The Best Hong Kong Restaurants Now Open For Lunch
With restaurants unable to operate dine-ins until at least January 6, 2021, we're detailing the venues that have introduced new lunch hours to offer diners the opportunity to drop in during the day
Times are tough for the F&B industry with another wave of Covid-19 measures that limit their service hours, prompting many to pivot to takeaways in the evening or start offering lunch in lieu of dine-in dinners after 6:00pm. Below is our list of the top Hong Kong restaurants—previously only open at dinner—that have made the change, giving diners a chance to experience their cooking during the day. As always, we encourage everyone dining out to take precautions, practice good hygiene, and to avoid going to restaurants or other public places if they are feeling unwell or have been around others who have been ill themselves.
Simon Rogan’s experimental kitchen, previously open for dinner only, is now operating lunch from Tuesday to Saturday (one seating Tuesday to Friday and two seatings on Saturday), serving a menu priced at HK$880 per person that includes new dishes such as pigeon, red cabbage and blackberry; and earl grey custard tart with bitter orange. The restaurant remains closed on Sunday and Monday. Don't forget that Roganic is operating extended lunch service as well until further notice.
Previously only open for dinner, this popular destination for comfort food done with a fine dining spin is great in the daytime, too. Signatures such as cold angel hair pasta with Kristal caviar and kombu feature on the set lunch as well as a Mayura beef steak frites and freshly baked madeleines. If you want to have the restaurant's most popular dish of roasted chicken with pilaf rice, it's on the takeaway menu.
Black Sheep Restaurants
Most Black Sheep Restaurants are opening through the day to allow guests the opportunity to dine before the 6:00pm cut-off point, and during the fourth wave there have been a few venues operating lunch for the first time. Highlights include Fukuro's new teishoku lunch, a simple but satisfying set where you can choose from dishes such as chirashi don, spicy chicken karaage and beef kalbi which are accompanied by rice, pickles, salad, spinach ohitashi and miso soup. Iconic modern Chinese kitchen Ho Lee Fook is also open for lunch for the first time, with chef Jowett Yu bringing his whole a la carte menu forward into the daytime. Taqueria Super Macho are now also open in the day from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, serving their signature array of tacos and ceviches.
Find out more about Black Sheep Restaurants' festive happenings
One of this year’s hottest new openings, which has been booked out at dinner for the last few months, is now open for lunch. The new hours are 12:00pm to 6:00pm with last orders at 4:30pm. You can order a la carte, while takeaway and delivery are available daily from 12:00pm to 9:00pm
One of Hong Kong’s best bars with a great food menu, The Diplomat is open in the daytime to serve lunch from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, with items including the iconic burger as well as truffled mac and cheese, croque madame and Nugent’s Nuggets. Diners can also order the bar's signature bottled cocktails to takeaway. Newly introduced in the fourth wave is The Three-Martini Lunch served on Fridays and Saturdays, where diners can enjoy three mini martinis for HK$100.
Mingoo Kang’s restaurant is open for lunch from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (last order at 1:00pm) and 2:30pm to 5:00pm (last order at 4:00pm) Monday to Saturday. The restaurant is offering a festive lunch menu featuring dishes such as pine nut and barley porridge, crab and caviar; the restaurant's iconic samgye chicken risotto; and a sea urchin and Hanwoo steak bibimbap with seasonal vegetables. The menu is priced at HK$888 for five courses or HK$1,288 for the full seven courses.
Kinship is serving weekday lunches, with both sets and a la carte available. New during the fourth wave is a promotion where diners seated from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Monday to Friday who order a minimum of one main course per person from the a la carte menu can enjoy complimentary free-flow drinks (sparkling wine, white wine, red wine, beer, and spirits and mixers). On the weekend, when Kinship serve a brunch menu from 11:30am to 6:00pm, diners can add HK$98 per hour of free-flow drinks.
Freshly opened since December 12, The Hari's signature Italian restaurant Lucciola is naturally kicking off with lunch service. A set lunch menu is available at HK$198 for two courses and HK$298 for three courses, inclusive of tea or coffee, and features dishes such as vitello tonato; Apulian burrata, Vesuvian tomato Datterino, basil, extra virgin olive oil; penne with burnt bell pepper ragout, ‘nduja sauce and dry sheep ricotta; and porcini mushroom pizza, with Robiola Di Roccaverano cheese and spring onions.
Tate Dining Room
Vicky Lau only introduced weekend lunches in 2020, and since the third wave she extended the restaurant’s offering with lunch served from Tuesday to Saturday between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Her latest menu is Ode To Festive, a six-course celebration priced at HK$1,500 per person with dishes such as Ode To Scallop (smoky Hokkaido scallop with jerusalem artichoke and creamy scallop and caviar sauce); Ode To Venison (spiced oil confit vension with peppercorn sauce and aubergine); and Ode To Walnut (walnut sesame soufflé with raspberry coulis or blue cheese mousse) with wine pairings available from HK$480 for three glasses.
This story was originally published on 16 July 2020 and updated on 22 December 2020