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September 18, 2015

The Top New Restaurants in Town

You’ve shaken off your jet lag, posted drool worthy vacay snaps on instagram, and have finally put your bikinis back in the right drawer. Now you’re ready to meet up with your old friends, swap travel trouble stories and compare tans, but where to do it? Hong Kong has been busy while you were away but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top new restaurants to dig into.

Mr. & Mrs. Fox
You can get yourself into a lot of mischief in Quarry Bay these days but the best place to find some yummy trouble on the sly is Mr & Mrs Fox. Mrs. Fox welcomes you into her suave cocktail den downstairs while Mr. Fox will lead you upstairs to fill your belly with steak and seafood from former Café Grey Deluxe chef, Joey Sergentakis. (23 Tong Chong Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2697 8500)

Grassroots Pantry 
There is a big hole to fill on Hollywood Road and lucky for us Grassroots Pantry is planting their roots for its flagship location at 108 Hollywood Road. Keep your wholesome resolutions going with this scrumptious plant-based menu and farm-to-table favorite. (108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, +852 2873 3353)

Who needs vowels when the food is this good and the scene is this cool? Pull up one of the (only) 20 seats and start devouring some decidedly awesome and inspired Korean style food. Even though season two of The Wire scared us, we’ll happily hop into its shipping container entrance for dinner here any night. (41 Staunton Street, Central, +852 2608 1788)

The Walrus
CoCo Ca Choo! If you love oysters and cocktails as much as we do, then perfection has just landed on Staunton Street behind the PMQ in the form of the darling little cozy nook of a restaurant, The Walrus. The team behind The Woods is expanding their territory in the name of bivalves. Happy hour go to! (64 Staunton Street)

It seems like everything is happening at The Pulse these days and this is one spot you do not want to miss! Devour delectable Japanese cuisine right off the extra hot Binchotan grill. Gorgeous interiors right off the beach and now live jazz at brunch on Sundays. GO! GO! GO! (The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, +852 2835 6536)

El Mercado
You may have thought your life was complete with your current dining options but you haven’t had Nikkei cuisine yet. The delicious food baby of Japanese cooking and Peruvian food has finally landed in Hong Kong. El Mercado has a fun and intimate atmosphere with something truly new and truly scrumptious for even the most discerning foodies. (21/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, +852 2388 8009)

26 by Liberty
Grab your chef crazed friends and pull up a bar stool to get an up close and personal view of chef Bjoern Alexander working his magic in the newly redesigned open kitchen. With just 26 seats and one dining counter top, you can really be part of all the delicious action. (26/F, Stanley 11, 11 Stanley Street, Central, +852 5186 3282)

Ce La Vi
If this is life, then you’ll get no complaints from us! Glamorous décor, gorgeous views and a hot tub on top! Extra fresh Japanese favorites (we are still dreaming about their version of toro) and perfect cocktails (we loved the penicillin, just what the doctor ordered!) are the perfect reason to get dressed up and hit the tippy top of California Tower. (25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, +852 3700 2300)

The Optimist
Just a few steps down from sister restaurant Pirata, comes a decidedly different Spanish restaurant. Not a tapas bar but a bigger plated introduction to the food from Northern Spain. Beautiful décor and awesome cocktails make this one place to put on your can’t miss list. (239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, +852 2433 3324)

If you’ve only been back in the grind a week or two and are already looking for an escape, you can get a quick one night away at The Pulse’s newest hot spot, TRi [(pronounced “tree” – (we didn’t want you to sound silly)]. Modern Balinese from the team that brought you Bibo, the food is as outstanding as is the gorgeous, romantic beachside décor. (Shop 302, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, +852 2515 0577)

El Loco Gringo
Can we just get a quick hallelujah for all of the fabulous Mexican restaurants that have been opening around town? El Loco Gringo is no exception. Fantastico margaritas, tasty tacos and a super fun atmosphere, you will find us on a bar stool here, often. Pay close attention to your google maps and maybe do a dry run before your date, because just like sister restaurant Missy Ho’s, the not exactly present signage can make this a tough one to find.  (49 Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2858 8833)

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