Header images courtesy of Falcone
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.
F&B group Lubuds expands its growing portfolio with a new restaurant in 1881 Heritage, the historical landmark building in Tsim Sha Tsui, opened in partnership with Mastercard. As the first Mastercard concept restaurant in Asia-Pacific, Luma will feature a rotating menu of Eastern and Western cuisines, showcase a diverse roster of chefs hand-picked from across different Lubuds restaurants, and welcome guest chefs into its kitchen, too. Expectedly, the experience will only be available exclusively to Mastercard cardholders.
Luma, G/F, FWD House 1881 Main Building, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
In case you missed it, Falcone, Black Sheep Restaurants’ new pizza project, is now open at IFC. Leading Falcone is head chef Roberta De Sario, a Neapolitan native who brings the time-honoured culinary traditions of her hometown, passed down through experienced pizzaiolos, to the restaurant, stamped with her own signature approach to flavour and topping combinations to create a neo-Neapolitan style. All pizzas are baked to perfection in a Pavesi brick oven, custom-made for Falcone. Consider the salsiccia e zucca, where fior di latte, sausage, and gorgonzola is combined with Japanese pumpkin, or the spinaci e provola, where smoked provola cheese meets spinach and Calabrian chilli.
Alongside De Sario, chef Josh Stumbaugh designed the pasta menu, featuring linguine alle vongole, spaghetti aragosta e gamberi, and rigatoni alla Genovese.
Falcone, Main Atrium, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
Esdras Ochoa, of 11 Westside in Hong Kong and Mexicali Taco & Co. in LA, is behind the newly opened 1st and Beaudry at The Arca, an exploration of the diverse flavours and various cuisines that make up the quintessential modern American dining experience.
If the concept sounds vague, rest assured that the dishes will bring clarity to the menu: Sunset Boulevard is a colourful salad of avocado, charred zucchini, nutty grains, red mizuna, and beet carpaccio; M.B. Chowdah is a classic, creamy clam chowder dished up in a sourdough bread bowl; and Roy Garcia, a charred pork neck taco.
1st and Beaudry, 7/F, The Arca, 43 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Diners with fur-kids in tow will be excited to hear that a new pet-friendly restaurant has been added to Fashion Walk! At Longtail, retro vibes, authentic Thai cuisine, and an affordable brunch will keep paw-rents well sated. For the best experience, order a spread of dishes to sample across the menu; try the gaeng kiew wan gai (green chicken curry), laab moo (spicy minced pork salad), and pla tod samun prai (deep-fried local seabass).
Longtail, Shop C, G/F Towning Mansion, 50 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay
Inspired by the iconic cocktail bars of New York City and the magic of Alice in Wonderland, The Green Door is a speakeasy concept helmed by Arlene Wong and Dabi Chin, with executive chef Gavin Chin leading the food programme. Focused on delivering an intimate experience fuelled by craft cocktails and a curated menu of elevated bar bites, the new opening pays homage to feminism, creativity, art, and the power of imagination.
From the Marie, a novel take on the Bloody Mary with Monkey 47 gin, tomato consommé, and dill tincture, to the Dominica, made with Plantation 3 Stars rum, Mr Black cold brew, and mint chocolate cream, the cocktail menu brings pleasant surprises. Pair the drinks with sharing snacks such as prawn cutlets, fish fries, and a moreish American pie.
The Green Door, LG/F, Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street, Central
Fusion dishes, immersive flavours, vintage vibes, and eclectic “antique shop” décor—all these things and more await diners at the newly opened Vie Won Won in Shek Tong Tsui. Helmed by chef Alfred Leung—who trained under chef Ken Lau of Pano, Palco, and Pleka—the new concept showcases his creativity and unique takes on global and local comfort foods. Order the signature matcha lamb chops, numb and spicy clams, hojicha mochi bagel, and crab meat risotto for taste of what Vie Won Won is all about. Pets are welcome, and the restaurant is also active in promoting inclusivity through experiences such as “Darkness Dining” dinners and various performances to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
Vie Won Won, 8 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui
Enjoy the flavours of the Amalfi Coast with equally stunning views at Perla atop ICC in Kowloon! Brought to you by the group behind Castellana, Perla focuses on seafood-centric Italian dishes, highlighting fresh, premium ingredients and seasonality. Its six-course tasting menu features yellowfin tuna tartare, steamed Brittany blue lobster, cappelletti ravioli with cod and seabream, Carabineros red prawn served with Modena balsamic vinegar, and more.
Perla, Shop B1, 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon
Specialising in contemporary “New Nordic” cuisine, Aera, led by restaurant partner and head chef Chevalier Yau, serves as a platform for promoting “sustainability, ecological awareness, and ethical considerations in food production,” as well as the talents of promising young chefs.
Classic Nordic preparation techniques, such as pickling, smoking, air-drying, and fermentation, are used to their fullest extent in the creation of the restaurant’s 10-course tasting menu, which presents dishes such as rice, sea urchin, and garlic with homemade Japanese red shiso vinegar and Australian dried prunes; pattes, malt, and lemon using local three-yellow chicken; and A3 Wagyu, truffle, and beef jus with Japanese mizansho pepper.
Aera, G/F, 6 Stewart Road, Wan Chai
Umberto Bombana’s Octavo Management Group has relaunched its dim sum lounge concept in Central, marrying Cantonese flavours with Italian hospitality. Good for all-day dining and a slew of different occasions—from business lunch and afternoon tea to happy hour drinks, dinner, and late-night cocktails—Nove continues its tradition of serving handcrafted dim sum, Chiuchow-style dishes, and premium Chinese teas, much like its sister restaurant at the Fringe Club.
Nove, G06, G/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Central