Casual, fuss-free Southern Californian food is what newly opened Commissary is all about. The concept is a mash-up between Yenn Wong (JIA Group) and Morgan McGlone (Belles Hot Chicken in Sydney and Melbourne), so expectations for this newcomer were high. The atmosphere is surprisingly easy-going and the food is a mix of light and hearty colorful dishes, offering diners a handful of items that you won’t see on many (if any) other restaurant menus in Hong Kong.
This is a great hike for people who want something a bit different and challenging (you can only hike Dragon’s Back so many times), but is still relatively easy to get to. You’ll begin this hike at Shing Mun Reservoir, and you’ll go along the trail up to Needle Hill, then move onto Grassy Hill; both of which offer up great views of the surrounding area. From there, you’ll cross Lead Mine Pass, where you’ll likely run into a wild cattle or two, to get to Tai Mo Shan, the tallest peak in Hong Kong. Once at the top, you’ll be able to look down into the Tseun Wan area (here’s to hoping it’s a clear day!). If you’re looking for a tough trail that offers a range of scenery to appreciate along the way, you should try this Tai Mo Shan hike.
Despite facing a few recent hurdles, Mamasita’s Cantina promises diners authentic Mexican street food in an upbeat Latin atmosphere. With a Cuban-inspired bar on the 6th floor, offering a range of drinks and cigars, and a quaint outdoor patio, and the restaurant on the floor below, Mamasita’s Cantina has an appeal that reaches out to many. The menu includes your typical Mexican dishes like tacos, guacamole and chips, and pork carnitas, while also offering a modern Mexican take on other dinner staples.
Flaming Frango has been kicking around Soho for a little while now and I finally made it over to try their Piri Piri chicken in hopes of reliving my Nando’s experience in London. I arrived on a Tuesday evening ready to devour all of their Piri Piri goodness after a long day at work and was surprised to find the restaurant buzzing with people. Though the service was a bit slow, I was genuinely surprised at what good value (both quality and quantity of food) our meal at Flaming Frango was, considering Hong Kong has become a haven for restaurants that serve mediocre dishes the size of my palm at shockingly high prices.
Though I was initially hesitant to try My Tai Tai (those in the know of Hong Kong’s food and beverage scene likely know why), I finally gave it a go the other week after Chef Amphon Phoomphookieo took over and they went through a short period of re-branding. I went into dinner with relatively low expectations, but was surprisingly blown away by the fun atmosphere, incredible service, and fantastic Thai food. Don’t let My Tai Tai slip under your radar; this is one Thai restaurant in the city that you need to try.
One of Central/Sheung Wan’s well-known spots to go for a meaty meal has recently undergone a makeover in appearance, menu, and service. Formerly Blue Butcher, the renovated Blue – Butcher and Meat Specialist still offers diners a selection of finely sourced meat, now alongside an array of other protein-based options (pan roasted seabass, grilled chicken, etc.) and plenty of lighter starters to choose from. The interior has changed slightly, including a small butcher shop with a selection of meat available to purchase at their mini-butcher shop on the main floor.
The Envoy, located inside The Pottinger Hong Kong, has just launched a new Colonial Inspired Sunday brunch. For those who have no clue what “Colonial Inspired” means, it’s basically various Indian spices infused with traditional British dishes. If you’re looking for something more “brunch-y”, The Envoy also serves up a selection of traditional menu options, like your classic eggs benedict. The quality of food at The Envoy won’t disappoint, but it’ll certainly cost you a pretty penny.
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.