Bites Of Distinction
Crave|December 2017
Bites Of Distinction

Exciting, fast-paced, dynamic… these descriptors are often associated with the ever-evolving culinary landscape of Hong Kong and Macau.

Nicole Hurip and Iris Wong

This year saw a surge in new dining destinations and drinking establishments, as well as plenty of revamps and relaunches. We identify four of the most notable culinary trends of 2017, and ask five industry insiders to predict next year’s.

So what makes a great meal? For us, it comes down to great chefs, fresh ingredients, delicious food and attentive service. With this in mind, our editorial team travelled far and wide on gastronomic expeditions to seek out the best places to eat and drink in the city for Crave’s annual Bites of Distinction awards.

Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate the most exceptional restaurants, cafes and bars in Hong Kong and Macau. Awarded in 20 categories, based on cuisine, our winners have delivered consistently excellent dining experiences.

Bites of Recognition, introduced last year, acknowledges restaurants and bars that, despite not making our final list, are still worth visiting.

Heartiest congratulations to our winners. Our taste buds cannot wait for what’s to come next year. Happy holidays!

NOW AND THEN

What’s hot and what’s next in Hong Kong’s F&B scene.

COFFEE

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

While Hong Kong’s cafe culture is nothing like that of Melbourne or Seoul, coffee shops have sprouted up all around the city in the past year. These places are serious about their beans, brewing techniques and baristas. Urban Coffee Roaster and % Arabica have both opened their third location, the former on Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, and the latter in ifc mall. Awardwinning barista Dawn Chan has been drawing in crowds to Amber Coffee Brewery, while Mr. S.Y. Punti's speciality brews, served in a modern cha chaan teng setting, is popular with both locals and expats alike. Caffeine addicts are definitely not short of options.

OMAKASE

Oishii Omakase

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December 2017