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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.
An exciting Indochine Vietnamese grill concept promises to be one of the hottest openings of the year. Led by executive chef DoBee Lam, the new Lai Sun Dining restaurant features an open kitchen with a wood-fire barbecue set-up, a French-influenced tasting menu that showcases the “essence of major cities in Vietnam,” and warm interiors to reflect the theme.
Guests can look forward to reinvented classics like the bún bò Huế, a soup noodle dish slow-cooked with lemongrass and served with USDA Prime Black Angus rib-eye cap, and the French quarter Chilean seabass, a modern take on the traditional chả cá Lã Vọng.
Sếp, 19/F, H Code (High Block), 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 2116 5433
Jennifer Kim, founder of the popular multi-concept food brand Seoul Recipe, is the driving force behind Danji, a modern Korean bistro in the Starstreet Precinct. Homecooked Korean cuisine is the focus of the new eatery, with classic dishes like kimchi fried rice ($298), marinated galbi ribs ($280), and fried chicken ($98) leading the no-fuss menu. Perfect for the wintertime, diners can take comfort in the spicy tofu seafood stew ($148) and Busan fishcake soup ($128) alongside warming drinks like the Boksoondoga makgeolli ($80).
Danji, 7 Sun Street, Starstreet Precinct, Wan Chai | (+852) 2623 9983
Aqua Restaurant Group will be adding another Italian gem to its collection this month. Vista, helmed by executive chef Andrea Mura, will take over a two-storey penthouse location in Tsim Sha Tsui and specialise in a wealth of Mediterranean delights, including seafood dishes, handcrafted pasta, Venetian cicchetti, and irresistible Italian cocktails.
Vista, 29/F & 30/F, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Contemporary Asian flavours are matched with Western cooking styles at Rêveri, a new “casual fine-dining” restaurant in Sheung Wan. Founded by veteran F&B duo Jessica Kesumo and John Law, the concept highlights premium ingredients, refined techniques, clean presentation, and thoughtful wine and sake pairings to elevate the dining experience.
Opt for the seven-course dinner menu ($1,080) featuring dishes like the savoury truffle brioche with Japanese scallop, aged cheddar cheese, and scallion oil; the decadent Hokkaido hairy crab with somen, apple, uni, and ikura; and the Australian Wagyu duo.
Rêveri, 20–24 Mercer Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 6778 7278
Bookmark Bàrbar for your next happy hour or casual dinner with friends and family, where a plethora of tapas, large sharing plates, and wine awaits! Chef and culinary director Edgard Sanuy Barahona and head chef Ronald N. Nelson have put together a menu filled with updated takes on moreish Spanish bites, such as the Madrid squid bocadillo ($55) and bacalao croquette with “piquillo” all-i-oli ($23). Bring a large group and tuck into the mouthwatering pigeon rice (starting from $145) and the fresh lobster fideuà ($295) while sipping on Spanish sherries, wines, sangria, and cocktails made with Spanish gins.
Bàrbar, Shop A, G/F, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 2810 0008
Intrepid diners with an appreciation for international mash-ups will not want to miss this novel concept helmed by chef Terufumi Mihara. Trattoria Kagawa by Mihara, newly opened late last month, showcases traditional Italian comfort cuisine made with exceptional ingredients sourced primarily from Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture, where the chef was born.
From behind a 10-seater teppanyaki counter, Chef Mihara dishes up signature creations, such as the olive-fed Japanese Wagyu beef tagliata ($218) from the hills of Shodoshima; caprese with tomato sorbet ($108) made with Kagawa-grown tomatoes; bagna cauda ($108) with seasonal Japanese vegetables; and trippa alla Kagawa ($68), a dish of slow-cooked tripe with Japanese tomatoes, Kagoshima eggs, and Parmesan cheese.
Trattoria Kagawa by Mihara, G/F, 18 Ship Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 5394 3690