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Your guide to dining out in Hong Kong, including restaurant reviews, new restaurants and the best restaurants in the city

Where to eat hairy crab in Hong Kong right now
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Where to eat hairy crab in Hong Kong right now

Crab lovers, rejoice – as these beloved little crustaceans are back in season!

Two-month pop-up restaurant 888 Fatfatfat opens in Central
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Two-month pop-up restaurant 888 Fatfatfat opens in Central

The hidden Chinese restaurant will run from October 15 to December 5

New restaurants to try in Hong Kong this October
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New restaurants to try in Hong Kong this October

The dining scene in Hong Kong is as resilient as its people, with new restaurants and cafes, as well as promises of more bars, popping up everywhere we turn. Thanks to relaxed social distancing restrictions, the city is now seeing new life in the form American smokehouses, Japanese cafes, Southeast Asian eateries and more, for Hongkongers far and wide to discover. Keep scrolling for ideas on breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch. RECOMMENDED: Don’t forget to check out the newest pop-ups in town which include servings of cookies and cheese, although not at all together!

Food ticket: eat your way to Japan with dishes from Hong Kong restaurants
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Food ticket: eat your way to Japan with dishes from Hong Kong restaurants

Of all the destinations you want to visit after travel restrictions lift, is Japan one of them? Well, you're not alone. We’re right there with you. Thankfully, Hong Kong is not doing too badly on the Japanese food front and offers some fantastic options to eat your way to Tokyo and back. Be it a sushi, ramen, tsukemen, or wagyu craving you need to fix, we’ve got the list of dishes, and where to get them, that will sort you right out.  “Itadakimasu!” RECOMMENDED: Still think you need a holiday? Try one of these Hong Kong staycations made for foodies on for size.

Best Korean cafes in Hong Kong
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Best Korean cafes in Hong Kong

For many of us, the past few months may have been unbearable without K-dramas Crash Landing on You, or Running Man, and other Korean shows keeping us sane and entertained. Now, with the pandemic slowly simmering down, but cross-country travelling still very much restricted, the best way to cure cravings for Korean food is to go out and eat some fried chicken and beer, right? Well, how about taking time off to chill at a Korean cafe instead? To tempt you, we’ve rounded up some of Hong Kong’s best coffee shops with Korean food, drinks, and desserts that could very well be in the middle of Gangnam, Seoul. By Elaine Wong RECOMMENDED: In the mood for cafe-hopping this weekend, check out these new cafes, along with some of the best coffee shops, and desserts that Hong Kong has to offer.

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The best restaurants and cafes in Hong Kong

Best new restaurants in Hong Kong
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Best new restaurants in Hong Kong

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The 50 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try
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The 50 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try

The very best of our city's incredible restaurant scene

Best cold dishes in Hong Kong to beat the summer heat
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Best cold dishes in Hong Kong to beat the summer heat

The mercury is rising, the sun is scorching and across the city, the bathing suits are coming out more and more. That must mean summer is imminent, so it's time to cool down with some of the hottest cold dishes in town. From cold soups and noodles to the freshest, chilled seafood, here are some of the best dishes in Hong Kong to cool down with this summer. RECOMMENDED: If you're feeling like something a little sweeter to cool down with, check out our list of the best ice creams in Hong Kong.

Best summer afternoon tea menus to try in Hong Kong
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Best summer afternoon tea menus to try in Hong Kong

While brunch in Hong Kong is the ultimate weekend indulgence, nothing beats an afternoon tea set with its perfect balance of sweet and savoury treats. As we step into the summer, some of the city's best restaurants and hotels across town have started to roll out new afternoon tea menus to welcome the arrival of the new season. And yes, they’re extremely photogenic. Scroll down to discover our top picks of the best new afternoon tea sets in Hong Kong right now. RECOMMENDED: Craving more sweet treats? Check out Hong Kong’s best ice creams and shaved ice desserts.

11 cafés that serve locally roasted coffee in Hong Kong
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11 cafés that serve locally roasted coffee in Hong Kong

It’s no wonder this city never sleeps given the abundance of excellent coffee shops and cafés on seemingly every corner of Hong Kong. With all this choice, the real connoisseurs know that no matter how good the latte art is, it’s the freshness of the roast that counts. We thought you might like to know which brew houses care about the flavour and freshness enough to source locally roasted beans, or for full flavour profile control, roast their own. That’s why we’ve put a list together of where to find the best locally roasted beans for a proper cup of joe. By Sam Sinha and Sam Evans RECOMMENDED: If you want food at good prices with your beverage, you might want to consider our list of the best afternoon tea menus in Hong Kong. 

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The best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong
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The best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong

Hongkongers have always had a soft spot for Japanese cuisine. We’ll fly all the way to Tokyo for some authentic Japanese food, drop thousands of dollars on omakase dinners, indulge in all types of matcha desserts, and gorge on $10-a-plate conveyor belt sushi just to satisfy our craving for Japanese cuisine. To save yourself the overseas trip, we scoped out some of the best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong. From ramen joints to Michelin-starred eateries, this list has got ’em all.  RECOMMENDED: Looking for something a little more exotic? Check out these vibrant Mediterranean restaurants in Hong Kong. 

Best tapas in Hong Kong
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Best tapas in Hong Kong

Thinking of Spanish cuisine conjures images of massive pans of paella, savoury hams, and of course, tapas. These small, sharing plates both hot and cold, are perfect for when you can’t always decide on what exactly you want for dinner. With new Spanish restaurants popping up all over Hong Kong, here’s a list of our favourites for where to get your tapas fix. By Yu An Su RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking for food from Spain’s European neighbour, check out where to get the best fresh pasta in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong’s best dim sum
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Hong Kong’s best dim sum

Ask a dozen Hongkongers where to get Hong Kong’s best dim sum and you’ll probably get a dozen separate answers. Like, say, ramen joints in Tokyo or pizza parlours in New York, there’s a stunning variety of dim sum restaurants here. There’s everything from fancy white tablecloth establishments housed inside luxury hotels to scruffy, rough-around-the-edges – but almost equal in quality – neighbourhood spots. And just because one place serves excellent siu mai doesn’t necessarily mean it serves equally great xiao long bao. Adding further to the variation (and confusion), the same dish can differ from one restaurant to the next – do you prefer your char siu bao steamed and fluffy or baked and crisp?Such diversity can be a little overwhelming for the uninitiated, but that’s what we’re here for. Below is a list of the very best dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong. The settings may vary, but just about everything they serve is highly recommended. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for something a little bit more upscale, Hong Kong has a variety of restaurants with stunning views. Better yet, check out our pick of the top restaurants to try in town.

Best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong
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Best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong

Thanks to the diverse population of Hong Kong and its proud reputation as a food paradise, the city is home to incredibly varied international cuisines. One of the most prominent being Indian food. Known for its bold flavours and distinct range of choices, this cuisine is no stranger to our SAR's shores. Whether you’re dining on a budget, or spending the big bucks at some of the more prestigious restaurants on this list, like Michelin-starred New Punjab Club, these restaurants will surely satisfy your curry cravings. By Elaine Lok and Sam Evans  RECOMMENDED: Fancy Thai food instead? Check out our list of the best Thai restaurants in the city that will delivery to your door. 

Best fries in Hong Kong
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Best fries in Hong Kong

Fries usually play second fiddle to the main feature of the meal, whether it be burgers, fried chicken, or steak. However, there are some fries in Hong Kong that transcend their supporting role to become as, if not more, tasty than the food they're meant to complement. We're talking the height of crispy, fried perfection that leaves us foodies always wanting more of these scrumptious snacks. Whether you like yours skinny or chunky, light or fat-fried and decadent, here are some of the very best fries that our city has to offer.  RECOMMENDED: We all love fries, but if you want more food options for the weekend, check out our list of the best pizza restaurants, or even the best omurice in Hong Kong.

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The best restaurants in Causeway Bay
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The best restaurants in Causeway Bay

Yes, we know that Causeway Bay is home to perpetually crowded streets and shopping malls only worth visiting for their AC. Just don’t let that deter you from enjoying the many amazing restaurants and cheap eats there. In this neighbourhood, you can find everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to niche independent eateries you won’t find anywhere else in the city.RECOMMENDED: And there’s not just great food here, there are tons of fun things to do as well. Check out our Causeway Bay guide to find out for yourself.

The 15 best restaurants in Wan Chai
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The 15 best restaurants in Wan Chai

Despite its colourful reputation as Hong Kong’s red light district, there’s so much more to Wan Chai than just Lockhart Road. Nestled between the tong laus and modern architecture are a number of great rooftop bars and a wonderful range of restaurants. Whether you want Asian cuisines, local cha chaan tengs or something European, you can find it here in Wan Chai.  

17 best restaurants in Sheung Wan
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17 best restaurants in Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan used to be the little sibling to rowdy and restaurant-rammed Central. Not anymore. The quieter streets of Sheung Wan are now home to some of Hong Kong's best restaurants as well as some amazing cafés and coffee shops. And every year it keeps getting better. From dim sum to Indian and Nepalese to Chinese-meets-French cuisine worthy of Michelin acclaim, Sheung Wan has it all. Here are the top picks in this booming ’hood. RECOMMENDED: When you're done eating your way around Sheung Wan, wander over to the next stop on the MTR, Sai Ying Pun, and discover what makes this up-and-coming community one of the coolest in Hong Kong.

The best restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui
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The best restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui

This harbourside neighbourhood is one of the busiest and most packed areas in Hong Kong, so it’s no surprise then that it’s filled to the brim with fantastic restaurants. Whether you want a fancy eatery with a postcard-worthy view, some affordable noodles or an authentic Japanese dessert, it’s all here. And so you don’t feel too overwhelmed by all the choices, here’s our guide to the best restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui.RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking for drinks afterwards, make your way to one of Tsim Sha Tsui’s best bars. Or if you’re planning to stay the night, check-in to a fine Kowloon hotel.

The best restaurants in Sai Ying Pun
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The best restaurants in Sai Ying Pun

Arguments can be made that Sai Ying Pun is on its way dethroning Sheung Wan as Hong Kong’s trendiest neighbourhood, with a helping hand from its growing community of hip cafés and art galleries. But it’s the diversifying range of restaurants that truly make SYP shine. From outstanding Balinese cuisine to a pancake joint, you’ll never go hungry when you’re in Sai Ying Pun.

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Sun Tung Lok (delivery)
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Sun Tung Lok (delivery)

Our restaurant scene has recently fallen on hard times, but through it all delivery has surged in popularity as a godsend for restaurants and hungry Hongkongers alike. Sun Tung Lok is among the most-decorated restaurants in the city to offer delivery, and so we thought we’d review this 51-year-old, two Michelin-starred Tsim Sha Tsui institution, to assess if theto what degree of its delivery service does the award-winning food justice.  After having our meal delivered by an immaculately suited gentleman, we dug into the starter of stuffed crab shell ($198), an exoskeleton of the famous crustacean stuffed with crab meat, onion, and mushrooms, all baked to a golden crust. The thing that hit first was the textures; if the initial, satisfying crunch of the crust didn’t get our mouths watering, the bounce of the succulent mushroom chunks and tenderness of the meat certainly did. As for flavour, think savoury, moreish, goodness somewhere between crab cakes and meat pie, with the onions addedworking their magic at the death to add a gentle sweetness that rendered this dish far from crabby.  Stuffed crab shell After a positive start, we moved onto the braised beef rib with house gravy ($198 for two2 pieces), and were immediately catapulted up into the flavoursome echelons of Cantonese cuisine heaven. To say these ribs were delicious is an understatement, with the fall-off-the-bone tenderness of the perfectly braised prime beef complemented by the devilish sweetness of the sauce they

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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Rubia
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Rubia

There’s something about steak that captures the imagination of us meat lovers like nothing else. Perhaps it’s a primal, insatiable lust to devour meat in its most unadulterated form, or maybe our obsession lies in appreciation for the art form, the majestic simplicity of a steak laid bare and denuded of any peripherals to hide behind. Whatever it is, one thing’s for sure – while some of us can achieve near-restaurant quality at home with our clutch curries, stir-fries and spaghettis, to sear a steak like the pros is a formidable task. With this in mind, those of us with a carnivorous streak will welcome Rubia. This new Central steakhouse is certainly one for the visit list when the current situation surrounding the coronavirus improves. Forget your Angus, Hereford or even Wagyu, Rubia specialises in an exclusive beef called Rubia Gallega, or Galician Blond, a unique breed of bovine reared on the verdant hills of Galicia in northwestern Spain. The cattle interestingly aren’t slaughtered until as old as 17 years – that’s pensioner age in cow years – which is different to many parts of the world where, in the interest of tender meat and beefy profits, cows become steaks just a few years after tasting grass. The result is a Spanish beef of unique taste and texture that in the past decade, has been lauded by food critics the world over. As for the restaurant itself, it’s split into two levels. The ground level takes the form of a shadowy taberna that wouldn’t seem out of place in

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Pondi
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Pondi

Tucked away at the end of Sai Ying Pun’s vibrant Fuk Sau Lane, Pondi is a delightful new addition to an already exciting alcove in this residential neighbourhood. Named after Pondicherry, the former French colony in India, Pondi's food is an electrifying combination of Indian home cooking and classic French cooking philosophies. The restaurant is a passion project of restaurateurs Taran Chadha – founder of the original award-winning BlackSalt – Camille Glass, and George Kwok. Guests can taste careful skill and passion in every bite in an inspiring and intensely enjoyable dining experience. The space sets the scene for epicurean bliss, with a thoughtfully decked out, candlelit alfresco terrace that opens onto the street and allows diners to relax while being immersed in the buzz of the neighbourhood. Inside, the kitchen bar seating is an intimate, modern nook where diners can chat away and look on as the chefs prepare dishes behind the counter. Upstairs there’s additional seating, but only reserved for private parties of 20 or more. The menu is kept refreshingly simple and caters to vegetarians and the gluten intolerant, as well as boasting more than enough to keep carnivores satisfied. A good lead-in is the hung yoghurt croquettes ($115), a dish that elevates the oft prosaic French nibble to new, tangy heights with tamarind and pickled onions. The parcels lie atop a base of smooth and mellow beetroot puree, which gently pulls the whole dish back down to earth in an exciting i

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Ask for Alonzo (Tai Hang)
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Ask for Alonzo (Tai Hang)

The original Ask for Alonzo opened in Quarry Bay in 2018, and since then the eatery has become a favourite for the after-work crowd and local residents alike. Now with the new opening in Tai Hang, the brand comes with more of the same delicious food inspired by the Mediterranean provinces of Italy, in a space that is more open, airy and modern than the original. The new opening is nestled on Lin Fa Kung Street a few doors up from Second Draft, where the hip and discerning go for their tipples. Yes, this is certainly among the coolest enclaves in one of the city’s hippest districts, and the establishment fits right in. The shopfront opens up onto the street, not only lending a fitting Mediterranean al fresco vibe to the joint, but also allowing the buzz of chatter to drift outward as a lure to passers-by. Inside, the space bears a modern, simple motif; nothing too fancy – in true trattoria style – but sufficiently stylish nonetheless. The menu is similarly straightforward, split into starters, mains, pasta and risotto dishes, desserts and side dishes. The starters section boasts Italian classics including tomato bruschetta ($68), beef carpaccio ($138) and the selection of Italian cold cuts and cheese, which, at $208 for a large portion, isn’t the cheapest appetiser, but certainly isn’t a not a bad deal considering the size. The meats and cheeses change daily, but for this dish expect a composition of meats like mortadella, Parma salami, and gorgonzola cheese on a bed of pic

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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