Wanchai is never short of new restaurants and bars to check out, making it one of the city’s most lively areas when it comes to all things food. In recent months, we’ve seen some new additions pop up to the scene, so here are the ones we recommend booking a table at (if you haven’t already!).
Djapa is a casual Brazillian-Japanese fusion restaurant and bar that is the first of its kind in our city. Its décor is akin to a funky art museum, with cool and edgy work from artists Takashi Murakami and Tomaz Viana coupled with bright and bold furniture – much like Brazil’s colourful culture.
What’s exciting about Djapa is of course the food. Executive Chef Angel Romero celebrates the fusion cuisine from Brazil’s Japanese migrant population in dishes such as Suntanned Crabs (sawagani crabs served on a sand of farofa), skewers using various cuts of beef from Kobe, Ohmi, Hokkaido, Kagoshima and Miyazaki, grilled octopus and more. Whisky lovers should take full advantage of Djapa’s impressive collection of over 400 varieties of the stuff.
Shops G18-20 & F18A, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai
Another Japanese restaurant to put on your list – this time with seafood as its central focus. Dubbed the Hong Kong version of Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Yamataka Seafood occupies a massive area of 11,000 square feet where you will be able to witness live tuna-cutting demonstrations, dine on freshly caught seafood flown in from Tsukiji itself, and shop at the retail section, stocking up on your Japanese produce.
It’s definitely the place for foodies who can’t get enough of Japan’s best ingredients and flavours. It makes for the perfect weekend activity. Start with a feast of the freshest seafood, continue on with tasting different types of umeshu at Yamataka’s umeshu bar and finally, bring some goodies home.
2/F Wanchai Pier, Wanchai
From celebrated Sichuan chef, Deng Heading, this popular Shanghai eatery that has finally made its way to Hong Kong. Deng G offers a wide variety of popular dishes featuring the flavours of Sichuan like sliced pork with garlic and chilli, braised crab with preserved vegetables, crispy fish in spicy sauce and diced chicken with chilli and cashews. While the dishes are suited to family-style dining, Deng G is popular with the after-work crowd with its baijiu bar on the first floor where you can get yourself a baijiu (Chinese spirit made from grains) cocktails and more.
2/F, 147 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai
1563 Live House Restaurant
1563 Live House is both a restaurant as well as a live house space created as a performance platform for both local and international musicians, particularly Cantonese music performances. So it’s definitely the place to go to enjoy good food and great music!
On the menu is Chinese fusion dishes like Sichuan spicy chicken, fried hor fun rice noodles with Kobe beef, shrimp paste chicken wings, Kimchi braised pork belly oyster bun and more.
6/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai
What to expect at Bistro Seoul? Authentic Korean cuisine like kimchi seafood pancake, spicy pan-friend Korean chicken, japchaei, bibimbap, Eonyang-style bulgogi and more. It’s good to know that chefs here are from Korea while ingredients are flown in from Korea itself, from the vegetables to quality Korean beef and even Incheon rice.
A highlight is also the premium Korean wine menu with over 20 selections – Makgeolli, Takju, Yakju, Soju and more. You can check out the wine sampler (HK$90) where you get to choose a set of three. The perfect place for a Korean-themed night out!
Shop G22-23, Avenue Walk, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai
Maz Thai & BBQ
Another Thai restaurant? Don’t bypass Maz Thai. It services up the usual Thai fare like assorted curries, small street-food bites like pan fried cuttlefish cakes and also offer large variety of BBQ dishes like pork satay, grilled pork jowl, seared scallops with butter and garlic.
But the real drawcards here are the D24 Durian Pizza and Durian Mousse. While it’s risky celebrating the fruit that truly polarises people, there’s no better setting to try it. The dining ambience is relaxed with its marble communal tables and casual décor items.
Shop E, G/F, 2 Landala Street, Wanchai