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Hottest new restaurants in Hong Kong this May 2017
Date Published : 28 Apr 2017

LILYA Moroccan Lounge and Bar
Taking inspirations from Marrakesh’s raids, LILYA Moroccon Lounge and Bar transports guests to an exotic hideout in Marrakesh, perfect for a relaxing LKF night accompanied with intimate cocktails and fragrant tagine. The interior is designed to emulate the traditional ‘red city’ esque design of Marrakesh. Authentic homemade cuisine includes Agadir tagines, Sardines marinated in tomato and garlic sauce and Harira Beef Tenderloin soup with chickpeas and black truffle. We’re super excited about their cocktails, made with exotic Moroccan ingredients and crafted by award-winning mixologist Younes Ateyah. Oriental Fashion  is made with 27 different spices, and Ali Baba is a smoky cocktail reminiscent of Aladdin’s genie lamp.  2/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central District, 2526 2578, facebook.com/Lilya.Moroccan

 

Cheesecake factory
You all waited for it. America’s favourite The Cheesecake Factory is finally in town, with its official opening on the 1st of May. The Cheesecake Factory much like its home version will offer the same extensive menu (of over 200 items!) in huge and generous portions. The Cheesecake Factory is classic Pulp Fiction-esque diner meets upscale dining. With more than 30 legendary cheesecakes to choose from, and each humongous in size, what can get more American than this? We recommend their best-seller the Strawberry Cheesecake. Shop G102, G/F, Harbour City, Gateway Arcade, Kowloon, 2791 6628; thecheesecakefactory.hk

TAKUMI By Daisuke Mori
The 1 Michelin-starred Wagyu Takumi has undergone a makeover under the collaborative direction of executive chef Daisuke Mori and Lai Sun Dining. With its fresh name “Takumi by Daisuke Mori”, a sophisticated new interior, Takumi aims to show a new and improved French x Japanese private dining experience. Look out for the luxurious white asparagus as it will be one of their key ingredients in their May tasting menu. Shop 1, G/F, The Oakhill, 16 Wood Road, Wanchai, 2574 1299; wagyutakumi.com

Runway HK
Step into a 1950s airplane with new concept bar Runway HK. Designed with silver metal structures, plane propellers, plane wing displays, touches of leather, and a bar incorporated with plane windows, Runway Hong Kong emulates the inside of a vintage aircraft bar. In tune with its theme of world travel, expect Runway Hong Kong to be one stop destination for regional drinks, food and even music. Runway’s menu includes the Turkish-inspired “Wing Flaps Pide Beef”, Vietnam-inspiared “Chicken Bahn Mi”, and the Hong Kong-inspired “Cirspy White Fish Fillet”. G/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, 2827 9022; runwayhongkong.com

FU-UNMARU
FU-UNMARU is a new Japanese restaurant specialising in Tsukemen, or dipping noodles, in which cold noodles are dipped into a bold soup base  along with other additions. FU-UNMARU maintains a sophisticated standard of tsukemen with its scrumptious fish powder pork bone soup made with Katakuch iwashi (a kind of dried sardine), a premium ingredient sourced straight from Japan. Look out for their other soup base flavours such as their curry soup base and their spicy soup base made with spicy minced pork and chilli powder. All noodles are served with thick-cut grilled cha-shu, egg and bamboo shoots. The interior of the restaurant mimics the inside of a fishing boat, with giant murals of fishing boats and seafood adorning the dining area. Shop B, G/F, W Square, 314 - 324 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 3188 1472; 

Luna Cafe
Fans of the popular Hokkaido cheesecake shop “Luna Cake” will be thrilled to know that “Luna Cafe” has just opened in Tsim Sha Tsui. Luna Cafe’s founder Mr Cheng is known as one of the pioneers of adding green tea into desserts. The Rich Yuzhi Matcha Cheesecake is constructed with a top layer of matcha and a bottom layer of rich and soft cheesecake. It’s freshly made everyday so grab it early in the afternoon before it’s sold out. From April 13th till May 1st, Luna Cafe is offering a free Japanese soft-ice cream coupon for those who take photographs at the venue, there’s only a few days left!
K11, 18 Hanoi Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2338 8161; facebook.com/LunaCafeOfficial

Happy Paradise
Award-winning chef May Chow’s new venture, Happy Paradise is named after its philosophy, as a communal space where all walks of life can come and celebrate their differences. The whole bar is coloured in neon lights, serving neo-Cantonese using traditional as well as modern techniques, with a focus on forgotten Cantonese dishes. Yellow Wine Chicken, Tea-smoked Pigeon and Braised Pomelo Pith are some of their signatures. UG/F, Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, 2816 2118; facebook.com/happyparadisehk

KWOON by The Woods
The name KWOON originates from the Cantonese word for can “罐”, and it also sounds similar to the slang word for indulging in alcohol. KWOON serves all their cocktails in cans. Made fresh in bulk, with unique combinations such as their Desert Rose made with Tequila, Vermouth, Aperol and salted plum and their Tom Yum Cooler made with vodka, Thai bird’s eye chilli, lemongrass, lemon, and kaffir lime leaves. They have a grand opening party on the 29th in which the first 100 people get cocktails for free. L/G, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, 2522 0281; thewoods.hk

Soho Spice
Soho spice will be serving up modern renditions of your favourite street food favourites from all over Asia. Imagine chicken skewers with satay sauce from Malaysia, lemongrass grilled chicken from Vietnam, Thai red curry and Nutella filled rotis with peanut butter. Street food is generally affordable because hawkers tend to use cheap cuts of meat and/or lower quality ingredients. Chef Franklin aims to recreate the flavours of our favourite street foods using the finest ingredients available, sourced locally as well as internationally. So expect some of the most tender "streetfood-y" chicken skewers!
47B Elgin Street, Soho, Central, 2526 2227, diningconcepts.com

Picada
Picada’s new location is officially opening its doors with a new menu that artfully celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of Latin cuisine. The new hotspot for Latin gastronomy and nightlife, Signature dishes include Arroz Con Mariscos, a slow cooked seafood rice with Peruvian chilli and their Nikkei Yellow Tuna Ceviche. What we’re really excited for is their creative Latin-inspired cocktails such as their El Dorado, a potent concoction fusing Colombian aguardiente, cocoa liqeur and gold leaf.
2/F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central, 2526-7538; picada-hk.com

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