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New Eats: Where to eat in Hong Kong this February

By Jen Paolini 5 February 2020

As we roll into a new decade and Chinese zodiac cycle here in Hong Kong, we renew our efforts and go on the hunt for the latest and greatest coming to our dining scene. Check out some of the most exciting new restaurants and menus to be found in Hong Kong this February to start the Year of the Rat off on the right taste bud.

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All-day contemporary Cantonese dining at Mr Ming’s

Ming Fat House’s latest venture combines traditional recipes with sumptuous interiors worthy of royalty to present a modern Chinese dining experience. Step into Mr Ming’s and find yourself transported into the Qing dynasty, complete with antique Chinese artwork and artefacts, a rare coins collection, a personal wine cellar, and rich hues shades of turquoise and orange.

Spearheaded by self-taught executive chef Tony Hung, his firm understanding of progressive Cantonese cooking techniques melds with proprietary, tried-and-true recipes passed down by his grandfather to inspire a bespoke range of dim sum and Cantonese roasts. Nowhere does his culinary passion shine through more than on his colourful and daring menu, featuring dim sum delights like Milk & Pumpkin Buns, a modern take on traditional steamed custard buns using Japanese Meiji milk and pumpkin purée.

No Cantonese restaurant would be complete without an impressive rack of roasted meats, and the fat-marbled Iberico pork of Ming’s BBQ Pork and the classic Ming’s Roasted Peking Duck—served with homemade Mandarin pancakes and condiments—are staples of the menu.Befitting of a modern establishment, alternative meats also make an appearance at Mr Ming’s! Vegetarians can dig into curated dishes that use OmniPork or Beyond Meat, like the Crispy Tofu Pocket with OmniPork & Sweet Potato and Spicy Beyond Beef Cubes.

Mr Ming’s Chinese Dining, 113A, 1/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Cinnamon roll expert Cinnabon is opening in Hong Kong

America’s favourite cinnamon rolls are making a beeline for Hong Kong and waistlines everywhere are heaving a sigh. Cinnabon, fine purveyors of cinnamon rolls, cinnamon products, coffee, and frozen drinks, have announced their arrival in Hong Kong via their Facebook page, and sweet-tooths around the city cannot contain their excitement.

From the world-famous Classic Rolls and Bon Bites—made with trademarked Makara cinnamon from West Sumatra and topped with smooth frosting—to Cinnamon Sticks and Caramel Pecan Bons, the Cinnabon menu does one thing and it does it so, so well that indulging in just one serving is an unthinkable feat. The official opening date is 7 February—that’s this Friday! Are your taste buds ready for a sweet treat to share with your Valentine?

Cinnabon, G06, G/F Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui

Jazz and izakaya come together in Silencio’s new brunch

Add a touch of music and flair to your weekend brunch! Le Comptoir’s Silencio is launching an all-new Jazzakaya ($458–$,1888) brunch concept on weekends and throughout the holidays to keep your spirits lively and lifted. Recreating the moody ambience of Japan’s beloved drinking dens, Silencio combines a free-flow spread with live jazz performances and plenty of booze packages to keep you imbibed.

Dig into a champagne-fueled feast and take your pick from unlimited seasonal starters from the bar, which include fresh seafood, tempura, yakitori, and more. For mains, choose from eight Japanese-inspired dishes, with bold creations like Empire State—a “sushi doughnut” made with crispy rice, raw seafood, avocado, and soft poached egg—and Kugeso, a stack of mochi pancakes with maple syrup.

Diners who like to play it safe can try the elevated Wagyu Sando, a buttery Miyazaki A4 wagyu tenderloin sandwiched between Hokkaido milk bread with kewpie mayonnaise and katsu sauce—highly recommended for a luscious flavour experience. Wrap up your brunch with an assorted platter of Silencio’s signature desserts and don’t forget to shimmy to the live music!

Silencio, 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2480 6569

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CAMPSITE re-creates an urban camp cooking experience

K11 ATELIER in Quarry Bay is introducing a casual dining experience that hopes to lead patrons on a journey to reconnect with nature and their own selves—all while trucking along in the city. Dubbed CAMPSITE, the restaurant focuses on meals cooked with fresh and sustainable ingredients, presented within the comforts of what they call a “glamourous campsite setting.” You mean, like a glamping site?

Signature dishes include Campfire Wagyu Steak with Wagyu Bone Marrow ($335), Flame-burnt Dungeness Crabmeat ($128), vegetarian-friendly Rice Bean and Pistachio Croquettes ($75), and Dutch Oven Wild Rice ($188). Naturally, Campfire S’mores ($88) are on the dessert menu.

Though we’re still scratching our heads a little bit over the declared concept (and the stubborn insistence of all uppercase spelling), we think the idea has some merit, especially for die-hard city dwellers like us.

CAMPSITE, Shop 5, Ground Floor, K11 ATELIER, 728 King’s Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 3705 8248

Daytime dining at La Petite Maison

Inject a taste of Mediterranean flavours into your workweek! Le Petite Maison Hong Kong has launched an executive lunch set ($448) with a spotlight on the finest Mediterranean produce and a signature sharing-style approach.

From not-your-usual-salads and starters like Salad of Green Lentils, the toothsome Runner Beans Salad with Artichoke Salad, and Salt Cod Croquettes with Oven-Roasted Pepper Relish and Tuna Carpaccio, just deciding between the selection will have you spoilt for choice—and we highly recommend going with a group so you can try even more dishes between yourselves!

For mains, the Confit Duck Legs with Orange Glaze is a winning combination, as is the Grilled Chilean Bass, succulent and flaky. Carnivores will delight in the Lamb Cutlets with Smoked Aubergine and Rib-Eye Steak for two, while vegetarians get to indulge in the star of the menu, homemade Gnocchi with Cherry Tomato.

Add on a dessert course to wrap up your meal on a sweet note with Vanilla Crème Brûlée or Marinated Agen Prunes with Gingerbread Ice Cream.

La Petite Maison, Shop 1, 1/F, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central | (+852) 2887 1113

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Jen Paolini

Content director

Born in Hong Kong, raised in Germany, and educated in the U.S., Jen is an award-winning creative with a background in illustration, communication design, art direction, and content creation. When she’s not getting lost in a good book, you’ll find her doing crosswords, eating dim sum, covering all sides of a “Hamilton” number, and taking naps.