“There’s one thing to be said about Black Sheep Restaurants – they don’t seem to shy away from experimenting with super-niche cuisines. And the Anglo-Indian cuisine on offer at one of their latest restaurants, Rajasthan Rifles, is as niche as it gets.”
Many say that ambience is just as important as the actual food at a restaurant, and we think that Rajasthan Rifles gets perfect scores in both respects. The expert storytelling that has spun a colonial background into the eatery’s nostalgic menu makes for an unforgettable dining experience.
"What Taqueria Super Macho does is offer up something a little different in our restaurant-saturated city. The well-researched, laid-back vibe is perfect for any day of the week, its flavours are big and its prices are right."
Hong Kong’s superstar restaurant group has swept in for a heroic effort at giving the city the taqueria it deserves — “one for the fans,” according to Black Sheep Restaurants co-founder Christopher Mark.
The 11th edition of the gastro guide was revealed this afternoon at an event honouring the biggest talents in the restaurant industry. New one-star additions include French restaurant Belon, as well as New Punjab Club, the first Pakistani restaurant to win a star in Hong Kong.
"The Greek concept is a first for the local restaurant group. The new 50-seat restaurant is separated into two adjacent shop fronts, each representing the legendary Greek god and goddess. Designed by Sean Dix, the interiors pay tribute to a traditional Greek taverna with domed ceilings over the dining room equipped with an open courtyard at the back for al fresco options."
"The atmosphere at Canton Disco is every bit as energetic and opulent as the surrounding EDITION hotel. This restaurant pays tribute to the infamous Kowloon discotheque of the same name — Hong Kong’s quasi-answer to Studio 54 — with an uproarious 80s soundtrack and setting reminiscent of a banqueting hall hopped up on acid. But whereas the atmosphere is wonderfully ridiculous, Canton Disco’s cuisine — traditional Cantonese fare executed using premium produce — is precise and sophisticated."
"Go-to Neapolitan pizzeria, Motorino, is already a popular spot for families, but now there’s another reason for little diners to head there, as the Wan Chai branch is now offering children’s pizza parties where mini-chefs can create their own masterpiece using the restaurant’s wide variety of traditional Italian toppings."
Featuring New Punjab Club and Motorino.
"This post-Colonial inspired Punjabi restaurant serves up street food favourites elevated with premium ingredients and refined plating in a jovial and lively atmosphere."
"Motorino is famous in particular for their tasty Brussels Sprout pizza. Before your turn your nose up, it might sound like a weird combination – and usually the best pizzas are – but believe us when we say it’s truly delicious."
"Burger Circus brings in crowds for its juicy burgers, cute vintage aesthetic, and of course, its shakes. With its diner-style vibe, shakes at Burger Circus are served in a tall glass with a cherry on top, so it serves Hong Kong well for an Instagrammable photo-op."
"An Argentinian steakhouse styled as an Edwardian Era ‘elite members-only’ club, Buenos Aires Polo Club is a cosy yet elegant venue to tuck into some juicy steaks."
"Warm and inviting, La Vache’s Parisian bistro-inspired décor, seen in its red leather seats and colourful wall murals depicting the Seine and a French opera theatre, makes it ideal for romantic meals."
"The famed New York pizza chain's first outing in Hong Kong has proven to be a successful one, serving up a stripped back menu of classic pizzas (along with a couple of delicious oddities). If you're getting bored of your margherita, opt for Motorino’s prosciutto di parma pie as the saltiness of the ham balances out the scorched crust flavours and adds an extra layer to the dish."
"Expect a more formal experience at Buenos Aires Polo Club compared to the rest of the establishments on this list, with proper and somewhat ceremonious service. The heavy morcilla is an Argentinian specialty you might want to try here, or the unctuous grilled bone marrow with oxtail-Malbec jam. If you’re not hot on the meat, go for the fully loaded baked sweet potato with sour cream and Manchego cheese."
"It is always exciting to see what Black Sheep Restaurants are going to do next. And they do not disappoint with Fukuro, their 18th eatery in Hong Kong. This modern izakaya, which is next door to Ho Lee Fook, is the group’s first Japanese venue."
"Despite being better known for its restaurant, the bar at Buenos Aires Polo Club deserves its share of the spotlight. A classy place to sip a well-made drink, there’s a particularly good range of fernet cocktails on offer as well some surprisingly good non-alcoholic ‘teetotallers’. Thursday night’s Buenos Aires Rock Club event is also not to be missed."
"With high-quality food and drinks and well-managed concept, Fukuro has proven an early success in the neighbourhood. As one of Black Sheep’s strongest openings to date, it has the potential to be the hottest destination on this side of Elgin Street since Ho Lee Fook."
"My meal at Le Garçon Saigon was so fresh and green, it was easy to convince myself that I was having an assortment of salads for dinner. I love how Chef La pushes the boundaries of exotic Vietnamese flavours on his never-ending quest to innovate and make Vietnamese food interesting."
Osteria Marzia is certainly a welcome addition to Wan Chai’s eclectic culinary mix, and its small but carefully curated menu is testament to the focus and mastery behind each dish. There are no showy or unnecessary bells and whistles here – just elevated and excellent versions of classic dishes, where quality ingredients take centre stage.
A Hong Kong-born Punjabi, Hussain has revealed NPC to be his biggest passion project yet: It's inspired by The Punjab Club, the private social and athletic club in Lahore where Hussain spent his childhood; as well as a nod to Hussain's father, a restaurateur who operated The Mughal Room in Hong Kong in the '80s. This emotional attachment may have been the catalyst for aiming to set the bar even higher with this latest opening: Without question, New Punjab Club is one of Black Sheep's most thoughtfully curated venues to date.
In Hong Kong, it can get pretty tricky to separate the Indian and Pakistani restaurants that will actually satisfy your cravings from the otherwise average offerings you happen to come across on the street. Say hello to Black Sheep Restaurants’ newly-opened New Punjab Club, which is looking to introduce the boisterous spirit of Punjab to Hong Kong with a refined flair. So what exactly is Punjabi cuisine?
“Calvert has been tasked with cooking whatever he wishes to as long as it is “inherently excellent”. The result is a delectable marriage of premium fresh produce and French-inspired flavours, albeit with a more modern and unique interpretation.”
"We start with home-made country-style bread with butter, which we could not stop eating. It is how bread should be made, warm and soft in the middle and hard and crusty on the outside."