Restaurants in Hong Kong


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Cuisine at a restaurant in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong restaurant scene definitely lends itself to experimentation. There are over 9,000 eateries packed into the region, with everything from molecular gastronomy (a fusion of chemistry and cooking) to Egyptian, French, Italian, American, Cantonese and Korean cuisine on offer. Whether a vegan, a Muslim or a devout foodie, every kind of expat will be spoilt for choice, and every kind of budget can be accommodated.
 
Newcomers to Hong Kong, before lapsing back to their hometown's delicacies, should really give Chinese cuisine a try. Most expats are surprised to find that there is actually an assortment of different styles within this bracket, and even if they’ve never been a big fan of Chinese food at home, it’s likely that there will be one specific regional flavour they would fancy.

Shanghainese food tends to be sweeter, Sichuanese food more spicy, and there's also Pekingnese, Cantonese, Chiuchow, Yunnan, Wunan, and Mongolian BBQ to sample. It will take quite a while to go through all the Chinese cuisines available, let alone the international cuisines in town.
 
Hong Kongers eat out several times a week, ranging from a Cha Chaan Teng (local fast food) to upscale restaurants. A 10 to 15 percent service charge can be expected from restaurants, while no service charge should be included for self-service cafés or fast-food chains.
 
Expatriates can keep up-to-date with all the restaurants in Hong Kong by surfing the popular dining guide Openrice.com. HK Magazine and Time Out also provide weekly restaurant suggestions, and dish out an annual restaurant guide.
 

Recommended restaurants in Hong Kong

 

Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong


Yung Kee
For the best roast goose, head over to Yung Kee. Also, try their preserved eggs with pickled ginger, BBQ suckling pig and shredded jelly-fish.
www.yungkee.com.hk
►Address: 32-40 Wellington Street, Central
►Tel: (852) 2522 1624
 
Jumbo Floating Restaurant
 
www.jumbo.com.hk
►Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen
►Tel: (852) 2553 9111
 

Western-style restaurants in Hong Kong


Felix
Designed by Philippe Starck, the ultra-contemporary eatery boasts splendid views, especially from the men's room. The restaurant serves mouth-watering dishes. Reservations are recommended, and no flip-flops, shorts, or sneakers are allowed. Leave the kids at home, children under 12 are not welcome.  
www.peninsula.com
►Address: 28/F Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
►Tel: (852) 2315 3188
 
Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill
The perfect place for American expats to find a taste of home. A hearty portion of ribs and potato skins, among other options, are served in a setting reminiscent of any US big city.
www.danryans.com/dans
►Address: 114 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
►Tel: (852) 2845 4600

The Bostonian Restaurant
Customers draw with crayons on your paper tablecloth while they wait for a well-deserved, US-inspired prime rib or Boston lobster. This American-style restaurant always claims a lively atmosphere, but the live jazz trio at brunch is not to be missed.
hongkong.langhamhotels.com
►Tel: (852) 2132 7898
 

Halal restaurants in Hong Kong


Ebeneezer's Kebab
They serve Halal food, with kebab portions much smaller than that in Britain. A quick and delightful fix.
www.ebeneezers.com
►Address: G/F, 25 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
►Tel: (852) 2114 0555
 
Islamic Food

Traditional Halal food from Western China, where the Islamic population dwells, is available in this unassuming restaurant. The Islamic beef buns are especially juicy, so diners should order one as soon as they step inside, since it is freshly made.
www.openrice.com/
►Address: 1 Lung Kong Road, Kowloon City
►Tel: (852) 2382 2822
 

Vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong


Bookworm Café
A great place for a relaxing brunch. This organic vegetarian restaurant allows patrons to dine amid a huge collection of books.
bookwormcafe.com.hk
►Address: G/F, 79, Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island
►Tel: (852) 2982 4838
 
Life Café
Being an organic vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Central, this is a great place for a workday lunch. Life carries a huge collection of Yogi organic tea, which makes a perfect office companion and coffee replacement.
www.lifecafe.com.hk
►Address: 10 Shelley Street, Soho
►Tel: (852) 2810 9777
 

Bars in Hong Kong


Sugar
This swanky alfresco rooftop bar provides an amazing view of the harbour. Expats can grab their friends and relax with their favourite cocktail.
www.sugar-hongkong.com
►Address: 32/F East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Tai Koo
►Tel: (852) 3968 3968
 
Sevva
A luxurious al fresco lounge bar that boasts a fancy wine list and sweeping views of Hong Kong.
www.sevva.hk
►Address: 25/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
►Tel: (852) 2537 1388
 

Desserts in Hong Kong


Honeymoon Desserts
Arguably the most famous dessert store in Hong Kong, Honeymoons serves the renowned pomelo and sago in mango sauce. They also have durian treats, available for those who would like to test whether they’ve acquired the Asian taste buds.
►Address: Shop 4-6, G/F Western Market, Sheung Wan
►Tel: 2851 2606
 
Yuk Yip Dessert  
Yuk Yip is a rather primitive street dining stall that serves delicious desserts, like sesame soup and green bean soup.
www.openrice.com/
►Address: outside of 2 Elgin Street, Central
►Tel: (852) 2544 3795 
 

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