Check out new restaurants in Hong Kong (Part 2)

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Tipsy Restaurant & Bar

The quaint Tai Hang neighbourhood continues to gain popularity as a dining and drinking destination, thanks to a string of new openings such as Tipsy Restaurant & Bar. The latest affordable all-day dining spot serves up modern European cuisine in a classy setting, and is the senior concept from the owners of the cosy Mustard Café & Bar just down the street.

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Signature dishes here include blowtorched Spanish red prawn with sake and sesame oil; caviar with lobster jelly and celeriac cream trifle; and Sicilian anchovy spaghetti with panko and sakura shrimp. Given the name of the restaurant, we also have high hopes for the drinks list, with creative cocktails such as the Tipsy Mojito which incorporates elderflower, Hendricks gin and cucumber. Designed by Elevate Limited, the stylish interior includes an open kitchen and a cosy outdoor terrace for balmy weather, along with a private dining room seating up to 10 people.

Tipsy Restaurant & Bar, 1/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong

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Yardbird 2.0 

Queuing for hours at a time for a table at hip yakitori joint Yardbird may soon become a thing of the past with the recent unveiling of the beloved restaurant’s brand new space in Sheung Wan. After six years on Bridges Street, Yardbird 2.0 on Wing Lok Street marks a much-anticipated new chapter for chef-owner Matt Abergel and his dedicated poultry-loving team. Long-time fans can expect the same delicious nose-to-tail yakitori paired with mouthwatering sides, and the addition of new menu sections including rice, udon and fried items highlighting seasonal ingredients.

Other changes include a venue with double the capacity, longer opening hours for dinner, and an extended beverage list of beer and wine, Japanese whisky, and rotating sake on tap. The new space reflects a sleek, modern design created in collaboration with Abergel and designer Sean Dix, reflecting an industrial look with plenty of steel and wood and original artworks by Evan Hecox. Unfortunately, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: Yardbird retains its no-reservations policy, meaning you should still get there early if you’re in the mood for an instant yakitori fix.

Yardbird, 154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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Mugung 

If Korean barbecue is what you’re after instead, make a pit-stop at Mugung this month to enjoy assorted platters of rib-eye, bulgoghi and pork belly in a casual, convivial setting. While Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui have long been destinations for fantastic Korean barbecue, Central has remained relatively bare of traditional grill-your-own-meat joints — until now, that is.

Mugung specialises in premium Hanwoo beef, which is indigenous to Korea and is often compared to Kobe beef, the cream of the crop when it comes to premium beef cuts. The prized Hanwoo meat is known for its intense marbling and strong beef flavour, and can be savoured at Mugung in everything from beef bone soup to traditional barbecue to the Hanwoo tartare, a signature dish where the meat is hand-chopped and mixed together with pine nuts and a delicate egg yolk. Barbecue sets, meanwhile, range from HK$538-1,588 for 2-4 persons, while lunch starts from a reasonable HK$118 for delicious bulgoghi bowls, beef bone soup and bibimbap.

Mugung, 33 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong

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