Happy new year! I’m still getting my head around the fact that it’s now 2017 and yet another year has whizzed past! Wasn’t it 1999 just the other day?! 2016 wasn’t just any old year though – it was a pretty special year with a number of important life events. 2016 was a big year for The Dim Sum Diaries too, as we celebrated the blog’s fifth birthday! It’s hard to believe I’ve been reviewing restaurants for almost six years ...
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Yet another year is coming to an end. Possibly due to the fact that this last year has been a pretty important one for me, it has completely whizzed by and I suddenly realised it’s time to start rounding up my favourite restaurants that I reviewed over the past 12 months! As I have done for the past two years, I have compiled a list of the 20 best restaurants in Hong Kong of 2016 that I reviewed this year. ...
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Djapa

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If you’ve ever walked down Wan Chai’s Lee Tung Avenue, you will already have felt that sensation of being far removed from Hong Kong, as this tree-lined, pedestrianised street, with colourful, European-style buildings is not something you come across often in this city. Enter Le Comptoir Group’s new restaurant, Djapa, and you’re in an entirely different world, as this place combines the colours, the flavours and the vibes of two very distinct countries: Japan and Brazil. If the idea of ...
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If you ask someone to travel from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, they’ll probably look at you as if you had asked them to travel to the other side of the world. That said, travelling across the harbour on the Star Ferry has got to be one of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong. The iconic ferry trip, plus the promise of delicious French food was therefore enough to make me plan a visit to Scarlett Café and ...
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Commissary

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  Yenn Wong of JIA Group seems to be unstoppable this year. After adding Mak Mak and Rhoda to her collection of successful restaurants, she has most recently opened Commissary, a Southern Californian restaurant in Pacific Place. On the concourse level of the mall, just behind the taxi rank, sits this lively restaurant that spills out onto a lovely terrace surrounded by vibrant plants and string lighting. Inside, the décor is inspired by California’s buzzy restaurants, with retro touches and ...
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It is abundantly clear how much this city likes to eat. If we don’t eat enough during the week, we more than make up for it on the weekends by attending one of the numerous free-flow, all-you-can-eat brunches around town, making sure that we get more than our money’s worth, both in food and drinks. Mak Mak has recently joined the list of weekend brunches, offering unlimited portions of a selection of its regular menu, for a very affordable price. ...
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The people of Hong Kong seem to be becoming increasingly more health conscious. Not only are there more and more healthy restaurants opening up, but there are also more and more healthy meal programmes, designed for time-starved people who care about what they’re eating. One of the most popular these days seems to be Nutrition Kitchen, which classes itself as delivering “results-based nutrition”. Like many other healthy meal programmes around town, Nutrition Kitchen is run by personal trainers who preach ...
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I’m sure everyone has by now heard the story about Harlan Goldstein and how he abruptly exited his four-restaurant venture in Central after barely opening the third restaurant. Thankfully, ZS Hospitality, the group that owns these restaurants, along with my current favourite healthy spot, HOME Eat to Live, decided to go ahead with Mamasita’s Cantina, the one I was most excited about! This vibrant restaurant and bar takes over two floors of 8 Lyndhurst Terrace. On the sixth floor, which was formerly BLCKBRD, is ...
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Private kitchens are something you don’t hear of quite as frequently as you used to in Hong Kong. They are, however, if you look for them, still around and can be found in the most unlikely of places, but perhaps they are indeed becoming more “private”. Having heard rumours about an Argentinian private kitchen a while back, I only recently, through word of mouth, managed to track down El Nudo Private Kitchen and put it to the test. El Nudo, ...
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A good meal often involves learning new things. Fish School, tucked away on Sai Ying Pun’s Third Street, is a collaboration between Yenn Wong of JIA Group (see Chachawan, Mak Mak, Aberdeen Street Social and Rhoda) and Hong Kong-born chef David Lai. The concept is inspired by Hong Kong’s humble beginnings as a fishing village and the fact that seafood still forms a strong part of its culture. I know Hong Kong is good for its seafood, but, before eating ...
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