The Envoy is one of my favourite bars in Hong Kong. Located in Central at The Pottinger Hotel, it’s just as wonderful for Friday night drinks on the terrace as it is for a quiet weekday tea in the bar. It drips colonial chic with dark wood, damask-like wallpaper, and colourful velvet accents. As part of Tastings Group (which includes some of Asia's best bars such as Quinary, Origin, and Vea), it’s no surprise that The Envoy has developed a reputation for top notch drinks. For
Experiencing Sabado de Boteco in Soho I’ve always been attracted to the idea of bohemianism, of being unconventional, free spirited, and fun loving. Bohemians enjoy food, drink, art, culture and life in general. A restaurant that celebrates this vibe with a South American twist is a welcome addition to Hong Kong’s polished dining scene. Uma Nota is Hong Kong’s only Brazilian-Japanese street food restaurant. It opened this past March, and was quickly beloved for its chilled-ou
Japanese-inspired dishes at the Fringe Club's newest restaurant Happy to have reviewed Circa 1913 for Lifestyle Asia's 10 New Hong Kong Restaurants to try this July. Circa 1913 Those who miss M at the Fringe may want to visit the restaurant that has taken over its old premises. Named after the founding year of the Fringe Club, the newly opened Circa 1913 serves Japanese-inspired dishes led by Chef de Cuisine Anderson Tam, formerly of L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Zuma Hong K
In Hong Kong, new Japanese restaurants seem to open all the time. The ones I hear about are usually concentrated in Central, Causeway Bay or TST, but recently I had the opportunity to try out one further afield in Kowloon Bay. My company has an office in Kowloon Bay so I’d been to the area twice before, but otherwise I don’t usually venture that way. That might soon be changing as the area is experiencing a resurgence. Earlier this year, Camlux opened Kowloon Bay’s first hote
If you asked a group of Hong Kongers about their favourite restaurant in Kennedy Town, chances are a good number would say CATCH. The bright, open, Melbourne-style restaurant has been serving up fresh seafood to happy dinners for a few years now. What people may not realize is that the restaurant is opened by Alex Malouf, the nephew of award-winning Lebanese-Australian chef Greg Malouf. Building on the success of his first restaurant, Alex decided to open up Mama Malouf, a pl
A tried-and-true Moroccan favourite in Soho I have a family friend that comes into town once a month for his EMBA program, and we try to catch up over a meal. This time we were both feeling Moroccan food so I booked Lilya, the new Dining Concepts place on Wyndham. After some research, it seemed like Lilya was much more bar than restaurant with some complaining the portions were very small for the price. That's one of my dining pet peeves, so I booked Le Souk instead. While I'
A high quality Italian brunch in LKF Last week, I went to Shanghai for work and one night my colleagues and I had dinner on The Bund. Our restaurant was in the same building as Mercato and Jean Georges Shanghai, which had me wondering why I still hadn't been to Mercato Hong Kong. To celebrate a friendship with one of my best girlfriends who is, sadly, leaving for California, we had a relaxing morning getting facials and then needed a place for brunch. It seemed a perfect time
New cocktail and bar snacks menus Lily and Bloom has long been the go-to spot for a taste of refined Americana in Hong Kong. Though it's just steps from LKF, there’s no rowdiness or beer cans in sight. It’s an elegant drinking den always filled with discerning guests enjoying a good drink (or three, especially with their happy hour promotion). We bet things will get even busier now that John Nugent has joined as Head Mixologist. John comes to Hong Kong from Seattle where he h