Looking for some new dining inspiration? Here are the best new restaurants in Hong Kong to know this month…
Tired of eating at the same places every time you go out? Have a read of our ultimate guide to the best new restaurants in Hong Kong, packed full of the latest eats our city has to offer. From sister Japanese concepts inspired by day and night to a multi-storey tapas restaurant and bar, a sneak preview of Jen Balisi’s soon-to-open modern Filipino eatery and more, here are the restaurants we’ll be eating at this January.
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The Best New Restaurants In Hong Kong: January, 2023
Pirata Group kicks of the new year with a brand new concept – a multi-storey tapas restaurant and bar christened Calle Ocho. The 2,500 sq. ft. venue, festooned with colourful tiles and bespoke artwork, offers the best of Spain, from the humble Pan con Tomate to the gloriously rich Squid Ink Paella bejewelled with morsels of octopus, king prawns, crispy calamari, mussels and clams. With prices starting from $45, we’re certain Calle Ocho will draw in the Fashion Walk foot traffic.
Calle Ocho will soft open on Sunday, 15 January.
Calle Ocho, Fashion Walk, 8 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2638 8895, www.facebook.com/calleochohk
Hiru Omakase and Yoru Teppanyaki
Montage Group presents two novelty Japanese restaurant concepts inspired by day and night. Head to the minimal, all-white Hiru Omakase where you can feast on affordable sushi omakase sets starting at $488. Its dark counterpart, Yoru Teppanyaki, is fitted with hanging lanterns that will light your meal. The teppanyaki dishes here are paired with a selection of “colourful sauces” designed to boost your sensory dining experience.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm and 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Hiru Omakase, G/F, 21 Lan Fang Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 9017 9352, www.instagram.com/hiru_omakase
Yoru Teppanyaki, G/F, 17-19 Forest Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5331 3978, www.instagram.com/yoru_teppanyaki
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Spearheaded by Executive Chef Francis Chong, Harbour City’s newly opened THE SEAFOOD reels diners in with a selection of more than 30 types of seafood supplied by local and international markets. With crabs being one of Chef Chong’s specialities, come for the fresh crab baked with Sarawak White Pepper. Despite what the restaurant’s name might imply, THE SEAFOOD also offers some must-try meat-driven dishes such as the 48-Hour Smoked Duck and Crispy Pigeon cooked with Chinese wine.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 3pm and 5:30pm and 11pm, Sunday and Public Holidays, 11am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 11pm
The Seafood, Shop 4101, Level 4, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3618 8168, www.harbourcity.com.hk
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At the heart of this new Japanese concept are the custom-built teppanyaki areas, which include four private rooms. Here you can savour grill-kissed dishes such as the Hida Wagyu Yakisuki – an innovative reinvention of sukiyaki that features marinated slices of seared wagyu and the golden yolk Nagasaki’s own branded egg, Taiyou-ran. At the red marble sushi bar, Tokyo-born Sushi Head Chef Okura Masataka offers a traditional Edomae sushi omakase experience, highlighting the finest seasonal delicacies from Japan.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 3:30pm and 6pm to 11pm
Akanoshou, 6/F, HDH Centre, 8 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 0611, WhatsApp: 6288 9686, www.facebook.com/akanoshou
Kyoto-import GOGYO is landing in Alexandra House this month, bringing to Hong Kong its famed Kogashi Miso Ramen. Founded in 2003 by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned “Ramen King”, serves an enticing array of Japanese “tsumami” dishes, yakitori (developed in collaboration with Hachibei, a renowned master of yakitori in Hakata), bento boxes and more, as well as five legendary ramen flavours.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 10:30pm
GOGYO, Basement 1, Alexandra House, 16-20 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3568 5833, www.gogyo.com.hk
Instagram Filipino foodie sensation Jen Balisi (aka Indulgent Eats) has teased the opening of her first restaurant, Barkada. Teaming up with Singular Concepts, the restaurant – named after the filipino noun for “a close group of friends” – is set to open on the ground floor of FOCO in February. Get a sneak preview of Barkada’s menu at Jen’s pop-up at The Shady Acres between 12 and 14 January to sample signatures such as Sizzling Pork Belly Sisig, 7Up Shrimp, lumpia and a vegan version of her Spicy Funky Coconut Noodles (made with plant-based bagoong!).
Barkada will open in February.
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Brainchild of long-time friends and veteran chef-founders Ricardo Chaneton (MONO) and Agustin Ferrando Balbi (Ando), Rosita presents a fresh iteration of New Latin American cuisine, elevated by Japanese and French influences. The homey semi-fine dining restaurant soft opens on Friday, 9 December for dinner only, offering a six-course tasting menu and South American-focused wine list.
the menu by Head Chef Marco A. Livoti (previously of Sake Central) takes
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30pm to 10:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 3pm and 6:30pm to 11pm
Rosita, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 9726 4188, www.rosita.hk
69 on Jervois Bar & Grill
The menu at this new bar and grill, overseen by Culinary Directory Danielle Giambattista, comprises classic British comfort food with the occasional local twist. Within the double-height space, enjoy signature dishes such as the Jervois Burger, featuring wagyu beef, bacon, British cheddar and a secret 69 sauce. Follow your hearty meal with a creative cocktail at the stylish speakeasy Behind 69 which, as its name suggests, is found just behind the restaurant on Burd Street.
69 on Jervois Bar & Grill, 69 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 9758 6715, www.69onjervois.com
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From the Epicurean Group (IZA Izakaya, Pica Pica) comes BÀRBAR, a new 50-seat Spanish wine and tapas bar has opened on Wan Chai’s Ship Street. You’ll find an extensive selection of Spanish wines available by the glass, alongside Spanish sherries, artisan craft gins and Spanish sparkling wines. Food-wise, expect a contemporary, ingredient-driven tapas menu created under the direction of Pica Pica’s Chef Edgard Sanuy Barahona.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 3pm, and 6pm to 11pm
BÀRBAR, Shop A, G/F, Pinnacle Building, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2810 0008, barbar.hk
After being dormant for over 40 years, Black Sheep Restaurants breathes new life into its latest venture, The Magistracy. Opening in three phases starting from mid-September, the multi-story venue is set to become one of the city’s few restaurant heritage sites, with two restaurants, three bars, four private dining rooms, a sports room and an old-world wine cellar. For the first phase, Black Sheep will open Magistracy Dining Room and Botanical Garden later this month. Helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Matthew Kirkley, Magistracy Dining Room embodies timeless London restaurants, while the adjoining Botanical Garden offers a lush green space and the city’s finest gin and tonics. More details to come.
The Magistracy, 1 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2252 3188, www.themagistracyhongkong.com
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Bianco & Rosso
Bianco & Rosso, the boozy brainchild of renowned mixologist Luca Andrei and Chef Ban Jee Min, pays homage to the history of Vermouth by way of a contemporary European menu and an innovative bar programme. Taking its cue from the charming little bars and roadside bodegas found along the cycling routes of Spain, Italy and France, expect humble food pairings featuring a range of pasta, meats and fish, alongside a sweet selection of dolce delights. Drinks-wise, we’re told the Frappe Di Tonino (Mancino Rosso, Plantation Dark, organic honey and yuzu) and the signature B&R Americano are must-tries.
Opening hours: Daily, 5pm to 7pm (Apertivo Hour), 6pm to 10pm (Dinner), 5pm to 12am (Bar)
Bianco & Rosso, G/F, 29 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2813 1669, www.biancoandrosso.com
Main image courtesy of Yoru Teppanyaki, image 1 courtesy of Calle Ocho, image 2 courtesy of Yoru Teppanyaki via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of THE SEAFOOD, image 4 courtesy of Akanoshou, image 5 courtesy of GOGYO, image 6 courtesy of Barkada via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Rosita, image 8 courtesy of The Magistracy via Instagram.