As the decade draws to a close, we look at some of the best restaurants that have opened in the past 10 years and are still popular today, and predict which recent openings have lasting appeal. 2010 In January 2010, after the closure of Toscana at the Ritz-Carlton in Central where he had been executive chef, Umberto Bombana opened his first restaurant 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA in Alexandra House, where the three-Michelin Italian restaurant still stands today and is as popular as ever. Chef Bombana’s new restaurant oozes mystery Another popular Italian eatery opening the same year was 208 Duecento Otto on the western end of Hollywood Road. The two-storey restaurant serving rustic fare was the first stand-alone restaurant by Yenn Wong’s JIA Group. And who remembers Vinny Lauria helming the kitchens back then – he went on to open his own popular New York restaurants, Linguini Fini and Posto Pubblico. 208 as it is known, still attracts foodies in the neighbourhood. One of the city’s favourite steakhouses, Tango Argentinian Steak House in Central was opened by Dining Concepts a decade ago, and is still cooking prime Argentinian beef over an open fire grill as is traditional. 2011 With the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, their new fine dining restaurants became some of the highest in Asia. Tin Lung Heen serving Cantonese fare and modern Italian Tosca are both on the 102nd floor and provide bird’s eye views of the city. Ozone became the highest bar in the world, on the 118th floor. They are still major players on the culinary circuit. Another fine dining Cantonese restaurant with stunning views opening that year was Above and Beyond at Hotel Icon. The food is contemporary and they offer Cantonese afternoon tea. Also opening that year was the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse on the spot previously occupied by the popular club JJ’s which was frequented by celebrities and socialites. The steakhouse is still one of the most popular in Hong Kong. And, still one of the best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong, Sushi Shikon opened in Sheung Wan. It recently moved to the Landmark Mandarin. 2012 Fine dining Japanese restaurant Tenku RyuGin opened on the 101st floor of ICC in West Kowloon, the Hong Kong branch of the famed Tokyo restaurant. Chef Hidemichi Seki is still there serving his kaiseki menus. Yenn Wong partnered with celebrity chef Jason Atherton and opened 22 Ships, a modern tapas-style, no reservations restaurant on Ship Street in Wan Chai. The restaurant always had long queues for lunch and dinner but it was worth the wait. The restaurant is as popular as ever. And one of the city’s most successful restaurant groups, Black Sheep Restaurants was founded this year by Syed Asim Hussain and Christopher Mark as they opened Boqueria, which is where Buenos Aires Polo Club now stands. The group has 21 restaurants in Hong Kong and one in Shanghai. 2013 Jason Atherton and Yenn Wong opened Ham & Sherry opposite 22 Ships, supposedly as an overflow bar while diners were waiting to get into 22 Ships. The bar/restaurant became popular in its own right and is still a go-to for sherry and tapas. Kung fu and dragons add a kick to Hong Kong Chinese restaurants Hong Kong’s first steak frites eatery, La Vache! was opened by Black Sheep Restaurants in SoHo. The Parisien-style steakhouse was so popular because you could get a plate of steak and chips for less than HK$300 (US$38.50). Six years on, and the cost of the meal is only HK$318. The venue popularised loud music while you eat. May Chow also opened her Little Bao concept in Central, which made her internationally known, as these mini-bao burgers caught on with foodies across Asia. She won best female chef in Asia award in 2017. Her Central venue has since closed, but she still offers her famous bao in Causeway Bay. 2014 This was another good year for fine dining and good casual eateries that are still popular today. Black Sheep opened Ho Lee Fook with chef Jowett Yu, and it remains a top destination for visiting celebrity chefs. The group also opened Carbone, a New York Italian eatery in Lan Kwai Fong. Maximal Concepts opened Mott 32, a trendy Cantonese concept that has gone international with restaurants in South Korea, Las Vegas and Vancouver. Shane Osborn opened Arcane, his fine dining modern European concept in Central. Let’s not forget Gordon Ramsay’s first foray into the city, with Bread Street Kitchen in Central, which has since moved to The Peak. Has ‘vegetarian’ celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay become vegan? King of burgers, Beef & Liberty and Will Meyrick’s Mama San also opened this year. 2015 One of Hong Kong’s most original restaurants, VEA by Vicky Cheng opened offering French-Chinese, fine dining, kaiseki-style menus based on seasonal ingredients. The restaurant and chef have gone from strength to strength and are still winning awards for this concept. Another award-winning restaurant Ta Vie, opened at the new Pottinger Hotel in Central. The French-Japanese concept offers tasting menus using seasonal ingredients and has achieved two Michelin stars. Mercedes me and The Optimist also opened this year. 2016 Black Sheep opened Belon, a neo-Parisian bistro by chef Daniel Calvert and is one of the must-try restaurants for visiting chefs. It is famous for its chicken and house-made bread. The group also opened Buenos Aires Polo Club in Lan Kwai Fong which is still a popular steak house. It was the year Sai Ying Pun became a more relevant foodie destination, and the restaurants that are still open from this year include Max Levy’s neighbourhood modern Japanese restaurant Okra which focuses on artisanal products made in-house and craft sake, Potato Head and Kaum from the same popular concept in Bali. 2017 Kennedy Town was a growing foodie destination by 2017, and popular eateries 11 Westside by Esdras Ochoa, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, and Alvy’s, known for its craft beef and pizza, opened their doors this year. Björn Frantzén, the soccer player who became a Michelin-star chef, opened his first restaurant in Hong Kong, Frantzén’s Kitchen in Sheung Wan. This is one of just a few Nordic fine dining restaurants in the city. Umberto Bombana opened his second Italian brand, Octavium, Enrico Bartolini opened Spiga, and Alain Ducasse brought over Rech, a seafood restaurant brand from Paris. New Punjab Club also opened in 2017, and is still one of the best Indian restaurants in town. 2018 Art and dining destination H Queen’s opened its doors in Central. Some of the notable restaurants that opened there are French fine dining Arbor, Écriture and La Petite Maison. Harbour City also opened a new wing for dining in its harbourside mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. French-Japanese à nu retrouvez-vous and Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill were two that moved in that year. James Ward opened Francis in Wan Chai a Middle Eastern wine-bar eatery that fast became the go-to place for foodies who do not mind the wait at this no-reservations venue. Simon Rogan, one of the UK’s best chefs, opened Aulis, his first eatery in the city and a chef’s table kaiseki style restaurant which offers seasonal dishes executed in a modern way. Three-Michelin star Sushi Saito from Tokyo opened at Four Seasons Hong Kong, which was booked solid for six months because of its small seating capacity and its well-known sashimi. Where to eat in Hong Kong this October 2019 Which new restaurants that have opened this year will stand the test of time? My bet is on Simon Rogan’s Roganic, a restaurant that has been well received this year, and is still difficult to get into at night. Zest by Konishi offers French Japanese-style kaiseki menus that have foodies returning time and again. Hue, Louise, Henry, and Mr Brown all have extra flair with their food and service. Also opening this month Amelia, based on chef Paulo Airaudo’s run of success in Europe, will be one to watch. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .