What better way to treat yourself than with a meal at one of Hong Kong’s hottest new restaurants? With many new restaurants from the opening of a popular Spanish restaurant in the heart of Central to a whiff of fresh Californian cuisine and the brand new home of one of Hong Kong’s best-loved restaurants, you will love this city more.
La Rambla by Catalunya
After five successful years in a more remote thoroughfare of Wan Chai, Spanish restaurant Catalunya is expanding its operations to take up residence in a much more high-profile location within IFC mall. Rebranded as La Rambla by Catalunya, the 5,000 . restaurant (in the former space of Isola) will dish up its signature Mediterranean-Spanish cuisine (heavily influenced by elBulli and the legacy of Ferran Adrià) under the direction of head chef, Ferran Tadeo. The indoor space can seat 100 diners, while the outdoor terrace has been repurposed with a custom-made wooden deck and separate bar area.
With the produce of Catalan taking centre stage, La Rambla will be all about implementing modern cooking techniques while maintaining the integrity of seasonal seafood and other treasured ingredients from Spain. Expect classic cocktails such as dry martinis and gin & tonics (served on a rolling gin trolley), and a range of creative dishes made from premium ingredients such as caviar; red prawns from Palamós, just north of Barcelona; ‘pepino de mar’, or the Spanish version of sea cucumbers; and a 90-day and 120-day aged Galician beef delivered directly from Barcelona’s top steakhouse, Lomo Alto.
La Rambla by Catalunya, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong.
The weather may be getting cooler, but that’s not stopping Big Sur from injecting a healthy dose of sunny Californian cuisine into Hong Kong. The new all-day dining destination in SoHo is all about beer and barbecue from the breezy West Coast state, served up by Executive Chef Conor Beach, who also oversees 12,000 Francs within the Woolly Pig Group.
Kick off dinner with a craft beer (served from 15 taps in partnership with Hong Kong’s Young Master Brewery) or a mezcal cocktail, before diving into fresh seafood, smoked and grilled meats, and tantalising desserts. The ‘Baja’ tacos are a signature, stuffed with prawns and house made ‘Big Sur-izo’ sausage; while the charcoal grilled Californian striploin and pulled pork burger should satisfy any meat lover. Desserts like Texas Sheet Cake and crème brulee waffles with homemade coconut ice cream cater to sweet tooths; as do the house-made chocolate crullers and maple pecan donuts served with barista coffee in the mornings. For those looking for a nutritious lunch on the go, Big Sur will offer a selection of healthy salads and fresh pressed juices available for takeaway.
Big Sur, G/F, 22 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
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