I was invited to the soft opening of the new Armani restaurant by Aqua on Monday evening and was utterly spoilt rotten. As you approach the brand new restaurant, which officially opens today, you walk down a long red and black carpet-lined corridor sandwiched between two sets of sliding doors, giving the whole experience an edge of exclusivity and you truly feel like a celebrity. Continuing with the exclusivity, although Armani/Aqua spans a 6,000 square foot space, it seats only ...
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I am very aware that I call my blog The Dim Sum Diaries and yet there is not a single dim sum review on here. There isn’t really an excuse for it other than that I always go back to the same dim sum restaurants and it is generally against the ethos of my blog to write about an already visited restaurant. I have begun to rectify this by trying The Grand Stage at Western Market. Western Market, completed in 1906, ...
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Magnolia

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Since moving back to Hong Kong last year, I had heard a lot of hype about Lori Granito’s Magnolia, but had not had the chance to try it until this weekend for a very good friend’s birthday party. If you know how excited I get about food, you can only imagine the excitement that had been built up over the last year about trying Magnolia’s Creole cuisine. I had been advised that a night at Magnolia involved a LOT of food, ...
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Le Chéri

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**CLOSED DOWN** I was recently asked by Timeout HK to do a review of a new French-Italian fusion restaurant in western Mid-Levels called Le Chéri. It’s one of those restaurants, like many others in Hong Kong, that has all the right ideas and has the potential to be a real success, but still has a lot to learn. To begin with, the décor screams neither French nor Italian to me. The seats are red velvet and fake leather, the walls ...
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Davis

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  For dinner on Wednesday night, we wanted to explore an area we had not ventured to before, somewhere easy to get to, relaxed and very casual. Davis in Kennedy Town ticked all these boxes. Run by a lovely couple called Vivien and David, Davis classes itself as a wine and tapas bar. I personally would not categorise the food as tapas at all, as a lot of it is not really designed for sharing, but they certainly do offer some ...
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FINDS

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FINDS, Hong Kong’s only Nordic restaurant (the name stands for Finland Iceland Norway Denmark Sweden), has made a bold move over to ‘the dark side’. I unfortunately never actually visited it when it was right on our doorstep in LKF Tower, so won’t be able to make any comparisons with the old FINDS which I know was always very popular, but I can tell you that the new FINDS, now located in the very trendy boutique hotel, The Luxe Manor, ...
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In a land far, far away from the little bubble that is Hong Kong Island there is an age-old gem of a restaurant serving up the most delicious roast goose... Scrap that, as in fact, by public transport, it can be reached in under 30 minutes and by taxi in even less than that, so this delicious roast goose is actually much more accessible than you’d think. Yue Kee has been renowned for its amazing charcoal roast goose (reared in ...
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La Marmite

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[caption id="attachment_325" align="aligncenter" width="224"] Arty photo courtesy of a tall, dark and handsome man who I was fortunate enough to dine with. Girls, form an orderly queue.[/caption]   The newest addition to Aqua Group, La Marmite, which is thankfully not named after that disgusting yeast spread (yes I’m a hater), but rather after a French cooking pot, serves up traditional French cuisine in a modern bistro-style setting. The décor is fairly simple, adorned with authentic vintage French posters and a ...
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The Yuu

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I was, until last night, a Knutsford Terrace virgin. As I’ve mentioned before, In Hong Kong it is far too easy to think of a trip across the water to ‘the dark side’ as awfully far away, a real hassle, far too complicated. We must remind ourselves, however, that the wonderful institution that is the Star Ferry, takes a mere what? 10 minutes? Outrageously far, isn’t it?! We get so stuck in a rut that going out anywhere other than ...
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Being a big fan of Todd Darling and Robert Spina’s Posto Pubblico and Cantopop, I had wanted to try Linguini Fini from the moment I heard it was due to open in L place. Unfortunately, the timing of their opening was not ideal and I missed it by one day when I flew back to England. Therefore, as soon as I was back, I had to make plans to check it out, hoping that had there initially been any kinks ...
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