Hong Kong Demon Chef Alvin Leung Opens New Concept Cafe Bau in Wan Chai
Hong Kong Demon Chef Alvin Leung is opening his latest restaurant Café Bau in Wan Chai, offering farm-to-table course meals with Hong Kong inspired flavours.
by: The Beat Asia
August 31, 2022
As if it isn’t evident enough in the wealth of varied restaurants, bars, and cafés around the city, Hong Kong is definitely a foodie’s paradise. The month of September brings new places to eat that satiate the fun-centric holiday meals celebrating the tail end of summer, whilst whetting our appetite for autumnal deliciousness to come. From surf n’ turf feasts for the weekend to an afternoon of sleek dim sum enjoyed al fresco in a balmy city terrace, here are our favourite picks of new restaurants and bars that are hitting the streets of Hong Kong in September 2022.
Gathering dust under wraps for the past 40 years, the historical Hong Kong Former Central Magistracy is finally being re-introduced to the public with a groundbreaking F&B facelift. Due to launch in the middle of September, Black Sheep Restaurants teased the opening of two restaurants, namely the Magistracy Dining Room spearheaded by Michelin-starred chef and head of Belon, Matthew Kirkley, and a Botanical Garden designed by Joyce Wang.
In its final form, this grand concept will extend to encompass three bars, four private dining rooms, a sports room, as well as a multifaceted wine cellar to house old-world varieties. If you’re keen on getting a seat at the table once they’re open, sign up onto their official site here to get notified first!
Location: The Magistracy Hong Kong, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
Upscaled surf n’ turf concept Porterhouse is freshening up their a-la-carte menu with a nautical twist. Welcoming award-winning chef Roberto Zorzoli, who has worked all over Europe as well as at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, plenty Milanese influence can be gleaned through the new menu by way of textured flavours honed from fresh ingredients.
Aside from the obligatory porterhouse selection of Australia Mayura Full-blood Wagyu (HK$1,880), the rare and distinctly marbled Spain Los Norteños Rubia Gallega (HK$1,780), and Italy Marango Angus (HK$1,680), there are a wealth of seafood additions that will make your mouth water. Delightful Smoked Swordfish Carpaccio (HK$258) dusted with aromatic fennel and blazing orange, deconstructed King Prawn Cocktail (HK$278) in zesty housemade sauce, and the Grilled Global Seafood Platter (HK$1,398) brimming with artfully charred crustacean imports are just the tip of the iceberg. Come along on a Tuesday or Thursday for an elegantly dry martini that will have James Bond in a chokehold.
Location: Porterhouse Seafood & Steak, 7/F California Tower, 30-36 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
Replacing Iberian concept Rubia on Hollywood Road, Epicurean group is shifting focus to Central Europe to put forward the playfully kitsch Schnitzel & Schnaps, an authentic eatery peddling comforting breaded cutlets to dig into and specialty spirits to knock back.
Bringing two decades of experience, restaurant founder and head chef Krzysztof Bandel transports guests to an inviting inn where they sink their teeth into hearty milk-fed veal Wiener Schnitzel (HK$350), Berlin-originating Schnitzel à la Holstein (HK$280), Sword Fish Milanese (HK$210) and more. There is also a winning selection of German and Polish snacks like nostalgia-inducing sausage platters (each HK$388) and sizzling Potato Rösti (HK$75), plus desserts, like Apple Strudel (HK$120). End your meal with a round of schnaps to leave with a kick after the carbfest, or slowly sip on a schnaps-inspired cocktail like the sultry Sichuan pepper schnaps-based Silk Road (HK$85).
Location: Schnitzel & Schnaps, G/F, C Wisdom Centre, 35 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Unveiling a new brunch as well as an afternoon tea round to their menu, Nordic café Hjem is growing to cover the in-between moments of the day that could always be improved with some munchies. Upgrading their signature smørrebrød, the Hot Smoked Salmon (HK$128) lends a piquant tweak to the cured classic, whilst the brand-new Potato Rosti (HK$168) fry-up primes us of the autumnal and wintry months to come in the most delicious of ways.
Fans of high tea can tuck into the curated Hjem afternoon tea set (HK$488 per two pax), which provides diners with two traditional smørrebrøds each, homemade baked goods, as well as Nordic teas steeped from handpicked leaves and herbs. Taking the same approach of mid-day treats to their drink menu as well, their “hygge” happy hour is available on weekdays from 3 PM to 6 PM, and showcases a new cocktail line with options like the decadent Lingonberry & Chocolate Espresso Martini (HK$98) and Swedish Mule (HK$88).
Location: Hjem, 161 Hollywood Road, Tai Ping Shan, Central, Hong Kong
Drawing inspiration from chilled out beachside resorts, KABOOM is a tropical retreat above the clouds, situated on a rooftop in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Adorned in bamboo and rattan, replete with woven parasols in their al fresco area, their menu complements the sun-drenched address perfectly by drawing from the Southeast Asian palate. There is the powerfully fragrant 5 Spices Roasted Crispy Cauliflower (HK$88) encrusted in a buttery glaze, the Single Bone Chicken Wings (HK$88) dusted in salted egg yolk, as well as transformed local favourite, Typhoon Shelter Style Crab Pasta (HK$188).
Also serving up a cocktail menu to match the fun-loving attitude that’s all around, expect to find vibrant tipples served in quirky setups like a mini bathtub filled with rose petals, or a gilded pineapple fashioned out of bronze steel.
Location: KABOOM, 20/F, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Famed for their balance of reverence for the classics as well as their sleek presentation of minimal yet deeply enchanting Cantonese fare, Duddell’s is giving their roster a bit of a revamp under the helm of Michelin-star toting chef Yip Kar-on.
Brunch at Duddell’s is always a joyous affair, with the added twist of their new all-day dim sum menu being a much-welcomed change. Hearkening to wishes for prosperity, the goldfish-shaped Pork & Shrimp Dumpling (HK$108 per 2) is a batch-made delight that showcases the seasonal deliciousness of termite mushroom. There is also the Cheung fun-adjacent Steamed Artisan Rice Roll (HK$68) spun from silky smooth sheets that melt in your mouth, as well as the Minced A4 Wagyu Beef Rice Roll (HK$128) that spruces up the usual chewy dish with some added black pepper paste and scallion.
Location: Duddell’s, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
For that first day of the month punch, head to the cocktail slinging MONA on Sept. 1 for their debut at Western-Japanese concept Pazzi Isshokenmei in H Queen’s building. An alluring speakeasy combining the classy setup of a Ginza bar with touches of laidback charm, the space is said to be themed according to one of the world’s most beguiling works ever—the “Mona Lisa.”
Centred around cocktails reflecting the restaurant’s fusion sensibilities, MONA lets patrons sip under the pull of a replicated Mona Lisa’s gaze and lounge until the late hours of night in the outdoor terrace. Citrus lovers can reinvigorate with the yuzu-based Bee’s Kochi (HK$140), or find a balance to their fruity sourness in the Lisa Sour (HK$130) tweaked using egg-washed whisky and a touch of red wine. The Mona Tomball (HK$120) is a choice for lovers of the Japanese whiskey highball, whilst The Pazzi Choice is an open omakase option based off your requests. Ringing in the new opening, the bar is currently offering bottle deals for wines on Mondays, champagnes and sakes on Tuesdays, Perfume Trees Gin mixes on Wednesdays, and half-priced drinks for ladies every Thursday.
Location: MONA, 2/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
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