Autumn is all about delicious bounties, and there’s no stopping our appetites with 10 exciting restaurant openings to dive into this November. From timely odes to hairy crab to neighbourhood bistros and trattorias, here are Hong Kong’s newest hotspots to check out this month.
Opening just in time for prime crustacean season, K11 Musea’s Sexy Crab will no doubt be drawing Hong Kong’s staunchest shellfish fiends over the harbour. The cosy 23-seat restaurant takes its design cues from 1930s Shanghai, blended with brazen neon fixtures lending a saucy pink tinge to the space. Expect to slurp down an onslaught of seasonal hairy crab dishes: an array of appetisers and sharing dishes all feature the seasonal delicacy, while other seafood and shellfish dishes round out the menu. Be sure to make way for the Sexy Crab — the restaurant’s namesake, featuring a jackpot platter of golden roe and meat from no less than 12 crabs, made for you to dip, swirl and slurp as you please with a bowl of hand-pulled noodles.
Sexy Crab, Shop 401A, 4/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 6655 7629
The former cocktail hideout that was Mrs. Pound has now transformed into a friendly neighbourhood French bistro, Bouillon. Fans of Wan Chai’s Le Bistro Winebeast will be glad to see chef Johan Ducroquet heading up the kitchen for this new venture, partnering with fellow French chef and beverage distributor Gregory Alexandre who will be heading the floor. Gallic classics like steak tartare, foie gras terrine, pâté en croûte, escargot, confit duck leg and more fill the menu, all paired with an extensive bottle list and wallet-friendly by-the-glass options. Don’t miss the Happy Hour from Tuesday–Sunday, 3–7pm, featuring glasses of organic wines by independent family-owned vineyards all for HK$50 a pop. A selection of cider, cocktails and beers also available for the same price.
Bouillon, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2886 0056
Named after Italy (and Europe)’s most active volcano located on Sicily’s east coast, this Tin Hau trattoria is slated to open this month with a roster of refined yet comforting dishes focusing on the produce sourced from this fertile volcanic soil. At the helm are business partners Sing Kong and chef Rene Michelana (most recently of Swire’s The Continental), who met as part of the opening team of LKF bar and restaurant Lily and Bloom several years back. The sprawling neighbourhood joint seats up to 130 in its indoor and al fresco spaces — sure to be a hit in the breezy Hong Kong autumn, especially during its daily Chill Time opening promotion from 3-8pm, offering a HK$368 package for two bottles of wine.
Etna, 3/F, 68 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Fans of Zahir Mohamed’s SoHo temple to sourdough — Baked — will want to keep their eyes peeled for Acme, the chef-patron’s newest 32-seater which will be bringing on soul-soothing Middle Eastern fare from the chef’s ancestral roots. Expect salads, mezzes and main plates to share, and an open kitchen plan that showcases the flame and passion at the heart of Acme.
Acme, 59 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s ever-growing number of omakase sushi bars seem to rival the ubiquity of ramen joints these days, but Sushi Hakucho aims to bring a regional twist by focusing on the pristine waters of Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu — all at a much more palatable price point at HK$450 for lunch and HK$980 for dinner. The newest member to Bird Kingdom Group holds fort on TST’s Minden Avenue, next door to sister restaurant Kido, a Fukuoka-style hakata-ku or skewer bar. The cosy 30-seater particularly showcases the masterful knifework and preparation skills of veteran sushi master Harada Makoto, whose seasonal specialties this autumn include sweet squid and quail egg yolk sushi paired with its twin, featuring sweet squid and uni; ‘snakehead fish’ fatty eel sushi; as well as the prized Hokkaido sanma.
Sushi Hakucho, G13, Harbour Pinnacle, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2109 1155
Industry veteran and founder of The Butcher’s Club Jonathan Glover has teamed up with chef Brandon Tomkinson, who earned his stripes under Gordon Ramsay, for The Factory — a new private kitchen and events space located in Wong Chuk Hang. Located just steps away from the MTR, the versatile space makes for a casual yet classy venue for your next private party, dishing up impressive steakhouse mains and sharing plates for groups of 15 or more. Highlights include the chicken, foie gras galantine with fig jam and tomato bruschetta; a show-stopping beef Wellington, as well as the ‘Carpet Bag’ — chef Tomkinson’s own creation, featuring a tenderloin stuffed with Sydney rock oysters and wrapped in crispy bacon. Dishes are also available a la carte via Deliveroo.
The Factory, 16A Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2805 8555
Nissa La Bella
One of two teased openings by Pastis Group this autumn, Pastis Tapas in Tseung Kwan O and Nissa La Bella in Sheung Wan. Paying homage to the Niçois anthem of the same name, Nissa La Bella specialises in the regional cuisine of the Baies des Anges, where Pastis founder Olivier Caisson calls home. Stay tuned for more information about the restaurant, yet to be announced on the official Pastis website.
CR² by Cupping Room
Cupping Room Group’s latest venture takes them to Mong Kok’s Grand Plaza, just a hop and skip away from what is set to be Hong Kong’s largest Footlocker megastore at Gala Place — meaning sneakerheads and their hungry companions will now have a spot to rest their feet and refuel on coffees, snacks and La Viña (no relation to the famed San Sebastian bakery) cakes and pastries — and that enticing Basque burnt cheesecake that’s been making its rounds on Instagram.
CR² by Cupping Room, Kiosk 4-5, G/F, Grand Plaza, 625-639 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 9186 3988
The delicious and versatile legume takes the limelight here at this grab-and-go store that’s just recently opened on Lyndhurst Terrace. The latest eatery by Catch Concepts (the folks behind Mama Malouf and Catch in Kennedy Town and Elementary in Tai Hang), Chickpea focuses on silky housemade hummus and pita pockets, as well as hearty Middle Eastern bowls with a wide range of toppings — from beef kafta to fluffy falafel balls, lamb shoulder and chicken shawarma, crispy fish to halloumi and mozzarella.
Chickpea, Shop 3, Union Commercial Building, 12-16 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Debuted at Mong Kok East’s MOKO in 2017, Crêpe Delicious now heads to Wan Chai’s leafy Lee Tung Avenue for a brand new café concept, with its winning savoury and sweet crêpes, craft gelato and intriguing ‘puff’ pizzas in tow. It’s not all about thin pancakes of course: the varied menu is sure to be a hit among Wan Chai’s eager lunch-goers, with crowd-pleasing mains such as Wagyu burgers, grilled Angus ribeye with fries, sous vide beef cheek on mashed potatoes on offer. Be sure to leave room for one of the decadent gelato shakes for dessert.
Crêpe Delicious (Urban Café), Shop G26 & F26A, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2617 7800