Header images courtesy of Maison Meiji and Mosu
Dine-in dinner is making a return to Hong Kong this month, and new restaurants are gearing up to welcome eager taste buds, from a Meiji Restoration-inspired destination to a seafood and champagne expert. Here’s where to eat and drink in Hong Kong this April.
Meet Maison Meiji, the latest all-in-one food and beverage concept to open in Hong Kong. Inspired by Japan’s Meiji Restoration period, the new dining destination breathes new life into the historical Green House in Wan Chai, encompassing an elegant café and tearoom, a French-Japanese all-day dining restaurant, and an intimate cocktail lounge.
Start your visit at the Coffee & Tea Room, where Maison Meiji presents a traditional Japanese tea and modern Western coffee experience alongside Japanese desserts. Next, head to the Bistro for fusion Japanese dining courtesy of head chef Tatsuo Haruta, who whips up masterful Meiji-inspired dishes like omelette rice, hamburg steak, and more. Wrap things up with a handcrafted tipple at Kuromaru, a relaxed cocktail lounge that specialises in boutique Japanese shochu labels and rare liquors.
Maison Meiji, 1/F, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 6186 0889
Long awaited and much anticipated, Mosu Hong Kong is finally opening at M+ this month. Driven by Michelin-starred executive chef Sung Anh, the sister outpost to the award-winning Mosu Seoul promises the same level of excitement and innovation that made its South Korean counterpart a household name. In collaboration with Lai Sun Dining, the Mosu Hong Kong experience will be limited to tasting menus only in a setting of 60 seats.
Head chef Shim Jung-taek leads the Hong Kong effort, prioritising the use of local produce to create dishes that echo the menu at Mosu Seoul and the childhood flavours that inspired Chef Ahn. Notable courses include the mushroom, made of burnt cream in an almond tart topped with mushroom jelly essence, and the black sesame, a tofu of toasted black sesame and seaweed water shaped like a xiaolongbao and filled with Hokkaido sea urchin.
Mosu Hong Kong, 3/F, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon
A new addition to the Soho neighbourhood, Bar Bleu is a self-styled “seafood and champagne expert,” a tried-and-true pairing that never gets old. In an intimate space of rustic white walls and blue accents, Bar Bleu serves up a focused menu of coastal classics, which include lobster bisque ($148) and tuna tartare ($198) for appetisers and pan-roasted cod ($268) with cauliflower and snow crab tagliatelle ($198) for mains. Oysters ($68 per piece) are plated on a bed of cucumber vinaigrette and watermelon granite.
Bar Bleu, G/F, 9 Staunton Street, Central
Lai Sun Dining’s second offering at cultural destination M+ is a more laidback affair to contrast the upscale experience of Mosu Hong Kong. An all-day dining experience—hence the name—that extends into the night, the 10,000-square-feet restaurant faces Victoria Harbour and comprises a spacious dining hall, bar area, and private dining rooms, making for a perfect choice for drinks, a sit-down meal, or even a quick grab-and-go snack.
Executive chef Daniel Chan leads the menu at ADD+ with international flair. Highlights include the stir-fried spaghetti with barbecue pork in goose oil ($138)—a speciality of which only 50 servings are prepared per day; an ADD+ take on the Hainanese chicken ($188) with Malaysian-style dark soya sauce, local ginger and sand ginger, and a spicy homemade chilli sauce; the stir-fried rice rolls, beef, and satay sauce in hot pot ($138); and the eighteen-layered ADD+ club sandwich ($168) that’s sure to satisfy.
ADD+, Unit A, B1, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon
A new bistro concept has made its home in Central, presenting authentic French cuisine under the helm of executive pastry chefs Lionel Bodros and Frederic Despres, who cut their teeth at three-Michelin-starred restaurants. Town 93 Café specialises in homemade French pastries, cakes, desserts, and all-day breakfast plates, all made with seasonal ingredients.
For the signature experience, tuck into the classic eggs Benedict with a yuzu Hollandaise, the T3 breakfast combo, mille-feuille à la minute, canelé, and rotational petit gâteau.
Town 93 Café, 1/F, Hong Kong House, 17–19 Wellington Street in Central