Mana! Raw, Hanjan, Frites
A Raw Deal
If Mana’s flatbreads are starting to get a bit repetitive, there’s now Mana! Raw (G/F, 97 Wellington St., Central, 2259-5125), serving (mostly) uncooked, meat-free, possibly gluten-free food and drink that would make a regular vegan blush. Highlights at this takeout bar include the “vushi”: lovely sushi-like items stuffed either with brown rice (not raw) or a celeriac blend (raw) and greens; and leafy green wraps—veggies wrapped in more veggies. I swear, your skin will glow a shade brighter just stepping into the shop. Freshly blended juices, raw puddings and other treats round out the menu.
Kimchi’s the New Kebab
Looking for a late-night bite in LKF that’s not kebabs? Hanjan (G/F, 4-5 Wo On Lane, Central, 2408-6000) might do the trick. The ground floor venue is backed by local celebrities Adrienne Lau and Connie Man, and serves kinda-Korean dishes like kimchi mozzarella balls, steak tartare, cheese-glazed ribs, kimchi pancakes and tofu seafood soups. But let’s get to the heart of the matter, which is: The space is conveniently open ‘til 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
I’ll Have Frites With That
Frites (1/F, 198 Wellington St., Central, 2217-6671) is back in Central! It took the guys a while, but Concept Creations group has finally found another massive space to host the popular Belgian establishment that used to be at Queen’s Palace. The new Frites is all dark wood, stained glass and pew-like seats—but not to worry, there will be no sermons: only Leffe on tap. Large parties can book the “abbey” room for private functions away from the plebs. Pork knuckle, steak frites, moules-frites and long-ass sausages are highlights on the menu.
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