From a brand new Italian bakery to a seasonal menu at a Michelin-star restaurant, here’s where to eat in Hong Kong in August 2021.
New izakaya-style gastropub Musubi Hiro is the brainchild of French-trained Arturo Sims, who pays homage to the Japanese tokusatsu that underscores his memories of growing up in Chile. Located at the junction of Cochrane Street, Gage Street and Lyndhurst Terrace, the establishment — which is adorned with posters and holographic stickers — serves re-imagined snacks, vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, and plenty of sake, cocktails and (of course) craft beer on tap. To state the obvious: must-try dishes are the signature Musubi creations, including everything from a classic (marinated spam between koshihikari rice, wrapped in nori) to a torched eel, a sea-urchin option and a fatty wagyu and black-truffle pairing.
Musubi Hiro, 37 Cochrane Street, Central, +852 5597 6911
Pane e Latte
Cream-filled Italian doughnuts are just one of the many traditional fresh-out-the-oven baked treats on offer at the southside panetteria and gelateria Pane e Latte in Stanley. Sample everything from breakfast dishes to aperitivo at this Italian bakery-café concept – treats include tiramisu papillote, chocolate eclairs, and mango tarts.
Pane e Latte, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley; +852 2337 7221
Headed by Chef Shun Sato, CENSU (a play on the Japanese word for folding fan) promises premium dishes made from fresh ingredients flown in from Japan. The restaurant embodies the Wabi-sabi philosophy and appreciation of imperfection and simplicity. Inspired by Chef Sun’s grandmother’s house in Sendai, handmade ceramics and natural wood help tap into feelings of warmth and nostalgia, inviting you to eat gourmet fare while feeling right at home.
CENSU, 28-30 Gough St, Central; +852 2997 7009
Conrad Hong Kong x Venchi
Venchi’s long history of chocolate-making — beginning in 1878 — makes it an authority in the art form. Head to Conrad Hong Kong’s Lobby Lounge this summer to indulge in velvety gelato, masterful sweet and savoury delicacies, and gourmet chocolate — perfectly made with the Italian chocolatier’s exquisite technique. Highlights include the bonet alla piemontese, originating in the northwest Italian wine region of Langhe and made with Venchi’s 56 percent dark chocolate.
Conrad Hong Kong Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; +852 2822 8891
One-Michelin-star Spring Moon’s wok-fried blue angel shrimp with shallots and spring onions, and its Japanese turban shell with red vinasse, chanterelles and purple yam are just two of the imaginative culinary creations available at The Peninsula Hong Kong’s fine-dining Cantonese restaurant this summer.
Spring Moon, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2696 6760
Uma Nota is paying homage to São Paulo’s street snacking culture, giving its signature unique Japanese twists to South American classics. The Street Brunch opens with starters and street snacks and then carries on to special mains including coxinhas de frango fried chicken and okra dumplings, an original roll creation with banana, sour cream and crab, and a soy-lime marinated fraldinha flank steak with a farofa of banana and bacon.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central; +852 2889 7576
The new curry-focused lunch menu at Rosewood Hong Kong’s CHAAT features six Indian regional dishes, each steeped in flavour and history. The feast starts with a selection of appetisers, including the signature raj kachori and baked jackfruit samosas, followed by six main curries including a Mughal-inspired Kashmiri lamb rogan josh and a Malabar lamb aadu korma — a favourite of the Mappilas, the oldest settled native Muslim community in South Asia.
CHAAT, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 5239 9220
Picture dining in any of Italy’s scenic coastal regions in the summer and you think of long, lazy days by the blue sea and an abundance of vibrant seafood, vegetables and fruit to feast on. Eating seasonally is an Italian rite — and Chef Luca Marinelli at Osteria Marzia at The Fleming has created four maritime-themed summer specials to honour the tradition. The tartare di mazzancolle and tonnarelli ai gamberi rossi each highlight different varieties and preparations of Italian prawns; the zucchine trombetta spotlights a zucchini harvest; and the sgombro is a delicate saba balanced with Tropea onion, buffalo ricotta and fig.
Osteria Marzia, G/F, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road Wan Chai; +852 3607 2253