There's a lot that goes on in the dining scene in Hong Kong, which makes it tricky to keep up with the emergence of all the new restaurants. Breaking it down, there are showpieces of Chinese heritage, some taking traditional street food up to a new level
Why: Adding to the list of new restaurants is super-popular Brut! It offers western cuisine with delicious sharing plates in casual and intimate surroundings - note the bar stools and sharing tables. This is the perfect spot for a night out away from the busy crowds. Pick of the menu choices for us include the Galician beef tenderloin, kalamata olive tapenade, and smoked eggplants. There is also a wide variety of vegan dishes.
Where: 1 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
Why: Among the latest restaurants is La Rambla, a Spanish restaurant whose cuisine is inspired by the flavours of Catalunya. Chef Ferran Tadeo prepares authentically Spanish plates and ingredients, and the restaurant has top quality food service. Some of the dishes found on the menu include 120-day hung Galician beef, generous paellas, truffle bomba, huge red carabinero shrimp, churros, and much besides. Also, set aside some room for their delicious dulce de leche dessert. The restaurant features a large outdoor terrace with a beautiful view of the Victoria Harbour.
Where: IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central
Why: Hong Kong is surprisingly not renowned for high quality South Asian delicacies. But, the New Punjab Club is among a spate of new restaurants to be focusing on, and in this case delivering, some of the best dishes inspired by the flavours of Punjab. Chef Palash Mitra prepares Punjabi street foods, which revolves around tandoor-fired meats and hearty sharing dishes. Some of the best offerings include the samosa chaat, Lahori seekh, murgh tikka angar and the slow-roasted shrimp, not to mention light and refreshing desserts such as lemon custard with raspberry sorbet and a carrot sticky toffee pudding.
Where: 34 Wyndham St, Central
Why: Sushi Saito restaurant in the Four Seasons offers Asian and Japanese cuisine, not to mention the best sushi on offer among the current crop of new restaurants. The menu includes most traditional dishes and sushi prepared in the authentic Edomae-style. Chef Saito is known for his exacting standards and creating every piece of sushi with balanced flavours and great textures. Besides its intimate and traditional ambience, Sushi Saito also offers lovely views of the harbour.
Where: Four Seasons, 8th Finance Street, Central