UPDATE: Cantopo closed in this location in 2011. The owners are currently searching for a new space.
From an Indagare Insider based in Hong Kong: “Margaret Xu, the chef behind Yin Yang just opened Cantopop and the restaurant has been getting a lot of attention.” Xu and her Cantopop business partner Todd Darling (who is behind the Italian restaurant Posto Pubblico) are both huge pushers of organic, locally sourced, sustainable cuisine, still in its infancy in Hong Kong. The restaurant focuses on an eclectic cha chan tang menu, mixing typical Hong Kong–style and Western-style dishes. The interior is contemporary and fun with cartoon-style wall art.
Classified Mozzarella Bar
In a great location for those exploring the antiques shops of Hollywood Road, this Italian eatery is like the Obika of Hong Kong, with delicious mozzarella dishes, homemade breads and filling pastas. All is served in a bright space, lined with shelves holding wine, that would not feel out of place in London or New York.
One of the city’s best private kitchens, TBLS is headed by Que Vinh Dang, who has worked in New York (at Union Pacific and Town) as well as at Hong Kong’s Bo Innovation. This twelve-table restaurant showcases the chef’s passion for a variety of cuisines and food preparation. The menu is market-driven and changes frequently. Reservations are a must and can be made three months in advance.
From Brantley Turner Bradley of China Prep:
“Real Cantonese hole-in-the-wall with great food. Ask the hotel concierge to help you pre-order your menu when you book. They have two seatings (6:30 and 8:30). They will fax you a menu (in Chinese) and taxi directions. It’s best to go with a group of four to six, but we have been with only three and ordered as though we were six to try different dishes. (Best to bring your own wine.)”
TIP: Go for dinner but be sure to reserve one of the few tables.
Fantastic Shanghai cuisine in a sexy modern dining room. There are branches in Tokyo and Shanghai and rumors that more will open in the West. Delicious dim sum, which is ideal for a festive lunch.