Fresh Food: April 18

Fresh Food is a weekly column that scours the city in search of the latest Hong Kong dining news.

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The long Easter weekend is finally here, a chance to escape the horrors of the daily grind. But here at FoodCourt, the news never stops and we’re tirelessly bringing you all the latest in dining openings around town. Let’s kick off this week’s Fresh Food.

First up, one that has us pretty excited and yet another testament to Kau U Fong being the hip new dining street in Sheung Wan. Alongside such favourites as The Chairman (82%), La Port Parfume (66%) and 85 South (65%), a new Italian venture will round out the street nicely.

Risi e Bisi is a Venetian bar/restaurant that will focus on a trend that we’re surprised has never actually reached out soil: cicheti, or Venice's version of tapas. Unlike their heavier Spanish counterpart, these are light, fresh and often go well with a fruity white wines. The restaurant's currently under construction, so in true Hong Kong efficiency, expect it to open within the next month or so.

Next up, one that’s been on our radar for a while: Check-In Taipei (above) has been getting a lot of buzz as construction continued over the past month, and it’s now finally opened on Hollywood Road, just opposite the old Police Station.

It’s a small place, and will serve up modern takes on classic Taiwanese cuisine, including beef tacos, C.I.T. noodles and of course that hipster favourite, chicken and waffles. Whether the latter can compete with our favourite version of the dish, remains to be seen.

And more PMQ news, this time direct from the source: the final list of dining options has been announced on the website of the upcoming arts hub. New names include ABC Cooking Studio, Fitina & Chefo Eat & Play, Isono, Showcase by Bread n Butter, and Tuen. Not much is known about each, except for what’s up on pmq.org.hk, but check back here for more details.

Finally, a bit of chef news: celebrity New York chef Michael White will be coming through to Hong Kong from April 25 to May 1, where he’ll be overseeing his TST venture Al Molo (66%). He’ll also offer up a special four-course menu, priced at a reasonable HK$588, and will include pasta quills in shrimp and seppia ragu, Australia wagyu strip loin, and white and dark chocolate mousse.

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