Where to eat in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong: Michelin-starred chefs serve up skewers and sushi at Izakaya by K while NOC offers Instagrammable cafe treats with a sustainable message

Skewers at Izakaya by K. Photo: Izakaya by K

Tseung Kwan O, often dubbed “the new town”, is one of the city’s most rapidly developing districts – and today you’ll find new places to eat and drink popping up all around the neighbourhood, matching the pace of its affluent new residential developments.

District 8’s exterior. Photo: District 8

Izakaya by K

Grilled king crab legs with sea urchin sabayon sauce. Photo: Izakaya by K

At Izakaya by K, Michelin-trained chef Yusuke Kitade’s take on Tokyo’s iconic after-work bars, you’ll find over 100 premium speciality dishes, whiskies, sakes, draught beers and more in a playful yet traditional atmosphere. Along with classic izakaya fare like chicken karaage, fatty tuna tartare with avocado and caviar, and skewers of pork belly, ox tongue and chicken thigh, you’ll also find sushi by fellow Michelin veteran chef Yuki Kai. And to drink? Unwind with a whisky highball or icy Sapporo beer, or quiz the sake sommelier on what to drink with your order.

Shop G07, The Parkside, 18 Tong Chun St, Tseung Kwan O, 3618 8211

Teppanyaki Mihara

Miyazaki A4 Wagyu beef sirloin. Photo: Teppanyaki Mihara

A cut above your average teppanyaki restaurant, Mihara combines the simple elegance of Wa aesthetics with gourmet Japanese fusion dining. Eponymous chef Terufumi Mihara presides over a menu of seasonal ingredients, including high-grade Miyazaki Wagyu, pork, scallop and oysters from Hokkaido, South African abalone, and prestigious tuna from Daisen, one of Japan’s oldest tuna suppliers. For the quintessential experience, pick one of Chef Mihara’s two omakase menus, priced at HK$720 (US$93) and HK$1,280 (US$165), and combine it with rare sakes, whiskies and shochus from the beverage menu, more than 30 of which are available by glass.

Shop G06, The Parkside, 18 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, 3618 8212

District Eight Wine and Steak Paris Bistro TKO

Escargots with XO butter and baguette. Photo: District 8
Enjoy the breathtaking harbour views of Tathong Channel as you dine on a semi-covered patio at Parisian-style bistro District 8. Following the success of the first District 8 bistro in West Kowloon, you’ll find a similar laid-back atmosphere, elevated by renditions of French bistro fare. Stand-outs include escargots in parsley and Australian steak frites. Not to be missed is the decadent fried egg-topped croque-monsieur available during weekend brunch and the “breakfast martini” which sees butter croissant-infused vodka shaken with strawberry marmalade, egg white and lemon.

Shop 10, Greenwich Village, Waterfront Promenade, G/F, Alto Residences, 29 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, 3500 5860

Café Bohème

Pepperoni pizza. Photo: Cafe Boheme

Relaxation and Italian bonhomie are the order of the day at the newly opened Café Bohème, brought to you by the folks behind Pastis Tapas (a branch of which you’ll also find in Tseung Kwan O). Situated just off the cycle and pedestrian paths along the waterfront of Alto Residences, the key feature of this casual eatery are its uninterrupted sea views. Dine on classic thin and crispy pizzas like the signature Bohème Pizza topped with prosciutto, arugula and burrata; seafood linguine, tagliatelle carbonara, and Nutella and banana pizza. Café Bohème is also a good choice for breakfast, serving viennoiserie, omelettes, eggs Florentine and English breakfast as well as freshly pressed juices and coffee.

Shop 8, G/F, Alto Residences, 29 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2661 2238


Various dishes at Jomo. Photo: Jomo

Jomo, an acronym for “joy of missing out”, is a symbol for the relaxed pace of life in Tseung Kwan O, away from the hubbub of inner-city Hong Kong. One of the most popular eateries in the area, Jomo has an airy, spacious vibe with ample seating both inside and outside with a covered terrace area, and also includes a “health hub” next door.

Suitable for either a full meal or simply a place to park your laptop for a few hours, Jomo offers Instagram-worthy sweets like the delightfully fluffy black sesame chiffon cake and coffee, although savoury options like the char siu rice bowl and creamy black truffle pasta are substantial enough to sate one’s appetite.

Shop G01, G/F, Monterey Place, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2331 3003


A pasta dish at Interval. Photo: Interval

The first of two new Interval concepts to open in 2021, this branch at Tseung Kwan O offers contemporary all-day Italian cafe-style dining and natural wine, with a focus on seasonal ingredients and open-fire cooking. Highlights on the menu include prosciutto-draped sourdough pizza, bruschetta and lobster spaghetti alla chitarra, along with the must-order Collective tiramisu and burnt Basque cheesecake. If the dozens of up-lit bottles of wine showcased against the walls don’t tickle your fancy, revert to Interval’s coffee programme, which in addition to offering flights of cold brew and freshly ground coffees also features a retail corner at which bags can be bought directly.

Shop 417, 4/F, The Lohas, 1 Lohas Park Road, Tseung Kwan O, 2638 8904

NOC Papillons & Bakery

Inside NOC Papillons & Bakery. Photo: NOC Papillons & Bakery
With a minimalist, space age design that would give the Apple store a run for its money, NOC is one of the most eye-catching concepts in Papillons Square. You could have a relaxed catch up with friends, or grab a coffee to go. There’s even a vending machine selling pour-over coffee sets and a “zero waste bean counter” as part of the group’s commitment to reducing waste. You will also find a surprisingly extensive menu of brunch dishes – including pancake stacks, scrambled eggs and sausages, smoothie bowls, sandwich rolls or a chopped salad – plus freshly baked pastries and the chance to finish up with a hot cookie or an egg tart.

Shop 1A, G/F, Papillons Square, 21 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2569 6069

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  • Enjoy French bistro fare and weekend brunch – don’t miss the ‘breakfast martini’ – at District 8, or Hong Kong food at Jomo, short for ‘joy of missing out’
  • Teppanyaki Mihara combines Wa aesthetics with Japanese fusion dining; its omakase menus feature seasonal ingredients like Miyazaki Wagyu and Hokkaido scallops