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Hottest new restaurants in December
Date Published : 23 Nov 2017

It's getting pretty chilly now, and the hearty warm soup cravings are in. December's got a LOT going on, so this one's going to be a long one. Here are the new restaurants to keep an eye on this coming December. S2 
Opening its newest location in Jordan, S2 Jordan focuses on delicious sizzling plates, as opposed to the Central location where the specialty is sea urchins. With a Japanese style interior, it serves unique dishes that combine various cuisines including Chinese, Japanese and Western. Visit this restaurant after 10:30 pm for a late night Yakitori and sake. Shop 6, G/F, 29-37 Wai Ching Street, Jordan; 28858955

Slide on 79
A casual sports bar with an elegant decor, Slide on 79 serves the most flavorful and unique sliders, cocktails and pasta in Hong Kong. We tried several of their sliders and while we loved each and every one of them, our favorites were the Russian Kotlety and Aroy Aroy! Shop A & B, Upper Basement, Harilela House, 79 Wyndham Street, Central; 2779 9279; slideon79.comGrubers
Previously established in Monaco, Grubers aims to bring the simplicity of casual dining and the luxury of Monaco to Hong Kong with high quality, yet affordable burgers. With the motto “The Secret is Inside”, the French grass-fed beef patties are infused with secret ingredients such as Argentinian chimichurri, truffles, and fresh mushrooms. Also, did you happen to notice that Grubers is an anagram for burgers? Telford Plaza, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong; 
12 Noon
Just because you’re in a hurry doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy. One of the first fitness-oriented to-go food places in Hong Kong,12 Noon serves well-balanced meals to people on the go. Guests can choose one warm or cold main dish, one side dish, one dessert and one cold-pressed juice. It’s a la carte items include chicken fajita cauliflower rice, and 12noon cauliflower mixed rice, packed with protein and other essential nutrients. Shop No. G7, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, 24879022; and Shop 310B, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queens Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 26985257; twelvenoon.net

HEXA
You know how Coke Zero changed their packaging to black and it just worked? Well HEXA really knows how to take Cantonese classics and vavavoom them into contemporary charcoal-coloured gems that complement well with the sleek stylish club-meets-resto interior. Harry Hung helms the kitchen at HEXA and brings a variety of Chinese signatures with a modern twist, each dish delicately constructed and plated to impress. Some of their signatures include steamed bamboo charcoal shrimp dumplings and the smoked chicken with longjing tea. OTE 101, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2577 1668; hexa-hk.com
COA
Naming themselves as Hong Kong’s first Mexican artisanal cocktail bar, COA is expected to open in late November. Not much is known so far but we’re excited to try some of their authentic Mexican cocktails such as the Tepache, a drink usually fermented with pineapple skin and cinnamon. 6-10 Shin Hing St. Central, coa.com.hk
La Rambla by Catalunya
La Rambla is a new venture from the same people who brought you Catalunya. With a focus on fresh produce and seasonal seafood, La Rambla at Catalunya is a step towards featuring traditional Catalan cuisine in a more modern way using cutting-edge cooking techniques and an innovative eye for detail. Basically, if Catalunya focuses on traditional Catalan cuisine, La Rambla hopes to put in a more contemporary focus. Some of their signatures include the 120-day aged Galician beef and ‘pepino de mar’ their take on the local Hong Kong sea cucumber. We’re more excited to try their amazing drinks. They’re bringing Barcelona’s drinking culture to HK, with a gin trolley that will be roaming through the dining room offering over 30 varieties of gin and more than 10 types of tonics. It’s like dim sum in the 80s but with gin. 3071-73 level 3, ifc mall, Central, 2661 1161, larambla.hk

ACT Africa Coffee & Tea
More than a coffee shop and events space, ACT is also a social enterprise with initiatives to
support women in Africa; one such ongoing project involves providing access to electricity
to partner farmer cooperatives. Last October, ACT opened a kiosk in 41 Heung Yip Road in
Wong Chuk Hang, and is set to open a joint café and events venue this 20 November – a
new space to look forward to and, in the words of ACT, to “do good and drink great”. Suite 1501-1504, 41 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang; 2180 7536; facebook.com/africacoffeeandtea

Ramen Taro
Located in Wan Chai, Ramen Taro brings traditional Kyoto-style ramen to Hong Kong. Their signature pork bone soup is tangy and nutritious and will leave you wanting more! Shop A, on Fook Building, 205-207 Wanchai Road, 2827 2787; facebook.com/ramentaro

Breeze
With the goal of creating a modern-casual, high-end game room with delectable food and drinks, Jessica Wong created Breeze in Causeway Bay. This place features pool tables, televisions airing live sports, beer pong tables, and live cameras, making it a great place to spend quality time with friends and family. The full bar features Asahi, Carlsberg and Kronenberg from the tap, and a huge selection of whiskey, champagne, and cocktails. The food menu includes delicacies such as Bruchettas, spring rolls, fish and chips, and satay skewers. Breeze 18/F, Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay; 94693389; facebook.com/breezebarhk 

Big Sur
Created by the masterminds behind the highly successful 12,000 Francs and Bathers (Lantau), Big Sur features the California style beer and barbeque. While the beers are local as well as carefully selected and imported, the BBQ cuisine has a just a hint of Latino fare. Located at the base of Staunton Suites, Big Sur is a great place to meet up and have fun with family and friends. 22 Staunton Street, Ground Floor, Central District, Hong Kong; 25293001, facebook.com/BigSurHK

Laos Noodles
Recently launched by chef Justin Chan, Laos serves traditional Laotian food, a combination of the cuisines of The Golden Triangle- Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. The signature rice vermicelli in broth is reminiscent of the Vietnamese pho with thinner noodles and a delicious mixture of herbs and other ingredients. We have a video made of this place right here. 4/F Jade Centre, 98 Wellington Street, Central, 21170788; facebook.com/laos.sisombath.9 


Reopenings, new branches & others:

Le Boudoir
Le Boudoir is reopening with a more inclusive concept and urban decor with the help of street artist Szabotage. Basement, 65 Wyndham Street 
Central, 2530 3870; french-creations.com/boudoir


EAT.IT  
Casual Italian eatery EAT.IT reopens with a new menu and decor. Shop J, 9 Kingston Street,
Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 2489 8822; fb.com/eatit.hk


Blazed + Kai by Pololi
The new delivery-only concept by the people who brought you Pololi, Blazed serves Hawaiian BBQ comfort food in bento-style. Kai by Pololi focuses on poke bowls personalised to your taste. Both of them are available at deliveroo.hk


PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS
The French Chocolatier and Patissiere brand opens a new branch in ifc. ifc mall, level 2, shop 2029, 2833 5700; pierreherme.com


Feather & Bones
The popular supermarket-meets-restaurant just opened a new branch in Sai Ying Pun complete with 60 seats and a traditional butchers & deli counter. Shop 1, G/F Commercial Accommodation, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, 3705 0280; featherandbone.com.hk

NOC Coffee Co Roastery
Not Only Coffee, or NOC, which first surfaced on our radar for the good-looking baristas
willing people into their Graham Street store, has opened a new location along Des Voeux
Road West, Sai Ying Pun. It’s their largest venue to date, a super roomy and industrial-
looking space serving, well, not only coffee – salads, pastries, and breakfast options dot the
menu, too. Not to mention, lots and lots of space. NOC Coffee Roasters, Shop 4, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Wan; 3611 5300; facebook.com/NOCCoffeeCoRoastery
 

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