Introducing Hong Kong’s new restaurants and speakeasy bars of December 2023

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Bochord

6th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) As the city bounces back, it’s time to indulge in the latest edition of the best new restaurants in Hong Kong for December 2023. From hidden speakeasies to beachfront Mediterranean gems, these establishments offer unique culinary experiences worth exploring.

Karashibi Gyukotsu Ramen Kikanbo

Kikanbo, a renowned Japanese ramen chain established in 2009, has gained popularity for its spicy karasibi miso ramen, leading to the opening of overseas locations in Taipei and Hong Kong. Adding to their culinary offerings, Kikanbo is now introducing a new concept, Karashibi, adjacent to their flagship store in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

Its Signature Gyukotsu Ramen features a delightful blend of onions, green scallions, baby corn, beef tendons, and sirloin chashu. While the presentation is visually appealing, this combination is carefully crafted for a delightful taste experience. Onions and green scallions not only contribute a refreshing aroma but also control the broth’s greasiness with their crisp bits. The slow-cooked Japanese secret sauce-infused beef tendons provide a rich flavour with a tender texture. Adding to the bowl’s charm is the sirloin chashu, cooked to perfection over low heat, pan-fried with a secret soy sauce, sliced, and placed atop the ramen. The thin noodles, developed in collaboration with Japanese partners, offer a distinct touch, harmonising with the rich broth and achieving the perfect soup adherence.

Guests can indulge in the butter-tossed ramen, featuring a luscious combination of flavours. The beef bone broth tsukemen offers a delightful dipping noodle experience. For those craving a hearty meal, the Angus beef rice bowl with egg yolk and the Japanese-style slow-cooked beef tendon rice are both excellent choices.

Location: 528 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

House of Culture

Renowned chef Gavin Chin, formerly of French wine-bar Brut!, has ventured into his own culinary endeavor with the opening of House of Culture in Sai Ying Pun. This new restaurant boasts a unique interior design characterized by curved walls and a Saharan-desert inspired color scheme, creating an immersive dining atmosphere that is sure to captivate guests.

House of Culture offers an impressive a la carte menu featuring a selection of starters, mains, side dishes, and desserts. To complement your meal, you have the option to choose from a range of craft cocktails or explore the curated collection of Australian wines.

Indulge in their signature House Martini ($120), a delightful twist on the classic Gibson cocktail, featuring pickled pink shallots for a satisfying flavor profile. For a refreshing and easy-to-enjoy option, the pandan-flavored Caipirinha ($120) is a recommended choice.

As for the culinary offerings, fans of chef Chin’s previous establishment, Brut!, will be thrilled to find some of his crowd-favorite dishes on the menu. Don’t miss the prawn doughnut with laksa broth and coffee oil ($138), a tantalizing combination that showcases his innovative approach. For a taste of home, indulge in Mum’s Chicken Curry ($238), prepared with love and served with aromatic spices. Another highlight is the dry-aged threadfin fish ($238), known for its exceptional flavor and succulent texture.

Location: G/F shop B, Kenbo Commercial Building, 335-339 Queen’s Road W, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Contact: +852 – 44182265

Bochord
Embark on a culinary journey of European delights at Bochord, where a meticulously crafted tasting menu awaits. With panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, guests can enjoy standout dishes like Nagasaki Chicken Roulade and Carabinero Red Prawn, complemented by creative cocktails inspired by works of art.

Location: Shop 1101, 11/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 – 3613 0092

Bochord

La Suite

Discover hidden delights at La Suite speakeasy, nestled within the contemporary French restaurant Clarence. Renowned chef Oliver Elzer presents a playful celebration of French culture with a curated cocktail menu and a cheeky “Yakifrenchy” bar menu.

Location: 25/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 3568 1397

La Suite

Busan Night

Discover the vibrant atmosphere of Busan Night, the newest addition to Central’s lively Soho neighbuorhood. This Korean eatery offers an authentic drinking and dining experience, reminiscent of a suljib, or Korean-style pub, found in Busan, a beloved seaside city in South Korea.

At Busan Night, prepare to be delighted by elevated versions of classic Korean dishes. Indulge in their giant kimbap ($108), a supersized rolled omelette ($258), measuring an impressive 50 cm. For those seeking heartier options, the fish cake stew ($178), corn cheese kimchi pancake ($168), and grilled beef tripe platter ($488) are sure to satisfy your cravings.

When it comes to beverages, Busan Night has a diverse selection of sojus, available in plain or flavoured varieties, as well as bottled and draught beers. For a touch of creativity, their makgeolli punch bowls are a must-try, with options like milk ($218) or strawberry smoothie ($258) adding a delightful twist to this traditional Korean rice wine.

Location: 28 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong

Contact: +852 – 6657 1905

Busan Night

Shiok by Atum Group

Experience the vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia at Shiok Restaurant, brought to you by Atum Group. Situated in The Forest, one of Mong Kok’s popular shopping malls, this casual dining spot offers a retro-inspired interior that is both welcoming and visually captivating. Adorned with colorful posters, decorative displays, and bright neon signs, the ambiance sets the stage for a delightful culinary experience.

Shiok’s menu features a diverse range of Southeast Asian dishes at pocket-friendly prices. Indulge in the irresistible fried chicken skin rolls ($82), savor the succulent Singaporean chilli crab meat ($168), or delight in the aromatic Katong laksa ($118). For those craving a taste of authentic Malaysian cuisine, the char kuay teo with tiger prawns ($118) is a must-try.

To complete your dining experience, don’t miss out on Shiok’s delectable desserts, such as the classic kaya toast ($58), a perfect blend of fragrant pandan jam and toasted bread. Quench your thirst with a refreshing iced cendol ($46), a traditional Southeast Asian drink made with coconut milk, pandan jelly, and palm sugar.

Whether you’re looking for a satisfying meal or simply want to immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia, Shiok Restaurant is the place to be. With its affordable prices and enticing menu, it promises to deliver a delightful dining experience that will leave you craving for more.

Location: Shop 110 &111, 1/F, THE FOREST, 17 Nelson Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Shiok by Atum Group

Terracotta Lamma

Terracotta Lamma brings Mediterranean flavors to Lamma Island, serving dishes like Hummus, Grilled Octopus, and Grilled Yellowtail Crudo. Enjoy the beachfront atmosphere while sipping on upgraded classics and boozy specials from their curated beverage selection.

Location: G/F, 47 Yung Shue Wan, Main Street, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 – 9176 7500

Terracotta Lamma

Takumi Mixology Salon

Takumi Mixology Salon offers an intimate bespoke Japanese bar experience in Causeway Bay. With only 18 seats, the talented bartenders create custom-made cocktails tailored to each guest’s preferences, allowing for a truly unique drinking experience.

Location: 3/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 – 5394 3681

Kinsman

Kinsman pays tribute to Cantonese spirits and Hong Kong’s vibrant heritage. This bar concept embraces indigenous Cantonese liquors and ingredients, creating innovative cocktails and serving childhood favourites from the city’s rich food culture.

Location: 65 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 – 5132 0936

La Taverna

Celebrate the revival of Hong Kong’s oldest Italian restaurant, as the beloved La Taverna in Tsim Sha Tsui returns to the dining scene, serving up authentic and homestyle traditional Italian cuisine. After undergoing a transformation, the restaurant now showcases its original design with hanging Chianti bottles, Italian furniture, and low arches, creating a nostalgic ambiance that transports guests to 1960s Italy. The addition of a new deli counter and outdoor terrazzo adds a vibrant touch, enhancing the restaurant’s timeless appeal since its establishment in 1969.

For decades, the Machetti family’s Italian eatery has been a hotspot, attracting a host of celebrities including Anita Mui. At its peak, La Taverna expanded to 14 locations across Asia. Today, the iconic La Taverna stands as a Hong Kong icon and one of the city’s pioneering Italian restaurants.

Indulge in dishes that evoke the essence of homemade Italian cooking, such as Crostini di Fegatini Toscani, Spaghetti alla Milionario, and Bombolotti Ravioli stuffed with mascarpone lobster sauce. Pair these delectable creations with a bottle from the varied selection of Italian wines available, and immerse yourself in the remarkable culinary history of Hong Kong.

Visit La Taverna, located on the ground floor of the Astoria Building on Ashley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, and experience the revival of this culinary gem. Relish the flavors of authentic Italian cuisine while basking in the timeless ambiance that has made La Taverna a highlight of Hong Kong’s culinary scene for over five decades.

Location: G/F, Astoria Building, 36-38 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong,

Contact: +852 -2376 1945