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Hottest new restaurants in January 2018
Date Published : 21 Dec 2017

It can be hard to keep up with Hong Kong's ever-changing restaurant scene, so here's a handy guide to all the new restaurants in Hong Kong this January. 

A cheerful Italian grandpa cooking up a storm, that's how we imagine the kitchen at PAPI, a new Italian eatery focusing on homely Italian grub. We're excited to try their delicious black truffle and Parma ham sandwich, along with their carefully crafted tagliolini with sicilian sweet red prawns and fresh cherry tomato. For you pizza lovers out there-- a sumptuous pizza al prosciutto is on the menu. G/F, 8 Cleaveland, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 28080820;


Tipsy is an attempt to introduce Hong Kong to modern European cuisine in a relaxed setting. We’re looking forward to trying the menu- luscious Sicilian anchovy spaghetti with sakura ebi and candy panko and the blow torched Spanish red prawns marinated with garlic, ginger, tomato and topped with Japanese crispy bubu arare which sounds like it’s packed with flavour. 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; 38998888;

We love contemporary Chinese cuisine with just a dash of nostalgia, so we’re excited to learn about ZEN’s arrival in Hong Kong. The best part- the menu is designed with unbeatable creativity, and fresh, flavourful ingredients and includes classics like dimsums (during lunchtime),  and signatures like crispy Taiwanese deep fried baby lobster with golden egg yolk, Taiwanese Style Deep-fried Crispy Baby Oysters and sautéed fish-maw and spare ribs with onions served in a sizzling stone pot. 2/F Garden East, 222 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

Cow Cow Cafe
Ultra-popular Japanese noshery Cow Cow Cafe has opened its doors to the public in Mong Kok. Although known for its classics like the fragrant and creamy cow cow milk cheese soft ice cream and the irresistible tiramisu Italian cheese roll, it will also be serving savoury light meals like healthy Japanese chi egg salad with bacon and waffles, and other delights like fresh fruit parfait, coffee, and fruit drinks. 4/F, Shop 8, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Langham Place; 35869909;

When we learned that this burger dive had arrived in Hong Kong all the way from Monaco, we were intrigued. After all, you wouldn’t expect Monaco to make great burgers, right? But Grubers aims 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? Read our review of Grubers hereMCL Cinema, Shop P21, Telford Gardens, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay, 21110595;

Looking for some truly authentic cócteles? (That’s “cocktails” in Spanish!) Lead by bar legend Jay Khan, COA is a Oaxacan-inspired cocktail bar with authentic Mexican inspired spirits. Prestigious brands including the smooth and rich Los Danzantes Still Proof Maturado Vidrio, Los Javis Jabali, El Jolgorio Tepeztate and other spirits that can’t be easy to find in Hong Kong will be served exclusively at Coa. The menu also includes daring creation of cocktails including the Caffeinated Negroni, Saladitos & Tea Punch, and Horchata de Pistacho. 6-10 Shin Hing St., Central, Hong Kong, 28135787;

Sushi Saito
If a restaurant known for being the “temple of sushi” is about to open in Hong Kong, it’s hard not to be excited about it. Highly respected sushi chef Saito places the ultimate focus on crafting the rice at just the right taste, temperature and texture, and seafood cuts from the Tsukiji fish market.  Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong; 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong; 31968888


If you think healthy food served by restaurants is always too expensive and lacks any real flavour- think again. A sub-brand of Public, an international restaurant and deli in Quarry bay, Republic aims to offer hearty options for its customers at affordable prices. Pick up your daily breakfast including croissants, Tamagoyaki Japanese omelette, buddha bowls, or lunch including delicious salad bowls, Vietnamese banh mi, Thai red curry. Take your well-deserved break from work at the daily happy hour from 6pm to 8pm. The menu items change regularly to keep the options fresh, so call before you go or just stop by and surprise yourself!  Shop C&D, 1/F, Devon House, Taikoo Place; 28966696


After winning the hearts and minds of Hong Kongers in St. Francis Yard, Pici has opened its doors at a brand new, spacious and airy location in Central. Indulge in your favourites including tagliolini with shallots, white truffle paste and shaved truffle, Orecchiette with Italian sausage and spicy n’duja, or try the new items, exclusive to the Central location, like the hand rolled Garganelli pasta with duck ragu and szechuan peppers. G/F, No. 24-26 Aberdeen Street, Central; 27555523;

San Xi Lou
Popular restaurant San Xi Lou has just opened its new branch- decked with modern furnishings and Chinese elements like birdcage lighting. Exclusive new specialities in the menu include baked crab with five peppers, braised prawns with Chinese cabbage and San Xi Lou roasted chicken. For those of you who prefer the more traditional style, the new venue will offer Sichuan Style stewed catfish sourced straight from AAAA-grade reservoir in Guangdong, China, and Leopard Coral Trout.  Shop 1102, 11/F, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; 21119952;

Club Albergue
Introducing the bold new concept of 4-in-one dining to Hong Kongers, Club Albergue lets guests experience the convenience of having a restaurant, bar, cafe and a skydeck all in one location! Start your culinary journey here at Beansmark, an elegant cafe verandah serving top quality homemade coffee and desserts, or venture over to Bar Sportz, a cosy bar with cocktails showing all the latest sporting events. Head over to Oyster Bar where you will indulge in seasonal seafood dishes including oysters (duh!), Boston lobster, Spanish octopus and Chilean seabass. If you’re in the mood for some more drinks, Courtyard offers not only delicious cocktails and mocktails but also a scenic view of the city. Shop 1105, 11/F, Food Forum, Times Square, Causeway Bay, 25733344

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