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New Restaurants: Where to eat and drink in Hong Kong (August 2023)

By Jen Paolini 24 August 2023

Header images courtesy of MâmAmis

Our regularly updated guide to the newest restaurant openings will cut through the noise and help you find the best places to eat and drink in Hong Kong this month.

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From the folks who brought us Chilli Fagara and Hot ‘N’ Meen comes MâmAmis, where French-Vietnamese flavours take centre stage. Dishes are presented family-style in a charming setting inspired by the countryside—think French bistro but in lively green, with woven chairs, exposed brick walls, hanging plants, and large windows. 

While the menu leans Vietnamese, there’s some options that stand out amongst the spring rolls, soup noodles, and salads, namely the wok-fried spicy curry crab, pan-seared foie gras with pineapple chilli jam, and the BBR—beef short ribs slow-cooked for 48 hours. Pair your meal with cocktails created by Fernet Hunter’s Raphael Holzer, whose drinks menu is designed in homage to Hương Thanh, the legendary Vietnamese jazz singer.

MâmAmis, Shop A & B, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner—have them all at Chapter, the new “dawn-to-dusk pitstop” at IFC. Split into the Dining Hall, Bar Corner, and Bakery Counter, diners can tuck into their first meal of the day from as early as 7.30 am, choosing from a selection of croissant logs and puff sandwiches to the house granola parfait and more.

A rotating lunch menu serves up contemporary European dishes such as the grilled halibut risotto in a rich lobster broth and linguine with manila clam and chorizo, teatime turns into a sweet experience with the pistachio mille-feuille, while dinner offers grilled Canadian natural pork tomahawk and roasted oriental herbs Spanish free-range poussin.

Chapter, Shop 1081, 1/F, IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central

Bistro La Baie

Seaside dining and classic bistro traditions meet at this new restaurant on the Tseung Kwan O Promenade. Helmed by chef Devon Hou, formerly of Cobo House, Amber, and Tate Dining Room, Bistro La Baie presents the best of coastal French flavours, fuelled by seasonal produce and the fresh ocean catches. Don’t miss the duck confit sandwich, roasted bone marrow with escargot“La Baie” bouillabaisse, steak frites, and citrus crème brulée tart.

Bistro La Baie, Shop G02, G/F, Monterey Place, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O

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The Square

Day-tripping to Sai Kung? Put The Square on your to-visit list. Newly opened, this casual café-restaurant specialises in a blend of continental dishes with an Asian twist, transforming classic comfort recipes. Chicken and waffles are reimagined, marinated in local bean curd with a side of homemade berry compote and honey butter; the slow-cooked crispy pork, inspired by Cantonese roasted meats, is slow-cooked and served over quinoa and kale. 

And for those who can’t live without brunch, the Millennials Breakfast, an avocado toast dish with lotus chips, radish, goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes, and the Monte Cristo toastie, a decadent, pan-fried ham and cheese French toast, are sure to please.

The Square, G/F, 22 Wan King Path, Sai Kung

Cardinal Point

As the latest addition to the culinary offerings at Forty-Five, Cardinal Point takes cocktail hour to new heights. Far above the bustling Central neighbourhood, this rooftop bar and sky terrace offers sweeping views of Victoria Harbour and the skyline beyond. John Nugent, known for his speakeasy bar The Diplomat, has crafted a drinks menu that celebrates travel and exploration, a cheeky nod to the concept’s name, shaking up cocktails such as the rum-based Purple Potato Painkiller; the Boujie Banana with Jameson Irish whiskey, allspice, banana, and shaved ice; and the Chips & Dip, made with tequila, dry vermouth, and nachos.

While Nugent leads the beverage programme, Rafael Gil takes point on the food, presenting an international menu that spans lamb koftas, chorizo cheese bikini, chicken parm, filet mignon, lobster roll, and an assortment of pizzas, all the way to dessert.

Cardinal Point, Forty-Five, Gloucester Tower, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central


Spice up your lunch al desko with something fun and flavourful, courtesy of AFK. Long-time internet users and chatroom frequenters—no judgment from us—will recognise the name as an acronym for “away from keyboard,” and with the range of salads, rolls, and bowls that AFK offers, it will help to transform office meals into something to look forward to.

From the pastrami roll, Spanish octopus roll, salmon roll, and feta chicken roll to the hearty 30-hour sous-vide brisket box, 24-hour sous-vide char siu box, Hokkaido pumpkin box, and sous-vide duck breast box, there’s something for everyone. Best of all, AFK is located in Hong Kong Station, so you can simply grab and go on your commute to work.

AFK, Shop HOK 66, Hong Kong MTR Station, Central

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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.