For those living in Shek Tong Tsui (otherwise known as the dead zone between Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town), there’s not nearly as many healthy food options as its two neighbouring districts. The Elephas is tucked inside The Warrior Academy fitness studio, but thankfully the cafe is not just for members. Anyone is welcome to navigate their way through a local shopping mall to find The Elephas and enjoy a wide range of nutritious smoothies, healthy salads, and gluten-free and raw desserts all at a reasonable price.
If you’ve ever gone to Coyotes (one of my favourite Mexican restaurants in Hong Kong) during the week for their buffet lunch, and thought to yourself, ‘I really wish they offered this on the weekend too’, then you’re in luck. Coyotes has just launched a Sunday all you can eat and drink brunch that is great value and perfect for those looking to switch up their regular weekend eggs benedict routine.
Having walked by The Wellington at least once a day for the past two years (when I begrudgingly worked out at California Fitness [before it went bankrupt]), I actually never knew that URA Japanese Delicacy was in that building. Having gone unnoticed for so long, when I did her about it, I decided to give their modern Japanese cuisine a go. You can expect a lively bar (and outdoor covered beer garden!), comfortable and spacious dining area, and sleek decor at URA.
Fish School, Sai Ying Pun’s cozy seafood hideout, has recently launched a new menu filled with grilled, hot, cold, and specialty delights. In an effort put together by Fish School’s Culinary Director David Lai and Executive Chef Chris Ma, their new menu offers something for everyone. The prices of the main dishes may be a bit steep, but the intimate vibe of the restaurant (try to snag a seat at the chef’s counter) along with the high quality ingredients make Fish School a restaurant you should check out.
Located on the 28th floor of Hotel ICON in Tsim Sha Tsui, Above & Beyond is a gorgeous modern Cantonese restaurant with stunning views of Victoria Harbour. Executive Chef Paul Tsui pumps out a variety of simple yet perfectly executed dishes to suit all palates. Whether you visit Above & Beyond for a Cantonese feast or stick to the lounge area for a few drinks, you’ll be graced with exceptional service (shout out to the sommelier Bobby Wong!) and unprecedented views of Hong Kong’s skyline.
The newly opened Deng G Chengdu Bistro & Baijiu Bar in Wan Chai promises diners a great Sichuan meal full of flavour and a bit of spice in a refined setting. Helmed by Chef Deng Huadong, a well-respected chef in China, Deng G is perfect for those who are long-time lovers of spicy food as well as those who have never tried Sichuan cuisine before. Whether you remain down at the bar for after work drinks and snacks, or head up to the restaurant for a full-blown feast, Deng G will leave your stomach satisfied and your tongue peppery.
Looking to buy meat from the butcher and eat it right then and there without actually having to cook (because, Hong Kong)? Well, French Creation’s newest concept, Bones n Blades has you covered. Nestled in Sai Ying Pun, Bones n Blades offers a variety of premium cuts of meat that you can buy and bring home. Or, if you’re feeling a bit too famished (read: lazy) and can’t wait, pop over to Quarter Master next door and you can have that meat prepared for you.
Aberdeen Street Social has been one of my favourite spots to grab a cheeky cocktail (or two) after work or hang out during a lazy Sunday brunch, so when I heard they were launching a new dinner menu, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to try it. The new menu adds a selection of seafood and grilled items, as well as maintaining some of the old favourites (which basically means, you can’t go wrong with Ab Street).
Thai food is amazing; simple as that. I relish in the thought of planning a trip to Thailand, if solely for the fact that I’ll be gorging myself on incredible food for less than a couple bucks. Now, thanks to Adam Cliff, formerly of Chachawan, Hong Kongers can head to Samsen for their favourite Thai street food. Very authentic dishes set in a cozy, vibrant restaurant make Samsen the perfect choice if you’re itching for a Thai feast without having to fly to Thailand.
The well-known late night Wyndham Street hot spot, Paradis, is currently going through a concept and menu makeover. Bringing in Executive Chef Wes Long to shake things up, he’s given the restaurant’s menu a much-needed lift into Hong Kong’s opulent dining scene. Paradis is trying to break away from its current late night party persona and appeal to earlier Central diners.. But is the food (French/Caribbean) worth a 7:00 pm visit?