Ho Lee Fook opened back in 2014 and gained great popularity over the years for its innovative fusion cuisine. Despite having the darkest 'I-need-to-use-my-phone-light-to-see-the-menu' dining room and loud music, Ho Lee Fook remained a solid go-to spot for groups of friends to eat, drink and hang out in Soho.
After an eagerly anticipated revamp, Ho Lee Fook is back with a new (and much brighter) look, along with a new chef and menu. Helmed by Hong Kong native head chef ArChan Chan, who cut her teeth in top kitchens from Australia to Singapore, ArChan returns to Hong Kong to bring new energy to Ho Lee Fook's fusion cuisine while remaining rooted in its love for traditional Cantonese cuisine.
Not changing things for the sake of changing things, the menu still has some old favourites including the prawn toast ($168), pork and cabbage dumplings ($148), char siu ($268), Wagyu short rib ($688), and French toast ($118). There are, however, many new dishes to sample and some of our favourites include the perfectly cooked local razor clams with vermicelli, aged garlic and soy sauce ($228/two pieces); crispy sand ginger three yellow chicken served with a refreshing take on the classic spring onion sauce ($268/half); and Today's Catch, which on the day was a steamed whole threadfin with chicken oil and Shaoxing wine, among other items that tap into traditional Cantonese cuisine more than ever before, all the while refining it with modernity and finesse.
There is also a great wine list and a new cocktail menu. Try the Lucky Buck made with Ballantine's blended scotch, zesty yuzu curd, honey, orange and ginger beer, served in one of the golden lucky cats, or a Tequila Blanco-based Mahjong Marg, mingled with yuzu kosho, lemongrass cordial, grapefruit and lime, both of which go down very well.
Redesigned by Sean Dix, the restaurant has a fun retro setting with mahjong tiles and a golden fortune cookie sculpture, while the waving lucky cats remain to greet you as you enter. The dining room, which plays a mix of old-school jams and 80s Canto-pop, is flush with scarlet tones, vintage Chinese prints, Chinese artwork, and a gold mirrored ceiling to create a feeling of more space and light, allowing diners to enjoy feel-good nostalgia with a side of reinvention.