New Hong Kong Restaurants To Try This November
Posted on 15 November 2017
With the holidays coming up, it’s time to ditch your summer diet and embrace the winter weight before New Year’s resolutions roll around again. This month, we’re giving you plenty of reasons to let loose and eat to your heart’s content, with a slew of new restaurants, burger joints and fine-dining spots to check out around town.
From delicious dim sum to hearty Italian pasta, there’s plenty to savour around town this month. Grab a fork and dig in to November’s best new restaurant openings.
This newcomer has quietly popped up on Kau U Fong, led by chef Barry Quek, a graduate of the Joël Robuchon school of cooking. Now helming his own kitchen, chef Quek is aiming to showcase progressive cooking techniques with a focus on clean, produce-driven dishes that make a statement on the plate. From the looks of the menu, we can’t wait to give Beet a try: from porc noir de Bigorre with charred radicchio and blackberry to wild mushrooms with a walnut emulsion and hamachi crudo paired with kefir cream and caviar. The five-course tasting menu is priced at HK$690, a reasonable deal for the quality of produce and technique on display.
Beet is open from Tuesday–Sunday from 6:30pm for dinner service, Thursday–Saturday from 12–2pm for lunch service.
Beet, 6 Kau U Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2824 3898
OTE, the new extension of Ocean Terminal in Harbour City has been welcoming a host of brand new restaurants and cafes lately, the latest of which is a contemporary Chinese restaurant, HEXA. Inspired by the swinging ’60s, HEXA boasts dramatic interiors in swaths of turquoise and forest green, accented by walls of brass and copper and a wraparound, dark-green marble bar.
Start your night with a smooth cocktail, then dig into dishes such as steamed pork dumplings with black garlic, king prawns tossed in salted egg yolk, steamed bamboo charcoal shrimp dumplings and smoked chicken with longjing tea. On weekends, the lawn will play host to international DJs.
HEXA, Shop OTE101, G/F, Harbour City, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2577 1668
Symphony by Jade
Hong Kong’s theatregoers now have a new pre-show dinner spot: Symphony by Jade, the latest outlet from Maxim’s Group, which has just opened at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. Head here for panoramic views of the harbour complemented by a traditional menu of Cantonese dishes. Of special note is the adorable, animal-shaped dim sum which will no doubt be making the rounds on Instagram soon: from steamed shrimp and bamboo-pith dumplings shaped like goldfish to the deep-fried creamy yolk buns made to look like tiny echidna anteaters.
Symphony by Jade, 1/F, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Restaurant Block, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2722 0932
J’s Bar Bistro
The Royal Garden Hotel in East Tsim Sha Tsui recently unveiled J’s Bar Bistro, a European-inspired bar and restaurant. A social concept that fuses European furnishings (think a palette of wood, bronze and brass) with a modern bar vibe, the all-day spot will serve up tapas, yakitori and a selection of specialty cheeses from France, paired with signature cocktails and an extensive wine list.
The international bar menu has been executed by head chef Lui Wang-chi, and includes dishes such as heirloom tomato with balsamic and mustard sorbet, pan-fried scallops with cauliflower, and mini wagyu beef burgers. For those looking for a new spot for happy hour and drinks in TST, J’s Bar Bistro should be at the top of your list.
J’s Bar Bistro, 2/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2733 2088
Nothing beats digging into a plate of Peking duck — the burnished, brown-lacquered crispy skin giving way to tender and juicy meat that’s been slow-roasted in the oven. You can dig into this delicacy by way of Beijing at newly opened Zither Garden, situated at QRE Plaza in Wan Chai. Under the guidance of head chef Yen, a transplant from famous Beijing Peking duck restaurant QuanJude Roast Duck, the main event here is air-dried for up to 44 hours and roasted for 60 minutes, giving it that signature shiny-brown crackling skin.
Other signatures on the menu include the seasonal whole crab with rice cakes and the Eight Treasure Duck, featuring a whole duck marinated and stuffed with eight different ingredients before being braised for tender, fall-off-the-bone meat.
Zither Garden, 19/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2351 0528
Originally opened in 2010, La Piola gained a reputation over the years as one of the best spots in Hong Kong for Italian aperitivo and happy hour. Now, the Italian comfort food haven is back at a new location in Wan Chai. The home-style Italian spot is set to serve up the same comforting, authentic and approachable fare that first garnered it a loyal following, with an attractive new setting in the same heritage building that houses The Pawn.
Specialising in food from Italy’s northwestern Piedmont region, the trattoria will serve dishes such as grilled zucchini & poached pear and veal carpaccio for starters; and homemade tajarin pasta (a specialty of Piedmont made with egg yolks). The restaurant encompasses two main dining rooms — one casual and one more upscale — but the bar is where you’ll want to head for afternoon aperitivo with an Aperol spritz or Negroni in hand.
La Piola, G/F, 60A-66 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2806 1028
Crystal Jade Jiang Nan
Adding to Yuen Long’s diverse and growing food scene, Crystal Jade Jiang Nan has just opened in YOHO Mall II, giving Yuen Long residents a taste of the acclaimed Wan Chai flagship. Authentic Jiang Nan flavours are on display at Crystal Jade’s sister restaurant, with dishes including deep-fried baby yellow fish with salt and pepper, scrambled egg white with dried scallop, braised “lion’s head” meatballs, sautéed diced chicken with dried chilli and simmered shredded bean curd with chicken and ham. Of course, Crystal Jade’s sumptuous dim sum menu is a main highlight, from the plump xiao long bao to deep-fried radish puffs, truffle siu mai and pan-fried radish cakes. Stop by the Wan Chai or Yuen Long locations for your dim sum fix and a taste of award-winning Jiang Nan cuisine.
Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, Shop 2045, 2/F, Yoho Mall II, 9 Yuen Lung Street, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, +852 2455 1828
With plant-based eating on the rise in recent years, Hong Kong has seen a steady climb of vegetarian restaurants. Located on Wing Lok Street, Veggi Monster is the latest burger joint looking to bring the style and comfort-food factor back into vegetarian dining, with its brand of vegan burgers based on balanced, all-natural ingredients. The creative patties are made from a range of vegan-friendly ingredients, including organic black beans, tofu, quinoa and seaweed.
Veggi Monster, Shop B, G/F, Cheungs Building, 1 Wing Lok Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2886 0325
Original article from LifestyleAsia