Although Hong Kong sees dozens of new restaurants pop up every month, they’re often wallet-draining and oh so disappointing. That’s exactly why I love the concept of Test Kitchen. Every month or so, Test Kitchen hosts global chefs from around the world for a few nights who cook up a storm for a hungry group of foodies. These chefs showcase a range of much-loved dishes from their restaurant and/or worldwide travels to other kitchens. This month’s collaboration was with Rice Paper Scissors, a South East Asian-inspired restaurant from Melbourne.
Having never been to Kaum at Potato Head, I jumped on the chance to make a booking for their recently re-launched weekend brunch. The menu sounded great: a variety of small dishes to start, unlimited large dishes, a dessert, and the option to add on a free-flow package with an impressive variety of drinks options (including Veuve Clicquot, mimosa’s, bloody mary’s, and more). Needless to say, I was expecting an indulgent brunch that Saturday and made sure to leave my diary free for the rest of the day (because you just never know where daytime drinking can lead in this city). I thought that the Kaum brunch was great value, at HK$395 for food and an additional HK$195 for free-flow drinks, and would highly recommend giving it a try if you like Indonesian food.
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.
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.
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.
La Paloma, a spacious Spanish tapas restaurant in Sai Ying Pun, welcomes you with a splash of color the moment you set foot inside. Aside from the warm and inviting interior design, the food is sure to please. Having just launched a new menu, La Paloma offers diners a range of affordable and downright delicious Spanish dishes that are perfect for sharing. If you haven’t been yet, now’s the perfect time to make a trip to La Paloma to try their “sexy” new tapas!