Fresh Food, featuring plenty of Sheung Wan openings, Nha Trang being replaced, and a popular UK chef at the Mandarin.
How is it already September? We’re quickly approaching our 6-month anniversary here at FoodCourt, and we’re pretty happy where we’re at: viewers have increased, people are using our site, and while we haven’t updated our database in a few weeks, we hope to get the ball rolling on that as well as a major redesign soon – stay tuned for more, but in the meantime, here’s this week’s Fresh Food.
First up, we announced it a few months back, but it finally opened this past week: Lazy Hog has launched at Bridges Street in Sheung Wan, right next to PMQ, serving up American style tapas . Initially, we mistakenly announced that it’s from the On Lot 10 (80%) folks, when it’s actually from the folks behind the little-known bakery café Lof 10.
Speaking of ‘lots’ in Sheung Wan, a new restaurant called The Lot recently opened on Possession Street – it’s a small little burger, pizza and pasta spot from UK chef Tony Higginbotham, and early reviews have been decent. Also in new openings, Rosie’s Café in Sha Tin, a Japanese-style spot where it’s all about the pancakes, from savoury to sweet.
Closures this week (sort of), perennially popular Vietnam restaurant Nha Trang (73%) has shut down its Wellington Street shop – not due to a lack of success mind you, but in an attempt to rebrand and establish it’s sister spot BEP Vietnamese Kitchen (70%), which will be taking over the spot. Expect the same damn long lines.
And finally in chef news, the Mandarin Oriental continues its impressive guest chef selections, with famed British name Sat Bains of the namesake UK restaurant visiting two of the hotels’ most popular eateries next month. Between October 16 and 18, Bains and his crew will be holding a seven-course lunch (HK$1,698 per person) and a 10-course dinner (HK$2,888 per person) at the Mandarin Grill (84%), while at The Krug Room (81%) there will be a 12-course dinner (HK$3,488 per person).