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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I have always had a slight aversion to eating a fancy meal inside a shopping mall. In Hong Kong, of course, this can’t always be avoided and indeed many great restaurants can be found in Hong Kong’s shopping centres. As it approaches its 30th birthday, Pacific Place has undergone a significant revamp, paying particular attention to its dining scene. Exit long-standing favourites like Dan Ryan’s (which I am admittedly a little sad about!) and Grappa’s, and enter the likes of ...
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Uma Nota

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It took a while for Hong Kong to grasp the idea of South American cuisine combined with Japanese flavours, but now that it has, this concept is appearing everywhere! First there was Djapa, then TokyoLima, and now we have Uma Nota, which opened just last week in Soho. Unlike the other two restaurants I mentioned, Uma Nota does not serve typical Nikkei cuisine; the menu instead features Brazilian street food with a cheeky Japanese twist. It is modelled on a Brazilian boteco, ...
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Castelo Concepts is known for its successful cookie-cutter concept that it opens in every district and continues to attract the crowds. Every so often, however, the group throws a wild card into the mix (such as Missy Ho’s or El Loco Gringo) that catches people completely by surprise. I think this could be said for Castelo’s new Sai Ying Pun all day eatery, The Winery. Tucked away on Connaught Road West, you wouldn’t find The Winery unless you were looking ...
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Given that its name is Above & Beyond, you can’t help but think that Hotel ICON’s Cantonese restaurant must either have amazing views, or amazing food. As it turns out, it has both. Perched on the 28th floor of Hotel ICON in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Above & Beyond’s floor to ceiling windows showcase our city’s amazing skyline – or at least they do on a good night! I seldom venture over to TST, let alone to TST East. Last ...
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You wouldn’t automatically connect a chef from New Orleans with a Japanese restaurant. Chef Max Levy, however, has been working in sushi restaurants from New York to Tokyo. His popular sushi and cocktail bar in Beijing, Okra 1949, opened its Hong Kong outpost Okra about a year ago in Sai Ying Pun and continually attracts diners eager to try Chef Max’s modern approach to Japanese cuisine. On the ground floor is Okra Kitchen, a casual izakaya-style bar that specialises in ...
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Most people know Dragon-i as being one of Hong Kong’s most iconic and long-standing night clubs, a place where all the models and celebrities go, and where people tend to splash out a ridiculous sum of money for over-sized bottles of expensive alcohol. Others might also know it for its all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch menu. Would you ever think of Dragon-i as a place to go for dinner? Well, now you can, as this restaurant slash night club has just ...
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Sohofama

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Just in case the name of my Hong Kong restaurant review blog doesn’t give you a hint, I am rather partial to dumplings. I am aware, however, that I don’t do nearly enough dim sum restaurant reviews. A recent trip to Sohofama for the first time ever will hopefully help to right this wrong. Sohofama is a collaboration between healthy Sai Ying Pun restaurant Locofama and quirky Hong Kong lifestyle brand, G.O.D. Housed in Central’s PMQ, right next door to ...
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Lily & Bloom, one of my favourite pre-dinner, or post-dinner drink spots, has recently welcomed a new chef to the kitchen. Chef Chris Grare, who joined from The American Club and has also worked at Café Gray Deluxe and Café Boulud in New York, is now running the show at Lily & Bloom. I had sampled Lily & Bloom’s set lunch menu last year, but had STILL never got round to sampling its dinner menu. With the appointment of a ...
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