Hong Kong Restaurant Week is gearing up for another edition this summer, and if you have a long list of new restaurants to try out, this may be the perfect opportunity to scoot on over to one of the latest openings around town. With over 100 restaurants participating in the bi-annual event, running from 28 July to 6 August, your options are endless with each restaurant offering up a minimum 3-course set lunch (HK$118-198) and/or dinner (HK$298-398) menu to showcase their signature dishes.
Tickets go on sale in just three days, available exclusively here starting from 10am on 24 July. For a look at the best new restaurants to put on your short list, check out our top picks below for wining and dining during the 10-day gastronomic event.
Hong Kong Restaurant Week Summer 2017 runs from 28 July to 6 August.
For more information, visit restaurantweek.hk.
Chef Conor Beach focuses on food preservation methods of smoking, salting and curing at his contemporary SoHo eatery, 12,000 Francs, making the restaurant one of the most innovative new openings of the year. During Restaurant Week, you can sample the chef’s creative cuisine in dishes such as foie gras parfait with jalapeno; burrata with sundried tomato, curry leaf and fried garlic; and coral trout and prawns with smoked rilette, Thai herbs and pickled chillies.
12,000 Francs, G/F, Elgin Building, 43A Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2529 3100; HK$198 for 3-course lunch menu, HK$398 for 4-course dinner menu
With the dinner omakase at the newly relocated UMI typically running HK$1,588 per person, this is a good chance to sample the premium Edomae-style sushi from veteran sushi chef Yukio Kimijima at a fraction of the price. For Restaurant Week, UMI is offering an 8-course dinner menu (3 appetisers and 5 pieces of sushi) for HK$398, with nigiri including striped jack, goldstriped amberjack, red snapper, scallop and lean tuna.
UMI, Shop 3, G/F, 159-163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2956 3177; HK$398 for dinner menu (3 appetisers and 5 pieces of sushi)
Debuting a few month’s ago, The Lighthouse is the new marine-themed bistro set within The Ocean at Repulse Bay, offering a more casual and affordable menu than its fine dining counterpart. With the same stunning views and serene aqua-blue interiors, The Lighthouse delivers modern French bistro food (think fresh oysters, moules-frites and sea bream tartar with buckwheat seeds) in a casual, all-day setting. Stop by during Restaurant Week for a chance to sample crispy octopus, peas and mushroom risotto, moules-frites and a classic crème brûlée for dessert.
The Lighthouse, Shop 303, Lobby A, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2889 5939; HK$198 for 3-course lunch menu
If palm-sized pierogis and bright red borsch sound appealing, head to Dacha, the new Eastern European restaurant opened earlier this year on Hollywood Road. The cosy spot feels like you’re stepping straight into the home of the owner, Olena Smith, with the charming decor composed of faded white cabinets, white lace and floral-patterned walls, and antique knick-knacks. If you’re new to Ukrainian cuisine, Olena will happily give you an introduction, accompanied by tales of life back home and a generous spirit of hospitality.
Dacha, 38-40 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2420 3555; HK$118 for 3-course lunch menu, HK$298 for 3-course dinner menu
For a taste of Catalonia, look no further than Cassio, the trendy restaurant and bar which has quickly become a popular after-work hangout in Central. With a menu created by London-based tapas joint Barrafina, the food here is worth several return visits — we’re partial to the jumbo red Carabinero prawns and the fluffy and runny omelettes stuffed full of chorizo. Make sure you book in the 3-course Restaurant Week menu to taste signatures including Iberico pluma with black truffle sauce, fideuà (paella made with noodles) chock full of clams and squid, and homemade brioche stuffed with tiger prawn salad.
Cassio, 2/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3792 0129; HK$398 for 3-course dinner menu
Healthy cross-continental fare is injected with big, bold flavours at Bizou, with a menu crafted by international chef Magnus Hansson. From the brimming salads packed full of fresh produce to the simple yet well-executed mains such as roasted Norwegian salmon and charred Galician octopus, we’ve been big fans of Bizou from the start. Don’t miss out on the chunky Boston-style crab cakes, sweet corn soup and aged grass-fed NY strip with spring vegetables — all starring on the Restaurant Week summer menu.
Bizou, Shop 132, L1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2871 0775; HK$398 for 3-course dinner menu
Simple Italian food rules at this casual spot which opened quietly just under a year ago in Causeway Bay. With five mains as options on the Restaurant Week menu, your best bet is to book in with a couple friends and tuck into the menu family-style, from creamy salmon and lobster risotto to slow-roasted organic chicken with spring vegetables and fettuccine served with house-made meatballs.
Lo Spazio, 7/F, Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2778 9877; HK$298 for 3-course dinner menu includes glass of Cava Brut
Unveiling a new look earlier this year, Soho Spice has been reinvigorated with a new menu by Hong Kong restaurant industry veteran Peter Cuong Franklin. On the menu is a spread of Southeast Asian faves, along with some more creative snackers such as soft shell crab baos and grilled sambal aubergine lasagna with turmeric rice. Stop in for lunch or dinner during Restaurant Week to explore the flavours of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and more in a diverse, flavour-packed menu.
Soho Spice, 47B Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2526 2227; HK$118 for 3-course lunch menu, HK$298 for 3-course dinner menu
Chances are you’ve already been to TokyoLima, the new Japanese-Peruvian izakaya-style eatery from restaurateurs Manuel Palacio and Christian Talpo that’s become an instant hit. If not, this is probably your best bet to sample the menu in one go — for HK$398, feast on a selection of the best dishes from chef Arturo Melendez, including the sea bass ceviche, Peruvian-style grilled chicken, grilled portobello and eggplant skewers, and our personal favourite, the ultra snackable “ki-mo-chi” fried chicken paired with a spicy mayo.
TokyoLima, G/F, 18 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2811 1152; HK$398 dinner menu includes a selection of signature dishes
The social dining concept Shack Tapazaka took over Causeway Bay last year, offering Japanese-influenced dishes in a tapas-style, shared-plates format. Dishes start with premium imported ingredients — think imported Iwate Chicken bred in Japan, grade-A Hanwoo (Korean beef), and fresh fish flown in direct from Tokyo — and are then given a fun, modern twist. Meanwhile, the high ceilings and industrial-style space lend a comfortable yet cozy ambience at any time of day. If you haven’t had a chance to pop in yet, the Restaurant Week lunch menu starts at just HK$118 for a 3-course menu, including complimentary coffee or iced tea.
Shack Tapazaka, G/F, 1-1A Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2555 6058; HK$118 for 3-course lunch menu, includes coffee or iced tea; HK$298 for 3-course dinner menu, includes house red or white wine, 1/2 pint draft beer or soft drink