If you’re working hard to maintain that summer body, look away now. A new crop of restaurants has swept across the territory to test even the strongest-willed.
It’s practically game over for fans of Japanese cuisine, with Honjo, TMK and Bijin Nabe representing the triple threat. Avoid Sheung Wan if you don’t want to be sucked into Honjo. Four themed rooms will feature generous sushi platters, melt-in-your-mouth sashimi, crispy tempura and a variety of hot dishes. Next door, TMK is a grungy ‘temakeria’ with fist-sized temaki hand rolls and overflowing cups of sake for nights of boisterous fun. If you prefer your Japanese food in hotpot form, Kwun Tong’s Bijin Nabe is the answer: it’s the Hong Kong debut of the brand, which has stormed across Japan and Singapore with its collagen-rich chicken ‘beauty stock’.
Get your fix of Bangkok street food at Sip Song – Thai Eatery & Bar in Repulse Bay’s The Pulse. Pork neck skewers, steamed mullet in a chilli lime broth, and hanger steak fried noodles won’t help your waistline – but your soul is sure to be nourished.
If your palette is more swayed by European flavours, you’ve not escaped temptation. Kinship in Central is a casual family eatery celebrating sustainable ingredients, from carrots home-grown in the New Territories to fresh salmon from the Faroe Islands.
Also in Central, chef Paolo Monti’s Isola hosts a new series of regional dinners showcasing the distinct flavours of Italy, from Trentino in the north to Puglia in the southeast (through 29 September).
Rajasthan Rifles in the Peak Galleria salutes a 1920s Anglo-Indian mess hall. Try historic fusion dishes from chicken tikka chaat on bloomer bread to smoky plates of goat seekh kebabs. (You could always assuage some of that caloric guilt by hiking up to the Peak before you chow down.)
Sommelier-led European restaurant Somm has debuted at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Think Tasmanian salmon confit, grilled Japanese pork and raspberry mille-feuilles to end.
More decadent treats await at The Sweet Fashion House, a dessert boutique with locations in Causeway Bay and the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Master pâtissier Gaël Majchrzak has taken colour as the inspiration behind his new summer collection. A glamorous fuchsia cake features red berries, pistachio and handmade strawberry jam. Or will you choose the sunshine-hued passion fruit, lime and coconut creation?
Come at us, winter bod – we surrender.