Last updated: June 22, 2017
2016 may have been a challenging one on many levels, but the dining scene didn’t let up with its mixture of stellar new openings and incredible guest chefs: we had the likes of Frantzen’s Kitchen, Kaum at Potato Head and Bar High Five bringing international stardust to the neighbourhoods, while chefs such as Andre Chiang, the Roca brothers and Isaac McHale made their way over for exclusive pop-ups.
This year, there are quite a few things on the Tatler radar that we’ll be keeping track of. Below are the restaurant and bar openings that we’ve sniffed out and are anticipating this year. You heard it here, first.
Octavium by Umberto Bombana
The king of truffles is expanding with a new restaurant in Central, tentatively opening July 2017. Read more
Indian Fine Dining Establishment by Black Sheep Restaurants
The esteemed local restaurant group is finalising details on an Indian restaurant in Central, tentatively opening late this summer.
Yakimon and Sakana no Aji
The new two-storey Japanese project on Lyndhurst Terrace will replace My Tai Tai and Ee Da Le. The new establishment will be divided into two separate sections: Yakimon (serving Japanese grilled/ fried items) and Sakana no Aji (serving sushi).
Yakimon and Sakana no Aji, 2-3/F 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Ying Jee Club
ZS Hospitality Group's latest offering is a Cantonese establishment next to its Vietnamese opening Moi Moi. The new Chinese fine dining restaurant will be headed by former Duddell's chef Siu Hin-Chi. The new restaurant is set to open later this summer.
Ying Jee Club, Shops G05, 107-108, Nexxus Building, Central; +852 2273 0939
The popular American import has opened its first Hong Kong branch in Central.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse, 1/F Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central
Kaiseki Den by Saotome
Formerly known as Wagyu Kaiseki Den, the Hollywood stalwart is taking up the former space housed by Gin Sai on Cross Lane, Wan Chai. Tentatively opening early May 2017.
Kaiseki Den by Saotome, 32-38 Cross Lane, Wan Chai; +852 2851 2820
Formerly known as Rozan, the new, 8-seat sushi restaurant will be headed by experienced executive chef Masataka Fujisawa. Opening mid-April, 2017. Read our review
The Michelin-rated ramen shop, which opened its first branch outside of Tokyo last year in Singapore, is making its way to Hong Kong this May. Works have already started on their Tang Lung Street location in Causeway Bay, and we can't wait to get a taste of Yuki Onishi's signature shoyu ramen spiked with black truffle. Read our review
Tsuta, Shop 2, G/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
A Vietnamese restaurant inspired by the recipes of Ho Chi Minh City's "The Lunch Lady" is opening in Kau U Fong this June. Read more
Co Thanh, G/F, 2 Kau U Fong, Sheung Wan
French chef Yannick Alleno's casual bistro concept is set to open in Central this July. Read more
The Ocean alumnus chef Agustin Balbi to head up a casual fine dining concept at Harbour City. Read more
Dalloyau Pop-Up at Pacific Place
The celebrated patisserie is launching its first pop-up on Hong Kong island, showcasing a range of cakes, savoury sandwiches and its signature soft-serve.
Employees Only Hong Kong
The popular speakeasy from New York City is landing Hong Kong with its second Asian branch after last year's launch in Singapore. Read more
After more than five years on Bridges Street, the Yardbird crew are flying the nest to set up an even bigger, more impressive venue in Sheung Wan. There will be a space dedicated to Sunday’s Grocery, which closed its physical location last year but continues to run online.
Rumour has it that following on from the immense popularity of their two-month pop-up at MO Bar last year, PDT will be returning—on a permanent basis.
Apart from the relaunch of Blue, 2016 was relatively quiet for the Maximal Concepts group. Now we know why—this year, the group will be revealing two new restaurants.