One of the hottest restaurants in town, Potato Head serves authentic Indonesian cuisine inspired by the indigenous tribes of the nation’s archipelago, including the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Bali. From the sambal kluwek chilli relish from East Java to the rendang dishes from Sumatra, this restaurant’s dishes are bursting with delicious native flavors. Potato Head’s calming environment features communal and bar seating as well as more intimate tables, and they’ve got an impressive cocktail menu to boot.
100 Third St, Sai Ying Pun, +85 228 586 066
This Ukrainian restaurant is modeled after a cozy Slavic country house, known as a dacha. Come for the relaxing atmosphere and warm service, as well as the delicious eastern European fare. The menu features borscht, blinis, chicken kiev, and meat kotletki, but this restaurant is most famous for its pierogi — semi-circular dumplings made of unleavened dough surrounding a sweet or savory filling.
Wing On Building, G/F, 38-40 Hollywood Rd, Central, +85 224 203 555
AJ’s Sri Lankan
For a taste of the island nation of Sri Lanka, hit up AJ’s in Sai Kung. Other Sri Lankan restaurants in Hong Kong have come and gone in past years, but none of them have replicated the longstanding success and popularity of AJ’s. The curries and samosas here are rich in flavor and complexity, and vegetarians will be delighted to find that most dishes on the menu are meat-free.
G/F, 14 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, +85 227 922 555
For authentic Sichuan cooking, look no further than Yun Yan. This restaurant is known for serving a mix of new and classic recipes from the southwest Chinese province. The cuisine is known for its use of Sichuan peppercorn, a spice known for producing a hot, tingling sensation on the tongue akin to a numbing sensation. Don’t expect the spacious interior to fetishize the cuisine — instead, a rustic brick, bamboo, and wood decor creates a modern and contemporary vibe.
1001B, Times Square Hong Kong, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, +85 223 750 800
This two-story Turkish shisha bar and restaurant in the heart of SoHo serves up some quality Mediterranean grub. Highlights include the lamb adana and the tavuk shish chicken. Don’t miss their freshly baked pita bread with dips like satsivi, baba ganoush, and Awtar hummus — the latter, the restaurant claims, is made from a secret family recipe. This being SoHo, you should expect their cocktail game to be top-notch too.
23 Staunton St, Central, +85 225 305 900
Aberdeen St Social
Aberdeen St Social is your go-to venue for modern British cuisine in sophisticated surrounds. The two-story restaurant is divided into two sections: a casual, café-like space downstairs with a bar and patio, and a more formal dining room upstairs. On the menu is a wide range of seafood and meats, as well as more traditional dishes like fish n’ chips.
G/F, JPC, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, +85 228 660 300
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This all-you-can-eat Mongolian-style buffet restaurant guarantees a satisfying feast. The vibe is casual and the décor features burnt orange-painted walls and chairs upholstered with imitation sheepskin. Diners move among the different stations, selecting from noodles, barbecued meats, seafood, vegetables, and condiments. After that, simply hand your bowl to one of the chefs and wait for your food to be cooked.
53-59 Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, +85 227 220 733
The Swiss Chalet
This convivial and cozy Swiss restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui is famous for its richly delicious cheese fondues. Dine to the sound of Swiss folk music as you dig into hearty Alpine dishes that prioritize meat and cheese, such as raclette with potatoes and roasted rack of lamb.
12-14 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, +85 221 919 197
The flavors of North Africa are on display at this welcoming SoHo restaurant that serves exceptionally tasty Egyptian tapas. In addition to classic Mediterranean dishes such as falafel and couscous, the menu’s highlights include the mezze platter served with fresh pita bread, as well as the grill platter full of sizzling meats.
26 Hollywood Rd, Central, +85 224 310 475
El Mercado focuses on Peruvian cuisine with Japanese influences, a concept born out of the influx of Japanese immigrants arriving in Peru in the early 20th century. The menu offers a wide selection of ceviche, grilled meats, seafood, and tapas. The ambiance is modern and airy, with wooden furniture and decorative plants creating a cheerful vibe.
239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, +85 223 888 009