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Where to Eat and Drink This April

Stay in the know with our April dining guide showcasing all the hot new openings around town. Happy feasting!

Text by Iris Wong

 

BLT Steak
Shop G62, G/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2730 3508

Following an extensive renovation, the Ocean Terminal Harbour City outpost of the New York American-style steakhouse has been relaunched, bringing diners chef Laurent Tourondel’s modern American signatures prepared with traditional French techniques. Items on the menu to watch out for include the black garlic charred short ribs ($298), naturally aged USDA and Australian Black Angus steaks (from $278), as well the all-new crab cake with smoked piquillo paprika aioli ($172) and milk chocolate peanut butter croquant ($80). What’s more, diners will be feasting with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour, which is always nicer from the Tsim Sha Tsui side.

 

Le Pan
G/F Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay
Tel: 3188 2355

Don’t let the location stop you from visiting the newly opened Le Pan, the new French fine dining establishment headed by award-winning Singaporean chef Edward Voon, whose accolades include Rising Chef of the Year and Executive Chef of the Year at Singapore’s World Gourmet Summit in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Expect artfully plated, contemporary French cuisine in a palatial setting of white marble and white leather. Dishes to watch out for include Kristal caviar with botan shrimps and sea urchin served on a bed of crustacean jelly, and the soft boiled egg and cured pork belly in an emulsion of champignon. Also not to be missed are Le Pan’s impressive wine list and homemade bread and butter. Tasting menus of three, four or five courses are available at lunch, and for dinner, five or eight courses.

 

Si Simply Italian Restaurant
Shop G03, G/F D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok
Tel: 2370 9022

We say “si” to the latest F&B addition at D2 Place Two in Lai Chi Kok, which serves unpretentious Italian fare prepare by executive chef Massimo Santovito. Diners can choose from the seasonal organic menu and the a la carte menu. The organic cold cut plate is only $228, with the Mora Romagnola, an Italian ham exclusive to Si in Hong Kong, stealing the show. For mains, we particularly fancy the eggplant parmigiana with tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil ($88) and the oven-baked Italian sea bass served with cherry tomato and black olive sauce ($268). Be sure to round off your meal with the hazelnut semifreddo ($98) that is impossible to order just one.

 

Sushi Ono
9/F 11 Stanley Street, Central
Tel: 5989 5429

We’re accustomed to paying through the nose for an omakase meal in Hong Kong, so it’s a breath of fresh air when restaurateur John Liang (the guy behind Three Monkeys, Chibee, Shimo and more) introduced a modestly-priced omakase at his latest venture Sushi Ono. 13 to 15 courses of jet-fresh seafood and vegetables flown daily from Tokyo are priced at only $900 for dinner, which includes the yellow tail aburi sashimi dressed with Kyoto onion, cucumber crab roll stuffed with queen crab and sea urchin, thinly sliced squid noodles topped with myoga and ohba edible flowers, and more. Lunch sets are from $240. The signature tuna in three styles (akamai, aburi and toro don), served exclusively at lunch, is not to be missed.

 

The Cakery
Shop 123, Lee Gardens Two, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2816 1838

Our beloved guilt-free patisserie and cafe gets a permanent address at Lee Gardens Two. The Cakery is all about healthy eating, and is especially catered to individuals with special dietary requirements, be it gluten-, wheat-, or dairy-free, or if you prefer your food to be organic or low in sugar and fat. Apart from the delicious signature cupcake selection, the new location also offers healthy savoury items such as gluten-free vegan bread, gluten-free pasta salad, gluten-free roasted sweet potato sandwich and chia pudding. That’s our breakfast and lunch sorted.

 

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