Much like the neighbouring Sheung Wan and Central, this trendy part of the Western District is home to a number of delightful restaurants serving up an array of dishes both local and international. From Korean fried chicken to the Spanish paella, here are our top picks of the restaurants in Sai Ying Pun that you need to try! By Ananta Agarwal
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Five restaurants in Sai Ying Pun that we love
This neighbourhood burger joint delivers some of the best burgers in town. The small but colourful corner space has just three patties on the menu, with a few other extras that rotate and change regularly. Be sure to try the chicken carbonara. An indulgent and messy combination of juicy chook breast, with grilled pancetta, taleggio, rocket, a fried egg, paprika and lashings of black pepper-infused cream all encased in a brioche bun. The multitude of elements create a complexity in flavor not found in some of the best burger joints in Hong Kong. Mop up the mess you will create while devouring this beautiful burger with a generous batch of rosemary fries. We are pretty sure you will find yourself coming here again and again.
Finding good Spanish food here in Hong Kong – at least the kind that’s not too high-end – can be tough, but La Paloma treats diners to great, wallet-friendly Spanish fare. There’s certainly a lot of tapas on the menu but we recommend the albondigas (homemade meatballs) and the signature bacon con queso. The latter is an absolute treat. Pillowy bite-sized pieces of bread wrapped in glistening ham give way to creamy cheese centres. The piping hot meatballs soak up tangy tomato sauce and the flavor is simply wonderful. For a heartier portion try their signature seafood paella. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
The Flying Pig Bistro offers pan-European cuisine focused on roasts and meats, with a good mix of salads, starters, mains and pastas, with a few specials and burgers listed separately. A quick browse of the weekend brunch menu reveals items such as avocado smash and roast beef sandwich at very reasonable prices. We can’t resist the specials and opt for a pig burger and a pork tenderloin to share. The burger proves a top choice – pulled pork slathered in barbecue sauce, smothered in melted Swiss cheese and sandwiched between the sides of a toasted brioche bun. Just as a good are the sides. The fries are well seasoned and the ginger infused slaw is a great palate cleanser, setting us up nicely for the next dish. The tenderloin comes wrapped in bacon, lightly fried and served atop a bed of spinach. Flavourful and extremely tender, the pork is top quality here. Ending the meal on a sweet note, we trial the Eton mess since it’s often tricky to serve a decent meringue in Hong Kong due to the humidity. It doesn’t disappoint, the egg white is crunchy and the fresh strawberries have just the right amount of tartness to round off our meaty meal.
This taquería plates up the sort of flavours you’d get from a taco truck on the West Coast or a family-run stand somewhere in southern Texas. It’s casual, affordable and exists purely to serve mouth-watering Mexican snacks. For a first visit, do try the staple carnitas taco. The cilantro, onions and pico de gallo with lime are the ideal topping for the medium-tender braised pulled pork. The tortillas are well-selected and flown in straight from California. But we also love the monster nachos. Crispy brown corn chips, topped with a delicious but skimpy serving of refried beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and melted cheeses. Not only is it easy on your wallet, the restaurant also serves up great food and is perfect for a lazy afternoon.
If you are looking for a healthier dining option after an indulgent night out, Locofama is the place to go. The restaurant serves up delicious organic bites all day, food that is nutritious and fresh but also packed with flavors. The menu is broad enough to accomodate the needs of all healthy diners- from the vegans to the gluten free lot, the I-don’t-eat-dairy and the pescetarians. The restaurant promises that all its ingredients are natural and it even has an organic store for all those wishing to stock up on their favorite greens. With an urban laid-back vibe, a reasonably priced food menu and an extensive selection of wine, the restaurant is one of the neighbourhood’s best.
Food, glorious food
OCTOBER 2019: As our city’s vibrant restaurant scene continues to evolve at a rapid pace, we’ve made more than a few additions to our list this time around. Most notably, the new-in-town French cuisine maestros at Louise have stormed in to take the coveted top spot, and we’ve also welcomed to the pack visionary French-Japanese fusion eatery à nu retrouvez-vous, laidback Vietnamese spot Chôm Chôm, and down-to-earth noodle paradise, Mak Man Kee, among others. Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, for which we’ve been busy scouring the streets and alleys to bring you the very best restaurants in Hong Kong. As usual, this line-up has been compiled by our ravenous food and drinks editors who aren’t just on the hunt for a delectable bite – although taste certainly doesn’t count for nothing – but also consider the buzziness of the atmosphere, the price (for those on a tight budget, check out our dedicated cheap eats list), and the relevance of the concept in our ever-changing metropolis. From long-time favourites to newbies, we've sorted everything, from restaurants in some of Hong Kong’s best hotels to the city's most delectable street eats. In short, this is whatever serves the best food in Hong Kong right now. Let’s dig in! Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList Looking for more recent openings? Check out our pick of Hong Kong's best new restaurants.
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What defines the ideal spot for a good business lunch differs from person to person. Some just need a quiet coffee shop with quality java for a brisk meeting, others want to show off their insider knowledge by visiting a neighbourhood gem for certain local specialities, while there are those who require an extravagant Michelin-starred experience to wow clients. Well, we cover all the bases here in our guide to the best places for business lunches in Hong Kong – and the food is good at each spot, naturally. RECOMMENDED: Having a post-work drinks meeting? Check out our pick of the 50 best Hong Kong bars, or take it easy with these bars for mocktails and low alcohol drinks.
There’s nothing worse than heading to the restaurant washroom after a fantastic meal, only to be met with a dingy, unkempt toilet at the back alley of the eatery. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of restaurants in Hong Kong that have stellar washrooms with out of the world amenities, jaw-dropping interior designs and sparkling clean toilet seats. Read on to find out where your next restaurant adventure should be at (and yes, it's based entirely on how beautiful their bathrooms are). By Doris Lam RECOMMENDED: If great food accompanied by an even greater view is higher up on your list, then you'll love these restaurants with some of the best views in town.