Header image courtesy of Ozakaya
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.
As one of the foremost proponents of the dry-aged meat trend in Hong Kong, The Butchers Club needs no introduction. Pet owners, however, can find a new reason to rejoice, as the acclaimed steak experts are back with a brand-new dog-friendly restaurant concept.
The Butchers Club Grille is set to bring surf and turf dining to Taikoo Place, and four-legged friends are welcome to join. Premium dry-aged steak cuts will feature heavily on the menu alongside seafood, Western dishes, and a curated list of affordable wines, to be enjoyed in a spacious, golden-lit dining room with indoor and alfresco seating options. A specialist Montague oven, capable of achieving exceptionally high temperatures that form a crust around the exterior of the meat while retaining a tender interior, is the star of the kitchen.
The Butchers Club Grille, G/F, Westland Gardens, 12 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay
Japanese-inspired Ozakaya brings Osaka’s favourite dishes to Hong Kong. Set in the dynamic environment of an upbeat izakaya, up-and-coming head chef Jason Luk crafts innovative and photogenic dishes that put flavour, texture, and complexity at the forefront of the vibrant gastronomic experience. Architect Ronald Lu designed the interiors of the 56-seater restaurant, which also includes a sushi counter and show kitchen that seats 12 guests.
From the menu, signature plates like the uni truffle paste toast ($158) and dramatically presented smoked botan ebi with Hokkaido scallop mousse ($248) are not to be missed, for both your taste buds and the camera. Similarly, the uni and bone marrow noodle ($288) packs a flavourful punch in a unique marriage of land and sea. Opt for the Ozakaya tasting menu ($980) or the 14-course Ozakaya Journey menu ($1,380) for a comprehensive experience, best enjoyed with a sake pairing that’s available for an additional $480.
Ozakaya, 1/F, 74–80 Johnston Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 3702 5245
Tsim Sha Tsui East welcomes a new addition to its ever-growing waterfront options. Mulino is a casual and comforting restaurant that features the best of rustic Mediterranean cooking paired with modern cocktails and a buzzy atmosphere. While the patio seating affords captivating views of Victoria Harbour, indoors will see guests marvelling at the eclectic yet cosy maritime design, featuring bowl lights, warm timber centrepieces, and earthy hues.
Veteran culinary director Mohamed Hegazy and Moroccan executive chef Faycal El Moujahid teamed up to create a menu bursting with seaside flavours and refreshed takes on Mediterranean classics, such as the za’atar beets salad ($138) and insalata di polpo ($198) for starters. Other highlights include the linguine alla Nerano ($188) and pan-seared seabream ($288). From the charcoal cooker, the Arabic lamb kofta ($228) is a sure hit. Cocktails like the Smoky Mill (HK$125), with spiced rum and Amaretto liqueur, and fruit-based Papaya Pinwheel ($145) make for perfect pairings with the meal.
Mulino, Unit 1–6 & 45–46, G/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Enjoy a slice of Provence and the charms of southern France at the newly opened Terrace by LQV. Following the success of Terroirs by LQV, LQV Group has chosen Stanley for its latest concept, bringing its signature artisanal wine-focused approach to the seaside village.
A laidback ambience, spacious terrace, and picture-perfect views of Stanley Bay are among the restaurant’s biggest draws, but we equally love the soothing interiors of the main dining room, made up of rattan-backed chairs, natural materials, and soft blue colours.
From the beverage menu, refreshing rosé, white wines, and champagnes are the highlights, while French artisanal spirits will also feature, such as the Domaine Milan-crafted Le Gin. French Mediterranean cooking is at the heart of the food offerings, with a focus on vegetables, meats, and seafood. Recommended dishes include the grilled French seabass ($698), Pastis flambée grilled prawns ($288), and vegetable tian ($98).
Terrace by LQV, Shop 505, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley Plaza, Stanley | (+852) 2324 9008
In celebration of the hundredth-and-sixtieth anniversary of Towngas, the historic Hong Kong brand has unveiled a new gastronomic concept in its flagship store. CulinArt 1862 consists of the Chef’s Table, which will serve Western-inspired kaiseki meals, as well as the Lounge & Kitchen for international dining. Chef Stanley Wong takes the helm, bringing his experience from high-end restaurants and hotels around the globe to the new opening.
At the Chef’s Table, guests can indulge in the seven-course tasting menu ($1,288), featuring red prawn tartare, beef consommé, and Rangers Valley striploin, amongst others. Lounge & Kitchen offers an à la carte menu that includes dishes like beetroot carpaccio ($145), potato gnocchi ($188), and Wagyu beef tartare ($178).
CulinArt 1862, 1/F, Chinachem Leighton Plaza, 29 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
Families can look forward to a new dining destination in Tung Chung this month! Four Points by Sheraton is introducing Tung Chung Kitchen, a new café and restaurant within the hotel that features live stations, affordable all-you-can-eat deals, and even a kids’ play corner. Tung Chung Kitchen offers customisable dining options, allowing guests the ability to mix and match their meals from various concepts, including the salad bar, Western carvery, and stations for Chinese dim sum and noodles, Indian cuisine, and dessert.
Tung Chung Kitchen, G/F, Four Points by Sheraton, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung
One of our favourite bars is taking its pandemic-era, “born-out-of-necessity” all-day food concept to the brick-and-mortar level. Ponty Café, from the good folks behind The Pontiac, opens next door to the beloved drinking hole and will continue to fuel the masses with buttermilk biscuit sandwiches and hearty plates. Come hungry for the sausage biscuit ($78) with a sage sausage patty, American cheddar cheese, matchstick fries, and Marmite mayonnaise; the buttermilk pancakes ($98) with bacon, maple peanut butter sauce, pickled chillies, and a sunny-side-up egg; and the Hong Kong steak au poivre ($218), which sees a hanger steak doused in a sauce of black pepper and Sichuan cognac cream.
Ponty Café, 15 Old Bailey Street, Central | (+852) 9666 2573