Most people like to dine away from their hotel at least once during their stay. The following are just a few of the best restaurants in Hong Kong for a family meal, a romantic night out, or that special occasion.
10 Best Restaurants in Hong Kong
While featuring a French restaurant as one of the foodie things to do in Hong Kong may seem a little off-key. The Michelin starred owner, Julien Royer, has another restaurant in Singapore, which was voted the best restaurant in Asia 2019.
The elegant decor, with casual, laid back furnishings, is a deliberate attempt to remove the stuffy atmosphere that envelopes many top class restaurants, and it works. Louise is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks and drinks in the downstairs bar, and more formal evening meals in the upstairs restaurant.
Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
2. Man Wah
Enjoy a meal with a view at this Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant. Situated on the 25th floor, the vista across the Hong Kong skyline is as spectacular as the food.
Serving Chinese and Asian dishes, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten- free options, you can enjoy brunch, lunch, or an evening meal from a comprehensive menu and impressive drinks list.
Address: 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
Web: Man Wah
3. Yan Toh Heen
Another Michelin starred restaurant, it is situated in the Hong Kong Intercontinental, but open to all. Yan Toh Heen is also in the top 20 Dim Sum eateries on Hong Kong.
One of the areas favourite dishes, Dim Sum comprises not one dish, but a series of different bite size small baskets or platters, which can contain vegetables with prawns, pork, chicken, occasionally fish, or a mixture of.
Traditionally offered with tea, Dim Sum can be served as a snack, starter, or full meal, and is widely available from street food vendors right through to high end restaurants.
Address: 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui InterContinental, Hong Kong
Web: Yan Toh Heen
4. Tsui Wah
With outlets across the region and Singapore, Tsui Wah is one of a chain of very popular restaurants offering Cantonese, Asian and Western cuisine, including Italian pasta. Enjoy a beer while you choose from the extensive menu.
Crispy condensed milk buns are a favourite everywhere. If you’re not sure, curried beef brisket and fish ball noodles are both very popular. This is a busy restaurant, so if you visit during lunch or dinner peak times, you may have to wait for a table.
Address: 15-19 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Web: Tsui Wah
5. Otto e Mezzo Bombana
For authentic Italian cuisine away from Italy, this restaurant is it. Head chef of Otto e Mezzo (8½ in Italian), Umberto Bombana, has an impressive pedigree, having overseen the kitchens of Toscana, at the Ritz-Carlton, for many years. If you want fine dining you’re in the right place.
With the highest quality ingredients in everything, the menu offers such delights as: lobster and mozzarella salad with pate negra, caviar, and Belon oyster in Bellini. Marinated beef tenderloin. Homemade tagliatelle and pork ragu, or braised veal fillet and cheek over a barley risotto.
Address: Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong
Web: Otto e Mezzo Bombana
6. Tung Po
Over the years, Hong Kong’s increasingly stringent hygiene laws have driven most of the street food stall operators off the streets, until now there are just 28 genuine street vendors remaining.
Some just gave up, and began to make their living in other areas, but many moved indoors, and a whole new kind of street food was born. Tung Po, is one such establishment.
From its Cantonese deep-fried and stir-fried dishes, to its excellent seafood cuisine, Tung Po has successfully made the transition from street food stall, to street food restaurant, without losing any of its flair or flavour.
A popular restaurant with both locals and returning visitors, be prepared to wait for a table if you arrive during peak periods.
Address: Java Road Market and Cooked Food Center, 2/F 99 Java Road, North Point
7. Lei Garden
A traditional Cantonese dim sum restaurant established in 1973, Lei Garden now has 9 restaurants in Hong Kong, and 15 spread throughout Macau, Singapore, and China.
One of the best restaurants in Hong Kong, it is famous for its unique take on dim sum, as well as Chinese seasonal puddings, glutinous rice dumplings, and large selection of mid-autumn festival mooncakes.
Lei Garden signature dishes include: Crispy rice crust in a concentrated lobster bisque, and homemade preserved meat cooked in a clay pot.
Address: 10/F, Times Square,1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Web: Lei Garden
Take a 24 seat Japanese restaurant, add probably the best ramen you’ll get in Hong Kong, and what have you got? A long wait if you arrive during busy periods. A wait worth the time though, if you have a love of genuine Japanese noodle soup.
Their noodles are made fresh, and come with a broth just bursting with flavour. You can request your own spiciness levels, and will find a range of seasonings on the table.
Popular dishes include curry beef ramen, pork ramen, and seasoned hard boiled eggs, which are popular as an extra with the ramen.
Address: 466-472 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei
9. Home-made Cuisine
The big boast of Home-made Cuisine is they don’t use any Monosodium glutamate (MSG) in their food preparation. In fact every bowl is, ‘just like momma used to make’.
As in so many of Hong Kong’s old town streets, Jaffe Road is a mix of fabulous street food eateries, alongside some of the best restaurants in Hong Kong.
With its small, almost stage-door like entrance, this little gem is easy to miss, and gone will be your chance to sample the best home cooked street food on Hong Kong Island.
The usual staples of shrimp, prawn, spare ribs, and stir-fried veg are available, alongside crab meat birds nest soup, and roast chicken. This is a busy, popular restaurant with both locals and visitors, so arriving early is recommended.
Especially so if you want to try their signature dish, whole chicken stuffed with prawns and fried rice. With crispy skin and succulent, juicy chicken blending with the prawns and rice, it is so popular that many locals order it in advance of their visit, to ensure availability.
Address: Shop 6-7, G/F, 379 Jaffe Road Wan Chai, Hong Kong
10. Din Tai Fung
Are you a lover of dim sum and Chinese dumplings? Then a visit to Din Tai Fung Dumpling House should be on your itinerary. If you’ve never sampled either, now is a good time to start.
Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant chain founded in 1972 and now has branches across Asia and the United States.
Receiving international accolades since the 1990s, in 2010, Din Tai Fung, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, was awarded one Michelin star. The first ever Taiwanese restaurant to be awarded the honour.
This is a large restaurant that is always busy. Their steamed pork buns and soup dumplings are a big hit with the locals. Try, hot and sour soup with shredded pork and beancurd. Or Vermicelli soup with fried beancurd and pork rolls. Din Tai Fung wontons are a big hit.
Din Tai Fung is one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong.
Address: G/F, 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay
Web: Din Tai Fung