New restaurants to try in Hong Kong in February 2024

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Charred pineapple by Charcoal Bar.

31st January 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong’s vibrant food and drink scene continues to evolve, with exciting new concepts and venues constantly emerging. Whether you’re craving local delicacies or international flavours, these top new restaurants in Hong Kong offer a range of culinary experiences. From the sizzling grill delights at Charcoal Bar to the Roman-style pizza at The Cipollini Pizzeria, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Charcoal Bar

Renowned two-Michelin-starred chef Bjoern Alexander, known for his exceptional work at Hong Kong’s Octavium and Restaurant Petrus, presents Charcoal Bar—a more laid-back and approachable venture. In collaboration with LUBUDS Group, this restaurant showcases open-fire grilling techniques as the star of the show. Guests can indulge in premium-aged meats, fresh seafood, and other delectable dishes prepared on the Josper and open wood-fired grill. From USDA Choice Brandt beef to charcoal-grilled eel, Charcoal Bar promises a memorable dining experience.

Address: Shop OT G62, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 – 2117 0088
WhatsApp: +852 – 6566 8284


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The Cipollini Pizzeria

Adding to the Italian culinary scene in Hong Kong, The Cipollini Pizzeria brings its vibrant atmosphere to the AIRSIDE mall in Kai Tak. The highlight of this Kowloon eatery is the delectable Roman-style pizza al taglio, sold by weight. Guests can indulge in a variety of flavours, including the Prosciutto e Rucola, Gardenia, and Mortadella e Burrata. For a distinct taste, the Carbonara pizza offers a funky and rich option. Those craving pasta will also find a selection of tempting choices.

Address: Shop G012, G/F, AIRSIDE, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak
Tel: +852 – 2666 0238

Mue Mue

Chef Saito Chau, renowned for his expertise at John Anthony, Dim Sum Library, Hutong, and Chinesology, introduces a unique dining experience at Mue Mue by Mira Dining. This restaurant combines traditional Thai recipes with Chinese flavors and culinary techniques. Standout dishes include the tom yum roasted with crispy chicken, Thai curry lobster with rice cake, and beetroot-infused deep-fried tofu. Mue Mue is also home to Mue Bar, where guests can enjoy vibrant East-meets-West cocktails al fresco, with or without shisha.

Address: Shop 302, 3/F, Mira Place, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 – 9833 0788


Mue Mue

Crushed Wine Bar

Crushed Wine Bar, the brainchild of South African oenophile Leigh-Ann Luckett and French-American restaurateur Camille Glass, has undergone a transformation from a wine shop to a stylish wine bar. Downstairs, guests can enjoy light bites alongside a selection of wines by the glass. Upstairs, Chef Camille presents an ingredient-driven, comfort-food menu perfect for group dining. Highlights include roast acorn squash with burrata and hazelnut brown butter, as well as scallop risotto with sumac beurre blanc.

Address: 6 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
Tel: +852 – 5597 8774


Uogashi Nihonichi

Uogashi Nihonichi, a popular Japanese sushi establishment, is bringing its renowned standing sushi bar concept to Central Market in Hong Kong. With its vibrant and inviting atmosphere, this new branch is the second location in the city for Uogashi Nihonichi, following its successful debut at AIRSIDE by Cafe Deco Group last autumn. The restaurant features 20 stools where customers can sit or stand while enjoying their sushi.

Uogashi Nihonichi is known for its fresh fish, sourced directly from Japan’s top fish markets. The name “uogashi” translates to “fish market” in Japanese, and the restaurant showcases an abundant selection of seasonal offerings from the sea. What sets Uogashi Nihonichi apart is its status as one of the few sushi restaurants in Japan’s top fish markets with auction rights.

Address: Shop G12, G/F, Central Market, 93 Queen’s Road Central and 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

Tel: +852 – 5596 7982

CHI YAWARAGU

For those seeking an exquisite Japanese izakaya experience, CHI YAWARAGU in Sheung Wan is the place to be. This establishment is renowned for its artisanal kushiyaki, offering a delectable selection of chicken skewers and grilled delights. As it enters its second year of operation, CHI YAWARAGU is introducing a limited-time “Offal-verse” Omakase Menu featuring unique cuts of meat and a signature udon dish. The restaurant emphasises sustainability by using locally sourced Ping Yuen poultry.

Guests can choose between the “Chef’s Selection” 9-Skewer Omakase menu or opt for a la carte choices. Additionally, CHI YAWARAGU offers a Japanese-style happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday, with free-flow snacks. The chic 700 sq. ft. venue creates a serene ambience, perfect for convivial dining.

Address: 28 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 – 9448 5988
Opening Hours: Opens at 4pm

Maison Beirut (Upcoming)

Exciting news awaits food enthusiasts as an authentic Lebanese dining experience is set to grace the Tseung Kwan O seaside. Maison Beirut, an upcoming Lebanese restaurant, promises to take diners on a culinary journey filled with the rich flavours and traditions of Lebanon. This new establishment aims to transport guests to the heart of the Mediterranean, offering a taste of vibrant and diverse Lebanese cuisine. Stay tuned for more updates on the opening of Maison Beirut.

Groundswell

Prepare for a unique dining experience at Groundswell, Hong Kong’s first in-mall surfing destination. Spanning over 14,000 square feet at Kai Tak Airside, this remarkable establishment combines gastronomy with the thrill of surfing. Groundswell boasts an innovative FlowRider, complete with changing rooms, equipment, and lessons, allowing surfers to ride the waves indoors all year round. After a thrilling surfing session, customers can relax at the surf-inspired restaurant and bar, which offers high-quality Southeast Asian cuisine.

The restaurant follows a surfing island theme, incorporating Indonesian and Thai elements into its signature dishes. Guests can indulge in delectable options such as Prawn Papaya Salad, Beef Rendang, and Tom Yum Goong. The spacious outdoor area is also pet-friendly, welcoming furry companions to join diners as they enjoy refreshing iced lemongrass drinks, Butterfly Coconut Juice, and Thai Bubble Milk Tea.

Address: Shop L601, 6/F, Airside, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, Hong Kong
Tel: +852- 3564 8345