Header image courtesy of Crêpes & Bakes
Summertime has arrived in Hong Kong and new restaurants are gearing up to excite eager taste buds. Here’s where to eat and drink in Hong Kong this July, from a yōshoku concept and champagne and caviar lounge to a restaurant that’s all about pork.
Singaporean chef Edward Voon—of Le Pan fame—introduces a new fine-dining concept this month with Auor, melding French culinary traditions with the flavours of Asia to present seasonal, ingredients-driven tasting menus. His signature Six Rounds menu ($1,680 per person) comprises six courses revolving around the theme of “time” and the 24 solar terms of the Chinese calendar, featuring notable dishes such as II. Rain, a Carabinero red prawn “sui kow” with fermented black bean, and V. Soul, a Kiwami Wagyu striploin with tamarind purée and poivre noir. Auor is now open for dinner, with lunch service to follow soon.
Auor, 4/F, 88 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2866 4888
Seafront neighbourhood Kennedy Town welcomes a new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with Breeze Bistro. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and all day on weekends, guests can feast on lobster linguine ($280), whole grilled seabass ($360), and New Zealand lamb shank ($280) against a panoramic backdrop of the shimmering ocean, paired with creative cocktails like the Twilight Collins ($90), made with chamomile-infused gin and dry vermouth. Opt for a table by the blue-framed open windows if you come with pets in tow.
Breeze Bistro, 7–8 New Praya, Kennedy Town | (+852) 9020 6210
From the team behind Ask for Alonzo comes a new restaurant dedicated to porcine delights. Filling the space in Little Tai Hang left behind by gastropub Second Draft, Porkcentric draws on European culinary traditions to highlight regional pork specialities.
An industrial-chic space with ceiling-mounted beer tanks plays host to the main dining room, beer bar, and salumeria, where guests can tuck into a cold cut and cheese platter (starting from $198) curated from 10 to 12 types of European meats, including Slovenian deer, Italian boar, and Hungarian pork. Mains like the Duroc porterhouse pork steak ($498) with Silesian mashed potatoes and pork sausage burger ($188) are perfect for sharing alongside starters such as the pork trotter croquettes ($128). Local craft beer partner Moonzen delivers exclusives like the citrusy Lin Fa Tropical Ale as part of the beverage programme.
Porkcentric, G/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang | (+852) 9169 0298
As one of three dining concepts to open at the Hong Kong Palace Museum in West Kowloon, Crêpes & Bakes brings comforting French flavours to the new art and cultural destination at wallet-friendly prices. Savoury and sweet crêpes are all represented, alongside classic and flavoured croissants, sandwiches, tarts, salads, and more. Buckwheat crêpes like the ham and cheese ($88) and the Savoy ($98) with cured ham, raclette cheese, and onion come highly recommended, while the sweet crêpes of salted butter caramel ($88) and butter, sugar, and lemon ($58) are not to be missed. Enjoy your spoils in the half-timbered interiors inspired by historical Brittany architecture or out on the sun-soaked terrace.
Crêpes & Bakes, Museum Café 3, LG/F, Hong Kong Palace Museum, West Kowloon
Clink glasses of bubbly over caviar and oysters at Huso, newly opened at the elegant Pottinger hotel in Central. Branding itself as a “champagne and caviar specialist,” the tasteful lounge leads with a thoughtful curation of the above signature offerings while leaving plenty of room for other pleasures. Huso’s à la carte menu is decidedly Mediterranean-influenced, featuring dishes such as coq au vin ($268) and duck leg confit ($288). Its beverage programme covers rare champagne labels, sake, and cocktails, as well as wines and spirits.
Huso, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 5801 1280
Anjaylia Chan began baking cakes for her friends during the pandemic, but little did she know that her humble at-home project would grow into a full-blown business just two years later. Following a six-month-long pop-up, her confectionery brand Soulgood Bakery has now expanded to a brick-and-mortar location inside cultural-retail shopping mall K11 Musea and continues to offer her signature creative takes on the traditional San Sebastian cheesecake.
Bestselling recipes like the Iron Goddess (starting from $450) and mixed berries (starting from $480) with molten lava centres will no doubt delight sweet tooths, while the flavoured range of mochi Basque burnt cheesecakes (starting from $520) takes fusion baking to the next level. Chan has also whipped a brand-new crème brûlée taro Basque burnt cheesecake (starting from $560) to celebrate the shop opening.
Soulgood Bakery, Shop B201-39, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
No longer a “food desert,” Ma On Shan in the New Territories is blessed with a growing number of independent coffee shops, as well as a hip new burger joint. Sick Burger dishes up handmade creations out of a small shopfront designed for fast and casual bites, but the gourmet flavours of these stacks will surely take you by surprise.
Sandwiched between fluffy brioche buns elevated with onion bits baked into the dough, the double-patty Double Sick burger ($88) is layered with US Angus beef, butter lettuce, cheddar, mozzarella, onion relish, and gherkins, and topped off with fresh tomato and plum jams, mustard, and yuzu—a decadent combination. Other burgers like the Sick Chicken ($68), Sick Pork ($68), and Sick Fish ($68) are equally original and indulgent.
Sick Burger, Shop G04, MOSTown, 18 On Luk Street, Ma On Shan | (+852) 9549 0903
A curious betting-den-meets-restaurant hybrid has taken shape in the form of Tic Tac Room, fuelled by the similarly unusual choice of serving Japanese yōshoku (洋食) cuisine. You will find this peculiar amalgamation of interests inside the renovated Hong Kong Jockey Club Boutique in Central, which has been transformed from an off-course betting centre into a multipurpose venue where guests can follow the races, entertain themselves with board games and video game consoles, and gather for sit-down dining.
Highlights of the menu include classic Japanese dishes such as the tonkatsu sandwich ($78), karaage ($58), hambāgu steak omurice ($138), and custard pudding ($38) for dessert. And if horse racing is more on your mind than food, there are indeed betting machines inside Tic Tac Room for you to try your hand at a date with Lady Luck—just be sure to book ahead on racing days, as tables are available by reservation only.
Tic Tac Room, 2/F, Hong Kong Jockey Club, 10–12 Stanley Street, Central | (+852) 3586 0368
Local supermarket provider City’super is going beyond groceries and lifestyle goods with the launch of its new restaurant, Mikura. Leveraging on its unique relationship to the upmarket retail chain, Mikura crafts seasonal Japanese fare by using exclusive ingredients, such as the craftsman-made Hakataya soy milk, Yamagata A5 Wagyu beef from “maiden cows,” Kayanoya dashi stock made using century-old production techniques, and RF1 salads.
Mikura’s menu covers sashimi, grilled platters, salads, rolled omelettes, tempura, noodles, donburi, shabu-shabu, nabemono, and bento boxes, to name but a few. Amongst its many offerings, the kinpira burdock salad ($88) and Mikura’s steam pot ($798) with Yamagata A5 Wagyu beef are signature items. For finishers, the black sesame pudding ($42)—made with Hakataya soy milk and Wadaman black sesame paste—is a must.
Mikura, 3/F, Sugar+, 31 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2219 0738
Opening in mid-July at the much-anticipated Aki Hong Kong hotel, Tangram puts a Japanese spin on the Spanish culinary tradition of tapas with the inventive “japas.” Available from 3 pm onwards and featuring bites like hamachi tataki ($98) and yaki onigiri with poached egg ($68), these sharing plates allow guests to choose and curate their favourite flavours from a wide range of dishes, to be enjoyed with premium sake selections from the bar.
For lunch, three-course bento boxes ($328) are served, alongside daily “omakase appetisers,” seasonal desserts, and coffee or tea. If you are staying the night, Tangram also offers breakfast ($268), comprising of options from the buffet and à la carte dishes.
Tangram, 2/F, Aki Hong Kong – MGallery, 239 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2121 5021