Where to eat in Hong Kong in October, from Sydney gelato shop Messina and newly refurbished The Continental to The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s Somm

Barbecued stuffed goose web at the newly reopened Yung Kee in Hong Kong. Photo: Yung Kee

There’s an explosion of new restaurants and menus in Hong Kong in October, and the most exciting of the lot is Australia’s institution for gourmet gelatos, Messina. Opening on Pottinger Street, Hong Kong’s discerning palates can anticipate indulgent and innovative flavours in a cone.

Meanwhile, Yung Kee and The Continental reopen after a refurb with new menus, while new chefs at Sheraton Tung Chung’s Yue and The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s Somm have also unveiled new and creative dishes.

Read on for our pick of the best new openings and dining news around town this month.

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New opening: Messina

Gelato at Messina. Photo: Messina Gelateria

Sydney’s famous institution for gelato is landing on Pottinger Street care of Black Sheep Group this October. Famous for its creative combinations and elegant pairings, Messina is an ice cream icon that has done collaborations with Tim Tams and is known for its fine dining ice cream experience in Australia. We cannot wait to get our hands on their pear and fig gelato once they land.

37 – 43 Pottinger Street, Central

New opening: Sicilian

Baccalà tartare. Photo: Sicilian

A new restaurant dedicated to Southern Italian cuisine opens its doors on Hollywood Road. Specialising in house-made pasta and breads, other dishes are dedicated to fruits of the sea such as capesante con crema di cavolfiori e caffe, seared scallop served with a unique sauce of cauliflower and coffee, and Baccalà tartare, a medley of codfish with olives, cucumber and bell pepper.

G/F, Shama Place, 30 Hollywood Road, Central

New opening: Dab-pa

Prawn dish at Dab-pa. Photo: Handout
From the group that brought you Tirpse and Michelin-starred Takano Ramen, comes brand new East-meets-West fine dining concept Dab-pa. Boasting edgy and experimental cuisine, guests can anticipate a truly unique experience with dishes such as braised short rib with strawberry and mustard seed and Shanghai smoked salmon.

Shop No B111, B1/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

New opening: Ppalli Ppalli

Kimchi sando. Photo: Ppalli Ppalli

A time-travel themed Korean-Italian concept has opened in Sham Shui Po – and we weren’t sure we’d ever use all those words in the same sentence before this. Amid the steel-chrome decor, you can look forward to dishes like Wagyu beef cheek on sourdough and yukhoe toast.

230 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po

New opening: Liu Chong Qing Hot Pot

Liu Ching Qing Hot Pot. Photo: Handout

Just in time for the cooler seasons, the Chinese celebrated hotpot brand Liu Chong Qing has opened its doors in Festival Walk. Apart from its signature spicy soup base and premium hotpot ingredients, patrons can also sample sashimi platters, seasonal drinks and more.

Units UG-37 & 38, Level UG, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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New opening: Ikigai Concepts

Ikigai Concepts’ interiors. Photo: Handout

Nina Mall II in Tsuen Wan welcomes a multi-concept Japanese dining experience in October. The 190-seat, 12,000 sq ft premise will house kushiyaki grill, washoku plates, an omakase counter and a teppanyaki bar as well as a sake tasting lounge and bar. If you miss Japan, it looks like it’s time to make your way to Tsuen Wan.

Shop 211, Nina Mall II, Tsuen Wan West

New opening: Raw Bar No 8

Oyster at Raw Bar No 8. Photo: Raw Bar No 8

Fans of oysters will be happy to know that Raw Bar No 8 has moved to a new home. The casual dining eatery will serve diners its famous oyster omakase as well as top-notch seafood, steak, pasta and salads.

52 Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan

New opening: Uncle Ching from Kuching

A good bowl of laksa is hard to come by these days, but discerning palates in town swear by Uncle Ching from Kuching. Named for the capital of Sarawak in Malaysia, the restaurant is known for its special blend of noodle soup.

21 Amoy Street, Wan Chai

New opening: Wa-En Kappo

For a fun and down-to-earth izakaya experience, head over to Wa-En Kappo. Helmed by a chef with experience at esteemed institutions such as Shikigiku and La Bombance, diners can look forward to creative combinations and precise execution.

29/F, Connaught Marina, 48 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan

New opening: Yokai

Named for the word monsters or demons in Japanese, this quirky eatery’s decor will set your imagination ablaze. Yakitori and donburi populate the menu and will guarantee a fun night out with your mates.

23/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central

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New opening: Billow

For those who want to escape the city, Billow in Tai Po will give you holiday vibes. Situated right next to Lake Egret, this seafood bistro definitely gives Okinawa vibes.

Shop B, G/F, Kerry Lake Egret Nature Park, 2 Hung Lam Drive, Tai Po Kau, Tai Po

New opening: Gomes’ Gastropub

For those looking for a place to hang out around Mid-Levels, Gomes’ Gastropub on Caine Road is your new destination. Offering hearty steaks, all-day breakfasts and some truly fantastic happy hour deals, it’s the perfect place to take a break before you head home.

G/F, 58-62 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central

New opening: Takano Ramen

Soy sauce ramen. Photo: Takano

Michelin-starred Takano Ramen has opened a new branch at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin. Sink your teeth into some gourmet hand-pulled noodles with silky and delicious broth.

Shop 167, 1/F, New Town Plaza, Phase 1, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin

Yung Kee reopens after extensive renovations

Smoked pork belly at Yung Kee. Photo: Yung Kee

The iconic institution for roast goose and other decadent roast meats has reopened after a complete facelift. Each of its four floors has its own theme to earmark the history of the restaurant, while on the plates are old favourites such as the signature charcoal roast goose and barbecued pork as well as new items like sea cucumber stuffed with garoupa.

32-40 Wellington Street, Central

The Continental reopens with a new look

The Continental’s outdoor terrace. Photo: The Continental

Reopened after a delicate refurb, The Continental has a fresh new look with interiors by Natasha Usher of Nude Design flooded by natural light. Executive chef Graham Long brings contemporary fare to the eatery with burrata, confit fennel, peach and basil, and pan-fried white bream with a warm salad of green beans and lemon butter.

Shop No 6, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

Chef Jacky Chung’s signature menu at Yue

Braised whole yoshihama abalone with goose web in oyster sauce. Photo: Yue

For fans of private kitchens, chef Jacky Chung Chi-keung needs no introduction. Taking the helm of the kitchens at Yue in Sheraton Tung Chung, his new menu features tried and true popular favourites such as steamed cod fish with crispy soy bean and garlic in spicy sauce, steamed shrimp dumpling with Chinese cabbage, classic crispy fried chicken and much more.

Level 2, Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau

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China Tang’s new signature menu

A dish from China Tang’s tasting menu. Photo: China Tang

Executive chef Menex Cheung has curated a new signature menu full of popular favourites at the upscale restaurant. Sink your teeth into spicy mala chicken, house-made gooseberry sauce with crispy marbled beef ribs and a fabulous rice combo simply called The Bomb.

Shop 411-413, 4/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Autumn menu at Castellana

Castellana’s egg emotion risotto. Photo: Castellana

Book a table at one of the best Italian institutions in town. The decadent menu features a sumptuous red prawn tartare as well as Hokkaido pumpkin gnocchi and brittany blue lobster.

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

Sunday brunch at Lucciola

Sunday brunch at Lucciola. Photo: Lucciola
Sunday brunchers have a new destination as the Lucciola, the Italian eatery housed inside boutique hotel The Hari, has launched a decadent brunch. Line your stomach with fresh antipasti and delicious appetisers as well as hearty mains. The best bit? The all-you-can-drink negroni station that is included in the HK$688 (US$88) price tag.

1/F, The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai

New four-course sharing menu at Chachawan

An array of dishes by Chachawan. Photo: Chachawan

All the crowd-pleasing favourites are on the new sharing menu at Chachawan. Highlights include choices of appetisers such as larp moo, a mixed salad of chopped pork, pork skin, shallots, spring onion, mint, coriander and spicy-sour dressing, and gai yang, grilled chicken thigh marinated for over 24 hours in garlic, peppers and coriander, and much more.

G/F, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

New chef signatures at Somm

Dry-aged challans duck breast, butternut squash, pumpkin seed praline and duck jus. Photo: Somm

Treat yourself to new innovative dishes at Somm. Chef de cuisine Terry Ho brings with him a wealth of experience and introduces scrumptious menu items like raw shima-aji kombujime with kyuri, celtuce and shiso, and dry-aged challans duck breast, butternut squash, pumpkin seed praline and duck jus.

7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road, Central

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  • Michelin-starred Takano Ramen opens a new branch in Sha Tin, hotpot brand Liu Chong Qing lands in Kowloon Tong and Raw Bar No 8 finds a new home for its oysters omakase
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