The Pawn

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The Pawn has historically had mixed reviews: “the décor and setting are amazing, but the food doesn’t quite match,” they would say. Well, “they”, you can now eat your words (and The Pawn’s food too) for British chef Anthony Fletcher, trained by Tom Aikens, joined the team last year and has successfully thrown some magic into the mix, creating incredible British food that complements the gorgeous setting. The setting really is gorgeous, housed inside one of Hong Kong’s few remaining ...
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**THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED** When HK nights got too steamy and we needed a place to cool ourselves down, there was no better place to be than in Balalaika’s ice bar. However, the bar seemed to only be popular with hot people (I’m referring to their body temperature, not their level of physical attractiveness) and tourists, so obviously it couldn’t handle Hong Kong rents. Standing in its place now is AKA Japanese Cuisine & Lounge. At Balalaika, I never ...
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Messina

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  We Hong Kong Islanders are incurably lazy. When I was invited to try K.O Dining Group’s Italian restaurant, Messina, I shivered at the thought of having to travel ‘all the way’ out to Hung Hom. Although admittedly I did get a little lost on the way (it was the taxi driver’s fault, not mine), it turned out Hung Hom isn’t actually all that far away and needn’t be as scary as we think it is, especially if at the ...
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  Table for Two HK has partnered up with nine amazing restaurants all over the city that will each serve their very own special TFT HK dishes throughout the month of August, as part of its Healthy Summer Dining Experience. When you purchase these dishes, part of the proceeds will help TFT HK provide school lunches for children in developing countries, in line with their motto: Order for one. Feed two. And help the world eat better. The other part ...
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Harakan-S

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  **THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED** Hong Kong is home to Japanese restaurants galore; there’s yakitori, robatayaki, sushi, ramen, teppanyaki…you name it. What many of these restaurants fail to master, however, is a comprehensive menu that is suitable for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike; a menu that offers incredible seafood and meat options as well as more than a few options that appeal to those vegetable lovers amongst us. Now I’m clearly no veggie, but I do have a lot of ...
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In English films, when a punch is landed, the sound effect is said to be ‘kapow!’ In Bollywood films, the same act is accompanied by the onomatopoeic word ‘dishoom!’ As soon as I knew that this was how Dishoom in Covent Garden got its name, it was even more of a reason to go there. Dishoom is based on the Bombay cafés of the 1960s, a trend of all day cafés made popular by Persian immigrants in what was then ...
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After a culture-filled day out in London, we were eager to find somewhere to eat near the Threesixty Theatre in South Ken. Having never been, I was told I must try Da Mario on Gloucester Road. The minute we entered from the cold July drizzle (a clear reminder of why I left England in the first place), we felt at home; it was warm, it was cosy and the incredibly friendly waiters treated us as if they’d known us forever. ...
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Chicha

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Peruvian food is considered to be one of the world’s best cuisines. When I was 11 years old, I had the fortune of living in Lima for a year. Even though this was during The Fussy Days, I still adored Peruvian food and almost jumped for joy when I heard that Hong Kong was about to get its very own Peruvian restaurant. Owned by Concept Creations, the group behind ever-popular Tapeo and Frites, Chicha has already created quite a following, ...
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Blue Butcher is probably the most talked about restaurant in town right now. Ever since I heard about it opening its discreet doors between Press Room and Classified on Hollywood Road, I have been desperate to get there. However, the mixed reviews and accounts of terrible service and over-priced food did make me somewhat reluctant to go until its problems had been fixed. Without being able to wait any longer, I gave it a month and put it to the ...
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** THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED ** In case there aren’t already enough Italian restaurants on Elgin Street, Staunton’s Group has just opened up another, taking over the huge space left empty by Fat Angelo’s. However, Nico’s isn’t just another generic Italian restaurant; it’s a spuntino bar and restaurant, serving delights from southern Italy. What’s a spuntino bar, you ask? It’s a casual eatery that serves snack-sized portions perfect for sharing whilst enjoying a few glasses of wine.  This, for me, ...
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