Fresh Food, featuring Gordon Ramsay in Hong Kong, a host of new openings and expansions, and the closure of View 62.
After a couple weeks lull in Hong Kong dining news, things have heated up again in the scene. Let's kick off this week's Fresh Food.
The big news of the past week, our wish came true (sorta): famed British chef Gordon Ramsay is opening his first restaurant in Hong Kong at the LKF Tower on Wyndham Street. He’ll be taking over the spot formerly occupied by Russian bar Balalaika, with the restaurant set to open this September. Details are scarce right now but will be announced soon, so keep checking back.
In other British celeb chef openings, Jason Atherton’s third restaurant officially launched last night. Aberdeen Street Social is the hottest opening at the new PMQ, divided into a fine dining section serving up modern British cuisine, and a chilled bar with creative cocktails and clever tapas-like snacks.
Last week, we told you about the latest opening from the Yardbird (78%) folks, Sunday Grocery, and this week we’ve got more info for you: the Kennedy Town spot is a small little grocery store that’s dishing out clever spins on classic made to order sandwiches. Expect mushroom melts, chicken schnitzel, banh mi and other creative concoctions, alongside a wide selection of beers and Japanese spirits (sake, whisky, shochu).
The Miramar Group has also expanded, opening their second School Food (68%) outlet in Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza this past week, serving up the same successful takes on homestyle Korean. And the return of a favourite: after many a Wan Chai tear was spilled, Joe Bananas will be reopening in the next month, seemingly in the same spot it always was in. That’s greedy Hong Kong landlords for you.
And a major closure: View 62 (59%) was incredibly hyped when it first opened in 2012, but reviews were largely poor for the gimmicky revolving restaurant. It’s finally set to close its doors at the end of this month. We can’t say we’ll miss ‘em, but we’re looking forward to seeing what takes over the spinning spot.
Finally in chef news, chef Burkhard Bacher of famed restaurant Kleine Famme in Sterzing, Italy, will once again return to Hong Kong next month, taking up residence at the Mandarin Oriental’s Cafe Causette (66%) between June 3 to 8. He’ll be offering two- and three-course menus, for HK$498 and HK$598 respectively, with dishes including risotto with scampi sauce and cavatelli pasta with lobster.