Here’s our round up of Hong Kong’s newest and hottest restaurants, bars and cafés you need to try this month. Who knows, your new favourite hangout may just be around the corner!
Another Sweet Place
Shop G, G/F Lyndhurst Building 23-29 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Tel: 2523 4388
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Another Sweet Place, a new Hong Kong patisserie from the guy who runs Another Place by David Meyers. The retail outlet offers an exclusive range of desserts created by award-winning pastry chef Jeffery Koo, as well as juices, coffee and tea. Inspired by “emotions, literature and fantasy,” the creative desserts include a roasted pineapple and milk chocolate cake called Midsummer Night’s Dream ($46), and a mixed berries and violet cake named Cheshire Cat ($46). Fair warning: Koo’s signature ChocoTart ($33) is available only in limited quantities each day.
2/F 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2155 1777
Overlooking Causeway Bay, Bond is the newest addition to restaurateur John Liang’s growing portfolio, which also includes Three Monkeys and Sushi Gin. A bit different from the rest, Bond has a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere, affordable menu and a more down-to-earth approach than some of his previous concepts. Dishes include crab and avocado salad with lemongrass ($128), French onion soup ($78), slow-cooked USDA baby back ribs ($260) and the signature truffle spaghetti with 24-month parmesan and prosciutto ($198), cooked tableside in a wheel of parmesan cheese. Italian classics include sea bass in clam and saffron stew ($280), fresh seafood with homemade strozzapreti ($268) and burrata ravioli ($190).
26 Peel Street, Central
Tel: 2561 3336
This SoHo delicatessen, restaurant and bar is helmed by chef and director Renaud Marin, who spent five years working with Philippe Orrico at Upper Modern Bistro and St George. Serving up French cuisine with Mediterranean influences, the dishes and the environment are given an intriguing spin. With a Gourmet Cheese Club featuring rare cheeses, plus selections of wine and top-quality charcuterie served with the charming rustic quality of a neighbourhood deli (prices and friendliness included), Cochin looks likely to become a favourite spot. Open for lunch and dinner, menu options include Taiyouran egg onsen ($135) and lamb pot au feu ($260).
Fauchon Paris Le Café
Shop 408 & 410, New Town Plaza Phase 1, Sha Tin
Tel: 2237 1515
In 1886, Auguste Fauchon founded his Parisian café, Fauchon, a leader in creativity, innovation and flavour that can now be experienced in 44 countries worldwide. And now its French food, desserts and afternoon tea are available in Hong Kong. The menu is vast. Savoury dishes include quiche Lorraine ($72), foie gras salad ($112) and sirloin steak with Fauchon fries ($228), while the patisserie menu tempts with signature pastries and éclairs, and new items such as carré framboise ($65), divine butter shortbread with Swiss meringue, white chocolate and raspberries. Afternoon tea ($160 for two) is served from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, and includes a variety of signature dishes such as mini croque monsieur and macarons. Bon appétit.
I Know John
9/F The Loop, 33 Wellington Street, Central
Tel: 2801 6555
For an evening of class and cocktails, get down to sophisticated new lounge, I Know John. Speciality cocktails, wines, whiskeys and gourmet hot dogs are all part of the appeal of this speakeasy-inspired space, decorated with dark wood and leather seats. This trendy time machine will charm with its modern-day feel and appetising finger foods. Mixologist-designed cocktails include the Fog Cutter ($85): Jamaican rum, gin, cognac, amaretto, sherry, pineapple, orange and lime juice. Prohibition is over!
8/F California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Tel: 3706 8567
World-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened his second Mercato venue in Lan Kwai Fong last month. The restaurant serves Vongerichten’s take on Italian food, which avoids heavy meat stocks and cream-based sauces in favour of vegetable juices, fruit essences, light broths and herbal vinaigrettes for an aromatic touch of elegance. At the Mercato Bar, this love for exotic and aromatic flavours translates into an array of original cocktails made from the finest Italian spirits, fresh fruits and aromatics.
G/F Upton, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Tel: 2177 5050
A collaboration between JIA Group’s award-winning restaurateur Yenn Wong and 22 Ships’ Nate Green, Rhoda is a modern neighbourhood restaurant with a daily changing menu that focuses on grilled meats and seafood prepared over a charcoal grill. The décor is all bare concrete surfaces and burnt-wood effects. A communal table at the heart of the restaurant is a tribute to family mealtimes and the vanishing custom of conversation over good food. Curating the wine list is Green’s brother, Adam, founder of Asia-based wine specialists Bottle Shock.