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Hong Kong Restaurant Buzz: Down and Dirty Ramen, Star Chef Openings, More

Big-name
international chefs continue to set up shop here with Michael White opening Al Molo in Tsim
Sha Tsui this month. Restaurateur Alan Yau of London’s
Hakkasan and Wagamama teamed up with Andre Fu to create Bettys, a refined European bistro in the
harborside IFC Mall.

French
cuisine is making a comeback, after last year’s mania for Italian. A handful of
new bistros: La Marmite,
the latest venture by the Aqua group; the cozy Bouchon in Soho;
and Chez Patrick Deli in the trendy
Star Street area of Wanchai. Opening next month is The News Room by the Press Room group,
which runs the popular Press Room,
The Pawn, and Classified restaurants.

Hong
Kongers don’t mind queuing up for their food. … Diners
are literally lining up for Butao Ramen, a cubby-hole of a noodle shop that
serves only 200 bowls of pork-bone soup a day. Ramen shops with cult status
have been opening in China and
Singapore as well.

Finally,
part of the local-goes-upmarket trend, Cantopop,
a collaboration between two New
York
Italian transplants and a Hong
Kong
chef, opened in April. It re-imagines the humble cha chaa teng,
the city’s take on the coffeeshop. (Think the fabulous 1960’s diners in Wong
Kar Wai’s movies.)

Jennifer
Chen is
Travel
+ Leisure's Asia correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at xiaochen6.

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