Hong Kong’s new restaurants to try in July

A speakeasy within a speakeasy, and a bar behind bars? We uncover this month’s new drinking and dining destinations.

Tenkei is an izakaya-inspired restaurant, bar and lounge with an outdoor terrace for guests to enjoy shisha and chill out. The menu covers all grounds, from Japanese bar snacks to raw dishes, and heartier mains, comforting broths and Japanese-inspired desserts. They also serve lunch featuring a rotation of Japanese classics like ramen with chicken broth and the sakura hime tori sasami-yaki set served with grilled chicken, quinoa, micro leaf, a fig vinegar reduction yuzu dressing and stir-fried vegetables. Tenkei is an easy-going place with a cool vibe, where you can easily while the night away. They’re also screening the FIFA world cup so head there with your mates and don’t forget to order the karaage. 3/F, On Hing Building, On Hing Terrace, Central; 2789 3812; facebook.com/TenkeiHK/

Bedu is a Midden Eastern restaurant and bar opening on Gough Street, showcasing the region’s diverse street food culture. The restaurant concept is inspired by the nomadic wanderings of the Bedouin tribes, the flavoursome produce and exotic spices they encountered along the way, as well as the cooking methods that have been passed down through generations to become what Middle Eastern cuisine is today. Bedu also focuses on using local produce and working with neighbourhood suppliers for both the kitchen and the bar to engage with and integrate into the community. 40 Gough Street, Central; bedurestaurant.com

Ichu Peru
Next to open at H Queen’s is Ichu Peru by world-renowned chef, Virgilio Martinez Véliz. Ichu will serve contemporary Peruvian cuisine in a casual, bistro-style setting, celebrating the authentic flavours and culinary traditions of Peru. Chef Martinez hopes to create an informal, friendly atmosphere where Hong Kong diners can go outside of their comfort zones and try dishes they’ve never before tasted. Off the bat, it already sounds very different to the fine dining concepts at H Queen’s, so we’re intrigued to visit when Ichu opens in late July. 3/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central; ichu.com.hk

Frank’s Library
A speakeasy within a speakeasy? Yes, really. Hidden within the swanky bar, Foxglove, is a secretive alcove library - Frank’s Library to be precise. Inspired by founder Frank Minza’s globe-trotting adventures around the world, the concept’s ‘Travel diary cocktails’ will feature house-infused spirits and fresh ingredients. Guest can also sample Frank’s collection of potent barrel-aged cocktails, if they can find the entrance that is… 18 Ice House Street / 6 Duddell Street, Central; 2116 8949

Behind Bars
Another hidden location on our radar is Behind Bars, housed in a former prisonhouse at Tai Kwun. It’s a collaboration between JIA Group (Duddell’s, Back Bar etc…) and the party people from Behind, so we have no doubt that debauchery will ensure. Shop 15, G/F, Tai Kwun

This month also sees the expansion of existing brands. Glasshouse has opened their third branch in Cityplaza, fitted with a hanging garden ceiling and butterflies mounted on the walls. We checked it out and fell in love with the gorgeous interior, so we’re glad the food lives up to it too.

Flamingo Bloom, the tea salon iconic for their flamingo floaties is opening a third, this time at IFC. We’re big fans of their tea, so we can only hope their next outlet will be in Wan Chai. Speaking of Wan Chai, Fishsteria, the neighbourhood seafood restaurant has arrived in Kennedy Town. Known as Fishsteria Waterside, Ktown dwellers should expect the same laid-back vibes and fresh, sustainably sourced seafood. Located on the Kennedy Town Praya, the new branch will also be open for weekend brunch and all-day dining later this summer.

There’s also a soon-to-open laksa place on Johnston Road in Wan Chai that we’re looking forward to trying for lunch. And upcoming in August? Dragonfly, the Ashley Sutton bar at Tai Kwun and La Petit Maison at H Queen’s.