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The Galley by Cafe Proud Wings
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Hong Kong’s best quirky restaurants and cafes

We could all use a little weird (and wonderful) sometimes

By Time Out Hong Kong
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For a city filled with so many serious foodies and numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, Hong Kong is, weirdly enough, a huge fan of unusual concept restaurants – just the number of pet cafés and cartoon dim sum places all over town gives you fair warning. It can be tricky, though, knowing which ones actually have worthwhile food, so here are our top picks for the best weird, and equally wonderful, eateries out there.

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Hong Kong’s quirkiest-themed restaurants

Choo Choo
Choo Choo
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Choo Choo

Restaurants Sham Shui Po

All aboard the train to flavour town! Boasting immersive locomotive-inspired decor – complete with live TV screens masquerading as train windows – this Lai Chi Kok establishment invites you to chow down on a variety of delicious fusion cuisine amidst its rustic, steampunk-esque scenery. Visitors will be able to simulate the joys of coach dining with the restaurant's range of popular Spanish dishes, or even try out their signature LJK souffle dessert. Either way, this uniquely themed restaurant is definitely one worth the journey, regardless of your level of passion for the railways.

Durian Land
Durian Land
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Durian Land

Restaurants Tsim Sha Tsui

Looking for Hong Kong’s best durian flavoured pastries, cakes, and drinks? This local specialist of the king of all fruits stands out from the crowd by sourcing ingredients from their own private farms in Malaysia, so durian-holics across the city can always look forward to delicious D24, XO, and Musang King durians, regardless of the season. The cafe’s signature durian cheese tart is a must-try, but fair warning, the distinctive smell might be too intense for some, so first-timers will have to proceed at their own discretion.

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HA Cube

Things to do Kwun Tong

This Kwun Tong spot is exactly what every city needs – an indoor fishing shrimp farm. The Cube, as we’re dubbing it, is currently Hong Kong’s only indoor venue where you can fish for shrimps, lobsters, and all things crustacean, and then barbecue it straight afterwards. The restaurant provides everything from fishing rods to bait, so all you need to do is sit back and wait for your cooked meal to arrive. 

Mr Iron Captain Kim

Restaurants Wong Tai Sin
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We don’t know if anyone asked for a Captain America and Kim Jong Un collaboration – but yet, here we are. Thanks to all of the amusing Captain Kim decor and modern, street-style interior, diners can enjoy a hearty Korean-style barbecue with high-quality meats in a fun and quirky setting. The restaurant also plates up a range of mouthwatering dishes that you will most certainly need to loosen up your belt buckles for. Expect milk and cheese rice with chilli sauce, crab roe tuna rice ball in an ice cream cone, or the jumbo eel rice with egg. We're drooling already.

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OMQ Dining Room
OMQ Dining Room
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OMQ Dining Room

Restaurants Yuen Long

With a statue of Old Master Q and Big Potato dressed in a waiter uniform to greet diners, OMQ Dining Room is solely dedicated to Old Master Q and his cast of friends. Brimming with artworks, comic strips, pop art designs, and memorabilia that will take you back to your childhood days, the restaurant has an extensive cha chaan teng-style menu. The restaurant’s design is also Alfonso Wong-approved (original artist of OMQ) down to the smallest detail, so you know you’re in good hands!

Scoool Cafe
Scoool Cafe
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Scoool Café

Restaurants Cafés Kwun Tong

Are you reminiscing about the good old days of secondary school? Well, you can now relive them at Kwun Tong’s award-winning Scoool Cafe! From the iconic classroom desks to their collection of vintage textbooks and toys, this highly ‘grammable diner has all the ingredients for a nostalgic experience. Be sure to try their wide selection of homely Taiwanese cuisine and a series of homemade drinks!

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The Galley by Cafe Proud Wings
The Galley by Cafe Proud Wings
Photograph: Courtesy The Galley by Cafe Proud Wings

The Galley by Cafe Proud Wings

Restaurants Tai Kok Tsui

From a city that boasts one of the best airports in the world, it should come as no surprise that there’s an aviation-themed restaurant in Hong Kong. Enter through the entrance akin to a boarding gate before stepping into the eatery, which is designed to look like a flight cabin complete with airplane seats and windows. Instead of mediocre food you typically get served onboard a flight, The Galley takes their menu as seriously as pilots with passengers’ lives. Expect delicious lamb striploin and dry-aged beef steaks, as well as a surprisingly wonderful selection of cocktails and craft beer.

Tikitiki Bowling Bar bowling lanes
Tikitiki Bowling Bar bowling lanes
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Tikitiki Bowling Bar

Bars and pubs Sai Kung

Ever wanted to go bowling and thought the traditional experience could do with less Americana and more tropical decor? Tikitiki Bowling Bar is for you. Decked out with palm trees, rattan furniture, and Polynesian decorations, the bowling alley slash restaurant features 10 disco-esque bowling lanes. There’s also an indoor and outdoor bar, and a live music lounge. Sip on delicious exotic drinks served in coconut shells and tiki mugs, and snack while you hit the lanes with your mates.

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Van Gogh Kitchen
Van Gogh Kitchen
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Van Gogh Kitchen

Restaurants Italian Causeway Bay

Elegant and unique, this artsy Causeway Bay eatery is the place to be for a celebration of the finer things in life. Enjoy framed replicas of the Dutch virtuoso’s best pieces, or just simply take in the restaurant’s vibrant, chic atmosphere. Diners can dig into the kitchen’s gourmet Italian menu with steaks, pasta, homemade desserts, and more. The dishes here are so beautiful (and tasty) that you’d think Van Gogh designed them himself.

Wai wai wai
Wai wai wai
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Wai wai wai

Restaurants Cheung Sha Wan

Deliciously tender Hainanese chicken, tasty curry laksa… and villain hitting? Yup, this local establishment is (unconventionally) elevating their Southeast Asian dining experience to the next level by incorporating one of Hong Kong’s oldest folk traditions. Diners who have a bit of pent up anger can choose to utilise the restaurant’s complimentary villain hitting services every Saturday afternoon. All you have to do is write down your frustrations onto a specially designed piece of paper, and the restaurant will bring it to a professional villain hitter to beat away your troubles. Even if you’re not into the whole voodoo schtick, the restaurant's design and eye-catching artworks will surely help you forget about your troubles.

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