IR1968

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My favourite kind of places are the ones that take you completely by surprise. The kind where you arrive with no expectations whatsoever, yet you are immediately wowed by the ambience, the service and, most importantly, the food. This can certainly be said about IR1968. I had heard that the family-run restaurant, which first opened in 1968 (hence the name), had moved to L Place, yet foolishly, although I work just around the corner, I had not yet been to ...
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When I lived in Parma a few years ago, I was in foodie heaven. The fresh pastas, the Parma ham, the huge wheels of Parmesan; it was amazing. There was one dish in particular that I just could not get enough of: the piadina. Not to be confused with a wheat tortilla, a piadina is a thin Italian flatbread native to the Emilia-Romagna region (that which includes Parma), which can be stuffed with cheese, cold cuts, vegetables, you name it. ...
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There is no denying that, as much as we love this city, all the running around and having lunch and dinner out most days (or maybe I’m just speaking for myself!) can start to take its toll on our bodies. I obviously love my food and eating out is part of what I do, but even my body gets tired of the amount of nasties I’m consuming every day. Thankfully Grassroots Pantry, a lovely new café serving wholesome, organic food ...
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Brickhouse

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Mexican is the flavour of the moment across Hong Kong. After complaints that there were no good tacos in the city, taco shops popped up everywhere, adding to the throng of pretty average Tex-Mex restaurants. When word got out that new kid on the block Brickhouse would be opening as yet another Mexican resto, I was excited, but I can’t say I expected grand things. Boy, was I wrong. As we know already from many of Hong Kong’s hidden gems, ...
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Update: Pizzeria Pubblico has now closed in Tsun Wing Lane and moved all operations to Linguini Fini in The L Place, where you can still order pizzas to take away. Back in the Fussy Days (for it could be said that I used to be the world’s fussiest eater), I absolutely loathed pizza. Whenever my brother insisted on going to Pizza Hut, I would, at the age of seven, buy some chicken nuggets (or whatever it is Burger King calls ...
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  The Queen Street Cooked Food Market in Sheung Wan is not your average array of dai pai dongs. When I visited ABC Kitchen earlier this year, I learnt that cooked food centres can in fact serve gourmet food, complete with tablecloths and ‘proper’ cutlery. It was on that same visit that another restaurant, Chautari, attracted my senses and I knew I had to savour its Indian and Nepalese curries. So we already know that this cooked food centre serves ...
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  Everyone loves a good Champagne Brunch on a Sunday. As much as we complain that we don’t like Sunday drinking or waking up hungover on a Monday, it is still hard to find a reason to turn down an occasion that involves far too much food and far too much Champagne, especially when it’s actually Champagne, and not some cheap ‘sparkling wine’. Having never tried Press Room Group’s newest venture, The Principal, I jumped at the chance to check ...
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Since starting The Dim Sum Diaries over a year ago, I have become much more adventurous and strive to travel further afield to feed my tum in areas I consider outside of my comfort zone. That said, I have, until now, kept my ‘adventures’ to still fairly well-trodden areas. However, last week, I ventured into the ‘ghetto’ that is Cheung Sha Wan to try Red Kitchen. I say ‘ghetto’ because I was quite honestly surprised by how eerily quiet and ...
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I am slowly accomplishing my mission of trying every private kitchen in Hong Kong… even if it may take me my whole lifetime to get there. The latest on my list was Mandy’s Private Kitchen, a Caribbean feast in Sai Kung set up by Mandy Nathali in her own home overlooking Sai Kung town and the outlying islands. British-born Mandy is of Punjabi Indian descent but, after marrying her Trinidadian husband 20 years ago, moved to Trinidad with him and ...
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    The organic, slow food movement has taken the world by storm. Although Hong Kong has been pretty slow to jump on the bandwagon, little steps are being taken to catch up with the rest of the world and fulfill the growing demand for healthy, vegan food. First we had the ever-popular Life Cafe, which then opened up a deli on Ship Street; now we have MANA! Fast Slow Food, set up by Bobsy (the founder of Life Cafe and the Bookworm Cafe on Lamma) and Christian, a ...
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