New gastropub Hungry Pal blissfully goes against the grain, offering late-night comfort fare and a laid back vibe in the heart of Soho.
Say what you will about Hong Kong’s dining scene, it tends to be an earlier scene. The Spaniards aren’t even dressed for dinner by the time many of the city’s kitchens are closing, which can make finding a meal that’s not wrapped in tin foil a little tricky. Until now.
Opening on Lower Elgin Street in the heart of Soho, Hungry Pal is just as it sounds – a welcoming new spot that’s unfussy, laid back and open late. The creations of a trio of seasoned, media-shy hospitality workhorses, Hungry Pal is a gastropub that’s big on flavour and small on formality, which is a welcomed change from the lavish, headline-grabbing kitchens that seem to dominate Hong Kong Island.
So what to expect? The launch menu is packed with comfort classics, like the Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Cajun Fried Chicken – available as a half or a whole – grilled salmon with peppered couscous and beetroot vinaigrette; and Caprese Salad with pillowy burrata, heirloom tomatos, and yuzu pearls.
You’ll also drink well at the new venue, with underappreciated classics like the Martinez lovingly nudged into the limelight shoulder-to-shoulder with innovations like the Oolong Sour, with gin-infused Oolong milk tea and homemade orange cordial.
There are times to be fancy, and there are times when you just want to chill out, grab a bite in a welcoming ambience, and let the night take you where it will. Hungry Pal sounds like the place.
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