Chef Philippe Orrico certainly has been busy this year. Not long after helping to open Tartine in Central, the Michelin-starred chef (also behind Upper Modern Bistro and ON Dining) opened Picnic on Forbes, bringing a brand new and exciting concept to Kennedy Town. The restaurant is beautiful, with high ceilings, bare concrete floors, light wood furnishings and statement green tiled pillars. It is instantly welcoming and exudes a comfortable and friendly feel. Everyone loves picnics. Yet, more often than not, ...
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As we get closer to the end of the year, it’s time to reflect on all the delicious restaurants I’ve eaten at this year and pick out the best ones. Last year, if you remember, I compiled a shortlist of 20 restaurants and asked you all to vote for your favourite, before then selecting the final Top 10. Since that worked very nicely last year and you were all so very helpful, I have decided to do the same this ...
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Is it possible for Hong Kong to be over meat? I say this because it seems that several recent restaurant openings have switched the focus from meat to seafood. One of these is Fishsteria Seafood Place, which was recently opened by Chef Gianni Caprioli on Wan Chai’s Queen’s Road East. Since Giando (another of Chef Gianni’s restaurants) is easily one of the best and most popular Italian restaurants in Hong Kong, I must admit I was surprised when we were ...
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Tartine

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Although we all appreciate a fancy meal once in a while, sometimes a simple cheese on toast is all we need. Whilst new French eatery Tartine does far better than your average cheese on toast, it demonstrates that simple, good quality ingredients make an excellent meal. Tartine was opened by Arthur de Villepin, the ex French Prime Minister’s son and coincidentally a classmate of mine from university, together with Michelin-starred Chef Philippe Orrico of Upper Modern Bistro and On Dining. ...
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Prego

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When one Italian restaurant closes, you can be assured that another will open in its place. When Dining Concepts relocated Cecconi’s from Elgin Street to Wyndham Street, they replaced it with Prego, which aims to serve home-style Italian cuisine “straight from Mamma’s kitchen.” The space has been completely transformed from its Cecconi days and now has a much more relaxed and colourful look, with bright red walls and bare wooden tables. Eyes are naturally drawn to the semi-open kitchen at ...
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MANA Café

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Ask any meat lover to give up meat and they’d laugh in your face. Then give them the option of going to MANA and they would be racing you there. These guys, from the minute they opened almost four years ago, have been churning out delicious flatbreads and hearty salads to both vegetarians and meat lovers alike, with queues out the door every lunchtime and evening. Their success has led to the opening of MANA Raw, also on Wellington Street, ...
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Vietnamese and Spanish are two of my all-time favourite cuisines; Viet Kitchen and La Paloma are two of my favourite Vietnamese and Spanish restaurants respectively. You can therefore imagine the excitement when I heard that Chef Peter Cuong Franklin from Viet Kitchen and Chef Vito Chiavacci from La Paloma were joining hands to create a special menu that combines the best of both cuisines. The two chefs, who also happen to be great friends, will be preparing their exciting menu ...
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Shiki Zen

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When it comes to Japanese cuisine, we are pretty spoilt for choice here in Hong Kong, with restaurants all over the city specialising in each and every kind of Japanese dish you can imagine. Until the recent opening of Shiki Zen, however, I couldn’t name a single restaurant that specialised in udon noodles. Shiki Zen, which replaced Harlan Goldstein’s Sushi To in Causeway Bay, is offering a fresh approach to Japanese dining, with a strong focus on these hearty, traditional ...
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Bindaas

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Indian restaurants have a huge advantage over certain others. One night, you may have planned to go for Japanese, or French, or Italian food. Yet, en route to your destination, your nose picks up a wave of delicious aromas coming from an Indian restaurant that your eyes have not yet detected, and suddenly your legs are carrying you towards it, unable to resist. This is exactly what happened when we found ourselves at newly opened Bindaas, an Indian “bar and ...
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Fresca

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Perhaps to counterbalance all the indulgence that we allow ourselves to enjoy, Hong Kong is becoming more and more health conscious, with healthy and vegetarian restaurants opening up all over the city. Fresca is a cute new café that just opened on Hollywood Road and promotes fresh, delicious and healthy vegetarian food prepared using locally sourced ingredients. I had walked by this place countless times and watched it being built, in eager anticipation to discover what delights it would serve. ...
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