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Restaurant Review: Momojein

September 19, 2016

Momojein is a lovely, sleek, modern space located on the 23rd floor of QRE Plaza in Wan Chai. Think concrete floors and exposed piping, but also smooth wooden tables, textured chairs, and an assortment of green plants and dried flowers dispersed throughout the restaurant. The layout is spacious, relaxing for large groups while intimate enough for dates.

The restaurant is sometimes known as the (ok, this being Hong Kong, one of the) Korean restaurant with the celebrity chef. Lim Hee Won leads the kitchen, but in a previous life was one of eight star chefs on “The Olive Show” where they showed everyday people how to cook full dinner menus at home with easy recipes.

Wanting to keep things fresh, the team at Momojein enjoy mixing things up and change their menu seasonally. Right now, the new menu includes some new dishes focused on Korean regional ingredients. Continue Reading…

Foodie Hong Kong: New Restaurant Review: ALTO Bar & Grill

September 18, 2016

Contemporary grill in a Tom Dixon Studio-designed atmosphere (with a view)!

A trip to Causeway Bay can be overwhelming. It’s a dense area filled with people, shops and an unbelievable amount of restaurants. ALTO Bar & Grill aims to pull you away from all that stress with tasty food, standout decor and a gorgeous harbour view at an accessible price point.

Located on the 31st floor of the brand-new V Point building, ALTO is an easy walk from Causeway Bay MTR (if you don’t get lost like I did). As soon as the lift door opened, I felt miles away from the crowds. The space is sleek, designed to perfection by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio. Think blackened timber tabletops, green marble, terrazzo flooring and, yes, many hanging pendant lights. Continue Reading…

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The Underappreciated Veggie Party

August 21, 2016

Sometimes, the loveliest parties can be the simplest. A few weeks ago, my friend J came up with the idea for an underappreciated veggie party while we were out on a hike. Well, I guess I should say she was reminded of a time her friend had such a party and decided to host one in Hong Kong.

The premise is simple. Each attendee brings a dish that includes an underappreciated vegetable to share potluck-style. We’d thought of pumpkin leaves, cabbage, okra, fennel right away, but surely there were more. Half the fun of this party would be thinking of a creative dish to cook and share. Continue Reading…

Foodie Hong Kong: New Restaurant Review: Ee Da Le

August 18, 2016

What makes a good restaurant? Delicious food for sure, but the vibe also plays a key role. In newly opened Ee Da Le’s case, it’s a great spot for both – rustic Italian fare and beautiful décor.

The dining scene in Hong Kong has been buzzing about Harlan Goldstein’s comeback for months. In case you haven’t heard of the NYC-raised chef, he’s long held court as one of the biggest personalities in the Hong Kong food world. From curating the fine dining menu at Aberdeen Marina Club to obtaining his first Michelin stars at GOLD by Harlan Goldstein (now closed), his food is known to be bold and inventive, much like the man himself. After taking some time off, he’s back with a bang and will be opening four new restaurants in the same building this fall in partnership with ZS Hospitality Group. In a nice touch, he’s also working with a number of chefs that have been with him for years. Ee Da Le (helmed by Executive Chef Fung Wong) is the first of the four spots, to be followed by My Tai Tai, Mamasita’s Cantina, and Eat Me + Drink Me, in that order. Continue Reading…

Foodie Hong Kong: New Menu: Summer Flavours at Casa Lisboa

August 8, 2016

Exploring new eats at an old favourite.

You know where I’d like to be this summer? Barbecuing in the forests of Northern Portugal where the sun is shining, the vibe is relaxed, and the air is smokey with the smells of grilled chorizo and piri piri chicken. At least that’s what I was thinking as I sampled Casa Lisboa’s new seven course “Taste of Northern Portugal” summer tasting menu ($488 per person) and three of their other summer specials. Continue Reading…

Foodie Hong Kong: The First-Ever Michelin Stars for Singapore

August 7, 2016

It’s been a long time coming…

Congratulations to our friends in the Lion City! We never had any doubt about their status as a true foodie nation, but now the world knows it too. Michelin, maker of the world-famous dining bible, have finally eaten their way through the city and awarded 29 stars to a variety of establishments, from Joël Robuchon (three stars) in Sentosa to Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle (one star) in Chinatown. The Guide also recommends 34 Bib Gourmand restaurants that offer an excellent but simpler style of cooking for less than S$45 (HK$260) per person, as well as 137 additional noteworthy eateries. Basically, there are now 200 reasons to get back to Singapore ASAP. Continue Reading…