For over four years, many people who didn’t know the first thing about cooking have been impressing their dates with gourmet home-cooked meals thanks to Secret Ingredient. This start-up company, which claims that “everyone can be a gourmet chef”, takes the hassle out of shopping and prepping ingredients, delivering pre-weighed and chopped quality ingredients, to help home cooks prepare delicious recipes using a simple ‘cooking by letters’ system. The company has grown significantly in the last four years, now offering ...
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Try as we might, in this city it isn’t particularly easy to lead a strictly healthy lifestyle. In our household, exercise plays a very important role for both of us and we usually do our best, at least when eating at home, to maintain a healthy diet. The main issue that many people in Hong Kong struggle with is time – with our hectic lifestyles, we often lack time to prepare healthy food, and end up eating out, or ordering ...
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Aside from the sunshine, beaches and shopping, one of the things I love most about Bali is the food. You can get everything from delicious and cheap Indonesian specialities, to international fine dining at a fraction of the price you’d pay here in Hong Kong. On my most recent trip to Bali I was lucky enough to be invited to try brand new ilLido Bali, which opened only a couple of months ago in Seminyak. The original ilLido was opened ...
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These days, with rents as high as the sky and growing competition at every turn, not many restaurants can say that they’ve been going strong for almost four years. La Cantoche, one of my favourite French restaurants in Sheung Wan, can proudly say that it is now well into its fourth year, and it is just as good as I have always known it to be (see previous review here). The restaurant has just launched a new menu and a ...
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If Roald Dhal’s Fantastic Mr. Fox opened a restaurant, there’s no doubt it would be just like Swire’s brand new restaurant Mr & Mrs Fox. This three-storey cooler than cool bar and restaurant soft opened just this Wednesday. Having been waiting in eager anticipation for this opening, considered by many to be the hottest opening this year, I naturally went to try it as soon as I could – for drinks and dinner on Wednesday night. Mrs Fox takes the ...
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Albeit a lot slower than the rest of the world, Hong Kong is beginning to gain a bit of a coffee culture. More and more coffee shops are opening up that place a real importance on coffee – where it is sourced, how it is roasted and how it is brewed. One such coffee shop is the adorable Artisan Café in Tin Hau. Artisan Café is a cosy little spot that prides itself on its high-quality coffee sourced from around ...
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We have recently discovered yet another good thing about living near Kennedy Town: Sunday’s Grocery. I don’t know how it took us so long to finally try it, but since then we have been making up for lost time and have pretty much made it a routine weekend activity. Sunday’s Grocery is owned by Matt Abergel and Lindsay Jang, the owners of ever-popular Yardbird and Ronin. These two seem to know exactly how to create a buzz and have done ...
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Bungalow

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The thought of dining in a nightclub could seem rather strange to some. If you take into consideration , however, just how extortionate the rent on Wyndham Street must be, then you can begin to understand why Privé Group’s Bungalow is both a restaurant and a nightclub. Bungalow takes over the enormous space that was most recently Socialito, before which it housed the original Privé. I never went inside during it’s Privé days, but was truly surprised by the complete ...
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Mano Café

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In its short lifetime, the ground floor space of The L. Place has seen more restaurants come and go than I can count. The last three have kept the same name, whilst offering rather different concepts. However, this time, it looks like it will be third time lucky for newly rebranded Mano Café, now owned by the same people as Corner Kitchen Café on Hollywood Road. As soon as you enter the new Mano Café, you immediately get a feeling ...
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Shiba

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Since we moved further west to a solely residential area, Kennedy Town has become our new ‘hood and we’ve been doing our best to explore all its hidden treasures. Shiba, a cosy little kushiyaki restaurant on Smithfield, is just one of these many treasures we are slowly discovering. Step into this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it restaurant and you can easily imagine you have just left Kennedy Town and set foot in an authentic kushiyaki joint in Japan. At the same time as the delicious ...
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