No city can ever have too many Italian restaurants. Recently, however, it seems that restaurateurs are done with the traditional style trattorias and fine dining Italian restaurants, and opting instead for a much more informal and social kind of dining, in the style of a Venetian bacaro (wine bar). First there was SEPA on Caine Road, and now there is RISI e BISI, a cosy little spot on Kau U Fong, owned by the folks behind Piccolo Pizzeria, Bistro du ...
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We normally cook salmon at home about once a week, generally keeping it very simple: such as grilled, with a side of mango and avocado salsa. I wanted to do something a little more exciting, yet still nice and healthy, and came across a recipe for Thai spiced salmon burgers. There are very few ingredients needed for this, yet you end up with something pretty spectacular. This salsa was a variation on our usual mango salsa, since there were no ...
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It’s always refreshing, in a city dominated by huge restaurant groups, to find the independent boutique-style restaurants. Le Bistro Winebeast, owned of course by the same people as the wine shop Winebeast just down the road, is one of these places. Le Bistro Winebeast is a cute, cosy little spot just off Queen’s Road East. There are only about 25 seats, and yet there isn’t a feeling of being crammed in; rather, you get the sense of being seated at ...
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This is probably the best time of year here in Hong Kong, now that the temperature has dropped to a pleasant 25 degrees and the humidity a mere 60%. This is the time of year when everyone, bar those lucky few who own outdoor space, craves some kind of rooftop or terrace on which to enjoy these cooler climes. Azure Restaurant Slash Bar in LKF Hotel is fortunate to have a gorgeous rooftop soaring 30 floors above the city with an ...
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Take me to any Spanish tapas restaurant and tortilla will be one of my go-to dishes. There’s just something comforting and wholesome about this basic dish that you can’t really go wrong with. Although it’s simple and requires only a few ingredients, I have never tried to recreate it at home. Along came a Sunday night when we were feeling a bit under the weather and in need of healthy comfort food, and somehow we created this recipe. It was ...
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FoFo By El Willy has been on my list of restaurants to visit probably since it opened in 2010. I’ve often wondered who this ‘El Willy’ character is, who gives himself a definite article and owns a restaurant that means ‘fat’ or ‘flabby’ in Spanish. Is that how he intends people to leave his restaurant, just that little bit flabbier? I’ll tell you what: with food as good as it is at FoFo, I wouldn’t mind the extra centimetre of ...
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As a general rule, I do not do diets. I generally eat quite healthily anyway, but I don’t ever deprive myself of things that I enjoy; I simply know when to say enough is enough and I enjoy things in moderation. If I’m out for dinner for a big, indulgent meal, lunch is usually a light one, and vice versa. Recently, we’ve been trying, where possible, to avoid processed foods, sugars and things that aren’t necessarily good for our bodies. ...
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Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar was easily one of the most anticipated openings of this year. With his fiery temper and inimitable personality, Gordon may not be everyone’s favourite chef, but he certainly stirred up a lot of interest when he was here recently. Personally, I’ve always been a fan and, although I was sad not to meet the chap himself, I was content with the opportunity to at least sample his menu. Bread Street Kitchen opened in ...
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Cali-Mex

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If you’ve been looking for a place to satisfy your Mexican food cravings recently, you may have noticed a new brand that seems to have opened up all over the city almost simultaneously: Cali-Mex. This new chain of taquerías, with locations in Central, Wan Chai, Quarry Bay and Lan Kwai Fong (which all opened within a single month), is the brainchild of two Australasian friends who embarked on a road trip from North America to Mexico, and along the way ...
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As much as I love all the exciting, modern and adventurous cuisines that keep popping up all over Hong Kong, there are times when all I crave are simple yet bold flavours from high quality ingredients that speak for themselves. Nowhere is this truer than in authentic Italian cuisine, and Gianni’s Trattoria Italiana serves exactly this. With a focus on traditional recipes from the Italian region of Puglia, from where executive chef and owner Gianni Lacalendola himself hails, Gianni’s is ...
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