As we switch out our old calendars to welcome 2021, nothing has stopped the momentum of new restaurant openings in Hong Kong. Four concepts make their debut at ZS Hospitality’s new food hall concept in the Nexxus Building in Central, while three new Italian restaurants opened in Tai Kwun, Harbour City and the recently launched The Hari hotel as well. Meanwhile, KollaBo and Cotton Lane Café add something new to the city’s dining scene by incorporating Japanese ingredients in Korean and cafe cuisine respectively. There are many special seasonal menus to help revellers step out of the holiday season on the right foot, too. Vegetarian and vegan burger concept Leaves & Liberty will take over Beef & Liberty’s premises in Lan Kwai Fong’s California Tower throughout January. And for those seeking one of Hong Kong’s most popular winter comfort foods, claypot rice, Chop Chop is delivering it right to your door to enjoy despite dining restrictions. Why we’re axing processed foods from our diets in 2021 New opening: Jam Jam, an acronym for joint Asian market, is ZS Hospitality’s exciting new foray into the food hall concept. Situated at the lobby of Central’s Nexxus Building, Jam combines four Asian restaurants that offer dine-in or take away. In the line-up is Mamalee Market, a Korean homestyle deli by chef Song Ha-seul-lam; SiFu, a modern dim sum establishment by chef Cheung Kin-Ming; Uncle Quek that serves Singaporean favourites by chef Barry Quek; and Moi Moi, the group’s authentic Vietnamese outlet by chef Dinh Dinh-tuan. One thing’s for sure – you’ll need more than one visit to try everything. Lobby, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Central New opening: Pazta Despite travel restrictions, Hong Kong diners can still get a taste of Italian dining at Pazta in Tai Kwun. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining piazza-style in one of the 36 seats that spreads out onto the terrace. On the menu is delicious Italian fare such as golden-fried stuffed zucchini flowers as well as numerous pastas, mains and desserts to choose from. Shop 03-G08, G/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo wearing face masks? Head to Alisan Fine Arts New opening: Da Filippo Trattoria Step into 2021 at Harbour City’s new Italian restaurant Da Filippo Trattoria, which opened its doors on January 1. Executive chef Andrea Alimenti promises delicious and hearty homestyle pizzas and pastas without breaking the bank. We love the Parmesan and walnut gnocchi as well as the extra-rich carbonara. Shop 3203-3204A, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 21 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui New opening: Lucciola Restaurant & Bar A new hotel means new restaurants, of course, and first to open at The Hari Hong Kong in Causeway Bay is Italian eatery Lucciola. Pasta is the name of the game, with chef Francesco Gava introducing his family recipe spaghetti acciughe e tomino fresco, which is spaghetti tossed in Sicilian anchovies, garlic, parsley and fresh Tomino cheese. Diners can look forward to trying authentic and rustic mains like orata di orbetello in crosta di sale, which is a whole sea bream baked in a sea salt crust, as well as traditional offerings such as osso buco . 1/F, The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai 7 new restaurants and menus to try at the foodie haven Wan Chai New opening: KollaBo This restaurant is a collaborative effort between 15 Korean eateries in Japan that operate under one umbrella, and the result is mouth-watering Korean treats made with premium Japanese ingredients. Expect marinated soy crab and fried chicken with cheese as well as Wagyu beef yakiniku . Truly the best of both worlds. G1014-1015, G/F, Yiu Sing Mansion Stage 10, Taikoo Shing, Quarry Bay New opening: Cotton Lane Café View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cotton Lane Café (@cottonlanehk) This little nook in Happy Valley offers all-day comfort food with a Japanese twist, like avo toast with white miso, scrambled eggs made with dashi and an extensive coffee selection with matcha options, too. 14 Min Fat Street, Happy Valley Tired of tiramisu? Try Hong Kong’s original Italian desserts New opening: Nabe Urawa There is no better way to warm up in the winter than with a hearty, bubbling Japanese hotpot such as shabu-shabu or sukiyaki. Trusted shabu-shabu chain Nabe Urawa has opened its ninth outlet over in Lohas Park, and diners can look forward to quality Kagoshima Wagyu beef and fresh, seasonal Japanese vegetables. Shop 305, 3/F, The Lohas, 1 Lohas Park Road, Tseung Kwan O Chop Chop claypot rice delivery Nothing says winter in Hong Kong like claypot rice. We all love digging into delicious preserved meats or other toppings and hearing the sizzling of the crispy rice at the bottom of the pot. Although the dish is usually on the menu for dinner service only, to keep to social distancing regulations, Chop Chop has figured out a solution for Hongkongers to still enjoy this traditional winter dish for dinner: delivering the claypot rice (in pot) to your door for HK$120 (US$15.50). Reheat on your stove to get the piping hot experience. Shop 3, G/F, 18 Wang On Road, North Point The best Turkish herbal teas and their surprisingly powerful health benefits Leaves & Liberty January pop-up If your gut needs a rest after all the sumptuous delivery meals you’ve eaten during 2020’s festive season, then you’re in luck. Beef & Liberty in California Tower will be taken over by their sister brand Leaves & Liberty and will offer an entirely vegetarian menu – and vegan options – throughout January. Indulge in dishes like charred spice cauliflower, the mega Impossible double smashed with cheese featuring two 85g patties, or the shrumami, which is comprised of a home-made quinoa patty, vegan ginger mayonnaise, mushroom pate and oyster mushroom tempura. 3/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .