With around one restaurant to every 300 people, according to government figures, Hong Kong’s density of restaurants is a mixed blessing. It’s great to have so many choices, but for foodies plagued by gluttony or indecision, it’s sometimes hard to make up your mind. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a very nice problem to have, but if you are in a mood where you just don’t know what you want … there are a few eateries that might have what you’re looking for.
This isn’t fusion cuisine; this is straight up the best of both East and West.
Fancy Michelin-starred Italian food? They have pages of options (the lobster and broccolini ravioli with potato cream sauce is a treat, as is the pan-fried sea bass with king prawn). But if you have a hankering for Japanese instead – well, they can do that too, with excellent sushi, sashimi and Wagyu dishes. For some, the idea of switching regions mid-meal might be too much, but others will feel their foodie needs have finally been understood.
Tip: order the innovative sushi platter for a bit of everything. The stone-grilled Wagyu beef sirloin and crispy garlic chips are super.
If you’re in a group, this is an easy way of keeping everyone happy, plus the cocktails are excellent. An added bonus is the view, looking out across Victoria Harbour, which is one of the best in Kowloon, day or night.
29/F and 30/F, One Peking Road, TST, 3427 2288
Named one of Asia’s best restaurants, this is Chinese cuisine with a twist. Chef Alvin Leung uses molecular-gastronomy techniques to give diners unusual takes on traditional dishes. His egg waffles, a staple on Hong Kong’s streets, are reinvented with mustard and Ibérico ham. Try the molecular xiao long bao – served up on a single spoon, it’s just one mouthful, but with all the flavour of the much-beloved soup dumplings. Opt for the Chef Menu for a litany of surprises for the palate from this three-Michelin-starred team.
2/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, 2850 8371
If you’re struggling to pick an eatery, why not opt for a five-star liquid dinner instead? The Woods offers a culinary take on cocktails and an excellent seasonal tasting menu. Go for the innovative prix fixe menu, where the cocktail is the heart of each course and the bites of food are essentially a delicious sideshow. The produce is market fresh, the liquor is artisanal and the delivery is creative. You’ll be so swept up by all the beautiful details, you’ll forget your indecision. But be warned, there are only eight seats for their cocktail dinner.
LG/F, 17-19 Hollywood Road, Central, 2522 0281
You can basically eat your way around Asia at this restaurant, with dishes from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – including everything from beef rendang and tandoori chicken to lamb masala and Thai-style roasted pork neck. Even the most difficult diner can find something to tempt on their extensive menu. Decked out colonial style, it’s lovely and cool inside. But the real treat is dining in the spacious outdoor area, where you can look out and see an expanse of uninterrupted blue, a rare thing in Hong Kong.
109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2292 2821
Tucked away on the 16th floor in a non-descript building in the heart of industrial Wong Chuk Hang, Dine Art feels like a very exclusive secret. But if you are craving something different to your usual haunts, then this private kitchen/art gallery offers a feast for the senses. The 4,000-square-foot venue has an open kitchen on one side, from where Chef Cosimo Taddei serves his classic Italian fare. The walls are adorned with a range of fine art – everyone from Australian painter Fred Williams to China’s renowned Zao Wou-Ki.
16/F A, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, 2805 8555
A hidden treasure in Kennedy Town, every trip to Missy Ho’s is different. If you’re not sure what kind of night you want, this place is full of the promise of debauchery. It’s perfectly possible to have a cosy, romantic meal for two, sharing plates such as the salmon and mango ceviche salad and roasted duck and sampling their potent cocktails, but it’s just as possible to end the night downing shots with strangers clad in fancy dress or swinging from the chair attached to the ceiling.
G/F, Sincere Western House, 48 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, 2817 3808
When you don’t know what you want, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic South Indian thali: a little bit of everything, from curries and pickles to dosas and parathas. Plus it’s reasonably priced, so if you’re still not sated, you can have a second dinner somewhere else without busting your budget.
4/F, Ashley Centre, 23-25 Ashley Road, TST, 2736 1127