Sorry it's been a little quiet here but I promise I'll be posting more from now on!
This is a new lifestyle series I'm trying out - from now on at the beginning of every month I'll be sharing a list of new restaurants, bars and events in Hong Kong for you all to check out. Without further ado, here are my lifestyle recommendations for September!
To eat and drink
Restaurant | Tokyolima | Japanese-Peruvian ("Nikkei" Cuisine) | Central - One of my favourite new restaurant openings of the year. Dishes are full of exciting, vibrant flavours; great for groups and casual dinners at very decent prices. For appetisers order the T-3 salad (it'll be the most flavourful salad you've had), La Causa, "El Taco"; for raw dishes opt for any ceviche or the tuna watermelon tartare for something lighter. Make sure you order Tacu Tacu Peruvian fried rice.
Restaurant | HAKU | Japanese-European | Tsim Sha Tsui - Argentinian Chef Agustin Balbi (follow the celebrated chef on Instagram!) serves up exquisite contemporary Japanese-European dishes at this new elegant establishment. I was really impressed with how well the flavours came together in each dish and the courteous, personalised service. (If you're reading this, thank you Chef Babli for making our dining experience so enjoyable!) My favourite courses were the Kumamoto tomatoes with bellota ham, chutoro with Polmard beef and lotus root chips (pictured above), Kagoshima A4 wagyu and the refreshing Japanese white peach granita (although I think they've updated the menu to pears, which are more in season). Review coming soon! Menu
Restaurant | Ying Jee Club | Chinese | Central - A new upscale Cantonese restaurant with Michelin-starred Chef Siu Hin Chi (previously at Duddell's and T'ang Court) at the helm. Good for business meals and family gatherings. Menu
Bar | Employees Only | Central - A New York import, this speakeasy was originally a place for staff working in the F&B industry to enjoy themselves once everything else had shut down for the night. Since its opening in 2004 the bar has grown to become one of the most celebrated in the city and was ranked seventh in the world last year.
Bar | The Old Man | Central - An intimate speakeasy inspired by Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and The Sea. A bar full of character with an exquisite cocktail menu where drinks are all named after Hemingway novels. Opened just this September.
Bar | The Woods Annex | Central - Victoria Chow's newest project is a discreet and hidden spirits library at her seasonal cocktail bar The Woods. This private annex seats an intimate 8 and is where cocktail tasting workshops are held. By appointment only.
Coffee Shop | Roastery Lab | Central - Local coffee giant The Coffee Academics has launched a new innovative concept cafe where the emphasis is on providing a "holistic sensory experience" and coffee education rather than being just another outlet to get your daily cuppa. This hole-in-the-wall, grab and go coffee joint with beautiful minimalist interiors has an onsite microroastery and hosts private educational coffee tours. Pop by for a flat white, try their incredible espresso panna cotta and book yourself a private roastery tour. Shoutout to Lex (better known as Mr. Gumbatron - check him out on Instagram!) for doing an incredible job designing and opening this cafe.
Coffee Shop | % Arabica | Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier - The second branch of minimalist Japanese coffee company % Arabica. The highly successful coffee brand is brainchild of Kenneth Shoji, who swapped his career in the trading industry for one centred around coffee. Read about his inspirational search for meaning in life here.
To see and do
20 Sep | The Pawn Great Gatsby Wednesday - Drop by the Botanicals Bar at British restaurant The Pawn for an elegant night of Gatsbyesque live jazz and splendid cocktails. Event page | 9-11pm, Wed 20th Sep 2017 | 1/F The Pawn Botanicals Bar, 62 Johnston Road, Wanchai | Tickets: none - just turn up and pay.
21 Sep | Jinjuu x Seven Brews Beer & Chicken Night - This is an event for lovers of chimaek (delicious Korean fried chicken paired with beer). For $100, enjoy delicious Korean snacks from contemporary Korean restaurant Jinjuu with freshly brewed craft beer by acclaimed Californian brewery Seven Brews. Event link | 6-10pm, Thursday 21st September 2017 | Jinjuu, California Tower, Central | Tickets - turn up and pay. HK$100 includes a serving of Korean Fried Chicken and a Seven Brews craft beer.
22 - 24 Sep | Asia Contemporary Art Show Fall Edition 2017 - This season's show features over 2,500 works of modern art - paintings, sculptures, photography and everything in between - from emerging and established artists. The show spans three days but visit on Friday for the "HK Liquor Store Art Night" for a complimentary Japanese-inspired "Shoga Daddy" cocktail as you shop around for your next wall piece. Event link | 1:30pm - 9:30pm Friday 22 & Saturday 23, 11am - 6pm Sunday 24 September 2017 | Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Admiralty | Tickets are HK$240 per person for access on all three days.
22 - 23 Sep | Beertopia! 2017 - Started in 2012, Beertopia is Hong Kong's largest craft beer festival. Last year's event attracted over 14,000 attendants and this year's is guaranteed to be an even greater success. With more than 25 participating restaurants and 500+ craft beers, live music, beer games, a shisha garden and a cider zone, this is an event not to be missed by fans of beer. Event link | 6pm Friday 22 & Saturday 23 September 2017 | Central Harbourfront (by Central Ferry Pier #10) | Tickets are HK$290 to HK$495.
23/24 Sep | Modern Calligraphy Workshop (lower and uppercase) - Pop by The MakerHive Coworking Space in Kennedy Town and get your creative juices flowing with an introductory workshop on calligraphy. You'll be taught basic strokes and and how to write elegant letterforms. Price includes a calligraphy starter kit (nib, penholder, ink, templates, practice and guide sheets). Event link | 2-4pm, Saturday 23 (lowercase), Sunday 24 (uppercase) September 2017 | The MakerHive, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, Kennedy Town | Tickets - one class HK$700/ person, two classes HK$1250 (both lower and uppercase classes)
29 Sep | Open Air Cinema x The Hive - There's something so charming and nostalgic about open air movie showings that I love, and The Hive Coworking Space is putting on a showing of Music & Lyrics on their beautiful rooftop terrace for us to make the most the last few summer evenings. Event link | 7-9pm, Friday 29th September 2017 | The Hive Co-working Space, Wanchai | Tickets are $140 each, includes 2 drinks. Members of the co-working space pay $120.