Kale

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If you want to leave people in no doubt that your restaurant serves healthy food, you’ll call it Kale. The association with this leafy green, however, might scare many a kale-fearer away, so it’s important to note that cute little restaurant Kale, tucked away behind the cheongsams and I love Hong Kong t-shirts on Li Yuen Street West, does not serve only kale. It does not, in fact, serve solely vegetarian food either. What it does serve is wholesome, healthy ...
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When browsing through the lanes in Central looking for some kind of fancy dress accessories, as we do all too often in Hong Kong, I came across Chotto Maki, a brand-new grab and go sushi place. It caught my eye, since it offered cooked items as well as raw – pregnant ladies rejoice! The small space is definitely more of a takeaway spot, although there are a handful of seats if you do want to dine in. If you’re really ...
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You always hear about pregnant women having unusual cravings for particular foods. I have heard about women who crave things like pickles, spicy food, ice cubes, or even mud! How anyone can wake up in the morning and think “I NEED a giant bowl of earthy, slimy mud” I cannot fathom, but apparently it is a real thing. As someone who generally obsesses about food and plans my next meal before even finishing my current one, I’m sure you can ...
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If you love pizza as much as the next guy, you will need to get yourself over to Mercato during the course of the latest series of The Great Pizza Bake Off to sample some one-of-a-kind, exclusive pizza creations put together by teams of chefs and food writers. This is the second series of The Great Pizza Bake Off, the first of which was a huge success last year, and features some very interesting pizzas indeed. Every two weeks (allowing ...
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Happy new year, fellow food lovers of Hong Kong! They say that as you get older, time passes by even quicker. In 2017, the year in which I turned 30, I may as well have turned 70, as it was Christmas before I knew it and now here we are already half way through January 2018! Let’s hope this year sticks around a little longer, as something tells me it is going to be a very good one! Looking back ...
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Bakehouse

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I had the pleasure of partnering with Gregoire Michaud on a fun foodie project called Eat Your Words way back when he was still the pastry chef at the Four Seasons hotel (our dish, incidentally, won the competition, but that’s not surprising with this guy’s incredible talent!). After leaving the hotel industry, Gregoire set up Bread Elements, a huge bakery in Chai Wan, which supplied delicious bread to restaurants and hotels. After years of being promised a bakery where I ...
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It would be fair to say that the restaurant scene in Hong Kong is heavily influenced by dining trends from around the world, trends that often make a restaurant extremely popular in the beginning, until it is replaced by the next foodie trend. There are then, however, restaurants that, even years after opening, still have hour-long queues to wait for a table, despite the number of new openings around them. Yardbird is a clear example of this. It first opened ...
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Brunch is undoubtedly one of everyone's favourite mealtimes in Hong Kong, with most, if not all restaurants, offering a special weekend brunch menu that perfectly fits that sweet spot between breakfast and lunch. Beef & Liberty, in my humble opinion Hong Kong's best burger restaurant, has recently launched a new weekend brunch menu that is guaranteed to satiate that not-quite-breakfast-but-not-quite-lunch hunger. The new brunch menu at Beef & Liberty isn't one of those all-you-can-eat buffets, but rather an a la ...
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MEATS

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The guys behind Pirata, The Optimist, TokyoLima and Pici have a winning formula when it comes to opening Italian, Spanish or even Japanese-Peruvian restaurants. Their newest concept, however, does not fit the mould of any particular country’s cuisine. MEATS, whose name speaks for itself and clearly indicates that it wouldn’t be suitable for vegetarians, opened recently on Staunton Street and offers a simple, meat-centric sharing menu with influences from across the globe. It’s hard to believe that this space used ...
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I remember the hype when Jamie’s Italian first opened whilst I was at university in Bath. There were queues out the door for the first few months, but you were able to order a drink while you waited and the wait never seemed too long. It quickly became a favourite amongst my group of friends as somewhere simple, yet reliable and affordable for us students. When Jamie’s Italian opened in Hong Kong a few years ago, I was therefore excited ...
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