Things are looking bright and lively in the culinary scene in Hong Kong this summer. With good progress on cracking down covid (knock on wood) and vaccination rates slowly but surely crawling up, Hong Kongers are ready than ever to enjoy the amazing gastronomical creations Hong Kong restaurants have to offer. With the pandemic, we’ve had to say goodbye to some of our old favourites but there is no time to sulk. With greater and more innovative restaurants concept opening in Hong Kong, you sure don’t want to be missing these new openings this Summer!
Serving its own creative rendition of Izakaya dishes that we all know and love is tucked behind in D’Aguilar Street in true Izakaya fashion. Serving great vibes and drinks – not to mention even more amazing foods, Roji is the place to impress any foodie. Nana’s favourites includes The Scallops (HK$138) which is satisfying to both the eyes and mouth as well as the show-stopping Chicken Katsu (HK$168) coated in a secret panko mixture which is then fried to golden perfection. Drown the meal with classic Highballs and you have yourself the ultimate Izakaya experience here in the 852.
Roji; G/F, 20A D’ Aguilar St, Lang Kwai Fong, Central; Walk-ins only
If you thought Ikea was the only place you can indulge in Norwegian delights, Hjem will soon change your mind. Occupying a cosy space in the neighbourhood of Sheung Wan is a Nordic café named Hjem. Hjem will be the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and soon your go-to for authentic Nordic cuisine and healthy beverages. You can expect open-faced fresh seafood sandwiches as well as classic Nordic meat dishes such as the unmissable Meatballs (HK$118) served with mash potatoes and lingonberries. We can’t talk about Nordic cuisine without mentioning dessert. At Hjem, their signature dessert – a Giant Cinnamon & Cardamom Bun Rolls (HK$98) just can’t go unnoticed!
Hjem; 161 Hollywood Road, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong; +852 2362 9193
You might have visited some of their branches across Hong Kong but the latest location to welcome this exotic fusion cuisine is T.Bay in Tung Chung. The newest community hub of restaurants, bars and shops is lucky to have Funky Monkey serve their signature dishes such as the Himalayan Thali Set (HK$108) and exotic cocktails. Named after the groovy vibes of the bar and restaurant, Funky Monkey is the place to visit during the weekends to explore what Tung Chung has to offer while sipping of handmade cocktails and exploring a plethora of flavours.
Funky Monkey; Shop 101, 1/F, T-Bay, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung, +852 2427 1111
Casa Cucina & Bar
Occupying three floors of intimate dining space in vibrant Sai Ying Pun, Casa Cucina & Bar evolves through the day from a chic coffee spot to an elegant cocktail destination, combining a Cicchetti-inspired menu with a welcoming, relaxed Mediterranean vibe. With large dining spaces and art present through the main dining room, it’s more than a simple restaurant. Chef Anthony Cheung and his team capture Cicchetti dining essence with comfort dishes that are ideal for sharing, especially the house-made fresh pasta selection – all of which are produced in-house.
Casa Cucina; Shop 8 & 9, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun; +852 2887 9666
Lung Fu Pao
As if Hong Kong couldn’t resist another Japanese restaurant, Lung Fu Pao offers a new – dare we say, scandalous – dining concept in the market. Taking the name from the Hong Kong adult magazine, Lung Fu Pao, this Avant Garde restaurant with walls plastered with R-rated posters and even dishes that is suggestively provocative serves sushi, kushiyaki and great vibes for a night out. You probably won’t want to bring your children or even your colleagues but it’s a great hotspot to enjoy good food, washing it down with their carefully curated cocktails and enjoy the lively, raunchy atmosphere.
Lung Fu Pao; 4B Elgin Street, Central, Soho; +852 3460 4609