From legendary dim sum joints to high-end restaurants boasting Michelin stars, Hong Kong’s restaurant scene is among the world’s most vibrant. To discover the unmissable dining experiences on offer in this cosmopolitan region, here’s a roundup of Hong Kong’s best restaurants.
Caprice, located in the renowned Four Seasons Hotel, is one of Hong Kong’s most popular fine-dining destinations. With three Michelin stars and a talented kitchen led by chef de cuisine Guillaume Galliot, Caprice serves refined, rich fare in elegant surroundings. The menu is an innovative and inspiring while staying true to classic French flavours. Chef Galliot selects only the finest ingredients and has added his own signature dish to the menu: beef oyster tartare with caviar. Dinner at Caprice isn’t complete without a visit to the restaurant’s Cheese Room, which features one of the most extensive collections in the city.
A retro refuge in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central District, the China Club is a private members’ club whose menu and decor channel 1930s Shanghai. It takes its cue from the clubs that once lined Shanghai’s Bund waterfront, adorned in rich wood panelling and leather furnishings. It also hosts an incredible collection of contemporary Chinese art, particularly in its Long March Bar, thanks to the artistic passions of former owner David Tang, founder of the Shanghai Tang fashion chain. The Club is on the top three floors of the former Bank of China Building, with the main dining room occupying the 13th floor and the bar and private rooms on the 14th. Head to the 15th floor to discover the library and terrace, filled with books on Chinese art and other items from Tang’s collection. The restaurant specialises in traditional Hong Kong cuisine and regularly puts on spectacular cooking displays. It’s a highly exclusive experience, and those that manage to bag a seat here are in for an unforgettable experience.
Esteemed Swedish chef Björn Frantzén – holder of three Michelin stars – has brought a taste of his Nordic roots to Lan Kwai Fong. The Flying Elk is a modern gastropub with cosy decor and innovative European fare. Dishes are created for sharing, change seasonally and use a variety of Nordic cooking techniques and ingredients from Frantzén’s home country. The rustic log cabin-inspired design is also one of a kind in Hong Kong.
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Mott32, located at the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district, brings Chinese fine dining together with stylish contemporary design. The vast, chic space, designed by famed Hong Kong interior designer Joyce Wang, is moody and alluring with a distinct East-meets-West vibe. The menu is a collaboration between culinary director Malcolm Wood and chef Lee Man Sing, and focusses on fresh ingredients and elevated versions of well-loved Chinese fare. Highlights include Shanghainese xiao long bao with hairy crab roe, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue pork with yellow mountain honey and firm favorite Peking duck. Order ahead to avoid disappointment and make time to dine at lunch if you want to enjoy a decadent dim sum experience.
Dubbed the cheapest Michelin-star restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan has garnered a global reputation for its dim sum since winning the coveted star in 2013. Rather than a refined fine-dining experience, Tim Ho Wan is an extremely authentic slice of Hong Kong culinary culture. It has heaving crowds, a constant chorus of banging dishes and barked food orders along with some of the finest dim sum on the planet. This cramped Mong Kok institution, which now has a branch on Orchard Road in Singapore, regularly draws crowds in their hundreds and queues of more than three hours are the norm (seating is on a first-come, first-served basis). Their specials have become legendary and have included dishes such as steamed egg cake, vermicelli roll with pig’s liver and pan-fried carrot cake. The dim sum classics including steamed chicken feet with black bean sauce and steamed pork dumpling with shrimp are unbeatable.
For the ultimate in Italian fine dining there is no better place than 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. It’s the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have received three Michelin stars, and chef Umberto Bombana brings both flair and passion to each and every dish. Don’t miss out on the irresistible homemade pasta and anything with truffles on the menu – tagliolini with black truffle fondue is just one of the classics you might try. To get the most from your experience, make sure to make use of the excellent sommelier, who will find the perfect wine pairing for your meal.
Felix, set on the 28th floor of the Peninsula Hotel is a stunning space dreamt up by renowned avant-garde designer Philippe Starck. Head up the winding stairs to the American Bar for a cocktail against a backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline before going to the dining room to enjoy the modern European menu and views across the harbour. Signature dishes include lobster cannelloni, Wagyu beef and a silky After Eight dessert.
Every table at the Island Shangri-La’s Petrus restaurant enjoys picturesque views of Hong Kong harbour. The lavish design is reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s Paris, and the menu of modern French cuisine never disappoints. Together with the impeccable service, the extensive wine list – packed with rare vintages you won’t easily find elsewhere in Asia – is a definite highlight.
Awarded two Michelin stars at the end of 2018, Écriture is a relative newcomer to Hong Kong’s fine-dining scene. Maxime Gilbert’s celebrated menu, a Library of Flavours, is a well-cultivated fusion of refined French cooking techniques and vibrant Japanese ingredients. The combination has resulted in mouthwatering and beautifully presented dishes championing the cuisines of both regions. Book a table beside the window for awe-inspiring city views to complement your dining experience.