9 new restaurants and deals to try in Hong Kong and Macau now that Covid-19 dining restrictions have eased, from Portuguese-style chicken to seafood towers

Cabana Breeze’s meatball pizza and seafood selection, a new offering to try in Tung Chung, Hong Kong, this month. Photo: Cabana Breeze
After three months of eating dinner at home (or eating in an open public space with only two people), Hong Kong has finally lifted the evening dining ban. And as if celebrating this development, five new restaurants have opened in the city – and in nearby Macau – while three others are offering exciting new dining deals. Here’s a list of them for you to check out for your upcoming dinner celebrations …

New opening: The Aubrey 

The Aubrey’s omakase platter. Photo: The Aubrey

Maximal Concepts and the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong have introduced an eccentric new Japanese izakaya on the hotel’s 25th floor. The Ginza-themed restaurant uses high quality Japanese ingredients and traditional cooking techniques that make for a culturally rich dining experience. A small and intimate four-person omakase cocktail bar reinvents the quintessential omakase experience. At lunch, elevated bentos are presented in handcrafted wooden boxes with impeccable technique, offering dishes from The Aubrey’s raw, tempura and robata menus.

25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central

New opening: Cabana Breeze

Cabana Breeze’s al fresco patio. Photo: Cabana Breeze

A place to meet and mingle while enjoying the relaxing seaside ambience has landed in Tung Chung. At Cabana Breeze, families and friends can enjoy meals in comfortable alfresco seating on the venue’s spacious patio. The Western restaurant offers a full range of dishes, from fresh seafood to grilled meats – and even fresh-baked oven pizza and indulgent desserts. Cabana Breeze seems set to become the new dining destination of the area, no matter the time of day. 

Shop 12-15, G/F, T Bay, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung

New opening: The Last Resort

The Last Resort’s bar. Photo: The Last Resort

Remember those good old university days at the neighbourhood bar, with copious amounts of vodka Red Bull soaked up by delicious fried bar bites? (Or was that just us?). That’s the exact nostalgic note the guys at Black Sheep are here to recreate with their new dive bar concept, The Last Resort. Located on the slopes of Peel Street, this watering hole should be the ideal spot to pregame or after-party any night of the week.

52B Peel Street, Central

New opening: Xiao Ting

Xiao Ting’s dining room. Photo: Xiao Ting

The Four Seasons Hotel Macao is now serving up an array of Chinese and Western specialities alongside an extensive selection of premium tea at swish new restaurant Xiao Ting, which means “dawn pavilion”. Marrying a European sensibility with subtle Asian details, the restaurant offers an opportunity for guests to pause and indulge themselves every day. Go for hearty meals. 

Lobby Level, Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macao

New opening: Big Birdy Wan Chai

Big Birdy Wan Chai. Photo: @bigbirdyhk/Instagram
The hyped-up Big Birdy on Sai Ying Pun’s High Street is coming to Wan Chai. The new flagship offers an appetising range of grilled Portuguese-style chicken with its house-made peri peri sauce, plus cocktails and speciality beers to wash it all down. The restaurant uses cage-free, hormone-free, free-range chickens, which are offered in various sizes from Little Birdy, Half Birdy and Big Birdy, amid eye-catching interiors of earthy textures and neon lights.

Shop B, G/F, Pinnacle Building, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai

New opening: Cultivate

Cultivate’s Zuwaigani crab. Photo: Cultivate

Opening its doors this March is Cultivate, which aims to “redefine what ‘fine casual’, ‘interactive dining’, and ‘fun dining’ should be in this day and age,” to borrow the words of chef Leonard Cheung. To achieve this goal, Cultivate is all about spontaneity with a constantly evolving eight-course tasting menu priced at HK$1,288 (US$166). About a third of the menu will change every three weeks while a new theme will be introduced every few months. The first theme is Spring, which is perfectly timed and also signals the restaurant’s beginning. One element that sets Cultivate apart is the restaurant’s focus on seasonally-appropriate ingredients rather than simply premium ingredients such as truffles and caviar. The restaurant will be accepting dinner bookings from March 24. 

29 Elgin Street, Central

Chilled seafood tower at JW Marriott Hotel’s Fish Bar

Fish Bar’s chilled seafood tower. Photo: JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

Any seafood lover will recognise JW Marriott Hotel’s seafood restaurant Fish Bar, famously known for its daily fresh catches. Situated next to outdoor swimming pool on the 7th floor with chefs whipping up a storm at the open kitchen, Fish Bar presents a new dining experience that’s soared to the top of our recommendation list: the chilled seafood tower serving up oysters, king crab legs, Boston lobster, prawns, mussels and cherry stone clams. Don’t miss the free-flow bubbly served along with the tower between 3:30pm to 5:30pm on weekdays until May 31.

Level 7, JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

Castellana’s Saturday lunch

Brittany blue lobster, home-made ravioli. Photo: Castellana

Castellana is offering a Saturday lunch experience at HK$380 (US$49) for three courses with dessert, and HK$580 (US$75) for five courses with dessert and Piedmont wine. Famous for its modern twist on traditional cuisine from the Italian region, some of its finest creations include home-made egg tagliolini with caviar and Brittany blue lobster and Italian creme brûlée, which is the perfect cherry on top to a meal.

10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay

Fumi’s Hokkaido king crab brunch

Hokkaido king crab brunch. Photo: Fumi

Why not treat yourself to a sumptuous Japanese Hokkaido king crab brunch this weekend? The Hokkaido king crab legs are accompanied by Japanese steamed egg custard with king crabmeat, maitake mushroom and vegetable small pot, Miyazaki barbecue, A4 Miyazaki beef himi udon, and sashimi and sushi rolls – and topped off with a premium dessert platter. Sake lovers will appreciate the free flow alcohol package, which also includes champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks.

6/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong

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  • The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong introduces new izakaya The Aubrey while Chinese-Western restaurant Xiao Ting lands at The Four Seasons Macao
  • Seafood lovers are spoiled by omakase, bentos, a Hokkaido king crab brunch and a seafood tower of oysters, Boston lobster, prawns, mussels, clams and more