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Hong Kong's best new restaurants for summer 2016

Hong Kong's new openings range from old-school inspirations to innovative sensations

Summer is much anticipated, after what has proved to be one of the coldest and most unusual winters for the subtropical metropolis and what better way to celebrate than with a gourmet meal in one of Hong Kong's newest haunts, overlooking one of the best cityscapes in the world.

Café Hong Kong

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Located right near the iconic Midlevels Escalator, Café Hong Kong offers an equally iconic experience, where a slice of local cuisine is served with a smile. Don’t mistake this for another tai pai dong-style eatery, because the contemporary décor and attentive service here make a difference. A great place for a quick pitstop before you continue your busy day. www.cafe-hongkong.com

Issaya Siamese Club

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Sister venue to Issaya Siamese Club Bangkok, one of ‘Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants,’ this Hong Kong outpost dishes up fresh, organic Thai fare against Causeway Bay’s glittering skyline. Celebrity chef Ian Kittichai’s tasting menu, which includes a seafood soup and spicy specialities with beef, shrimp, pork, lobster and many more, is a great reason to make a stop while shopping in the area. Do save room for the homemade dessert. www.issaya.hk

Jinjuu

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Following its success in London, Jinjuu’s arrival in Hong Kong marks a new era, as famous chef Judy Joo presents both Korean classics and street food. Her menu spices up this much-loved cuisine with a dose of fun. Off the Grill Ssam Platters, Bibimbap Bowls and other vibrant dishes are beautifully complemented by equally colourful drinks like White Rice Negroni and Kimchi Mary. www.jinjuu.com

Kasa

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Hong Kongnese fare with a twist? Kasa has it down to a ‘T’ since its opening on the Island’s waterfront, serving reinterpreted classics that wow the palate. Open kitchen, murals and casual seatings create an industrially-inspired setting, where breaded soft-boiled eggs with minced pork, squid noodles in garlic and oyster sauce, Shanghainese braised short ribs and the Kasa-style molten cake are all must-try. kasahongkong.com

Kashiwaya

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When 3-Michelin- starred restaurant Kashiwaya’s chef Hideaki Matsuo decided to open his first overseas branch in Hong Kong, diners knew they were in for a treat. Kashiwaya, founded in Osaka nearly four decades ago, has been the temple of kaiseki cuisine where seasonality reigns supreme. The Hong Kong location has one purpose: engage the five senses by infusing every dish with the four seasons. And it is up to you to discover how they do it. www.jp-kashiwaya.com

Kishoku

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If there is a Japanese culinary term you need to be familiar with, it will have to be ‘omasake’ which means letting the chef take charge of your dining experience. Try this at Kishoku, now offering more varieties of seafood and delicacies than ever: uncured salmon roe; sake-brined filefish in a sauce made from the fish’s own liver, soy and spring onion, amongst many fresh-caught choices. www.kishoku.com

Mak Mak

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Feels like Thailand? The Landmark’s new restaurant zooms in on the Southeast Asian country’s heartland to present its characteristically colourful and spicy specialities: spicy steamed salmon soufflé in banana leaves, wok-fried crispy soft shell crab with yellow curry egg sauce as well as many rice and noodle dishes. The Thai food store setting sets just the right tone. makmakhongkong.com

School Food

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With an innovative take on Korean fare – from the colourfully mismatched interiors to the most recent crossover with fashion brand i.t – this is where you can play with your food. But don’t be mistaken: its signature mari and street topokki are as authentic and spicy as they should be. Multiple locations in Cityplaza, Times Square, Festival Walk and Whampoa Garden amongst others are proof that School Food is a great institution. www.miradining.com/school-food

Shiki Zen

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Got a carbs craving? Head to Shiki Zen and choose from 10 types of udon noodles, all lovingly and freshly made at the restaurant every day, using Japanese flour and a pinch of sea salt. The semi-buffet that offers several main courses, such as Kagoshima wagyu beef sirloin and black pork, Hokkaido king crab and clams, is also a great choice. www.shiki-zen.com

Yum Cha

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‘Yum cha,’ or dim sum, is an integral part of the social-culinary scene in Hong Kong. A new restaurant, named after this popular way of dining, is capturing hearts all over town with its adorable food designs that are as Instagram-worthy as they are fresh, seasonal and delicious. Decked out like a contemporary Nordic home, Yum Cha’s décor is a full departure from traditional Chinese haunts. www.yumcha.com.hk

Yun Yan

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What says ‘home sweet home’ better than a warm chicken soup? Yun Yan Sichuanese restaurant goes beyond regional fare to offer a new lunch menu that is as convenient as it is healthy. The homemade soup is paired with pickled cabbage, organic rice and your choice of spicy chicken or stewed pork belly. What’s great about all this is that Yun Yan is right inside Times Square shopping mall. www.miradining.com/yun-yan

Hutong

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Tired of buffet-style brunches? Perched high above One Peking Road with breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour is Hutong, an evocative, contemporary Northern Chinese restaurant that is now presenting the Feng Wei weekend brunch. Tuck into a variety of appetisers, dim sum, soup, noodles and rice – all in the Northern Chinese culinary tradition – which pair beautifully with champagne, wine and homemade cocktails. www.hutong.com.hk

1 Mak Mak
2 School Food
3 Shiki Zen
4 Yum Cha
5 Yun Yan
6 Hutong
7 Café Hong Kong
8 Issaya Siamese Club
9 Kasa
10 Kashiwaya
11 Kishoku