Hot New Restaurant Openings To Look Forward To In 2018


August 2, 2018 | BY Wilson Fok

From the relocation of a local favourite to outposts of gourmet hot spots, find out why we are excited about these new restaurants launching soon

Australian-native David Thompson to debut in Hong Kong this September at Tai Kwun. (Photo: Christopher Kennedy)

Aaharn by David Thompson

What: After considerable chatter online, it’s been confirmed that renowned chef David Thompson is finally opening a restaurant in Hong Kong—and it will be situated within the Tai Kwun heritage complex. Aaharn is Thompson’s first establishment abroad since he departed from the acclaimed Nahm earlier this summer after 18 years. Unlike Thompson’s Long Chim restaurants in Singapore and Australia, Aaharn is a new concept from the Australian native.

When: September 2018

Where: Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Hot New Restaurant Openings To Look Forward To In 2018
Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez returns to Hong Kong with terroir-driven comfort food at H Queens' Ichu Peru. (Photo: Ichu Peru)

Ichu Peru by Virgilio Martinez

What: After a sold-out four-hands dinner at Amber and a successful cookbook launch, Virgilio Martinez is returning to Hong Kong this autumn for his Hong Kong debut. Located within the artistic quarters of H Queens, Ichu Peru is the Peruvian chef’s way of bringing his terroir-oriented dining and comfort food dishes to Hong Kong. Operated by the Bulldozer Group (which opened the now-closed Seafood Room), the new establishment is set to showcase interiors inspired by Peru’s landscapes with raw, dynamic textures developed by award-winning interior designer Joyce Wang.

When: September 2018

Where: 3/F, H Queens, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is set to open at join a number of new eateries at Harbour City's new extension wing this October. (Photo: Andrew J. Loiterton)

Maze Grill

What: After London House, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is set to open his next restaurant in collaboration with Dining Concepts. The experienced master chef is taking his Maze Grill concept (which has three branches in London) to the newest wing in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Harbour City, whose latest extension wing is populated with new dining establishments injoining the likes of Fu Rong, Paper Moon, and Hexa. More concepts and details relating to Hong Kong’s Maze Grill outpost has yet to be released. Watch this space as we bring the latest updates on Ramsay’s new fine dining establishment.

When: October 2018

Where: 4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Hot New Restaurant Openings To Look Forward To In 2018
May Chow is relocating her popular eatery to Causeway Bay's Fashion Walk this September. (Photo: Moses Ng/Hong Kong Tatler)

Little Bao Diner

What: When it opened in late 2013, Little Bao whipped up a wave of interest for stuffed steamed baos in Hong Kong. This autumn, the petite restaurant is set to open a new branch in Causeway Bay, landing a prime space on Fashion Walk neighbouring Singaporean import Tian Tian Plus. We have high hopes that the new Little Bao Diner will feature a bigger menu and space that may reduce time for queuing. Our sources confirm that the new restaurant is set to open by September 2018.

When: September 2018

Where: Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

London's popular La Petite Maison is set to open on the ground level of H Queens this September. (Photo: La Petite Maison)

La Petite Maison

What: The popular La Petite Maison brand from London is set to open its first establishment in Asia, joining the list of international locations that include Miami, Istanbul, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Hong Kong outpost will be located at Central’s H Queen’s building, and continues the tradition of celebrating the simplicity of light French and Italian Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can anticipate a range of pasta, seafood, and meat dishes prepared with fresh Mediterranean produce such as artichokes, courgettes, olives, and lemons. The 120-seat restaurant will be in a casual fine dining format with art-driven interiors.

When: September 2018.

Where: G/F, H Queens, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Hot New Restaurant Openings To Look Forward To In 2018
Hong Kong is set to to have its own Wagyumafia later this year, as the prized sandwich lands in Wan Chai. (Photo: Wagyumafia)


What: Taking over the space vacated by Catalunya (now known as La Rambla, located in IFC) is Tokyo export Wagyumafia—purveyors of what has widely been coined the world’s most expensive gyukatsu sando. Hisato Hamada was in Hong Kong earlier this year for a one-night-only dinner hosted by La Rambla, so it appears he has gotten a taste for the city. While the space is still under intense renovation, we’re hoping it will be open before the end of the year. The opening of the Hong Kong branch of Wagyumafia is hot on the heels of a planned new location in Manila.

When: Q4, 2018

Where: G/F, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 

Malcolm Wood, co-founder of Maximal Concepts, is presenting John Anthony, the restaurant group's second Chinese establishment in Hong Kong. (Photo: Michaela Giles/ Hong Kong Tatler)

John Anthony

What: Inspired by the spice trade between East and West, John Anthony is a new Chinese restaurant concept opened and operated by Maximal Concepts. The new restaurant will take on a more casual approach compared to the group’s fine dining Chinese venue, Mott 32, while presenting Chinese dishes with surprises with cooking techniques, an unconventional twist on spices and unique presentations. John Anthony is set to open next month.

When: September 2018

Where: Basement, Lee Gardens Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Hot New Restaurant Openings To Look Forward To In 2018
Burgers, fries, and shakes from Five Guys are quickly landing in Wan Chai as the brand debuts in East Asia this September. (Photo: Five Guys)

Five Guys

What: After Shake Shack took Hong Kong by storm, renowned American burger brand Five Guys is set to give it some competition, taking up an expansive ground floor space on the corner of Johnston Road and Ship Street. It’s the first East Asian branch of the American burger brand, and burger lovers can expect to find the shop's classic burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches with at a wide selection of free toppings to choose from, matched with fresh cut fries and a variety of milkshakes, or as Joel Bearden, Five Guys' international brand and marketing director confirms, "We like to focus on making a few things extremely good." 

When: Q4, 2018

Where: G/F, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong;

Kytaly features award-winning pizzas created by renowned chef Franco Pepe. (Photo: Kytaly)


What:  Central is getting a taste of the world's best pizza this September, as champion-pizza chef Franco Pepe is bringing his signature creations to open Kytaly, where he presents 19 varieties of pizzas, Italian salads and desserts to pizza lovers. Kytaly will also debut the city's first Campari bar. The establishment is set to open September, 2018.

When: September, 2018

Where: 5/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2808 1961

Hot New Restaurant Openings To Look Forward To In 2018
Black Sheep Restaurants' first Greek restaurant will open this September in Wan Chai. (Photo: Artemis and Apollo)

Artemis and Apollo

What: After Elgin Street's Fukuro and Canton Disco, the group's Shanghai debut earlier this month, Black Sheep Restaurants is returning to Wan Chai this September with Artemis and Apollo, the group's first Greek restaurant. Situated on Moon Street at the Starstreet Precinct and walking distance from the group's Le Garcon Saigon and Le Petit Saigon, the Greek establishment is set to bring Greek classics such as souvlaki, mezzes and a Greek-exclusive wine list to the neighborhood.

When: September, 2018

Where: G/F, Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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