Although the rest of the world has been on the gluten-free bandwagon for a long time, Hong Kong has only recently become aware of diners’ dietary restrictions, and more and more restaurants these days are actually thinking about what goes into their food and what the diner really wants. My good friend Jaime and I compiled a list on Sassy’s website of all the tried and tested restaurants, shops, supermarkets and hotels that provide gluten-free food, whether it’s already ...
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Boqueria

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  It’s hard not to be excited when I hear about new tapas restaurants opening, and recently my excitement levels have been hitting record highs with tapas spots opening left, right and centre. One of these newbies is New York’s Boqueria, joining the buzzing throng of restaurants in LKF Tower. The space is gorgeous, with high tables, low hanging lights and a melange of wood and tiles, with the obligatory rustic blackboards and legs of jamón, por supuesto! The look, ...
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St Betty

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The only thing I loved about Alan Yau’s Bettys Kitschen in IFC (reviewed here) was the décor. Fortunately the revamped space, now known as St Betty, has kept the look, but changed everything else, including the chef, making way for two-Michelin-starred chef Shane Osborn from London’s Pied à Terre. Actually, I lie; remember the colourful fresh fruit baskets that used to line the entrance? These are now baskets of wine and sparkling wine – who needs fruit when you can ...
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Despite there being so many restaurants in Hong Kong, it’s remarkable how, when it comes to choosing somewhere to go for dinner, one forgets about all the choices. Determined not to let this happen and eager to add something new to the list, I wandered down to High Street to try Fuku Robatayaki & Kaki. Fuku is a cosy little Japanese joint specialising in robatayaki (obviously) and apparently kaki, although I’m still not entirely sure what exactly kaki is… There’s ...
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Everything about the Mandarin Oriental Hotel oozes the kind of old-school elegance and charm that has almost disappeared from Hong Kong. After a recent Krug tasting dinner at Otto e Mezzo, we were invited to the Mandarin Oriental’s Krug Room. From start to finish, this was an experience to remember, beginning with being led like a VIP through the lush, cosy Chinnery, to a private dining room for 12 people. The room itself is beautiful; above the long marble table ...
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There’s always something glamorous about dining in a hotel restaurant. Although you may not have the luxury of actually staying in a beautiful suite in the hotel, you are still given that amazing VIP treatment from the moment your cab pulls up outside. (more…)

If there’s one thing Hong Kong was lacking, it was a decent farmer’s market. Although people have tried – and I give them credit for trying – they were simply not up to the standard of the sort of farmer’s markets I knew and loved back in England. Thankfully, well-known food blogger Janice Leung of blog E-ting the World and Vincent Poon, one of the duo behind HK’s first restaurant week, Springalicious, amongst other things, have come to the rescue, ...
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Giando

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Chocolate is one of the most important things in my life. Take away my chocolate and you’ll need to replace it with something equally as amazing or we may no longer be friends. Sadly, we recently said goodbye to chocoholic’s paradise VERO Lounge in Fenwick Pier, yet what made this heartbreak easier was knowing that it would be replaced by Giando, an Italian restaurant set up by former Isola chef Gianni Caprioli. The space has always been large, but after ...
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Papi

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Apart from when I call him Pieman, ‘Papi’ is what I call my dad, so ever since hearing that there was an Italian restaurant called Papi, I knew I must try it to see if I could possibly love it as much as my Pieman. For fear of insulting him, I will say that this could never be possible…but it certainly did come close! Papi is located in Civic Square, the lovely palm tree-lined alfresco dining area in Elements. The ...
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** THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED ** Having never managed to get to the old Chez Patrick on Peel Street, when I first saw that it had closed and the sign had been taken down, I was a little bit sad that I had missed out. However, when I heard it was undergoing a revamp and moving to Wan Chai, my excitement re-emerged and I knew that I had to go there. Pronto. The move from Soho to Wan Chai ...
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