My Hong Kong List

Having lived in Hong Kong for the better part of my entire life I felt it necessary to dedicate an entire page. One of these days I’ll provide a layover guide, for the moment however, my plan is to eat my way across Hong Kong all in name of research for you lovely people (no selfish desires I promise)! Below are my suggestions for where to eat here in this crazy city I call home. (Yes its literally a list of places to eat!)

WHERE TO EAT?

THE ISLAND

ADMIRALTY & WAN CHAI:

ASIAN:

  • Bowrington Road Cooked Food Centre  (Take a seat at either Wai Kee, for lunch, or Wing Kee, if coming during dinner. Wai Kee is a halal (حلال) restaurant famous for roasted duck or chicken, served with rice, noodles or curry, while Wing Kee is famous for its seafood)
  • Tamashii (Possibly (was) the best raimen in Hong Kong – has sadly closed 😦 )
  • Lee House Restaurant (Excellent quality Dim Sum)
  • Megan’s Kitchen (Good quality, if a little pricey, hotpot restaurant)
  • Old Bazaar Kitchen (Classic Asian fare with a modern twist. Excellent quality food – book ahead and pre order some of the chef’s recommendations)
  • Joon Ko (Think home-cooked Korean food)
  • Joy Hing Roasted Meat (Some of the best char siu fan (BBQ pork with rice) to be found)
  • Harvest House Sushi (Decent affordable sushi)
  • Sun King Yuen Curry Restaurant (Cheap and cheerful local style curry and noodle joint)
  • Northern Dumplings Yuan Restaurant – Cheap and delicious Northern Style dumplings (I love the mutton variety!)
  • Samsen (Very tasty Thai street food hipster-style restaurant)
  • Cong Sao Star dessert (Local desert shop)
  • Penang Prawn Noodle Shop (Cheap bowls of delicious Laksa)
  • Chili Club (Best authentic Thai food in Hong Kong)
  • Jan Jan Kushikatsu (Delicious Japanese deep fried skewers)
  • Le Petit Saigon (Best Banh Mi in Hong Kong)
  • (Kam’s Roast Goose)
  • (Fook Lam Moon Restaurant)

WESTERN:

  • Le Bistro Winebeast (Excellent modern French cuisine)
  • Bread and Beast (Wicked Sandwich shop)
  • Ham and Sherry (Atherton’s sister tapas joint to 22 Ships)
  • 22 Ships (Best Tapas in Hong Kong)
  • The Butchers Club Burger (One of the best burger joints in Hong Kong – Try the Wu Tang Style!)
  • Pici (Fantastic homemade pasta)
  • Beef & Liberty Burgers (The best burger restaurant in Hong Kong)
  • The Optimist (Excellent Spanish restaurant)
  • Grappa’s (Old school Italian restaurant)
  • Pirata (Classic Italian fare)
  • El Mercado

BARS:

  • San Ka La (Hipster craft beer bar in the middle of nowhere)
  • The Pawn (Great outdoor terrace in listed colonial pawn building)
  • Wooloomooloo Rooftop Bar (Steakhouse with great rooftop bar)
  • Stone Nullah Tavern (American bar and restaurant)
  • Tai Lung Fung
  • THAIWAN (Cool little bar with local craft beers on tap)
  • Ted’s Lookout (Great cocktail bar)
  • Djibouti (Another great cocktail bar)
  • Le Quinze Vins (Excellent wine bar)

CAFES:

  • Mansons Lot (Favourite Aussie style cafe)
  • BiteUnite Limited (Lovely little cafe in a beautiful quiet spot)
  • Passions by Gerard Dubois (Popular cafe with a great selection of breads and pastries)
  • Elephant Grounds (Fantastic specialty coffee place)

CENTRAL & SHEUNG WAN:

ASIAN:

  • BEP (Excellent Pho/Vietnamese food)
  • Little Bao (Awesome Asian inspired fusion burgers using bao as buns)
  • Yardbird (Very good Yakitori)
  • Sushi Masa (Excellent affordable sushi)
  • CHACHAWAN (Expect bold flavours from this Northern Thai resto!)
  • Tsui Wah (Cheap and cheerful late night Cantonese eatery)
  • Monogamous (Great Chinese restaurant that serves a fusion of Sichuan and Peking dishes)
  • Chom Chom
  • MOYO
  • Co Thanh Restaurant
  • West Villa Restuarant
  • Tsim Chai Kee Noodle
  • Kau Kee Restaurant
  • Sing Heung Yuen
  • Oddies Foodies (Awesome dessert joint that pairs ice-cream with traditional Hong Kong egg waffles)
  • Tai Cheong
  • (Mott 32)
  • (Man Wah)
  • (Bindaas)
  • (The Chairman – Modern Cantonese)

WESTERN:

  • Brickhouse (Hidden Mexican resto serving some seriously good tacos)
  • The Diner
  • Veggie SF
  • Casa Lisboa
  • Maison Libanaise
  • Posto Publico
  • La Vache!
  • ABC Kitchen
  • MANA! Cafe
  • (8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo)
  • (Cocotte)

BARS:

  • Quinary
  • The Globe
  • Craft Brew & C0
  • Foxglove
  • Captain’s Bar
  • Mrs. Pound
  • (The Old Man)

CAFES:

  • Nodi Coffee
  • Barista Jam
  • Brew Bros
  • 18 Grams Specialty Coffee
  • Sinmei Tea Hong Kong
  • Teakha

SAI YING PUN & KENNEDY TOWN:

ASIAN:

  • Cafe Malacca
  • Missy Ho

WESTERN:

  • Trattoria Caffe Monteverdi
  • CATCH
  • Mamma Malouf
  • CHINO
  • (Alvy’s)
  • (11 Westside)

BARS:

  • Little Creatures Brewing
  • Rhoda
  • Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria

CAFES:

  • (Winstons Coffee)

CAUSEWAY BAY, HAPPY VALLEY & TAI HANG:

ASIAN:

  • Ichiran
  • Tai Woo Restaurant
  • Drunken Pot
  • An Nam
  • ALADIN MESS
  • Din Tai Fung
  • Nagomi
  • Ramen Kureha
  • 1983
  • Yu
  • Delicious Kitchen
  • Wing Kee Noodle
  • Kang Kee Hang Bei  (Famous for their congee and steamed rice rolls)
  • New York Club
  • (Jin Jiao – Shanghainese style dumplings)
  • (Tainan Mr. Bean)

WESTERN:

  • No. 5 Italian
  • Lab Made

BARS:

  • Ruggers
  • Second Draft
  • Dickens Bar
  • Coedo Taproom

CAFES:

  • Cafe YAWN
  • Elephant Grounds
  • (Proof)

TIN HAU, NORTH POINT & QUARRY BAY:

ASIAN:

  • Sister Wah
  • Etsu Sushi
  • Tung Po

WESTERN:

  • The Big Bite
  • Mr & Mrs Fox

THE SOUTH SIDE/OTHER:

  • Young Masters Brewery
  • TRi Balinese Restaurant
  • Amalfitana Artisan Pizza Bar
  • Black Sheep

KOWLOON (aka The Dark Side):

ASIAN

  • DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Store – Excellent and popular local dim sum joint at very reasonable prices
  • Tim Ho Wan – Cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world. Dim Sum is decent – their BBQ pork buns are particularly good
  • Mak’s Noodle – Cheap and cheerful Wonton Noodles
  • Oi Man Sang – One of the few remaining Dai Pai Dong – fast and furious street-side dining (Try the clams)
  • Din Tai Fung – 3 words: Xiao Long Bao (soup filled dumplings)
  • Saravana Bhavan – Excellent South Indian cuisine (Try their Dosa)
  • Spring Deer – Beijing style food
  • Myung Ga Restaurant – Korean BBQ
  • (One Dim Sum – Very popular and well reviewed Dim Sum restaurant – expect to queue)
  • (Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling – Michelin recommended freshly made dumplings)
  • (Cheung Hing Kee – Shanghai Pan Fried Buns)
  • (Haku – Japanese fine dining)
  • (Cuisine Cuisine – Upscale Cantonese restaurant)

WESTERN

  • La Locanda
  • (Paper Moon – decent pizza)
  • (Rech by Alain Ducasse – Seafood fine dining)
  • (FINDS – Nordic cuisine)

BARS

  • Ned Kelly’s Last Stand – Cool little Jazz bar
  • Kowloon Taproom – local craft beer
  • TAP: The Ale Project – local craft beer
  • Eyebar – drinks with a view at reasonable prices (come for happy hour)

CAFES

  • N1 Coffee & Co.

OTHER/CHAINS

  • Crystal Jade
  • Ba Fang – fast-food dumplings

POSTS:

Wandering Wan Chai – a local’s guide

Hungry in Hong Kong – 24 stops in 24 hours

Hong Kong in the Autumn – a collection of photos

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