Here’s our pick of Hong Kong’s latest restaurant openings this September.
Words Claudia Shum and Iris Wong
Shop OTE 304, 3/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2701 9881
Upscale Japanese restaurant ANA TEN is the latest to join the line of new eateries popping up at Harbour City’s new waterfront extension. A collaborative effort between consulting chef Ryogo Ozawa, former poissonnier of three-Michelin-starred L’Assiette Champenois, and ANA TEN’s executive chef Kam Wah Au-Yeung, ANA TEN serves an array of classic Japanese delicacies – omakase, tempura, skewers, and more – with a contemporary touch. We particularly fancy the thin sliced yellowtail with foie gras cube on nanko plum vinegar sauce ($248), Japanese mantis shrimp tempura with crab paste ($88), as well as the awaodori chicken kidney skewer ($38). Also not to be missed are Japanese folklore character-themed cocktails by mixologist Dorothy Lam, such as the Shuten-Doiji ($118) and Crane Lady ($118). The spectacular view of Victoria Harbour is just the cherry on top.
G/F 36 Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay
Busy bees in Taikoo and Quarry Bay will be glad to know that a new grab-and-go joint, Hawkr, has just opened on the corner of Tong Chong Street. Inspired by the hawker food centres of Southeast Asia, Hawkr is serving up contemporary twists on Southeast Asian favourites (minus the MSG) such as curries, soup noodles, baguettes as well as breakfast pots and bespoke juices, bringing hip and healthy food to diners for a modern takeaway experience.
Lunch favourites include its signature Javanese Beef Rendang ($68), Saigon chicken baguette ($40) and hot prawn popiah wrap ($44). Finish off with their street-style desserts including Khanom Chan ($18) with layers of coconut and pandan. Don’t forget to grab the signature fruit juice blends ($26 each) to beat the summer heat!
Mango Tree Café
Shop 1035, 1/F YOHO Mall 1, 9 Yuen Lung Street, Yuen Long
Tel: 2602 2878
Following the success of its first store in Taikoo, Mango Tree Café has opened its second outlet in YOHO Mall, bringing mouthwatering Thai cuisine to diners under relaxing rainforest-inspired interiors. Along with Thai classics such as curries and pad thai, chefs at Mango Tree Café have also come up with an exclusive menu, only available at the new YOHO branch.
Highlights include crispy five spice chicken, crab and river prawn in pad thai sauce, as well as specially crafted drinks and fusion desserts. Try their signature Thai tart duo featuring pandan and Thai milk tea flavoured egg tarts, served in an afternoon tea set with drinks for just $48.
Mr S. Y. Punti
4 David Lane, Sai Ying Pun
Tel: 2915 8885
Tucked away in Sai Ying Pun, Mr S. Y. Punti is a modern cha chaan teng, serving Hong Kong cafe classics alongside locally selected coffee, wine and beer. It sources seasonal ingredients from nearby wet markets for traditional favourites such as chicken broth and fresh noodles in Yu Kwen Yick chilli sauce. Its artisanal coffees are sourced from Hong Kong-based roaster Olympia Graeco-Egyptian Coffee. You’ll find us there most weekends.
New Punjab Club
34 Wyndham Street, Central
Tel: 2368 1223
Black Sheep Restaurants’ 15th establishment takes the form of a 40-seat tandoor grill house, namely New Punjab Club. This fall, Black Sheep’s co-founder Syed Asim Hussain is bringing Punjabi cuisine to the heart of Central, elevating rustic and traditional cooking techniques with premium ingredients and culinary expertise. Paying homage to The Punjab Club in Lahore, Pakistan, and The Mughal Room (Hong Kong’s ’80s hotspot), New Punjab Club is Asim’s most personal project yet, showing diners that Indian cooking isn’t just about the curries. Centred around the tandoor oven, diners can experience hearty, social and convivial cuisine that brings Asim’s childhood memories and heritage together, telling a story worth sharing.
Shop OTE 301, 3/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2156 2256
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Milan restaurant Paper Moon has opened a new location in Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui. It will serve homestyle Italian cooking and signature cocktails against the stellar backdrop of Victoria Harbour. Featuring a 1.4 tonne Ambrogi pizza oven from Italy, diners can expect a wide selection of pizza choices as well as pastas and main courses.
G/F 16 Yim Po Fong Street, Mong Kok
Tel: 2466 3166
The craft beer trend has taken Hong Kong by storm, so it’s not surprising to see another craft beer-focused bar pop up, and this time, it’s over at the bustling Mong Kok. The Madhouse, a 32-seat taproom on Yim Po Fong Street, offers a line of 16 beers around the globe (the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Scotland, and more) on tap, featuring special releases, collaborations and even small batch creations. Bottled beers are also available, along with a menu of sous vide dishes and snacks such as grain-fed Canadian pork loin, bite-sized oysters and crunchy chicken wings.
Ying Jee Club
Shop G05 & 107-108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Central
Tel: 2801 6882
ZS Hospitality has opened Ying Jee Club this August in the heart of Central, serving up Cantonese classics by chef Siu Hin Chi. Using carefully sourced ingredients, chef Siu has come up with an exquisite menu, perfect for your next dinner gathering.
Highlights include its signature dish of sautéed sliced garoupa with Chinese kale, accompanied with golden-fried fish head and bone ($1,280), stir-fried lobster with shallot, red onion and spring onion ($380), as well as its pan-fried crab claw filled with shrimp paste and crispy conpoy ($260), topped with caviar for ultimate indulgence.
Ying Jee Club is also offering a five-course lunch set ($380) as well as a wide selection of over 300 bottles of wine.