Category Archives: Wan Chai

Pici Hong Kong: An authentic, homemade pasta bar in Wan Chai

Pirata Group is taking Hong Kong by storm this month with two new restaurant openings: TokyoLima and Pici Pasta Bar. After the sustained success of their other Italian restaurant, Pirata, their decision to open a pasta bar in an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Wan Chai was a smart move. Pici Hong Kong’s focus is on creating authentic, homemade pasta dishes in a cozy, modern dining space. What’s more, the price of each dish is around the HK$100 mark, making for exceptional value in a city where diners often pay a pretty penny for less-than-stellar food.

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Ham and Sherry: A Tapas-style Brunch Affair

The newest brunch offering in Hong Kong is at Ham and Sherry; the quaint Spanish tapas restaurant in Wan Chai with a whole lot of personality. The a la carte menu is reasonably priced, with most dishes around HK$98, and the staff ensured my glass of bubbly was never empty. Trying to separate themselves from the plethora of other brunch spots in the city, Ham and Sherry offers diners a selection of Spanish tapas to share, alongside free-flow cava and Estrella, every Saturday and Sunday.

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Coyotes: All-You-Can-Eat & Drink Mexican Brunch

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.

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Deng G Chengdu Bistro & Baijiu Bar: Sichuan Food For All

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.

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Samsen: Authentic Thai Street Food In Hong Kong

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.

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le Relais de l’Entrecôte Hong Kong: Simple Steak Frites

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.

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Gia Trattoria Italiana: Authentic Italian Food In Hong Kong

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.

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Brunch At Giando: A Great-Value & Authentic Italian Feast

Giando is likely familiar to most of us living in Hong Kong from their former location in Wan Chai in Fenwick Pier. Relocating to the increasingly popular Star Street location, the modern Italian restaurant remains devoted to sourcing and serving only the finest ingredients. While their a la carte options are drool-worthy, what you should really come to Giando for is the weekend brunch. This is one of the few semi-buffet brunches in Hong Kong where the quality, freshness, and taste of the dishes at the buffet (and, of course, the mains) were flawless. For only HKD$338 (includes buffet + main + dessert), heading to Giando for brunch is a must-try.

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Jan Jan Kushikatsu: Authentic Japanese Dining

Hong Kong has opened its doors to the first renowned authentic kushikatsu restaurant from Osaka, Japan: Jan Jan Kushikatsu. Kushikatsu is basically a fancy way of saying fried skewers, which may sound simple enough to make, but what sets kushikatsu apart from other deep-fried Japanese fare is the special oil, batter, and dipping sauce used. Nestled in an unassuming building in Wan Chai with practically no signage is where you’ll find Jan Jan. Be prepared for a big Japanese “welcome” the moment you walk through the door and into the homey restaurant.

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Spanish-Style Brunch At The Optimist

Weekends are made for brunch and The Optimist is made for weekends. If lots of delicious Spanish food (think cheese, cured meats, grilled seafood, broken eggs, and much more) sounds like your kind of meal, then The Optimist certainly won’t disappoint. The fresh and vibrant atmosphere will pull you in right away and the ample amounts of food will undoubtedly leave you satisfied.

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