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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In a place such as Hong Kong where life basically revolves around food, restaurateurs do not do things by halves. Pirata Group, the owners of Pirata (obviously), The Optimist and, most recently TokyoLima, have just opened their fourth concept, Pici Pasta Bar, just one week after opening their third. Whilst some might say that opening two consecutive restaurants in such a short timeframe is rather a bold move in such a competitive city, co-founders Manuel Palacio and Christian Talpo know ...
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Enjoying a leisurely weekend brunch is a favourite pastime for most people in Hong Kong and we definitely aren’t short of options around town. Now, our favourite Caribbean bar and restaurant, Rummin’ Tings, has recently launched its new Island Brunch menu, featuring six Caribbean-inspired dishes with free-flow drinks options. I have always been a fan of Rummin’ Tings, not only for its fiery and very tasty Caribbean food, but also its lively vibe that makes it an easy choice for ...
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When most people think of Ozone at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, they think of it as a place to go for cocktails to admire the incredible view from the highest bar in the world. Until recently, I didn’t even know the place had a food menu. It turns out it has quite an extensive tapas menu put together by Brazilian chef Rafael Gil, which you can enjoy alongside your cocktails whilst admiring the incredible view. What it also has, ...
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With the growing obsession of Instagram, Snapchat and other photo-centric social media platforms, have you noticed how many restaurants insist on making sure their dishes are ‘Insta-worthy’, often giving this priority over the actual taste of the dish? Thankfully, there are those who tick both boxes and are able to present beautifully photogenic dishes that taste amazing too. I had seen a number of photos of Dragon Noodles Academy popping up and I assumed this place would be pretty gimmicky ...
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LEE Lo Mei

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With the three restaurants that ZS Hospitality opened at No. 8 Lyndhurst Terrace in quick succession last year (Ee Da Le, My Thai Thai and Mamasita’s Cantina), the group has covered quite a lot of the globe in one prime location. Now, bringing things closer to home, the group has opened its fourth and final concept in the same building, LEE Lo Mei, which presents traditional Hong Kong-style food with a modern twist. The new restaurant and bar takes over ...
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Arcane was one of the first restaurants I visited last year (see previous review here) and, despite it being only February and still having 11 months of reviewing restaurants before the end of the year, it was so delicious that it immediately secured a spot on my list of the top 10 restaurants in Hong Kogn of 2016. Almost a year later, I was invited back to sample the restaurant’s new “Meat-free Monday” menu. Whilst a vegetarian menu has always ...
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TokyoLima

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I was pretty devastated when Hong Kong lost its only Peruvian restaurant last year, particularly during those times, of which there were many, when all I wanted was an authentic Peruvian Pisco Sour. So when I heard that Pirata Group (who run Pirata and The Optimist in Wan Chai) were opening TokyoLima, a Peruvian-Japanese restaurant, I immediately booked a table for the first available date. Tucked away on Lyndhurst Terrace, TokyoLima is both a bar and a restaurant, styled like ...
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Do you believe in magic? If not, you probably haven’t been to The Iron Fairies. Brought to us by famed Australian designer Ashley Sutton in collaboration with Dining Concepts, The Iron Fairies is an enchanting new bar that opened towards the end of last year on Hollywood Road. Before his career in interior design, Sutton worked in the iron ore mines of Western Australia, where his imagination created stories of make believe and he used to sketch fairies as a ...
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Generally speaking, being a chef and being health-conscious don’t often go hand in hand, unless we’re talking about a chef at a restaurant that specialises in healthy food. In this instance, we’re not; we’re talking about Chef Mike Boyle, who creates deliciously unhealthy dishes like dark chocolate butter cake with salted caramel and bacon ice cream at ALTO. What you might not know, however, is that when he’s not running the kitchen at this superb restaurant (which, by the way, ...
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