Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar was easily one of the most anticipated openings of this year. With his fiery temper and inimitable personality, Gordon may not be everyone’s favourite chef, but he certainly stirred up a lot of interest when he was here recently. Personally, I’ve always been a fan and, although I was sad not to meet the chap himself, I was content with the opportunity to at least sample his menu. Bread Street Kitchen opened in ...
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Cali-Mex

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If you’ve been looking for a place to satisfy your Mexican food cravings recently, you may have noticed a new brand that seems to have opened up all over the city almost simultaneously: Cali-Mex. This new chain of taquerías, with locations in Central, Wan Chai, Quarry Bay and Lan Kwai Fong (which all opened within a single month), is the brainchild of two Australasian friends who embarked on a road trip from North America to Mexico, and along the way ...
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As much as I love all the exciting, modern and adventurous cuisines that keep popping up all over Hong Kong, there are times when all I crave are simple yet bold flavours from high quality ingredients that speak for themselves. Nowhere is this truer than in authentic Italian cuisine, and Gianni’s Trattoria Italiana serves exactly this. With a focus on traditional recipes from the Italian region of Puglia, from where executive chef and owner Gianni Lacalendola himself hails, Gianni’s is ...
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Despite the numerous ‘fashionable’ desserts that come and go (cronuts, cake-pops and the like), cupcakes are something that will never, in my humble opinion, go out of fashion. People (and by ‘people’ I mean I) need cupcakes in their (/my) life. That’s why, when I was approached by cake company Citrus Sweets and asked if I’d like to try their cupcakes, there was not a moment’s hesitation. Citrus Sweets was started by keen baker Hema Sakhrani, initially from her home ...
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Aside from being one of my favourite things in the world, dim sum, to the Cantonese, is a tradition, a ritual that dates back centuries. Whilst the long-standing, world-famous dim sum houses around the city are well-worth a visit, sometimes it’s worth finding the smaller, lesser-known restaurants for a more intimate dim sum experience. Ding Dim 1968, which opened earlier this summer on Elgin Street, is one of these. Creating each little dumpling is a true art, which many chefs ...
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In an attempt to eat more healthily and have more nights at home after an indulgent summer, we have been making our way through Ottolenghi’s The Cookbook one page at a time. This cookbook is full of delicious, fresh and healthy recipes that never cease to impress me (and, if we have them, our dinner guests). Many of them require a few too many ingredients, putting them straight in the ‘too hard’ basket, but most are nice and easy and ...
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Hong Kong is a city with such a fascinating history, yet it’s a sad reality that so many historical buildings have been knocked down to make room for monstrously tall skyscrapers. Thankfully, someone has recently seen sense, and it’s great to see that both the Police Married Quarters (PMQ) and the Central Police Station (CPS) have been restored to become hot spots for shopping and dining. PMQ is rapidly growing as a foodie destination. The latest openings include exciting new ...
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[caption id="attachment_5181" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness[/caption] Despite usually opting for pizzas with the thinnest crust possible, I do love a real, rustic and doughy Neapolitan style pizza, the way pizza should be. I had heard a great deal of buzz about London’s Pizza Pilgrims and, on my recent UK trip, insisted on trying it. Pizza Pilgrims came about when brothers James and Thom Eliot got bored of having what they called ‘proper jobs.’ They decided to buy a ...
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[caption id="attachment_5174" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness[/caption] After loving the Peruvian-Japanese cuisine at Chotto Matte, it seems I hadn’t yet had enough Peruvian food, and within only a few days I was back on Frith Street at popular Peruvian restaurant Ceviche. Ceviche has a lovely story behind it – it wasn’t just some random who saw that Peruvian food was becoming a ‘thing’ and jumped at the gap in the market; it was started by passionate Peruvian-born Martin Morales, ...
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There are times in life when all you need is a very simple yet perfectly cooked steak. When I asked in my newsletter if anyone had any good London restaurant recommendations, one kind reader (who incidentally also has a very good website called Mango Menus) put me in touch with the boys who run Hawksmoor, known for serving the best steaks in London. Despite my life in Hong Kong being fairly full of steak, I was keen to see how ...
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