Obviously Hong Kong’s restaurateurs keep popping up everywhere we look. Here are 10 new Hong Kong restaurants to put on your radar right now.
Insta-fave Oddies have just opened their second site on Gough Street. Their soft serve and giant egg waffles have gained them a massive cult following from a little take-away site in a Wan Chai side street, and now it’s Central’s turn to get in on the action. As well as their already much loved items, they’re expanding the range at their new site to include things like artisan gelato and dessert jars.
Add: Oddies Foodies, 45 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Innocuous as the name might sound, Howard’s Gourmet is actually something of an institution in the dining scene in Guangzhou. The brainchild of creative namesake Howard Cai, the new Central spot dishes up refined Chinese fare with an elegant simplicity that lets the ingredients shine. Dishes include hot and sour noodles, avocado with stewed bird’s nest and crispy sea cucumber.
Add: Howard’s Gourmet, 5/F, CCB Tower, 3 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2115 3388
Horse carpaccio – is this a first for Hong Kong? New Wan Chai fine diner is offering the delicacy as part of their new “eatail” concept, where food becomes part of the cocktail experience. The protein is served on top of a blend of a wine cooler of freshly-pressed orange juice, egg yolk, olive oil and celery, and you’re encouraged to actually dip and sip – other examples include a beef sangria, in which two-week marinated Kagoshima beef is served with a glass of refreshing sangria.
The concept is a hint at what else is going on at the new kid on the 239 Hennessy block (also home to established faves Pirata, The Optimist, El Mercado and Zahrabel), with a menu that plants itself firmly in the “Japanese fusion” camp. Signature dishes include braised Boston lobster with morchella, sea urchin, garlic, spring onion bulb and edamame, and Kaogishima Wagyu with eggplant, chestnut, miso, sake, mirin and a topping of bonito flakes.
Add: Cima Fine Dining Bar, 3/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2395 2269
Yes, the rumours are true, Portuguese food is in fact more than just Nando’s. You can still get your piri piri fix at Alma, Harbour City’s new Portuguese diner, but there’s also a whole lot more – think bacalhau and potato croquettes, Bairrada-style roast suckling pig and cuttlefish stew. If the sweeping harbour views weren’t enough, there’s also a take-out counter at the front for your pastel de nata (egg tarts) fix on the go , and they’re probably some of the best we’ve had, too.
Add: Alma, OT310, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 5-28 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Contact: 00852 3188 3668
New to Aberdeen Street, Bindaas is putting a modern spin on Indian food, with a selection of jazzed up street food, Indian “tapas” and larger sharing dishes that draw influences from every distinct food culture in the second-most populous nation in the world. Taking its name from the colloquial Hindi for “chilled out”, the vibe at Bindaas is just that, with an interior of bold patterns and clean lines inspired by Indian geometrics. Signature dishes include chingri malai curry (aromatic prawns and coconut milk curry with green chilli and coriander), boti kabab (Angus beef tenderloin chunks and green tomato chutney) and an intriguing “NaanZa”, a combination of naan and pizza topped with a “makhani” tomato gravy and cheese mix.
Add: Bindaas, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2447 9998