Fresh Food: The Latest Hong Kong Dining News

Fresh Food, with a new Prive Group restaurant, Batali's big shut-down and Ho Lee Fook finally opening its doors.

It’s been a fairly slow week for restaurant news, but the build-up to the summer months will no doubt see some major revelations. With that in mind, let’s get started on this week’s Fresh Food.

The biggest news of the week, a new opening from the Prive Group. They normally stick to clubs and bars, but occasionally dabble in drinks-and-dining spot with such places as Common Room (74%) and Masu (69%).

Coming completely under the radar though is Amazake, a new spot on On Hing Terrace in Central that soft-opened this past week. It’s a 3,500-square foot izakaya that, as with their previous eateries, will mostly focus on the drinks, but also has a sake-friendly selection of bar snacks and dishes.

Another opening last week, people have been talking about this one for a while: famed French patisserie spot Dalloyau finally opened its Hong Kong branch last week, alongside a small café called La Boutique. It’s open at Harbour City, so expect to wade through endless mainlanders to get there. And is it just us, or does the name Dalloyau sound a little Canto?

This isn’t technically restaurant news, but we’re such fans of its food that we couldn’t resist. Giando (73%), the hidden away, gorgeous Italian restaurant at the Fleet Arcade, will be expanding with an Italian-centric shop called Mercato in the same building. Expect bread, wine, cheese – that sort of thing.

Here’s a strange one: Ho Lee Fook from chef Jowett Yu (above) was meant to open on Elgin Street back in April, but last time we checked they were still under construction. We’ve now heard the official word though, that they’ll be opening to the public next week, and early reports of the food have been excellent.

And in a rare closing: Mario Batali’s so-so Italian steak joint Carnevino (66%) will be shutting up shop soon: no exact details of when, but keep checking back here for more info. We can’t say we’re that upset about the whole thing.

Finally, a reminder: we told you about this a couple weeks ago, but famed chef Tom Aikens will be at The Principal (79%) this Thursday and Friday night with a special menu. It’s $1,800 for a six-course menu, with an additional $900 for wine pairing. Spots seem to still be available, so book now.

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