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Autumn 2017

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Where to eat this autumn THE BEST RESTAURANTS AND BARS FOR EVERY OCCASION Don’t worry about it - i’m sure it’s just a storm in a teacup.

Rooms with a view Spotlight on...omakase Modern takes on meat

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14 Brunch Rise and shine 20 Restaurants with a view Bright lights, big city 24 Family-friendly restaurants Fun for all

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28 Hotel dining Five-star meals 30 Healthy restaurants Good (for you) food 32 Comfort food Hugs on a plate 38 Places to take guests Top spots

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40 Catering & delivery Keep calm 42 Adventures Discover Hong Kong 48 Trend watch Hot or not

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what’s inside

who’s in charge?

Editor’s letter

Publisher Tom Hilditch tom@hongkongliving.com

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 edition of the Hong Kong Dining Guide. Editorial editorial@hongkongliving.com Editor-in-Chief Shreena Patel

Editorial Jenni Lien

Contributing Editor Eric Ho

Contributing Editor Carolynne Dear

Editorial Assistant Catharina Cheung

Editorial Intern Jennifer Lee

Design cindy@hongkongliving.com Design Manager Cindy Suen

Graphic Designer Anna Schulteisz

Sales & Marketing talk@hongkongliving.com Sales Director Hilda Chan

Sales and Marketing Executive Venus Man

Sales and Marketing Executive Kiran Hiranandani

Sales and Marketing Executive Isamonia Chui

Digital cora@hongkongliving.com Digital Assistant Cora Chan

You may know the guide under its previous name of Expat Dining Guide. We’ve renamed it to acknowledge that good food can be found and enjoyed by all Hongkongers. Whether you are a resident of Kennedy Town or Lai Chi Kok, are single or married, are an empty-nester or running around Hong Kong with three little ones in tow, we’re confident there’ll be plenty in this season’s dining guide that will appeal to you. In this guide, we’ve updated our most popular sections including our favourites, just opened, brunch, restaurants with a view, comfort food, healthy food, places to take guests and adventures. For the first time, there’s a special feature on some of the most special omakase places in town. Of course, food is more than just its raw ingredients. We also had the opportunity to speak with six chefs about what drives them to wake up each morning and delight their diners. Hong Kong’s dining scene is full of passionate people who live and breathe what they do. Established and up-and-coming chefs, restaurant groups and independent owners, publicists and bloggers alike work hard to provide memorable meals and share experiences. The amount of creativity and energy in this city is inspiring. Let them delight you this season when you visit a new spot or revisit an old favourite. As we near the end of 2017, let’s take a moment to be thankful for the opportunity to live in Hong Kong, with treasures such as these at our doorstep. 大家食/let’s eat! Jenni Lien Editor

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Photo taken at Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Cover stars: Eric Ho, Anna Schulteisz, Taila Western. Photographer: Cindy Suen


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our favourites

Tried and tested

Hong Kong's most passionate foodies share their favourite spots in town

Yardbird, China Club, Cafe Gray Deluxe

Recommended by… Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale founders of The Old Man

"I love simple but creative food, and Yardbird is my TOP TOP TOP choice. The staff are super friendly and I always feel like a member of the family there. In addition, its beverage and cocktail programs are killer." - Agung Prabowo "My favourite restaurant is China Club located in the old Bank of China building. The food, the vibe and the service are all outstanding. After dinner, I like to go to the bar upstairs where they serve a wide variety of whiskies." - James Tamang "Café Gray Deluxe is a modern European restaurant with stunning views of Victoria Harbour. The atmosphere of the restaurant is excellent with great attention to detail. The menu changes weekly which gives guests an opportunity to experience new flavours. There is also a great bar with private nooks where you can select wines and cocktails while looking at the view of Kowloon. - Roman Ghale

La Paloma "One of my neighbourhood favourites is La Paloma, the "Sexy Chiringuito Tapas Bar" in Sai Ying Pun. I have brought most of my family and friends here on numerous occasions. The atmosphere is cosy and casual with a funky flair. Their sangria pitchers as well as cocktails go well with their ham croquettes, patatas bravas, and scallops and scampi with garlic. Finish off the meal with the churros, and it’s a perfect evening!" La Paloma: 189 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2291 6161

Yardbird: 33 Bridges Street, Central, 2547 9273 China Club: 13-15/F Old Bank of China Building, Central, 2521 8888 Cafe Gray Deluxe: 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968 1200 Recommended by… Brittany Meyer Vocalist at Hong Kong Disneyland

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our favourites

Fishsteria If you’re like me and enjoy a freshly shucked oyster or two, you may want to try the unbelievable deal that Fishsteria offers: $10 per oyster, from 5pm to 7.30pm. The caviar selection is solid too. I recommend the blinis. I prefer the downstairs area; edgy graffiti décor, and lovely staff. Find me there and let’s talk oysters. Fishsteria: 111 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, 2343 8111

Recommended by… Mary-Jane Newton Senior Manager at Oxford University Press and poet

Chachawan TAKE FRIE YOUR NDS

The Globe The Globe sets an amazing standard in Hong Kong. Not only is the food always on point and the beer selection amazing, but the staff are truly one of the best groups in all of Hong Kong. They keep the place lively and inviting. It truly is a beacon of comfort in Hong Kong. The Globe: 45-53 Graham Street, Central, 2543 1941

Recommended by… Joe Walsh Managing Director of JJW Consultancy

My pick would be Chachawan on Hollywood Road. It's a little further away (but not too far) from the madness of Central, which is great. The heat (of spices) and rich flavours are the perfect cure to my cravings when homesick. I particularly love the Hoi Nung (steamed local clams with Thai basil, lemongrass and other aromatic herbs) with a bowl of jasmine rice. Another favourite is the salt-crusted whole seabass which is perfect for sharing (or not). The best treat for me when dining alone is sitting at the counter and watching the mouthwatering dishes being prepared by expert hands (and free smells!). Service has always been friendly and breezy which makes calling this place "my local" the easiest thing ever. Chachawan: 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2549 0020

Qi - Nine Dragons One of my favourite restaurants is Qi - Nine Dragons. Sichuan is one of my favourite cuisines, and this is my goto-place in TST whenever I crave something spicy. It also has a fantastic view over Victoria Harbour, so don't forget to head up to the rooftop terrace for a drink after dinner.

Recommended by… Amanda Wan Beverage Development Manager at Tastings Group

Qi - Nine Dragons: 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2799 8899

Recommended by… SJ Lee Founder of MOMOJEIN

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our favourites Recommended by… Andy Lee Executive at a tech company, and wife Polly

Meen & Rice Having three young kids means that we prioritise easy comfort food and convenience over fancy restaurants. Our local joint Meen & Rice is our kids' favourite and nothing beats a plate of good char siu rice and stir-fried broccoli. The restaurant is also strategically located across a playground at The Pulse so if we get a table by the entrance we can take our time to eat our food while we watch our kids play after the meal. We also take friends from out of town there because it is classic Hong Kong cha chaan teng food but in a Westerner friendly setting. The last important thing is that it serves Young Master, a popular local craft beer, for all the dads. Meen & Rice: The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2566 8886

Congeodle Congeodle was the first Hong Kong-style restaurant I went to, and it has become my favourite restaurant in Hong Kong. The restaurant always brings me different surprises. Unlike Japanese Shabu-Shabu, Congeodle’s hot pot offers choices of delicious broths, not to mention the fresh seafood and handmade meatballs. Congeodle: 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay, 3188 2667

Recommended by… Jiro Fukuda Chef de Cuisine at Matsunichi

Pirata For guaranteed great food and even better service, I love all of Pirata Group's restaurants. The flagship, Pirata, bills itself as "Honest Italian" and is (in my humble opinion) Hong Kong's best Italian restaurant. It serves fresh homemade pasta with bold ragus, juicy Florentine steaks cooked to perfection, and the burrata will transport you to cheese heaven. Pirata: 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 2887 0270

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Recommended by… Joyce Hau Communications Manager, YouTube Asia Pacific


just opened

New this season Our pick of the hottest new openings

Osteria Marzia

TASTE OF COASTAL ITALY

Osteria Marzia is housed in newly reopened hotel The Fleming in Wan Chai. This casual Italian restaurant aims to transport guests to coastal Italy by recreating the bright colours and fresh smells from Sardinia, Positano, and the Amalfi Coast. Seafood is a highlight here. Top dishes include the red prawn with Sorrento lemon, Spaghetti Ricci with sea urchin, and Branzino Acqua Pazza with clams, olives and cherry tomatoes. The interiors are well-designed to fit the theme, with bold blue banquettes, ocean-themed tiles, and warm wood floors. The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, 3607 2253, osteriamarzia.com.hk

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Jamie’s Deli Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s new concept has landed in Hong Kong. Jamie’s Deli, a casual delicatessen, is sure to make those working near Harbour City happy with it’s healthy and accessible cuisine. While the concept is mostly grab and go, the ingredients used are high quality and often sourced locally. Open from breakfast to dinner, there is a variety of offerings from breakfast sandwiches, to superfood salads, to artisan pizzas. Shop 412, 4/F Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3758 3333, jamieoliver.com/italian/ hongkong


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New Punjab Club While Hong Kong doesn’t lack for Indian food, Punjabi food is harder to find. New Punjab Club introduces diners to a variety of traditional Punjab dishes from Northern India and Pakistan. The restaurant is a labour of love from Black Sheep Restaurants founder Syed Asim Hussain, a proud Punjabi who wanted to share the rich and buttery flavours of the cuisine with Hong Kong’s adventurous diners. Expect food that is rich and vibrant, such as the samosa chaat with pomegranate seeds and tamarind glaze, the Mughal Room makhani with buttery sauce and tender chicken, and the keema pau with fragrant spiced minced mutton. This is a very cool spot with leather booths, engraved walls, and playful art; perfect for dates or small groups. World Wide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham St, Central, 2368 1223, newpunjabclub.com

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Terroir Parisien

Ying Jee Club While there are many delicious dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, those made by Chef Siu Hin Chi are particularly sought after. The esteemed chef has earned 15 Michelin stars over the past nine years, and was previously at T’ang Court and Duddell’s. Now he is at Ying Jee Club, located inside the Nexxus Building in Central. The menu has a selection of Cantonese classics including sauteed sliced garoupa with

Chinese kale, stir-fried lobster with red and spring onions, and salt-baked chicken. Given its location, it would be a good choice for a weekday lunch or for entertaining clients; the restaurant offers a five-course lunch set and a wide selection of wines. 41 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2801 6882, yingjeeclub.hk

Terroir Parisien is three Michelin-starred Yannick Alleno’s first restaurant in Hong Kong. A casual Parisian bistro, it specializes in comfort foods with a French twist. Think artisanal charcuterie platters, escargot baked in mushroom cups with garlic butter, black pudding, and steak frites. Desserts are definitely a highlight here, especially the the Saint-Honore and brioche Nanterre. Located in the Prince’s Building, it’s an ideal spot for a business lunch or after-work dinner. Shop M20-M24, M/F, Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, 2522 9990, terroirparisien.com.hk

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Gough’s on Gough It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Gough’s on Gough one of the most eccentrically stylish restaurants in Hong Kong—from “Derek the Diver” who greets customers at the entrance in a 1940s deep sea diving helmet and vintage Russian diving suit, to the marble chevron floors, mirrored ceilings, and feathered walls. This is less surprising when you find out that it's British furniture brand Timothy Oulton’s first restaurant. As for the food, it’s a refined menu focusing on meats, fish and seafood cooked with techniques and ingredients from the British Isles. Seasonal tasting menus are available. This would be a wonderful spot for a celebratory dinner or anniversary. 15 Gough St, Central, 2473 9066, goughsongough.com

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Alvy’s Alvy’s is a little bit of New York in Hong Kong. This casual neighbourhood spot has a striking red facade, extensive beer menu, and some of the best pizza and wings in town. It was founded by local craft beer producer Young Master Brewery, designer Paul Galinas, and The Globe’s former manager Patrick Gatherer. Together, they’ve come up with a unique beerbased sourdough pizza dough that yields a flavourful, crisp yet chewy crust that can hold

up a healthy amount of toppings. Bestsellers include the tongue numbing Ma-La-Di-Da pizza with salami piccante and ‘njuja sausage; the Yu Kwen Yick fried chicken, a Hong Kong twist on buffalo wings; and pork and veal meatballs in Sunday sauce. 8 Holland St, Kennedy Town, 2312 2996, facebook.com/AlvysHK


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Meats Leave it to the Pirata Group to come up with a concept as unique as a “meat bar”. The focus of MEATS is cooking a variety of different meats in a variety of different ways. Think porchetta, lamb shoulder, and homemade sausage that’s house-smoked, rotisseried, grilled and more. Sometimes the meat is served simply with just raw sea salt. Other times, it’s marinated with unusual ingredients from Szechuan peppercorns, to jalapenos, to coffee. There’s something for every carnivore at this cozy Soho spot. GF 28–30, Staunton St, Soho, 2711 1812, piratameats.hk

11 Westside Chef Esdras Ochoa comes to Hong Kong from Los Angeles, where he made a name for himself in California-inspired Mexican food. He’s rumoured to have booked a one-way ticket, a good sign he’s committed to experiencing the best scenes and ingredients our city has to offer. Menu items include fresh takes on familiar comfort foods. A taco isn’t just a taco when it’s deep fried and packed with shrimp, crab, mashed potato. Other favourites include

the tableside guac, Echo Park sweet corn, and churros. This Kennedy Town restaurant is an impressive 4,000 square feet and has two bars, a pool room, and a spacious outdoor terrace in addition to the dining room. It has casual chic vibe—with exposed piping and high ceilings— that’s perfect for big groups. 1/F The Hudson, 11 Davis St, Kennedy Town, 3996 7754, info@11westside.com

We're still obsessed with... Pici

Fang Fang Fang Fang is located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. At the front of this restaurant is the bar headed up by Gagan Gurung, one of DW (Drinks World) Magazine’s Top 25 Bartenders of 2017. The cocktail menu is based on the Five Elements theory in Chinese philosophy: water, wood, earth, fire and metal. Popular cocktails include the Wu Shing (metal) with banana, lime and pineapple rum and the Trai Dat (earth) with ginger, coconut milk and turmeric gin.

The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Kent Lee, formerly of Hakkasan Mumbai, who has created an extensive Pan-Asian menu. Dishes are flavourful, especially the Fang Fang-style paneer, jasmine tea-smoked ribs, and roasted duck. This is an energetic, trendy option for an evening out. 8/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2983 9083,

Since Pici opened this past February, it’s been delighting diners with fresh, homemade pasta. The concept is perfect: tasty carbs at an affordable price in a chic spot. While its St. Francis Yard location can be a bit hard to find, you’ll know it from the crowds waiting in line—the restaurant does not take reservations. Top dishes include the classic lasagne, spicy tagliatelle, and egg heart girasoles. It’s a great value anytime, but particularly during lunch and brunch. 16 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, 2755 5523, pici.hk

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Oh my, omakase Innovative twists on a Japanese tradition

Sushi Masataka Named after Executive Chef Masataka “Masa� Fujisawa, Sushi Masataka offers a refined omakase experience. The menu changes daily depending on availability, but past dishes include melt-in-your-mouth toro, vibrant akamutsu, and shiro ebi with uni and edamame. With its classic design and spot-on service, this is an authentic taste of Japan in Hong Kong. For those who enjoy a drink with dinner, the sake and whiskey list is extensive. The 1,200 square foot space seats just nine guests with all seats facing the open counter. The Oakhill, 18 Wood Road, Wan Chai, 2574 1333, sushimasataka.com

Haku

ANA TEN

Haku is one of the most interesting Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong. Executive Chef Agustin Balbi spent five years in Japan at Michelin-starred restaurants before creating his own twist on omakase. At Haku, the food draws on both Japanese and European traditions and emerges as experimental dishes that work. Dishes include Kumamoto tomatoes served with salt-cured Japanese barracuda and aged Bellota ham, Hokkaido purple sea urchin with eggplant miso on buttery brioche, and chutoro with Kristal caviar and Polmar Blonde D'Aquitaine beef. Enjoy watching the chefs work their magic in the Kappo-style open kitchen.

This modern Japanese restaurant focuses on four areas: cocktails, tempura, skewers, and omakase. ANA TEN's interiors are spacious and funky with large murals and a bronze ceiling, while the alfresco area has stunning views of Victoria Harbour. Interesting dishes include sea urchin wrapped in Saga beef, smoked fatty tuna with egg yolk sauce, and yellowtail with foie gras cubes and a plum vinegar sauce. As for the cocktails, they are named after characters in Japanese folklore such as Madama Butterfly and Crane Lady.

Shop OT G04B, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2115 9965, dine@haku.com.hk

Kishoku

FOR G LOVE IN RS

Kishoku was launched in 2013 by Chef Ah Do (previously of Sushi Take) and remains a popular choice for diners who enjoy traditional omakase. Lately the restaurant has been experimenting with unique omakase menus to great success. This past summer, it had a summer omakase featuring the in-season Japanese fig. This autumn, it has partnered with renowned mixologist Antonio Lai, known for some of the best bars in Hong Kong including Quinary and VEA Restaurant and Lounge, on an omakase with gin pairings. The restaurant is spacious, but the seats by the sushi bar are best if you like to interact with the chefs. Bigfoot Centre, 38 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay, 2893 0333, kishoku.hk

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304, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2701 9881, facebook.com/anatenhk


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Chef interview Agustin Balbi, Executive Chef of Haku When did your passion for food start? My passion for food started at a very early age since my grandmother was an excellent cook. She would always wait for me after school with a new dish and we would devour it together while watching the famous Spanish chef, Karlos Arguiñano on TV. These memories with my grandmother shaped my very strong connection with food. What is your favourite dish to eat? Without a doubt, my grandmother’s roasted chicken with Spanish tortilla, caramelized onions and thyme. It’s utterly amazing and to die for. What is the worst thing to happen to you in a kitchen? While working at a three Michelin-starred restaurant, I was responsible for a very busy station that operated the steamer. One day when I was particularly tired, I turned on the steamer without remembering to fill it with water. It was an absolute disaster.

What would you do if you weren't a chef? From a very young age, being a chef was my ultimate dream and I was determined to enter this profession. I’ve never really thought about what I would be if I wasn't a chef, probably something still related to food like a food writer.

work very hard to be free of any momentary trends or fashion. However, if I were forced to pick one particular ingredient or trend, I’d pick insects!

One piece of advice for amateur chefs? Cook with freedom. Don't try to make things like someone else and don't try too hard to follow rules about what is supposed to be what. Follow recipes but don't be afraid to showcase your personality on every plate that you serve. Be bold and practise, practise, practise! What is one food trend that you are not a fan of? I wouldn't call myself a fan of any food trends because they come and go. There isn’t a strong foundation to most trends and I find that restaurants often adopt the same style for a period of time before changing to the next. I believe in honest cooking based on top ingredients. At my restaurant, my team and I

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brunch

Rise and shine Meals to start your day off right

Rhoda

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This Sai Ying Pun hotspot is led by one of Hong Kong’s most passionate chefs, Nathan Green. Green is constantly thinking of inventive ways to eat meat, serving them up in a rustic, comfort food style. There are different brunch menus on Saturdays and Sundays, with minor differences such as eggs benedict on the former and specials with potato hash and béarnaise on the latter. For those craving a Sunday roast, Rhoda offers a hearty option every week with a roast Wild Hereford striploin, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, red cabbage, peas with bacon, and more. Recently, it’s also launched a ‘whole hog’ twist on the weekend roast, which will be available every third Saturday of the month. Stretchy pants, children and pets are all welcome here. Free flow options are available. 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2177 5050, rhoda.hk

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Tokyolima TokyoLima is one of the top spots in town for Japanese-Peruvian food. Their “omacasa” brunch is a great option for trying a large selection of their offerings at a reasonable price, especially given the amount of food served. The chefs have pre-selected four small plates, two Nikkei raw plates and a dessert—all diners need to do is choose a main course each from the six options available. Highlights include the kimo-chi fried chicken, ceviche classico with sea bass and tiger’s milk, and grilled black cod. This stylish restaurant has no windows, and feels like a short escape away from Central’s bustling crowds. Free flow options are available. Car Po Commercial Building, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2811 1152, tokyolima.hk


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Uma Nota Uma Nota might be known as much for its cheerful decor as it is for the street style Brazilian food it serves. Its Brunch da Rua menu is based on Sabado de Boteco, a Sao Paulo tradition of getting together over drinks and snacks on weekend mornings to cure a hangover. For drinks, there’s a small but solid list including caipirinhas, cocktails, and red and white wines. Food runs the gamut from fried pasteis, to fresh ceviches, to a variety of grilled skewers and larger meat dishes. With its chilled-out bohemian Sao Paulo vibe and delicious food and drinks, it’s a great place to enjoy a lazy brunch. Free flow options are available. 38 Peel St, Central, 2889 7576, uma-nota.com

Chef interview Alex & Laura Offe, co-founders of Uma Nota When did your passion for food start? Both: Our father was a Chef for many years and worked in and around restaurants his entire life. He always told us not to follow in his footsteps and yet he shared so much of his passion with us that we wanted in on it. Alex went into free standing restaurants and Laura into hotels, and I guess the rest is history. What is your favourite ingredient to cook with? Alex: Mine is the yuzu—it’s fresh, tangy yet sweet, and brings a lot of interesting flavours to dishes as well as cocktails.

What would you do if you didn't run a restaurant? Alex: Something physical. I played a lot of tennis and football as a kid so I would have enjoyed taking it further if I had been more committed. Laura: I almost joined the army. I wanted to fly jets but I was pretty bad in physics and mathematics so it was a no go! Luckily my maths skills have improved since then.

Laura: Mine is the carrot—you can eat it raw with a bit of hummus, thinly sliced in a salad, in a sauce dish (Boeuf Bourguignon for example), as a soup, a juice, or just roasted in the oven with some thyme, honey and rock salt. Simple yet complex.

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Casa Lisboa Casa Lisboa is a great option for contemporary Portuguese cuisine. Here innovative cooking techniques meet modern presentation, and it all happens in a charming blue-and-whiteaccented space with lots of natural daylight. The menu is heavily meat and seafood based, with options including codfish cakes, garlic octopus, balacau and suckling pig. The eight course brunch at Casa Lisboa is an opportunity to explore different Portuguese flavours in one go. Free flow options are available. 2/F Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central, 2905 1168, casalisboa.com.hk

Chef interview Fabio Pompo, Executive Chef of Casa Lisboa What is the essence of being a good chef? I find that it's based on three premises: having a deep knowledge of food materials and recipes, being aware of what the consumers are looking for in the moment, and nurturing a strong love for food and eating. When did your passion for food start? As far back as my memory reaches, I remember being a fat little kid always looking for a good treat. My father was a journalist and did a lot of food press. As I was a big enthusiast, I was lucky to travel with him to try the best restaurants and learn from the best food specialists in Portugal.

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What is your favourite dish to eat? The one thing I cannot resist is a good octopus gently cooked and grilled; it's such a pleasure for the senses. But in Hong Kong I learned to love xiao long bao. What would you be if you weren't a chef? I would definitely be a musician. What is one food trend that you are not a fan of? I'm very curious and welcoming to any food trend as long as it is well conceived and brings something interesting. That being said, I'm not a fan of fusions when the food loses too much of its identity.


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Brew Bros For a Melbourne-style coffee shop experience, check out Brew Bros. The coffee here is excellent, with beans brought in from Market Lane in Melbourne. The food is simple and light but executed well. The classics—eggs benedict, smashed avocado on toast, super kale salad—are all available. The daily specials are also worth a look, with past options including a matcha bircher muesli with fresh fruit. This is a bright, airy spot for a chilled out catch-up with friends. 33 Hillier St, Sheung Wan, 2572 0238, facebook.com/brewbroscoffee 53 Hill Road, Shek Tong Tsui, 2803 2323, facebook.com/brewbroshillroad

Commissary Located in Pacific Place, Commissary is a sunny Southern California-inspired spot that offers up classic brunch dishes in a cute, relaxed environment. There are many crowd pleasers on the menu. Lighter options include house granola with stewed fruit, avocado toast with a five-minute egg, and buttermilk biscuits with strawberry preserves. Those looking for something heartier may opt for the shrimp and grits, fish tacos, or Southern fried chicken sandwich with fries. Not to be missed is the pastry counter, with goods baked in house each morning. The buttery muffins are a standout. Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central, 2602 0707, commissary.hk

Mercato Mercato is a casual chic spot for Italian food by three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The food here is fresh and accessible, with popular dishes including the kale salad with mint and peas, airy deep fried calamari, pizzas and pastas. As for dessert, the cinnamon buns with icing always go down well and are good for sharing. The space is large and open, slightly industrial but cosy. It's refined comfort food in a convenient location, and the prices are reasonable. Free flow options are available. 8/F, California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar St, Central, 3706 8567, mercato-international.com

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Ole Spanish Restaurant Ole is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, quite a feat for a restaurant in Hong Kong’s competitive dining scene. Its brunch, offered on Saturdays and public holidays, is an extensive array of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Everything is served to table, rather than through a buffet. There are twelve tapas and three main courses; the only decisions diners need to make are which of the four desserts to have. The menu is a good mix of meat and seafood, and includes Spanish classics such as padron peppers, tortilla, paella and suckling pig. Free flow options are available. Shun Ho Tower, 24-30 Ice House St, Central, 2537 8856, olespanishrestaurant.com.hk

Jinjuu Started by former Masterchef UK winner Judy Joo, Jinjuu has made a name for itself in modern Korean cooking. Recently, the restaurant has undergone a menu revamp which includes a new brunch offering. Now there are seven all-you-can-eat options for appetizers, five options for a main course, one dessert platter, and an unlimited candy bar. Highlights for the appetizers include the succulent chicken skewers with a soy glaze and black garlic aioli, and chargrilled corn with butter honey and chili mayo. For the mains, the kalbi hotteok and Korean fried chicken are hits, with the latter utilizing a top secret vodka-based batter. Service is attentive and it’s a funky spot to enjoy a long meal. Free flow options are available. UG, California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, 3755 4868, jinjuu.com

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Clipper Lounge Mandarin Oriental's Clipper Lounge Sunday Brunch has legendary status in Hong Kong, and there's nowhere better to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon. Fresh lobster, crab, sashimi and sushi abound, not to mention the dim sum, duck pancakes, noodles, curries and more. Take your time and do a sweep of what's on offer before starting. To fill up too quickly and have to forfeit the carvery would be a disaster. Once you've had all the savoury you can stomach, pay a visit to the dessert counter (hot, cold, pastries and ice cream) and finish things off with a cheese plate. A real treat, ideal for birthdays and special occasions. Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, 2825 4007

Afternoon tea Above & Beyond Hotel ICON is a renowned upscale teaching and research hotel linked with Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management. Above & Beyond is its luxurious Cantonese restaurant. The 28th floor location provides guests with floor to ceiling views of the skyline. On weekends and public holidays, the restaurant offers an Asian-inspired afternoon tea which has both savoury and sweet dishes. Dim sum is a highlight with choices including wagyu beef spring rolls with black pepper, and fried cheese toasts with shrimp and Yunnan ham. Desserts include 66 per cent dark chocolate balls with ginseng, and green tea choux with lychee cream.

Cobo House Founded by Janice Wong, former winner of Asia’s Best Pastry Chef, Cobo House delivers some of the city’s most creative desserts. The afternoon tea set is inspired by Hong Kong’s cha chaan tengs, and features beautiful twists on local flavours. Both savoury and sweet dishes are served, from an open face duck calligraphy mantou to a salted egg choux with pork floss and raspberry powder. Scones with cream and homemade jam are included, along with a selection of teas and coffees. Only ten sets are available per day on weekends and public holidays. 8 South Lane, Sai Wan, 2656 3088, cobohouse.com

28/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3400 1318, hotel-icon.com Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour Though it’s been open for less than a year, Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour made it onto Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for 2017. Its delightful, apothecary-like environment makes for a charming atmosphere to host an afternoon tea which is offered from Tuesday to Sunday. The current offering is a Mad Hatter-inspired menu with delicacies such as the tick tock roll, the Queen of tarts, and the Cheshire carrot cake. Tea or coffee is included, while the G&Ts are doctor (or, well, Dr. Fern) approved. Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, 2111 9449, drfernshk.com

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restaurants with a view

Bright lights, big city Give thanks for your food and views like these

ALTO ALTO is the place to be for Tom Dixon fans. The restaurant is Tom Dixon Design Studio’s first project in Asia, and it’s designed to perfection. Think blackened timber tabletops, green marble, terrazzo flooring and many of his signature hanging pendant lights. Matching the stunning interiors is a clear view of Victoria Harbour from its 31st floor location in Causeway Bay. The food focuses on grills including wagyu steaks, USDA beef, and Australian lamb. There are plenty of sides to complement the meats, from watermelon salad with chili-roasted feta, to bone marrow with chimichurri and toasted bread. There is also a large wine menu, and a beautiful private room that seats up to 10 guests. 18 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, 2603 7181, diningconcepts.com/restaurants/ALTO

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Hutong Hutong serves Northern Chinese food in a setting that resembles a traditional Beijing courtyard house, complete with terracotta tiles, traditional red lanterns, and antique wooden furniture. However, in contrast with an actual hutong, this restaurant has expansive views of Hong Kong’s skyline through floor to ceiling windows that run the length of the building. Service at Hutong is excellent making it perfect for entertaining and parties. Signature dishes include crispy deboned lamb ribs, bamboo clams steeped in Chinese rose wine and chilli padi, and crispy soft shell crab with Szechuan red pepper. The restaurant also serves a generous 18-course Feng Wei brunch on weekends. 28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3428 8342, hutong.com.hk

The Ocean The Ocean is easily one of the most stunning restaurants in Hong Kong. Its view, rather than overlooking the skyline, offers views of Repulse Bay in all its azure blue glory. The interiors are designed to match—the ombre walls, light fixtures, glassware and cushions are all in various shades of blue. If that wasn’t luxurious enough, the cutlery and decorative blankets are from Hermès. Given the restaurant’s name, the menu by Michelin-starred Chef Olivier Bellin is entirely focused on seafood. Dishes can be ordered à la carte, but five- and eight-course degustation menus are also available. You won’t regret requesting a round booth facing the windows.

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The Pulse, 303-304. 3/F, 28, Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2889 5939, theocean.hk

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Le 39V Le 39V is the Hong Kong outpost of the Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant that bears the same name. Founded by Chef Frédéric Vardon, the restaurant serves classic French dishes with unbeatable views from its 101st floor location in one of Hong Kong’s most iconic buildings. Signature dishes include the Niçoisé-style red mullet, thick monkfish served with shellfish, blue lobster ravioles printed with herbs, and a religieuse au chocolat. The details are executed perfectly here, from the music, to the service, to the lighting. Shop A 101/F International Commerce Centre West, 1 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2977 5266, jcgroup.hk/le-39v-hong-kong

Business lunches Beefbar One Michelin-starred Beefbar has the right location, service, and atmosphere for a good business lunch. Located on Ice Street in Central, the service is efficient while the interior design is the right mix of luxurious yet simple. White marble is used liberally but other design items are muted. While Beefbar does serve a small selection of pork and fish, beef is the highlight here. Steak options include the American prime “Black Angus” beef, Australian “Wagyu-crossed” beef, certified Kobe beef, Australian Black Market “Black Angus” beef, and the Korean “Shorthorn” beef. Diners can also choose starters from the raw bar, mini burger bar, appetizer and soup bar, and charcuterie bar. While the fries are good, the six mashed potato options are more exciting with flavours such as comte cheese and black winter truffle. Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House St, Central, 2110 8853, hk.beefbar.com

Porterhouse Though it’s located in an area with many dining options, Porterhouse stands out on account of its sophisticated atmosphere. The design fuses grey marble with cool blue and warm gold accents. As for the food, the focus is on porterhouse steaks but there are also lamb, burger, and seafood options available. With attentive service, the set lunch menus are executed efficiently making Porterhouse is an easy choice for a quick (or leisurely) weekday lunch. Even when the restaurant is packed, the noise levels remain reasonable. California Tower, 30-36 D'Aguilar St, Central, 2522 6366, porterhousehk.com

Cafe Grey Deluxe Cafe Grey Deluxe is in The Upper House, a quietly luxurious hotel designed by local talent Andre Fu. The restaurant is minimalist but chic, and overlooks Victoria Harbour. With attentive service and a sophisticated atmosphere, it’s an ideal place for a business lunch. The focus here is on contemporary European food that uses organic and seasonal ingredients. Recently, Chef Grey Kunz launched a revitalizing menu for those who prefer eating vegan and gluten free food. The kitchen takes accommodating dietary requirements seriously, making it a good choice if someone in your party has restrictions. The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Central, 3968 1106, cafegrayhk.com

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family-friendly restaurants

Fun for all

Restaurants both parents and kids will enjoy

Armani/Aqua

Crostini

Armani/Aqua is, naturally, a partnership between the famous fashion designer Giorgio Armani and local restaurant group Aqua. It’s a striking, sophisticated restaurant popular for business lunches and date nights. On weekends, the restaurant mixes things up with a relaxed, family-friendly brunch. Parents can enjoy the limitless Italian and Japanese-inspired brunch with free-flow champagne, wine or beer options. Kids have a menu just for them including favourites such as pizza and fish fingers. Once everyone is satiated, parents can continue to relax and hang out, while kids have fun in the dedicated play area.

For a fuss free meal, Crostini is a bakery chain that always hits the spot. It specializes in a variety of sinful goodies such as European breads, pastries, cookies, and chocolates. Some locations only offer takeaway service, but their full service cafes have open and relaxing designs that are great for families. Check out their large selection of whole cakes as well; their themed-cakes would be especially popular at children’s birthday parties.

2/F, Landmark Chater (Chater House), 8 Connaught Road Central, Central, 3583 2828, armani-aqua.com

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A number of locations including G/F, Prosperity Place, 6 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, 2392 7968, crostini.com.hk


family-friendly restaurants

Butcher & Baker

GREAT FOR PARTIE S

Butcher & Baker is one of the best family friendly restaurants on the Island. It’s a large space that’s divided into a cafe, butcher, florist, pizzeria and pastry shop. The whole vibe is relaxed, and with an opening time of 7am it’s perfect for early risers. At the back of the restaurant is a kids’ area, with balloons, a popcorn machine, and sundae bar. The whole space is also nice and bright, with numerous green plants and cheerful tropical printed couches. Whether you’re looking for a casual brunch spot or to host a child’s birthday party, Butcher & Baker can handle both situations with ease. 55 Cadogan St, Kennedy Town, 2591 0328, casteloconcepts.com

208 Duecento Otto While 208 is a trendy spot for adults enjoying a night out, it’s also a family-friendly option for brunch. This New York City-style Italian restaurant is set is a two-story building in Sheung Wan that used to be a meat storage warehouse. On weekends, it offers Bambino Brunch where kids can enjoy mini versions of favourites such as pizza, calamari, and mac and cheese. While parents enjoy some free flow bubbles, kids are offered an ice cream float or hot chocolate and marshmallows. The neighbourhood is also very walkable; perfect for working off those carbs while enjoying some family time after brunch. 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2549 0208, 208.com.hk

Yum Cha Yum Cha serves up some of the cutest, most instagrammable dim sum in town. The steamed buns shaped like animals are always popular. However, the restaurant also serves up good quality favourites with a twist, such as three cups drunken chicken, truffle e-fu noodles, and dragon beard kale. As for the design, it’s designed like a Pinterest board with gold accents, cute turquoise plates, and tufted banquettes. Families are more than welcome. Kids are sure to love the photogenic dishes, and parents will love that the food contains no MSG. 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central , 2811 3009, yumchahk.com

3/F, 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2751 1666, yumchahk.com

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family-friendly restaurants

Frites

Beef & Liberty Beef & Liberty is a comfortable, spacious restaurant that serves up some of the best burgers and fries in Hong Kong. Group Executive Chef, Uwe Opocensky, was formerly the Executive Chef at the Mandarin Oriental so you can be sure the menu is quality all the way. It only serves hormone-free, grass-fed beef. There are a number of good vegetarian options

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on the menu too. You won’t regret saving room for the gooey warm skillet cookie and cream or small but satisfying oreo shot. A number of locations including 23 Wing Fung St, Wan Chai, 2811 3009, beef-liberty.com/hk

With a large selection of Belgian beers, Frites is a popular after-work spot for Hong Kong’s 9-to7ers. Decorated in the style of a European beer bistro, its locations have high ceilings, rustic tables, and stained glass windows. Many may not know that it’s also a family-friendly spot, especially during lunch and brunch. Parents will enjoy the selection of comfort classics including mussel pots, roast chicken, and burgers. Kids have their own special menu with five main course options, including bangers and mash, mini burgers, and a variety of interesting smoothies and milkshakes. Frites is also available for kids’ parties. A number of locations including 1/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Central, 2217 6671, frites.hk

Pet friendly Elephant Grounds Elephant Grounds is one of Hong Kong’s most successful cafe chains. Each location is bright and warm, with lots of natural wood grain elements. Coffee is the star at this micro roaster, but its Japanese-inspired menu holds its own. While Elephant Grounds has a few locations, the Causeway Bay one is especially good for pets given the spacious outdoor area. Guests can enjoy their meals (the donburi and ice cream sandwiches are particularly good) with their furry friends right beside them. The cafe is located in Fashion Walk, which is a popular pedestrian-only zone lined with other restaurants. A number of locations including Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Fashion Walk, Paterson St, Causeway Bay, 2562 8688, elephantgrounds.com

Classified Classified is a European-style cafe with a focus on homemade artisanal food. It’s been around for years, and continues to be a steady, popular option for locals and expats alike. Must-order dishes include the grass-fed beef burger, eggs royale, and three cheese macaroni. The coffee is good, as are the wide variety of smoothies and cocktails. Each location has a spacious front area, perfect for guests looking to bring their pets. A number of locations including 108 Hollywood Road, Tai Ping Shan, 2525 3454, classifiedfood.com

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Enoteca Out in Quarry Bay, there’s a Mediterranean wine bar with a lovely, spacious outdoor area. Enoteca is located at Taikoo Place, and is often frequented by neighbourhood residents as well as those stopping by the area after a visit to the local farmers’ market or a hike. Food options include Italian and Western favourites like breakfast pizza, french toast and eggs benedict, in addition to Mediterranean options. Take your pet and soak up the sunshine while enjoying the weekend Pitcher Perfect special, which includes a one litre pitcher of beer or cocktail plus a pizza. G/F, 35-41 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, 2744 6000, enotecagroup.com


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hotel dining

Five-star meals Hotel options that will make you salivate

Caprice at the Four Seasons While two Michelin-starred Caprice needs no introduction, you may not have heard that the restaurant has a new Chef de Cuisine in Guillaume Galliot. Galliot is originally from

the Loire Valley but more recently spent time at The Tasting Room in Macau, which won a Michelin star in its first year. Caprice serves contemporary French cuisine that manages to be both light and rich, and is home to Hong Kong’s first cheese cellar. Diners will enjoy the open kitchen which showcases the chefs at

work, along with the modern Chinoiserie decor and views of Victoria Harbour. Caprice also has a bar for pre- or post-dinner cocktails, and a private dining room that seats up to 12 guests.

options. There’s also a private dining room that seats up to 14 guests.

5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2825 4001, mandarinoriental.com

8 Finance St, Central, 3196 8888, fourseasons.com

Pierre at Mandarin the Oriental Pierre continues to delight Hong Kongers with menus that change seasonally. This two Michelin-starred restaurant is led by Chef de Cuisine Jacky Tauvry, who is a protégé of the renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire after whom the restaurant is named. Fans of Pierre return time and again for creative interpretations of classic dishes; signatures include Perfume of Earth, blue lobster and the Pierre Gagnaire grand dessert. The views from the 25th floor offer the perfect accent for an evening of Parisian chic in Hong Kong. Express lunch and dinner tasting menus are available alongside à la carte

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JUS OPEN T ED

The Envoy at The Pottinger Many know The Envoy as one of Asia’s top cocktail bars, but it is also serving up delicious Colonial era-inspired treats. Chef de Cuisine Chetan Kohli has revamped the menus which now include a contemporary afternoon tea with cocktail pairing, executive lunch sets (including a delicious tiffin box option), Sunday brunch, and a evening small plates menu. This is a great option for solid comfort food, including satisfying takes on bangers and mash, chicken lollipops, and banoffee pie. The interiors are charming with marble and wood features and tufted banquettes, while the patio is perfect for alfresco dining and a drink or more. 3/F, The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen's Road, Central, 2169 3311, theenvoy.hk

Hung Tong at Kerry Hotel Kerry Hotel by Shangri-La was one of Hong Kong’s most anticipated hotel openings of 2017. Hung Tong is the hotel’s contemporary Chinese restaurant but aims to take guests back to historic Hung Hom. Traditional and modern elements come together through raw red bricks and sleek glass pendants. Similarly, the food uses traditional ingredients but presents them in a modern way. Grilled eel is

tossed with osmanthus honey sauce, laksa comes with snow crab and Sudachi lime, and beef tartare comes with caviar and gold leaf. The restaurant is a good choice for entertaining, with intimate booths and two private dining rooms. 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, 2252 5888, shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry

Chef interview Chetan Kohli, Chef de Cuisine at The Envoy at The Pottinger When did your passion for food start? It was shortly after my arrival to this lovely city at the age of 12. Being the new kid in town, I hung out at home a lot. Occasionally, my mom asked me to lend a hand in the kitchen. I still thank her for helping me to discover my passion for cooking.

One piece of advice for amateur chefs? There is no shortcut or easy way to become a good chef. My advice is to put your heart, mind and soul into your passion if you wish to succeed.

What is your favourite dish to eat? Choosing one is difficult. Jambalaya and pizza always top my list of favourite foods, followed by dim sum (from different parts of the world) and street food. I love almost anything spicy.

What is one food trend that you are not a fan of? I'm not a fan of fast food culture. While Hong Kong is always pretty hectic, I believe people need to slow down, enjoy food with family and friends, and savour those moments. This is something that fast food culture cannot provide.

What would you do if you weren't a chef? I would have magnifying glasses on my eyes due to my career as a video game programmer and all that beta testing.

When did you know you wanted to be a chef? It was later in my teenage years. Upon completion of my training, my mentor told me

he saw me as someone capable of handling his mettle in the kitchen. He was not just referring to ability, but because I showed passion and flare in the kitchen in a natural and unconscious manner.

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healthy restaurants

Good (for you) food Satisfying and nutritious meals anytime of the day

Locofama Locofama is in Sai Ying Pun gem that manages to make eating clean a chic, enjoyable affair. The restaurant has a rustic feel, with large communal tables perfect for groups or meeting new people. With vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, carb-free and gluten-free options, there should be something for every person in your party. That said, all the dishes are flavourful since the kitchen focuses on serving ingredients when they are at their nutritional and palatable peak. Don’t forget to check out the bottle shop, where guests can choose organic and biodynamic wines to enjoy with their meal. 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, 2547 7668, locofama.com

Eatology Those looking for an easy way to eat healthy will want to try meal delivery service Eatology. Each of their 1,000 dishes has been designed by a dietician so clients can be sure they’re getting well-balanced meals. Only wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients are used such as organic eggs, grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and homemade organic coconut yogurt. The standard low carb, vegetarian and vegan

options are available, but they also have a modified Atkins option as well as an Optimal Performance option for the very active. If none of these options sound appealing, the Eatology team are happy to put something together based on your preferences. They also specialized in healthy catering. 2368 6331, www.eatologyasia.com

seating with the back terrace being particularly lovely on a sunny day. Don't forget to check out their raw food-only outlet and their cafe.

For a balanced meal at a healthy price, Supafood has you covered. This superherothemed takeaway spot offers savoury items like salads, wraps, coconut brown rice boxes, and oolong tea soba noodle boxes. Meat and fish options are available, such as halibut with honey Sriracha and a grass fed beef bolognese. However, the vegetarian options like baked tofu with sweet miso and baked eggplant with balsamic are just as satisfying. Supafood also has you covered when the mid-afternoon munchies hit. For slow burning fuel, try the coconut chia pudding, carrot cake supaball or one of the smoothies.

A number of locations including 92 Wellington St, Central, 2851 1611, mana.hk

1 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, 2812 6088, supafood.co

MANA! With a number of locations around Central, MANA! is popular with health-conscious office workers. The MANA! Fast Slow Food location on Wellington Street is a great for nourishing and filling salads and smoothies. For something more substantial, choose one of the baked and rolled signature flatbreads seasoned using a mixture of Lebanese herbs. Putting its money where its mouth is, the restaurant also operates under a zero-food-waste and free water mentality. All packaging used is either compostable or biodegradable. For those that want to dine in, there is limited but adequate

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healthy restaurants

Nood Food

BEST COCONU WATER T

Nood Food is linked to PURE Fitness, Hong Kong’s trendiest fitness centre chain. The first location opened in 2013, and it has since grown to over 20 locations in Hong Kong and Singapore. It's a no fuss concept that makes healthy eating an easy choice, especially when you're rushing back to the office after a lunchtime gym class. There are grab and go fridges at every PURE Fitness location which offer cold-pressed juices, salads, sandwiches, and raw food snacks. The smoothie bars are also top notch and the recipes are well-balanced instead of just being filled with sugary fruit. Don’t miss trying the coconut water, which is the best bottled option in town. A number of locations including 32 Hollywood Road, Central, 8199 8189, allnood.com

HAWKR HAWKR is the newest healthy takeaway spot to hit the city. While its name is inspired by Southeast Asia-style food courts (known as hawker centres), its offerings are much healthier. HAWKR’s MO is fresh and healthy grab and go street food style dishes with an Asian twist. For wraps, there are meatball and salmon fish cake options; both are generously stuffed with fresh and pickled vegetables.

Heartier options include a healthier twist on Thai green chicken curry and Javanese beef rendang. Those looking for just a snack may want to try one of the yogurt pots, kueh, or fresh baked goods. 36 Hoi Kwong St, Quarry Bay, 9222 8583, info@hawkrhk.com

Chef interview Mina Park, co-founder of HAWKR How did you and your partners come up with the idea for HAWKR? My partners, Ivan Pun and Jake Astor, approached me with their idea for a fresh and fast Southeast Asian grab and go shop. Ivan is based in Myanmar and owns several Southeast Asian restaurants and wanted to open something in Hong Kong. I have always loved the flavours of Southeast Asia, so I thought the challenge of pulling together a menu for HAWKR would be fun. When did your passion for food start? I have always loved food and come from a family of incredible cooks and foodies. When we travelled, we always searched for the most delicious food. At home, we always ate dinner together, and I helped my mother in the kitchen. Food was central to us and how we came together. What is your favourite dish to eat? That's an impossible question to answer! But if I had to choose my last meal, it would

be a taco. I have always loved and always will love tacos. You can combine so many flavours in one little handheld tortilla—so simple and yet the flavours can be so rich. What is your favourite ingredient to cook with? I use Korean fermented soybean paste (or doenjang) every day. You can use it in sauces, soups, to marinate meats, or even ice cream. Cooking with a traditionally made doenjang (and I only cook with those) is so special because it took years and so much care to create what you have in your hands. What would you do if you didn't work in F&B? I would run a little shop that sold ceramics and tableware. It would still involve food somehow! What is one food trend you are not a fan of? I'm not a fan of food that is made just to look good on Instagram, with no regard to its taste.

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comfort food

Hugs on a plate Dishes to satisfy the soul

Posto Pubblico

TRY THE MEATBALLS

Founded by two New Yorkers, Posto Pubblico brings a bit of Big Apple-style Italian food to Hong Kong. Its location in the heart of Soho has made it a popular afterwork spot for casual food and drinks. Interesting fact: since opening eight years ago, the restaurant has sold over 999,000 meatballs. This year, the restaurant is celebrating its anniversary with a series of specials. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat meatball special at the bar, or tuck into some of the bestsellers such as homemade burrata with local organic tomatoes, rigatoni Pubblico, and chicken parmigiana. 28 Elgin St, Central, 2577 7160, postopubblico.com

Pirata As the first of the Pirata Group’s restaurants, this Italian spot shows why the Group’s formula works so well. The atmosphere is stylish, the service is friendly, and the food is great value for money. Italian comfort foods are the stars here—the asparagus flan, vitello tonnato, beef lasagna, and butcher’s cut steak are constant crowd pleasers. The restaurant is spread over three levels: a main dining room, a vermouth bar, and a rooftop. 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 2887 0270, pirata.hk

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comfort food

La Paloma

The Salted Pig The Salted Pig specializes in pork dishes (obviously). A meal here definitely falls into the comfort food category, but Executive Chef Christopher Kerr and his team have taken steps to incorporate healthier items too. The avocado toast or seared tuna nicoise salads are starters that could double as a light meal. However, if you want to indulge, don’t miss the full rack

of baby back ribs, crispy pork knuckle or the suckling pig. Groups, families, and individuals alike will enjoy this rustic, casual eatery and bar. A few locations including G/F, No.1 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2367 0990, thesaltedpig.com.hk

For a fun tapas experience, look no further than La Paloma. This colourful, charming Spanish eatery serves up flavourful bites at good prices. Signature dishes include the salmon explosion puffs, squid ink paella, and churrasco de buey. La Paloma is also host of the Chef vs. Pan brunch series where top Hong Kong chefs— including Satoru Mugokawa of Sushi Kuu and Max Levy of Okra—prepare a brunch feast using La Paloma’s signature 40-inch paella pan. 189 Queen's Road W, Sai Ying Pun, 2291 6161, lapaloma.hk

Shore While Hong Kong doesn’t lack for steak places, Shore is the first free standing steakhouse in Hong Kong. Named after the fringe of land at the edge of water, Shore specializes in dryaged steak and fresh seafood. The food is fresh and uncomplicated, perfect for a comforting yet luxurious meal. At 10,000 square feet, it’s an impressive space suitable for happy hours, parties, or even hosting networking events. The outdoor lounge is always popular in good weather, a lovely oasis overlooking the city. 3&4/F, the L. place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, 2915 1638, shore.com.hk

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Farmer’s Market Sometimes you want to cook a tasty meal in the comfort of your own home. For hungry carnivores, Farmer’s Market has you covered. The name may be slightly deceiving, but it is a premium online butcher founded by Australian Emma Pike. She sells 100 per cent grass fed beef and lamb from the Sapphire coast of New South Wales, chicken from Golden Farms in Melbourne, and pork from Rivalea in Melbourne. Essentially, she sources meat from ethical farms. This is quality you can taste. Delivery is fast using S.F. Express chilled trucks. Order online at farmersmarket.com.hk, 9301 7445

Shin Mapo For a good Korean BBQ experience, look no further than Shin Mapo. This chain restaurant keeps its standards high and consistent, not an easy feat since there are over 400 locations in Korea alone as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the USA. Clearly, they know what they’re doing then it comes to the communal BBQ experience, giving them the reputation of being Korea’s number one K-BBQ restaurant. The pork skirt and prime beef are highly recommended, as are the soy sauce crab, ginseng chicken soup, and japchae. 2/F, Po Hon Building, 24-30 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, 2561 6268, shinmapo.com

Perfect Dutch Food Cheese lovers, rejoice. If you haven’t already heard of Perfect Dutch Food, you’ll be glad to know of it now. This online store imports a wide variety of cheeses from the Netherlands (hence the name) but also from France and Italy. Run by a group of passionate cheese lovers, they’re constantly looking to bring in new options for Hong Kongers to try. Recent imports include the Old Beemster, Edammer Northwestern Matured, and the Farmhouse Truffle. They’re also happy to help source a hard-to-find cheese, which means they just might become your new BFF. Catering options are also available. 2787 3330, perfectdutchfood.com

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comfort food

Morty’s Delicatessen

Maison Libanaise Right on the Mid-Levels escalators, this charming Lebanese spot is often packed with diners enjoying hummus, pan-fried haloumi, eggplant fattoush, and pulled lamb shoulder. The dishes are great for sharing, making it an excellent spot for a group dinner. There are three levels: the ground floor offers a takeaway counter, the second floor hosts the main dining area, and the third floor is a charming

rooftop complete with twinkling fairy lights. The restaurant is decorated warmly with bright tiles and hints of Middle Eastern architecture. Don’t miss the selection of Lebanese wines. There’s also a set lunch available on weekdays. 10 Shelley St, Central, 2111 2284, maisonlibanaise.com.hk

Morty’s is one of the best options in town for pastrami. It takes its beef seriously with a fivestage, 45-day aging process that is all done in-house. You won’t regret ordering a reuben or pastrami sandwich, but Morty’s also smokes duck, chicken and turkey. In fact, it bakes its own bread and pickles its own vegetables too. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, enabling diners to get their deli fix any time of the day. Jardine House, Shop 2-14, LG/F, 1 Connaught Place, Central, 3665 0900, mortys.hk 8-10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, 3665 0890, mortys.hk

Lily & Bloom Lily & Bloom has long been the go-to spot for a taste of refined Americana in Hong Kong. It’s just as good for bar snacks as it is for brunch; the common thread being that all the food is high quality, hearty American grub. Enjoying an after-work drink? The mini corn dogs or deep fried pickle chips might suit you. Looking for a family friendly brunch spot? Munch on the Jersey sandwich or pecan crusted French toast while your kids choose from their own special menu and enjoy the play area. 33 Wyndham St, Central, 2810 6166, lily-bloom.com

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comfort food

Instagram worthy desserts coffee, or on top of a waffle. Shop G38 200 Queens Road, Lee Tung St, East Point, 9659 0816, givres.com

Oddies Foodies

Givres Who needs fresh roses when you can have one made from gelato? Located in Wan Chai’s Lee Tung Avenue, Givres delights patrons with stunning cones. It takes some time for the gelato artisans to make the cones, but the end result is stunning and delicious; perfect for the aesthetic foodie in your life. In addition to the cone, gelato roses are also available in an affogato or iced

Oddies is what happens when foodies come up with the idea to combine soft serve, egg waffles, and unique flavour combinations. Its most instagrammed dessert is the eggette parfait; one example is the Kido which combines fudge, cookie dough chunks, and caramelized croutons with gelato before being topped with a nutella custard egg waffle. Oddies also has jarletos (desserts in a jar), a wide selection of hard ice creams, and meringues. The shop itself is fun, a mix of bright white and neon, and has the perfect lighting for that Instagram shot.

Poem Patisserie Located on the ground floor of Michelin-starred restaurant Tate Dining Room and Bar lies Poem Patisserie. The talents of former winner of Asia Best Female Chef, Vicky Lau, are on full display here with an array of desserts that are almost too beautiful to eat. Similar to Lau’s menu at Tate, the desserts change regularly according to a theme. The first releases were created under the theme Chapter 1: Capture Hong Kong, and focused on memorable local flavours such as an Iron Buddha Tea and sago. Display towers also followed the theme with desserts placed in dim sum steamers and frames resembling the iconic local pawn shop signs. 210 Hollywood Road, Tai Ping Shan, 2555 2550, poempatisserie.com

45 Gough St, Central, 2750 2111, facebook.com/oddiesfoodies

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Top spots

Restaurants sure to impress your guests

Duddell’s Duddell’s is a quietly sophisticated option for those looking to treat out-of-towners to a luxurious Chinese food experience. The restaurant occupies two stories in the Shanghai Tang Mansion in Central, and has a dramatic staircase that connects the two floors. Everything is tasteful in a bohemian-chic way, with beautiful but not untouchable items on the walls and on the plates. The restaurant is one of the few in town to earn two Michelin stars. Brunch and executive lunch options offer better value for money, whereas the tasting menu offers options that are slightly more luxurious. Be sure to check out the lush, green outdoor terrace too. Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, 2525 9191, duddells.co

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22 Ships Though it’s located in a trendy area, 22 Ships may still hold court as the busiest restaurant on Ship Street. This no reservations tapas bar only seats 35, which means there’s usually a queue of people outside waiting to eat some of their interesting yet comforting creations. Should you need to wait, the staff will likely suggest you head to the very funky Back Bar by Ham & Sherry. This is their sister bar, where staff will keep an eye on you and bring you back to 22 Ships when your table is ready. The

22 Ships menu is split into six sections: para picar, eggs, vegetables, seafood, meat and desserts. There’s also a daily specials board. Dishes are flavour explosions with unusual combinations such as scallop ceviche with yuzu and Chinese radish, and baked bone marrow with gentleman’s relish and onion jam. To accompany the rich food, there’s a dynamic list of wines, spirits and Spanish beers. 22 Ship St, Wan Chai, 2555 0722, 22ships.hk


visitors TASTING MENU ONLY

Little Bao

into the four categories of sweet, savoury, sour and strong. Expect the unexpected here with drinks like the Morrow Old Fashioned, which contains bone marrow fat-washed bourbon. Is it any wonder they achieved their first Michelin star after being open for just one year?

Little Bao may be little (i.e. it seats just 20 people) but the food packs a big flavour punch. Guests go back again and again for the creative and often meaty dishes. Popular items include the short rib pan-fried dumplings, brussel sprouts with fish sauce caramel, and basically any of the calorific-but-worth-it baos. With owner May Chow winning Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2017, this restaurant is a great valuefor-money spot to experience some of Hong Kong’s best casual food.

29 & 30/F, 198 Wellington Street, Central, 2711 8639, vea.hk

66 Staunton St, Central, 2194 0202, little-bao.com

VEA Restaurant and Lounge VEA stands for Vicky et Antonio, referring to Chef Vicky Cheng and mixologist Antonio Lai. Both are at the top of their respective industries and came together to offer their unique spin on modern dining. Cheng is known for using French gastronomic techniques in his Asian-inspired dishes. The emphasis is on fresh and seasonal ingredients, and beautiful presentation. Lai created a cocktail menu split

Beautiful bars Ping Pong Gintoneria

Iron Fairies

The Old Man

The Hong Kong outpost of The Iron Fairies— the others being in Bangkok, Tokyo and New York—aims to transport you to a magical world. Once you enter the bar, the first thing you’ll notice is the fluttering butterflies on the ceiling. A whopping 10,000 butterflies are hung from thin copper rods that flutter based on the air movement inside the bar. There are many other otherworldly decorative elements such as thousands of bottles of fairy dust, iron fairies, handcrafted chandeliers, and even a children’s book trilogy written by the bar’s interior designer Ashley Sutton. Enjoy a lively evening out here and look out for the nights with live music.

In a narrow alley off Aberdeen Street lives the coolest little speakeasy. The Old Man is named after Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Naturally, the bar is Hemingway-themed, from the creative mural that watches over it, to the names of the cocktails. At only 1,000 square feet, the bar is cosy but in a way that feels homey rather than uncomfortable. A lot of this is thanks to Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale, the three founders. Their friendliness makes all guests feel at home while wowing them with some of the city’s most interesting, and well-mixed, cocktails. Guests will love the cooling strip that runs down the centre bar to help keep drinks chilled.

Ping Pong 129 was already one of the coolest bars in Hong Kong before the movie It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong featured it as a first date location. The environment is retro Hong Kong with a twist. Behind a small red door with “Ping Pong City” written in Chinese, a staircase leads guests down to a large living room-style area lit up by glowing neon lights. Gin is the spirit of choice here, served in stunning glass goblets brought in from Spain. The large round base of the glass is meant to enhance the aromatics in the gin, which is kept cool by a beautiful square block of ice. If the munchies hit, the small but wellcurated food list is worth a try.

LG, 1 Hollywood Road, Central, 2603 6992, diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Iron-Fairies

Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, 2703 1899, theoldmanhk.com

129 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, 9158 1584, pingpong129.com

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catering & delivery

Keep calm

...and order in these interesting options for work events and parties

R&R Bagels R&R Bagels is the brainchild of two bagel enthusiasts who met in Hong Kong. They sampled the best bagels the world had to offer—including in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City—before creating their own recipe. While their cozy location in Central is great for dining in, they are also experienced at bringing their fresh baked goods to offices around the city. Contact them for madeto-order catering bundles, where you can choose a variety of sandwiches, spreads, fresh salads, hummus boxes, and coffee by Allpress Espresso. Orders must be received 24 hours in advance, and the minimum order is $500. 28 Li Yuen St W, Central, 2178 5168, randrbagels.com

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Cedele This Singaporean bakery chain focuses on healthy and well-balanced food. This means no improvers, emulsifiers or premixes are used. Cedele is experienced in catering, with popular items including gourmet sliders, sandwiches, grain bowls, and baked good platters. Heartier options such as corporate lunch boxes are also available. Don’t miss out on the selection of cakes including the unusual gula melaka

pandan chilled cake or blood plum upside down cake. Orders must be received 72 hours in advance, and the minimum order is $800. A number of locations including Shop 2C, Entrance Hall Floor, The Center, 99 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2567 8919, cedele. com.hk


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Bread & Beast

WORTH THE CALORIE S

At Bread & Beast, the sandwiches may not be the healthiest but they are delicious. Only quality meats, pickles and bread are used. Signatures include the Unporchettable, with herby porchetta and pickled green apple; the Birdman, with Korean fried chicken and pickled grape relish; and the Ngau Lam Wich, with slow cooked beef brisket, green onion and pickled daikon. That said, Bread & Beast offers a lot more than sandwiches. There are a number of savoury treats, from lotus root chips to mini pot pies, and sweet treats, from rice crispy squares to churros. Also available are dedicated boat catering menus called the Chill Beast, Beast Surfer, and Beast Boss. Orders must be received 48 hours in advance, and the minimum order is $3,000. G/F 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, 2237 1868, breadandbeasthk.com

K-Roll K-Roll was founded by three mothers who realized the lunches they packed for their kids were a hit with their classmates. Now everyone in Hong Kong can enjoy their fresh and tasty homestyle Korean food for lunch. The casual dining spot specializes in more than just Korean sushi rolls (known as kimbap or k-rolls). They also have rice burritos (korritos), japchae, and bibimbap. This food packs well and doesn’t

get soggy quickly. Larger groups may consider opting for one of K-Roll’s DIY buffet stations. Orders must be received 24 hours in advance, and the minimum order is $800. A number of locations including 6A Bonham Strand, G/F Sen Fat Building, Sheung Wan, 2234 5505, k-roll.com.hk

Chef interview Grace Hwang, co-founder of K-Roll How did you and your partners come up with the idea for K-Roll? My daughter's classmates used to eat up her packed lunch. She begged me to open up a restaurant so her friends could eat as much as they wanted. Little did she know at 6 years old, I'm a foodie (eater) but not much of a chef. That's my partner Laura's area of expertise. When did your passion for food start? Growing up in Los Angeles, there was always lots of delicious food around. LA has a huge variety of international restaurants in and around K-town, such as Little Tokyo, Chinatown, and Olvera street in Downtown. All are ethnic neighbourhoods with authentic and delicious cuisines.

What is your favourite dish on the menu at K-Roll? Fire chicken. It's spicy and flavourful. It makes me happy to eat it. Otherwise, classic K-Rolls are my go to meal—they’re what I ate in my packed lunch as a young girl. What would you do if you didn't work in F&B? I would definitely be a stay at home mum if it hadn't been for K-Roll as I have three girls ranging in ages from 12-20. Sunny is now at home with her daughter in Seoul and I'm sure Laura would also be a happy housewife if we hadn't gone into F&B.

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Discover Hong Kong Exploring our city through food

NeNe Chicken Some would say fried chicken is one of life’s greatest food pleasures. There are plenty of places serving up this up in Hong Kong, but NeNe Chicken in Langham Place has built up a large and loyal following. It’s part of a Korean chain with over 1,000 locations worldwide. The key to its success has been juicy yet nongreasy chicken, authentic sauces and spices, healthy portion sizes, and good prices. Other popular dishes include rice cake noodles, kimchi omelette, fish cake skewer soup, and the cheese salad. NeNe Chicken’s restaurant isn’t fancy but it’s definitely a solid place for some delicious food and a beer or two. Shop 30, 11/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, 3583 2933, facebook.com/NeneChickenHongKong

CASA Tapas Bar

FeedMe Guru Hong Kong is full of exciting dining options, but this can feel like both a blessing and a curse. Keeping up with new openings, new menus, and new chefs is hard work. FeedMe Guru is an online destination that works with many leading F&B groups - from Swire to JIA Group - to create exclusive tasting menus. This November, they’re putting on Crabalicious which will be Hong Kong’s first crab tasting menu festival. Grab your partner or group of friends and enjoy trying unique tasting menus all over the city, from the Malaysian-style feast at Cafe Malacca in Kennedy Town, to the Chinese-style feast at Greater China Club in Lai Chi Kok, to the fine dining feast at 2 Michelin-starred Kashiwaya in Central. www.feedmeguru.com/crabalicious

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Given its name, it’s no surprise that CASA’s vibe is relaxed and family friendly. Located in Sai Kung, the restaurant has been drawing crowds for its tasty yet healthy tapas. Chef Jimboseph champions slow fast food, with a menu that’s proudly 45 per cent vegetarian and 75 per cent gluten free. The 100 seater restaurant has an open kitchen and a charming English pub-style garden, which guarantees you’ll have a great view no matter where you sit. The owners also run the neighbouring Cena Latin Cafe, which specializes in Latin comfort food. Shop 1 & 2, Siu Yat Building Block A, Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 2440 9288, casagroup.co

Le Pan in Kowloon Bay Walking up to Le Pan feels a bit like walking into one of Jay Gatsby’s parties. Once the art deco doors slide open, the 10,000 square foot restaurant is full of white marble, white leather, and glass. It’s a luxurious atmosphere for inventive and beautifully plated French cuisine by Singaporean chef Edward Voon. Guests can choose from the à la carte menu, a chef’s choice menu, or from one of the three dinner set menus. There aren’t many fine dining options in Kowloon Bay, which means Le Pan’s four private rooms with patios will likely get a lot of use. Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay, 3188 2355, lepan.com.hk


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Bathers on Lantau Hong Kong is home to many beautiful beaches but surprisingly few have quality dining options. Bathers is located on Lower Cheung Sha beach on Lantau, and has a wonderful menu to complement views of the ocean and mountains. The food is focused on seafood and there are a number of sharing platters and menus that are great for groups over four people. There is also a kids’ menu which offers the choice of a starter, a main, a drink, and a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Overall, the atmosphere is open and relaxed with white rattan furniture and warm wooden touches. This ia a lovely spot for a sunset dinner. 32 Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau, New Territories, 2504 4788, bathers.com.hk

Cull ‘N Pistol Those living on the Western side of Hong Kong Island are lucky to have a rustic, seafood restaurant in Cull ‘N Pistol. The menu and décor are inspired by New England, bringing a unique East Coast American vibe. Signature dishes include the crab cakes, clam bake, oysters, and lobster. There is also a solid cocktail list. The restaurant is open every day, until 11pm on weekdays and 1am on weekends. Cull ‘N Pistol is also popular for brunch after a relaxing stroll along the shore of Sai Wan Ho. Shop GA1-3, G/F, Site A, 55 Tai Hong Street, Lei King Wan, 2513 0199, cullnpistol.com.hk

Chef interview Edward Voon, Executive Chef at Le Pan When did your passion for food begin? My love for food emerged when I was a young boy. Growing up in a multicultural society like Singapore exposed me to many different cuisines and flavours. But it wasn’t until I had been working in the top kitchens in Singapore for a few years that I met my soul mate: contemporary French cuisine.

which they are born. Taste is subjective, but we must respect culture.

What is your favourite ingredient to cook with? Smoked bacon and citrus fruits. It’s a startling combination—bacon gives you the beast, and citrus brings out the beauty.

What would you do if you weren't a chef? I never thought of being anything else. I loved the arts, especially music, when I was a teenager, and knew I must do something creative. I prefer to call myself a craftsman rather than a chef.

What is your favourite dish to eat? I don’t have a particular favourite as I believe all types of food have their own uniqueness, their own definition. Dishes are the products of the chef’s imagination and the culture from

What is the worst thing to happen to you in a kitchen? Sharing the kitchen with soulless and spineless people. I’m too much of a gentleman to name names!

Do you have any advice for amateur chefs? Know your guests. It is who you cook for at home that is most important.

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more top tables

Hong Kong Island 11 Westside

Mexican 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town 3996 7754 $200-400 per person

ALTO

Western 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay 2603 7181 $400-800 per person

Bread & Beast

Western 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai 2237 1868 $100-200 per person

Duddell’s

Chinese 1 Duddell Street, Central 2525 9191 $400-800 per person

208 Duecento Otto

Italian 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan 2549 0208 $200-400 per person

Armani/Aqua

Italian/Japanese 8 Connaught Road, Central 3583 2828 $400-800 per person

Casa Lisboa

Portuguese 63 Wyndham Street, Central 2905 1168 $200-400 per person

Elephant Grounds

Café 42-28 Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay 2562 8688 $100-200 per person

22 Ships

Spanish 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai 2555 0722 $200-400 per person

Beef & Liberty

Western 23 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai 2811 3009 $200-400 per person

Cobo House

International 8 South Lane, Sai Wan 2656 3088 $200-400 per person

Gough’s on Gough

British 15 Gough Street, Central 2473 9066 $500-1000 per person


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Hong Kong Island The Iron Fairies

Bar 1 Hollywood Road, Central 2603 6992 $200-400 per person

Lily & Bloom

Western 33 Wyndham Street, Central 2810 6166 $200-400 per person

Mercato

Italian 32 D'Aguilar Street, Central 3706 8567 $200-400 per person

Ole Spanish Restaurant

Spanish 24-30 Ice House Street, Central 2537 8856 $200-400 per person

Jinjuu

Korean 32 D'Aguilar Street, Central 3755 4868 $200-400 per person

Little Bao

International 66 Staunton Street, Central 2194 0202 $200-400 per person

New Punjab Club

Punjabi 34 Wyndham Street, Central 2368 1223 $200-400 per person

Osteria Marzia

Italian 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai 3607 2253 $200-400 per person

Kishoku

Kishoku 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay 2893 0333 $500-1500 per person

Maison Libanaise

Lebanese 10 Shelley Street, Central 2111 2284 $200-400 per person

Nood Food

Healthy 32 Hollywood Road, Central 8199 8189 $100-200 per person

Ping Pong

Bar Second Street, Sai Ying Pun 9158 1584 $200-400 per person

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Hong Kong Island Porterhouse

Western 30-36 D'Aguilar Street, Central 2522 6366 $400-800 per person

Shore

Western 139 Queen's Road Central 2915 1638 $400-800 per person

The Envoy

International 74 Queen's Road, Central 2169 3311 $200-400 per person

QUAYSIDE

French 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai 2661 6708 $200-400 per person

Sushi Masataka

Japanese 18 Wood Road, Wan Chai 2574 1333 $500-1500 per person

Tokyolima

Japanese-Peruvian 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central 2811 1152 $200-400 per person

Rhoda

Western 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun 2177 5050 $400-800 per person

Terroir Parisien

French 10 Chater Road, Central 2522 9990 $400-800 per person

Zuma

Japanese 15 Queen's Road, Central 3657 6388 $500-1500 per person

Kowloon Above & Beyond

Cantonese 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 3400 1318 $500-1000 per person

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ANA TEN

Japanese 304, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 2701 9881 $400-800 per person

The Chop House

Western 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 2295 3200 $200-400 per person


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Kowloon Crostini

Western 6 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong 2392 7968 $100-200 per person

Hutong

Chinese 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 3428 8342 $400-800 per person

NeNe Chicken

Korean 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok 3583 2933 $100-200 per person

EPURE

French Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui 3185 8338 $800+ per person

Le 39V

French 1 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 2977 5266 $500-1500 per person

The Salted Pig

Western 1 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui 2367 0990 $200-400 per person

Hung Tong

Chinese 18 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom 2252 5279 $400-800 per person

Le Pan

French 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay 3188 2355 $500-1500 per person

WoolooMooLoo

Australian Steakhouse 33 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 2810 8485 $400-800 per person

New Territories Bathers

Western 32 Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau 2504 4788 $200-400 per person

CASA Tapas Bar

Spanish Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung 2440 9288 $200-400 per person

Cena Latin CafĂŠ

Latin 9 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung 2757 1020 $100-200 per person

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