Fresh Food, featuring Austin Fry's new spot, plenty of trend-abusers, and quite a number of closures.
The year’s just kicked off, but already Hong Kong’s dining scene in embroiled in controversy. We’re not ones to comment on that kind of thing, but we will say that in a battle of two massive egos, the only ones that lose out are us, the readers. With that slightly lame reflection, let’s get into the first Fresh Food of 2015!
First up, we’ve been looking forward to this one: chef Austin Fry has been on a roll over the past couple years, spearheading such hipster hits as Brickhouse (68%), Salon Number 10 (81%) and Mavericks (73%). His latest is Boomshack on Wo On Lane in Central, a eat-in and takeout spot that cashes in on the trifecta of current Hong Kong food trends: burgers, tacos and chicken-and-waffles. We’d normally be cynical about a place like this, but considering Fry’s record, color us excited about his latest venture.
The Keyaki Group is quickly making their mark with cool, booze-friendly spots, including Shiba (80%) in Kennedy Town and Les Pucelles in Tai Hang. Their latest is the eponymous Keyaki, a new Japanese spot also on Wo On Lane, and just a couple doors down from Boomshack.
In other desperately-cashing-in-on-current-trends news: TaKorea is a new underground spot on Wellington Street that serves up Korean tacos (what’d you expect?). Uncle Padak on High Street in Sai Ying Pun, serves Korean-style fried chicken. And flogging the quickly dying horse, Maximal Concepts are launching Double D, a takeaway burger joint that's set to open in Lan Kwai Fong later this month.
Causeway Bay and Tai Hang have established themselves as go-to areas for those sick of Central’s overwrought restaurants, and three new additions are adding to that. The Point is a new pizza and pasta joint, located on Tang Lung Street in Causeway Bay. Taylor Shell Farms is an airy Tai Hang spot where the seafood comes straight from the source, and just down the road on Shepherd Street, Niku Niku is a new Japanese yakiniku restaurant.
In boondocks news, the tourist-y main street of Stanley recently welcomed a new restaurant: Pinot Duck is a Chinese restaurant that as you can guess, is all about the wine pairing. And out in Cyberport is El Charro, a new Mexican restaurant from the folks that brought you Delaney’s.
Finally, quite a few closures this week and we might be late with a couple of them. First up, PJ Murphy’s, one of the city’s longest standing Irish pubs in TST, has shut up shop for good. The Wellington Street location of Hero Sandwich has closed down, but they still have spots in Tai Kok Tsui and Lai Chi Kok. And we’d heard rumours that they were bought out by a restaurant group, but it looks like Mr. Bing has closed down for good. We’ll update if anything changes.
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