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

By Jen Paolini 26 September 2023

Header images courtesy of El Taquero

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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Kanesaka Hong Kong

Tokyo’s two-Michelin-starred Ginza Sushi Kanesaka now has an outpost in Hong Kong. In this intimate space of only 20 seats, head chef Seiji Taniguchi will uphold chef-founder Shinji Kanesaka’s remarkable brand of Edomae sushi craftsmanship through sophisticated omakase dining experiences, featuring up to seven starters, 12 pieces of sushi, soup, and dessert courses, made from seasonal ingredients at peak freshness. Sushi Kanesaka also serves its own exclusive beer, alongside Japanese sake and international wines.

Kanesaka Hong Kong, 5/F, CCB Tower, 3 Connaught Road Central, Central

Teppanyaki Mihara Goten

Newly opened in Causeway Bay is chef Terufumi Mihara’s latest take on teppanyaki, which promises to be a spectacular experience. Using the teppan grill as the stage on which to showcase the performative qualities of his culinary arts, Mihara creates personal connections with guests over live flames, dramatic cooking skills, and dishes built on global influences, such as the broiled Ezo abalone with Hokkaido sea urchin, grilled king crab crêpe, A5 Kumamoto Wagyu tenderloin, and grilled rockfish with clam butter sauce.

Teppanyaki Mihara Goten, 3/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay


Vegetarian Chinese cuisine meets fine dining at Yuan, an explorative concept by Lubuds Group. Executive chef Ronald Shao and head chef Law Chak-kei lean on their extensive knowledge of both traditional and modern Chinese and Western culinary techniques and traditions to forge a new path where delicately crafted, plant-driven dishes take the lead. 

Yuan’s multi-course tasting menus, inspired by regional Chinese cuisines, reflect the harmonious balance between the five basic tastes and the changing of the seasons, all while eliminating alliums. Look forward to the olive vegetable and Chinese bun, matsutake soup with chrysanthemum tofu, and braised winter melon with preserved vegetables.

Yuan, Shop 2, G/F, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1–13 Hollywood Road, Central

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Truffle pizza. Photo: Alice Pizza

Alice Pizza

Grab a slice of Roman-style square pan pizza, a popular Italian street snack, at Alice Pizza, one of the most celebrated pizza chains in Italy, now with a new, retro-inspired location in Wan Chai. Cooked to perfection inside multi-chambered electric ovens, the precise baking temperature and time ensures a desirable crispness to the thin pizza base, made from a signature dough that’s rich in oxygen and light on yeast. Each slice is then topped with a melange of ingredients, from the familiar Margherita, Parma, Diavolo, and Carbonara to the novelties of smoked fish Salmone, textured Potato Chips, and sweet Nutella dessert pizza.

Alice Pizza, G/F, 92 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

El Taquero

Bringing a taste of Mexico City to Hong Kong shores, El Taquero’s vibrant menu and equally colourful dining space promises a convivial, memorable experience fuelled by unique margaritas and other iconic Mexican cocktails, signature al pastor platters and tacos, homemade tamales, freshly made salsas, hearty enchiladas, and so much more.

Executive chef Alejandro Ramírez Pérez takes inspiration from the culinary versatility of Mexican cooking to design a menu where diners can tuck into everything from tuna tostadas, tiger prawns al ajillo, and short rib mixiote, or be bold and adventurous with the nopales with preserved cactus and the chapulines, an Oaxacan dish featuring crispy Mexican grasshoppers. Of course, all meals must end with churros or the tres leches cake.

El Taquero, Shops B–F, G/F, Yan King Court, 119 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai


Enjoy a fun and modern take on Korean flavours and street-food traditions at Anju, inspired by the high-spirited energy of neighbourhood bars serving comfort food and a wide range of liqueurs. Across a 1,700-square-foot space of high tables, booths, and eclectic, colourful interiors, this group-friendly restaurant serves up dishes like chamchi hoe tuna carpaccio, kkaennip mandu perilla-leaf dumplings, Anju bibim gugsu soba noodles, saeu tteokbokki rice cakes, and mouthwatering yangnyeom chicken with yuzu aioli. Don’t miss the cocktails—the Kimchi Mary and Melona soju cocktails are creative and delicious.

Anju, Shop R004, Civic Square, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Chef Ken Lau—of Pano, Palco, Pleka, and more—keeps himself busier than ever with the newly opened Penna, a neighbourhood haven for wholesome Italian food. Continuing the partnership with Lubuds Group, the experienced chef presents his dynamic take on Southern Italian cuisine, amplified by international influences and global ingredients. From roasted three yellow chicken with gravy and lobster ricotta ravioli to green asparagus risotto with burrata and roasted bone marrow with baked oysters, the menu is designed for a homestyle dining experience, celebrating the comforting flavours of the Mediterranean.

Penna, Shop 314, 3/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo


Mainland China’s successful Tomacado chain, famous for its floral-led aesthetics and international dishes, has expanded into Hong Kong, showcasing its signature art and gastronomy experience in an expansive 4,000-square-foot space. In soft, pale-paletted interiors, under hanging flower installations, blooms, and leaves, diners can enjoy a selection of wholesome items, like the Tomacado roasted pumpkin salad, roasted Sanhuang chicken with herbs, Wagyu A4 rib-eye steak, and blue butterfly soda. After the meal, stop by the flower shop at Tomacado to end the experience with a beautiful arrangement or bouquet.

Tomacado, Shop L2-06, WWWTC Mall, Causeway Bay

Informal Affairs

Ovolo Southside welcomes a new rooftop gin bar pop-up with the launch of Informal Affairs, a collaborative effort with local distillery NIP. Channelling 1990s Hong Kong vibes, the beverage menu is curated by NIP ambassador Sandeep Kumar and Ovolo bar manager Issac Lim, and features cocktails such as the bittersweet and gingery Peppery Mule and the fruity Exotic Summer with Scrappy’s bitters. Vegetarian bar snacks, created by executive chef Raul Tronco Calahorra and visual designer Ron Wan, include the salt and pepper tofu, Chinese pickled cucumber on a stick, and sourdough pineapple bun with lemon butter.

Informal Affairs, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang

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Agung Prabowo and Laura Prabowo are set to open a new bar concept after the successes of The Old Man, Penicillin, and Dead&. Lockdown—(questionably) inspired by the pandemic—relies on technical ingenuity and a collection of laboratory-like gadgets to present innovative cocktails that push the boundaries of modern mixology. At Lockdown’s unique rotating bar station, the precise drinks menu is split into experimental, vintage, and remastered classics.

Lockdown, G/F, 27 Hollywood Road, Central

Azure 80

If you’re in the mood for both Shanghainese and Sichuanese dishes, you’ll be pleased to know that you can have it all at Azure 80, with stunning views of Victoria Harbour to boot. Plush, elegant interiors give way to an outdoor terrace that’s perfect for sundowners, while the intimate private room allows for larger groups to get together and enjoy featured items like the Dragon and Phoenix poached lobster and crispy chicken and spicy smoked eel.

Azure 80, Shop OTE 201, Level 2, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Baker & The Bottleman (Central)

Simon Rogan’s sustainability-led bakery is popping up at Landmark for six months from September onwards, bringing some of its most beloved pastries and breads to Central. House-made breakfast pastry sets and yoghurt pots are available for the busy office worker’s first meal of the day, featuring options such as chocolate croissant, sesame sausage roll, caramelised onion tart, cinnamon choux, and more, with lunch sandwich sets and salad sets following at midday. A wide range of coffees and teas are also on offer.

The Baker & The Bottleman, Shop 239, 2/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 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.