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Best Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong

From the new and modern to timeless classics

Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung
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Time Out Hong Kong
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This city really does have an impressive variety of global cuisines. Hong Kong's own cuisine, however, is mainly influenced by Cantonese cuisine. A cuisine characterised by its lighter and more natural tasting flavours, along with the traditional, and sometimes laborious, techniques used to create them. So, whether you're looking to sample some comforting classics or enjoy an exquisite Cantonese feast, here are some of the best places to find it in Hong Kong.

RECOMMENDED: Not in the mood for Cantonese food? Take a look at our 50 best restaurants in Hong Kong list and get some more inspiration for your next meal.

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui East

There’s no point in a restaurant boasting a great sky-high view if it doesn’t have the dishes to match, and Above & Beyond at Hotel Icon doesn’t disappoint. The dim sum here is just heavenly, including a fantastic little baked whole abalone tart with diced chicken. Their signature dishes of crispy chicken, lobster with egg white and black truffles, and Australian M9 wagyu beef cubes stir fry are also must-tries.

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  • Central

Located in the IFC Mall, Chineseology aims to be an unconventional Chinese restaurant and bar and approaches Chinese culinary traditions with a modern eye. They will present curated beverage pairings and tasting menus created under the guidance of culinary director Saito Chau, formerly of John Anthony in Causeway Bay. Their ‘Flavors of Life’ degustation menu, for example, features a creative crispy spoon with A5 Kagoshima Wagyu and pine nuts as well as an ancient Chinese candy-inspired preserved plum mousse with cherry dessert. At the bar, a selection of drinks pays tribute to traditional Chinese medicine and herbology with cocktails like the whisky-based Bamboo Punch, Tietini with Tie Guan Yin-infused gin, and Thanks Emperor which blends mao tai with vodka and lychee.

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  • Causeway Bay
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This celebrated three Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant was founded by the city’s ‘Abalone King’ Yeung Koon-yat. Forum puts a luxurious twist on traditional Cantonese cuisine by serving a menu of dishes with abalone as the star. The claypot stewed abalone made with superior broth is how he coined the accolade of abalone expert. Honourable mentions include the braised sea cucumber and goose feet in abalone sauce, baked crab shell, tangerine sweet and sour pork, and stewed bird's nest with white fungus and coconut milk. 

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  • Soho

Helmed by Hong Kong native head chef ArChan Chan, Ho Lee Fook's fusion cuisine is deeply rooted in its love for traditional Cantonese cuisine. The menu is full of some classics including prawn toast, pork and cabbage dumplings, char siu and more. Our favourites, however, include the perfectly cooked local razor clams with vermicelli, aged garlic and soy sauce, and crispy sand ginger three yellow chicken served with a refreshing take on spring onion sauce, among other items that tap into traditional Cantonese cuisine, all the while refining it with modernity and finesse. 

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  • Central
  • price 4 of 4

Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hong Kong was the first Chinese restaurant in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars – and it’s not hard to see why. Chef Chan Yan-tak and his team create the most delicate pieces of dim sum, as well as perfectly steamed seafood dishes, nourishing double-boiled soups, and delicious seasonal ingredients. Award-winning food combined with a stunning view of Victoria Harbour doesn’t get better than this.

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  • Admiralty

Famed for its elevated Cantonese classic dishes, Michelin-starred Man Ho Chinese Restaurant is a popular venue that has been serving the city’s most discerning foodies for many years, which is no small feat in Hong Kong’s competitive food and beverage industry. The cuisine here, which spans delectable dim sum and the freshest seafood among others, is brilliantly executed, all the while hitting the spot for when you want classic and comforting Cantonese food.

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Man Wah is the Cantonese restaurant of Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong which sits on the 25th floor of the hotel. Offering exquisite cuisine, including dim sum in the day, Man Wah is one of the top fine-dining Chinese restaurants in the city with a Michelin star under its belt and a stunning skyline view to boot. The menu is filled with dishes that sing the song of Cantonese classics in a refined and understated manner, all the while championing these age-old flavours for a modern palate. Plus, the interior, in elegant dark azure tones with brass elements and Chinese embroidered art panels on the wall, is absolutely gorgeous.

 

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Located in the pavilion of The Murray hotel, Mián celebrates the eight major Chinese cuisines with a menu that embraces the heritage and traditions of each region in creative new dishes. Named after the Chinese word for Cotton, for their Cotton Tree Drive address, the restaurant is helmed by Sichuan-born chef Ronald Shao who has created an extensive a la carte menu with dim sum and executive business lunches available during the day. Menu highlights include a Sichuan style poached tiger grouper with assorted chilis, seafood, egg and local soy sauce fried rice, and much more.

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  • Central
  • price 3 of 4

Named after New York’s first Chinese grocery store, Mott 32 represents the epitome of ‘east meets west’. Both the food and décor reflect the ethos of the restaurant. Chinese historical decorations along with classic Chinese dishes, all served with a Western twist, result in a delectable dining extravaganza. Plump for some Iberico char siu or the famous roast duck and be amazed by how these simple dishes are elevated by the superior ingredients. 

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  • Wan Chai

Offering exquisite Cantonese fare, Rùn at The St Regis Hong Kong turns out some fantastically refined, and sometimes contemporary, Chinese dishes. It's no wonder that the restaurant earned its first Michelin star within six months of opening. Much like the luxury hotel that it's housed in, the restaurant is designed by Hong Kong designer André Fu, so you can expect to be sitting in a chic interior. Try the double-boiled conch soup with kelp, goji and abalone, and the barbecued Iberico pork with honey.

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  • Central

Hailed as one of the greatest and oldest Cantonese restaurants in the city, Ser Wong Fun not only impresses food lovers with its exquisite selection of traditional cuisine and snake soup, but its clay pot rice is equally delicious. Ser Wong Fun has long been acclaimed for its preserved Chinese sausage. Its pig liver sausage and chicken clay pot rice is definitely a must-try during the cold winter months.

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui
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The art deco style of this Peninsula hotel venue adds to the elegant atmosphere that this restaurant radiates and complements the quality Chinese food on the menu too. Enjoy authentic Cantonese dishes such as the pan-fried garoupa fillet and the superior bird’s nest and shredded bean curd soup. Fun fact: XO sauce is said to have been invented here in 1986.

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Named after the Golden Age in Chinese history, the T’ang Dynasty, this three-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant is aptly furnished in extravagant burgundy and gold tones to match in The Langham hotel. The extensive menu includes Cantonese classics and signature dishes like stir-fried lobster with spring onions and shallots, Peking duck, and golden-fried stuffed crab claw, as well as the more traditional bird’s nest and abalone dishes too.

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  • Sheung Wan

Considered one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong and Asia, The Chairman offers a contemporary take on Cantonese classics. The restaurant also makes use of the best seasonal produce, mostly organic, and no MSG. And if there’s one thing you must try it’s the steamed whole flower crab in aged Shaoxing rice wine and chicken oil, served on top of flat rice noodles which soak up all the aromatics and flavours. 

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Incredible dim sum up in the clouds. That’s what you get at this two Michelin-starred eatery 102 floors up The Ritz Carlton in Kowloon. Welcome to the highest Chinese restaurant in the city, which is helmed by chef Paul Lau, who knocks up incredible dim sum creations here like the pan-fried turnip cake with XO chilli sauce, baked oyster tart with black pepper and onions, and baked abalone puff with roasted goose and dried bonito. Expect to dine like an emperor here. 

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  • Sheung Wan

Chef-owner Vicky Cheng of VEA has opened his second venture, Wing, where Chinese classics are reimagined with dishes that cover the eight major regional cuisines while combining Western culinary techniques. Think crispy skin sugarcane glazed pigeon, chopped chilli fish maw, and king crab congee with chicken oil, all of which will focus on local and indigenous produce and ingredients. 

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  • Wan Chai

What used to be The Pawn is now Woo Cheong Tea House. The restaurant offers traditional Cantonese dishes including tea-smoked chicken, stir-fried pork spareribs, and sautéed prawns. But it’s not really a Chinese meal without tea, so Woo Cheong Tea House brings about 20 types of premium brews and fine teas to the yard. They also have an all-day dim sum menu with highlights such as steamed shrimp dumplings infused with dragon well tea leaves, tom yum pan-seared buns, mini pineapple buns with salted French butter, and many more. The restaurant's design is based on a garden oasis and features a floral theme throughout the restaurant. There’s also Woo Cheong Pawn Shop’s balcony to enjoy some alfresco moments too.

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Though the InterContinental hotel closed, two Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Yan Toh Heen remains open in what will be reopened as The Regent Hong Kong. The restaurant features a grand interior, which includes a hand-carved jade corridor and silkscreens with floral embroidery. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy the restaurant’s delicious Cantonese dishes, as well as specialty brews selected and prepared by Yan Toh Heen’s very own tea sommelier. Signature dishes include the golden stuffed crab shell and delicately steamed garoupa with mandarin and red dates.

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One Michelin-starred Yat Tung Heen is an internationally renowned restaurant led by celebrated Chef Tam Tung. Serving up a contemporary twist on authentic Cantonese cuisine, set in a high-design moody atmosphere inspired by 1920s Shanghai taverns, the restaurant offers a rarefied fine dining experience in Hong Kong. A range of private dining options and a vast main dining room will play host to various salon art events.

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  • Central
  • price 4 of 4

Helmed by executive chef Siu Hin-chi, two-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant Ying Jee Club offers a more understated take on classic Cantonese cuisine. Their modern interior makes for great special occasion dining and the menu showcases excellent tasting dishes that are executed with finesse. Must-try dishes include the steamed king prawn with crab coral and the marinated Hua Diao pigeon.

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