Fresh Food: April 4

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

newest restaurants in hongkong

Post-Rugby Sevens and it’s been a slow week here at FoodCourt – not just for our sluggishly recovering minds, but in terms of dining news. We’ve heard a couple rumours about openings down the road, though.

David Lai, one of our favourite Hong Kong chefs and the man behind On Lot 10 (80%) and Bistronomique (68%), is planning on jumping aboard the modern American bandwagon this summer, by opening Lazy Hog in Sheung Wan.

Inspired by LA street food, the Bridges Street restaurant will be serving upscale and fusion versions of classic bites, including Korean tacos, lobster corn dogs and of course that greasy classic, poutine.

Next up, after their popular eponymous restaurant closed down in February, the folks behind Drawing Room Concepts are gearing up for a new opening this June, featuring a super-group of dining world talent, at the revamped Police Married Quarters on Aberdeen Street (artist's rendition above).

Vasco will be a two-level Basque restaurant, and will feature the combined talents of Michelin-starred Barcelona chefs Martin Berasategui and Paolo Casagrande. And for the cherry on top, interiors will be designed by Joyce Wang of Ammo (76%) fame.

And the French bistro trend never gets old, with yet another one opening in June, this time in Causeway Bay. Seasons will take over the spot currently held by a Habitu (51%) in Lee Gardens, and will come to us from former L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (83%) head chef Olivier Elzer.

Finally, six years after they spearheaded the dining renaissance of Wan Chai, The Pawn (72%) will completely revamp their entire concept this September. Celebrity London chef Tom Aikens is being flown to take the reigns, with vague plans for a new modern gastropub concept – check back for more info.

Last but not least, a closure – not that anyone will really be distraught over this one. Pure Bar and Restaurant (we were just about to add it into our database) is shutting up shop and will be replaced by a new concept called Nood Food from the gym brand. Just below it, taking over the spot previously held by Coast, will be Marks & Spencer Food – which is a blessing for many a Central office worker.

central, spanish, french, american, sheung wan, causeway bay, wan chai, british, fresh food