Hong Kong’s Must Try New Restaurants This January
In Hong Kong, even if you eat all your meals outside you will still only scratch the surface of the culinary scene.
COVID-19 might have changed the dining experience a lot – masks, social restrictions, plexishields, temperature scans and sanitisers – but the overwhelming number of restaurants in Hong Kong is still quite the same! From cheap-eats to splurge-worthy meals, at Nest Property we’re all about the latest and greatest in food.
Scroll below for January’s best bites in Hong Kong:
1. Ma… and The Seeds of Life
Hardcore carnivore? Give a chance to the many plant-based eateries which have popped up in Hong Kong. You’d be pleasantly surprised with all sorts of spells the chefs are casting on vegetables these days.
Who would’ve thought that going meatless is a breeze in the SAR today, thanks to the many vegan fixtures which are changing the dining scene, one hearty plate at a time. The newest entrant, Ma… and The Seeds of Life, is an ode to harm-free, raw, flavourful and rich fine dining experience.
French jewellery designer-turned chef, Tina Barrat, titillates the palate with a wide spread of delicious canapés, a health-conscious selection of small savoury bites – we absolutely loved the chiaviar, sour cream and quinoa blinis here and the orange fennel soup and salads are creative yet oozing with taste – and a meticulous menu of raw and cooked mains. Wash it down with their organic, biodynamic wines. We wrapped up our meal with their Classic “Tinamisu” – a delectable, gluten-free delight.
Nest Property Tip: The restaurant fills up fast, make a reservation or expect to wait!
Ma, Shop 11, 1/F, H18 Conet, 23 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3165 1717
2. Lucciola Restaurant & Bar
A modern twist on a pan-Italian classic menu, renowned Chef Francesco Gava offers an indulgent, authentic, traditional menu with the finest tastes and flavours.
Located at The Hari, Aron Harilela’s new luxury hotel in Wan Chai aims to pay a premium tribute to Italian dishes from all over the country and upgrade them with the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients.
The restaurant offers heritage recipes perfected over generations of Chef Gava’s family – spaghetti with Sicilian anchovies, garlic with ample of Tomino cheese, and the Fresh tagliatelle with Piedmontese frog legs, amongst others.
The retro-chic interiors, with muted green and warm ambers, encapsulate the cheerful spirit of Italy. Large angled ceilings create a perpetual flow of natural light; Lucciola, is a breath of indulgent air.
A special occasion or an intimate meal, tuck into Lucciola’s indulgent menu and do not miss the Tiramisu – heard it’s the most delicious bite in all of Hong Kong!
Nest Property Tip: Set lunch is at a very modest price ($198–298), dine-in till offer lasts!
Lucciola, 1/F, The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2129 0388
3. Leaves & Liberty
For the whole month of January, Lan Kwai Fong’s favourite burger place, Beef & Liberty is going 100% vegetarian!
Their sister branch, Leaves & Liberty, is taking over the menu, so expect healthy, hearty eats with loads of vegan choices. Do not miss their pulled jackfruit burger with quinoa patty and BBQ sauce – if only New Year detox tasted this good all the time!
Leaves & Liberty, 3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2539 6818
Modern wooden booths, metallic archways and a green living wall – SOHO’s newest speakeasy, OBP, is a tribute to the iconic alcohol houses (sool-jip) found all over South Korea.
Boasting of eclectic and funky tipples, the cocktail menu is a mix of light and elegant drinks. Don’t miss the Korean sake (rice wine) or the Dokdo (sour apple) gimlet which team perfectly well with their street-food inspired sides.
Keeping the current COVID-19 restrictions in mind, OBP is open from noon to 6pm daily, but the plan is to operate from 6pm to 2 am when all’s eventually well!
OBP, 3-5 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong
5. Passepartout Brunch & Coffee
In a quaint corner of the bustling Lockhart Road, a tiny bistro is scoring gastronomical points and serving Parisian vibes. Named after the fictional character in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, this petite cafe offers a slew of authentic globetrotting dishes amidst cosy surrounds.
Surprisingly, the chef crafts almost everything from scratch.
And we mean everything – their unique ice creams to intriguing mains, deliciously fresh seasonal pastries to India-inspired butter chicken masala waffles or their take on rice patties and onsen eggs with tender slabs of char siu. Yokohoma, a hearty bowl of Japanese comfort food, is enough to get our hearts craving for some much-needed travel!
Passepartout Brunch & Coffee, Chung Wai Commercial Building, Shop 2 GF, 447-449 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2882 0828