Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
Mezzanine Level, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Good British grub was one thing Hong Kong was lacking when Gordon Ramsay opened Bread Street Kitchen & Bar in September 2014. A replica of the original in London, the Hong Kong outpost was the celebrity chef’s first ever restaurant in Asia, and unsurprisingly, an instant hit.
Whether the cuisine finally satisfied a local craving, or Hong Kongers just wanted a piece of the notoriously temperamental yet charismatic chef, there’s no denying that shepherd’s pie, fish ‘n’ chips, and beef Wellington have found a permanent spot at Hong Kong’s dining table.
Brought to fruition through a collaboration with local restaurant group, Dining Concepts, Bread Street Kitchen is situated on the mezzanine level of the old Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, right in the thrumming heart of the city’s dining and nightlife scene. Though the larger-than-life chef isn’t found behind the pass day-to-day (he looks after more than 25 restaurants worldwide), a buzzing restaurant vibe and quintessential British menu make you feel right at home in Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen.
To execute the menu of British classics, the TV star enlisted one of his company’s veterans, Gareth Packham, to helm the Hong Kong outpost. Gareth began his career with Gordon Ramsay Group at the age of 22, leading a team of 35 chefs at the Savoy Grill in London. He spent the next seven years honing his skills in London, while also travelling extensively through Spain, France and Australia to further his cooking skills.
At Bread Street Kitchen, Gareth dishes up the celebrity chef’s signature British European fare with finesse, upgrading the classics to deliver an elevated version of traditional British pub grub.
Take the rich and hearty shepherd’s pie, a bed of juicy braised lamb and vegetables topped with a thick layer of potato mash, baked to a delicate golden brown and served up in a cast-iron skillet. Or the spiced chicken wings – a typical pub dish that’s been given a modern makeover with the unique flavouring of tamarind, which nudges it into Southeast Asian territory. The sticky, sweet, tangy glaze coats a wonderfully crispy skin, encasing tender and juicy meat.
Seafood and salads also feature on the menu, meaning you can sidestep fried pub grub in favour of a lighter dinner. There’s slow-cooked octopus served with chorizo and spiced eggplant, sesame-seared tuna, and poached turbot with lobster and clams in a rich shellfish jus. Salads are just as satisfying, from sweet and tangy beetroots with a goat’s cheese mix, to a superfoods-packed quinoa salad with roasted apple, avocado and fennel.
The casual, bistro-style concept of Bread Street Kitchen lends itself well to dropping by for a drink and some nibbles at any time of day. The spacious venue accommodates 90 with plenty of options for seating, including an interactive bar area, booth seating outfitted in cheery shades of yellow, and window tables overlooking the bustling action of Lan Kwai Fong below.
Steps away from Central’s hottest nightclubs and bars, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is ideal for kicking off your night with a cocktail or two and a stomach lined with proper British gastropub fare before seeing what the night has in store.