Casual, fuss-free Southern Californian food is what newly opened Commissary is all about. The concept is a mash-up between Yenn Wong (JIA Group) and Morgan McGlone (Belles Hot Chicken in Sydney and Melbourne), so expectations for this newcomer were high. The atmosphere is surprisingly easy-going and the food is a mix of light and hearty colorful dishes, offering diners a handful of items that you won’t see on many (if any) other restaurant menus in Hong Kong.
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.