Commissary

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  Yenn Wong of JIA Group seems to be unstoppable this year. After adding Mak Mak and Rhoda to her collection of successful restaurants, she has most recently opened Commissary, a Southern Californian restaurant in Pacific Place. On the concourse level of the mall, just behind the taxi rank, sits this lively restaurant that spills out onto a lovely terrace surrounded by vibrant plants and string lighting. Inside, the décor is inspired by California’s buzzy restaurants, with retro touches and ...
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It is abundantly clear how much this city likes to eat. If we don’t eat enough during the week, we more than make up for it on the weekends by attending one of the numerous free-flow, all-you-can-eat brunches around town, making sure that we get more than our money’s worth, both in food and drinks. Mak Mak has recently joined the list of weekend brunches, offering unlimited portions of a selection of its regular menu, for a very affordable price. ...
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The people of Hong Kong seem to be becoming increasingly more health conscious. Not only are there more and more healthy restaurants opening up, but there are also more and more healthy meal programmes, designed for time-starved people who care about what they’re eating. One of the most popular these days seems to be Nutrition Kitchen, which classes itself as delivering “results-based nutrition”. Like many other healthy meal programmes around town, Nutrition Kitchen is run by personal trainers who preach ...
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I’m sure everyone has by now heard the story about Harlan Goldstein and how he abruptly exited his four-restaurant venture in Central after barely opening the third restaurant. Thankfully, ZS Hospitality, the group that owns these restaurants, along with my current favourite healthy spot, HOME Eat to Live, decided to go ahead with Mamasita’s Cantina, the one I was most excited about! This vibrant restaurant and bar takes over two floors of 8 Lyndhurst Terrace. On the sixth floor, which was formerly BLCKBRD, is ...
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Private kitchens are something you don’t hear of quite as frequently as you used to in Hong Kong. They are, however, if you look for them, still around and can be found in the most unlikely of places, but perhaps they are indeed becoming more “private”. Having heard rumours about an Argentinian private kitchen a while back, I only recently, through word of mouth, managed to track down El Nudo Private Kitchen and put it to the test. El Nudo, ...
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A good meal often involves learning new things. Fish School, tucked away on Sai Ying Pun’s Third Street, is a collaboration between Yenn Wong of JIA Group (see Chachawan, Mak Mak, Aberdeen Street Social and Rhoda) and Hong Kong-born chef David Lai. The concept is inspired by Hong Kong’s humble beginnings as a fishing village and the fact that seafood still forms a strong part of its culture. I know Hong Kong is good for its seafood, but, before eating ...
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If you ask me where my favourite breakfast spot in Hong Kong is, I wouldn’t hesitate to answer: Catch in Kennedy Town. This place started as a tiny restaurant, before expanding into the next-door space. Now, going back to his roots, owner Alex Malouf, has replaced the original Catch space with Mama Malouf, a cosy Lebanese restaurant that opened a month or so ago. If you’re into your food, the name ‘Malouf’ might ring a few bells. Alex’s uncle is ...
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Earlier this year I enjoyed one of the best meals I have ever had at the Mandarin Grill + Bar prepared by fellow Crossfitter and awesome chef Uwe Opocensky. Fast forward a few months and Chef Uwe has switched up running the Mandarin’s 10 restaurants and bars for running Beef & Liberty! The city’s favourite burger restaurant has expanded, taking over the third floor of Lan Kwai Fong’s California Tower and, under Chef Uwe’s influence, has revamped its menu, taking ...
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To all those who say that British cuisine is boring and unoriginal, I implore you to go to Aberdeen Street Social. This place has always been a hit (read my previous review here), but its new a la carte menu was really quite something! As we know, Aberdeen Street Social is part of the ever-expanding JIA Group (see Chachawan, 22 Ships, Mak Mak and Rhoda) and the menu is put together by world-renowned British chef Jason Atherton – a combination ...
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There was a time when our freezer pretty much only contained ice cream and we would religiously eat a scoop or two of Häagen-Dazs, Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s, or any other sugar-filled brand after every meal. We then became a little more health conscious and stopped buying ice cream, a fact which broke my heart. Along came Ice ‘n’ Lean, "the protein gelato", which reassured me that, if you’re eating Ice ‘n’ Lean ice cream, then it’s OK to indulge in ...
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