Hong Kong

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From glamorous bank-breakers befitting of any cosmopolitan metropolis to no-pretenses street kitchens, Hong Kong keeps visitors well-fed and happy. Tip: stretch your dollars by having your biggest meal at lunch, when you’ll likely get more for less. Chinese and Western options are equally abundant city-wide.

Top Restaurants in Hong Kong

Beijing Shui Jiao Wong, a.k.a Peking Dumpling Wong

Northern Chinese-style beef, pork, or vegetable dumplings – either boiled or fried, depending on how healthy you’re feeling, and served with or without soup – are the lip-smacking signature at this cheap and cheerful mainstay. It also serves excellent sweet and sour pork, and guo tie, a.k.a. pot stickers.

118 Jaffe Rd., 011-852-2527-0289
Tags: budget | editor pick | great value | chinese

Café Deco

With a name like Cafe Deco it should come as no surprise that the trimmings in this trendy, airy restaurant with wooden floors are authentic Art Deco, many of them imported from Europe and the U.S. Diners listen to strains of jazz while filling up on Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Italian, or American fare. The panoramas of Hong Kong, which can be had both inside and outside, are mouth-dropping (book at least a week in advance for the best views). There’s even a children’s play corner.

Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Rd., 011-852-2849-5111, www.cafedecogroup.com
Tags: family | international | moderate | views | trendy

Da Domenico

This trattoria has been getting the attention of committed foodies – both locally and from afar.  Find beautifully prepared southern Italian dishes, with many of the ingredients flown in from Italy twice a week. Try the red shrimp linguini and do not leave until you have experienced the tiramisu. Chef Alessandro Palluzzi’s father once owned a restaurant of the same name in Rome. Result: His son now owns what’s sometimes considered the top Italian restaurant in the city.

10-12 G/F Sunning Plaza, 10 Hysan Ave., 011-852-2882-8013
Tags: expensive | notable chef | trendy | italian

Jade Garden

Quiet and sophisticated, Jade Garden serves fine dim sum and à la carte Cantonese food in a relaxed setting with views overlooking Victoria Harbour. Go for dim sum at lunch, and stir-fried minced pigeon with lettuce leaves, drunken shrimp cooked in Chinese rice wine, or the Peking duck for dinner. English menus are available.

4/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Rd., 011-852-2730-6888
Tags: family | moderate | views | chinese

Jumbo Floating Restaurant

So what if it’s a tourist stop? That’s half the fun at this gargantuan seafood mecca (hey, even Tom Cruise, John Wayne, and England’s Queen Elizabeth II have visited, and so have 30 million others, availing themselves of the floating restaurant’s 2,300 seats). Kids especially dig the glitzy lights and the short boat ride from the pier. The three-story restaurant (and theme park, wine garden, exhibition hall, and cooking school) serves both Cantonese and Western fare, and overlooks the water like a Chinese dragon fish among its guppies.

Shum Wan Pier Dr., Wong Chuk Hang, 011-852-2553-9111, www.jumbo.com.hk
Tags: family | moderate | chinese

Life Cafe

Food doesn’t come much fresher or natural than at Life Café. Vegetable lasagna and tofu and vegetable samosas are a few of the tempting dishes available. Drinks are equally diverse, ranging from organic wine and beer to protein shakes, juices, and tea. Guests with dietary restrictions are happily catered to as well. The rooftop dining area is a little green oasis in the middle of the bustling Central district. Life’s so green that even the restaurant’s cleaning agents are guaranteed to be eco-friendly.

10 Shelley St., 011-852-2810-9777, www.lifecafe.com.hk
Tags: budget | vegetarian

Lung King Heen

On the fourth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Lung King Heen was the first Chinese restaurant in the world to win three Michelin stars back in 2009. (The same Four Seasons is now also the only hotel in the world to have two Michelin-three-star restaurants, thanks to contemporary French Caprice, which won a third star in 2011.) Hong Kong-born chef Chan Yan Tak came out of retirement to join the Lung King Heen team when it opened with the hotel in 2005. The décor is modern and sleek: an undulating silver-leaf ceiling, and plenty of views of the Kowloon skyline. At lunch, the concentration is on dim sum. At dinner, explore appetizers like crispy suckling pig, steamed duck liver flavored with abalone sauce, and wok-fried Wagyu beef cubes with Japanese green pepper. Then move on to the Lung King Heen seafood combination: steamed star grouper fillet with ginger and spring onions, sautéed scallops in spicy plum sauce, and wok-fried prawns with dried chili and shallots. After your meal, do yourself a real favor, and stay for the night.

8 Finance St., 011-852-3196-8880, www.fourseasons.com/hongkong
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | views | chinese

NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong

Fresh Fish Fans of NOBU restaurants will be thrilled to learn that the famed Asian eatery opened in fall 2006 in the InterContinental Hong Kong, the second of what are now three locations in Asia. The sleek space is designed by the Rockwell Group and features several signature dishes from chef/owner Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who pioneered Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine. These include yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, a tuna tempura roll, and his signature black cod with miso. Beyond the food, you’ll gape at the 450,000 pencil sea urchins suspended from the ceiling and bamboo embedded inside the terrazzo walls. In recent years, the InterCon has transformed into one of Hong Kong’s top dining destinations. First, celebrity chef Alain Ducasse opened his Michelin-starred high-concept SPOON, followed by the STEAK HOUSE Winebar + Grill, which has the only charcoal grill in Hong Kong and a cellar with 430 vintages. And, of course, there’s also Michelin-starred Yan Toh Heen. If you find yourself satisfied in every possible way, you can also sign up for a four-hour Saturday cooking lesson with chefs from all four restaurants.

18 Salisbury Rd., 011-852-2721-1211, www.intercontinental.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | trendy | hotel restaurant | sushi

Pierre

Nibble on creative dishes like roast pork with fennel and cabbage, chanterelle and langoustine casserole with fortified sweet wine, or the wonderful passion du citron dessert as you marvel at the Harbour views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of chef Pierre Gagnaire’s sleek, eponymous Michelin two-star Hong Kong “pied-a-terre” atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

5 Connaught Rd., 011-852-2825-4001, www.mandarinoriental.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | editor pick | smart splurge | views | french

Rainbow Seafood Restaurant

Lamma Island is the third-largest island in Hong Kong, and a lovely place for an afternoon stroll, an easy hike, or a visit to the beach. You can buy a round-trip ticket there from Central Ferry Pier 4 on Hong Kong Island, or travel there for free with a reservation at Rainbow Seafood Restaurant, a sprawling family-style seafood institution on Lamma Island’s Sok Kwu Wan pier. Choose from a set menu, or select your own fish directly from Rainbow’s many tanks. Specialties include fried star grouper fillet with steamed head and tail, lobster fried with 10 different kinds of butter, and spicy sea snails with a wine hot pot. You can book your table and ferry reservations online.

23-25 First St., Sok Kwu Wan, 011-852-2982-8100, www.rainbowrest.com.hk
Tags: family | moderate | views | waterfront | chinese

SEVVA

If the Sex and the City cast ever made a movie in Hong Kong, the group would feel at home nursing cocktails at SEVVA (pronounced "savor"). There, Joseph Boroski, a New York bartender who cameoed in the HBO series, produces beyond-Cosmo concoctions like a Bloody Mary flavored with wasabi and lemongrass; a caipirinha made with cabbage; and gin flavored with Chinese tea. In season, white truffles are a must-have at this venue, which serves both Western and Chinese fare, though the prices will remind you to keep slowing down and savor. The roast pigeon is also excellent.

The brainchild of socialite and former fashion exec Bonnie Gokson, SEVVA inhabits a 22,000-square-foot space on the 25th floor of Central Hong Kong's Prince's Building. In-your-face views of the city's most distinctive towers (Norman Foster's HSBC headquarters and I. M. Pei's Bank of China building) make the wraparound terrace the hottest perch in the city. Sunset cocktail hours, with Cuban pop or live jazz, are especially popular. Indoors, the Carrie Bradshaws of Hong Kong play out scenes in the Taste Bar (with tapas and wine), Ms. B's Sweets (a cake shop with a 1950s chandelier designed for the British embassy in Rome), or two grand dining rooms, including one with a luminous vaulted ceiling. Other Hong Kong spots may earn higher marks for food and service but SEVVA’s mix of memorable cocktails and unforgettable views provides the high point of a night on the town. 2009 Smart Luxury Award winner

25 Fl., Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., 011-852-2537-1388, www.sevvahk.com
Tags: romance | international | expensive | smart luxury winner | trendy | chinese

Shang Palace

Long considered one of Hong Kong’s favorites and a Michelin-star winner year after year, Shang Palace will likely blow you away not long after you nestle into your seat beside its red-lacquered walls and ornate lanterns. Start with the Cantonese classic of cured century eggs, served with slices of sweet pickled ginger so supple they might be water chestnuts. Then launch into the barbecued suckling pig served with pancakes and sautéed fillet of turbot with deep-fried turbot head and tail. Save room for chilled sago cream with fresh mango and pomelo for dessert.

64 Mody Rd., 011-852-2721-2111, www.shangri-la.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | chinese

Tim Ho Wan

Beware the strict no-reservations policy and waits of up to 40 minutes at lunch, but on the flip side Tim Ho Wan is possibly the finest dim sum restaurant in the world. It’s also certainly the least-expensive restaurant in any country to earn a Michelin star. Meals start with a pitcher of hot tea – don’t drink that one; it’s for rinsing off your, chopsticks, teacup, spoon, and bowl. Then start ordering from the menu (also available in English) by checking off what you want. Steamed fresh shrimp dumplings, crispy buns with barbecued pork, steamed rice with beef, and vermicelli roll stuffed with shrimp are all excellent. Finish off with a subtle jelly cube with imbedded flower petals. Expect your meal to cost less than $8 per person. The name “Tim Ho Wan” means “Add Good Luck.” The chef and owner, Mak Pui Gor, used to cook dim sum at the Four Seasons.

2-20 Kwong Wa St., 011-852-2332-2896
Tags: budget | great value | chinese

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