We’re having a bunch of visitors in the next month so I’ve been working out what to do with them while they’re visiting. And, more often times than I can count, I’ve been asked by blog visitors about our favorite restaurants so I thought I would provide you with my current list… If you’re a local these are probably pretty obvious, but we feel they’re tried and true. I would love to hear about any new spots, too so please leave comments below with any restaurants I’m missing!
China Club: Perfect for tourists. You have to be a member of this club or book with a large group, but usually you can find a broker or AmEx connection or some such to get you in. The interior is filled with incredible Chinese art–lots of colonial paintings and lots of Mao–and has a wonderful old Colonial feel. They serve traditional Peking Duck, have a festive noodle show AND an awesome roof terrace for cocktails. The restaurant is owned by Sir David Tang, who also founded Shanghai Tang, which was sold to Richemont in 2006.
China Club. 13/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank St, Central
Zuma: Expensive, but beyond perfect sushi. I ADORE their black cod. Right in the heart of Central. Popular work and social spot. Need resies, even for lunch. Very beautiful interior. Their Sunday champagne brunch is amazing.
Zuma, 5-6/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3657 6388
Shore: A hip spot with great food. Also conveniently located in Central. Awesome outdoor terrace in far back for a cocktail before or after dinner.
Shore, 3rd and 4th floor, L Place, 139 Queen’s Road, Central, 2915 1638
Ginza Bairin: Arguably the best tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) outside of Japan. Their signature dish is tonkatsu in a bowl over rice, with raw egg on top. It’s DIVINE. Now they take reservations but you have to call weeks ahead of time… and then they like to lose your reservation… and you swear you will never come back… and then you bite into that crispy, yet moist and absolutely tasty pork and of course you come back again.
Lily + Bloom: A bustling spot right in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong (the going out area) with delicious cocktails.
5-6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, 2810 6166
(Lily + Bloom is in the LKF tour: go up to the top to Azure’s roofdeck for a drink and great view of Central.)
Yardbird: Another newbie on the list, this Japanese yakitori joint serves up the most delicious chicken skewers ever and they have four different Hitachino beers available. Besides the various chicken parts on offer (wing, skin, inner thigh, gizzard, etc.) don’t miss their KFC cauliflower or their corn fritter. Like everything Japanese, it’s very precise, very small, and very expensive.
33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, 2547 9273.
Bistecca: INCREDIBLE steak. They take their very thick meat very seriously. The Mr. is beyond obsessed with this place. He says to trust him and order your steak medium-rare, Chicago-style.
Bistecca Italian Steak House, 2/F, Grand Progress Building, 15 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2525 1308
Peking Garden: For the famous peking duck. They serve many famous Chinese dishes — including a delicious sweet and sour fish — family style so you can try everything. And they have a noodle show. Also popular with business types.
Alexandra House, 16-20 Chater Rd., Shop B1 (Connaught Rd.), 2526-6456
After dinner at Peking Garden, walk over (through tunnel) to Prince’s Building for a drink at Sevva (great view).
Madame SixtyAte: One of the newest additions to the list, but also one of the best (which is why I’m giving it two images)! The American-Euro-inspired food here is innovative, but executed perfectly. I adore their bird wallpaper–located right next to the Pawn in Wan Chai, the whole place is just super hip.
Posto Publico: Our go to spot–we go here 2x month. When you’re sick of Chinese, this classic Italian joint will cure you! It’s right off the escalator in a very cool part of SOHO. All produce is locally sourced and they make their own mozzarella which is *super* rare in HK. Very nice staff!
G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2577 7160
Din Tai Fung: This Taiwan-based international chain has dumplings down to a fine art. Not only is the food delicious, but you can watch their factory-like, assembly line through glass windows.
Photo courtesy of Sassy Hong Kong.
Hometown Dumpling: This place has amazing dumplings amid bright floral, plastic lawnchair furniture. It’s extremely cheap and BYOB. Come hungry and don’t look at the kitchen until you’re done!
102 Caine Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, 2517-0969
Peak Lookout: You can’t go to Hong Kong and not take the tram to the Peak. And this spot is not so touristy, serves Asian, Indian and Western fare, and has nice outdoor dining with a view of the South Side. Nice raw bar.
121 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 1000
City Hall: You can’t come to Hong Kong and not have Dim Sum and this is traditional cart-style dim sum in a giant banquet hall.
City Hall Low Block, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2521 1303.
Café Gray: For fine dining with a view, Cafe Gray gets my vote. I had the best pork chop of my life here. Their bread dip and cocktails are both equally addictive.
49/F, Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918 1838.
This is a hidden French (seems very Italian to me though!) gem tucked into the hip Star Street area. It’s quite romantic for a little date!
16 St. Francis Yard, Wanchai, 2866 7337.
This tasty Vietnamese is so worth waiting for–they don’t take reservations. The restaurant itself has bright modern decor, but the food is downright traditional. I love how they put a giant basket of fresh herbs on your table.
88-90 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2581 9992
Korean BBQ is a really fun, group dining experience and the food here is deelish!
Kaya, 6/F, 8 Russell Street (building is directly opposite the Time Square movie theater entrance), Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2838 9550.
Xiao Nan Guo:
Dining on the 12th store of a giant office/mall is part of the Hong Kong experience and this is traditional Shanghaiese food at its best.
(12th floor, Times Square, CWB)
Are you stuffed yet?!? What am I missing? When it gets right down to it, Hong Kongers LOVE their food and like most other cities… it seems like eating is the main tourist attraction!