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Hottest new restaurants in July
Date Published : 27 Jun 2017

This one's a big one. Tons of amazing restaurants are popping up this summer including a legendary noodle shop from Taiwan, a design-your-own-pizza parlour and a mysterious bar from NYC (that's also been voted one of the best in the world). Here's our guide to the hottest new restaurants you should try this month!

Gough’s On Gough
Here’s one for extravagance: new British restaurant Gough’s On Gough is the first restaurant managed and operated by Timothy Oulton, the vintage British-inspired interior brand with over 40 stores worldwide. Gough’s On Gough will showcase contemporary British cuisine with a strong influence from the British Isles. What we’re really excited for are their cocktails inspired by British icon, Sir Winston Churchill. 15 Gough St, Central, 2473 9066; facebook.com/goughsongough

Co Thành
If you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain you must have heard of The Lunch Lady, the Vietnamese lady who had charmed local and international fans alike, with her variety of legendary noodle soups. Hong Kong local Brian Woo is Thi Thành (The Lunch Lady)’s first and only student, mastering her recipes and bringing them to Hong Kong with new restaurant Co Thành. Co Thành is serving three of The Lunch Lady’s best recipes: Bun Mam, Bun bo Hue and Bun Thai. 2 Kau U Fong, Central; facebook.com/cothanhrestaurant

Sushi Tsubomi
Sushi Tsubomi is a new sushi restaurant opening up in V Point this July, promising freshness, uniqueness and quality. Designed by award winning interior designer, Mr Samson Wong, the restaurant follows a black-gold-white colour palette with eye-catching geometric themes throughout. Look out for Sushi Tsubomi’s creative sashimi using a unique special sauce that accentuates the umami. Chef Michael Chan marinates aged fatty tuna with yuzu soy sauce and seasonal white fish with sea salt and seaweed further heightening the umami experience. To fully experience the sashimi/sushi specialities we recommend you take the omakase option available at the restaurant. 22/F, V Point, 2-22 Tung Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 2339 1899; facebook.com/SushiTsubomi

Terroir Parisien
Helmed by 3-Michelin star chef Yannick Alléno, Terroir Parisien is a new French bistro serving up some French classics in an upscale but easy-going setting. Experience the authentic Parisien way of casual dining with homely but delicate dishes such as their Parisien mushroom and snail patties, their lamb stew and their Nanterre (sweet French brioche). M/F, Prince’s Building, Central; yannick-alleno.com

Employees Only
This internationally-acclaimed speakeasy bar from New York City is finally coming to Hong Kong. It just opened in Lan Kwai Fong, you'll recognise this speakeasy by its European-style door (purposely kept closed) and its stylishly inconspicuous entrance. Their signature neon "Psychic" sign hangs by their box window. Voted as one of the best bars in the world, you can expect some top quality cocktails, classic interiors and a mystical atmosphere. The fun is in its mystery, and so for this one, this is all we'll give you. G/F, 19 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; 2468 2755; facebook.com/EmployeesOnlyHKG 

Alvy’s
Alvy’s is the new rising star in the thriving Kennedy Town dining scene. With inspirations from Hong Kong’s east-meets-west culture, they showcase local craft beers and classic New York grub with a Hong Kong twist. Expect potato latkes fried to a classic crisp, but with a sprinkle of char siu cubes. Pizzas topped with char siu, geung young and gruyere béchamel. Hot wings made with Yu Kwen Yick chilli sauce. Check out our review of it here8 Holland St, Kennedy Town, 2312 2996; facebook.com/AlvysHK

Du Hsiao Yueh
Once a noodle shop that served sailors during the 1800s, Du Hsiao Yueh has become a household name in Taiwan. Exquisite bowls of low-fat braised minced pork, boiled stock (made with fresh shrimp heads) and thick round noodles, these are the characteristics of the Du Hsiao Yueh Dan Tzai noodles, now a not-to-be-missed signature dish in Taiwan. Their story has continued internationally with branches opening in Beijing, Shanghai and Macau. Hongkongers who crave this meaty and refreshing flavour can easily find it in Harbour City TST, where it has recently opened its first Hong Kong branch. Shop 31, 3/F, LCX, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; 8300 2001

Lai Yuen
If you remember the pre-Handover years you’ll remember Lai Yuen Amusement Park that closed in 1997. Inspired by the amusement park, Lai Yuen has opened a cha chaan teng dedicated to the theme and nostalgic atmosphere of Lai Yuen Amusement Park. A statue of Lai Yuen’s iconic tiger mascot welcoming guests at the entrance, while the interior is designed with circus-esque fairy lights and white merry-go-round horse figures. The menu is just as retro, reviving the signature favourite Chicken Drumsticks that were served at the park in the past. The Chicken Drumsticks are cooked with a secret marinade and served alongside a portion of classic Hong Kong-style fried noodles. Shop 12, Granville Building, 12–16 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 3598 3088; laiyuenrestaurants.com

Zero (Cafe Deco Pizzeria)
The Americans have been doing this from the very beginning (That line “hold the sardines” in every American movie from the 80’s), but it’s a different deal when it’s in-house. Zero Pizzeria has their guests getting creative with a service that lets them design their own pizzas in-house. Choose everything from the sauce, to the cheese and the toppings for your ideal 10.5-inch pizza… all under HK$100! With over 30 toppings to choose from and a good choice of sauces including unique ones such as hoisin and laksa paste, it’s a fun place for those who love to mix and match (and a great place for a fun interactive dinner date as well). Or you might just be one of those oddballs that always dreamed of a pizza made with M&Ms, which in that case, go crazy cos there's an adorkable dessert pizza option just for you. Shop 05-09, Level 12, Langham Place, Mong Kok, 2918 1234; cafedecogroup.com

TYFUN Dim Sum
TYFUN is a new Guangdong style cafe with inspirations from Hong Kong’s hot and stormy typhoon season. The concept is to escape the heat and take haven from (or just enjoy) the passing typhoon in the contemporary but cosy environment of TYFUN Dim Sum. We recommend their Chiu Chow dumplings that come in three flavours of original, truffle and spicy and their pineapple buns. Their signature dessert is their Four Treasures of the Study dessert that emulates a calligraphy set of a brush (crispy chocolate roll), ink (sweet sesame soup), paper (mochi), and inkstone (Chinese-style sachima). Shop 401A, 4/F, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, 3594 6308; leegardens.com.hk

Picada
Picada just re-opened in a new location at the top of the hill of Lan Kwai Fong. With influences from Peru, Argentina, Columbia, Venezuela and more, Picada is a pan-latin restaurant with an authenticity that brings loyal customers (many being Latin-American themselves) back to their restaurant. It’s a special find for those who are looking for gluten-free or lactose-free choices, which can sometimes be especially hard when you crave a nice brunch. We recommend Picada’s brunch menu, especially their gluten-free Plantain Benedict with fried plantains as its base. Their new location boasts a much larger premises with a terrace and a lovely space for weekly salsa-dancing. 2/F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central, 3425 4037; picada.hk

Flamingo Bloom Tea Salon
Adorable name right? Flamingo Bloom is taking Hong Kong’s ubiquitous tea culture and remixing it with a funky floral flair. Flamingo Bloom focuses on using premium loose-leaf teas and all natural ingredients to make stylish tea drinks with a contemporary touch, and they’re opening just in time for the summer. They feature four base teas: Jasmine Green Tips, Highland Oolong, Chrysanthemum Pu’er and Honey Orchid Black. But the fun comes in the dress up: choose to decorate it with fresh fruit, boba, matcha, French rose or their special salted milk cap. Their botanical decor, pop-art colour palette and their adorable tea sets make this a great place to head over with a summer dress and a pair of sunglasses. Shop B, G/F 50 Stanley Street, Central; 2483 1778; 

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