BLACK SHEEP RESTAU­RANTS

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Restaurateurs Of The Year -

For this rel­a­tively young restau­rant group, 2016 was al­ready a land­mark year, with three stel­lar new open­ings in the first six months alone. And it’s look­ing like an­other bumper year for restau­ra­teurs Syed Asim Hus­sain and Christo­pher Mark, who have lifted the veil on three new venues in 2017: Le Pe­tit Saigon, the tiny sis­ter to Le Garçon Saigon, spe­cial­is­ing in banh mi; New Pun­jab Club; and Os­te­ria Marzia in newly re­fur­bished The Flem­ing Ho­tel. Craft­ing a port­fo­lio of dis­tinct restau­rants with per­son­al­ity—in terms of its food, as well as set­ting and ser­vice— is not an easy task, but Black Sheep has reached a con­fi­dent mo­men­tum and has ex­panded its flock of loyal fol­low­ers. Ru­mours of at least two more restau­rants (one Ja­panese, one Mex­i­can) are swirling, and with Black Sheep’s track record, they’ll cer­tainly be projects to look for­ward to.

RUN­NER UP

Pi­rata Group (be­hind Pici, Pi­rata and The Op­ti­mist) may be small, but they’ve made a big im­pact—and cer­tainly ones to watch as they gear up with at least two new open­ings be­tween late 2017 and early 2018.

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