Hong Kong’s dining scene is ever exciting thanks to the many new restaurants that are constantly opening, cementing its place as a hub of world-class dining. This month, the spotlight – or knives and forks – are focused on Central, with a slew of new restaurant opening to tantalise your tastebuds. Here are some of the best.
The Drawing Room at PMQ
If you’ve been following our city’s dining scene, you’ll remember The Drawing Room, which was previous in the JIA Hotel at Causeway Bay. Now, this fine-dining Italian restaurant has relocated to PMQ in Central, headed up by chef Gabriele Milani.
You can choose either four courses (HK$798) or five courses (HK$998) from its classic or seasonal menu for dinner and a weekday lunch menu – though the decadent ambience of the restaurant is more suited for a romantic dinner date, in our opinion. There is also a weekend roast brunch menu consisting of appetisers to share, pasta, meat and dessert (HK$488 for three courses and HK$588 for four courses – top up HK$200 for free flow of house champagne).
7/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: 2156 0888
At Kasa Central, the focus is on creatively highlighting vegetables and plant-based ingredients with wholesome Chinese flavours. Its first Wanchai restaurant is a hit and now, with the second outlet in Central, we are expecting just the same hype and popularity. The Central branch focuses on takeaways from a vegetable-centric menu though there are a few seats available upstairs in this two-storey restaurant.
Carnivores, don’t be fooled – this isn’t a vegetarian restaurant. While the greens are the heroes here, the MSG-free menu also offers selected lean meats and healthy carbs such as quinoa with minced chicken, dried cranberries and anchovy puree; sweet potato noodles with sauteed shiitake mushrooms; and onsen egg and homemade beetroot noodles with sour spicy sauce and homemade sesame oil. Prices start at HK$68 and you can mix and match three dishes in each takeaway box set.
G/F, 61 Wellington Street, Central
Tel: 2868 6864
Soul Food Mahanakorn, Soho
Bangkok meets Hong Kong at Soul Food Mahanakorn – a restaurant that is originally from Bangkok featuring a menu that is strongly inspired by Thailand’s local flavours. We were first introduced to the eatery’s pop-up event last July, which was clearly hugely popular, as the owners have decided to set up a permanent address in Central.
The menu consists of the rich cuisines of Northern Thailand with the likes of smoked duck larb, southern Thai samosas and Burmese pork belly curry. Enjoy delicious dishes made from high-quality, local ingredients in a casual, laid-back environment that is perfect for all-day dining.
26-30 Elgin Street, Soho, Central
Tel: 2177 3544
Shanghai Min 1987
Popular restaurant Shanghai Min has revealed its new concept, Shanghai Min 1987 in Central featuring a menu that offers the authentic taste of Shanghai. What’s exclusive here is the signature steamed chicken with minced ginger and garlic – a popular dish that you’ll find served on almost every table. With its typical Oriental décor and family-dining dishes, this restaurant is probably more suitable for family dinner get-togethers or special occasions.
Shop 301 and 302, Level 3, Man Yee Building, 68 Des Voeux Road, Central
Tel: 2259 9393
Apinara Hong Kong
Apinara is the new restaurant and bar concept from the award-winning team that brought you Nara Thai Cuisine. Here, you can expect many Thai favourites on the menu like the signature spicy northeastern pork balls and steamed fish, to be enjoyed in a luxurious wooden ambience that is modelled after a modern century-old Thai residence.
There is also a large open bar that serves a variety of Thai-inspired cocktails, spirits and draft beers. What’s also unique about Apinara is its authentic bike stall in its atrium area where customers can take away salads, mango sticky rice and other imported Thai packaged snacks.
Shop 205, Level 2, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Tel: 3107 0688