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4 Hot Restaurants in Hong Kong

The trendsetting city is stealing flavors from across the Northern Hemisphere, with four new restaurants serving up worldwide favorites, from veal cannelloni at a vinyl-spinning wine bar to kimchi Bloody Marys at a London-import Korean restaurant. By MERRITT GURLEY.

Published on Mar 30, 2016



This London favorite made its way to Hong Kong, bringing modern Korean to Central courtesy of French-trained Korean-American Londoner Judy Joo. The multicultural chef has thrown together dishes that dip classic Korean in a hearty sauce of global seasoning, like Korean tacos, tong dak fried chicken and beef-and-pork mandu dumplings seasoned with Korean spices. Wash it down with the White Rice Negroni or Kimchi Mary and the rest of the meal will go by in a beautiful blur.

Judy Joo
Chef Judy Joo prepares Korean favorites at Jinjuu. Courtesy of Jinjuu.


This organic eatery conceived by sommelier Alison Christ is brimming with all kinds of old-school and Old World charm, from Gris Noirs made using techniques that date back to the dawn of wine to seven tailor-made turntables available for guests to play vinyl records from the bar's sizeable collection. For dinner, try the porcini-rubbed short rib with aged balsamic or the veal cannelloni with porcini béchamel.

Zesty octopus at MyHouse. Courtesy of MyHouse.



Chef Bao La, the former sous chef at Ho Lee Fook restaurant, leads the kitchen at this airy Vietnamese bistro. Flavorful entrées like grilled Wagyu beef tri-tip and Kurobuta pork rice noodles, show the masterful blend of classic Vietnamese with a French flare that chef Bao La has perfected over the years, starting with his childhood apprenticeship at his family's Vietnamese restaurant in Brisbane.

Le Garcon
Vietnamese food, French flare at Le Garçon. Courtesy of Le Garçon.



Get your meat fix asador-style here, cooked over hot coals or wood, like it has been done in northern Spain for centuries. Behind the grill you'll find Spanish executive chef Alfredo Rodriquez barbecuing txuleta, a Rubia Gallega rib-eye delicacy, and rodaballo a la brasa, wild turbot cooked whole in a metal casing, to perfection.

The Optimist
The Optimist's street-bar. Courtesy of The Optimist.



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The Optimist serves spicy red prawns. Courtesy of The Optimist.
  • Mini slider buns at Jinjuu. Courtesy of Jinjuu.
  • MyHouse's interior. Courtesy of MyHouse.
  • Vietnamese food, French flare at Le Garçon. Courtesy of Le Garçon.
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