Hong Kong is a business hub and a hive of activities all year round. It is a bastion of capitalism and finance, and people are always on the go busy making money.
With its cosmopolitan population, it is just natural that the place offers an array of dining cuisines. The choices are wide and diverse, but of all these options, here is a list of the top 10 best restaurants in Hong Kong.
10 Fook Lam Moon – Shop 3, GF, Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
The main restaurant is on Johnston Road but there is also a branch in Tsim Sha Tsui. When you go to this place, do not be surprised if there seems to be an auto show just outside the dining place. Expensive sports and super cars are commonly parked outside, as Fook Lam Moon is known to be the tycoon’s canteen. The place serves Cantonese food, so prepare for a feast of dimsum, deep fried pomfret, baked stuffed crab shells, soy sauce chicken and suckling pigs.
9 Sushi Kuu – 1F Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central
Sushi Kuu is a Japanese restaurant where both the chef and the food share star billing. Satoru Mukogawa is the executive chef, and he can be a star in his own right with his samurai ancestry and movie star appeal. Try the omakase, or chef’s choice, and be prepared to feast on delectable dishes such as onsen tamago with uni and ikura or slow-cooked eggs with sea urchin and roe; chilled cod shirako or cod sperm; chawanmushi with uni or steamed egg custard; and raw and lightly torched sushi. A rice burger is also offered to cap off the meal.
8 Tim’s Kitchen – GF and 1F, 84-90 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
Purple and gold are the colors of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers, but for food lovers in Hong Kong, these colors can only be associated to Tim’s Kitchen. The restaurant serves out classic Cantonese food, like braised pomelo skin with shrimp roe, roasted pigeon, and braised goose web with pork tendon. There is also a snake soup, as well as crab claws steamed with winter melon or egg white, or deep-fried with peppercorn salt. There are also rare foods, like bird’s nest, sea cucumber, abalone and fish maw.
7 Celebrity Cuisine – 1F Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, 3 Kau U Fong, Central
Cheng Kam-fu opened this restaurant years ago in the first floor of a small boutique hotel called Lan Kwai Fong Hotel. The restaurant has two Michelin stars and the chef has been known to serve famous people in Hong Kong, thus, the word “Celebrity” in the restaurant’s name. Dishes that famous people prefer are listed, though the place also serves home-style food like almond soup, pig’s lung, fish head clay pot, minced beancurd fritters and pan-fried turnip cake.
6 The Chairman – 18 Kau U Fong, Central
If you want to visit The Chairman, make sure that you have made a reservation well in advance. Three weeks is the standard waiting time, as the restaurant has taken the country by storm since it opened in 2009. The restaurant breaks away from the tradition of other Chinese restaurants in that it has a tasting menu. The menu changes regularly depending on the season and condiments are made in-house. Must-tries are the steamed flower crab with chicken oil and aged Shaoxing wine, the soy sauce chicken, smoked baby pigeon, and the slow-cooked pork spare ribs.
5 Gold – Level 2, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Harlan Goldstein owns the restaurant, thus the name of Gold, but it also perfectly describes the food that this place serves. Goldstein has been around for some time, and his famous dishes are all available here, including the Tuscany seafood soup, lobster spaghetti with Napoli tomatoes, slow-cooked Colorado lamb rib, and wild boar ragout tagliatelle with melted organic egg and shaved pecorino cheese. The restaurant also serves several top-of-the-line wines, from the unique white wines to the silky red wines.
4 Island Tang – Shop 222, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Island Tang is probably the most stylish Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong. It has luxurious interiors and elegant designs. The restaurant is famous for its Cantonese classics, including the barbecued pork coated in honey, wok-fried minced pigeon in a lettuce wrap, and deep-fried boneless duck covered in mashed taro. All the food here is served moist and tender.
3 Otto e Mezzo – Shop 202, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central
Food connoisseurs will always remember with fondness the Toscana restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in the Central district. The hotel closed down in 2008 however, leaving the chef Umberto Bombana an orphan. Not to worry though, as he opened his own place in 2010. Called Otto e Mezzo, it has the distinction of being the first Italian restaurant outside Italy to have three Michelin stars. The restaurant is fine dining at its best, with its deep carpets and luxurious chairs, that set up the food perfectly, including the burrata cheese ravioli, marinated scampi with caviar and sea urchin, veal chop Milanese with Sicilian tomatoes, and artisanal chitarra with red king prawn and datterino cherry tomatoes. It also serves white truffles when in season; after all, Bombana was the 2006 Worldwide Ambassador of the White Truffle.
2 Above & Beyond – 28F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Chef Joseph Tse holds fort in this beautiful restaurant that offers a panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour. A training and teaching facility is located at the lower floors and Tse marshals these trainees to provide a light twist to classic Cantonese dishes. Try the marinated shredded chicken, duck and jellyfish with cantaloupe and melon; or the smoked egg with black truffles; or the pan-seared Kagoshima pork belly.
1 On Lot 10 – 34 Gough Street, Central
David Lai runs this French restaurant that specializes in large platters. Must-try dishes are the seafood soup, whole roast foie gras, veal kidneys and sweetbreads. Locally-raised chickens are a standard, with some variation of it always in the menu options. The restaurant is casual and basic, but it is one of the best in Hong Kong.