New and Noted: Tri, Ura, Grassroots Pantry
Bringing Bali Back
For a mini Balinese retreat without actually leaving for Bali, check out Tri (Shop 302, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay, 2515-0577) at The Pulse. Posh bamboo-themed interiors and dim lighting give the space a sophisticated zen vibe, and tables are arranged in crazy insular pods for maximum intimacy—you might actually trick yourself into thinking you’ve left the city. On the menu are modern Bali-inspired dishes: pork belly, grilled seafood and coconut desserts. The group behind this is Le Comptoir, who also dreamed up Hotshot and Bibo.
Alive and Wellington
I dunno if anything on Wellington Street can actually be classified as inconspicuous, but the above-ground Ura (2/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St., Central, 2111-9381), which literally means “hidden” in Japanese, is certainly trying hard to be. From the brothers who own IR1968 comes this too-cool-for-school hangout with a cozy outdoor terrace, serving fusion Japanese treats like cod roe with cheese toast, tuna sandwiches and... onion rings (made with Japanese onions, natch).
Grassroots Pantry (108 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan) will be uprooting (yes, pun!) from Sai Ying Pun and claiming a piece of Hollywood Road by mid-August. The lovely vegetarian-friendly venue will become an all-day diner, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to the people of Sheung Wan. You can expect the same type of health-conscious dishes and impeccable presentation as the old GP.