Our five best new Hong Kong restaurants of 2017 ... so far
Some Chinese surprises, superb Scandinavian fare, classic French dishes and a Japanese crab feast – our most memorable new culinary experiences of the past half year
Restaurants open in Hong Kong at a furious pace, and some make a more memorable impression than others.
We always give new places a few months to settle down and iron out any teething problems before giving SCMP.com readers our considered opinion of what they have to offer. With the year a bit more than half over, we had a think about which newcomers have impressed us most.
Here, in no particular order, are the five best new Hong Kong restaurants we’ve tried in the first six months of 2017.
Our only complaint about this Central newcomer was that our table was too small to fit everything we wanted to eat. We tried their noodles, of course - the minced pork and shrimp roe lo mein was really delicious - and were impressed with the US bone-in short ribs cooked sous-vide for 12 hours, and the wood oven whole Peking duck, recommended by a very picky friend. Take a few friends if you want to make the most of what this restaurant has to offer.
Dragon Noodles Academy, shop G04, Man Yee Arcade, Man Yee Building, 68 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2561 6688. About HK$350 without drinks or service charge.
It was hard to avoid the hype about this Scandinavian restaurant, such was the buzz after it opened in Sheung Wan, but it more than lived up to the enthusiastic praise of friends. Everything we tasted was an absolute winner, and included the one of the most delicious fish dishes we’ve eaten in recent memory. You’ll need to book weeks ahead to get a table, or seats at the counter, here, but it will be well worth the wait.
Frantzen’s Kitchen, 11 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan. Book online at frantzenskitchen.com. About HK$700 without drinks or the service charge.
We had a hard time choosing from the extensive menu at this branch of a Singapore chain in Tsim Sha Tsui, but had few regrets. From the best pork liver we’ve ever tasted to a subtle steamed chicken with Chinese ham and frog cooked two ways, ours was a meal full of surprises.
Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine, 10/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2613 9800. About HK$290 without drinks or the service charge.
A charming little tea room outside the Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant Epure in Tsim Sha Tsui, this place does French classics very well. Slow-cooked beef cheek was wonderfully soft, beef tartare was fantastic, and sauteed snails were tender. The set meals offer value for money.
Cafe Epure, Shop 403, Level 4 Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3185 8331. About HK$400 without drinks or the service charge.
Crab is the focus of the omakase menu at this Japanese newcomer in Central - and it’s an impressive, extensive experience (don’t make the mistake of thinking you need to order an optional extra course). Featuring hairy and king crab - in sashimi, tempura, shabu shabu, boiled, grilled and with rice - this was a memorable meal.
Kanidou Noda, Lam’s Building, 6-10 Kau U Fong, Central, tel: 2813 0380. HK$1,500 without drinks or the service charge