Newly opened in Central – modern Vietnamese cuisine and cocktails in vibrant & characterful setting
June 22nd, 2015
Update July 9th, 2016: VIET KITCHEN has closed permanently
Introducing a refreshing new dining concept to Hong Kong’s Central business district, Viet Kitchen recently opened in a street level corner space at the Nexxus Building on Connaught Road. Conceived by highly-regarded Vietnamese chef Peter Cuong Franklin, well known locally as the culinary inspiration behind the vibrant Chom Chom eatery and bar in SOHO, at Viet Kitchen he takes his innovative approach to modern Vietnamese cuisine to the next level with a polished restaurant and bar experience. His newly developed menu features authentic Vietnamese dishes, elevated with culinary influences from across South East Asia, and served for both lunch and dinner in a casual but chic setting that evokes the experience of typical downtown Hanoi and HCMC eateries. Adjacent to the lobby entrance of the restaurant, take-out counter Viet Baguette offers in-house freshly baked banh mi-style baguettes and freshly brewed Vietnamese coffee for the busy lunchtime office crowds.
Designed with an uncommon spaciousness for Central eateries, Viet Kitchen exudes a relaxed vibe with its neutral palette of soft greys and blond timbers. Seating options include comfortable booth settings and well-spaced tables, while counter seats at the central island bar are good for single diners or casual drinks. The open kitchen spans the rear of the room – while a further adjacent space overlooking the side street provides semi-private dining options for small groups. Emblematic design elements include sheets of corrugated metal covering the ceiling, and genuine hand-crafted masks arrayed across one wall, contributing authenticity to the Vietnamese street life vibe.
Viet Kitchen serves Set Lunch, Dinner, and A La Carte menus, together with a Bar menu of beverages and all-day snacks. Dishes that typify the modern Vietnamese cuisine of chef Peter Franklin include varieties of Phò – Hanoi Chicken, Saigon Beef, Hot Spicy Beef & Pork, and Roast Duck; and also the authentic Soft Shell Crab and Roast Duck Rice Paper Rolls; and Caramel Chicken Wings. At the bar Vietnamese-inflected-cocktails include the Viet Signature Cocktail made from in-house freshly squeezed sugarcane, rum, calamansi and lemongrass; and the Saigon Night – made with Vietnamese drip coffee, vodka, homemade Kahlua and coconut foam. Selections of regional Vietnamese beers, international wines, and non-alcoholic options provide further refreshment options.
Open from Monday to Saturday, Viet Kitchen serves lunch and dinner, and is also popular for after-work drinks with its enticing happy hour specials. Check the Viet Kitchen Facebook Page for regular menu updates and special offers.