What to eat and drink at K11 MUSEA
03 Sep 2019
It’s here. Ten years in the making, K11 MUSEA, a 10-storey cultural-retail destination (don’t call it a mall) has opened its doors at Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui, promising ‘the world’s most innovative retail environment’, and a hub for art, culture and commerce.
Naturally, K11 MUSEA is also home to heap of restaurants and cafes. Here’s our pick of MUSEA must-eats.
Greatness attracts greatness. HeyTea, the pioneers of the revolutionary Cheezo Tea (milk tea topped with creamy cheese foam - and don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it) have upped the ante in Hong Kong’s bubble tea game since opening their first outlet in the city earlier this year, and they’ve now set up shop in the pioneering harbourfront destination. In addition to the usual suspects of bubble tea favourites, HeyTea Lab at K11 MUSEA also offers cocktails for those looking for something a little stronger.
HeyTea Lab, Shops 327A & 327C, 3/F; www.heytea.com.
For the better part of 50 years, Singapore’s Chatterbox has become legendary in the Lion City for its seriously delicious take on hawker classics like chicken rice, laksa and char kway teow. The award-winning diner now makes its way to Hong Kong, serving up some of the most authentic takes of the classics this side of Orchard Road - try the salted egg chicken wings, the fragrant scallop laksa, and of course, the classic chicken rice, which uses a secret recipe for its succulent chicken and flavoursome rice.
Chatterbox, Shop B110, B1, +852 2352 2173; www.instagram.com/chatterboxcafehongkong.
While we can’t promise you the queues won’t be as long as the Wan Chai location, we can be pretty confident that Five Guys’ K11 MUSEA outlet will be serving up burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes that are just as good as you know them to be. No word on when yet, but the American burger chain’s second Hong Kong diner will be open soon.
Five Guys, Shops 301B-302, 3/F; www.fiveguys.com.hk.
Carbs have never been this handsome: French baker Gontran Cherrier opens the first Hong Kong branch of his eponymous patisserie at K11 MUSEA this month. Known for its traditional pastries made of flour and butter imported from France and infused with flavours inspired from all over the globe, Cherrier showcases a refreshing take on the classics. Make sure to swing by for their renowned butter croissants.
Gontran Cherrier, Shops B205- B207, B2; www.facebook.com/gontrancherrier/
Fortnum & Mason
Complete with the royal family’s tick of approval, luxury British providores Fortnum & Mason will soon unveil their ever first brick-and-mortar store outside the UK at K11 MUSEA. The 7,000 sq ft space will house a restaurant with sweeping harbour views, and of course stock a wide selection of the 312-year-old brand’s celebrated tea, biscuits, wine and gifts.
Fortnum & Mason, Shops 022-122, G/F; www.fortnumandmason.com.
Calling all caffeine lovers. Founded by actor and artist Moses Chan, Blooms aims to create an environment for social interaction and connection. Offering premium coffee and thoughtful bites in chic and minimalist surrounds, it’s the perfect environment to bring people together (in the way that only coffee does). Wash your cup of java down with signature dishes such as Hokkaido scallop with pickled cucumber on brioche or Boston lobster on brioche.
Blooms Coffee, Shop 221, 2/F, +852 2633 9383; www.instagram.com/bloomscoffee/
Who needs to buy a house when you can have an avocado burger bun instead? Another Hong Kong-first import, London’s Avobar is set to showcase the superfood in all sorts of ways that nobody asked for when it opens this September at K11 MUSEA - from avo toast to avocado desserts and cocktails. They’ve also got a grab and go corner for when you’re craving your avocado but don’t have time to sit in.
Avobar, Shop B201, B2; www.instagram.com/avobar_hk/
Seemingly overnight, Japanese caffeinators % Arabica have established a serious presence in Hong Kong. Their latest venture in the city is perhaps their most ambitious yet: WOM can reveal that they’ve teamed up with superstar Dutch architect Rem Koolhaus for their K11 MUSEA outpost. At Victoria Dockside, % Arabica will offer a range of the brand’s signature coffees out of the Koolhaus-designed Kube, an outdoor, cube-shaped kiosk featuring aluminium panels with an anodised finish that lends the harbour view beside it a distinctive golden filter.
% Arabica, Kube, G/F; www.arabica.coffee
Though the name translates to ‘hidden’ or ‘veiled’, there’s no hiding Velo’s authentic Italian flavours, complete with gorgeous harbour views. Opt for their six-course tasting menu ($688) including classics such as spaghetti all’aragosta con pangrattato alle erbe mediterranee (that’s lobster spaghetti to you and me) and basil panna cotta, or indulge in the heavenly caviar seafood buffet dinner ($698, plus a choice of main).
Velo, Shop 103, 1/F, +852 2117 0983; www.instagram.com/veloristorante/
For a quick grab-and-go, check out Ten-Musubi for some Japanese omusubi (rice balls), the third Hong Kong branch of the Japanese chain. With a focus on quality, Ten-Musubi doesn’t play around with their ingredients sent directly from Japan, including premium Koshihkari rice from Niigata.
Ten-Musubi, Shop 37, 38, B201, B2, www.facebook.com/TenMusubi/
From the land of the rising sun, Michelin 1-star omakase restaurant Tominokoji Yamagishi’s distinct style of Kyoto cha-kaiseki (a special meal served in a traditional tea ceremony) is setting in Hong Kong. At K11 MUSEA, Tominokoji Yamagishi will stay true to its roots of balancing taste, texture, appearance and colour, with a dining experience that will stimulate all five senses. The enormous sea urchin hand roll - constructed with a dozen pieces of uni layered on vinegared rice and wrapped in a large piece of crispy seaweed - is our pick for a new Hong Kong cult favourite.
Tominokoji Yamagishi, Shop 506, 5/F; www.tominokoji-yamagishi.com
One of our favourite cold-press juice outlets in the city, Gough Street’s Dama is being upgraded to a vegetarian cafe at the new K11 MUSEA. A big advocate for sustainable eating, Dama offers delicious and nutritious foods that are non-GMO, protein-loaded with minimal saturated fat and cholesterol and no hormones added. It houses a wide selection of vegetarian dishes like Asian-style burritos and soups as well as vegan ice creams.
Dama, Shop 411, 4/F, +852 9527 2033; www.instagram.com/damajuice/
Here’s the latest buzz: Hong Kong’s favourite afternoon treat is getting kaleidoscopic. At BubbleBee, it’s a case of choose your own egg-venture as you can top your freshly cooked egg waffle with any number of fun toppings. It’s good for the soul and even better for the ‘gram.
BubbleBee, Food Playground, B2
Samjin Amook Express
Satisfy your fishcake cravings (don’t [email protected] us) at the newly opened Samjin Amook Express outlet at K11 MUSEA. Amook (fishcake) has long been an integral part of Korean cuisine, and the country’s oldest fishcake brand honours this tradition with classic flavours and contemporary renditions, like their innovative ‘hotdog’ fish cakes.
Samjin Amook Express, Unit 13, Shop B201, B2; www.instagram.com/samjinamookexpresshk/
Garaku Soup Curry
Spice up your life! The cooler months are nearly upon us so why not warm up at Garaku Soup Curry, opening soon at K11 MUSEA and another celebrated import from Japan. Offering a variety of signature Hokkaido soup curry (reckoned to be some of the best in the land), Garaku serves up bomb curry to heat things up. For those that can’t take the heat, you can customise your spice level to your liking.
Garaku Soup Curry, Shop 401A, 4/F; www.facebook.com/Garaku-Soup-Curry-Hokkaido-Hong-Kong
KiKi Noodle Bar
Quickly following the success of Kiki Noodle Bar’s first Hong Kong outlet in ifc mall (which only opened a couple of months ago) is a brand-new branch at Victoria Dockside. A modern fusion of Sichuan and Taiwanese cuisine, the cult favourite is home to natural, healthy sun-dried and handmade noodles (with no MSG or additives) and bubble teas made from natural ingredients. Commemorating the new opening are K11 MUSEA-exclusive dishes like deep fried bean curd noodle in tomato soup and red and white fish ball ($98) and roasted vegan chicken with assorted vegetables noodles ($98), as well as drinks such as fresh lime wintermelon tea with aiyu jelly ($32) and wintermelon milk tea with brown sugar pearls ($38), which is the hottest drink in Taiwan right now. The site also houses a takeaway kiosk for bbt on the go.
KiKi Noodle Bar, Shop 406, 4/F; www.instagram.com/kikinoodlebarhk/.
All images are courtesy of K11 MUSEA and the respective restaurants and cafes.