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Sai Ying Pun smokehouse Rhoda will close in early September

Fans of chef Nate Green’s brilliant live fire cooking at Sai Ying Pun smokehouse, Rhoda, have just one short month left to get their fill of slow-cooked lamb shoulder and short ribs on toast: With rumours floating for weeks now, JIA Group has officially announced that Rhoda’s last service will be on Saturday, 8 September.

Chef Nate Green has said he will announce a new project soon, one that allows him to follow his passion while spending more time with family.

First debuted in summer 2016, Rhoda was instantly well-received for its eclectic smoke- and flame-kissed menu, from the chargrilled free-range chicken (our favourite order, paired with the tangy beer bread), to the blistered corn under a fluttering of katsuobushi with a perfectly poached egg. In addition to master butchery skills, Green — former head chef at another JIA Group favourite, 22 Ships — had the innate ability to weave in influences from Japan to Spain to France, while still fashioning a singularly interesting and unique voice for Rhoda.

Rhoda’s free-range chicken with ginger and spring onion is a fan favourite.

Living up to the menu was an equally striking aesthetic in the dining space — one we named one of the most stylish restaurant interiors in Hong Kong — with distressed surfaces and warm copper detailing bringing the ‘cool’ factor back into the somewhat overplayed minimalist, industrial-style look.

For those looking to get one last meal in, you’ll want to mark 22 August and 5 September on your diaries, as Rhoda presents two last pop-up events focusing on the sustainable use of whole animals and larger cuts in a fun, family-style format. On 22 August, “The Final Hog” combines delicious roasted pork, rock ‘n’ roll and booze (HK$398, plus HK$248 for free-flow; tickets here); while on 5 September, it’s an “All-You-Can-Beef” blowout featuring premium grass-fed beef cuts (HK$648, plus HK$248 for free-flow; tickets here).

While the prolific F&B group has stated that the joint decision was made to allow Green more time with his family while JIA Group explores new opportunities for the space, we have a feeling that Rhoda’s out-of-the-way location on Des Voeux Road West in a quieter stretch of town, might also have played into the equation with a less-than-ideal amount of food traffic. As JIA Group plans to debut a brand new concept in the space, we are hopeful that whatever comes next is just as exciting and delightful as its predecessor.

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.