Best Restaurants in Hong Kong
It’s hard to select the best restaurants in Hong Kong when the whole city is a food-lovers paradise. With dining being a national pass-time there is a dazzling array of restaurants, hotel dining, cafes and street markets where there is something for every taste and budget.
The local Cantonese cuisine is regarded as being one of the best in China. Distinctive for bringing out the favour of great ingredients, you won’t find dishes particularly flavoured or spicy. A local lunchtime favourite is Dim Sum. This is available throughout Hong Kong, but the City caters to virtually every cuisine imaginable.
If you are new to Hong Kong, or just visiting there several food tours available:
- Cheung Chau (Long Island) Tour with Dim Sum lunch
- Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Victoria Peak
- Hong Kong Sunset Junk Boat Cruise with Dinner on Lamma Island
- Hong Kong Food Tour: Central and Sheung Wan Districts
- Hong Kong Food Tour: Sham Shui Po District
Best Restaurants in Hong Kong
The 2013 Michelin Guide to the best restaurants in Hong Kong singled out the InterContinental as the fine dining hub of Hong Kong with three recognized eateries under one roof; The Steak House (one star), Spoon by Alain Ducasse (two star) and Yan To Heen (one star).
The Four Season’s has two three star restaurants, Caprice and Lung King Heen.
The guide is worth buying as it recommends some very local, relatively low budget eateries that would otherwise be ‘off the radar’.
Hong Kong’s Three Michelin Starred ‘Best Restaurants in Hong Kong’
- Caprice (French) at the Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central. Tel: +852 3196 8888
- L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (French Contemporary) at Shop 401, The Landmark, Central. Tel: +852 2166 9000
- Lung King Heen (Cantonese) at Podium 4, Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central. Tel: +852 3196 8899
- 8½ Otto e Mezzo – Bombana is the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have earned three stars. Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, Central. Tel: +852 2537 8859
List of the Best Restaurants in Hong Kong
Well, not exactly ‘Best Restaurants in Hong Kong’ more a list of our favourite ones to be more exact! These aren’t in any order and there’s a brief explanation as to why we’ve chosen to feature them.
- Harbour view restaurants on Hong Kong Island: Talk of The Town (ToTTs) at the Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay +852 2837 6786; iSola in Central +852 23838765; Wooloomooloo in Wan Chai +852 2893 6960.
- Harbour view restaurants in TST: Aqua +852 34272288 or Hutong +852 34288342 both at 1 Peking Road. Both have ‘front row’ seats for the ‘Symphony of Lights’ laser show that illuminates over 40 buildings in a daily 10 minute show, starting at 8.00 pm.
- City and harbour view from The Peak at Cafe Deco +852 2849 5188
- Beach dining at The Stoep located at Lower Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau Island +852 2980 2699
- Other Asian; Koh Tomyums (Thai) in Discovery Bay on Lantau +852 2987 0767; Bombay Dreams (Indian) in Wyndham Street +852 2971 0001 ; Nepal (Nepalese) in Staunton Street +852 2869 6212; Zuma (Japanese) at The Landmark in Central
+852 3657 6388.
- Our ‘Hidden Gem’ awards goes to: Fu Lo Shou at 7/F, 31 Hollywood Road which serves unique cocktails and dishes inspired by dining in ‘Chinatown’. If you grew up outside of Asia, the Chinese food you first tried is surprisingly hard to find in Hong Kong…..until now. Ring up ahead of time 23368812 to make a reservation and ask for the ground floor door code; also,’Brickhouse’ located in a Lan Kwai Fong alleyway behind the Coach store, serving cocktails and authentic Mexican street food. The address is G/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street (no telephone bookings).
- Man Wah at The Mandarin in Central for high-end Cantonese +852 2825 4003, Chilli Fagara in Graham Street, Central for spicy Sichuan and Dragon-i for lunchtime Dim Sum in Wyndham Street +8523110 1222. Ye Shanghai for Shanghaise +842 2376 3322
- Steak at Mortons at The Sheraton in TST if you aren’t on a budget +852 2732 2343. Bistecca in Lan Kwai Fong if you are +852 2525 1308
- Oolaa in Bridges Street, Sheung Wan for lunch +852 2803 2083 or Cafe Grey in Admiralty for something more formal +852 3968 1106
- The Globe for traditional UK Pub food +852 2543 1941
- Seafood dinner at any one of the restaurants along the wharf in Sai Kung.
If you can arrange an invitation from a member or through a concierge service, the best restaurants in Hong Kong not open to the public are at The China Club (Central), The Hong Kong Jockey Club (clubhouse in Happy Valley), The Hong Kong Club (Central) and the United Services Recreation Club (Wednesday curry buffet).
Hong Kong Dining on a Budget
There are two restaurant discount cards available in Hong Kong. Super Monday’s is a free card that gives the bearer 2-for-1 deals in selected restaurants on Monday’s. Good Times costs HK$499 and up but has a wider selection of establishments and isn’t limited to Mondays. Venues typically offer 50% off or ‘Buy 1, get 1 free’ discounts. There is a Good Times card for visitors.
Best Bars in Hong Kong
On Hong Kong Island the week-end starts on Friday night with a lot of Westerners congregating in the bars of Wyndham Street and Lan Kwai Fong. These areas tend to be busy until the early hours, particularly over Friday/Saturday and Saturday/Sunday. Any die-hards still looking to stay out tend to then head off to Wan Chai.
Other areas worth visiting are as follows. They all have numerous bars, so just pick one you like, or pick a few!
- Wan Chai for the late night crowd and live music at The Wanch, Spicey Fingers, Amazonia and Dusk ’till Dawn. If you get pulled inside one of the girlie bars curtained off from the street check the bar prices before you buy yourself and especially before buying the bar girls a drink. You can rack up a bill in the hundreds of US$ very quickly! If you just want a quick drink away from the call girls, go to Mes Amis.
- Knutsford Terrace next to The Stanford Hillview Hotel behind the Observatory in ‘TST’.
- SoHo (‘South of Hollywood Road’) is mostly restaurants, but Stauntons is popular, located next to the mid-levels escalator.
- Causeway Bay, if you have a local to show you around as a lot of the bars are hidden away.