Fresh Food, with two On Lan Street restaurants, a couple innovative concepts, and a restaurant group in Repulse Bay.
Mid-Novmber and with Christmas round the corner, major restaurant groups are saving their big announcements for next month. We’ve got a fairly slow Fresh Food this week, with just a few openings and one sad closure, so let’s get into it.
Not long ago, we told you that both Phillipe Orrico of Upper Modern Bistro (75%) and Shane Osborn (above), formerly of St. Betty (80%), would each be opening new restaurants. We now hear that they’ll both open at the end of this month and both will be located at On Lan Street: Orrico’s ON Dining Kitchen and Foodie Bar and Osborn’s Arcane.
Also in Central, Saam Eatery & Bar will open in December in Soho, and it’s described as a spot where the theme changes every month, although we’re not exactly sure what that means. And Habibi Café, a longtime staple of Wellington Street, has unfortunately shut its doors, and we’re sad to see it go. It’ll soon be replaced by the second Butcher’s Club Burger (78%), after the success of the original Wan Chai spot.
At Pier 7, a new fish & chips spot has opened up: White Beard serves up New Zealand-style fish and chips, the second from the country after rival Hooked (60%). And in Tai Hang, a new Spanish joint has soft-opened: Paella Paella specialises in the county's rice-based dish, but they’re also featuring a number of tapas on the menu.
Finally, Maximal Concepts, the folks behind Blue Butcher (74%), Brickhouse (69%) and others, a few weeks ago announced that they’d be launching a new restaurant called Limewood – we now hear that it’ll be somewhere in Repulse Bay, which should make for a nice change of pace.