Our round up of the newest Hong Kong restaurants, cafés and bars you need to check out this June. Ready, set, eat!
Buenos Aires Polo Club
7/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Tel: 2321 8681
The prolific Black Sheep Restaurants is adding a new gem to its growing collection: Argentinean steakhouse, Buenos Aires Polo Club. Executive chef Felipe Lopez will be taking control of the kitchen and serving free-roaming Argentinean beef grilled asado fashion and other specialities. Opening soon in the space formerly occupied by Boqueria on the seventh floor of the LKF Tower, the restaurant has a warm wooden interior furnished with equestrian antiques. The space includes semi-private and private rooms and a bar offering classic and inventive cocktails inspired by the Recoleta neighbourhood plus vermouth selections.
Erawan Thai Premium
Astoria Building, 24-38 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 3708 8368
There’s no shortage of Thai restaurants in Hong Kong, and Erawan Thai Premium is one of the latest additions. Helmed by executive chef Harnskunwat Viboon (better known as chef Lek), who was previously with Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and has over 35 years of experience under his belt, the restaurant serves up authentic Thai dishes. Signatures include the award-winning fried tiger prawns with spicy thai herbs, phoo phad nam tom yum (fried sweet crab slathered in aromatic curry), and cheese naan bread to wipe up all the sauce. To complement the food menu is a wide selection of cocktails crafted by a former Dragon-i and Kee Club mixologist. If you want to create your own, go for the DIY mixology cocktail, where you can choose your own liquor base, Thai herbs, and fresh fruit. When Thailand seems too far away, head to Tsim Sha Tsui.
Lobby, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Tel: 2584 7722
The wait is over. After months of renovation, Grand Café has re-opened with new interior décor and open kitchens. A new menu has also been launched by chef de cuisine Marc Briol which incorporates fresh and natural ingredients. The new Hong Kong selections include local favourite wonton noodles and wok-fried flat rice noodles with beef and soy sauce. Regulars will be pleased to hear that the menu retains two all-time favourites: Hainanese chicken rice and steamed Alaskan toothfish fillet.
HOME – Eat to Live
Shop G01 & 101, Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
Tel: 2777 4777
This two-storey restaurant, bar and café will serve plant-based dishes focusing on organic ingredients and sustainability. The ground floor is dedicated to a breakfast bar, lunch takeout options including a salad bar and raw desserts, as well as drinks at an evening bar. Upstairs, diners can sit down for open-faced toast, burgers, flatbreads or “earth bowls”. Customise your own flatbread by choosing your own herb base, toppings and sauce. Vegan, raw and gluten-free options are available. The second restaurant to open under ZS hospitality group, which also runs Viet Kitchen & Bar, it’s set to be another healthy favourite.
23 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2881 5008
Jerry Maguire is bringing another kind of theatre to Hong Kong – culinary theatre, that is. Combining the best of two worlds – desserts and cocktails – Jerry Maguire’s dessert-infused cocktails and liquor-infused desserts are thoughtful and theatrical. If you’re only there for one drink, try their signature Alice the Wonderland ($198), a rum-based cocktail created with midori, elderflower syrup, mint, pineapple juice, and topped with spun sugar and golden leaf. For dessert, the Jerry Maguire Cheesecake Crunch ($148) is essentially a deconstructed Baileys cheesecake, featuring a hazelnut Baileys cheesecake with a biscuit crumble and topped with dark Bailey’s chocolate frozen foam. Designed to be an interactive experience, guests are encouraged to engage with the chefs, who will put it all together in front of you.
30/F V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: 3188 3326
Michelin-one-starred La Bombance has been serving “new Japanese cuisine” in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo since 2004. It has just opened its first international branch in Hong Kong, atop the new V Point in Causeway Bay. Acclaimed Japanese chef-owner Makoto Okamoto is renowned for his innovative culinary sense and his seamless integration of French and Japanese techniques and ingredients. Like its original in Tokyo, the Hong Kong restaurant will offer a seasonal kaiseki menu. We’re certain it will take the kaiseki experience to another level, and are excited to find out.
21/F 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2388 8160
A sky-high 8,000 sq ft space in Tsim Sha Tsui with wrap-around views of Victoria Harbour, Maison Eight is a three-in-one social space combining the best of French cuisine, cocktails and champagne. Esmé is a restaurant serving up French classics with an international twist. Head over to world’s first Bollinger Champagne Room, LE CLUB 1829, a vintage-inspired private room stocked with over 2,300 bottles. It’s not a party without a good selection of cocktails. Salvatore at Maison Eight also offers a menu of innovative craft cocktails. With all three concepts under one roof, rest assured it’s a maison for all.
Shop 24-25 Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Omotesando Koffee opened in 2011 as a minimalist pop-up café in Tokyo. What was meant to be a one-year pop-up lasted five years until the end of 2015, when the 60-year-old Japanese house it occupied was closed for renovation. Tokyo’s loss is Hong Kong’s gain: the café has re-opened at street level in Wan Chai. We hear the coffee is exceptional, but what people really go for are delicious cube-shaped custard canelés.
Shop 41A, 1/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Tel: 2520 1117
From the mastermind behind Bangkok’s eccentric Iron Fairies bar, Ophelia is Ashley Sutton’s first concept in Hong Kong, and one of the latest openings in The Avenue complex. Sutton is known for quirky venues, and Ophelia does not disappoint. Inspired by Hong Kong’s 19th century opium dens, the space is dark, sultry and mysterious. From the pictures of peacocks screen-painted on bamboo and the 600,000 hand-painted ceramic tiles to the cocktails served in cages by cheongsam-donning waitresses, Ophelia is something out of a dream.
Potato Head Hong Kong
100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
Tel: 2858 3036
Riding on the success of iconic Potato Head Beach Club in Bali and Potato Head Folk in Singapore, Potato Head Hong Kong has opened in an 8,000 sq ft multi-purpose space in Sai Yung Pun. A collaboration between Potato Head founders PTT Family and Jia Group’s Yenn Wong, the space will encompass several retail and dining concepts, including Indonesian restaurant Kaum at Potato Head; an all-day café and bar serving Bali-inspired tropical cocktails; I Love You So Coffee, which also has a branch in Tokyo; a music venue; and a retail space, Canaan, selling artisanal Indonesian items and PTT Family paraphernalia. It’s difficult to imagine how this will fit in Sai Ying Pun, but we’re excited to find out.