We know that confused feeling when you see so many new restaurants opening every month, and you struggle to decide which one to go to. So our team has rounded up the best new restaurants in Hong Kong, in the first half of 2017, to make your life easier. We’ve tried them, tasted them, and they have got good reviews on the internet too, not just from us.
1. Frantzén’s Kitchen
Situated at Upper Station Street, the Swedish chef behind the kitchen, chef Björn, indeed owns a restaurant in Stockholm that boasts two Michelin stars, and his kitchen in Hong Kong does live up the hype as well. It is one of the very few restaurants in Hong Kong that serves Nordic cuisines, and Frantzén’s Kitchen presents the dishes with a modern touch and an Asian twist.
Try their signature Veal cheeks (HK$245), which is cooked for 24 hours with a secret sauce. The veal cheeks are so juicy and tender that it would gently dissolve and melt in your mouth and yet texture still presents. Other dishes that we love include Pan-fried Hokkaido scallop (HK$205) and “French toast” with winter truffles, Balsamico vinegar & aged cheese (HK$125).
11 Upper Station St, Sheung Wan; +852 2559 8508
2. Le Pan
Don’t let its location set you back, as this is one of the very best French fine dining restaurants in Hong Kong that you don’t want to miss. The interior is exquisite, outfitted from floor-to-ceiling in white marble, plush white leather armchairs, and fine crystal tableware.
The dishes are divine and at their finest. The portion size is just right and as for the services, the staff is extremely attentive and courteous. Start off with Velouté of chlorophyll, supreme farmed chicken, pan-roasted sea bass and end the meal with the artisan chocolate creméux. We promise it’s a restaurant that you would keep going back. (Four Courses at HK$468 per person)
G/F, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay; +852 3188 2355
3. 12,000 Francs
The modern European restaurant on Elgin Street serves up an affordable selection of aesthetically beautiful dishes that are intended to be shared among friends. For starters, Merguez and Onion (HK$170) is a must-order, as well as the House Smoked Salmon served with asparagus, preserved lemon and ricotta (HK$190). The Duck Rillette (HK$130) is a not-to-be-missed, and also the Short Rib Pastrami (HK$300 for 2). The smokiness of this succulent rib with spicy kraut salsa, barley, and pea shoots is simply addictive!
G/F Elgin Building, 43A Elgin Street, Soho, Central; +852 2529 3100
4. Alzina Spanish Azador
Opened for just less than a year and it is already deemed as the best Spanish restaurants in Hong Kong. Not only the food tastes amazing but the staff is friendly and passionate. The ambience is casual and unpretentious and price points are very affordable. Order a plate of hand-crafted 48-month Iberico Ham (HK$128 for half plate) in which each piece is masterfully hand cut with same thickness and size, and is neatly arranged on the plate just like a piece of art.
The restaurant also serves a colourful and varied collection of Paella, from green (green peppers and mixed herbs with cod and clams), red (Mediterranean red prawns and their juice), to black (baby cuttlefish with Ibérico pork and artichoke) paellas. Paella prices start at HK$128, and a vegan version made with wild mushrooms and asparagus is also on the menu.
29–31 Chatham Road South (or Hart Avenue), Tsim Sha TsuiEast, +852 2723 9833
The two-storey casual pasta bar in St. Francis Yard has already become the neighbourhood’s favourite hangout spot, probably because of its relaxing and friendly ambience and also their fine selection of homemade pasta. The burrata cheese (HK$95) served on a bed of rocket and cherry tomatoes is exceptionally rich and creamy, a must-get for starter. For pasta, tagliolini with freshly shaved black truffle (HK$160) was our favourite, but get the classic lasagna (HK$120) if you are all meaty and tomaty.
16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai; +852 2755 5523
6. Takumi by Daisuke Mori
The one-Michelin-starred restaurant is famed for the refined French-Japanese fare served in Wan Chai. Behind the kitchen is chef Mori, who has honed his craft in the demanding kitchens of world-renowned establishments such as Paris’ Taillevent and Joël Robuchon’s “Château” restaurant in Tokyo.
The wagyu beef tenderloin is signature, which is rich and tender with dense marbling and is cooked over binchotan coals before sealing in the juices on a hot grill. Lunch is priced at HK$780 for four courses and HK$980 for six courses, while the eight-course dinner tasting menu is HK$2,080pp.
Shop 1, The Oakhill, 16 Wood Road, Wan Chai; +852 2574 1299
7. The Chin’s
This is where you could savour refined Cantonese and other regional Chinese cuisine in Central. The interior is lavish and elegant with cellar display of wine on one side and a mountain landscape arrangement of mosaic tiles on the other, along with high-end tablewares and ceramic pots on the tables.
Signatures include braised baby pigeon stuffed with Imperial bird’s nest (HK$120) and baked crab shell stuffed with crabmeat and onion (HK$220). There are also five private rooms fitting for private dinner gatherings. A meal here isn’t going to be cheap – most of the dried seafood dishes and all of the soups were priced per person.
G/F, 13 Stanley Street, Central; +852 2595 0808
You have probably seen posts about TokyoLima all over Instagram and Facebook. The hot Peruvian-Japanese restaurant is popular for a reason. The best cuisines from the two different sides of the world, together, form Nikkei cuisine. That dates back to the late 19th century when hundreds of Japanese workers emigrated to Peru and the two cultures began to merge.
We highly recommend the Omacasa Brunch (HK$398 per person), which includes 5 ‘Small Plates’ such as “El Taco” and “Ki-mo-chi Fried Chicken”. After the many small plates comes ‘Nikkei Raw Bar’ which you get to sample Ceviche and Tiradito. There are various Mains to choose from after all the appetizers, and finally, there will be some fresh fruits, home-made ice cream and chocolate cake to end the meal. The brunch is such a good value for money and the freshness from Japanese cuisines combined with the hotness and sourness from Peruvian dishes create such a complex texture that excites your appetite!
G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central; +852 2811 1152
9. Uma Nota
Seems like South American and Japanese cuisine’s fusion is very popular in Hong Kong lately. The marriage of Brazilian and Japanese taste and style at Uma Nota is phenomenal, with good vibe and music that easily make it the best place for hanging out with friends.
You would have to visit Uma Nota especially if you are a fan of tapas. Their ceviche (HK$150) is to die for as it is extremely fresh, and at the same time, the sweetness, sourness, and spiciness of the seafood are all balanced very well. We were also impressed with the beef skewers (HK$90). The beef was grilled to perfect medium rare with seasonings, and it goes so well with the salsa sauce that comes along.
38 Peel Street, Central; +852 2889 7576
10. Sushi Man
The ever-popular independent Omakase restaurant in Yuen Long has opened its second branch in Hung Hom, right in Whampoa Garden this year. The man behind Sushi Man, Chef Cupid Leung, was trained for 11 years with Japanese masters before turning pro.
Top-notch fish is flown in daily from Japan and they go through meticulous preparation with chef sensually wielding his knife before you in a way that’s oddly therapeutic. Dinner starts from HK$1,000. We suggest the 15-course, mid-price menu (HK$1,500) as it features the restaurant’s celebrated and extremely Insta-worthy uni bowl.
Shop G22A, G/F, Site 11, Whampoa Garden, 6 Tak Hong Street, Hung Hom; +852 2794 3995
11. Cô Thành
This Vietnamese restaurant was very hyped even way before its openings, as they are adopting the recipes by the famous “The Lunch Lady”, Nguyen Thi Thanh, who first appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations programme in 2009 and has been a food sensation locally and abroad since then.
Definitely get ‘bun mam’, which is a seafood vermicelli (their seafood in jampacked in the noodles!) served in a fermented fish soup base. Also, order ‘banh mi’ (a Vietnamese toasty baguette), this is the only spot in Hong Kong that put so much meat in their banh mi and it’s so satisfying!
*The restaurant is undergoing renovation now after its soft openings and will reopen until further notice. Stay tuned to their Facebook Page.
2-4 Kau U Fong, Central
12. Insta Crepes
Who doesn’t love a good crepe? The petite eatery sits on a quiet corner of Elgin Street and Caine Road and offers an impressive selection of sweet and savoury crêpes, galettes, pasta and soups. The price is extremely reasonable for its food quality and location, ranging from HK$55-HK$78. The cosy and hapy café is the go-to spot for a cheeky day-time treat.
63 Elgin Street, Central; +852 2810 9600