For a restaurant to survive Hong Kong’s crazy rental prices and strong competition, it needs to be pretty solid. When a place reaches even the five-year mark, I think that’s impressive enough. Olé first opened on Ice House Street in 1998. Over 18 years later and it is STILL going strong in the exact same location! I had actually surprisingly never been to Olé, despite walking past it almost daily. When I heard it had launched a new Saturday brunch menu ...
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As much as I enjoy a good vegetable, it would be near impossible for me to become vegan, as there are just too many delicious things that I would miss. There are, however, in my opinion, two chefs in Hong Kong that make vegan food exciting. One is Peggy Chan from Grassroots Pantry; the other is a chef I have only just discovered, Kanch Porta-Panjabi, who runs a private kitchen called Masalas & Olives. After a stressful career in the ...
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The Envoy at The Pottinger Hotel has always been a popular drinking spot for the after-work crowds, particularly due to its beautiful and spacious outdoor terrace. It has now also revamped its food menu to offer “colonial-inspired” small plates to complement its selection of creative cocktails. In contrast to its location on the corner of bustling Pottinger Street and Stanley Street, The Pottinger Hotel exudes elegance from the moment you step inside. On the third floor of the building, The ...
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Aloha

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If you think Hong Kong is a small place, I bet restaurant owners think it is even smaller. Poke bowls are still a relatively new and niche concept in Hong Kong, so for there to be two restaurants serving poke on the same street is a rather amusing coincidence. Aloha, which was previously located in Quarry Bay, has recently relocated to Soho’s Graham Street, mere steps away from long-standing poke spot, Pololi! I had never visited Aloha at its previous ...
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Going out for a three-course dinner in Hong Kong has become less of a treasured luxury reserved for once a week, or even once a month; it is very easy to eat indulgent meals out more nights of the week than you eat in. This, however, not only takes its toll on your bank account, but also on your waistline. The Restaurant by the Kinnet in Sheung Wan, known for its healthy food that complements its wellness centre, has just ...
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Picada

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Given my Venezuelan heritage, can you imagine my excitement when I heard that a new Latin American restaurant serving Venezuelan arepas had opened in Hong Kong? This was back when Picada was just a pokey little place on Elgin Street. I tried and tried to visit, but, for one reason or another, I kept being put off. One of the main issues I had was that, during the Pokemon Go craze, I saw a photo on Picada’s Facebook page of ...
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If you’re ever looking for the perfect happy hour spot in Hong Kong for drinks with friends, Dining Concepts may well have nailed it with the recent opening of Lilya Moroccan Lounge and Bar on Wyndham Street. The trouble is, it’s unlikely you’ll leave this place after one or two drinks, as the setting makes you want to stay all night! From the moment I stepped out of the lift, I was amazed by how beautiful Lilya is. The entrance ...
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A trip to a the doctor’s in Hong Kong is often quite an amusing experience, as, no matter your ailment, you will likely walk out with a bag full of countless different medicines decanted into separate little plastic bags that could give people the impression that you are somewhat of an addict. Wouldn’t it be nice if, rather than prescribing you dozens of pills that probably won’t even cure your flu, the doctor prescribed you an ice-cold gin and tonic?! ...
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It’s sometimes difficult to get attached to a restaurant in Hong Kong, since, far too often, some of the best ones are taken from us far too young, usually due to devastatingly high rents that kill off any chance of longevity. When a restaurant has a solid concept, however (and one that isn’t based on the latest trend from the US that will quickly be replaced by the next trend), it is possible for it to stick around. La Crêperie ...
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BlackSalt

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As much as I love eating out in Hong Kong, I do get a little bit fed up with how expensive Hong Kong restaurants are, especially when I convert it back into pounds (yes, I still do this after seven years in Hong Kong!). Every so often, however, a restaurant comes along that gives me hope that not all restaurateurs in Hong Kong are trying to rip me off! BlackSalt is a prime example. Opened by chef Taran Chadha and ...
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