Fresh Food is a weekly column that scours the city in search of the latest Hong Kong dining news.
Chinese New Year’s just a couple days away, and while we have plenty of feasts to plan, we’re taking a break to give you a look into the latest in local restaurant news. First up, a couple of new openings and one re-opening.
Tabibito is yet another cool little Japanese restaurant in Sheung Wan, this one located in the bizarrely hipster area of Po Hing Fong. It’s taken over Corner Kitchen’s old spot and as with many others, is a little izakaya serving slightly overpriced snacky bites. Nearby is also the newly launched Man Mo Cafe, an east-meets-west restaurant of dim sum, dumplings, fried rice and other Chinese eats with a modern influence.
But despite those two, we’re more excited about the relaunch of one of our favourite Italian restaurants: Da Domenico (76%) shut its doors late last year when Hysan decided to close down part of its empire. But the resilient restaurant has decided to keep things going, by moving a couple blocks down the road to Tung Lo Wan Road, near Shelter Street. The exact address is as secretive as it ever was, but just follow the smells of fresh pasta and you’ll find it in no time.
And finally, a couple more closings, one we couldn’t care less about and the other a sad loss. First up, 1/5 Nuevo (54%), that so-so Spanish tapas place in Star Street, which will finally be shutting its doors tomorrow, January 29 and hopefully will be replaced with something of a higher calibre.
Next, one of our favourite weekend spots: Top Deck (72%), that perennial brunch restaurant of champagne and eggs benedict, is rumored to have completely shut its doors, despite the fact that it was said to be "under renovation” for the past few months. Word on the street is that it’ll be taken over by a Chinese restaurant. Keep checking back here for more info.
Tabibito, 20 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2547 2833
Man Mo Cafe, 40 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, 2644 5644
Da Domenico, 25 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, 2882 8013
1/5 Nuevo, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, 2529 2300 (closing: Jan 29)
Top Deck, Jumbo Kingdom, Aberdeen, 2552 3331 (rumored to be closed)