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New Restaurants: Where to eat and drink in Hong Kong (February 2024)

By Jen Paolini 22 February 2024

Header images courtesy of Ming Pavilion

Our regularly updated guide to the newest restaurant openings in 2024 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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Photo: Bambino


Comfort-evoking French-Italian home cooking is what awaits you at Bambino, a new addition to the Peel Street slope. Matthieu Maury, who’s also behind Frenchies, the popular bakery and casual takeaway spot on Hollywood Road, combines his French roots with warm Italian hospitality to create a lively space for drinking and dining. Canadian chef Andy Mast, formerly of Shady Acres and Honky Tonks Tavern, prepares the homemade dishes, such as spinach fritters and ricotta and pesto gnocchi, while head bartender Lee Morris curates the wine list and cocktails. Bambino will also host weekly DJ sets.

Bambino, 45 Peel Street, Soho, Central

Photo: Ming Pavilion

Ming Pavilion

After unveiling a refreshed wellness and spa concept and a slew of renovated rooms, the Island Shangri-La has finally launched its new Chinese restaurant as part of its greater revamp project. Housed in a vibrant, verdant space designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán, Ming Pavilion is helmed by head chef Jack Lam Yeung and specialises in Hokkien cuisine; expect authentic dishes and signatures such as deep-fried five-spice pork roll and the classic Fujian-style “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall.” In-house tea master Tiffany Chan curates the Chinese tea selection to pair with the food, sourcing 14 varieties from Fujian.

Ming Pavilion, Level 8, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Photo: Wagyu Kappo Oda

Wagyu Kappo Oda

Celebrating the best of Black Wagyu beef from the Oda farm in Kagoshima, Wagyu Kappo Oda presents a unique omakase experience centred around the prized meat. In an intimate environment of just 13 counter seats and a private room that seats up to five, guests can indulge in delicacies such as Oda Wagyu sukiyaki with Kodawari eggs, roasted Wagyu beef carpaccio, Oda Wagyu tartare, Oda Wagyu dashi shabu-shabu, and more.

Wagyu Kappo Oda, Shop 2A, 1/F, Manning Building, 48 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.