By now you’ve noticed that we love food as much as we love traveling. The thing that trumps both? Traveling FOR food! While Hong Kong‘s dining game is on point with a plethora of choices including the obvious favourites of Amber, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Tengu Ryugin, here are 7 of our personal favourites for Hong Kong’s hottest restaurants – a mix of established restaurants and exciting new and casual picks!
Authentic New York-Italian food in Hong Kong? It can only be Carbone. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Godfather movie, thanks to all the leather banquettes, stiff white tablecloths, magenta tuxedo-ed waiters and even an old school bar. Thankfully they don’t speak in fake Italian accents, and there’s even a dessert cart!
Try this: Their lamb chop, chicken scarpariello and veal parmesan – to die for!
Address: 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central/Lan Kwai Fong, +852 2593 2593
#2 Mott 32
It’s won several awards including a place on Hong Kong Tatler’s Top 20 Best Restaurants 2015, and it’s no wonder why. You’ll not only love the stunning interiors of Mott 32, but its fresh take on Chinese cuisine that also takes in influences from Japan and Europe. We love its stylish and well-heeled vibe, and their cocktails are as good as it gets (pssst TheLuxeNomad.com’s VIP members get extra special treatment here).
Try this: Mapo tofu with South Australian lobster, Kurobuta pork siu mai with quails’ eggs, apple wood-roasted Peking duck that needs to be ordered 24-hours in advance.
Address: Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, +852 2885 8688
#3 Mr & Mrs Fox
This chic and cosy spot has fast become one of Hong Kong’s favourites, thanks to its friendly service, rustic country-style decor, perfect people-watching location, and of course, the international cuisine with an Asian twist. Chef Joey Sergentakis (formerly the chef at The Upper House‘s Café Gray Deluxe) leads this modern steakhouse that also has a hidden library ‘fox den’ on the 3rd floor which caters to private parties.
Try this: The M9 Australian wagyu strip steak, salt-baked snapper, tiered seafood platter.
Address: 23 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, +852 697 8500
While the word ‘organic’ may be enough to turn foodies off, Locofama’s food is neither bland nor boring. This organic restaurant and grocery shop opened by chef and nutritionist Justin Chan is calm and casual, but the healthy menu packs a bomb in terms of flavour. You might have to wait a while as they cook everything from scratch, and slow-food, is well…slow (but so worth it!).
Try this: Black truffle crab dip, slow-cooked organic chicken served with coconut curry and quinoa, and the miso salmon!
Address: 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2547 7668
In a city where the western dining scene is flourishing, we can’t leave out a Hong Kong staple – dim sum! We love The Mira hotel’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, Cuisine Cuisine’s popular unlimited dim sum brunch. You’ll want to add on the HK$150 for free-flow wine and champagne on top of the HK$498 that includes free-flow soft drinks. Get in early as it can get packed.
Try this: Pork belly rolls served with garlic and chilli sauce, shrimp dumplings with caviar, wild mushroom and black truffle dumplings, and the chilled mango cream with sago and pomelo.
Address: 3/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2315 5222
This ain’t your typical Thai restaurant from down the road. The award-winning restaurant from Bangkok has opened a sister venue, bringing its signature dishes and traditional Thai flavours to Hong Kong. It may have had a rough start with slow service, but reviews seem to show improvement!
Try this: Lamb shank Mussaman curry, wok-sauteed short-grain rice, spice-rubbed pork back ribs, and Issaya-spiced Sankaburee chicken.
Address: 25/F, Soundwill Plaza II Midtown, 1 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, +852 2154 3048
#7 The Sky Boss
What’s better than The Boss? The Sky Boss (obviously). The combination of a Michelin-starred team with spectacular views from the International Commerce Centre is a hit – freshly flown ingredients daily, a bird-cage bar area, private rooms – what else could you ask for?
Try this: Sweet and savoury baked spare ribs with yuzu sauce, crispy prawns with salty egg yolk, Hokkaido scallops and sea cucumbers, Yoshihama abalones and black truffles.
Address: Shop B2, 101/F, International Commerce Ctr, 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, +852 3955 1755