Health-Conscious Coffee in K-Town; Cadenza Opens in Lai Chi Kok
This week's new and noted restaurants.
Song of Italy
Can you remember the last time you had a steak dinner in Hong Kong for less than $500 per person? Yeah neither could we—until, that is, we stopped by Cadenza, the new Italian arm of LCK’s private member’s club, and enjoyed a juicy, grade A premium aged ribeye for roughly half the cost of other big-name steakhouses in town. If that’s not reason enough to cross over to the Dark Side, then how about deep-fried arancini balls stuffed with beef cheek ragout, black truffle spaghetti, or thinly pounded scallops dressed with diced apple and truffle oil? Fine dining Cantonese restaurant Man Hing at Greater China Club proved its pedigree earlier this year with stellar, standout dishes; and now with the adjacent jazz lounge turned into a casual Italian restaurant, we’ve got a new excuse to head to this neck of the woods. With cocktails priced at $88, a range of delicious desserts—including a cheeky Cadenza “egg” with a mango purée resembling the yolk—and live jazz on Wed-Sat nights, we’re putting this firmly on our list of Kowloon places that are giving the Central giants a run for their money.
10/F, D2 Place, 9 Cheung Yee St., Lai Chi Kok, 2743-8055.
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Move over Elephant Grounds, there’s a new elephant-themed (or at least, elephant-named) coffee bar in town, and this one is waving the hipster flag with pride. Located in The Warrior Academy gym, Elephas Coffee & Health Bar was created for like-minded individuals (read: raw foods and fitness nuts) to meet and share a gluten-free… something or other while enjoying coffee blended with grounds from India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Here you can feast on Thai-inspired healthy eats, including mixed seafood quinoa salad with garoupa, shrimp, squid and mussel ($98); grilled chicken satay with crispy tofu and root vegetables ($82); grain fed beef with roasted beetroot and baby spinach ($98); and a crabmeat, mushroom and roasted root vegetable salad with chili lychee vinaigrette ($102). Of course, healthy food calls for healthy drinks—Elephas delivers fine teas and coffees in collaboration with Blooms Roastery & Craft Tea, and revitalizing green smoothies including the Stomping Elephant, with green apple, celery, cucumber, lemon juice and ginger ($58); the Coco Cabana, with coconut water, coconut, pineapple, baby spinach and vanilla ($75); and the Chunky Monkey, with bananas, cacao nibs, spirulina, peanut butter, peppermint oil and espresso ($65).
Shop 118, 1/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Rd. West, 2838-3979.
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Mini Beast Mode
We’ve waxed lyrical about the fantastic, homey French fare at Le Bistro Winebeast more times than we can count, but the move to an expanded, brand new location on Thomson Road had us wondering if we’d ever return to the original hole-in-the-wall wine bar. With the launch of a new three-course set dinner menu ($348), the newly rebranded Le Café Winebeast, is every bit as charming as we remember. Sous chef John Chow Kwok Chuen has stepped up to lead the kitchen in place of chef Johan Ducroquet (who can be found at the main bistro), and he’s whipping up the same punchy, well-seasoned and beautifully executed French fare we’ve come to expect, with a few of his own touches here and there. Start off with a summer salad of fresh prawns and shaved zucchini, or a plate of plump sautéed clams with a meaty topping of chorizo, onion and garlic. For mains, the grilled whole French sea bass is sizable, dressed in a tangy horseradish vinaigrette, or opt instead for the beef tenderloin with a silky potato puree and summer truffles (add $50). Along with a carafe of wine, dessert is mandatory: there’s Nutella and speculoos tiramisu, crème brulee, chocolate fondant or the red fruits mix—the ultimate palate refresher with vibrant, wine-soaked berries paired with vanilla Chantilly cream.
15 McGregor St., Wan Chai, 2479-6833.