With a brand new MTR station, Southside’s industrial outpost is all linked up. We find out if it’s worth the ride.
The Butchers Club Private Kitchen
The Butchers Club is a household name in Hong Kong, with locations in Quarry Bay, Central and TST. To enjoy your grub in a more private setting, this recently opened venue could be for you. Groups of up to 16 diners can enjoy the signature Big Beef Experience menu – the main event here is the custom-dry aged steak (in-house), rounded off with a dessert and cheeseboard. 13/F, Unit C, Sun Ying Industrial Centre, 9 Tin Wan Close, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, 2552 8281.
Originally a private kitchen launched six years ago by chef Maria Bizri, Pomegranate Kitchen now serves lunch throughout the week. Bizri mixes dishes learnt in her grandparents’ Mediterranean kitchen with inspiration gathered from her travels through the Middle East and Asia. Enjoy a light lunch or heartier fare, including slow-cooked chermoula lamb, saffron and sumac chicken, succulent vine leaves and pistachio and orange blossom meringues. Mon-Fri 12.30-3pm, 4B, 44 Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, 2580 0663.
Elephant Grounds Coffee + Kitchen
The coffee connoisseurs of the strip, these guys know their stuff when it comes to your daily caffeine fix. “We use the best and freshest beans available – it needs to be constantly monitored,” comments their head barista. Add to this a constantly changing daily lunch menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and mains, all served up in a funky, airy venue – and you’ve got one cool coffee cafe. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat closed, Sun 9am-5.30pm, 1/F The Factory, No 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, 2562 9000.
This unusually named cafe certainly cooks with good intentions – its dishes are MSG-free and vegetarian. Tasty food at competitive prices make this a go-to lunch destination – there are only ten seats in the tiny venue so get in early or be prepared to queue (they also offer takeaway). There are main dishes of pastas and risottos, and for a few extra dollars you can dine in style with a soup, bread, salad or drink on top. Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-3pm, Sun closed, 25/F, Kingley Industrial Building, 35 Yip Kan Street, Wong Chuk Hang, 2874 1960.
Combining a private kitchen with a gallery, this unique space blends both fine dining and an immersive art experience. Beginning March 20 the gallery will host a solo exhibition of new paintings by New Zealand-born artist Euan Macleod, inspired by a trip to China’s Yellow Mountains. The five-course menu this month features a pork loin wrapped in Guanciale ham, a pasta course of ravioli with pesto sauce and ricotta cheese, Sicilian calamari and cherry tomatoes, a main course of breaded veal tenderloin and a creamy homemade tiramisu to finish off. A group of ten guests or a minimum spending are required. 16/F, Suite A Kwai Bo Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Hang, 2805 8555.
Mum Veggie + Coffee + Sweet
This cute vegetarian cafe does exactly what it says on the tin – tasty veggie dishes with coffee and sweet, no doubt aimed at all those mums keeping fit or dropping off pre-schoolers in the area. The rough and ready fit-out – think eclectic mix of furniture and exposed ceilings – juxtapositions nicely against the swish sophistication of host building One Island South. Drop in for vitamin-loaded salads, noodles, dumplings, plus vegan cakes and sweets. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat closed, Sun 8am-5pm, G/F One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, 2115 3348.
A fresh and tempting, ever-changing menu of salads, sandwiches, soups, toasties, and pancakes. All items are discarded if they haven’t been snapped up after two hours. The venue also offers sophisticated private dining options and venue hire, and has a cute rooftop garden nestled amongst the industrial skyline. Mary Poppins eat your heart out. Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm, 22D, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, 3462 2951.
You can’t beat family-favourite Pizza Express for a fun and relaxed lunch. Serving up some great pizzas, salads and mains, there’s something for everyone on their menu. The Kids Menu remains a firm favourite for little gourmands across the territory, including perennial favourites such as nutella dough balls and babycinos. The Wong Chuk Hang venue opened last year and is handily located directly opposite the MTR exits. 11am-10pm, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 3585 8598.