As Asia’s world city, Hong Kong is a crossroads for many different cultures, which makes it a melting pot of choices when it comes to different types of cuisine. With over 10,000 restaurants, the variety of dining options available can be quite overwhelming. If you’re in Hong Kong on vacation or a business trip, here are five of my favorite places to eat.
1. Tsui Wa Restaurant – Diner style with traditional Chinese breakfast items.
Locally called Chaa Chan Ting, this fast-paced diner is where people go to grab a quick breakfast or lunch when they’re in a hurry. On the menu you’ll find comfort foods such as macaroni with ham, a cup of milk tea, or a toasted bun with sweetened condensed milk. I recommend trying a hot coke with lemon and ginger.
Address: Multiple Locations. Check website below for one nearest you.
2. Little Bao! – American comfort foods with a creative Asian twist.
This little restaurant has a lot of spunk, and it was probably my favorite meal in Asia. The menu is a collection of American comfort foods with a fun gourmet Asian twist (and vice versa) that makes it pleasing to all palates. From young-to-old, from locals to expats, this one is a big crowd pleaser. On the menu you’ll find creative burgers and sandwiches made with a bao, an Asian rice bun. Everything from pork belly sliders to a toasted bao and green tea ice cream sandwich. It’s like a kid’s meal that’s made for adults.
The atmosphere is casual and friendly, with a culture of sharing. The only rule is baos are not allowed to be cut in half as Chef May thinks they taste better when your fingers are sticky and sauce is dripping from your mouth with all the flavors coming together in one bite. I agree.
Address: 66 Staunton St, Central, Hong Kong
3. Aberdeen Street Social at the PMQ – Best boozy brunch in Hong Kong.
The trendy new PMQ is the place to be on the weekends, and Aberdeen Street Social is the place to brunch. The former Police Married Quarters have been converted from it’s heritage as a school and police apartments to a sort of vintage style mall of artist lofts and studios for create-prenuers. Spend a lazy weekend morning browsing what’s new at PMQ and then order a hand-crafted cocktail, artisan pastries, and lobster benedict for brunch at Aberdeen Street Social.
Address: 35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
4. Maxim’s Palace at City Hall – Traditional dim sum with a view of the harbor.
If you’re looking for a traditional dim sum lunch, Maxim’s is the place to go. One thing that through me for a loop is that everyone kept saying the best dim sum is at city hall. But, Hong Kong’s “city hall” isn’t a government building, it’s a performance venue and art gallery. No wonder they’re known for their cuisine. Maxim’s Palace offers over 100 styles of dim sum and an excellent view of the harbor if you’re able to catch a seat by the window. Since they don’t take reservations, be prepared to list your name and wait a bit, but the experience is worth it.
Address: 2/F, Low Block, City Hall, Central, Hong Kong
5. Mott 32 – Modern Dim Sum
Mott 32 is dim sum with a touch of art deco class. Located in the basement of the Standard Charter Bank Building, Mott 32 is named after the first Chinese shop that opened in NYC on Mott Street. And although the decor is vintage, the food is elegant and modern with an east-meets-west fusion.
Address: Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Rd, Hong Kong
Honorable Mention: Bibo
With such a limited amount of time in Hong Kong, I didn’t actually get a chance to eat here. But having afternoon drinks at this speak-easy style French fine dining restaurant had me feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland and that descending the staircase to Bibo was like falling down the rabbit hole. One part modern art, one part vintage decor, if the food is anything like the design, it will be a party for the senses. According to Time Out Hong Kong, it’s worth the hype. Check out Time Out’s review for more details on the food.