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.
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.
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.
One would think that, being on an island and all, Hong Kong would have some top-notch seafood restaurants. While there are a few that stand out, it’s hard to find a quality restaurant that focuses solely on serving up fresh and sustainable seafood. This is where Fishsteria comes in. Recently opened in Wan Chai by Gianni Caprioli (the man behind Giando, GIA, and EAT.it), this seafood restaurant will convert just about anyone into a seafood-lover.
Specializing in Cajun classics, Moonshine & The Po’Boys brings a spicy Southern flare to Hong Kong’s bustling dining scene. Sprouting from a passion for soul food while living in the south, Tim Lau gives these dishes an upmarket twist by sourcing high quality ingredients. Besides serving up homey comfort food and a range of quality Prohibition-era beverages, you’ll also get to fill your ears (if you show up on the right night) with live jazz and blues. What more could you ask for in a restaurant?!
With locations scattered throughout Hong Kong Island and, just recently, on Kowloon side, Cali-Mex has established themselves as a quick, cheap, and reliable option for those looking to chow down on some hearty Mexican food. With practically all dishes under $100 HKD, you really can’t go wrong if you’re looking for a fast fix.
Finding a place that offers an afternoon tea set isn’t hard in Hong Kong, as they can be found in just about any hotel and an assortment of restaurants. The tough part is choosing a place; with so many options throughout HK, trying to figure out which set has the best options for the best value can be quite taxing. Worry not, for Jouer Atelier has collaborated with NEOM on an exclusive afternoon tea set, combining NEOM’s floral fragrances with Jouer’s favourite sweet and savory bites! Continue reading NEOM x Jouer Atelier Afternoon Tea Set
Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or are just wanting to eat healthy for a change (which can prove to be difficult when living in Hong Kong), then you should head over to Maya Cafe Mediterranean Lifestyle on Moon Street in Wan Chai. The interior is welcoming and has outdoor seating in the back if you’re there on a not-too-hot, but not-too-cold day. The menu offers a uniquely wide selection of items that will please any palette.