You wouldn’t automatically connect a chef from New Orleans with a Japanese restaurant. Chef Max Levy, however, has been working in sushi restaurants from New York to Tokyo. His popular sushi and cocktail bar in Beijing, Okra 1949, opened its Hong Kong outpost Okra about a year ago in Sai Ying Pun and continually attracts diners eager to try Chef Max’s modern approach to Japanese cuisine. On the ground floor is Okra Kitchen, a casual izakaya-style bar that specialises in ...
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Most people know Dragon-i as being one of Hong Kong’s most iconic and long-standing night clubs, a place where all the models and celebrities go, and where people tend to splash out a ridiculous sum of money for over-sized bottles of expensive alcohol. Others might also know it for its all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch menu. Would you ever think of Dragon-i as a place to go for dinner? Well, now you can, as this restaurant slash night club has just ...
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Sohofama

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Just in case the name of my Hong Kong restaurant review blog doesn’t give you a hint, I am rather partial to dumplings. I am aware, however, that I don’t do nearly enough dim sum restaurant reviews. A recent trip to Sohofama for the first time ever will hopefully help to right this wrong. Sohofama is a collaboration between healthy Sai Ying Pun restaurant Locofama and quirky Hong Kong lifestyle brand, G.O.D. Housed in Central’s PMQ, right next door to ...
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Lily & Bloom, one of my favourite pre-dinner, or post-dinner drink spots, has recently welcomed a new chef to the kitchen. Chef Chris Grare, who joined from The American Club and has also worked at Café Gray Deluxe and Café Boulud in New York, is now running the show at Lily & Bloom. I had sampled Lily & Bloom’s set lunch menu last year, but had STILL never got round to sampling its dinner menu. With the appointment of a ...
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In a place such as Hong Kong where life basically revolves around food, restaurateurs do not do things by halves. Pirata Group, the owners of Pirata (obviously), The Optimist and, most recently TokyoLima, have just opened their fourth concept, Pici Pasta Bar, just one week after opening their third. Whilst some might say that opening two consecutive restaurants in such a short timeframe is rather a bold move in such a competitive city, co-founders Manuel Palacio and Christian Talpo know ...
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Enjoying a leisurely weekend brunch is a favourite pastime for most people in Hong Kong and we definitely aren’t short of options around town. Now, our favourite Caribbean bar and restaurant, Rummin’ Tings, has recently launched its new Island Brunch menu, featuring six Caribbean-inspired dishes with free-flow drinks options. I have always been a fan of Rummin’ Tings, not only for its fiery and very tasty Caribbean food, but also its lively vibe that makes it an easy choice for ...
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When most people think of Ozone at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, they think of it as a place to go for cocktails to admire the incredible view from the highest bar in the world. Until recently, I didn’t even know the place had a food menu. It turns out it has quite an extensive tapas menu put together by Brazilian chef Rafael Gil, which you can enjoy alongside your cocktails whilst admiring the incredible view. What it also has, ...
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With the growing obsession of Instagram, Snapchat and other photo-centric social media platforms, have you noticed how many restaurants insist on making sure their dishes are ‘Insta-worthy’, often giving this priority over the actual taste of the dish? Thankfully, there are those who tick both boxes and are able to present beautifully photogenic dishes that taste amazing too. I had seen a number of photos of Dragon Noodles Academy popping up and I assumed this place would be pretty gimmicky ...
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LEE Lo Mei

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With the three restaurants that ZS Hospitality opened at No. 8 Lyndhurst Terrace in quick succession last year (Ee Da Le, My Thai Thai and Mamasita’s Cantina), the group has covered quite a lot of the globe in one prime location. Now, bringing things closer to home, the group has opened its fourth and final concept in the same building, LEE Lo Mei, which presents traditional Hong Kong-style food with a modern twist. The new restaurant and bar takes over ...
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Arcane was one of the first restaurants I visited last year (see previous review here) and, despite it being only February and still having 11 months of reviewing restaurants before the end of the year, it was so delicious that it immediately secured a spot on my list of the top 10 restaurants in Hong Kogn of 2016. Almost a year later, I was invited back to sample the restaurant’s new “Meat-free Monday” menu. Whilst a vegetarian menu has always ...
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