If you’ve been to Missy Ho’s in Kennedy Town, you’ll know what I mean when I say that it is possible for Castelo Concepts restaurants to break away from the cookie cutter mould. Co-owner Persi has yet again worked his magic with the newest restaurant to open under the CC umbrella, El Loco Gringo, a Mexican taquería and tequila bar up on Bonham Road of all places. Unless you know what to look for, El Loco Gringo isn’t particularly easy ...
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I am a big fan of mussels, yet, partly because I’m lazy and partly because the thought scared me a little bit, I must admit that I had never actually cooked them at home. Recently, however, a friend who writes an excellent website called Mango Menus and also runs an online meat and seafood delivery platform called MM Fresh offered me some large greenshell mussels from New Zealand, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to cook them for ...
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The Walrus

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There are people who love oysters, people who hate oysters, and people who are somewhere in the middle. Until I visited The Walrus, I’d say I was one of those in-betweeners; I’d eat them if they were put in front of me, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to order them. The Walrus, a brand new oyster bar on Staunton Street, however, has most definitely converted me. The Walrus is brought to us by the very entrepreneurial Chow ...
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Let’s face it: we live a pretty awesome lifestyle here in Hong Kong. Although we complain about how hot and humid it is, we love it really and we have a whole range of options of things to do on weekends, whether it’s going out on a boat, going on a beautiful yet gruelling hike, or simply going to the beach. When one of these options is paired with a delicious meal, you know life is seriously good. Allow me ...
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Brunch has got to be one of my favourite meals. Since it’s technically two meals combined into one, it gives you the right to eat twice as much as you normally would, without feeling too guilty about it…at least that’s what I tell myself! La Paloma, which already managed to impress me at dinnertime (read previous review here), offers a seriously good weekend brunch menu, which starts at only $298 per person. There is an upcoming Gormei brunch event on ...
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Townhouse

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When you have a particular cuisine with a "twist" of another, it can often be a hit or miss experience, as sometimes chefs get a little too carried away with trying to make things weird and wacky. It worked so well for Gaia Group’s Glasshouse, however, that the group has now opened Townhouse high up in the new California Tower. Whilst Glasshouse is inspired by potting sheds in country houses, Townhouse is its urban big sister, which aims to highlight ...
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With so many restaurants operated by giant groups, it is always so refreshing to find a humble, family-run restaurant, even if it involves travelling outside of my comfort zone to get there. Chez Didier, a cute little French bistro in North Point, is a lovely example of exactly this. This little bistro, which is inspired by the region of Provence in the South of France, was once located in Central, but, after a two-year break, was re-born in a private ...
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If you’re after a simple meal of steak and chips, these days you aren’t short of choices in Hong Kong. In the past couple of years there have been a number of restaurant openings whose models are based on that of the original Rélais de l’Entrecôte in Paris, one of which is L’Entrecôte de Paris on Wyndham Street. Having decided that perhaps people need more than just steak and chips in their life, L’Entrecôte de Paris has recently changed its ...
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I have recently been trying to avoid eating too much sugar, so when I was invited to sample an eight-course “Chocolate Tasting Journey” at Jean-Paul Hévin, my initial reaction was to reluctantly turn it down. I then realised it was a savoury menu that only incorporated a hint of chocolate in each dish to complement some exciting French dishes, and then I decided it was an offer I simply could not refuse! (See previous review of JPH here.) Jean-Paul Hévin, ...
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Now that summer is in full swing, The Pulse in Repulse Bay seems to be the place to be. It’s actually almost too hot to be on the beach, so people are taking refuge in the air conditioning of The Pulse, where they can still have full view of the beach. To fit in with the array of eateries along this strip, a restaurant has got to be pretty cool. Meen & Rice is one of the latest restaurants to ...
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