48 Forbes St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kon
+852 2817 3808
While you might enter Missy Ho’s unsure of the venue namesake’s identity, chances are you’ll be well acquainted with it by the time you leave. After sampling the Asian-fusion fare and creative cocktails inside this eclectic restaurant, you might even leave feeling like old friends.
Missy Ho’s is yet another notch on the belt of the talented team behind Castelo Concepts. Hidden from the street, the venue offers a pleasant surprise to all who enter its doors. Whether you stumble upon it accidentally, or intentionally seek it out, you’ll be rewarded with an eye-catching assortment of decor.
The colourful space is reminiscent of a warehouse thrift store. It’s a treasure trove of plush animal hats, playing cards, tin wall hangings and antique ceramics. Wicker bird cages hang in front of black and white photographs while flowers break up the selection of spirits on wooden shelves behind the bar.
Once your eyes have adjusted to the excitement that is Missy Ho’s, grab a seat and prepare to sample some of the city’s best fusion food. Each dish is listed on a simple postcard-sized menu, which progresses from
salad to satay and sushi rolls with ease.
Order a serve of the kingfish jalapeno carpaccio for a clean and spicy snack, or try the signature blackened silver cod taco topped with sweet miso dressing, apricot and crunchy coleslaw. The salt and pepper cuttlefish and Hawaiian-style popcorn prawns are equally tasty treats if you want a complete seafood feast. Perhaps meat is more up your alley? The pork and leek gyoza are deliciously crispy on the bottom and pleasantly juicy on the inside, and are a great way to introduce your tastebuds to Missy Ho’s. Move on and savour the smoky sanshoo braised pork short rib, before finishing with a plate of chicken avocado rolls – the creaminess of the avocado excellently accompanies the crispy fried chicken hidden inside the rice.
Dessert is also a noteworthy affair here, with the sumptuous date and caramel chocolate pudding a great end to a meal on a cold winter evening. For a fruity finish, opt for the delightful half-baked Okinawan strawberry crumble instead, with its delicate balance of tart and sweet.
After your meal, stay on for a drink or two and continue to explore the creative surrounds, from the costume chest filled with various props to the swing set that unfolds from the ceiling after hours. The drinks list offers a selection of wine and sake, but the cocktails shine the brightest. For something a bit different, try the Last Samurai: a mouth-puckering blend of sake, basil, pineapple, plum wine, citrus fruit juice and lemongrass syrup.
Whatever you order, you can rest assured that it will be crafted with the same fun and creative spirit that’s shared among the staff and the space. At Missy Ho’s, it’s all about serving up a good time, and all are welcome to stay and revel in the night. After a few hours, you’ll realise that, whoever Missy Ho is, she’s someone you want to keep around.