Recently opened HAKU is bringing its Kappo-style kitchen experience to Harbor City. The concept of HAKU was inspired by Chef Hideaki Matsuo of 3-Michelin starred restaurant Kashiwaya in Osaka, in collaboration with Chef Agustin Balbi (formerly of The Ocean). The intimate kitchen gives diners an interactive experience with the chef and the food. Expect a set menu of incredibly thoughtful Japanese cuisine with a European twist, using the finest ingredients.
Having been to Maison Eight in TST for dinner when it first opened, I was excited to hear they recently launched a brunch menu (since I’m all about that eggs benny goodness). Maison Eight isn’t exactly in a convenient location (but that could just be me being stuck in my HK Island bubble), but the views from the dining area as well as the outdoor terrace make the trek worth your time. As for the food, Maison Eight brunch offers diners the option of one, two, or three-courses and attempts to please all with a good mix of typical brunch dishes, as well as a handful of fine dining dishes taken from their a la carte menu.
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.
Hong Kong’s food and beverage industry is saturated with a variety of bars, restaurants, and clubs; upscale and casual. Maison Eight’s concept attempts to roll all three, and then some, into one sky-high location in Tsim Sha Tsui. Calling themselves an “all day, all night” destination, Maison Eight has four different areas designed to suit all needs: a French restaurant, “Esmé”, a ballroom, a cocktail bar opened by Salvatore Calabrese, and a private room, “Le Club 1829”, on the top floor. The following review of Maison Eight is based solely on my experience dining at the French restaurant, Esmé.
Even if you haven’t heard of Alfresco Lane in TST East before, it’s very likely you’ve seen the area from across the harbour during the holiday season with its buildings (Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre) completely lit up with Christmas-themed lights. At the bottom of these buildings, lined up along the harbour, is where you’ll find Alfresco Lane; a row of great restaurants with outdoor seating. Besides offering diners a chance to eat outdoors, the restaurants are spacious and inviting (both of which we all know HK needs more of). Whether you’re looking for a new happy hour spot, the perfect place to see the light show and take in some views of the harbour, or are wanting to explore a side of the city you haven’t yet, Alfresco Lane has you covered.
Now that Hong Kong has been blessed with two of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants; one on the island side in Causeway Bay and one on Kowloon side in Tsim Sha Tsui, how are we to make the decision of which to go to?! Fear not my fellow Hong Kongers, I’m here to offer you an unbiased (well, mostly) overview of the Jamie’s Italian branch in CWB and in TST, in terms of location, decor, atmosphere, and food.
Jamie’s Italian, by renowned chef Jamie Oliver, is a well-known chain of restaurants that have been rapidly popping up all over the world. From his first restaurant opening in Oxford in 2008, Jamie has expanded his dining concept of good food at affordable prices to over 30 restaurants worldwide. This is now his second restaurant in Hong Kong within the past year, showing no signs of slowing down. His new location in TST offers all the same tastes as the Causeway Bay branch, but with additional menu options and a very different atmosphere.
Hong Kong has one of the best and most widely spread happy hours I’ve seen in any large city. Most happy hours run from 4 – 7 pm and usually consist of a buy-one get-one free or 50% off standard drinks, house wines, and beer. No complaints if you’re looking for somewhere to unwind after a long day of work (unless of course you work past 7 pm, in which case you’re much more limited in bar choice and should maybe, probably, definitely consider switching careers).