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June 17, 2015

Top Ten Places to See & Be Scene This Summer

1. Limewood
Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, +852 2866 8668

Sitting in the fading rays of a sun-soaked day, cucumber and jalapeño margarita in hand, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Tulum or the Caribbean. The menu draws influence from a melting pot of cuisines with a focus on fresh, bold flavours and barbequed meats. The spicy tiger prawn roll and charred corn fritters are the perfect snacks to help soak up those margaritas, before moving on to BBQ lamb rack with peanut coconut sauce. Leave a corner of room for dessert though. You haven’t lived until you’ve devoured every last crumb of the house-made churros with salted caramel dipping sauce and coconut ice cream.

2. Chino
1B – 1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, +852 2606 0588

Zipping from paltry to plentiful in just a couple of years, the K-Town dining scene just keeps getting better, and modern-Mexican joint, Chino is the current standout star. Simple monochrome interiors provide a hip backdrop to the main draw – terrific Mexican-style dishes with a hefty dose of Japanese influence. And Holy Guacamole, it’s good! From kewpie-slathered charred corn to chicken and egg tostadas, each and every bite’s a delight. Dining companion no George Clooney? You can still give the evening a touch of the Silver Fox with a glass or three of George’s super-smooth sipping Tequila, Casamigos.

3. Stazione Novella
52-56 Staunton Street, SoHo, +852 2559 0559
Say Ciao Bella to the newest addition to the Black Sheep stable, Florentine-inspired Stazione Novella. While its Soho junction home between Aberdeen and Staunton may be more packed with red taxis than Vespas, stepping into Stazione Novella feels like being teleported to a side street cafe in the Tuscan capital. Buzzing from breakfast ‘til bedtime, you can pop in for your coffee and pastry en route to the office, dash by at lunch to grab a panini and freshly squeezed juice, and later, linger long into the evening grazing on artisanal Italian salumi and cheeses while working your way through a delicious bottle of Sicilian wine.

4. Carbone
9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, +852 2593 2593

Serving up the best meatballs and veal parm in town, not to mention to-die-for cheesecake and deadly-amazing homemade Limoncello, Carbone is the spot to hit up for a serious summer New York-Italian blow-out. The burgundy dinner jacketed Captains will flambé your meal tableside with a hefty side of wisecracks while Sinatra croons away in the background and the barman pours you the perfect martini. Come hungry, leave tipsy with a distinct Don Corleone swagger.

5. Tycoon Tann & Mod Bar
74 Wellington St, Central, +852 3125 3228

For something that would send your Chinese Grandmother’s eyebrows ricocheting through the roof, head to Hong Kong’s newest hot spot for Yum Cha with a liquored kick. A few sips in though, and even your grandma would be won over with Mod Bar’s version of Yum Cha –elderflower, lemongrass and mango passionflower tea laced with homemade cinnamon-gin. Suitably tipsy, skip upstairs for sliced Peking Duck with caviar, Sichuan pepper kissed Wagyu beef shank and baked lobster with black garlic.

6. Quest by Que
28/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, +852-2554 0888

When TBLS shut up shop, we waited with baited breath to see where Que Vinh Dang, the culinary genius behind DSTS’s former favourite private kitchen, would set his chef’s hat next. Luckily we didn’t have to salivate for long. Chef Que has settled into a new Wanchai kitchen and is now cooking up a Vietnamese-inspired, molecular storm. Diners are seated in the elegant 40-seater space and served a procession of eight to twelve courses of exquisitely presented fusion dishes. Only at the end is the full menu revealed making the culinary adventure all the more thrilling.

7. Djiboutii
G/F 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, +852 9449 0777

Explorer hat and Google Maps at the ready, like all the coolest spots, this baby is harder to find than a sober person in Wanchai. When you eventually happen upon Djiboutii you will be rewarded with a slice of East Africa nestled in the heart of the concrete jungle. Plant yourself on a leather sofa below walls where leopards stalk and parrots squawk (stress not though, these are Hermes leopards and parrots – TIHK Darling). While the city’s beautiful people lounge sloth-style below the chandeliers, the kitchen dishes up Eastern Mediterranean bites and the barmen mix up tea-infused cocktails guaranteed to get everyone up and shaking their booty quicker than you can say “Djiboutii”.

8. On Dining Kitchen & Lounge 
29/F, 18 On Lan St, Central, +852 2174 8100

Stunning city views, “1950’s Rivera” inspired décor, and an interactive open kitchen…um, Bring.It.ON. Chef Philippe Orrico along with an all-star team of chefs, sommeliers and bartenders including Jeremy Evrard of Caprice, Nicolas Deneux of Grand Hyatt HK, and Giancarlo Mancino of Il Milione, have recently launched ON Dining. Delicious southern European and Mediterranean food prepared and served tableside will bring you to a whole new level of dining theatre. Game ON!

38 Peel Street, Central, +852 6803 9506

Once you’ve nibbled your way through an array of the delectable Italian sharing plates next door, hop on down the hill to 121BC’s revamped sibling, drinking spot – Nights. Sleek and petite with just enough room for posing at the bar while sipping an Aperol Spritz, this is Soho’s coolest retreat on a sultry summer evening.

10. La Paloma
1/F, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2291 6161

Like all the best spots in town, La Paloma takes a little detective work to find but once you make your way to this lighthearted Barcelona-style dining and drinking spot, you can settle in for a night of racy cocktails and sangria, followed by decadent tapas and paella that will transport you miles from Sai Ying Pun.

Looking for more cool spots? Stay tuned! Dim Sum & Then Some’s full Summer on the Scene 2015 Guide will be released next week.

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