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, 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.
May Chow’s Happy Paradise
Asia’s best female chef for 2017 is not resting on her laurels, even after launching Little Bao Bangkok and the award-winning Second Draft last year. She has revealed to us exclusively that she’s already working on another project set to open this March. 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.
Vicky Lau is moving west, taking Tate to Hollywood Road and expanding it at the same time. The new location is right next to Chachawan and 208 and is said to include a new patisserie arm.
Rech by Alain Ducasse
Following the closure of Spoon at The InterContinental on January 1, work is already underway to transform the venue into Alain Ducasse’s Rech, which will focus on seafood. Read more
The Ocean is moving its sushi bar to a more Central location next to Bibo. Chef Kimijima Yukio will continue to run the restaurant. Word has it that Le Comptoir, the restaurant group, will also launch a new ‘iconic’ restaurant in Central later this year.
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.
The team behind Pirata and The Optimist are launching this Nikkei-themed restaurant on Lyndhurst Terrace later this month. Read more
As well as TokyoLima, the team will also be launching a pasta bar concept in Wan Chai.
Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour
Gin is in for 2017, and we can’t wait for the opening of this slick bar from the team behind Mrs Pound. No doubt, they will bring great libations to the basement of Landmark.
It seems like there’s a bit of a pho renaissance happening in Central, with last year’s Pho Bar in Li Yuen Street West and Le Pho on Lyndhurst Terrace. The former will have competition as the Wan Chai pho bar is opening a second branch right on their turf.
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.
Wagyu Kaiseki Den
The Hollywood stalwart is moving to Wan Chai, taking up the former space housed by Gin Sai.