From Snickers flavoured cocktails to exotic free-flow brunches, and airport themed concept bars to freshly served sushi with a view, this summer is all about indulgence. We feast our way through the city to find you the hottest new food and drink options on offer this season.
Brunch by the Shore
Weekend brunches will never go out of style in Hong Kong, and now popular rooftop bar Shore is setting the trend for summer with its new Brunch by the Shore offering. Held every Sunday (weather permitting) on the venue’s beautiful outdoor terrace, the new concept ticks all the brunch boxes, serving up barbecued meats, fresh seafood, juicy salads, highly addictive waffle, and of course, oceans of free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Less booze-driven guests can sip on fresh young coconuts, homemade lemonade, and fresh juices while admiring the stunning views of the city down below.
Inspired by gorgeous shorelines around the world, the exotic themed brunch offers a more relaxed atmosphere than other brunches around town, with casual seating and subtle house beats creating the perfect ambience for some serious weekend chilling. On top of that, some of the city’s most creative and talented entrepreneurs will be showcasing their collections at each event — we were treated to a colourful fashion show by ethically sourced local bohemian brand, Aanya, which perfectly suited the laid-back vibe. Definitely one to enjoy on those sunny summer Sundays!
Shore, 3rd and 4th Floor, the L. Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, (+852) 2915 1638
Every Sunday, (4.30pm til late)
$680 per person including free-flow Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, cocktails, and soft drinks
Read more! Check out our list of the city’s 12 Best Free-Flow Brunch Buffets
Saturday Brunch at Olé Spanish Restaurant
There’s a reason this legendary Spanish eatery has remained a Central landmark for the past 18 years – the food is amazing! If you love tapas in a romantic and authentic setting, then head to Olé Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar on a Saturday and tuck into its newly-launched brunch which invites you to feast on a 16-course menu of the most celebrated tapas.
Classic Spanish Omelet, Sizzling Garlic Prawns, Sautéed Chorizo with Garlic and Chives, and Traditional Spanish Seafood Paella are just some of the delights to enjoy in this intimate setting. And if that wasn’t enough to lure you through the rustic arched alcoves of this hidden gem, then surely one of the three free-flow packages will (see below). Romantic souls will be charmed to the core as they sip on chilled Sangria, munch on Hot Chocolate Churros, and enjoy beautiful live performances from the restaurant’s musical duo who will serenade you on a Spanish guitar.
Ole Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar, 1/F, Shun Ho Tower, 24 Ice House Street, Central, (+852) 2537 8856
Every Saturday and public holiday (12pm – 3pm)
$380 for adults; $228 for kids (free-flow options: juice and soft drinks – $88 / Cava and Sangria – $150 / White wine, red wine, Cava, and Sangria – $180)
New Cocktails & Bar Food at Lily & Bloom
We’ve always loved Lily & Bloom for its epic happy hour deal, and now we have another reason — ten gorgeous new cocktails created by new head mixologist John Nugent. Tasting just as decadent as they look, the delicious tipples add an original twist to legendary classics that match the vibrancy of Hong Kong, such as the super Instagrammable Coffee & Cigarettes ($120) – Nugent’s answer to the espresso martini, which combines apple-smoked bourbon, Dictator Cafe-infused rum, and cold drip coffee.
Our personal favourite is the highly addictive English Milk Punch ($115), a creamy, sweet concoction – popular among socialites in the 1700s – which contains nine spirits (yep, nine) and somehow tastes like Haribo Starmix. The Very Old Cow ($120) strikes a chord with Aperol lovers, while the Snickers Old Fashioned ($150) is every sweet-toothed drinker’s idea of paradise. While you’re there, check out the new bar eats too, as executive chef Chris Grare has whipped up some timeless favourites, including the must-order Nam Nam Wings ($120), delightful Char Siu Báhn Mì ($150), and incredible Smoked Salmon Tartare ($95).
Lily & Bloom, 5/F & 6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2810 6166
Read more! Check out our list of Hong Kong’s 15 Best Happy Hours
New Lunch Menu at Le Garçon Saigon
The hip Vietnamese joint is expanding its offering to include a new set lunch menu on weekdays from 12 noon to 2.30pm. For $188 per person, you can feast on Green Papaya Salad and Vermicelli Noodles Bun Bowls which come in generously sized portions. If you’re a meat lover, be sure to order the delicious Mayura Beef Tri-Tip (pictured above) or the Kurobuta Pork Chop which really packs a punch in the flavour department – and of course, a fresh young coconut always goes down a treat. The ideal spot to grab a bargain bite during lunch hour if you happen to work around Wan Chai.
Le Garçon Saigon, 12-14 Wing Fung Stret, Wan Chai, (+852) 2455 2499
Every weekday, (12pm – 2.30pm)
$188 per person
New Banh Mi at Le Petit Saigon
Calling all Bahn Mi lovers. New takeaway Le Petit Saigon (next to big brother Le Garçon Saigon) is opening its doors to offer lunchtime diners the authentic Vietnamese sandwich for $88 a pop – and we can confirm it’s delicious. Made with freshly baked French bread (of the crispy on the outside, soft on the inside variety), these tasty delights are bursting with five different kinds of pork, (from shredded and belly to fromage de tête and pork floss), chilli for heat, pickles for acidity and crunch, coriander and shallots for herbaceous freshness, and pâté and mayonnaise for richness.
While the portions are very generous, be prepared to walk away with sticky fingers and covered in crumbs as the bread is super crispy and the fillings are prone to exploding in all directions. A great lunch-on-the-run option if you’re in the area, but get in there quick as these babies will be served daily from noon until they run out.
Le Petit Saigon, G/F 16 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 2455 2499
Weekdays, 12 noon til they run out
$88 per Bahn Mi Thit
Runway Concept Bar
We love a good concept bar in Hong Kong, and this one takes it to new heights (see what we did there?). Runway is the newest kid on the Central block, bringing a whole load of ‘kitsch’ to Wyndham Street. Created to bring the theme of travel to the city’s nightlife, the 1950s vintage flight concept bar offers guests a unique in-flight experience with touches of the motif throughout. The entrance displays an impressive table created from plane wings while plane propellers and metal structures adorn the venue, which also features aircraft windows in its design.
Setting out to present cocktails that amplify global flavors while staying true to local roots, the menu includes its signature Singapore; One Mile At A Time cocktail, a new take on the classic Singapore Sling. On the food side, passengers can feast on ‘classics’ from eight different countries, including Chicken Bahn Mi from Vietnam, Wing Flaps Pide Beef from Turkey, and Crispy White Fish Fillet inspired by our very own Hong Kong. Happy Hour is held every day of the week from 3pm to 8pm (and all day on Sunday), with selected drinks setting you back $48, and resident DJ Mojito playing hip hop beats and house during the weekends.
Runway, G/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2827 9022
Akikan Robatayaki Restaurant
Bringing the Japanese cuisine of robatayaki (or fireside cooking) to the city, Akikan Robatayaki is the latest restaurant to land in Causeway Bay. Hiroshima-born executive chef Kenji has come all the way from Japan to bring us a selection of ice-chilled sushi, delicious broths, and mouth-watering meat skewers slow-grilled over hot charcoal.
Highlights on the menu include Oyster Simmered in Sake Broth, Wagyu Beef Steak, Stir-Fried IWATEI Hokkinton (pork) with Ginger Sauce, and chef Kenji’s personal recommendation, Kaba (sauce) or Shiro (salt) Grilled Japanese Eel. This all pairs beautifully with the restaurant’s extensive selection of silky smooth sake, served chilled to perfection.
Aside from the food, Akikan boasts an incredibly charming atmosphere, channeling the spirit of Japan across the two-storey venue, which features an impressive fireside cooking grill, minimalist wooden decor, and a staircase lit with mesmerising projections of swimming koi fish and Japanese maple leaves. A spa-like sanctuary away from the madness of Causeway Bay, Akikan is a must try for sushi lovers with a romantic side.
Akikan Robatayaki, 27/F & 28/F, Cubus, No. 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2562 3121
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