Arcane

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Have you ever eaten a meal that’s so delicious you’re tempted to stop eating so that it never ends? That’s what I felt when I dined at Arcane. The name of the restaurant means ‘discreet; understood by few’. Discreet, I will give it, since it’s tucked away on On Lan Street, so close and yet so far from the hectic city. I struggle to understand, however, the ‘understood by few’ part, since surely everyone can understand food that’s this good. ...
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Hong Kong’s favourite French restaurant group, French Creations (behind Comptoir, Metropolitain and Pastis amongst others) has decided that man cannot live on French cuisine alone. With its latest opening of Flying Pig Bistro, the group has paired with Polish restaurateur Christopher Przemyski to serve European comfort food on Sai Ying Pun’s High Street. Founder Chris and Hong Kong-based artist Malcolm Golding designed the space to be a casual, urban hangout that’s far from pretentious. The furniture is made from recycled ...
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Bao Bei

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Given the mix of cultures that make up Hong Kong, these days it’s quite rare to see a menu that doesn’t take influences from other cuisines. Newly opened Bao Bei on Wyndham Street aims to pay homage to Hong Kong’s roots, in a fun, East-meets-West style that emphasises what our city is all about. The basement space is absolutely stunning. As you enter, you’ll notice a wall covered in different sized bamboo steamers, whilst further into the restaurant area, colourful ...
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Ask any American to name their perfect comfort food, and, chances are, many will vote for mac ‘n’ cheese. That’s why this hearty dish is a staple at every American restaurant the world over. Yet, these days, mac ‘n’ cheese doesn’t necessarily consist of just macaroni and cheese; chefs are adding their own unique touches to reinvent this classic dish and take it to new levels. As we already know, Lily & Bloom takes its mac ‘n’ cheese very seriously ...
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Ever since my most recent trip to Hanoi, when first I spilt a bowl of bun cha all over myself and then proceeded to fall in love with it, I have been looking for somewhere to try an equivalent dish in Hong Kong. BEP’s lemongrass pork vermicelli comes close, but it’s just not the same. When a restaurant bearing the name Bun Cha Vietnamese Café & Restaurant opened up in Soho, I was therefore determined to put it to the ...
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As I may have mentioned a number of times before, I could never get bored of Italian food. So when Il Milione in Hutchison House closed down and was replaced by yet another Italian restaurant, Osteria Felice, I was ready and waiting to try it. That ground floor space in Hutchison House always seems to me a bit of a tricky location for a restaurant, since it’s a bit hidden away and only really accessible to those who work in ...
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Verde Mar

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Ask any Mexican which is their favourite Mexican restaurant in Hong Kong and they will most likely answer that there are none that are worthy of this vote. Yet, every time a new one opens, it claims to serve “authentic Mexican food”. Such is the case with brand new Verde Mar, just off Wan Chai’s Johnston Road. Opened by Vivian Wong and Chef Eligio Escobedo, the team behind Mr Taco Truck, Verde Mar aims to redefine contemporary Mexican cuisine, by ...
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Given the pace at which restaurants open and close in this city, not many Soho restaurants can say they’ve stood strong for over a decade. Dining Concepts’ Olive, however, can proudly say that it is well into its 11th year of satisfying diners with its authentic Greek and Middle Eastern menu designed by renowned Australian chef Greg Malouf. As part of Olive’s 10-year celebrations, it launched a special tagine menu, offered on Tuesday and Thursday nights only. The restaurant also ...
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Happy New Year everyone! Yet again I am baffled at how another year could have flown past so quickly! They say time goes faster as you get older, which isn’t very fair, since it means you get older even quicker! Yet I welcome 2016 with open arms, as I’m sure it is going to be quite a fantastic year. Looking back on 2015, it was another excellent food-filled year for The Dim Sum Diaries. It never ceases to amaze me ...
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Hong Kong truly is a melting pot of flavours, and nowhere is this more evident than in a typical cha chaan teng, where eastern and western flavours seamlessly merge together. Café Hong Kong on Hollywood Road is the newest example of a cha chaan teng that aims to “rekindle the memories of yesterday”. These local diners became popular around the 1960s in Hong Kong and remain popular today. I have personally always found them a little strange and more than ...
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