Hottest new restaurants to try in August

by: Angie Kwon, Editor
21 Jul 2017

Here are the hottest and newest restaurants this August. For some odd reason, there seems to be a curious amount of new & trendy Japanese options this summer.

HAKU, just opened in Harbour City, is serving up contemporary Japanese dishes with a European twist. Inviting guests into an immersive and unique Kappo-style dining experience, the concept was developed as a collaboration between 3-Michelin star restaurant Kashiwaya in Osaka and executive chef Agustin Balbi. HAKU’s kapp open-kitchen is designed to be interactive and theatrical, encouraging conversation between the chefs and the guests. The menu focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients such as their Japanese Tomatoes with kamasu and bellota ham and their chutoro with kristal caviar, polmard beef and rice tuile. Their mains include Kagoshima Wagyu with eringi and baby kabu and desserts include Miyazaki Mango with Hokkaido milk curd and citrus. All the dishes are served in fancy plates that add to the theatrical spirit of the place. Shop OT G04B, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2115 9965; 

Tsukada Nojo
Tsukada Nojo also just opened in Harbour City. It’s a new Japanese import serving up some rainbow-esque, health-conscious and delicate Kyushu cuisine. Kyushu cuisine is known for their rich history, eclectic cuisine, and abundance of unique vegetables. Tsukuda Nojo aims to bring the best of Kyushu in a healthy “well-being” packaging where guests can indulge in low-carb, low-sodium rainbow of flavours.  Their signature dish is the BIJIN nabe, “bijin” meaning a beautiful person, the chicken collagen pot is associated with beautifying skin and detoxing the body. Another notable dish is their DIY sushi set, a lunch set meal that consists of a selection of Kyushu-style small plates, rice, seaweed, miso-soup,  & sashimi that guests can ‘construct’ their own sushi with.  Some of these small plates include nanban chicken, avocado with seafood and tempura. Here’s our review on it here. Shop OTE 202, Level 2, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2467 0777;

KAGURA, a Michelin-recommended restaurant specialising in yakiniku and Hokkaido cuisine will launch its first Hong Kong branch at Elements, TST. KAGURA known for its use of Mirai beef, an exclusive high-quality beef, will be serving up exquisite farm-to-table cuisine made with fresh ingredients sourced from Hokkaido and from around the world. For meat-lovers looking for the next hotspot, KAGURA is an authentic go-to for traditional Hokkaido cuisine and marbled magical goodness. Shop 1086, 1/F, Elements, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2682 3913 ;

Bathers is a new “Australian flair, British fare” beach restaurant that just opened in the south of Lantau island. Located at a beautiful beachside location, Bathers aims to recreate the Australian beach-dining experience with al fresco dining, friendly service and a seasonal menu from British gastropub chef Toby Barrett. Along with fun ‘surf’ cocktails such as their rum-laced Lantau slushie and several on-tap craft beers, they also have seafood platters, charcuterie, gourmet snacks to go with. Classic beach bites include beer-battered barracuda, salt & pepper squid and a variety of salads. Mains range from a selection of Australian grass-fed steaks, charred pork chop with crispy mustard potatoes and grilled lobster with bacon and gremolata. The restaurant space is also available for small-scale weddings against the gorgeous backdrop of the Lantau beachside. 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, 2504 4788;

Named after the word “Izakaya” (Japanese-style gastro-bar with a relaxing vibe), Iza is a new venture by Mr Jin Suzuki (executive chef of Fujiyama Mama and HON10) that focuses on combining classic Japanese izakaya with contemporary gastro-bar vibes, where guests can immerse themselves in the comfort of fine food and drinks. Iza is offering a massive selection of skewers including Kumamoto pork, Kyushu chicken wings and wagyu beef. Other small dishes such as their Japanese chorizo & panko crusted soft boiled egg with truffle ponzu, and tuna tartare with crispy rice cracker will also be available. Sushi, sashimi, grilled & fried dishes, donburi, desserts and of course a great selection of Japanese liquor, Iza aims to fulfil classic izakaya expectations with a contemporary twist. Shop R011, Roof Level, Civic Square Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2522 1800;

Rocksalt Japanese Restaurant
Rocksalt is a new Japanese restaurant celebrating the elegant taste of Himalayan rock salt. The clean and fresh taste of the rock salt not only keeps the seafood fresh but preserves the oceanic aroma of the seafood. Their signature Kamameshi is a Japanese kettle rice traditionally cooked with dashi broth. We recommend the Hokkaido Seafood Kamameshi, generously topped with unagi and assorted sashimi cuts, including salmon, crab claw sashimi, scallop, and sea urchin. The restaurant also offers other traditional Japanese small plates including sushi, skewers, tempura along with a selection of wines, sake and cocktails. Shop A, 16/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, 3622 3998;

The Old Man
Helmed by award winning bar team Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale, The Old Man is a new Ernest Hemingway inspired cocktail bar, serving up inventive concoctions with an Asian twist. Opening in late July, experience the Hemingway of a tipple or two with a drinks menu paying tribute to the classic novella, The Old Man and the Sea -- Perhaps, you too will find here the biggest catch of your life. LG/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, SoHo, Central, 2703 1899;

CHIC by The Oyster House
A new concept branch of The Oyster House, CHIC by The Oyster House brings the hottest sous vide trend to Hong Kong, following their concept of Chic Dining (to live slow in the busy city of Hong Kong through the pleasure of enjoying good food and wine). We recommend the truffle cheese Canadian pork knuckle, cooked sous vide for two hours, served with cep cream sauce. CHIC now also offers an opening ‘Sip and Slurp’ promotion -- customers who order two or more glasses of table wine will receive a 40% discount on all oysters on the menu. 2/F, The Cameron, 33 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3705 9015;

New branch openings / re-openings
* Doughnut and coffee cafe J.CO is opening a new branch in Tseung Kwan O. Shop B15, B1/F, Park Central, 9 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2328 6511;
* Hong Kong’s beer pilgrim HK Brewcraft launched a new branch in Tsim Sha Tsui. G/F, 22A Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 5925 2739;
* Korean ice cream parlour Baekmidang has a new pop-up store in K11. G/F Atrium, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui;
* Casa Lisboa
is opening with new decor and a fresh summery menu. 2/F, Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central, 2905 1168;
 McSorley's Ale House serving up Irish bar signatures has officially reopened in Soho.  G/F, 46 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, 2385 5515;