Restaurant restrictions in Hong Kong have tightened again due to the fourth wave of Covid-19 , with eateries only allowed to remain open until only 10pm, serving groups of two for dine-in. But there has still been a slew of new openings in spite of the ongoing pandemic, with F&B companies no doubt taking advantage of empty retail spaces left behind by the bad economy. The show must go on, as they say. These latest additions to Hong Kong’s dining scene include a veritable glut of Japanese concepts ranging from yakitori at J Senses in Wan Chai to yakiniku and teppanyaki in Central. We’re particularly intrigued by the new truffle tea parlour at K11 Musea and also very excited for Ma and Duckee, two more establishments where we can take our vegan or vegetarian friends. Not to be outdone by the Japanese, two new French concepts have sprang up in Sheung Wan, as well. Video: where – and how – to eat hairy crab this season Of course, restaurants are getting ready for the festive season , too. Michelin-starred Beefbar is serving beautiful multi-course menus for steak lovers while Miyazaki and Kagoshima beef are in the spotlight at Tsukada Nojo in Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. And as Christmas is the season of giving, The 12 Days of Christmas Holiday charity campaign will offer altruistic foodies unique experiences by chefs behind Michelin-starred restaurants from around the world, with all proceeds going to a worthy cause. So while Hong Kong might have to hunker down at home for most of this holiday season, if you’re up for a lunch or dinner for two, there will be plenty of new options to try this month. From champagne to couple’s massages: 6 most romantic Hong Kong staycations New opening: Nissa la Bella The South of France has its own unique gastronomic culture. Due to its location off the Mediterranean coast , the region tends to incorporate more olive oil as well as plenty of seafood. Nissa la Bella showcases this unique cuisine with tantalising street food like The Socca, a chickpea pancake served warm and wrapped in paper. Another must-try is the Osso Bucco, a traditional slow cooked Lombardy veal stew served with polenta. 10-14 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan New opening: Yakiniku Ishidaya Japan’s Kobe Ishidaya Co. Ltd. is opening its very first overseas branch right here in Hong Kong on December 11. The brand is renowned for its premium Japanese Wagyu beef, and the restaurant menu will be created by owner and founder Kiyonori Ishida. Expect over 20 varieties of prime beef cuts; this one is definitely for the Wagyu connoisseurs. 3/F, Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Central New opening: Les Papilles View this post on Instagram A post shared by lphk (@lespapilleshk) Newly opened on Causeway Bay’s Tang Lung Street is a cute little bistro called Les Papilles. Good things can come in small packages, and this narrow eatery sure fits the bill. Lunch sets start at a reasonable HK$118 (US$15) while the multi-course tasting menu costs HK$668 (US$86). The restaurant is a sophisticated, refreshing new option for the neighbourhood, and we particularly enjoy the lightly smoked salmon with caviar and cucumber avocado purée salad. 44 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay The best Turkish herbal teas and their surprisingly powerful health benefits New opening: Chako View this post on Instagram A post shared by CHAKO HK (@chako_hongkong) A new casual Japanese eatery has opened at J Senses in Wan Chai. Specialising in chicken skewers, or yakitori, the restaurant uses a high-grade Japanese binchotan charcoal grill to make its speciality skewers. Other delicious items on the menu include salmon oshi aburi sushi and other flame-torched aburi sushi. 2/F, J Senses, 18 Ship Street, Wan Chai New opening: Bouillon View this post on Instagram A post shared by BOUILLON Bistro Parisien (@bouillonhk) Chef Johan Ducroquet of Le Bistro Winebeast has struck out on his own with a classic Parisian eatery in Sheung Wan. Arguably one of the most underrated chefs in Hong Kong, chef Ducroquet expresses his sincere approach to cuisine with traditional dishes such as beef tartare, grilled bone marrow and pâté en croûte – all around the HK$100 (US$13) price point. Patrons can definitely anticipate great food at wallet-friendly prices. 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan New opening: Ma If you treat your body like a temple, then Ma is the eatery for you. The restaurant prides itself on delivering flavourful raw vegan creations that satisfy your taste buds in a clean and healthy way while being packed with nutrients and vitamins as well. Sink your teeth into nourishing burgers created with portobello mushrooms smothered in cashew truffle sauce or zoodles (zucchini noodles) combined with tasty sauces such as tomato, caper and black olive or pesto, pine nut and arugula. Shop 11, 1/F, H18 Conet, 23 Graham Street, Central Where do Donald, Melania and Barron Trump eat when they’re not at home? New opening: T8 Get ready for an indulgent night of teppanyaki with Lan Kwai Fong’s newest addition, T8. On the menu are dishes like A5 Miyazaki Wagyu steak, foie gras with red wine pear sauce, and uni fried rice. Australian lamb and Japanese pork and abalone will surely satisfy any foodie’s gastronomic dreams. 5/F, Grand Progress Building, 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central New opening: Duckee If you ever have problems deciding where to go with a mixed group of vegetarian and meat-eating friends, then Duckee is here to solve your dilemma. Boasting a “yin-yang” approach to classic Chinese fare, Duckee includes meat and meat substitutes for the same dish. A prime example is the yin-yang Peking duck where traditional Peking duck is served alongside a roast vegetarian “duck” made from seasoned pineapple and deep fried dried bean curd. Shop B01-B10, B/F, Lee Garden 3, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay New opening: Moon Palace Two legendary Cantonese chefs have partnered up to open Moon Palace in Kowloon Tong. Sanxilou alum chef Lee Chi-Kwong and the former dim sum chef of Wing Lei Palace, chef Chan Sai-fai, promise classic and authentic dishes, such as ginger shallot crab in a searing clay pot, that will bring back the flavours of yesteryear. Shop G25, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong How much would you pay to have a Nobu or Ramsay restaurant in your building? New opening: Golden Diamond Truffle A truffle-themed tea parlour has opened its doors in K11 Musea – and when we say truffle themed, we mean everything contains truffle. The coveted ingredient is imported from Umbria, Italy, and diners can look forward to everything from truffle mojitos to mixed berry “trufficino” desserts to truffle ice cream. B201, Unit 34, Level B2, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui New opening: Etna A breezy new Italian establishment has opened in Tai Hang with a sprawling outdoor terrace that can seat up to 50 people. Scrumptious and innovative menu items include poached prawns with lemon oil, chilli jam, and zucchini, and crispy soft shell crab fettuccine “Puttanesca” served with a spicy and savoury gochujang syrup. 3/F, The New Place, 68-70 Electric Road, Tin Hau The quintessential American condiment? Ketchup wasn’t even born in the US Tsukada Nojo seasonal specialities from Miyazaki and Kagoshima From now until February 8, 2021, farm-to-table izakaya restaurant Tsukada Nojo is serving premium winter produce from Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefecture at its sister restaurants in Hong Kong. Fabulous dishes include Marumi pork from a renowned farm in Kawaminami and eaten simply as shabu-shabu, as well as the must-try giant free-range Miyazaki Jitokko chicken that has a delicious, strong flavour and tender meat. Shop OTE 202, 2/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Beef Bar festive menu Beefbar is celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve with a festive five-course or six-course dinner menu, respectively. Dishes include the home-made taleggio cheese ravioli with toasted walnuts and Alba white truffle, as well as the signature M9 Australian rib eye with baby carrots and Madeira jus. 2/F, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, Central The 12 days of Christmas holiday charity campaign This Christmas its possible to both enjoy a delicious meal while giving back to the community. The first 12 Days of Christmas holiday charity campaign offers an array of unique F&B experiences, donated by world-renowned professionals such as Dominique Ansel and Simon Rogan. Between December 1 to 12, a different experience will be up for grabs each day, available on a first-come first-serve basis. So open your wallets for wonderful gift ideas to share with your loved ones, such as dim sum crafting classes at three-Michelin-starred restaurant Forum, a private live Zoom cooking class with chef Simon Rogan of Roganic and Aulis fame, and much more. 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