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Hong Kong: Irish Restaurant to Open in Kennedy Town

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An Irish eatery is the latest restaurant to open in Kennedy Town, which is rapidly turning into one of Hong Kong's most exciting dining out destinations. Will it find favours with the yuppies in the hood?


Kinsale, an Irish restaurant on Hong Kong Island, features an open front. Photo Credit: Kinsale.



Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island is increasingly becoming a foodie hotspot as ever higher rents in Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo force restauranteurs to look further and further afield for storefronts that are affordable.

Next in line is an Irish eatery, which will have little in common with the ubiquitous Irish pubs that are scattered about Hong Kong. 

Forget dark wood panelling, green leatherette bar stools, and cartoons of leprechauns on the paper napkins. Kinsale will have a decidedly contemporary feel. It opens in mid-August 2014. 

Described as ‘approachable’, the menu features what Cathal calls 'family-focused comfort food'.    

Named after the a quaint seaport in County Cork on the Irish coast, Kinsale is the brain child of Cathal Kiely, whose Solas, Kila, Rula Bula, and Rayne have won favour with diners over the last 9 years. 

“As a resident of Kennedy Town, and one who eats out often with my own family, I wanted to create something that delivered on a 'neighbourhood' experience,” Cathal says.

“For me that meant it had to be service orientated to the point where the staff know clients names, great value, and with food interesting enough for people to visit often without getting bored.”    

My only question is, will there be corn beef and cabbage on the menu?


Kinsale, Shop 3, G/F, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. Telephone: (852) 2796-6004. 

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