Super and Deluxe – which centre around Wagyu beef grilled on the teppan. All beef is grain-fed and sourced from the US and Australia, while there is a premium selection of well-marbled cuts from small Japanese farmers. To start, find assorted market sashimi from Toyosu, and grilled seafood and seasonal vegetables, best enjoyed with a glass of whisky from a carefully curated list featuring spirits from both America and Japan.

Mezzanine, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central; crownsuperdeluxe.com

Yakinikumafia

The  newly redeveloped Hollywood Centre is revving up to be a dining hub, and one of its first high profile openings is none other than Yakinikumafia, a sister restaurant to the highly successful Wagyumafia in Central. With a decor inspired by airport terminals (for those who miss travelling), it’s accented by a dramatic standing-only dining counter, flanked by comfy bench seats equipped with smartphone chargers. The menu is simple – top grade wagyu cuts including rib eye, sirloin, and strip loin, with different degrees of marbling. All come with no marinate so you can taste the beefy flavour, or compliment with the house-made yakiniku sauce (served with a Japanese raw egg), or spicy Wagyubasco hot sauce. A host of side dishes, such as pickled cucumbers, a salad with freshly ground goma (sesame dressing), and grated daikon (turnip) mixed with ponzu, complete the meal. Yakinikumafia proves there is nothing simple about comfort food. In fact, their dessert – the humble soft served ice cream in a crisp cone – is freshly made to order, and the lightly sweet Hokkaido milk taste rounds up a perfect experience.

Hollywood Centre, Shop 202, 2/F, 233 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan; yakinikumafia.hk

22 Ships

Beloved neighbourhood haunt 22 Ships is back after a brief hiatus. But instead of British celebrity chef Jason Atherton running the show, it’s helmed by native-Spaniard Antonio Oviedo. He continues to take tapas to new levels from the pocket-sized location on Wan Chai’s Ship Street but in a space that has been completely remodelled, with elevated interiors. Innovative flavour combinations and sharing-style small plates continue to excel — boletus croquetas filled with creamy mushrooms are seriously moreish, and Spanish-favourites sardines in ajoblanco soup and a chicken pepitoria, which is cooked in its own juices along with ground almonds and cooked egg yolks, are twists on classic dishes. There’s still a laid-back feel with a buzzy open kitchen counter in the centre, but it now has a pale pink marble top, while al fresco wooden communal tables provide a touch of the traditional taverna to the space. 

22 Ship St, Wan Chai; 22ships.hk

Roganic

Less than 10 months after opening in Hong Kong last year, Roganic was awarded a Michelin star for its innovative take on British cooking. Helmed by Chef Simon Rogan, who first found acclaim with his restaurant of the same name in London, its focus is on fresh, seasonal ingredients and high-quality produce, much of which is sourced from Rogan’s own farm in the Lake District. This summer, the restaurant has launched a new tasting menu that celebrates the flavours and colours of the season, using local vegetables from organic farms in the New Territories and herbs grown in the restaurant itself. Signature dishes include a small shallot, goats cheese and burnt leek ash tartlet, Hong Kong peas dressed in turnip oil, and a chicken liver parfait with cranberry jelly. It’s all elevated cooking, presented beautifully with edible flowers and leaves, in a plant-filled dining room with dividers made from logs that evoke a forest. Unlike many tasting menus in the city, prices here are affordable, starting at $680 per person for dinner, with a 3-course lunch for $280.

Sino Plaza, UG/F 08, 255 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay; roganic.com.hk

Hansik Goo

Chef Mingoo Kang, the culinary talent behind one of Seoul’s best restaurants — two-Michelin-starred Mingles — has brought to Hong Kong the creative, family-style dishes that celebrate the traditional flavours of Korea. Named Hansik Goo, which is a play on words that refers to both a family that shares meals together and Chef Mingoo, the restaurant reflects both these ideals. The new concept, which soft opened on 1 June, centres around inventive reinterpretations of Korean classics. Many of the dishes use Goo’s homemade jang, the fermented soy sauce trio that forms the backbone of the country’s cuisine, served on stylish Korean ceramic ware in a contemporary space filled with timber, glazed clay tiles, straw, limestone and plants. For those new to Korean flavours, the eight-course tasting menu is a good place to start, moving from bugak that’s inspired by ancient Korean temple cuisine, to traditional Korean meatballs, a samgye risotto, and barbecued meats — all made using ingredients imported directly from Korea, including the kimchi and ginseng, that can be paired with Korean wines. 

2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong; hansikgoo.hk

Chaat

Typically served on the roadsides of Mumbai and Kolkata, and out of stalls and food carts on the backstreets of New Delhi, chaat is the term for street-food snacks in India — literally translated it means ‘to lick.’ Named after this, restaurant Chaat opens at Rosewood, elevating and refining the culinary concept through Chef Manav Tuli, formerly of Tamarind, one of London’s first Michelin-starred restaurants. The colourful plates, fearless flavours and lively atmosphere of the bazaars remain. The combination of sweet, spice and savoury can be found in each of his dishes: tamarind vinaigrette livens up tandoori cauliflower, while delicate scallops are balanced out with the crunch of puffed rice and peanuts. The menu is short but impressive, featuring slow-cooked curries and biryani that are explosive in flavour, delicious black lentil dal and tossed okra with sesame seeds. The setting, with both a terrace and windows that claim views of Victoria Harbour, make this the ultimate destination restaurant. Mid-century modern furnishings upholstered in burgundy, bottle green and mustard are stylish, while tiled floors, jars of spices and original artwork of Indian street scenes are contemporary and bold.

5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; chaat.hk

Harbourside Grill

The view from Harbourside Grill — at the end of Ocean Terminal, the recently converted cruise terminus in Harbour City with unobstructed views of Hong Kong and its outlying islands — makes an instant impact. The floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive terrace celebrate panoramic vistas, with simple furnishings – parquet flooring, marble tables and deep red booths – doing little to obstruct. Helmed by head chef Armand Sablon, who trained at three-Michelin-starred Auberge de l’lll in Alsace, France and graduated to work at a series of leading London hotels, the restaurant has plenty to love about the food as well. His menu champions fine ingredients and a specialist charcoal grill that cooks meat at an exceptionally high temperature — singeing the outside to form a crust, while trapping natural juices to enrich the flavour. It’s all done with French flair – a steak tartare is prepared beside the table, while grilled local sea bass comes in a deep but delicate lobster bisque on a bed of crushed potatoes. An impressive apple tarte tatin appears on a wooden board for dessert and is designed for sharing. Be sure to order one at the start of the meal as they take over an hour to cook.

Harbour City, Shop OTE401, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui; harboursidegrill.com.hk

LucAle

When seasoned chefs Lucas De Berardinis and Alessandro Angelini joined forces this year, the Italian duo did more than simply fuse their names – LucAle – they created a laid-back neighbourhood trattoria, the likes of which Hong Kong had yet to find. In an alleyway off Third Street, this quietly-confident Italian skilfully toes the line between being smart (dark walls, a sleek open-plan kitchen, and a well curated wine list) and keeping food simple, while delicious. Celebrating carefully sourced ingredients, its homemade ravioli with ricotta lets sweet, fresh tomatoes take centre stage, while a chitarra-style spaghetti that’s made in house is dished up al dente with black truffle and pecorino cheese. The selection of cheeses is a good place to start, with creamy gorgonzola packing a punch, and burrata that oozes to perfection. For dessert, the Tiramisù Di LucAle comes with a burnt sugar crust that the chefs are right in claiming is like no other tiramisù you’ve tried before.

Shop A, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun; lucalehk.com

Pondi

From the people behind Sai Ying Pun’s former Indian restaurant BlackSalt (Taran Chadha) and wine bar Brut! (Camille Glass) comes this ode to the mustard-tinged coastal town of Pondicherry in southern India that was colonised by the French in the 17th century. At Pondi, classical French cooking is paired with vibrant Indian flavours in a white-washed space enhanced by lush botanicals, rattan chairs, hefty wooden tables and a summertime patio that provide a likeable sense of informality. The minimalist interiors let eclectic small plates do the talking — hung yoghurt croquettes with tamarind beets and pickled onions, prawn étouffée and a baked aubergine with flowering cauliflower, coriander sauce and capers. It’s all crafted from seasonal, high quality ingredients sourced from producers the seasoned restaurateurs know and trust. From 12pm-3pm daily, Pondi serves up a continental breakfast thali, complete with homemade pickles, chutneys and delicious spice-infused pastries.

14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun; pondi.hk

Piin Wine Restaurant

Already recommended in the Michelin Guide for its expertly curated wine selection and elevated Cantonese cuisine, Piin Wine Restaurant has launched a new lunch service, perfect for business lunches or catching up with friends. Chef Ming’s bento box lunch includes an appetiser combination, seasonal double-boiled soup, plus a main dish of the diner’s choice. Mains include Sweet & Sour Pork with Red Ginger and steamed rice and luxurious Wagyu Beef Braised with flat rice noodles. The Chef’s signature deboned chicken wings are given a new twist with a fragrant scallion sauce, served with silky-smooth Inaniwa Udon. And vegetarians will love the satisfying Mapo Tofu with Wild Mushrooms.

2/F, The Steps, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street; 2832 7123; piin-hk.com

The Pizza Project

Comfort food is the name of the game at The Pizza Project. The main event here is, obviously, the pizza, from a simple Margherita with tomato sauce, DOP mozzarella and fresh basil, to creative options such as the Carbonara – topped with pancetta, quail eggs, tomato sauce and fior di latte – or the Rustica – with pancetta and baked potato, seasoned with rosemary. Aside from pizza, the new no-reservations 70s-styled pizzeria also offers up delectable antipasti, vegetarian and gluten-free options, along with wines by the glass and by the bottle. It’s sure to become a favourite nighttime hangout.

26 Peel Street, Central; 2311 1815; thepizzaproject.hk

Samsen Sheung Wan

Building on the popularity of the original Wan Chai location, Thai eatery Samsen has opened a bigger, bolder new location in Sheung Wan. The restaurant retains the relaxed street-food vibe of the original but offers diners significantly more space. Samsen’s menu of authentic Thai street food is updated with a signature northern Thai-style Khao Soi of beef or chicken with fresh egg noodles flown directly from Thailand. New starters and sides include charcoal-grilled coconut and chilli prawn skewers, and caramelised coconut and prawn betel leaf wraps. Fans of the original restaurant will be happy to see favourites like crabmeat omelette still on the menu. A highlight is the fresh-made roti, prepared on a grill imported specially from Thailand. Filled rotis also feature on the dessert menu, with young coconut and sesame, and banana and Nutella among the fillings available. 

G/F, 23 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, 2234 0080; facebook.com/SamsenHK/

Kura Teppanyaki & Bar

Kura is a new casual dining experience with teppanyaki, sashimi and a wealth of sake options. In an interior decorated according to a modern, sleek Japanese aesthetic, the restaurant serves dishes prepared using wonderfully fresh, high quality ingredients, incorporating both classic and contemporary techniques. The dishes include established classics – such as the seasonal sashimi platter – and inventive new favourites, like the slow-cooked octopus with mashed edamame. And to wash it all down, there are more than 100 varieties of sake imported directly from all over Japan.

2/F, Somptueux Central, Wellington Street, Central; 3791 2389

Miss Lee

Miss Lee, which has just opened on Wellington Street, presents modern Chinese vegetarian cuisine, prepared using meticulous cooking techniques and everyday natural ingredients. The restaurant’s plant-based philosophy places fresh vegetables at the forefront of every meal, and is inspired by the flavours, aromas and textures of Chinese cooking. Beautiful presentation is key to Miss Lee’s charm: Smoky Quartz is a dish combining king oyster and shiitake mushrooms, with asparagus skewers housed in a small, wooden box with Applewood smoke wafting through the air; the Flower Bouquet is a delightful arrangement of pickled cucumber, beetroot, shiitake mushroom, julienned carrot and cabbage, all wrapped in a spring-roll sheet

G/F The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central; 2881 1811; misslee.hk

Mono

Mono is a new venture by Chef Ricardo Chaneton, formerly the Head Chef of 3-Michelin-starred Restaurant Mirazur, which was named no.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019. This intimate 30-seater serves a contemporary take on French cuisine with a distinctive essentialist approach, driven by a celebration of the beauty found in simple ingredients. Mono eschews the traditional a la carte menu format, instead offering a single tasting menu (hence the name Mono) which ensures a highly curated dining experience. With a focus on sustainable and responsibly sourced produce, seasonal highlights include Ocean Crudo, a seafood appetiser of fresh Hokkaido scallops, Hokkaido sea urchin, Spanish Carabinero prawn and Brittany oysters, seasoned with Irish moss, while the signature Monkbread marries monkfish from Brittany with French sweetbread.

5/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central; mono.hk

Rajasthan Rifles

Hongkongers escaping the city for a day and heading to The Peak can now indulge in a quite unique breakfast offering at Peak Galleria’s Rajasthan Rifles. The restaurant’s distinctive take on Anglo-Indian cuisine – inspired by colonial-era collision of cultures – makes for perfect hearty start to the day after a bracing walk up to the top of Hong Kong Island. A highlight are the Rifles’ Rolls – a tandoor-baked naan wrap stuffed with a choice of fillings – is a flavoursome alternative to the usual bacon sarnie. And they’re perfect when washed down with a hot cup of masala chai.

Shop G01, G/F, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Central; 2388 8874; rajasthanrifles.com

Aziza

Hospitality runs thought Aziza Chef Mohsen Gaber’s veins; his grandfather, father, uncles and cousins have between them worked in some of the Middle East’s top kitchens. Gaber started washing chef’s whites for his grandfather and worked his way up through the business to the point where he has served American presidents and British royalty. This pedigree shows in the warm welcome you’ll receive at Aziza’s new family-run restaurant in Sai Ying Pun. Small plates including falafel and halloumi are expertly prepared and perfectly textured, and specialities such as lamb shank and oxtail terrine are rich and sumptuous with judicious use of spices that reflect the myriad international influences that have played a part in creating Egyptian and Mediterranean cuisine.

G/F, Upton Tower, 345 Des Voeux Rd W, Sai Ying Pun; 2886 4889; aziza.com.hk

Ink Seafood Bar

Located on the ground floor of the newly reopened Hong Kong Museum of Art, Ink is a casual al fresco spot perfect for enjoying sunset over Victoria Harbour. The eatery boasts an impressive range of food and drinks, with the beverages including seasonal options from Gweilo Beer, and the brand’s freshly-launched Hong Kong gin blended with Asian-inspired botanicals. Ink’s menu is inspired by Australia’s multicultural dining scene and features highly customisable options with everything from takoyaki to moules available; diners can also create their own plate from an array of sustainably-sourced seafood. And the feast can be topped-off with a selection from the seasonal ice-cream counter. Ink is an ideal waterside hangout.

Hong Kong Museum of Art,10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; 3500 5881; inkcafe.com.hk

The Araki

Chef Mitsuhiro Araki is widely regarded as the world’s greatest sushi chef, having achieved three Michelin Stars at his Tokyo restaurant, before repeating the feat in London. Now, searching for his next challenge, Chef Araki has set up in Hong Kong with 12-seat Omakase in Tsim Sha Tsui landmark, House 1881. Not content to rely on tried and tested recipes, Araki spends each morning with Hong Kong’s local fishermen in a process of mutual learning that has led to the development of dishes blending classical Edomae sushi with local ingredients, such as dried abalone. The Omakase menu begins with a sumptuous bird’s nest soup before continuing with a skilled tuna carving performance. Araki’s experimentation is backed up by true craftsmanship and a deep understanding of ingredients that is a spectacle to behold.

1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; fwdhouse1881.com/the-araki.html

Mott 32

Designed by Hong Kong-based Joyce Wang Studios, Mott 32 occupies a decadent vault-like space located beneath the Standard Chartered Bank Building. Named after 32 Mott Street, where New York’s first Chinese convenience store opened in 1851 and is now the centre of Chinatown, Mott 32’s look blends industrial New York with classic Chinese elements. The striking interior soon gives way to the flavours of Chef Lee Man Sing’s Chinese cuisine that combines traditional culture with a modern use of ingredients. The menu is a mix of Cantonese, Szechuan and Beijing styles, ingredients and techniques, featuring delicacies such as the buttery-soft Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork with Yellow Mountain Honey, Peking Duck roasted for 48 hours in a custom duck oven, and innovative dim sum creations.

Basement, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central; 28858688;  mott32.com

Hue

Ahead of the relaunch of Hong Kong Museum of Art comes onsite restaurant Hue, where fine modern Australian fare is served to the backdrop of Victoria Harbour. Floor to ceiling windows spanning the length of the restaurant frame the panoramic view, while teal velvet banquettes, simple wooden tables and lampshades made from fishing nets decorate the space. If possible, the food excels the view, from the surprisingly light grilled octopus with saffron and fennel risoni to the not-so-light but beautifully presented buffalo ricotta dumplings with broccolini and hazelnut brown butter sauce, and the tender ‘7 bone’ wagyu steak  with 8-score smoked bone marrow sauce and roast onions. A dessert of coconut ice cream with white chocolate ganache and passionfruit is just the right amount of indulgent.

1/F Hong Kong Museum of Art,10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; huedining.com.hk

Madame Fù

Madame Fù has to have claimed one of the prettiest spots in Hong Kong in which to serve its contemporary Chinese fare. Located throughout the third floor of heritage building Tai Kwun, with eclectic rooms connected via leafy verandahs, this is where you want to stretch lunch into sundowners, dinner into late-night digestifs. Inspired by Paris, The Grand Cafe Chinois features banquette sofas and marble tables for dining, while its period windows, teak flooring and timber ceiling reflect its colonial heritage that dates back to 1905. Come for lunch to experience an innovative assortment of dim sum, afternoon tea to detour to the picturesque Pink Room, and dinner for the melt-in-the-mouth Japanese A4 Wagyu beef with mushrooms and wild chilli.

3rd Floor, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, No. 10 Hollywood Road, Central; 2114 2118; madamefu.com.hk

Cornerstone

Chef Shane Osborn, best known for his modern European cuisine at the iconic Pied a Terre restaurant in London and for Hong Kong’s Arcane, has opened Cornerstone in Soho. The new venture has the feel of a European bistro, and is now serving a weekly lunch menu that is based around unfussy dishes made from quality produce. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the menu or by the clean modesty of the decor, the food is every bit as fine as that served at Osborn’s more high-profile restaurants.

49 Hollywood Road, Central 

Louise

JIA Group team up with Chef Julien Royer (formerly of Singapore’s two-Michelin-starred Odette) to bring traditional French cuisine to the heritage surroundings of PMQ. Andre Fu and his AFSO Studio have enhanced the colonial building, restoring glasswork and installing pretty prints and pastel colours that compliment the greens of PMQ’s garden outside. Expect honest French fare on the menu, cooked with seasonal ingredients (plenty of truffle for the autumn). Favourites are served family style for sharing: roasted Hong Kong yellow chicken with Niigata rice ‘en cocotte’ and salad; French beef rib eye with ‘Paloise’ sauce, ‘pommes soufflées,’ and smoked bone marrow; and Brittany Dover sole “Meunière” with spinach and “fondant” potatoes. The extensive wine list is worth exploring.

PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central; 28660300, louise.hk

Ruam

This casual new restaurant is the perfect spot for al-fresco food and cocktails. In fact, the whole venue is designed with relaxation in mind, the atmosphere is conducive to lingering for the whole afternoon, enjoying drinks with friends. It’s appropriate; the name ‘Ruam’ comes from the Thai word for gathering. As for the menu, you can expect to dine on authentic Thai classics such as Gaeng Phed Ped Yang – an aromatic red curry with succulent lychees and crisp-skinned duck.

1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Ship St, Wan Chai; 3160 8535; ruam-thai.com

Octavium

Hong Kong loves white truffle season, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy the highlight of our autumn culinary calendar than at Umberto Bombana’s intimate dining room, Octavium. Executive Chef Silvio Armanni has introduced a sumptuous white truffle menu of elegantly pared-back dishes, designed to showcase this precious ingredient. Highlights include an appetiser of Fried Egg with Savoy Cabbage and Alba White Truffle, Tagliolini with White truffle, Parmesan and Butter Emulsion, and Nougat Semifreddo, served with Vanilla Sauce and Candied Orange, topped with White Truffle. Each dish is prepared using shavings taken from at least three different truffles, taking advantage of each piece’s unique flavour profile and creating a perfect blend of earthiness, fruitiness and aroma.

8/F One Chinachem Central, 22 Des Voeux Rd Central; 2111 9395; octavium.com.hk

Sevva

After a four-month refurbishment project, the much-loved SEVVA has reopened for guests to enjoy Hong Kong’s most fashionable dining experience. The whole project has been overseen by SEVVA’s visionary founder Bonnae Gokson, from the food to the decor, the artworks and the restaurant’s soundtrack. She has even nurtured the plants that grow on the restaurant’s green wall, a feature that remains from before the refurbishment – a hint of nostalgia is an important aspect of the SEVVA experience. This is also reflected by the menu, which is in equal parts based on beloved everyday Asian cooking, and inspired by international travel. Award-winning Australian Chef Chase Kojima has introduced exciting new dishes to the menu including Pan-fried Coral Garoupa with Goma Ponzu, and Wok-fried Boston Lobster with aka Miso, Nori Butter, Wakame & Kombu. But, of course, all-time favourites such as SEVVA Signature Vegetable Soups, Vegetable “Nub Nub”, Steamed Artichoke with Trio Dipping Sauces, City’s Best Dosas, Thali Platters, Taiwanese Beef Noodle Bowl, Shanghainese Wontons and Wagyu Beef Cheek & Ox Tongue Pot Pie, will continue to delight new and returning guests.

25/F, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Rd, Central; 2537 1388; sevva.hk

Te Quiero Mucho

The flagship TQM Taqueria in Sheung Wan has made a name for itself with a distinctive mix of bold, flavourful, shareable tacos, burritos and tortas – not to mention signature cocktails and imported beers. Now, a second location has opened in Wong Chuk Hang. TQM Southside’s very drinkable margarita slushies are perfect for the balmy autumn evenings that Hong Kong is enjoying right now. The new location is a much larger space than the Sheung Wan original – complete with a pool table – making the restaurant an attractive option as an after-work hangout for those commuting to and from the neighbourhood.

3/F Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road; 3460 8157, tqm.com.hk

Chom Chom

Since opening in 2013, Chôm Chôm seems to have been perpetually busy, with diners spilling out onto the steps outside the restaurant, sipping on their curbside beers in true Hanoi-style. New Chef John Nguyen has gone to great lengths to promote what he refers to as Vietnam’s “Beer culture” in his reimagining of the menu at this much-loved hangout, making monthly trips to Vietnam to research new dishes and flavours. However, that is not to say that Nguyen’s menu is burdened by dogmatic adherence to tradition. The Vietnam-born chef has worked across America, most notably at New York’s Hanoi House, where in 2017 he was awarded ‘Chef of the Year’ by Eater. Bold American-influenced presentation and experimentation are evident in the Vietnamese Pizza, while dishes like the Roasted Bone Marrow make a perfect accompaniment to the selection of Vietnamese beers on offer. Nguyen reserves particular praise for Hong Kong’s fresh seafood, which he employs to delicious effect in dishes such as the Charred King Clam and Scallops with Pomelo.

58-60 Peel Street, 58-60 Peel Street, Hong Kong; 2810 0850; chomchom.com.hk

Sushi Zo

Appealing to Hong Kong’s exceptionally well-versed sushi clientele, Michelin-awarded omakase restaurant Sushi Zo has set up shop in a tucked-away enclave in Tai Kwun, where each day, two evening sittings of no more than 12 guests are served a bespoke 18-dish experience of the freshest seafood and ingredients flown in straight from Japan. With undivided attention, head chef Fumio Azumi prepares and presents one dish at a time, when flavour, temperature and texture are in a perfect “Sushi Zo state” of harmony, achieving such balance with a signature spare use of rice and softer texture befitting the seafood. This elaborate array of seasonal fare is orchestrated over the course of 24 hours: seafood orders are placed over phone by 1:00 am, purchases are made at the Japanese fish market by 3:00 am, ingredients arrive by plane in Hong Kong by 3:00 pm, and the first round of customers are served at 6:00 pm, followed by the second sitting at 8:30 pm. For a perfect ending to the exclusive meal, head over to the adjoining Gishiki Lounge for your choice of nightcap, ranging from Japanese cocktails to live siphon-brewed spirits.

Sushi Zo & Gishiki Lounge, Shop 01, LG 103, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong; 2884 0114

Guo Fu Lou

Fook Lam Moon’s Michelin-one-starred Cantonese restaurant Guo Fu Lou has moved from its Wan Chai locale to its new upscale spot at The Murray, where you’ll find the same signature dishes and staff welcome its celebrity clientele in a modern tearoom-inspired boutique. The kitchen’s most prized dishes such as the Jasmine tea-smoked chicken and Barbecued Pork are an indulgent embrace of classic Hong Kong flavours — succulent, fragrant, and delicately balanced to rid of the typical post-meal heaviness — while its seafood offerings such as their steamed lobster with egg white dish are worth the splurge for first-time diners and regulars alike.

Guo Fu Lou, The Pavilion, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong; 3468 8188; niccolohotels.com

Nove

Nove means “9” in Italian, and the latest addition to chef Umberto Bombana’s growing empire. This little gem is located in the narrow, hawker lined Lee Yuen Tung Street. The retro designed space is reminiscent of a tea hall in the 1950’s, cosy and just a little boisterous. The menu juxtaposes classic Cantonese dim sum with a selection of Chiu Chow style dishes, including their famous soy marinated sliced goose. Rumour has it that the dim sum chef hails from China Tang, and the presentation and taste are both exquisite – from the dainty Har Gow with fresh, plumped shrimps, to a truffle topped Siao Mai, to the punchy Wasabi Seafood Spring Roll. A nice piece of nostalgia without the pretence.

G/Fl, 9 Lee Yuen Tung Street, Central, Hong Kong 

Caprice

A legend in Hong Kong’s restaurant scene, the three-Michelin-starred Caprice represents the height of haute French cuisine in the city. Set within an opulent, chandelier and wine cabinet-lined space in the Four Seasons with unmarred views across the harbour, Caprice nevertheless presents a surprisingly modern take on French cooking courtesy of executive chef Guillaume Galliot, whose 18 years living abroad have furnished his style with many expertly executed Asian notes. Deftly paired with French wines both boutique and world-renowned, Galliot’s culinary philosophy comes to life through dishes like Hokkaido uni with mango and pan-seared scampi, Alaskan king crab laksa with quail egg, and Kagoshima wagyu with roasted watermelon and grapes – all of which feature on Caprice’s new summer menu. No meal here can end without Caprice’s famous artisanal cheese board, or the classic creations of Pastry Chef Vivien Sonzogni, such as White Chocolate Soufflé.

6/F, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong; 3196 8888; fourseasons.com

Pirata

Few restaurants can attest to reaching their fifth anniversary in Hong Kong’s unforgiving F&B scene, and fewer yet can claim to be the namesake of an entire restaurant group, yet Pirata can admit to both. The hugely successful restaurant has become a staple for hearty Italian fare thanks to Chef Stefano Rossi’s deft hand in recreating the dishes of his nonna, yet that’s not to say that the Turin native doesn’t continue to innovate by continuously introducing new dishes. Latest to the menu are the likes of the Scallop Gratin, which is coated in breadcrumbs infused with Mediterranean herbs and baked in-shell, and deliciously decadent Bone Marrow, served with homemade green sauce and toasted bread. The pasta dishes are equally rich – we would recommend the Tagliolini with Sicilian Red Prawns and Zucchini, as well as the creamy Porcini Risotto, washed down with the house signature cocktail, teh Bunga Bunga.

29-30/F, 239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; 2887 0270, pirata.hk

New Punjab Club

Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred Punjab restaurant has launched a new menu that makes it a must-visit all over again. For the city’s long, hot summer, the seasonal menu includes fresh and vibrant dishes that make the most of the fish and game, fruits and berries that are abundant in the Punjab region at this time of year. Cooking is in the traditional tandoor style, with the tandoor-roasted Australian venison in fennel seeds and chartreuse liqueur being a highlight. The Kadai Machli (grouper, tomatoes and peppercorns) and Baingan Bhartha (Tandoor-roasted aubergine with ginger) are lighter offerings. The Mooli salad of radishes, turnips and mango pickle, and the slow-cooked okra with fresh turmeric and cumin are flavoursome summer accompaniments, along with the restaurant’s signature cooling pickles and dips. As ever, New Punjab Club’s gin and tonic trolley is not to be missed, concocting a variation of infusions for the classic cocktail.

34 Wyndham St. Central; 2368 1223, newpunjabclub.com

Aaharn

Highly renowned for transforming Thai cuisine into something that people would pay top dollar for, Chef David Thompson added another feather in Hong Kong’s culinary crown with the opening of Aaharn in Tai Kwun back in October of 2018. Since then, it has quietly gone about the business of Thai gastronomy, but with the recent addition of Thompson’s protegé, Dtoy Pariyasakul, as head chef, the restaurant is set to shake things up. Pariyasakul’s palate fully captures the aromatic essence of Thai cooking, with expert flavour combinations marrying sweet, spicy, sour and salty. Prime examples of this include the spicy lemograss salad with prawns, deep-fried perch fillet with tamarind and chilli, and the Mussaman curry combining jackfruit, potato and shallots for a wonderfully redolent flavour punch that will have you reaching for a refill of jasmine rice time and again. Opt for the tasting menu (HK$788) for a full spread of specialties, available with wine pairings.

1/F, Armoury Building, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central; 2703 9111, aaharn.hk

Kinship

The concept of family informs much of Hong Kong culture, from which longtime friends-turned-professional partners Arron Rhodes and Chris Grare have taken inspiration for their newly-opened joint venture, Kinship. Rhodes, previously head chef of Gough’s on Gough, and Grare, who helmed the kitchen at Lily & Bloom, aim to serve a menu of soulful and rustic home-style dishes with New World influences as part of their farm-to-table philosophy. Key to this approach are the family-run local farms and suppliers who provide Kinship’s ingredients, including roasted homegrown carrots from the New Territories, to salmon sourced from the Faroe Islands. Make sure to order the melt-in-your-mouth BBQ Pork Belly and the Giant Duck Ravioli, or better yet, ask for the HK$488 Family Meal to try a bit of everything.

3/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley St, Central; 2520 0899, kinshiphk.com

Wagyu Vanne

Former DJ-turned-chef Vanne Kuwahara has taken his expertise from running Tokyo celebrity favourite Yoroniku Ebisu to open a yakiniku restaurant specialising in wagyu beef. The restaurant will be the first in Hong Kong to feature beef from Hiyama, a prestigious, 100-year-old beef supplier renowned for their premium Kuroge wagyu beef. Guests choose from a tasting menu and two dinner sets, of which the highlights include Wagyu Sushi with Sea Urchin, Beef Tongue in Green Onion Sauce, and Hiyama A5 Wagyu ‘Shabu Shabu’ with black truffle. Guests can also choose to grill the raw beef slices themselves, or request the servers to grill it tableside. An extensive menu of Japanese sake, some of which are exclusive to this restaurant, is also available for pairing.

1/F, 535 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay; 2885 0533, gosango.com.hk

The Leah

Having trained under the likes of Rene Redzepi and Tom Aitkens, British chef James Sharman is setting up shop in British family members club Maggie & Rose, transforming it at night into The Leah. Inspired by his time working in London and sharing a house with eight other young chefs, Sharman wanted to create a menu that reflected the meals he and his housemates would cook together on their day off, hence the focus on British comfort food. As a result, he has reinvented classics such as Beef Wellington, Scotch Egg with Soldiers, and Chicken, Leek and Bacon Pie. An extensive cocktail menu is also available to take advantage of the large outdoor patio decorated to resemble an English garden – expect reimagined British favourites with names like Wimbledon Cup and Camden Spritz, alongside a selection of ales and iced teas.

Maggie & Rose, Shop 308 & 311, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay; 2337 7651; theleah.co

L’Envol

After last year’s closure of his Seasons by Olivier E. restaurant, chef Olivier Elzer has found a new home in L’Envol (“flight” in French), the new French haute cuisine restaurant in St. Regis Hong Kong. It’s immediately clear that the Pierre and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon alum poured his soul into the space, working closely with hotel designer André Fu to etch out his vision of an interior extends from the pastel marble walls all the way down to the tablecloths that were custom-made in France. Elzer’s trademark fusion of East and West is evident here, with each dish exhibiting a combination of French technique and premium Asian ingredients such as Shadi caviar from China, tuna seasoned with five spices, and A3 Kagoshima wagyu beef. These dishes are expertly paired with wines curated by sommelier Tristan Pommier, while cheese aficionados will also appreciate the cheese selection served tableside on a trolley at the end of each meal, along with a condiment of fresh honey harvested from a honeycomb. As its name suggests, L’Envol is bound to take bring French cooking in Hong Kong to new heights.

3/F, St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; marriott.com

Taqueria Super Macho

Food connoisseurs will undoubtedly be familiar with this space on Bridges Street, which formerly housed the rowdy Yardbird but now is the new home of the equally rowdy, yet tonally opposite Taqueria Super Macho, which proves to be a welcome addition to Hong Kong’s oftentimes lacklustre Mexican restaurant scene. Now, the space is bathed in a neon glow and hung with sombreros, channeling the beach town vibes of the coastal Baja and Jalisco states, with Mexican ballads crooned over the stereo. The seafood-focused menu is concise and split into four sections. Start with small dishes such as the charcoal-grilled Mexican street corn and the Japanese surf clam ceviche before moving onto the tacos, which come undressed in corn tortillas and are accompanied by close to a dozen sauces and toppings for diners to use as they like. The cocktails tend to be quite strong, which may not be to everyone’s taste, although the margaritas (available straight, on the rocks or frozen) are a surefire winner. Meanwhile, the service is gregarious and the atmosphere transportive, guaranteeing a fun night to be had.

33-35 Bridges St, Sheung Wan; 2333 0111, taqueriasupermacho.com

Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant

Evoking the atmosphere of a Chinese garden brought into the future, Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant is one of the first restaurants to open in the monumental Xiqu Centre opera house in the West Kowloon Cultural District. The interiors were designed by local interiors studio NCDA, who created a lofty, arched space dominated by voluptuous curves that was deliberately designed “without direct viewpoint, encouraging a sense of curiosity and discovery through meandering paths,” according to the designers. Hand-painted floral artworks inhabit the spaces between each arch, while verdant green rattan-backed banquettes complete the illusion of dining outdoors. On the menu, Cantonese roast meats and dim sum take the spotlight thanks to Executive Chef Hui Mei Tak’s 30 years of experience in the kitchen. Signature dishes include the Peking Duck (which is aged for 36 hours in a custom oven), Honey-glazed Barbecued Pork, Baked Crab Meat Stuffed in Crab Shell and Double-boiled Pig’s Lung and Almond Soup.

Shop 2-4, 1/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Rd West, Tsim Sha Tsui; 3622 1449

Estiatorio Keia

Photo:
Photo: Mitchell Geng

Photo: Mitchell Geng

The latest venture of the Bulldozer Group is this airy, vibrant Greek restaurant in H Queen’s that somewhat alleviates Hong Kong’s conspicuous lack of buzz-worthy Greek dining options. Able to seat 120 diners, the interiors were designed by the award-winning Sundukovy Sisters and feature marine mosaics and an eye-catching central oven clad in gold tiles that adds to the restaurant’s transportive atmosphere. Chef consultant Alexis Zopas designed the seafood-centric menu with plenty of Mykonian and Cycladic influences, which is expertly executed by Executive Chef Marios Tsouris. Make sure to order the oven-fresh Peinerli baked seafood pie which can be made in Spanaki (spinach and feta cheese) and Thalassina (mixed seafood and tomato) variatinos; or the Lavraki whole sea bass, which is served with lemon, capers, olive oil and parsley. Diners can also browse the raw seafood bar and pick from a selection of oysters, Greek ceviche, and sea bream sashimi. Meanwhile, Nobu-trained pastry chef Marino Kosmas is responsible for an unmissable dessert menu that includes the traditional Ekmek dessert with Kataifi Fillo, Karidopita walnut pudding, and homemade ice creams and sorbets.

2/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Rd Central, Central; 2677 7737, keia.com.hk

Porterhouse

A longtime heavyweight amongst Hong Kong’s steakhouses, Porterhouse has recently renewed its à-la-carte menu by doubling down on its beef-centric forte, as well as expanding its seafood offerings and introducing new, meat-free items to keep up with the times. But first, the dry-aged steaks, which boast one of the most varied offerings in the city, with premium cuts cherry-picked from as far afield as Spain, Ireland, Italy, and Hungary in on- and off-the-bone versions. We were partial to the Italian-Scottish Marango cross-breed porterhouse steak which delivered extreme tenderness packed with omega-3. Big groups should not forgo the Grand Ocean Platter, a sumptuous arrangement of Canadian lobster, oysters, Amour caviar, Alaskan king crab and other fruits of the sea; or the Impossible™ Wellington, which weighs in at a whole, guilt-free kilogram.

7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong, Central; porterhousehk.com

Mr Brown

From the team behind award-winning Middle Eastern restaurant Francis comes neighbouring Wan Chai grill and smokehouse Mr Brown. The moodily-lit space on Ship Street buzzes with chefs at the open kitchen-bar and a jolly crowd of diners. Continuing in Francis’ fashion, the menu is encouraged to be shared, with small and large plates that can be ordered as ‘Mr Brown goes to town’ – a chef’s selection served throughout the evening. Highlights on the menu include the Iberico pork muffin with cabbage and aioli, the smoky grilled eggplant with miso tahini, and the 12-hour smoked brisket, best tried with the Kohlrabi with hazelnut, pecorino, chilli. Head Chef Asher Goldstein credits his cuisine with influences from his home town of Tel Aviv along with his experience of wood fire cooking in Australia – a pleasing combination.

G/F, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai; mrbrownhk.com

The Legacy House

Rosewood Hong Kong’s new Chinese restaurant is just one of the many ways in which Sonia Cheng, CEO of the Rosewood Hotel Group, pays tribute to her family’s ties to this corner of Hong Kong, in particular to patriarch Dr. Cheng Yu-Tung, who built New World Centre on the same plot of land in the ’70s. Accordingly, the restaurant focuses on the cuisine of the Shunde region of Guangdong province – known as the cradle of Cantonese cooking – giving rise to signature dishes by chef Li Chi-Wai such as minced fish soup and Daliang-style wok-fried milk, crabmeat, egg white and bird’s nest. Premium Chinese teas and tea-based cocktails are on offer to bring out the best of the fish-centric dishes. Apart from the main dining space, seven expansive VIP dining rooms with unbeatable harbour views function almost like private kitchens, each named after milestones in Dr. Cheng’s life.

5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; 3891 8732, rosewoodhotels.com