The much anticipated and talked about restaurant Mercato, helmed by acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has finally landed in Hong Kong after four years of success in Shanghai at Three on the Bund. Located in the California Tower in LKF, Mercato Hong Kong serves up family-style modern Italian food in a large, open space dining area. The food and drinks are reasonably priced given the quality and location, and you’re sure to leave Mercato feeling satisfied and full.
I’ve been wanting to try Limewood since it opened, but every time I was in Repulse Bay, the place was packed with people and I couldn’t be bothered queuing. So, I put Limewood high on my “restaurants to try” list this summer and managed to make it out there at around 2:00 pm during the week (a perfect time if you want the place practically to yourself). Limewood is a great summertime city escape: cool, beach-y, and unique decor, along with refreshing, fun, and memorable food and drink.
Arguably one of the most anticipated and talked about new restaurant openings of the summer is Rhoda. Opened in collaboration with JIA Group’s founder Yenn Wong and Chef Nate Green (formally of 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry), Rhoda is an ode to Nate’s grandmother (Rhoda meaning “Rose”, his grandmother’s name); his initial inspiration to become a chef. The food Chef Nate serves up is comfort food, but not in the sense we’re accustomed to. His dishes are meant to evoke a feeling, as many of them (like his “Mom’s Potato Salad”) have an interesting and inviting story behind them.
Tucked away on Shin Hing Street on the border of Central and Sheung Wan is where you’ll find quaint little French restaurant, Cocotte. From delicious beef tartare to perfectly pan fried Hokkaido scallops, Cocotte’s new summer menu items from Executive Chef Petrous Moldovan (one of the three brothers that own Cocotte and NEO) dishes are a treat for both eyes and mouth.
Originating in Bangkok, Issaya Siamese Club Hong Kong focuses on modern Thai dishes with authentic ingredients. While just about any type of cuisine has been modernized by a handful of restaurants, I was impressed with Issaya’s quality of food and plating. Issaya Siamese Club Hong Kong recently launched a semi-buffet weekend brunch filled with modern Thai nibbles, live-cooking stations, individual main courses, and free-flow G.H Mumm Champagne that is definitely worth checking out.
Originating in France, le Relais de l’Entrecôte has since brought its simple steak frites concept (and that unique sauce) to Hong Kong. The dinner or weekend set menu is HK$288 and includes a salad, two portions of steak, and unlimited fries; a bargain in this city. The dessert selection at le Relais is also ridiculously good, making this an easy choice in a city with far too many options to choose from.
FeedMe Guru has collaborated with the popular Quarry Bay restaurant and bar Mr & Mrs Fox to put together a “Signature Staple” Tasting Menu for the month of July. Consisting of a welcome cocktail – the champion cocktail of Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan leg of Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition 2016, to be exact, – followed by four delicious courses filled with seafood, steak, and dessert, complimented by an optional wine pairing. This great value menu makes it well worth a visit to the other side of the island.
NOM (Not Only Meatballs) has brought Italian comfort food to hungry Hong Kongers for two years, and while I had been to NOM for after work drinks, I had never actually sat down for a meal. I jumped at the opportunity to go to NOM for dinner after I heard about their new summer menu, where the food far exceeded my expectations.
Hong Kong is a city that’s teeming with restaurants of every cuisine imaginable, and where many people eat out almost every day of the week. Since eating a burger and fries every day isn’t exactly healthy (although it is certainly delicious), having restaurants that offer healthy dishes that still taste great are a must. The Reinventing Salads movement is meant to get you thinking about salads differently; as more than just a barely-edible bowl of boring greens you struggle to eat. During this month-long campaign, seven restaurants have come together, each creating a salad of epic proportions to help shake up the way we view salads.
Hong Kong has no shortage of Italian restaurants scattered throughout the city. However, if you’re looking for truly authentic dining experience, that may prove to be more difficult to find. Thankfully, Gia Trattoria Italiana is here to provide Hong Kong’s Italian food-lovers with truly authentic, home-cooked, large-portioned Italian dishes that will leave you oh-so satisfied.