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    As December unfolds its festive spirit, Hong Kong's culinary scene dazzles with an array of new eateries and bars, perfect for enjoying some holiday cheer. Whether you're seeking cosy bistros, vibrant bars, or gourmet havens, this is your guide to the city's latest culinary gems. 

    Nobu
    Nikutoieba
    Nobu

    Nikutoieba Matsuda

    Renowned for its Wagyu Kappou cuisine, Nara institution Nikutoieba Matsuda has opened its first international outpost on Hong Kong's Gough Street. Established in 2020 and vaunted for its top-tier ranking on Japan's famous restaurant ranking website Tabelog , this Japanese culinary standout offers a unique 14-course menu featuring premium wagyu beef. The Hong Kong branch replicates the Japanese experience, with a monthly rotating menu that includes signature dishes like wagyu beef tartare sushi and wagyu fillet cutlet sandwich. Led by Chef Hitoshi Ishibashi, it promises the same excellence that earned it high accolades, including its inclusion in Michelin Guide listings. With just nine counter seats and two upcoming private rooms, this intimate space is a testament to the fusion of tradition and modernity in Wagyu Kappou cuisine.

    Nikutoieba Matsuda, 39 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, 6060 5447

    Sabatini
    Sabatini

    Sabatini Ristorante Italiano

    Sabatini, an Italian restaurant beloved among Hong Kong's gourmands, is launching its new branch at IFC Mall this December. The new outpost is helmed by Chef De Cuisine Marco Antonio Li Voti. Known for its rich heritage and well-executed Italian dishes, the restaurant’s new branch will continue Sabatini's reputation for its authentic Italian dining experience, combining classic flavours with Chef Li Voti's extensive European training and experience. Enjoy an exquisite meal along with live performances from Tuesday to Saturday evenings.

    Sabatini Ristorante Italiano, Shop No. 4008, Level 4, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2610 0080

    Kinsman
    Kinsman
    Kinsman

    Kinsman

    Kinsman, the newest addition to Singular Concepts’ F&B repertoire, is a new bar concept in partnership with Gavin Yeung of Tatler Dining that’s set to spice up Hong Kong's cocktail scene. Kinsman aims to reacquaint Hong Kong with its unique indigenous heritage of Cantonese spirits, celebrating them by blending them with local fruits and botanicals in innovative cocktails while also reinterpreting Cantonese culinary traditions. The menu pays tribute to Hong Kong’s vibrant food culture, particularly through desserts that merge the concept of tong sui (Cantonese dessert soups) with cocktails. 

    Kinsman, 65 Peel Street, Central

    Nobu
    Nobu

    The Trilogy

    Opening in Central Hong Kong, The Trilogy is set to be the city's hottest new rooftop destination. Spanning 7,000 sq ft on the 26th floor of H Code, it will offer three unique experiences: Keyz, an innovative club with a focus on house music; Wav, an enchanting rooftop bar inspired by famous beach clubs around the world; and an upcoming speakeasy. Keyz promises a dynamic music lineup, while Wav offers signature cocktails for you to sip as you admire breathtaking skyline views from the outdoor terrace and groove to live DJ beats.

    Trilogy, 45 Pottinger Street 26/F, High Block, H Code, Central

    La Suite
    La Suite

    La Suite

    Step into the hidden world of La Suite this winter, where acclaimed chef Olivier Elzer's culinary artistry meets mixology magic. The cocktail bar, veiled by opulent curtains in a clandestine location inside French restaurant Clarence, offers stunning city views and cocktails crafted with French spirits, herbs and spices. La Suite's beverage programme is managed by bar scene veteran Max Traverse and includes cutting-edge cocktails like the fizzy The Missing Key or a modern twist on classic cocktails like The Saffron Negroni. Non-alcoholic options are also available. Complementing the drinks is a ‘Yakifrenchy’ bar menu – French culinary classics reinterpreted as skewers. 

    La Suite, 25/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, 3568 1397

    Juno
    Juno

    Juno

    Italian-Mediterranean restaurant Juno opens in Sheung Wan, combining a vibrant blend of European classics with a contemporary flair. Led by Chef Jordi Vallés Claverol, Juno offers an a la carte menu with signature dishes including home-baked rosemary focaccia with Ibérico ham and truffle tagliolini. The cosy yet sophisticated setting, which can seat 50 diners, includes a standout wine list from Italy, France and Spain, perfect for either celebratory dinners or simple lunches alike.

    Juno, G/F, 88 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, 2703 5188

    WM
    Nobu

    Café@WM 

    Recently reopened, Café@WM at WM Hotel in Sai Kung offers a refreshed nature-inspired ambiance. Their seafood fiesta dinner and weekend seafood brunch buffets feature a diverse selection of seafood, including fresh oysters and sashimi. Alongside, tuck into more internationally flavoured ingredients and dishes like Spanish Serrano ham and Japanese steamed egg with abalone. The live cooking stations add a dynamic touch, and the dessert spread presents a delightful mix of eastern and western treats. 

    Café@WM, 28 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, 2196 6388

    Takumi Mixology Salon
    Takumi Mixology Salon

    Takumi Mixology Salon

    Takumi Mixology Salon , a new bespoke cocktail bar, has recently opened its doors in Causeway Bay. This intimate 18-seat venue, led by the talented mixologist Rayven Leung, invites guests   on a unique journey into the art of custom-made drinks, embracing the Japanese principle of “takumi”, or craftsmanship. Guests can indulge in an ever-evolving selection of tailor-made cocktails, featuring seasonal ingredients and signature creations like the smoky Zen, refreshing Spumoni, and the acclaimed Yukiguni. This artisanal approach, served up with easy-going manner, makes Takumi a destination for discerning cocktail enthusiasts.

    Takumi Mixology Salon, 3/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 5394 3681

    November: star-studded dining experiences

    Nobu
    Nobu
    Nobu

    Nobu

    Globally renowned restaurant Nobu makes its grand return in the city’s restaurant scene at the Regent Hong Kong. Offering stunning Victoria Harbour views, this dining hotspot serves up its signature Japanese cuisine drawing inspiration from Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa's longtime love affair with Peru. Dishes to watch out for include the famed black cod with miso, yellowtail jalapeño, toro tartare with caviar, and the delightful rock shrimp tempura, as well as South American classics like tiradito and a Nobu spin on the ceviche. For a taste of the restaurant’s greatest hits, go for the elevated omakase menu. To complement these culinary delights, the beverage menu features Nobu-style cocktails and the Matsuhisa wine range. With Executive Chef Jason Au at the helm, the Nobu team is set to reignite a brand new experience for diners.

    Nobu, 2/F, Regent Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2313 2313

    Anne-Sophie Pic

    Credit: Emanuelle Thion

    Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic

    Opening mid-November, Hong Kong will welcome Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic, a collaboration between Pic, the female chef with the most Michelin stars in the world, and French luxury crystalware maker Baccarat. Situated in the bustling social hub Forty-Five , diners can expect panoramic views of Victoria Harbour in a venue by the illustrious Paris-based interior design firm Gilles & Boissier. Pic, celebrated for her expert blending of bold and delicate flavours, aims to marry French cuisine with Asian ingredients. Having grown up in a family with a culinary legacy of over a century in France, Pic has received numerous accolades, including three Michelin stars for her flagship restaurant Maison Pic. Joining eight global establishments already under Pic’s belt, Cristal Room promises an unparalleled gastronomic experience.

    Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic, 43/F, Gloucester Tower, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central

    Kanesaka Hong Kong
    Kanesaka Hong Kong
    Kanesaka Hong Kong

    Kanesaka Hong Kong

    Kanesaka Hong Kong , the latest venture from acclaimed Japanese chef Shinji Kanesaka and sister restaurant to two Michelin-starred Ginza Sushi Kanesaka, is now open in Central's CCB Tower. Head Chef Seiji Taniguchi, formerly of Sushi Kanesaka’s Palace Hotel Tokyo outpost, skilfully adapts his expertise in crafting authentic Edomae-style sushi using locally sourced and imported ingredients. Guests can choose from a lunch nigiri set, a lunch omakase, and an opulent dinner omakase, all featuring a variety of sushi and speciality dishes made with seasonal ingredients. With an intimate venue that seats only 20, be sure to book well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

    Kanesaka Hong Kong, 5/F, CCB Tower, 3 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, 2117 1175

    Manav Tuli
    Leela by Manav Tuli and JIA Group's Yenn Wong

    Leela

    JIA Group and Chef-Owner Manav Tuli – formerly the Head Chef at Rosewood Hong Kong’s Chaat – are launching Leela , a modern Indian restaurant in Causeway Bay’s Lee Garden Three. Inspired by the Hindu concept of “leela,” meaning the playful acts of gods, the restaurant promises an inventive take on Indian cuisine. Chef Tuli seeks to blend India's rich gastronomic traditions with more environmental culinary practices by curating a menu that highlights the influence of India’s historic empires – notably the Maurya Empire. While the restaurant officially opens on 7 November, the restaurant is already available for booking .

    Leela, Shop 301-310, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, 2882 5316

    Aap Ba Din
    Aap Ba Din
    Aap Ba Din

    Aap Ba Din

    Chinese private dining restaurant Aap Ba Din is a  new culinary destination emphasising Cantonese cuisine through chef-led, omakase-style dining, where Head Chef Adam Chung crafts daily menus based on fresh market ingredients. Equipped with over a decade's experience in esteemed Hong Kong and Macanese establishments, Chung combines traditional techniques with global inspirations. Signature dishes include the goose liver mousse with caviar, and roasted crispy chicken with aged tangerine peel. The elegant interior, painted in a verdant emerald green with mahogany accents and decorated with antiques, is suited for both intimate and banquet settings.

    Aap Ba Din, 1/F, Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, 3 Kau U Fong, Central, 3650 0066

    Teppanyaki Mihara Goten
    Teppanyaki Mihara Goten
    Teppanyaki Mihara Goten

    Teppanyaki Mihara Goten

    Teppanyaki Mihara Goten has recently landed in Causeway Bay, offering an innovative blend of kappo cuisine and the dynamic theatricality of teppanyaki. Conceived by the acclaimed Chef Terufumi Mihara, the restaurant epitomises his “Wa Modern” philosophy, merging age-old traditions with modern flair. With a career spanning Japan to the US, Chef Mihara brings a uniquely global touch to his dishes. Signatures like the grilled king crab crêpe and A5 Kumamoto wagyu beef tenderloin showcase his mastery of the cuisine. House-made sauces, infused with French, Italian and Chinese influences, further elevate the teppanyaki experience. Chef Mihara aims to deliver an immersive journey reflecting his passion, expertise and vision to diners at Teppanyaki Mihara Goten.

    Teppanyaki Mihara Goten, 3/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 5394 3689

    Melody
    Melody
    Melody

    Melody

    Sai Ying Pun welcomes a new addition to its vibrant community: Melody , a dynamic destination blending food, drink and music, promises a multi-sensory journey infused with soul and rock 'n roll flair. Spread across five distinct rooms, Melody serves modern European dishes masterminded by Chef Jamie Draper, with signatures such as bone marrow varuval and roti or Tomahawk steak with chimichurri – sizzling straight from the Josper oven. Cocktail aficionados can sample playful drinks such as the yellow pepper margarita or rhubarb old fashioned, along with a range of occasional experimental creations from the bar team. The diverse music programme by former Potato Head Artistic Director Johnny Hiller ranges from Cantopop to 1970’s Cambodian jazz.

    Melody, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 9593 8110

    October: culinary chops and cocktail throwbacks

    001
    001
    001

    001 

    Welcome back, 001 ! Hong Kong’s first legendary speakeasy and much-missed Central bar has returned in a new space within the historic Tai Kwun. Navigating the complex’s maze of buildings to locate 001 adds to the intrigue, with the bar’s signature vintage doorbell signalling your arrival. The ambience, reminiscent of New York’s speakeasies, complements a menu of Art Deco inspired cocktails. Helmed by 001’s original bartender Sky Huo, the speakeasy serves up tropical summery drinks alongside their signature Earl Grey Marteani. Other highlights include the Pinacillin, combining spicy pineapple flavours with the classic Penicillin, and the Guadalupe – imagine if the mezcal Paloma and a guava Bellini had a baby. The bar bites menu also impresses with delights like oven-baked crab tarts and whipped brie.  

    001, Shop 10 & 13-101, Block 10 & 13, Superintendent's House and C Hall, Tai Kwun, Central 

    Ronin
    Ronin
    Ronin

    Ronin

    Previously decorated with a revered spot on Asia's 50 Best List, Hong Kong izakaya Ronin celebrates its 10th anniversary with a splendid makeover that melds something new to its well-loved concept. The refreshed interior exudes new energy while the innovative menu stays true to its roots with market-fresh ingredients. The dining experience incorporates contemporary culinary trends without losing the essence of authentic izakaya culture. Guests can indulge in a plethora of savoury bites and small plates, such as dry-aged threadfin bream served with Mandarin miso or snow crab spring rolls. Accompany your meal with the  expanded range of craft cocktails and a well-stocked collection of Japanese whisky. 

    Ronin, G/F, 8 On Wo Lane, Sheung Wan, 2547 5263 

    Bacha Coffee
    Bacha Coffee
    Bacha Coffee

    Bacha Coffee 

    Hailing from Morocco, Bacha Coffee traces its roots back 113 years, and now, the time-honoured brand has graced Hong Kong with a new boutique at IFC. Encompassing a sensory rich experience spanning more than 200 square metres, the space exudes sophistication, drawing design cues from its historic Dar el Bacha birthplace. Customers on the go can indulge in the unique Bacha Coffee experience that boasts over 200 varieties of hot or iced coffees to pair with eight different signature croissant styles. Or, you can opt for the house-made kouglof, brioche or marbled 100 per cent Arabica coffee cake instead – all available for takeaway only. Buying coffee for your home or office? Bacha Coffee's boutique boasts a wide selection of over 200 coffee varieties ranging from single origin to CO2 decaffeinated – all 100 per cent Arabica beans that are sourced from 35 regions around the world.

    Bacha Coffee, Shop 1063, Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2301 1910 

    Lockdown

    Lockdown 

    Bar maestros Agung and Laura Prabowo, famed for pioneering widely lauded establishments like The Old Man, Penicillin and Dead&, have opened a new watering hole, Lockdown , on Hollywood Road. This cocktail bar takes us on a trip down memory lane to not so long ago, during Hong Kong's pandemic lockdown period – paying homage to the American Prohibition Era while taking humorous jabs at recent events. Adding a dose of Asian flair, the menu boasts 25 concoctions, divided into Experimental, Vintage and Remastered Classics, all complemented by a food menu of Asian-influenced bar bites made for sharing. With a hidden entrance right next to a Hollywood Road “toilet,” and capacity limited to 30, this intimate haunt promises a nostalgic – if slightly surreal – experience. 

    Lockdown, G/F 27 Hollywood Road, Central, 6201 5855 

    Anju
    Anju
    Anju

    Anju

    Located in the buzz of West Kowloon’s Elements Mall, Anju emerges as a vibrant beacon of contemporary Korean cuisine and mixology. The restaurant is named after Korea's beloved culture of pairing food with alcohol, and it promises an upbeat Korean menu instilled with innovative flavours fusing east and west. Signature dishes include the crispy Yangnyeom Chicken, bathed in tangy sauces, while the moreish Anju Bibim Guksu, a refreshing cold noodle dish, cools you down from the spicy heat. Order from the playful selection of Korean-inspired cocktails, with highlights such as the Kimchi Mary and Yuzu Soju Mojito. 

    Anju, Shop R004, Civic Square, Elements, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, 2196 8733 

    Yuan
    Yuan
    Yuan

    Yuan 

    Yuan , the latest venture in Hong Kong's Central district by Lubuds Group, reimagines a vegetarian Chinese fine dining experience. Under the direction of respected Chinese chef Ronald Shao and head chef Law Chak-kei, this establishment serves innovative vegetarian dishes that reinterpret traditional Chinese flavours in a modern, plant-based way. Sample from menu items like the olive vegetable and Chinese bun, emerald paté and the matsutake soup with chrysanthemum tofu. For dessert, look forward to a reconstructed lychee and the stunningly abstract ‘9 Sweet Grid’, which merges artistry with culinary technique, presenting an immersive and refreshing dining experience. 

    Yuan, Shop 2, G/F, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central, 2728 7278 

    Crushed Wine Bar
    Crushed Wine Bar
    Crushed Wine Bar

    Crushed Wine Bar  

    Indie wine lovers will be no stranger to small-batch wine retail darling Crushed Wines , but now they’ll be able to sip their new favourites in person at the recently opened intimate bar space tucked away in Sai Ying Pun’s Second Street. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, it accommodates up to 20 guests and offers a dynamic array of 16 wines. Whether you fancy a glass, a carafe or a curated three- to five-glass wine sampler, there's something for every palate. Complement your drink with scrumptious dishes like seared scallop risotto made with sumac-spiced beurre blanc sauce or tacos feauturing fresh, house-made tortillas. Notably, the brains behind this venture also spearheaded other thriving F&B outlets in Sai Ying Pun, including the acclaimed gastrobar Brut! and Indian-French bistro Pondi.  

    Crushed Wine Bar, Shop A, G/F, 6 - 8 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, 5597 8774 

     

    September: cuisines from every corner of the world 

    Azure 80
    Azure 80
    Azure 80

    Azure 80 

    Overlooking 80 li (approx. 40km) of prime Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Azure 80 specialises in sumptuous Shanghainese and Sichuan cuisine, and is Taste Gourmet Group ’s latest addition in their wide-ranging restaurant portfolio. At the helm are Chefs Chan Kai Tak and Andy Lau, who have crafted new signature dishes that honour tradition and embrace innovation. Standouts on the menu include spicy smoked eel – an electrifyingly piquant dish – and top-tier imported lobsters, prominently displayed in an aquarium at the restaurant’s entrance. Alongside its culinary offerings, Azure 80's design, inspired by a classic Chinese fairytale, beautifully marries comfort and style.

    Azure 80, Shop OTE 201, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3468 5005 

    Bistro La Baie
    Bistro La Baie
    Bistro La Baie

    Bistro La Baie 

    Hong Kong's Tseung Kwan O Promenade welcomes a classy new addition with Bistro La Baie , a new French bistro by Shore Hospitality Group. Featuring Amber and Tate Dining Room alumna chef Devon Hou at the wheel, the menu showcases her expertise in blending traditional French tastes with Hong Kong's pulsating energy. Here, you can enjoy serene waterfront views while indulging in dishes that celebrate both homely French tradition and a jolt of creativity. Not to be missed are the signature seafood platter and the roast bone marrow with escargot. Finish with Chef Devon’s citrus crème brulée tart, which puts a fresh twist on a classic dessert. 

    Bistro La Baie, Shop G02, Monterey Place, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2360 0801 

    Alice Pizza
    Alice Pizza
    Alice Pizza

    Alice Pizza (Set to open in early September) 

    Transport yourself into the heart of Rome without leaving Hong Kong. Debuting this September on Wan Chai’s Queen’s Road East, the award-winning Alice Pizza – endorsed by Italy’s food and wine authority Gambero Rosso – introduces Asia to its iconic Roman al taglio (“by the slice”) pizza. This delightful pizzeria is recognised for developing its signature thin, light, crispy servings, which are sold by weight, in respect to the traditional Roman practice. Alice Pizza boasts a tantalising menu of over two dozen toppings – from common ones like sausage and mushrooms, to Italian favourites like zucchini, artichokes, and of course, “alice” (pronounced ali-che), or anchovies. Regardless of your choice of topping, this new pizzeria promises diners a delicious journey – whether you’re dining in at the chic, contemporary space or grabbing a slice to go.

    Alice Pizza, G/F, 92 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

    Mâm Amis
    Mâm Amis
    Mâm Amis

    Mâm Amis 

    Arriving this September, Sheung Wan newcomer Mâm Amis is the latest concept by the creators of Chilli Fagara and Hot ‘N’ Meen. This new Vietnamese eatery celebrates communal dining through stunning sharing plates that get a sprinkling of French artistry. Relax in modern, earth-toned interiors while enjoying signature dishes such as wok-fried spicy curry crab, chicken curry, pho that can be customised to your liking, and a special Vietnamese-style beef carpaccio. Handcrafted cocktails, inspired by the country’s famed jazz vocalist Hong Thanh, offer a sophisticated pairing with the delicacies. 

    Mâm Amis, Shop A & B, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, 2893 3309 

    Bengal Brothers
    Bengal Brothers
    Bengal Brothers

    Bengal Brothers 

    Bengal Brothers , beloved Wan Chai grab-and-go stalwart for Indian street food, has returned with a brand-new sit-down “boozy canteen” in the district. Spearheaded by co-founders Vidur Yadav and Tanvir Bhasin, the revamped eatery showcases India's diverse street food culture in a communal setting. That’s right, it’s not just portable kati rolls anymore. Dig into new menu additions like the Prince's papri chaat or the vegetarian dum biryani made with jackfruit. The interiors, designed by Brash Atelier, are playful and modern with a harmonious colour palette, perfect for savouring innovative cocktails like the Sugarcane Smash. 

    Bengal Brothers, Shop D G/F, Man Hee Mansion, 6 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, 9245 8774 

    Épure
    Épure
    Épure

    Épure

    Michelin-starred Épure is ushering in a new gastronomic era under the expert leadership of Singaporean chef Aven Lau. A culinary virtuoso, Chef Lau honed his craft at renowned establishments such as Odette in Singapore and Hong Kong's Belon and Bâtard. His signature roast chicken, a two-day marvel of culinary technique and passion, has been declared one of the best in Hong Kong. Guests can anticipate a symphony of visuals, flavours and aromas, as Chef Lau presents his unique culinary vision inspired by everything from streetlight glimmers to pearl necklaces. 

    Épure, Shop 403, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 3185 8338 

     

    August: a new one-stop dining destination and more

    1st and Beaudry
    1st and Beaudry
    1st and Beaudry

    1st & Beaudry 

    Allow yourself to be transported to downtown Los Angeles at 1st & Beaudry , Wong Chuk Hang's newest culinary gem. Led by chef Esdras Ochoa of Hong Kong’s 11 Westside renown (amongst his famed taquerias in Los Angeles), this latest opening celebrates LA's diverse food scene, offering Modern American cuisine infused with global influences. Indulge in authentic dishes like the “Sunset Boulevard”, Niko's Salad, and, of course, innovative taco creations. Don't miss the off-menu Smashed Burger for a true LA classic.  

    1st & Beaudry, 7/F, 43 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang 

    Longtail Thai
    Longtail Thai
    Longtail Thai

    Longtail Thai  

    As the new kid on the block at Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk, Longtail offers a retro-inspired ambiance and delectable Thai street food, with classic set-lunch dishes like laab moo (pork salad) and Thai green curry. With a cosy dining room and leafy al fresco area, the restaurant’s patio is also pet-friendly, equipped with dog bowls and cooling fans, so guests are more than welcome to bring along their furry friends. On weekdays from 3pm to 7pm, you can also make the most out of a fabulous buy one, get one deal on drinks. 

    Longtail Thai, Shop C, G/F, Towning Mansion, 50 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, 2838 0819 

    The Green Door
    The Green Door
    The Green Door

    The Green Door 

    Step into the enchanting world of The Green Door , a New York-style speakeasy hidden amidst a bustling wet market in Hong Kong. Co-owned by bar scene rising stars Arlene Wong and Dabi Chin, this intimate bar delivers an exclusive experience with a chapel-style interior, artisanal dishes and creatively crafted cocktails. Drinks like the “Marie” – a bold twist on the classic Bloody Mary, featuring Monkey 47 gin, tomato consommé, and dill tincture – delight with unique flavour combinations. 

    The Green Door, LG/F, Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street, Central 

    Luma
    Luma

    Luma 

    From acclaimed dining group Lubuds, the collective behind the award-winning restaurants Odds, Mián, Yue, and The Steak Room, Luma is a new gastronomic venture located in Tsim Sha Tsui’s 1881 Heritage building, and is the first Mastercard concept restaurant in the Asia Pacific. Savour the essence of fine dining and culinary craftsmanship at this historic Hong Kong landmark with a rotating multi-course menu that combines Asian, Chinese, and European flavours. 

    Luma, G/F, FWD House 1881 Main Building, 2a Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3988 0088 

    Chatterbox Cafe
    Chatterbox Cafe
    Chatterbox Cafe

    A new one-stop dining destination 

    Late July marked the long-awaited opening of The Wai, the latest addition to Tai Wai's ever-growing community. This new mall has quickly become a buzzing hub, boasting an array of highly sought-after F&B brands, including: 

    Chatterbox Café 

    Singapore’s iconic chicken rice restaurant expands to The Wai, bringing with it a new summer menu: "Sea, Land, Home". In addition to its legendary Mandarin chicken rice, this branch introduces exclusive dishes like stir-fried ocean prawns with crispy oatmeal and Singapore Assam sea bass – made with freshly flown-in ingredients to guarantee an authentic taste. Other unmissable classics include white pepper bak kut teh and jumbo scallop laksa. 

    Chatterbox Café, Shop 304, 3/F, The Wai, No.18 Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai 

    Modern Shanghai Imperial
    Modern Shanghai Imperial
    Modern Shanghai Imperial

    Modern Shanghai Imperial 

    Also opening its doors at The Wai is Modern Shanghai Imperial , where the esteemed Chef Ben Luen delivers elevated and innovative Huaiyang cuisine. Enjoy signature dishes like sizzling steam-fried Shanghainese pork buns, honey-glazed crispy eels, and braised pork with abalone in brown sauce, as well as branch-exclusive dishes including steamed mud crab with minced pork and Modern Shanghai winter melon pastry.  

    Modern Shanghai Imperial, Shop 334, 3/F, The Wai, 19 Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai, 2567 1957  

    Noc Coffee
    Noc Coffee
    Noc Coffee

    NOC Coffee Co. 

    Calling all coffee enthusiasts! NOC Coffee has opened its latest branch at The Wai, offering an unparalleled coffee experience. The 3,000-square-foot space features NOC's signature minimalist aesthetic, with a mega vortex-shaped centrepiece representing a coffee dripper. Enjoy a panoramic view as you indulge in a delectable house-made pastry and the exclusive iced pandan Cocoffee – crafted with coconut water, NOC's classic nutty House Blend No.18 espresso, and pandan extract. 

    NOC Coffee (The Wai), Unit 430, 4/F, The Wai, 18 Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai, 2686 1380 

    July: royal banquets and eggy sandwiches

    Eggslut
    Eggslut
    Eggslut

    Eggslut

    Originating as a food truck on the streets of Los Angeles, popular American egg sandwich shop Eggslut has expanded to Hong Kong this summer after opening branches in London, Singapore, Japan and South Korea. Don’t miss the signature egg-centric creations here, such as the Fairfax brioche bread sandwich, made with scrambled eggs, caramelised onions, melted cheese and their secret sauce; and the truffle hashbrown, which is fried in duck fat and topped with rosemary salt for the ultimate accompaniment to a luscious, eggy breakfast dish. Health-conscious diners can also opt to substitute bread for salad without extra charge. This Hong Kong location will also offer an exclusive limited menu featuring fresh reinterpretations of classic Hong Kong breakfast favourites.

    Eggslut, Shop 11-19, Fashion Walk, Great George Street, Causeway Bay

    Xia
    Xia
    Xia

    Xia 

    New teahouse Xia has opened its doors in the grand setting of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, bringing a menu that combines the essence of imperial culinary culture with modern creativity. From Empress Cixi's beloved sweet pea pudding to regional delicacies like the celebratory Chongqing-style noodles with minced pork and Shanxi-style stuffed flatbread, this restaurant proudly presents an array of delightful dishes that celebrate palace and folk cooking traditions. It’s worth a visit after exploring the museum, so you can enjoy another layer of cultural understanding through tasting dishes from both northern and southern Chinese cuisines. 

    Xia, G/F, Hong Kong Palace Museum, 8 Museum Drive, West Kowloon, 2730 3038

    Mengokoro Kunimoto
    Mengokoro Kunimoto
    Mengokoro Kunimoto

    Mengokoro Kunimoto

    Attention, ramen lovers: noted Tokyo ramen bar Mengokoro Kunimoto now has a branch in Wan Chai, and it's one to add to your list. With 12 years of success in Katsushika City, Tokyo, this small but highly popular family-owned restaurant has opened up its first overseas venture in Hong Kong, ensuring an authentic experience by flying in most of its ingredients directly from Japan.

    They offer five broth options, each with its own unique flavour: shoyu (soy), shio (salt), tsukemen (dipping broth), maze soba (mixed noodles) and noukou ramen, which features a more richly flavoured broth. The secret behind their mesmerising soup base lies in their yuzu peel-infused house-made oils, which add an extra layer of complexity to the taste.

    Mengokoro Kunimoto, G/F, 12 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai, 6608 8385

    Perla
    Perla
    Perla

    Perla 

    Nestled 101 floors high in the International Commerce Centre, Perla draws inspiration from the Amalfi Coast to bring diners some of the best seafood delicacies of southern Italy.  You’ll find fresh catches of the day swimming within an eye-catching 2.5-metre-wide aquarium at the entrance of the restaurant. They’re then taken to be skilfully crafted in a variety of dishes in a six-course tasting menu by executive chef Romeo Morelli and his team. Relish the flavours of the sea while enjoying the backdrop of the Victoria Harbour skyline – a beautiful way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Perla, Shop B1, 101/F, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, 3618 7880

    Maggie Choo's
    Maggie Choo's
    Maggie Choo's

    Maggie Choo’s

    Over the past decade, Australian interior designer Ashley Sutton has been behind some of the most dazzling bars all over Asia, including The Iron Fairies and Dragonfly, both of which caused quite the stir when they opened in Hong Kong thanks to their Instagrammable, fairytale interiors. This summer, Sutton strikes again in Hong Kong, bringing his longtime venerated Bangkok bar concept Maggie Choo’s to the city.

    Hidden behind a storefront for an old antiques shop in Central’s Hollywood Road – a street traditionally known for its antiques and art galleries – the new Hong Kong outpost is not just a secret cocktail bar. Expect to see Maggie Choo's hosting regular live jazz and blues performances enhanced with enchanting theatricality, unveiling a captivating new chapter in Hong Kong's bar scene.

    Maggie Choo’s, Shop 1 Ground Floor 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central, 6250 6000

    Dolos
    Dolos
    Dolos

    Dolos

    New French-Japanese restaurant Dolos , helmed by the Hong Kong culinary consultant team Twins Kitchen, is dedicated to seafood, particularly celebrating the seasonality of oceanic ingredients. Chef Sean Yuen – who previously worked at three Michelin-starred French restaurant Caprice and managed the popular Hong Kong experimental dining concept TFVSJS.SYUT – will showcase his culinary chops here once again.

    Highlights include the grilled eel with eel bone, sansho sauce and yam purée, and wagyu beef picanha with smoked oysters and bone marrow sauce. Wine lovers will be thrilled by the restaurant’s no-corkage policy – you are more than welcome to bring your favourite bottles to pair with the innovative cuisine.

    Dolos, 60 Staunton Street, Central, 3488 5770

    Intervals
    Intervals
    Intervals

    Intervals

    If you want to indulge in a moment of relaxation with a cocktail (or two) before your departure at Hong Kong International Airport, look no further than the the newly opened bar, Intervals . This bar understands that each traveller has a different amount of time to spare, so they have created the Flights of Cocktails menu.

    Whether you find yourself with 15 minutes or the luxury of an hour, immerse yourself in the pleasure of either a two or six cocktail ensemble, artfully crafted by Victoria Chow, an esteemed figure in Hong Kong's bar scene. Additionally, the bar offers “pinchos” (tapas-style bar snacks). For those pressed for time, the range of cocktails and delectable treats are also available for takeaway. 

    Intervals, Unit 9SB206, Level 9, Sky Bridge, Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau, 6706 8075

    June: the culinary avant garde

    Niras
    Niras
    Niras

    Niras

    Chef Ton Tassanakajohn, the head chef of Le Du in Bangkok – No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2023 – is opening his first overseas venture in Hong Kong. Niras brings together European influences, drawn from Chef Ton’s experience in Michelin-starred venues such as New York’s Eleven Madison Park, The Modern and Jean Georges, and in cooking traditional Thai dishes to offer a menu with distinctive character. Classic Thai flavours and sauces are updated and renewed with Chef Ton’s ingenuity. Try the river prawn with rice and tom yum goong or the crab with mushroom and homemade sriracha. For the full experience, opt for their tasting menu, infused with the best of seasonal ingredients and Ton’s signature brand of creativity. 

    Niras, Shop 704, 7/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3905 3022

    Bar Leone
    Bar Leone
    Bar Leone

    Bar Leone 

    Lorenzo Antinori, one of the pillars of Hong Kong’s bar scene, is finally opening his first independent venture this month. The former beverage manager at Four Seasons Hong Kong’s Argo catapulted the bar to third place on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list just a year after its founding in 2021. His new establishment, Bar Leone , is a pared-down watering hole that harkens back to Antinori’s Roman roots, embodying the spirit of traditional bars in the eternal city. It embraces a ‘low intervention’ philosophy with a focus on craft mixology and seasonal ingredients, with a view to reviving classic cocktails such as the negroni, the bellini and the martini. Expect an unapologetically Italian experience with a cosy and playful vibe to go down with your drinks and snacks.

    Bar Leone, G/F, 11-15 Bridges Street, Central, 2881 8108

    The Savory Project
    The Savory Project
    The Savory Project

    The Savory Project

    Run by the team behind COA, two-time No. 1 bar on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, The Savory Project lives up to its name by offering savoury mixed drinks. The idea, according to one of the founders Jay Khan, is to tap into a niche market in Hong Kong’s bar scene, as more customers are asking for less sweetness or fruity flavours in their drinks. The cocktail programme is, therefore, filled with umami flavours extracted from meat, fungi, brine and more. This chic and intimate venue also features non-alcoholic cocktails on the menu.

    The Savoury Project, 4 Staunton Street, Central, 2318 1588

    (Scheduled to open in June – stay tuned for updates at The Savoury Project’s official Instagram page )

    The Praya
    The Praya
    The Praya

    The Praya

    The Praya presents a modern take on Cantonese fine dining as conjured up by Chef Samuel Ng, an Australian native and former Ho Lee Fook chef. Ng has created a menu boasting the freshest local ingredients and close to a hundred homemade marinades. Signature dishes include braised grouper head with house-made fenpei noodles, claypot chicken with vegetable rice – taking inspiration from an age-old recipe for smoked soy sauce chicken – and dry-aged threadfin with preserved salted lemon and pickles. The cocktail menu, inspired by the five elements in Chinese philosophy, is also replete with creative combinations – be sure to try the Golden Ham Melon (N.I.P Gin, jinhua ham, winter melon) and Hot Century Egg (Peddlers Gin, century egg, onion, pepper, Vermouth, Campari), a savoury take on a negroni.

    The Praya, 3/F, One-Eight-One Hotel, 181 Connaught Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, 3181 1666

    Feuille
    Feuille
    Feuille

    Feuille

    David Toutain, the chef behind his eponymous two-Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant is opening his first overseas outpost  in Hong Kong with ZS Hospitality Group. With Joris Rousseau at the helm in the kitchen, Feuille offers a plant-based menu with courses that refer to different parts of a plant’s growth, from ‘grains and seeds’ and ‘leaves, roots, and stems’ to ‘flowers and fruits’, all created with seasonal local ingredients sourced sustainably. 

    Feuille, 5/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, 2881 1848

    Falcone
    Falcone
    Falcone

    Falcone

    IFC mall welcomes Hong Kong's newest pizzeria – Falcone . Offering neo-Neapolitan style pizza baked in a traditional brick Pavesi oven, Falcone represents the new wave of innovative pizza makers – crafted with techniques, flavours and ingredients from outside of Naples. The menu, filled with appetisers and pastas in addition to pizzas, takes you on a trip to the region of Campania to experience the vibrant energy of southern Italy.

    Falcone, Shop 1082, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2631 1190

     

    May: from sukiyaki to rooftop sips

    Carver
    Carver

    Carver

    The Crowne Plaza welcomes a brand-new steakhouse this month. Carver is a carnivore’s paradise, offering cuts of meat from all over the world, such as Japanese wagyu and vast dry-aged porterhouse steaks from the US, all charcoal-grilled for an irresistible smokey flavour. Try the US strip loin, dry-aged with coffee grounds for an unusual yet intriguing flavour. The beef is the star here, but you’ll find plenty of reassuringly familiar steakhouse classics, from Caesar salad to beef tartare, as well as seafood options such as jumbo prawn Thermidor or Canadian whelks. Wash it all down with an Argentinian Malbec handpicked by their sommelier.

    Carver, 1/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay, 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 5978 5971 

    Sukiyaki Isekuma
    Sukiyaki Isekuma
    Sukiyaki Isekuma

    Sukiyaki Isekuma

    Sukiyaki, or Japanese hotpot, gets an omakase-style facelift at Sukiyaki Isekuma . Led by Head Chef Koichi Kuga, you’ll find premium ingredients such as marbled Wagyu beef, Kagoshima bamboo shoots and Yamaguchi white asparagus. Sukiyaki is all about the dipping sauces, and here,  you’ll discover a ton of innovative condiments, from creamy egg meringue to yuzu and even Italian truffle. Moreish sides such as decadent sashimi platters and comforting egg custards complete the journey. With an intimate space in Tsim Sha Tsui, guests can dine at the minimalist wooden bar in front of the show kitchen, and watch the platters being lovingly prepared.

    Sukiyaki Isekuma, G13, Harbour Pinnacle, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2109 1155

    FRANCIS West
    FRANCIS West
    FRANCIS West

    FRANCIS West

    Yet another ultra-hip eatery is joining the lineup on Peel Street as FRANCIS West opens the doors to its airy new spot. Unlike the restaurant’s original Wan Chai location, this new locale focuses on cuisine from the North African Maghreb region. You’ll find African and Middle Eastern notes melding together on the exciting menu. To spice things up, the team have added new signature dishes such as stone-baked Moroccan flatbreads, lamb merguez spirals and spanner crab topped with a paprika and tomato chraime sauce. It’s also set to be a regular watering hole for wine lovers; the restaurant’s wine list features a number of emerging winemakers alongside tried-and-true favourites.

    FRANCIS West, Felicity Building, 42-44 Peel Street, Central

    PLEKA
    PLEKA
    PLEKA

    PLEKA

    One of Hong Kong’s most covetable restaurant spaces is getting a delicious new tenant as modern Italian-Japanese restaurant PLEKA takes over one of IFC’s rooftop conservatories. With stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, the unobstructed view over Victoria Harbour serves as a dazzling backdrop to its fusion menu. Highlights include squid ink spaghetti topped with sea urchin, and a slow-cooked pigeon drizzled with black truffle and red wine sauce. With multi-course tasting menus (including a vegetarian option) on offer, you’ll leave PLEKA inspired and satiated.

    PLEKA, Shop 4010, 4/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2889 3839

    Forty-Five

    Forty-Five

    You’ll find Hong Kong’s most tuned-in food lovers at Landmark this month where Forty-Five , an enormous new dining destination, is set to preside over Gloucester Tower. It’s entirely unlike any food court you’ve ever been to - this luxurious space combines several fine-dining outlets, a terrace with panoramic views of the city, and even a private member’s club for creatives. Learn more about Forty-Five’s new outlets below, with more to be revealed as the space opens in stages.

    The Merchants
    The Merchants
    The Merchants

    The Merchants

    Take a culinary trip out of Hong Kong and explore the flavours of Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang at The Merchants , Forty-Five's first restaurant, which opened in late March. With Belle Epoque-inspired interiors by former Shanghai Tang creative director Victoria Tang-Owen, this opulent Shanghai salon is a decadent escape from busy Central.

    Cardinal Point
    Cardinal Point

    Cardinal Point

    With one of the best vantage points in the city, this restaurant and rooftop bar is inspired by a love of travel. Its panoramic views of the skyline are guaranteed to make Cardinal Point the newest hotspot for when you want to impress. Lounge on its rooftop terrace with a signature cocktail in hand - expect to see an international twist on classic cocktails - while the resident DJ plays carefully selected atmospheric beats. Afterwards, retreat downstairs to its convivial dining room for a bite from its globally focused menu. 

    Forty-Five, 45/F Gloucester Tower, Landmark, Queen’s Road Central

    April: speakeasies, steaks and sisig

    Barkada
    Barkada
    Barkada

    Barkada

    Filipino food is having a real moment in Hong Kong and family-style eatery Barkada is championing the cause, drawing on recipes from across the Philippines. From Pampanga’s sizzling sisig platters to coconut milk-simmered chicken thighs hailing from Bicol, this Soho restaurant is designed to be a place to share good food with your friendship circle – known in Tagalog as your barkada. Helmed by Jen Balisi of Indulgent Eats , her modern twists on Filipino classics are not to be missed. Must-order dishes include the adobo-glazed deep-fried chicken popcorn and brown butter pancit canton.

    48 Cochrane Street, UG/F, FOCO, Central, Hong Kong, 2663 0238

    Calvin Harris, Creamfields Hong Kong

    Calle Ocho

    If you’ve wandered through Fashion Walk recently, chances are you’ll have spotted this charming new tapas restaurant. Decorated in blue and white Spanish tiles, Calle Ocho specialises in Iberian cuisine with the region’s famed cuts of pork and cured jamón tucked into croquetas and terrines topped with pineapple salsa. Alongside pans of squid ink paella and Spanish tortillas, you’ll also find small nods to Asian flavours in the lashings of kimchi aioli served alongside grilled corn and Manchego cheesecake drizzled with passionfruit syrup.

    Fashion Walk, 8 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 26388895

    Choubo Kissaten

    After attracting the Instagram set in Tai Po, this Japanese cafe has opened an outpost in Causeway Bay, bringing baby-pink sakura sodas and fluffy omelette rice platters to the masses. Located in the World Trade Centre, Choubo Kissaten’s muted tones and modern minimalism make it a gorgeous place to catch up with friends over picture-perfect desserts or a plate of stir-fried udon noodles topped with crab meat and a creamy egg yolk.

    Shop 8, 4/F, World Trade Centre, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2564 1888

    Virtually Versailles exhibition, Hong Kong
    Virtually Versailles exhibition
    Virtually Versailles exhibition

    Dara

    This cosy Sai Ying Pun spot pays homage to the food culture of Pampanga – a province known as the kitchen of the Philippines. With a name translating to ‘auntie’ in the Kapampangan dialect, you’ll feel right at home the moment you step inside, as the smells of aromatic chicken inasal and nutty pork kare-kare fill the restaurant. The mixologists are worthy of their own break-out cocktail bar, as Dara's pandan negronis are easily one of the best craft cocktails in Hong Kong. Be sure to order the vegetarian lumpiang laing (vegetable spring rolls), tomato-based beef kaldereta stew and naturally, the sisig.

    Shop 6, 1/F, Artisan House, 1 Sai Yuen Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 5107 4474

    room 3
    room 3
    room 3

    Kappou Mu and room 3

    Tucked away in H Zentre, you’ll find two elegant Japanese dining destinations: omakase-style restaurant Kappou Mu and room 3, a plush speakeasy hidden behind a nearby curtain. The chefs at Kappou Mu meticulously prepare seasonal menus over wooden counters just inches away from diners, resulting in a twelve to fifteen course tasting menu and sake pairing. While the dishes may change, the quality stays the same with a focus on premium ingredients like Omi beef, Hokkaido snow crab and more. Once you’re done at Kappou, retreat to room 3 for its adventurous cocktails and get your phone ready to film the dramatic reveal of The Fiction - their signature gin-based cocktail which arrives with a plume of smoke.

    Shop UG01-03, UG/F, H Zentre, Hong Kong, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 6361 8505

    macelle
    macelle

    Macelle

    As an offshoot of luxury restaurant supplier Steak King, the cuts of meat at Macelle are as fresh as they come. Meaning ‘butcher’ in Italian, this steakhouse specialises in premium offerings for carnivores, from generous seabass fillets to gigantic 1.5kg slabs of Wagyu beef for sharing, all served on top of charming, green-chequered tablecloths. While the meat is undeniably the star of the show at this Italian restaurant, sides such as lobster tails drenched in Parisian-style butter and fries sizzling in beef tallow are sure to draw your eye – as well as a cheeky affogato for a post-dinner treat.

    LG/F, Shama Soho, 9-11 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 5607 4860

    yurakucho
    yurakucho
    yurakucho

    Yurakucho

    Named after the Yurakucho neighbourhood in Tokyo, this new eatery takes inspiration from the smoky izakayas tucked beneath its train station. The hiss and crackle of the grill serve as a backdrop to your night at Yurakucho as its menu revolves around Japanese-style barbecue. Beyond delicious sticks of yakitori, seafood and more, expect twists on Japanese street food such as their takoyaki tater tots and a range of shochu- and sake-based cocktails. Its moody interior playfully nods to its namesake’s origins, with transparent subway tiles, metal grilles and the occasional flyer woven into its design.

    G/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, 2663 0068

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