New Opening Highlights in January

Our latest round of stand out new openings from across the food and beverage hospitality industry, around the world, is here as we take a look at what caught our eye in January. This month's list consists of venues from Australia, the UK, the United States and Hong Kong too. In no particular order:

Ship Kee, Hong Kong
The Epicurean Group has added to its portfolio with the opening of Ship Kee, which is serving up a selection of Chinese favourites. In charge is executive chef Dee Lui who holds over 27 years of experience in notable traditional Chinese kitchens. He has put together a menu that is sure to delight all, ranging from freshly steamed dim sum to Cantonese BBQ roasts and a selection of strews and broths.

Find out more about the venue here.

V Honest, London
A timely launch for Veganuary season, Honest Burgers launched their first full vegan concept in January, called V Honest. in Covent Garden, London. The chain's new opening is serving up a number of brand new plant-based menu items as well as vegan options of some of its well known favourites. It's to be seen yet as to whether there are other locations in the works.

Find out more about Honest Burger and all their locations here.

Glass of Bandol, Cardiff
A new wine bar has opening in Cardiff selling wine from vending machines. Glass of Bandol is owned by husband and wife team Sajan and Eva Glass who hope that the unique setup will encourage customers to try more premium bottles. The bar features a row of vending machines that are designed to dispense 24 different wines in different size pours from 50ml to 175ml whilst keeping the wines at the right temperature to prevent oxidation. Wines include those from lesser known regions including Lebanon and Georgia, with many either organic, biodynamic, natural of vegan friendly.

Visit their website here.

Wilma, Canberra
Renowned chef James Viles, known for his now closed Biota in NSW's Southern Highlands, has opened the doors to Wilma. Described as a progressive Asian barbeque restaurant, Wilma is inspired by Viles' time living and working in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Dishes are built around flavours from Chinese restaurants that Australians have fallen in love with.

Find out more here.

Sorella, San Fransisco
A more casual restaurant has been opened by the team behind two-Michelin-star Acquerello. Called Sorella, it has been inspired by cicchetti, small bites served at wine bars throughour Venice and designed for customers to drop in for a snack and cocktail or for dinner. Pasta in made in-house and includes regional dish timballo where nine layers of thin pasta sheets are filled with slow-braised dry-aged beef and Comte cheese before being baked for three hours.


We showcase a more comprehensive list of the most noticeable openings from around the world over on the trendhub. Subscribers can see this list for January in full - foodwatching and drinkswatching.