The closure of restaurants happens all too often in Hong Kong, but it’s still never nice to hear that a good restaurant such as Casa Lisboa has closed its doors. In this case though, thankfully it was only a temporary closure whilst the restaurant found a new home on Wyndham Street. Much like its sister restaurant, Olé, Casa Lisboa had been making hungry diners happy for quite some time, so it wasn’t about to just disappear. The new space is ...
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Operetta

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The day it was announced that long-standing Pacific Place restaurant Dan Ryan’s was closing its doors was a sad day for many, particularly those who had grown up attending birthday parties at this American diner – even if it was the DR balloon that excited them more than the food itself! Standing in its place now is Italian restaurant Operetta, which has recently welcomed Chef Luca de Bernadinis to the kitchen and launched an exciting new menu. Prior to chef ...
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Fang Fang

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Hong Kong’s restaurateurs seem to continuously think up creative stories behind their concepts to personify the name – think Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Mrs. Pound or Missy Ho’s. The latest restaurant to join LKF Tower, Fang Fang, is named after a fictional Shanghainese opera star who supposedly left audiences mesmerised by her angelic singing voice, before choosing to travel around Asia to experience all the cultures and cuisines, which she now shares with patrons who visit her new restaurant and ...
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Alvy’s

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Kennedy Town is known for its neighbourhood feel and cosy, welcoming bars and restaurants, where you needn’t make a reservation and you’ll seldom be turned away. Newest restaurant in town, Alvy’s, fits right in. We strolled in for an impromptu Friday night dinner a couple of weeks ago and immediately felt right at home. Alvy’s is a three-way collaboration between former owner of The Globe, Patrick Gatherer, designer Paul Gelinas and the founders of Young Master Brewery. It is modelled ...
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For a restaurant to survive Hong Kong’s crazy rental prices and strong competition, it needs to be pretty solid. When a place reaches even the five-year mark, I think that’s impressive enough. Olé first opened on Ice House Street in 1998. Over 18 years later and it is STILL going strong in the exact same location! I had actually surprisingly never been to Olé, despite walking past it almost daily. When I heard it had launched a new Saturday brunch menu ...
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As much as I enjoy a good vegetable, it would be near impossible for me to become vegan, as there are just too many delicious things that I would miss. There are, however, in my opinion, two chefs in Hong Kong that make vegan food exciting. One is Peggy Chan from Grassroots Pantry; the other is a chef I have only just discovered, Kanch Porta-Panjabi, who runs a private kitchen called Masalas & Olives. After a stressful career in the ...
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The Envoy at The Pottinger Hotel has always been a popular drinking spot for the after-work crowds, particularly due to its beautiful and spacious outdoor terrace. It has now also revamped its food menu to offer “colonial-inspired” small plates to complement its selection of creative cocktails. In contrast to its location on the corner of bustling Pottinger Street and Stanley Street, The Pottinger Hotel exudes elegance from the moment you step inside. On the third floor of the building, The ...
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Aloha

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If you think Hong Kong is a small place, I bet restaurant owners think it is even smaller. Poke bowls are still a relatively new and niche concept in Hong Kong, so for there to be two restaurants serving poke on the same street is a rather amusing coincidence. Aloha, which was previously located in Quarry Bay, has recently relocated to Soho’s Graham Street, mere steps away from long-standing poke spot, Pololi! I had never visited Aloha at its previous ...
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Going out for a three-course dinner in Hong Kong has become less of a treasured luxury reserved for once a week, or even once a month; it is very easy to eat indulgent meals out more nights of the week than you eat in. This, however, not only takes its toll on your bank account, but also on your waistline. The Restaurant by the Kinnet in Sheung Wan, known for its healthy food that complements its wellness centre, has just ...
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Picada

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Given my Venezuelan heritage, can you imagine my excitement when I heard that a new Latin American restaurant serving Venezuelan arepas had opened in Hong Kong? This was back when Picada was just a pokey little place on Elgin Street. I tried and tried to visit, but, for one reason or another, I kept being put off. One of the main issues I had was that, during the Pokemon Go craze, I saw a photo on Picada’s Facebook page of ...
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