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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If you ask me where my favourite breakfast spot in Hong Kong is, I wouldn’t hesitate to answer: Catch in Kennedy Town. This place started as a tiny restaurant, before expanding into the next-door space. Now, going back to his roots, owner Alex Malouf, has replaced the original Catch space with Mama Malouf, a cosy Lebanese restaurant that opened a month or so ago. If you’re into your food, the name ‘Malouf’ might ring a few bells. Alex’s uncle is ...
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Earlier this year I enjoyed one of the best meals I have ever had at the Mandarin Grill + Bar prepared by fellow Crossfitter and awesome chef Uwe Opocensky. Fast forward a few months and Chef Uwe has switched up running the Mandarin’s 10 restaurants and bars for running Beef & Liberty! The city’s favourite burger restaurant has expanded, taking over the third floor of Lan Kwai Fong’s California Tower and, under Chef Uwe’s influence, has revamped its menu, taking ...
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To all those who say that British cuisine is boring and unoriginal, I implore you to go to Aberdeen Street Social. This place has always been a hit (read my previous review here), but its new a la carte menu was really quite something! As we know, Aberdeen Street Social is part of the ever-expanding JIA Group (see Chachawan, 22 Ships, Mak Mak and Rhoda) and the menu is put together by world-renowned British chef Jason Atherton – a combination ...
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There was a time when our freezer pretty much only contained ice cream and we would religiously eat a scoop or two of Häagen-Dazs, Ben ‘n’ Jerry’s, or any other sugar-filled brand after every meal. We then became a little more health conscious and stopped buying ice cream, a fact which broke my heart. Along came Ice ‘n’ Lean, "the protein gelato", which reassured me that, if you’re eating Ice ‘n’ Lean ice cream, then it’s OK to indulge in ...
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As much as I love a night out, nothing beats a good dinner party with great friends, free-flowing wine, tasty home-cooked food and the ability to kick on until whatever time you want, without being pushed out to make room for the next sitting. That said, however, a dinner party requires a lot of preparation, sometimes hours slaving in the kitchen and, on the actual night, even if you have pre-prepared everything, you’ll still have to spend a lot of ...
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I reviewed Cocotte when it first opened a little over two years ago (read previous review here) and was very impressed by its humble yet hearty French cuisine and the friendly attitude of the owners, brothers Brice and Jonathan Moldovan. Since then, their brother Petrous (Brice’s twin) has joined them as Chef, and the three brothers together continue to satisfy hungry diners from their cute little brasserie just off Hollywood Road. Chef Petrous has recently updated the menu, creating a ...
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ALTO

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Causeway Bay has got to be one of the most stressful areas of Hong Kong. It’s always inexplicably busy, even on weekdays, and people seem to go out of their way to walk directly into you from all angles. In order to get me to go to Causeway Bay, there therefore has to be a very valid reason. Having visited ALTO last week, I can say that that this newly opened bar and restaurant makes the stressfulness of Causeway Bay ...
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These days, the humble sandwich is really not so humble anymore. Restaurants all over the world, both casual and fine-dining, are coming up with a whole range of interesting and exciting fillings to go on all kinds of different breads. The folks that brought us The Mac Attack, The Battle of the Balls and Reinventing Salads have come up with another fun event, this time all about sandwiches. What’s The Ultimate Sandwich is a month-long campaign that features eight of ...
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