I first tried Casa Lisboa for brunch almost three years ago to the day and, having never been to Portugal, after sampling Casa Lisboa’s tasty Portuguese specialities, I was even more eager to visit the country. Alas, three years later and I have still never been, so an invitation to try Casa Lisboa’s new seasonal tasting menu seemed like the next best thing! As I mentioned after my first visit to the restaurant, as soon as you enter, you immediately ...
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Having watched the construction and waited in eager anticipation for The Ribcage to open, it took us a while to actually get round to trying it once it finally did open. Although I want you to read until the end of this review, here’s a spoiler: it was well-worth the wait! Located on Kennedy Town’s Smithfield, The Ribcage, as you may have gathered from the name, serves ribs, and pretty much only ribs. The space is very minimalistic, with bare ...
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Figaro

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If you’re looking for French food in Hong Kong, you are pretty spoilt for choice. More often than not, however, you end up eating too much and paying far too much for good French cuisine. Figaro, a cosy little French “wine workshop and kitchen” just off Hollywood Road, has come to change this. Figaro opened towards the end of last year as more of a French tapas bar with a strong focus on wine and charcuterie. In March this year, ...
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Mercato

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When news of a three Michelin-starred chef opening a restaurant in Hong Kong comes out, you are torn between wanting to eat everything on the menu and wanting to keep a tight hold on your credit card. When the three Michelin-starred chef is Jean-Georges Vongerichten, you fear even more for your credit card. Thankfully, however, Jean-Georges’ Mercato, which has been impressing diners in Shanghai for a number of years, offers authentic Italian food without the crazy high price tags. The ...
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Rhoda

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Anyone with any interest in Hong Kong’s dining scene will have heard the hype about Rhoda over the past few months. Former 22 Ships chef Nate Green has combined forces with wonder woman Yenn Wong of JIA Group (behind Chachawan, Aberdeen Street Social, Mak Mak, etc.) to create a fun, down to earth restaurant centred around grilled meats and seafood. Rhoda is named after Chef Nate’s grandmother who inspired him to cook and become a chef. Family is very important ...
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Homer Simpson once said, “you don’t win friends with salad.” Until not that long ago, I would have agreed with him. I used to think of salad as just boring rabbit food that could never be satisfying. Over recent years, however, Hong Kong chefs have taken salad to a new level and I now eat some kind of salad for lunch almost every day. Remember the time I wrote about the Mac Attack? And the Battle of the Balls? Well, ...
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Amalfitana

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Now that summer is well and truly here, it is officially beach weather. Sadly, the beaches on Hong Kong island aren’t quite what you’d find in the Mediterranean, but Amalfitana, an artisan pizza bar, has just opened to bring a slice of the Amalfi Coast to The Pulse. When brothers get together, great things can be achieved. Take, for example the Warner brothers, or the Wright brothers, or even the Bee Gees. Now imagine what happens when two sets of ...
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Mak Mak

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I am a big fan of Thai cuisine and count Chachawan amongst my favourite Hong Kong restaurants. When I heard that JIA Group’s Yenn Wong (the mastermind behind Chachawan, Aberdeen Street Social, 22 Ships and a number of others) was opening a new Thai restaurant called Mak Mak, I knew it was going to be a good one. I have grown used to eating in shopping malls here in Hong Kong, but I always appreciate when a restaurateur makes an ...
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Despite the overindulgent lifestyle that many of us are guilty of enjoying here in Hong Kong, there continues to be a growing demand for healthy restaurants to counterbalance this. To cater to this demand, HOME – Eat to Live, a brand new healthy vegetarian restaurant has just opened up on Des Voeux Road Central. HOME – Eat to Live is brought to us by Christian Mongendre, who was one of the founders of MANA. He has now branched away from ...
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When I go out for a steak, I see it as a special occasion. This is not because it’s a rare occurrence, nor because there aren’t enough steakhouses in Hong Kong. There’s just something about a good steak that is hard to beat, and this is something I think should be respected. Black Sheep group is known for going all out with its restaurant concepts and hitting the nail on the head every time. This could not be more true ...
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