Having just been to Pici Pasta Bar, another of Pirata Group’s newest restaurants, I was keen to try their other new concept: TokyoLima. I heard rave reviews from friends who had tried their Nikkei cuisine (a blend of Japanese and Peruvian food), I was ready for an evening of strong cocktails, unique fusion dishes created by Peruvian Chef Arturo Melendez (formerly of Chicha), and great vibes. All of which TokyoLima delivered.
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.
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.
Lily & Bloom is one of the few restaurants and bars in Hong Kong that I seem to frequent. Whether it’s to enjoy a hearty meal or after work cocktails (all hail happy hour!), I can count on Lily & Bloom for a satisfying and fun evening. My most recent dining experience at Lily & Bloom was for their new a la carte menu, put together by new Executive Chef Chris Grare, showcasing a selection of small, medium, and large dishes.
If you’re looking for an easy going, low-key bar with good vibes and a wide selection of local craft beer, 65 Peel 何蘭正 is your answer. I’ve walked by this popular bar at the corner of Peel and Elgin St. dozens of times, and its minimalist decor and constant buzz have always intrigued me. Whether you’re with one friend or four, 65 Peel 何蘭正 is a great place to go after work or on the weekend for a few local beers while you tuck into a plate of some delicious fried chicken and fries.
Admittedly, I walked into Bizou skeptical of how the evening would pan out. Primarily because I’m slightly skeptical of restaurants that are located inside malls (even really nice ones), Bizou’s claim to be an “American Brasserie” was confusing, and it’s yet another Dining Concepts venture. By the end of the evening, my wariness had long passed; the restaurant had a comfortable-sleek atmosphere, the majority of dishes were superb, and I would venture to say that Dining Concepts has certainly stepped up their game and attitude towards opening restaurants. Lesson learned: don’t judge a book (restaurant) by its cover.
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.
While I never got caught up in the KFC craze that took over Hong Kong, I figured it was about time to give it a try. Dodam Chicken, a popular restaurant in Korea, has recently opened up in Causeway Bay. Their chicken is meant to be healthier because it’s cooked in temperatures above 400 degrees, removing excess fat. Now, I’m not sure how true this actually is, but I’ll take just about any excuse to make myself feel better about eating excessive amounts of fried food.
If you’ve ever done a bit of wandering through the alleyways around LKF, you’ve likely walked past Westwood Carvery along Wo On Lane. This is one of those restaurants you probably wouldn’t take much notice of, as it’s quite small and doesn’t really stand out among the other restaurants and bars lining the street. That being said, I ended up going to Westwood Carvery for dinner the other night and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the food, vibe, and service.
Beef and Liberty has recently opened up in California Tower in LKF, boasting an incredibly large dining area with ample seating outside on the terrace, and a beautiful open kitchen and bar. While most people are familiar with Beef and Liberty’s burgers, this is their first location to serve a weekend brunch (that doesn’t just consist of burgers and fries). There is something for everyone on the Beef and Liberty brunch menu; from granola and yogurt to a mac ‘n cheese sandwich, the vibe is great, and nothing is over HK$80, which is unheard of in Hong Kong. Basically, this is one kick-ass brunch.