Djiboutii

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As you are well aware, I am always on the lookout for exciting new places to eat and drink. When, one day, I passed a banner announcing that a place called Djiboutii was opening soon, this immediately caught my attention, as my father had lived in Djibouti for a couple of years during the ‘70s. I mentioned it to him and he immediately started dreaming about the Ethiopian-style food he assumed it would serve. Djiboutii, tucked down a little side ...
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Crafty Cow

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Although it continues to be used very frequently, people in the restaurant industry hate the word ‘fusion.’ That’s why the newly opened Crafty Cow on Sheung Wan’s Upper Station Street is attempting to get rid of it by introducing the term ‘third culture dining.' What this means is that the cuisine does not belong to one particular culture, but to multiple cultures. It is the coming together and melding of ideas and identities from all over the world, represented by ...
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I’m generally not really into gadgets…unless they live in the kitchen. I recently bought a spiralizer and keep finding myself transfixed on watching different vegetables turn into thin noodle-like ribbons when passed through this very simple gadget. This delicious salad recipe comes from my trusty Hemsley + Hemsley cookbook, although I added in the baby corn, just to give it a little extra crunch. It would probably also work with adding sliced mushrooms or some nuts (pine nuts, almonds or ...
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SAMA

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The ability to tolerate (and enjoy) spicy food inevitably brings with it a fair bit of arrogance. We all know that if we’re able to scoff an entire chilli without wincing, whilst our friend sweats buckets and cries, we’re bound to feel just a tad smug. Let us welcome Gough Street’s new curry joint, SAMA, which makes it easy to quantify spice tolerance and therefore make the competition a whole lot more real. SAMA is not just any old curry ...
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Crazes come and go in this city. Yet there is one craze that doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, and that is the burger craze. Whether you’re young, old, male, female, rich or poor, everyone loves a good burger. I once witnessed an Indonesian boat driver eating his first ever burger, and, although his only description of it was that it was “funny food,” the smile on this face is one I will never forget. Naturally, therefore, restaurateurs here in ...
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As I’m sure many of you are aware, yesterday was Pancake Day. I hope you all indulged in delicious pancakes with all sorts of crazy fillings. We had crepes with mozzarella, cheddar, sausage and Parma ham, followed by fluffy pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, dulce de leche and peanut butter. It was a very good day. If you’re English and/or Christian, you’ll also know that the day that follows Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) is Ash Wednesday, which marks ...
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Having always been a fan of Pacific Place’s Italian restaurant, Domani, I was sad to see it go. When I then heard that Swire Hotels was swooping in to open its flagship stand-alone restaurant, The Continental, that sadness was immediately replaced with eager anticipation, knowing that Swire was bound to create something very impressive. The space itself remains fairly unchanged from its Domani days. It’s always been a lovely space, with huge windows overlooking the surrounding greenery and high rise ...
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XOCO

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Once the quiet, purely residential area, Mid-Levels has seen a number of restaurants opening over the past few years, giving it more of a villagey feel. Mosque Street, in particular, now has a row of little restaurants and takeaway spots, which have just been joined by the latest newcomer, XOCO, a “Mexican cantina and bar.” I have eagerly anticipated XOCO’s opening, very excited about the prospect of having a Mexican restaurant so close to home. Thankfully, the construction process wasn’t ...
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MOYO

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It seems, these days, that serving traditional food, from no matter which cuisine, is no longer the cool thing to do. We have, for example, Chinese food with a Western twist; we have Italian food with an American twist; we even have Mexican food with a Japanese twist. And now, thanks to MOYO on Aberdeen Street, we have Korean food with an Italian twist. Who’d have thought it?! Apparently the reason for this interesting combination of cultures and flavours is ...
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Pirata

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It doesn’t take much persuading to convince me to try a new restaurant, and even less so when it’s a new Italian restaurant that claims to serve “comfort food that every Italian grandmother would be proud of.” Pirata, up high on the 29th and 30th floors of a now foodie-centric building in Wan Chai (the same one that houses Zahrabel and Quest by Que), opened towards the end of last year, purporting to be an “honest Italian restaurant.” If you ...
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