Happy new year, fellow food lovers of Hong Kong! They say that as you get older, time passes by even quicker. In 2017, the year in which I turned 30, I may as well have turned 70, as it was Christmas before I knew it and now here we are already half way through January 2018! Let’s hope this year sticks around a little longer, as something tells me it is going to be a very good one! Looking back ...
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Bakehouse

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I had the pleasure of partnering with Gregoire Michaud on a fun foodie project called Eat Your Words way back when he was still the pastry chef at the Four Seasons hotel (our dish, incidentally, won the competition, but that’s not surprising with this guy’s incredible talent!). After leaving the hotel industry, Gregoire set up Bread Elements, a huge bakery in Chai Wan, which supplied delicious bread to restaurants and hotels. After years of being promised a bakery where I ...
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It would be fair to say that the restaurant scene in Hong Kong is heavily influenced by dining trends from around the world, trends that often make a restaurant extremely popular in the beginning, until it is replaced by the next foodie trend. There are then, however, restaurants that, even years after opening, still have hour-long queues to wait for a table, despite the number of new openings around them. Yardbird is a clear example of this. It first opened ...
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Brunch is undoubtedly one of everyone's favourite mealtimes in Hong Kong, with most, if not all restaurants, offering a special weekend brunch menu that perfectly fits that sweet spot between breakfast and lunch. Beef & Liberty, in my humble opinion Hong Kong's best burger restaurant, has recently launched a new weekend brunch menu that is guaranteed to satiate that not-quite-breakfast-but-not-quite-lunch hunger. The new brunch menu at Beef & Liberty isn't one of those all-you-can-eat buffets, but rather an a la ...
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MEATS

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The guys behind Pirata, The Optimist, TokyoLima and Pici have a winning formula when it comes to opening Italian, Spanish or even Japanese-Peruvian restaurants. Their newest concept, however, does not fit the mould of any particular country’s cuisine. MEATS, whose name speaks for itself and clearly indicates that it wouldn’t be suitable for vegetarians, opened recently on Staunton Street and offers a simple, meat-centric sharing menu with influences from across the globe. It’s hard to believe that this space used ...
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I remember the hype when Jamie’s Italian first opened whilst I was at university in Bath. There were queues out the door for the first few months, but you were able to order a drink while you waited and the wait never seemed too long. It quickly became a favourite amongst my group of friends as somewhere simple, yet reliable and affordable for us students. When Jamie’s Italian opened in Hong Kong a few years ago, I was therefore excited ...
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People generally think of CE LA VI in California Tower as a place to enjoy a glass (or three) of Champagne up on the rooftop, overlooking Hong Kong’s impressive skyline, and seem to forget, or ignore the fact that just below the rooftop is a rather excellent restaurant. To mark CE LA VI’s two years in Hong Kong (see previous review here), the brand has hired new Executive Chef Jason Au and launched a brand-new Anniversary Tasting Menu. Chef Jason ...
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There’s something about knowing exactly where your food has come from that makes it somehow taste even better. We recently attended the wedding of one of my very good school friends to Oliver Gladwin, the chef at The Shed in Notting Hill, Rabbit on the King’s Road and Nutbourne in Battersea. The wedding was in fact held at the Gladwin family farm in West Sussex and of course the food was excellent! Having been desperate to try Rabbit, after thoroughly ...
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I’m sure it’s the same every year, but for some reason I feel like there have been more highly anticipated restaurant openings in Hong Kong this year than others. One particularly exciting opening – and this may be because it has been in the works for over two years! – is Gough’s on Gough, Timothy Oulton’s first ever restaurant concept. If you’ve been to Timothy Oulton’s flagship store on Gough Street, you will be familiar with the elegance and class ...
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Although still very popular at the hotel weekend brunches, amongst others, many of the newer brunch offerings in town are moving away from the buffet concept that interrupts conversation flow and can often overwhelm diners, towards a flowing menu that’s brought to your table. Popular modern Korean restaurant Jinjuu has just undergone a revamp of not only the interiors, but also its menus, including replacing its buffet brunch offering with an all-you-can-eat brunch menu that’s brought to your table. The ...
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