Hong Kong has long been a popular destination among epicureans. Even if one isn’t that much of a foodie, a trip to the former British colony is never really complete without trying a few of its restaurants and cafés that serve its signature Cantonese cuisine, as well as other types of Chinese fare the likes of Shanghainese and Sichuan grub.
Beyond its noodles and dim sum, Hong Kong also boasts a variety of cuisines from other cultures. There’s an exceptional array of Western options, particularly European, that has drawn international celebrity chefs such as Joël Robuchon and Pierre Gagnaire to set up restaurants in the city. Hong Kong even plays host to seven eateries that are ranked among Asia’s top 50 restaurants; three of these establishments are also included in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
To ease your task of deciding where to dine at the next time you’re in Hong Kong, we’ve prepared a list of the best restaurants you should definitely check out. From dim sum hotspots to the world’s finest restaurants, prepare yourself for a gastronomic adventure.
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If you’re looking for a place that’s perfect for an intimate yet sophisticated dinner, we recommend Amber along Queen’s Road Central with its stylish and contemporary dining space. This two-Michelin-starred restaurant gained popularity for its penchant for incorporating exotic ingredients into modern European fare. Case in point: One of its creations features Japanese sea urchin on top of lobster jell-O with cauliflower, caviar and crispy waffles.
Epicureans will surely love its Hokkaido ricotta ravioli, amberjack served raw over a stracciatella, pumpkin tortelli, smoked mackerel and wagyu striploin. More than a decade since its opening in 2005, Amber is still topping restaurant guides and lists, even being hailed as this year’s best restaurant in Hong Kong by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. So make sure you book a table in advance!
Amber, No. 15, Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0066.
There’s no better place to get your dim sum fix than the first-ever Chinese restaurant in the world to get three Michelin stars. Ranked as the 17th best restaurant in Asia, Lung King Heen offers spectacular views of the harbour from its location on the fourth floor of the Four Seasons Hong Kong. Menu highlights include its signature crispy suckling pork belly, Shanghai-style dumplings and steamed rice rolls with lobster and water chestnut in fermented bean sauce.
Lung King Heen, Level 4, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8880.
Named after its famous neighbouring temple, Man Mo Café offers a fresh take on dim sum. It incorporates distinctive European flavours and ingredients into delicate Chinese bites, resulting in playful offerings such as nutella balls, truffle brie dumplings, and a beefy ‘pork bun’ stuffed with lettuce and tomatoes. Also available are traditional dishes such as steamed buns, fried rice and noodles.
Man Mo Café, No. 40, Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2644 5644.
If you can’t get enough of dim sum, head over to One Dim Sum, where you can easily get a seat without booking any reservations. But expect to play the waiting game (usually under 30 minutes) as this place is usually full. We suggest dropping by between non-peak hours from 3pm to 5pm, and 9pm to midnight, to skip the queues. Popular dishes include chicken sticky rice with salted duck egg yolk, minced beef balls, and fried egg sticks with honey and condensed milk. You’ll definitely leave this place with a happy tummy as its food comes in generous quantities.
One Dim Sum, Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion, 15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward, Hong Kong, +852 2789 2280
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Overlooking the sand and sea, Limewood makes a pleasant spot to unwind at. Its ambience is made even better with its assortment of modern seafood inflected with flavours of South America, Hawaii, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. The restaurant is known for its signature guacamole that comes in options of seafood topped with sea urchin, pork chicharron; or salmon roe served with tortilla chips. Be sure to order its delectable Vietnamese crab and barbecued tiger prawn salad too.
Limewood, Shop 103-104, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repluse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2866 8668.
Staying in Central? One of the best omakase restaurants in Hong Kong has relocated to a prime location along Hollywood Road. UMI offers a traditional Edomae sushi experience overseen by Yukio Kimijima, a fourth-generation master sushi chef who has been preparing sushi and omakase meals for almost five decades. With fresh ingredients flown in daily from Japan, you’re bound to taste the best seasonal produce — from Aishi halibut (a species of flatfish) garnished with fresh sudachi (Japanese citrus fruit) juice and freshly grated Himalayan rock salt, to kawahagi (filefish) finished with a slice of fish liver, and thick cuts of tuna belly.
UMI, Shop 3, G/F, 159-163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2956 3177.
Also located in Central, this high-end Chinese restaurant pays homage to the first Chinese grocery store in New York. Just like the restaurants in Mott Street, this place is decorated with Western and Chinese historical elements for an East-meets-West vibe. Savour dishes such as prime char siu (barbecued meat) made with Iberico pork, garoupa fish and truffle cheung fun rice noodles, and crispy pork buns. You can also enjoy some good, old-fashioned roast goose here.
Mott 32, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2885 8688.