The year 2019 has been eventful, and in part because of the Hong Kong protests, some restaurants will not make it to see 2020. Here are some eateries that we’ll miss having around Hong Kong: A Nu Retrouvez-Vous This French fine-dining restaurant received great reviews from food critics all over the city when it opened around two years ago. An East-meets-West concept from Tokyo, this eatery with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour quietly closed its doors. Happy Paradise Harbour City just got another restaurant from a Michelin-starred chef May Chow was named Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2017. She made waves with creative food pairings and was recognised for her innovative approach to contemporary Chinese cuisine. Happy Paradise was one of the last locations the legendary Anthony Bourdain visited before he died and there were great expectations for this eatery on Hong Kong’s food map. Fortunately it’s not a total farewell. According to its Facebook page, from 2020 the restaurant “will be transformed to a private dining space offering buy-outs, special events, catering and space rental”. Daily operations will cease until further notice. Little Bao, Central While we’re on the subject of May Chow, her flagship store in Central quietly closed its doors in June, reportedly as part of the government’s urban renewal project. Fans of the bao can still head to Little Bao diner in Causeway Bay, but we’re going to miss lining up outside just to get our hands on an ice cream bao-wich after a night out in SoHo. Nectar View this post on Instagram Our Nectar Artisanal Cheese Platter with all of the delightful fixings are now available for your holiday parties! Order cut off date Dec 13th. Enquire now at email@example.com. #nectarhk #plantbased #culturing #fermentation #natural #vegancheese A post shared by Nectar Integrative Dining (@nectarhk) on Dec 5, 2019 at 6:46pm PST After reconceptualising as a refined vegan/vegetarian restaurant from the more casual Grassroots Pantry in July, Nectar announced it will cease operations on December 27, citing “turbulent political and economical hindrances” in Hong Kong. Where are we going to take our vegan friends for special occasions now? Best places to eat at in Hong Kong International Airport Cé La Vi A rooftop bar, a great restaurant and a dance floor among the city lights – it seemed like Cé La Vi had it all when it opened in the newly unveiled California Tower four years ago. But all good things must come to an end, and in this case an abrupt one since the establishment has reportedly asked to terminate its lease in January, a full five months before its contractual obligations would’ve been fulfilled. Daarukhana This restaurant opened up to much applause and anticipation. Serving up contemporary Indian cuisine with equally creative cocktails, the reviews were generally positive since the eatery’s opening in 2018. The location was in Wan Chai and the restaurant closed in September citing the disruptions due to Hong Kong protests. At Prohibition restaurant, indulge in ‘speakeasy’ pleasures Bindaas This restaurant ushered in the concept of naanzas or naan-based pizzas to Hong Kong’s culinary scene and one of the first eateries to focus on regional Indian cuisine. After four years of operation, it closed its doors in July. We’ll have to head elsewhere for our naanza fix now. UWE There was a lot of anticipation when this small, seven-table, private dining room opened. Renowned chef Uwe Opocensky’s menu offered signature dishes such as the Instagram-worthy farmer’s hand appetiser, creamy Brussel sprouts and the best grilled Tomahawk steak in town. After opening for two years, the exclusive eatery called it quits this year, but followers of chef Opocensky can still catch him at Island Shangri-La where he is now the executive chef of all the food and drink operations the hotel. Gough’s on Gough Just as we started to get excited about what the new executive chef, Cary Docherty, had in store for this quaint British eatery, it closed its doors in September. We’re going to miss its chic decor and we hope to sample chef Doherty’s fare somewhere else in town soon. Are mocktails the new cocktails – and can you taste the difference? Employee’s Only This speakeasy was the talk of the town when it opened in 2017 and it managed to keep it’s down-to-earth appeal in a city such as Hong Kong. It’s shame when it shut its doors in September, as it currently still ranks 41st on Asia’s 50 Best Bars. Mrs Pound For better or worse, this was the restaurant that pioneered the whole secret door trend in Hong Kong. Who can forget the time someone stole the “key” stamp that magically opened the shop facade to the eatery inside! Much like television shows, five years is a good run for a restaurant in this town, but we are going to miss awesome dishes such as mac ‘n’ cheese chilli crab from this place. Blue – Butcher and Meat Specialist This place was on the forefront of the awesome steak trend here in Hong Kong. In its seven years in operation we got the gift of amazing dishes such as sous vide turkey, and who can forget when it introduced Rubia Gallega beef onto its menus? This place will be sorely missed this Christmas. 6 Singapore bars that pour some of the city’s coolest cocktails Grappa’s Cellar Well, it’s finally happened. After 20 years of operation and several years of rumours that it’s going to close down, the dreaded closure finally arrived. This popular lunch place in Central transforms to an underground venue for Hong Kong’s indie bands on weekends, and it’s not uncommon to see queues out the door with people heading there for a good time. Hong Kong’s food scene will miss you, but the music scene will feel this loss even more. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .