SEPA

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As Soho’s restaurant scene becomes more and more saturated, it’s only natural for restaurateurs to creep further up the escalator, knowing they will benefit from both Soho visitors and Mid-Levels dwellers. The space on Caine Road that was formerly a very popular Café O has been completely gutted and transformed into an ornate Venetian ‘bacaro’ called SEPA. SEPA, which means cuttlefish in the Venetian dialect, is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, serving wine by the glass and ...
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The Diner

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We’ve all seen hundreds of American movies. Think, particularly, of those that are based in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and you’ll know what a typical American diner looks like. Now, squash all those images together so you have one really, really stereotypical American diner. Move that image to Hong Kong and you’ve got The Diner, a newly opened diner (obvs) on Arbuthnot Road. With an abundance of red leather stools and booth seating, a black and ...
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There’s something wonderfully charming about Tai Hang, with its little streets of tiny restaurants and cafés and a sort of sleepy yet cool vibe. It’s the kind of place where you can just casually stroll along and decide on a restaurant when you happen to stumble upon it. Such was the case last weekend, when a little stroll through this lovely village led us to No. 5 Italian, a cute little spot on Brown Street. Much like most of the ...
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On a rainy Friday evening, I had it in my head that I wanted to try an Ottolenghi turkey meatball recipe that had caught my eye. When it came down to it, however, I simply couldn’t be bothered to trek to any overpriced supermarket that might be likely to have minced turkey and have to battle with the Friday night shoppers. So, instead, I ended up buying minced beef on my way home. I didn’t just want to make any ...
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As I mentioned in my post about M Bar, Mandarin Oriental is offering a series of pop-ups throughout the year, the latest of which is a special Lobster and Bubbles menu at Café Causette, available until the end of August. I was invited to check this out and unsurprisingly found it impossible to resist. Café Causette is a perfect balance between casual and elegant. It isn’t overly pretentious, yet still has that element of luxury that you can expect from ...
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When I first heard about Supergiant Tapas & Cocktail Bar, I must admit I was slightly hesitant about trying it. I wrongly assumed that, with a name like that, it must be a very local take on Spanish food and therefore not worth rushing to. I then found out it was part of the newish Mira Moon Hotel – the trendy Mira Hotel in TST’s little sister – and realised my first impression must be wrong. Nestled on the third ...
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Harlan Goldstein is quite a character around town, known mainly for his steakhouses, affinity to American cuisine and no-nonsense personality. He’s now trying his hand at Japanese cuisine with the opening of Sushi To, one of two of his restaurants to open in the new Midtown building in Causeway Bay. Sushi To is named after Harlan’s long-term business partner and friend Simon To. It’s a beautiful space high up on the 29th floor with an even more beautiful view. As ...
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I received an email recently about a recipe exchange. I get dozens of email forwards that say you have to send it on to 20 of your friends or something terrible will happen; I ignore them. This one, however, was about food. Beneath the content of the email, it listed two email addresses. All you had to do was send one recipe to the address in position one, then remove that person from the list, add your own email address ...
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About a year ago, during a time when Hongkongers were lamenting the lack of decent fish and chips in the city, Australian fish and chip shop Seasalt opened, ending the drought for Mid-Levels dwellers. Perhaps due to the excitement of it being the first fish and chip shop in the neighbourhood, Seasalt was overwhelmingly popular as soon as it opened, with hour-long waits for takeaway collections and some key ingredients (i.e. fish or chips) often running out half way through ...
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Hyaku

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There seems to be an obsession in Hong Kong at the moment with juice cleanses. Somehow people seem to like the idea of starving themselves for five days and consuming only a few bottles of juice during that time. Not me, thank you; I like my food. Hyaku, the newest juice cleanse on the scene, does things slightly differently – instead of replacing your meals with juice, they suggest you complement your balanced diet with juice. When I was asked ...
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