That Restaurant Cray !!! Where to Eat in Hong Kong !!!69
I’m always getting hit up with emails about WHERE TO EAT in Hong Kong. I’ve worked up quite the list over the last couple of years and figured it would be worth sharing with the world. This list is compiled almost all on places I’ve eaten at, and those I haven't eaten at are on the list because of some LEGIT co-signs from people I trust. There are a ton of places I’m yet to check out in Hong Kong, so if I’m missing any MUST EATS or if you have any recommendations, please let me know or leave a comment below!
This list is also a work in progress and will be updated as I eat my way through Hong Kong so come back and check for updates. Have fun stuffing your faces ya’ll =)Dim SumFu Sing (Sheung Wan, Causeway Bay and Wan Chai) Fu Sing is one of my favorite places for dim sum. If you're into pork, Fu Sing will definitely hit the spot. Order the BBQ pork buns (which are pretty much the same as Tim Ho Wan's), a plate of BBQ pork (char siu), and the roast pork. SO PORKIN' GOOD!Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店 (Sham Shui Po, Olympic and Central) Cheap, dericious and also happens to be the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world! They have arguably the city’s best BAKED BBQ PORK BUNS !!!One Dim Sum 一點心 (Prince Edward) A hidden gem recognized and recommended by a lot of peeps (Michelin included). This spot overall has better dim sum than Tim Ho Wan, but they don’t make those cot damn BBQ pork buns.Cuisine Cuisine 文華廳 (Central) Next level fancy dim sum and yet another Michelin Starred restaurant where you’ll find foie gras lurking in your xiao long bao (soup dumplings) or black truffle all up in your steamed buns!Man Wah 國金軒 (Tsim Sha Tsui and Central) Awarded with one Michelin star, Chef de Cuisine Chi-Kwong Hung along with Man Wah’s culinary team has reinvented Cantonese favorites with a twist. Man Wah takes its dim sum to a whole ‘nother level, utilizing premium ingredients and Chinese delicacies such as abalone, lobster, crab, truffles, scallops and more. If you’re looking for some CRAY CRAY dim sum, cop a table at Man Wah.Dai Pai Dong 大牌檔 (“DPD" Chinese Food Stalls – usually in wet markets or on the street)Tung Po Kitchen 東寶小館 (North Point) Cantonese Chinese food with a huge selection of seasonal seafood. People say Tung Po isn't as not as good as it used to be… blah blah blah... but it’s the atmosphere that makes this place worth checking out.Oi Man Sang Kitchen 愛文生 (Sham Shui Po) If you want to experience the real dai pai dong deal, hit up Oi Man Sang, an OG spot kicking around for the last 57 years. You’ll see shirtless old dudes literally cooking up a storm in broke ass kitchens built in the middle of the street. Order the pork knuckle in advance – that ish sells out quick.Tai Chung Wah 大中華飯店 (Cheung Sha Wan) Old school DPD restaurant in Kowloon serving delicious Cantonese food. Try to make a reservation and make sure you pre-order their signature chicken.民聲冰室 (Tai Hang) A little hole in the wall with tables pouring out onto the sidewalk. The minced pork with salted duck yolk is the BEST.NoodlesKau Kee Beef Brisket Noodles 九記牛腩 (Central) The legendary beef brisket bauss of Hong Kong. Some people find the beef brisket mad fatty, but I rike it. I usually order the beef brisket with E-Fu Noodles!Sister Wah 華姐清湯腩 (Tin Hau) After a few visits at Sister Wah, I actually prefer it over Kau Kee. The beef brisket with rice noodles (hor fun) is what I usually order.Wing Kee Cart Noodles 榮記粉麵 (Causeway Bay) Cart noodles (車仔麵) are noodles where you can pick and choose toppings and noodle type! My number one spot for cart noodles is Wing Kee. The broth is unrillll!Sun Kee Cheese Noodles 新記餐廳 (Tsim Sha Tsui) CHEESE x INSTANT NOODLES. This is essentially the Chinese version of mac n’ cheese.Tsim Chai Kee Noodles 沾仔記 (Central) Super cheap and tasty noodle spot with wontons, fish balls, and beef noodles. This spot is right across the street from one of its main competitors, Mak’s, which specializes in wontons.Mak’s Noodles 麥奀雲吞麵世家 (Central) Speaking of Mak’s, you need to try their wonton noodles! Locals usually complain about Mak’s being expensive with small portions, but I’d still fux wid it.Cha Chaan Teng 茶餐廳 (Hong Kong Style Cafés)Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園 (Central, Sheung Wan and Tsim Sha Tsui) I love this place! Try the chicken steak instant noodles with green onions and a fried egg! The milk tea and condensed milk butter buns here are delicious too.Australian Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司 (Jordan) This is basically Hong Kong comfort food – eggs, macaroni, milk tea, milk pudding, egg pudding and toast. The service and wait here is pretty shiitty. If you’re an impatient and easily irritated individual then this place may not be for you.DumplingsAh Chun Shandong Dumpling 阿純山東餃子 (Prince Edward) Dope dumpling restaurant with a huge selection of dumplings, wraps, and all that carb-loaded good stuff.Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 (Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay) DTF hits the spot errrtime, consistent, and reliable! Their xiao long baos are amzebaos!Peking DuckTai Fung Lau Peking Restaurant 泰豊廔酒家 (Tsim Sha Tsui) This restaurant has mad decent super affordable Peking duck along with delicious hot pot.Kowloon Tang 九龍廳 (Kowloon Station) PEKING DUCK THREE WAYS! The Peking duck here is amazing, but this place is considered fancier and pricier than a lot of other Peking duck restaurants.Hot Pot (Chinese Fondu)Megan’s Kitchen Hot Pot 美味廚 (Wan Chai) CRAY CRAY hot pot broths such as tomato crab soup soufflé. Black Truffle Dumplings and Rainbow balls are just a couple of the innovative dishes you can throw into your hot pot!The Great Restaurant Chicken Hot Pot 一品雞煲火鍋 (Hung Hom) This restaurant does hot pot a little differently. You start off with a pot of stewed chicken. Once the chicken has been eaten, chicken stock is added to chicken stew and that’s when you can start throwing other items into the bowl - soooo good and flavorful!Hong Kong Style Steak HouseGoldfinch Restaurant 金雀餐廳 (Causeway Bay) A classic in Hong Kong old school restaurant serving tasty over-seasoned steaks served on a sizzling hot plate. If you're a movie buff, the spot might look familiar...Tiffany Restaurant 名寶石餐廳 (Prince Edward) Like the Goldfinch, Tiffany’s is another oldie but a goodie. The Roasted Beef Rib is my main squeeze here and the only reason I come here – it’s delicious, hits the spot, and HUGE.Other Asian FoodHo Lee Fook (Central) Ho Lee Fook is a new school Chinese restaurant inspired by old school Hong Kong cha chaan tengs (tea cafes) and New York’s late-night Chinatown hangouts from the 60’s. Chef Jowett Yu takes classic Chinese favorites construed into unconventional innovative dishes.Kimberley Chinese Restaurant 君怡閣中菜廳 (Tsim Sha Tsui) AN ENTIRE SUCKLING PIG STUFFED WITH RICE. GEDDIT! Gotta order it in advance doe.BBQ 美食店 (Sai Ying Pun) Hong Kong’s rendition of Japanese BBQ and yakitori. Get the razor clams, steamed scallops with vermicelli, foie gras garlic toast, and coconut ice cream!Islam Food 清真牛肉館 (Kowloon City) Northern influenced Chinese food prepared using Halal methods. They make the best Veal Goulash – a steaming hot juicy meat pocket! SOOOO GOOD.Little Bao (Central) Chef Mai Chow's food is inspired by #beenazn roots with an unconventional flare creating some #turntup next level, for a lack of a better word, fusion food. Get the Pork Belly Bao, Fish Tempura Bao, Pickled Mushroom Salad, Eggplant & Shiso Pork Tempura, Short-Rib Pan-Fried Dumplings, Orange Chicken, LB Fries, Mac & Cheese and LB Ice Cream Sandwich !!!Japanese – Sushi, Yakitori, Kushiyaki, Robatayaki, Yakiniku etc. Sushi Shikon (Sheung Wan) Sushi Shikon is a three Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong and is part of the legendary Sushi Yoshitake family in Ginza, Tokyo, which also holds three Michelin stars. Sushi Shikon is run by executive chef Yoshiharu Kakinuma, a third-generation sushi chef who is a wealth of knowlege who will share the reasoning behind sushi etiquette and stories about his father who passed down traditions and techniques as an OG sushi chef.Tenku Ryugin (Austin) Tenku Ryugin is a two Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong. It's sister restaurant in Tokyo is recognized as one of Asia’s 50 Best restaurants for five consecutive years (currently ranked #33). Sitting amongst the clouds on the 101st floor of ICC, Hong Kong’s tallest building, is where you will find one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city. Following the traditions of an authentic Japanese kaiseki, an a la carte is not an option. The menu is created based on seasonality and quality of ingredients.Yardbird (Sheung Wan) One of my favorite restaurants in Hong Kong! The vibe is cool, the service is on point and everything is bangin'. Make sure you get there early, no reservations. Check out my write-up on what to order.Ku-suya Rakuen 樂宴 (Causeway Bay) This izakaya serves mostly Okinawan food – good for small tapas sized dishes and offers a huge selection of sake.Ronin (Central) Run by the same peeps as Yardbird. If you love fish, you’ll love Ronin. Chef Matt Abergel knows how to werk his fish. If you’re not into specifically fish, no worries, the Kagoshima beef, oysters, crab dishes are dope too!Nobu (Tsim Sha Tsui) UNI, WAGYU BEEF, FOIE GRAS, TORO, LOBSTER all in one meal. It’s pretty international, but it’s sooo worth going.Futago (Causeway Bay) Hands down the best yakiniku spot in Hong Kong! Order the gigantic steak and the uni served with seared wagyu beef wrapped with shiso and nori.Sen-ryo 千両 (all over Hong Kong) Affordable yet delicious Japanese food. It’s under the Genki chain, but sen-ryo > Genki. Make sure to end your meal with ice cream mochi! SOOO GOOD!RamenKakurega Ramen Factory 隠家拉麵工場 (Sham Shui Po) My go-to ramen spot. Kakurega is about that tsukemen life. The kind of ramen where the noodles are served separately from the broth and are to be dipped into soup just before eating. I absolutely LOVE the texture of the thick chewy noodles here.Butao Ramen 豚王 (Causeway Bay, Central and Tsim Sha Tsui) The tonkotsu ramen here is mad flavorful. People tend to either hate it or love it. The Black King which has a black squid ink tonkotsu broth is my favorite.Ramen Jo 拉麵Jo (Causeway Bay) Tonkotsu ramen that hits the spot! The broth isn't as heavy but still jam packed with that umami flavor.Ichiran (Causeway Bay) This place isn't the best, but it's literally open 24/7! It beats almost everything else that's open at 5am.ThaiSawali Club 金蘭花泰國菜 (Wan Chai) I hit up Sawali Club on the regular and order the tom yum soup and pomelo salad every time.Chachawan (Sheung Wan) Chachawan rolls out some bad ass North Eastern Thai food. Chef Adam Lee Cliff and Restaurateur Yenn Wong focus on creating legit Isaan-inspired dishes along with serious drinks in an unpretentious shophouse-esque environment.VietnameseChom Chom (Central) A modern take on Vietnamese food. Order the deep fried frog Legs, VFC (Vietnamese Fried Chicken), Spring Rolls, Pho Roll, Mango & Papaya Beef Salad and Shaking Beef.BEP (Central) BEP is my go-to Vietnamese restaurant. It's consistent, somewhat healthy, delicious and affordable. Hong Kong unfortunately lacks decent pho restaurants. BEP does it OK, but it doesn't quite hit the spot.IndianThe Delhi Club 新德里餐廳 (Tsim Sha Tsui) LegiIndian food hidden in Chung King Mansion. Order the Chicken Tikka, Chicken Tikka Masala, Cheese Naan and the Masala Tea!KoreanJoon Ko House 純子餐廳 (Wan Chai) Authentic Korean food that tastes like a Korean grandmother spent an entire day in the kitchen, check out Joon Ko House.Arisu 阿利水韓國料理 (Tsim Sha Tsui) If you’re craving Korean hot pot, Arisu is where its at! The Braised Ox Ribs, Galbi stuffed in a Pumpkin and Korean Fried Chicken is also amazing.Chicken HOF & SOJU aka Lee’s Family Chicken 李家 (Tsim Sha Tsui) Two words – FRIED CHICKEN. Lee’s Family Chicken also knows how to werk that cheese – herro cheese stuffed omelet and rice cakes smothered in cheese and hot sauce!MexicanCHINO (Kennedy Town) CHINO is a new Mexican inspired restaurant bringing the flavors of amazingMexican street food while incorporating Asian ingredients. The chicken and egg tostada is eggcellent.Burgers / SteaksLa Vache! (Central) Inspired by Parisian Brasseries, La Vache! is a restaurant focused on steak frites. For $258 HKD or about $35 USD, you get bread & butter to start, a green leaf salad with walnuts, 10 ounces of USDA Trimmed Entrecote steak cooked to your liking served with house béarnaise sauce and all you can eat fries.Beef & Liberty (Wan Chai) Beef & Liberty does a pretty decent burger. They were killin' the burger game for a minute, but the food has gone down in quality since it's debut.Blue Butcher (Central/Sheung Wan) Blue Butcher is Hong Kong's meat specialist and makes a mean burger – juicy, flavorful and one of the best in Hong Kong. So good, they actually won a competition for best burger in town.Si Sun Fast Burger 時新快餐店 (Hung Hom) For Hong Kong steez, good ol’ fashion, greasy burger, Si Sun is the place to go. Their burgers are bad in a good way. Make sure you add a fried egg to your burger!ItalianCarbone (Central) An American Italian restaurant hailing from New York City. The food here is on point - order the Carpaccio Piemontese, Caesar alla ZZ, Mario's Meatballs, Spicy Rigatoni Vodka, Carrot Cake and Lemon Cheesecake!8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana (Central) Probably the city’s best Italian restaurant awarded with #veryrare three Michelin Star rating in the 2013 Michelin Guide.Spanish Tapas22 Ships (Wan Chai) The best tapas joint! You will want to eat everything on the menu especially the Fried Truffled Egg, Suckling Pig, Smoked Bone Marrow, and the Char Grilled Ibérico Pork Foie Gras Burgers! Make sure you save room for dessert.Ham & Sherry (Wan Chai) Ham & Sherry is 22 Ships' sister restaurant just across the street. This restaurant offers a more traditional take on Spanish tapas than 22 Ships.FrenchL’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Central) Kind of a big deal and one of the five restaurants in Hong Kong awarded with three Michelin Stars! Some of the most delicious things I put in my mouth were the Crispy Langoustine, Signature Hokkaido Sea Urchin Trilogy, Steak Tartare, and Oscietra Caviar Over Crispy Egg and Smoked Salmon.Amber (Central) A two Michelin Star restaurant in Hong Kong and has a won a whole lotta awards including The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.Healthy / Vegan / Organic / Gluten-FreeGrassroots Pantry (Central) All about that vegan, gluten-free, and Buddhist-friendly life. I’m neither of those, but I still loved it and would definitely return.Mana! Fast Slow Food (Central) All vegan everything, even their amazing desserts including raw coconut, chocolate, pumpkin cakes and more! The Zaatar filled flats are mad tasty with a gluten-free alternative available. There is a selection of delicious salads to choose from as well.Pololi (Central, Sheung Wan and Wan Chai) Pololi is the one and only Poke shop in Hong Kong and perhaps among the one or two Hawaiian-inspired restaurants in Hong Kong. Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish consisting of sashimi-grade seafood, mainly tuna, seasoned with a variety of spices and sauces, along with garlic, onion, spring onion etc. It's a great place to get a protein packed, low carb lunch.Private KitchenDa Ping Huo Sichuan Private Kitchen 四川菜大平伙 (Central) 12 courses of delicious Sichuan dishes! The dumplings are amazing. If you like spicy food, you’ll love this place!Fast FoodPepper Lunch (all over Hong Kong) This is the world’s greatest fast food chain. THANK YOU JAPAN. Beef, rice, fried egg and cheese all served on a sizzling hot plate, YES PLEASE!Hong Kong DessertsTai Cheong Egg Tarts 泰昌餅家 (all over Hong Kong) Egg tarts are an absolute must eat when you’re in Hong Kong. Tai Cheong’s egg tarts are eggcellent. You can get both shortbread and puff pastry egg tarts here along with flavored egg tarts including bacon, blueberry, and cheese!Kam Wah Café 金華冰廳 (Prince Edward) Love dem bunz! Kam Wah Café’s pineapple buns are off the heezy, always hot out of the oven (yes, they sell that fast), soft and fluffy topped with a sweet buttery pastry crust. The egg tarts and milk tea are tasty too! This place is so good, I brought Aziz Ansari here --> check it.Yee Shun Milk Company 港澳義順牛奶公司 (Jordan, Prince Edward and Causeway Bay) The ultimate steamed milk or egg pudding place in Hong Kong would be Yee Shun Milk Company. The ginger, red bean and chocolate milk pudding flavors are purdy amazing.Heart's Dessert (Sham Shui Po) Order the coconut! It's essentially an entire coconut in which its natural coconut water has been congealed into a coconut jelly then topped with crème caramel submerged in a pool of coconut milk !!!Australian Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司 (Jordan) Also infamous for milk and egg pudding, but this place is always packed and the service is pretty shit so I usually walk over to the next block and hit up Yee Shun.Mammy Pancake 媽咪雞蛋仔 (Hung Hom, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok) You’ve gots to eat egg waffles (or eggettes) here! I’ve had my fair share of egg waffles so trust me when I say Mammy Pancakes FTW. Choose from chocolate chip, sesame and regular egg waffles. The condensed milk and peanut butter waffle sandwich is worth the calories as well!LKK North Point Egg Waffles 利強記北角雞蛋仔 (Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, and North Point) Mammy’s Pancakes is kinda out of the way, but for good egg waffles that are more easily accessible, try the ones from LKK North Point Egg Waffles.Cheung Sha Wan Tofu Pudding 順興隆桂記荳品廠 (Cheung Sha Wan) This place doesn’t actually have an English name, but it is a hole in the wall that has been producing all things made of soy for a helluva long time. Their tofu pudding is the silkiest, smoothest and most delicious tofu pudding I have ever eaten.Tsui Wah 翠華餐廳 (all over Hong Kong) The best thing at Tsui Wah is the condensed milk butter bun! Not going to go into details, I once ate THREE all in one sitting …Ice CreamCha Cha Sweets House (Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and more – usually wherever there’s a city’super) You haven’t had ice cream until you’ve had ice cream made of glorious Hokkaido milk. It is crack –the creamiest, smoothest, and probably fattiest ice cream that has ever entered my mouf.Lab Made Ice Cream (Tin Hau and Tsim Sha Tsui location opening soon) The latest ice cream trend in Hong Kong is made-to-order instant liquid nitrogen ice cream! Lab Made is pretty innovative with dope flavors including Hong Kong Custard Bun, Pandan Birthday Cake, Salted Chocolate with Chips and more.Via Tokyo (Causeway Bay) My new favorite go-to spot for amazing Japanese ice cream and desserts!Sen-ryo 千両 (all over Hong Kong) Not only does sen-ryo have fresh to death sushi, the restaurant also serves a mouth-watering ice cream mochi! ITS AMAZEBALLS!Smile Yogurt & Dessert Bar (Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon City and Causeway Bay) For a sort of healthier frozen treat alternative, check out Smile, a frozen yogurt bar serving tasty irresistible treats.Patisseries / Bakeries / CafésPierre Hermé (Central) Pierre Hermé aka the mac daddy of macarons, has finally made his way to Hong Kong!Teakha (Sheung Wan) A tiny humble café in Sheung Wan serving a few brunch dishes, tasty cakes and rad masala cha tea lattes.Atum (Causeway Bay) Dedicated strictly to desserts, ATUM Desserant steps up the dessert game in Hong Kong taking an unconventional approach to satisfying that sweet tooth. Straying from traditional Hong Kong dessert spots, ATUM introduces innovative contemporary desserts using flavors familiar to the Chinese palate.Hanbing (Tsim Sha Tsui) Hanbing is pretty much the only place in Hong Kong that serves legit Korean shaved ice. The portions are small than Seoul's, but its done right and tastes effing delicious.C’est La B or Ms. B’s Bakery (Sheung Wan/Central, Admiralty, Tsim Sha Tsui) Ms. B’s cakes be tempting a girl. The Better Than Se….x cake is UNREAL made with layers of dark and moist chocolate fudge cake, chocolate coated caramel crunch and salted toffee. Healthier gluten-free and sugar-free dessert alternatives are also available.The Mandarin Cake Shop (Central) The Mandarin were the first in Hong Kong to hop onto the Cronut band wagon which they have renamed Kronut available in plain or chocolate filling. If you want a taste of these suckers, you have to place an order 2 days in advance.Kisses Cupcakes (Central and Tsim Sha Tsui) Kisses actually originated from New York City is somehow related to my all time favorite dessert bar, Chickalicious. Kisses’ cupcakes aren’t as overwhelmingly sweet and rich which can turn a lot of people off.Sift Cupcakes (Central, Admiralty, and Wan Chai) Sift’s cupcakes are also dericious. The buttercream icing is a little sweet for my liking, so I usually go for the cupcakes with the cream cheese icing! Asian, Australian, Australian, Brunch, Canadian, Chinese, Dessert, Dinner, European, French, Halal, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lunch, Mexican, Moroccan, North American, Oceania, South American, Spanish, Taiwanese, Thai, Vegetarian