Hong Kong’s rapidly gentrifying Sheung Wan district is no stranger to new and hyped ‘up-and-coming’ restaurants; indeed in just the past few months the area has seen a slew of excellent additions including two LUXE favourites,Chachawan and Upper Modern Bistro. But unlike its slightly brashier neighbours, another new face has been holding court quietly and elegantly at the lower end of New Street since August, and in the months since has fast established its glowing reputation among local residents and culinary watchers alike.
Shelter Lounge isn’t helmed by a big name chef, nor is it offering particularly innovative fare, but its popular appeal comes instead from its simplicity, where tasty seasonal dishes are executed marvellously and consistently in a bright and airy, contemporary bi-level space. By day, set lunches offer soup, salad, meat, pasta and risotto combos; dinnertime sees charcuterie plates, scallop ceviche, heirloom tomato salad, braised short ribs and devastatingly succulent pork belly served with celery root and pickled apple; and weekend brunch is a triumph of traditional favourites like eggs Florentine with smoked salmon, and brioche French toast alongside more adventurous plates like the Portobello burger with truffle mayonnaise. A colourful roster of smoothies and juices makes for health-conscious accompaniment, or you can nip to the next door wine store for BYO sips. Understated brilliance.
G/F-1/F / Universal Bldg / 5-13 New St / Sheung Wan / +852 2517 6211 / noon-11pm Tue-Fri, from 10am Sat-Sun, closed Mon / shelterlounge.com.hk