Whether you’re in Hong Kong for business or pleasure, one thing’s for sure: you’re in for an amazing dining experience. There well over 15,000 restaurants in Hong Kong offering cuisine from all around the world so it stands to reason that more than a few are excellent places to dine. For fine dining heaven, complete with creative artistry and molecular gastronomy, you’ve come to the right place.
No other city in the world boasts quite as eclectic a dining scene as Hong Kong. Considered to be one of the best culinary destinations in Asia, Hong Kong offers a multitude of venues and cuisines that keep foodies interested – from traditional dim sum to creative concepts in which East meets West. Here is a list of top 10 Culinary Experiences in Hongkong.
1. RyuGin, Hong Kong
If you want to dine at a restaurant with a view, RyuGin almost certainly has to make the cut.
Located on the 101st floor of the landmark ICC, Hong Kong’s tallest building, the modern Japanese restaurant offers diners striking views of West Kowloon’s harbor and Hong Kong’s skylines – with the food to match the experience.
With dishes featuring exotic foods that will not be found in Hong Kong, you could be forgiven for momentarily thinking you’re in Tokyo. But that’s exactly the dining experience Michelin star chef Seiji Yamamoto has sought to create, and with ingredients flown in daily from Japan, the restaurant certainly delivers with its ten-course Kaiseki meal.
Yamamoto’s first overseas venture, RyuGin has been recognized with two Michelin stars and boasts two private dining rooms.
Add: 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 00852 2302 0222
2. Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong
With a cellar that houses Hong Kong’s largest selection of artisanal French cheeses and carefully selected wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, three-Michelin-starred Caprice is on the checklist of just about every food critic eager to try out the restaurant’s fresh, innovative twist on French classics.
Located at the Four Seasons Hotel in Central district, the restaurant boasts first-class views of Victoria Harbour, while blending together the aesthetics of France and China for a unique ‘Chinoiserie’ dining experience.
Add: Podium 6, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central
Tel: 00852 3196 8860 / 00852 3196 8888
3. Liberty Private Works, Hong Kong
If exclusivity is what you’re after, you’ll be right on the money with Liberty Private Works. But with bookings few and far between, you’ll have to be prepared for a fight to get a spot on the private table for up to 26 diners.
Once there, you’re treated to executive chef Vicky Cheng and his team preparing their inventive dishes from scratch right in front of your eyes.
Featuring an eight-course, French menu that can be paired with wine, the restaurant captivates diners with its beautiful, bold plates, exquisite flavors and unique atmosphere, which makes for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Add: 26/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central
Tel: 00852 5186 3282
4. The Ocean
Le Comptoir group continues its hot streak of churning out hip, stylish dining destinations, and we can’t help but be drawn in hook, line and sinker. Boasting stunning azure-washed décor and panoramic sea views, The Ocean is a study in dining with the senses, with tranquil atmosphere, exquisite tableware and artful plating working in harmony to create memorable feasts. We’re not saying it’s the best Japanese or seafood in town, but executive chef Agustin Balbi and sushi chef Yukio Kimijima (formerly of Sushi Ta-ke) have done an excellent job of illustrating the marriage of art and food that Le Comptoir is known for, making this destination worth the splurge.
Add: The Ocean, 303-304, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
Tel: 00852 2889 5939
5. Ore-no Kappou
Billed as Michelin for the masses, Ore-no Kappou lets you cheat a bit at dining in a fancy location, on fancy dishes, and with fancy company, at a fraction of the price. This Japanese import brings over a handful of two-Michelin-starred dishes from the original Ginza Okamoto in Japan, including sliced abalone with Japanese cucumber, grilled Kagoshima pork loin with miso, and our favorite, a moist miso-marinated grilled cod. With standing-room-only at a third of the tables, and speedy service, Ore-no is able to keep prices fairly reasonable—although you could also easily splurge here if you opt for the full two-star treatment.
Add: 6/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Tel: 00852 2328 3302
6. On Dining Kitchen + Lounge
Hot on the heels of his success at Upper Modern Bistro, Chef Philippe Orrico grabbed the attention of the Michelin man again with this sophisticated new venture. The appointment of the coveted star last month confirmed what we already knew—that chef Orrico can create that wow factor in the kitchen, marrying classic flavors in exciting combinations that are familiar yet new all at once. Don’t miss the amped-up beef and tuna tartare, or the flawless 63-degree egg with frog legs and pearl barley in a comté emulsion.
Add: 18 On Lan St, Central
Tel: 00852 2174 8100
7. Tycoon Tann
In a town dominated by fantastic, dirt-cheap Chinese food on every street corner, is it even worth shelling out more than $100 for char siu and fried rice? Yes, when it comes to Tycoon Tann, the trendy contemporary Chinese restaurant-bar that’s nailed a winning combination of classic and cool. Covering three stories of prime real estate space on Wellington Street, Tycoon Tann does avant-garde fine dining with a classical Chinese foundation, plating up char siu made with Hungarian Mangalica hog, crispy salted chicken and crunchy fried rice with abalone, shrimp and conpoy. Don’t leave without trying the refreshing Chinese-inspired cocktails from the ground floor Mod Bar.
Add: 74 Wellington St, Central
Tel: 00852 3125 3228
Pierre – a stunning two Michelin-starred restaurant, situated on the Mandarin-Oriental’s 25th floor offering floor-to-ceiling windows framing Victoria Harbour — is Pierre Gagnaire’s pied-a-terre in Hong Kong. Gagnaire is the wizard of innovative French gastronomy, and one of the mostoriginal and artistic chefs in the world today. His astonishingly intricate and elaborate dishes are often described as “modern French”, although his style remains firmly rooted in the French cooking tradition, resulting in dishes that are exquisitely presented and utterly original. Under the watchful eye of Jean-Denis Le Bras, Chef de Cuisine at Pierre, the menuchanges seasonally, with express lunch and degustation dinner menus served alongside the a-la-carte choices. (852-2825-4001)
Add: 5 Connaught Road Central
Tel: 00852 2825 4001
9. Fook Lam Moon
Don’t be surprised if you are eating next to a celebrity or your waiter is good friends with Hong Kong’s richest men. Fook Lam Moon, a family-run restaurant, has satisfied some of the most demanding taste buds over more than six decades. Food is expensive (an average bill stands around US$150 per head) but it’s divine. All the Hong Kong seafood staples are on the menu: abalone, bird’s nest and lobster. Roast suckling pig is a must-try which consists of melt-in-your-mouth crispy skin and savory juicy meat. The dainty lau sa bao is another signature, which is a soft steamed bun filled with liquid custard made with egg yolk, butter and sugar. Be careful, the filling can be piping hot.
Add: Shop 3, G/F, Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Tel: 00852 2366 0286
10. Sha Tin 18
Named after the hotel’s street address number “18” which also means good fortune in terms of Feng Shui, Sha Tin 18 is a new concept for Hong Kong, and one of the best Chinese restaurants serving authentic Dongguan and northern Chinese cuisine in a lively show kitchen environment. Customers can choose to appreciate a front row view of the chefs in action in the show kitchens, and enjoy the delicacies prepared by the chefs. Signature items include tossed mustard greens, beancurd sheet, shallots, Houjie pan-fried fish cakes, Chinese dried sausages, handmade noodles and dumplings, traditional Peking duck and homemade Chinese-style ice-creams and desserts. Guests can also dine in one of the five private dining rooms for business lunches, meetings and private gatherings. The spacious outdoor terrace is perfect for alfresco dining with an outdoor bar, and can accommodate up to eight tables for banquets and weddings.
Add: 4/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 3723 7932