In a fast-paced city, such as Hong Kong, knowing where the trendiest and recently opened venues are can be a struggle. This video unveils five hidden locations in Asia’s World City, for the adventurous and early adopters to discover.
The first location on the list is Fu Lu Shou, a quirky Chinese eatery and bar, situated on Hollywood Road, Central. To get inside, visitors need to plan in advance in order to find the door and get the four-digit security code off the company’s facebook page. Once inside and a after a short ride on the lift to the top floor, visitors will be greeted by statues of the three gods that Fu Lu Shou is named after. The bar’s signature cocktails have been inspired from traditional Chinese ingredients, such as Haam Ling Chut made with Salted Lemon and preserved Mandarin, but the food menu centres on the idea of traditional Chinese cuisine that the public expect outside of China, appealing to the nostalgia of those from Western countries.
For visitors who like to be the first person to recommend an area, there is Kennedy Town. Formerly a residential suburb, the district has become the new ‘it’ place for wining and dining due to a sharp increase in the number of restaurants and bars opening in the area, in anticipation of the recently opened MTR (subway) expansion.
Visitors wanting to be a part of the foodie revolution should visit French restaurant, Bistronomique offering a fine dining experience with a great view of the harbour. Another choice is a funky fusion restaurant, Missy Ho’s, hidden away nearer to the MTR station for contemporary Japanese fusion cuisine.
Keeping west on Hong Kong Island, is the district of Sai Ying Pun. Also benefiting from the new MTR expansion on the West Island Line, the area has also seen new restaurants and bars open, one being Ping Pong 129 Ginoteria. Upon entering the building, guests walk down a short staircase and arrive into a vast open space that once housed a Ping Pong warehouse.
Behind the bar, bartenders chisel large cubes of ice for their signature Gin and Tonics, served in the traditional Spanish chalice. Whilst the atmosphere is electric, the speakeasy also allows guests to sit and relax.
Next on the list is the Police Married Quarters, now known simply as PMQ. Back in 1951, this large space was once home to the families of the Hong Kong Police, and has now been converted into a cultural hub for artists, designers and restaurateurs.
A few highlights of the space include Kapok, a shop with a focus on Hong Kong designers specialising in accessories, contemporary fine arts gallery Art Projects, and UK chef, Jason Atherton’s third restaurant in Hong Kong, Aberdeen Street Social.
The final place can be found whilst walking down the quiet side street of Pound Lane in Sheung Wan. Visitors will come across, a large window display of wooden stamps underneath the sign Mr. Ming’s Stamp Shop, giving no clue that this is the hip speakeasy restaurant of the moment, Mrs. Pound. Guests must find the secret switch to open the door and enter the neon-lit restaurant, filled with pictures of the fictional character Mrs. Pound.
The unique restaurant serves simple, but well executed dishes of Asian cuisine, including Bulgogi Pork Belly Skewers and Sriracha Street corn. But the cocktails have also received wide praise, in particular their signature, classic negroni served in a tea cup, just how the fictional Mrs. Pound used to drink it.