With lots of shopping malls, shopping streets, and restaurants, Mong Kok is definitely one of the most popular districts in Hong Kong, and is a great place for tourists to experience the local life and culture. Although it is not a prosperous business zone like Central or Tsim Sha Tsui, there are still lots of great restaurants which serve diners with fabulous cuisine. Read our guide to the best places to eat in the area.
Ming Court was selected as a two Michelin star restaurant from 2010 to 2013, and was regarded as one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Tourism Board in 2005, just a year after the restaurant’s opening. If you want to have authentic Cantonese cuisine, you should definitely go to Ming Court, as they specialize in making Cantonese dishes and dim sums which are decent, appetizing, delicious and flavoursome. With sophisticated interior and comfy seating, dining in Ming Court is just a fabulous experience.
Located in the Royal Plaza Hotel, La Scala is famous for their fabulous daily buffets which serve a wide range of International cuisine, including plentiful fresh seafood, the Japanese sashimi, the French foie gras, as well as a lot of decent desserts and fine beverage. The restaurant is spacious, and you can walk around to take any food or drinks you like, but it will be quite difficult to choose among such a large quantity of gourmet food.
By paying around HKD200 to 250, you can already order whatever food in Banmoto Japanese Restaurant as they offer a Japanese-style buffet. The restaurant provides plenty of food for diners, including different kinds of sashimi, grilled New Zealand lamb chop, the mussel with cream sauce and basil, and the delicious Japanese-style fresh crab congee. Although it is a buffet, the food is very fresh as the chefs prepare dishes after receiving orders, and the portions are still very big.
Lou Dim Dim Sum serves diners with a range of Cantonese dim sums, but they specialize in making the East-meets-West ones which contain a lot of Western elements. Most of their dishes are really innovative and exotic, as well as incredibly delicious. Their rice in a bamboo pot topped with steamed shrimp meat is particularly popular, as the rice is chewy and bamboo-scented, while the shrimp meat is appetizing and fresh. Other dim sums served in bamboo containers are also fabulous that you should better give them a try.
Opening hours: 11-2am daily
Watch out for: the rice in a bamboo pot topped with steamed shrimp meat
Spicy Andong located on the busy Pak Po Street should be the first eatery in Hong Kong to provide the traditional Korean-style stewed chicken which tastes spicy, salty and savoury. They stew the meaty chicken with noodles, carrots, potatoes, and vegetables, and the toppings are incredibly delicious after absorbing the flavoursome sauce and chicken oil. Spicy Andong’s other Korean dishes are appetizing as well, diners can try the colourful kimbap (rice roll), the beef rice in stone pot, and their various Korean drinks.
Located in a basement, The Live House is definitely the restaurant that music lovers should go, as they apply music as the main theme and the whole restaurant is decorated with gramophone records, posters and photos of famous bands and singers. Their range of Western-style food is fabulous and decent, including the juicy 16oz Angus prime rib eye steak, the meaty lamb chop, and the fresh seafood pasta. The atmosphere of this music restaurant is great as well, since they hold awesome live music performances regularly.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5.30pm-1am; Fri-Sat 5.30pm-2am; Sun 5.30pm-1am
Lei Garden provides diners with a wide variety of Cantonese dishes fused with Western elements, such as the double-boiled sea whelk soup, the pan-fried shark fin with fresh crab meat, the crispy roast pork, and the braised abalone with fresh goose liver. With traditional recipes and innovative ideas, their dishes are decent and delicious, being suitable for the older generation, as well as catering for the younger ones. While the interior of this restaurant is sophisticated and spacious so that you will surely have a good time dining here.
Full Cup Café is an upstairs eatery providing diners with plentiful decent food and special drinks. The smoked salmon angel hair pasta is tasty, as the sauce is great and the salmon is fresh, while the rice with beef cubes in green curry is savoury and appetizing. They various colourful and fabulous beverages are a must, ranging from only HKD60 to 90. Located upstairs, Full Cup Café offers a relaxing and quite dining environment for diners, while it is also a nice spot for peer gatherings as they have several big tables.
Chuen Cheung Kui has been serving Hong Kong’s residents with authentic Hokka and Cantonese cuisines for more than 60 years, and the various traditional Hokka dishes are just unique and fabulous. Their signature salt baked chicken is delicious, the chicken is directly imported from Lung Kong, being very juicy, tender and flavoursome, while the steamed yellow eel seasoned by dried mandarin skins is really appetizing and has a special yet tasty flavour. Cheun Cheung Kui is a spacious comfy eatery which is particularly suitable for family gatherings.
If you want to eat healthily, Veggie Family is definitely somewhere you should go as they offer a wide variety of light vegetarian dishes. They don’t just offer Cantonese-style vegetarian dishes, but also other cuisines, including Japanese, European, and Chinese. Their signature tofu and assorted mushroom in black truffle sauce is fabulous, the sauce is very savoury, and the mushroom is fresh. Their staff are hospitable and friendly, so if you don’t know what to eat in a vegetarian restaurant, feel free to ask them and they will surely make great recommendation for you.
Opening hours: 11.30am-11pm daily
Watch out for: the tofu and assorted mushroom in black truffle sauce