This ever-changing list – depending on our personal tastes du jour and the varying performance of restaurants – is home to the best restaurants in Hong Kong. From long time favourites to super newbies, we’ve sorted everything from restaurants in some of Hong Kong’s best hotels to the city’s streetside cheap eats. Basically, whatever serves the best food in Hong Kong at this moment.
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Dubbed the ‘king of truffles’, chef Umberto Bombana whips up rustic, truffle laden Italian dishes while embodying the essence of Italian hospitality through his venues’ exceptional service. Named after Federico Fellini’s lauded film of the same name, expect things like homemade Cavatelli shellfish ragout and sea urchin, Tajima short rib and beef tenderloin with a red wine, plum sauce and whipped potato. The three Michelin starred restaurant is also home to one of Asia’s best bars, which serves fantastic cocktails and ought not to be missed either.
With a chic interior and top-notch service, Above & Beyond sits elegantly on the 28th floor of Hotel Icon, with stunning views across the harbour. Order the dim sum platter for treats like steamed pork dumplings with porcini, deep-fried shrimp spring rolls with avocado and baked whole abalone tart with diced chicken.
Named for its chef, Ah Yat, and its harbour views, this Michelin-starred eatery is the place to come for the finest abalone, dim sum and wok-fried dishes. The modern dining room is set-up to make the most of its stunning vistas. Enjoy the lunch set for $268 or select a dinner set menu ($788-$2,288) depending on how expensive your taste is and how hungry you are.
Amber holds many an accolade and deservedly so. Culinary director Richard Ekkebus dishes up incredible creations that are beautifully plated and that use only the finest ingredients. The food served is classic French fine dining with modern touches and Asian twists. It’s unforgettable, as is the service.
The word ‘arcane’ conjures up images of magicians, secret societies and fantasy lands. This is very apt when it comes to modern European restaurant Arcane, as the food is magical and owner and chef Shane Osborn well versed in fantastical culinary secrets, all learned at some of the best restaurants in London and Hong Kong.
The dishes at three Michelin starred Bo Innovation are intelligent, playful and thoroughly thought out. Helmed by the ‘demon chef’ Alvin Leung, the chefs here masterfully marry traditional and contemporary Chinese cuisine. The minimalist decor allows the food to shine and diners choose from either the Red Menu or Blue Menu. Red features dishes like Classic Upgrade – wild black cod, iberico ham, shimeji mushroom, dried mandarin peel and yuzu. The Blue sports fare like green eggs and magnolia ham – century egg, magnolia ham, pickled ginger and chocolate.
In 2005, third-generation restaurateur Tracy Wong established this Sichuan restaurant. Now, it’s one of the best in the city. Authentic cooking based on recipes that have been passed down through the generations is the order of the day here. ‘Ma’ Sichuan peppercorns feature prominently, as do spicy ‘la’ dishes and vibrant ‘tang’ dishes. A real fiery feast.
A mix of fine art and fine dining, this expansive two Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant boasts a spacious terrace and elegant interiors. Duddell’s menu features Cantonese staples, often with innovative twists, such as baked abalone, crispy suckling pig, and fried lobster and kumquat puffs. They also serve great Chinese-inspired cocktails at the trendy ‘Salon’ bar and any event here attracts a well-heeled crowd.
Burger joints are prolific in Hong Kong but just when we thought we’d had enough, along came tiny patty paradise Electric Avenue. The chicken carbonara burger here is a juicy chicken breast layered with grilled pancetta, taleggio, rocket, a fried egg and paprika smothered in a black pepper-infused cream, held together in brioche by Bread Elements. It’s a messy but delicious affair and when paired with some bone marrow fries, you’ll be in fast-food heaven.