Having made it my mission to check out every single one of The Pemberton’s many restaurants, I confess that I am not doing too well. However, I am one step closer after trying mini dans la ville last week. mini dans la ville is a rather random spot set up by someone who is clearly far too obsessed with Mini Coopers. The first thing you see as you come in is a real life old-school Mini posing ...
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    Yakitori has been all the rage since Yardbird opened its doors last summer. I do love Yardbird (and even included it in my top 10 of 2011), yet having now finally tried Yakitoritei, I realise what all the anti-Yardbirdians have been saying all along: that you can find equally, if not more delicious yakitori for half the price at Yakitoritei. Located on Sing Woo Road in Happy Valley, making for a nice escape out of Central, sits cosy ...
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Eivissa

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    Café Deco Group’s newest baby comes in the form of Eivissa, the newly opened trendy bar on Wyndham Street. As Eivissa is the Catalan name for the beautiful island of Ibiza, it appears that Café Deco are trying to bring a slice of the Spanish island to liven up Wyndham Street’s already buzzing throng of bars. I’m not sure I see the resemblance but it’s sweet that they do! With high leather chairs and funky blue lighting, the ...
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Taco Chaca

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  In general, tacos and Hong Kong can barely be put in the same sentence. Apart from Heirloom, which thankfully came to the rescue with its delicious palm-sized tacos, Hong Kong is home to far too many wannabe Mexican restaurants that charge an absurd price for mediocre food. Now, thankfully, there is Taco Chaca in the up and coming area that is Sai Ying Pun. The small space is as casual as they come, with nothing but a handful of ...
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Ladies and gentlemen, loyal readers both old and new, the moment you have all been waiting for is here: The Dim Sum Diaries now has a rating system! It is not just any old rating system, however, with stars or thumbs up/down. My rating system comes directly from my personality. Sometimes the quality of food that I taste leaves me speechless, whether it be because it is utterly delicious or utterly disgusting. For these times, ‘ooooh’ comes into play. I ...
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Felix

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After already reviewing Spring Moon at The Peninsula and being totally wowed by it, you can imagine my excitement at the thought of reviewing Felix. Felix utters the same class and sophistication as the rest of The Peninsula, but this time the sophistication reaches another level – both literally and metaphorically. It sits on the 28th floor of the hotel, showing off the incredible view of the harbour, a view that is always better from the dark side, and is ...
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With its vast array of restaurants serving every cuisine under the sun, the one thing that Hong Kong is missing is a lovely pub in which to enjoy a long casual lunch or a drink and some snacks at a place that reminds us of home. Many have tried to recreate the gastropub feel, but failed miserably. Until Harrington’s came along. When choosing somewhere for lunch on Easter Sunday, I decided it would be very fitting to try Harrington’s and see how ...
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Societi

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As you’ve just seen from my earlier post about Libertine, French bistros are popping up every five minutes in Hong Kong. The difference with brand new Societi in Sheung Wan is that it does not try to be a French bistro; it calls itself a ‘bistro’ but really it just serves all sorts of comfort food that Angela Leung, the brains behind this small restaurant, knows people want to eat. The space is very small and intimate, seating a maximum ...
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Libertine

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In Hong Kong, where apparently French people make up the fastest-growing expat community, you are never too far from a French bistro. Often, however, more emphasis is put on trying to replicate the ambience of a typical French café by adding overly stereotypical décor, that the quality of food is substandard. When I heard about brand new French bistro Libertine opening on Aberdeen Street, I was eager to see how it fared. Despite the uncomfortable uphill trek in heels (especially if you ...
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Lupa

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Dining Concepts’ latest venture, Lupa, has been causing quite a stir. It’s still in the soft opening phase but I was desperate to check it out and see if it lived up to all the hype, or if it was just another average Italian restaurant, of which Hong Kong has plenty.  Headed by celebrity chef Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich, who together have a whole range of restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Singapore ...
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