A small hole was left in our hearts when Hong Kong favourite, Nha Trang, left its resident spot on Wellington Street. And while the hole has now been filled by its chic successor, BÊP Vietnamese Kitchen — the queues (coupled with the fact that you have to hike up there in the first place) are enough to leave us wanting for another solid alternative.
Enter Viet Kitchen — a brand new Vietnamese restaurant helmed by award-winning chef Peter Cuong Franklin, opening its doors at the end of the month in the heart of Central.
The buzz: The chef-owner behind hip eatery Chom Chom, Franklin is looking to offer a fresh new take on the traditional phở (noodles), bún (vermicelli soup), bánh mì (sandwiches), coffee and more.
The vibe: This homey yet modern space features low ceilings, long booths and an open kitchen so you can see all the chefs in action. The dining area seats up to 88 people and will be open for lunch and dinner daily with a chic little bar area serving up some refreshing hand-crafted cocktails.
The food: Signatures include an enticing and wholesome steamed pork and shrimp ravioli, caramel chicken wings influenced by Southeast Asian flavours, grilled lemongrass Korubuta pork chop, wok-fried clams with lime butter sauce and a selection of Hanoi chicken pho, Saigon beef pho and roast duck pho — the best from the north and south of Vietnam.
The drinks: Coffee-lovers need to try their ballsy Vietnamese iced cofeee — a mix of handpicked coffee beans, cinnamon, lemongrass, sugarcane and calamansi all hand-picked from Vietnam. Not a fan of the coffee? Opt for the Viet Signature Cocktail instead — a refreshing concotion of rum, fresh-squeezed sugarcane, lemongrass and calamansi.
What else: Don’t have time to dine in? Viet Baguette will be their on-the-go counterpart, offering tasty banh mi and the like.
Viet Kitchen, G04 & G06, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.vietkitchenhk.com