Hot new restaurants & bars in Hong Kong: May '19

by: Angie Kwon
18 Apr 2019

With two major hotels opening, and an array of new restaurants and bars, plus new concepts, things are heating up on the Hong Kong F&B scene.Gishiki Lounge
Gishiki Lounge is the partner cocktail bar to the newly opened Sushi Zo, the exclusive omakase restaurant in Tai Kwun that only serves 14 a night. Meaning “ritual in Japanese, Gishiki Lounge takes inspiration from Hannya masks, which will be apparent throughout the space’s design. The Hannya mask is used in Noh theatre, representing a jealous female demon. Characters from famous Noh plays will serve as inspiration for the cocktails. We hear that there may be exotic performances with geisha nuances on certain nights. The bar reminds us of Ophelia, but with a Japanese vibe. Central, Hollywood Rd, 1001-LG103 LG1/F Block 01 Tai Kwun,
The Chicken Bar
The Chicken Bar, which will specialise in a new fried chicken concept, is set to be the next foodie favourite when it opens. Details are still pretty much under wraps, but what we do know is that the chefs of both Honbo and OKRA are joining forces in this new opening. Given the pedigree of both, we predict that the chicken will be finger-licking good. There's not much information available yet, we're not even sure where the location of the place will be. Updates will be coming in due time!
PIIN Wine Restaurant
PIIN is a new wine-focused restaurant established by two of Burgundy’s most impressive wine names, Château de Meursault and Château de Marsannay. With an exclusive focus on wines from Burgundy and over 2,000 pours to choose from, the restaurant will also allow diners to try rare vintages by the glass. Along with this, the menu will feature elevated Cantonese cuisine by chef Ming, formerly of Fook Lam Moon, with dishes designed to pair perfectly with the big French reds. H Code, 2/F, 45 Pottinger St, Central, piin-hk.comThe Sea
From the men behind award-winning The Old Man comes The Sea. The cocktails will also take inspiration from Hemingway’s classic novel and Hemingway himself. There’s not much information so far, but the cocktails are expected to be just as good as The Old Man featuring innovative new mixology methods as well as fashionable culinary techniques such as fermentation, sous-vide and rotary evaporation. 2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, theoldmanhk.comJ Pot
Hong Kong’s hotpot culture meets Japanese Wagyu at J Pot, or more specifically, Wagyu from Japan’s oldest (over 100 years) premium meat supplier, Hiyama. It'll be the first time for Hongkongers to try Hiyama’s quality wagyu outside of Japan. Soup bases include the signature Fish maw, plus Wagyu consommé, Sichuan, and Thai style boat noodle soup. Hot pot ingredients include local Tai Po Chun Hing meatballs, dumplings, and a variety of veggies. Along with the traditional noodles, they also have a range of house-made pasta, a new (fusion) way to enjoy hotpot. 1/F, 535 Tower, No. 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay

St. Regis Hong Kong
With the recent opening of St. Regis comes four restaurants: L’Envol, The St. Regis Bar, Run, and The Drawing Room. L’Envol is the experimental frontrunner focusing on tasting menus of French gastronomy from noted chef, Olivier Elzer. Run is the hotel’s signature Cantonese restaurant helmed by award-winning chef, Hung Chi-Kwong. The Drawing Room is an airy lounge space encompassing a terrace, serving afternoon tea and a la carte international fare. Finally, the St. Regis Bar is the hotel bar with live jazz and elegantly crafted cocktails.

Rosewood Hong Kong
Rosewood Hong Kong features five outlets, so far. We have been told (by a ‘little birdie’) that these openings will be joined by a steak house later in the year. For now let’s start with the most anticipated, Holt’s Cafe, an upscale take on the cha chaan teng. The Butterfly Room is an elegant all-day lounge with European-style furnishings, afternoon tea chatter and glittery lights reminiscent of its London equivalent. The Butterfly Patisserie with its jewellery shop aesthetic features a luxurious bounty of sweets, chocolates, pastries and cakes. The Legacy House is the opulent Chinese restaurant, overlooking Victoria Harbour, with seven private dining rooms, and elevated Cantonese cuisine. Finally Dark Side, is the cheekily named, but sophisticated bar of midnight blue drapes, rare-aged spirits and sultry live jazz. Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3891 8888;