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.
The new Michelin Guide Dining Series, Hong Kong and Macau is making it much easier for you to experience some of the cuisine found at various Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Launched earlier this year, the dining series will showcase a different Michelin-starred chef each month for a 2 – 4 day pop-up dining experience in Hong Kong or Macau. I was lucky enough to partake in Chef Chen Kentaro of Shisen Hanten’s (two Michelin-starred Sichuan restaurant in Singapore) six-course modern Sichuan dinner with wine pairing.
Olive has been serving a variety of Greek and Middle Eastern fare to hungry Hong Kongers for quite some time (which is no small feat in the city that is perpetually opening new restaurants and closing ones that don’t have what it takes). Chef Greg Malouf, who originally helped create Olive’s menu when it first opened, has recently returned to the restaurant to develop a brand new range of dishes. Though Olive’s interior could certainly use some renovations from its current 90’s vibe, the restaurant was bustling with diners ready to feast on a range of hearty Middle Eastern food.
Cecconi’s Italian, part of the well-known Dining Concepts venture, recently relocated to Wyndham Street from their former spot on Elgin and have brought over new head chef Michael Fox from the Cecconi’s in Melbourne, Australia to throw his modern contemporary flare into the menu. In lieu of their change, we wanted to head over to Cecconi’s for dinner to check out their new location and try some of the food.
Private kitchens have been one of the latest Hong Kong buzz-worthy dining ventures that people can’t quite seem to get enough of. Whether it’s the interactive element between yourself, the dish, and the chef, or the more intimate environment, these smaller dining concepts seem to be sticking and always pack a full house. Herein comes Twenty Six by Liberty, formerly known as Liberty Private Works, with their mesmerizing ten-course modern and innovative degustation menu that is an absolute thrill for all senses.