A city that boasts over 25,000 places to eat, Hong Kong is always going to spoil diners, even without the seemingly constant flow of new spots opening up. Nevertheless, the inspirations, ingredients and innovation behind the best new restaurants in Hong Kong, from traditional Cantonese to Thai and Vietnamese, are stretching the city's global reach in 2019 even further.
Here are 4 of the best additions to Hong Kong’s dining scene:
1. John Anthony
Another new highly anticipated Chinese restaurant, comes in the form of John Anthony in the city’s Lee Gardens mall in Causeway Bay. Regional Chinese cuisines including Szechuan, Hunan and Shandong are the stars of the menu, but Cantonese also plays a large role.
The 7,000-square-foot space boasts three custom-built barbecue grills that deliver many of the dishes. The Flat Bed BBQ cooks traditional Cantonese char siu roast meats including Iberico pork, Black Angus short rib and Australian wagyu fillet.
There’s a large selection of dim sum, with handmade Alaskan crab dumplings and steamed rice rolls with soft shell crab and squid ink providing a mouthful in more ways than one. The bar is another draw, especially its 12 ‘gin tubes’, each filled with a house-infused gin featuring botanicals from across ancient Spice Routes.
1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Wan Chai-based Bread & Beast has been making gourmet sandwiches popular with locals and visitors alike. Its recent launch of an evening restaurant called Kong – in the same location, has taken its food in a whole new direction.
After dark, the restaurant riffs on local Cantonese classics with surprising twists, so cheung fun noodle rolls are covered with gooey melted cheddar, à la mac and cheese. Crispy scallion pancakes are the perfect platform for liver pate made with Hua Diao wine, while “angry cauli” lives up to its name with chili oil and a broth made with toban djan (spicy bean paste).
A strong bar menu includes cocktails that hero Chinese spirits, popular with locals and visitors who enjoy standing outside on the quiet street.
3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2237 1868
3. Mint & Basil
The second location of Mint & Basil brings classic Thai and Vietnamese fare to Lantau’s Tung Chung waterfront. There’s a spacious, pet-friendly outdoor area ideal for dining with friends and family. It boasts a slick interior space highlighted by a mural of a Southeast Asian street food market.
Expect the classics, including tom yum, pad Thai and pho bo, on top of deeper cuts such as pan-seared scallops with lychee salad, fish maw soup with crab meat and lamb shank curry.
Shop Ga 4-7, Site A, Lei King Wan, Sai Wan Ho
4. Holt’s Cafe
Named after historic Holt’s Wharf, aka the space that the Rosewood Hong Kong now occupies, Holt’s Café turns Hong Kong’s traditional cha chaan teng dining culture on its head. That means high-end dishes speckled with international influence, as well as a setting evocative of Europe’s golden age cafés and brasseries. One of eight food and beverage venues the Rosewood is slowly unrolling, Holt’s Café also serves a range of excellent teas: Chinese, premium aged, single-origin herbal blends, rare vintages and more.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
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