Best Kowloon restaurants
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.
Scrub up and dress smart for this fine-dining Italian restaurant on the mezzanine of the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel. Though posh, the atmosphere is still more homely than many other high-end hotel restaurants. Serving its particular take on fine-dining Italian classics and original creations like Sicilian red prawns with avocado, green apple and yoghurt, Angelini has a lovely view of the harbour to boot.
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.
The fab fried pork fat noodles at this Sham Shui Po street-food stall have earned the eatery a mention in the Michelin Guide. A perfect spot to refuel at after a hard day’s shopping in the nearby markets, these down-to-earth noodles won’t hurt your wallet and the decent fake shark fin soup won’t hurt the environment.
Sophisticated French fine-dining with gorgeous presentation in an elegant dining room, this Michelin-starred restaurant tweaks classic French dishes with some modern twists. Expect decedent ingredients like lobster, truffles and foie gras cooked expertly and a menu based on what’s available seasonally.
Philippe Starck’s avant-garde designs have stood the test of time at Felix. The cosy area called The Balcony, the intriguing Crazy Box and the washrooms with a view keep the diners coming back. And they also return for the modern European food. Chef Yoshiharu Kaji pushes culinary boundaries
Hutong serves up fiery Sichuan and northern Chinese dishes in a dining room decked out with ornate dark wood. The restaurant boasts a spectacular harbour panorama and food to match. The ma la spicy prawns and red lantern – crispy soft-shell crab with Sichuan dried chilli – are stand-out signature dishes.
A foodie tour of Kowloon wouldn’t be complete without a stop in the infamous Chungking Mansions. Khyber Pass is widely regarded as one of, if not the best Indian restaurant in the labyrinthine complex. Expect no frills, just good honest curries and naans, friendly service and, most importantly, cheap lager to soothe the burn, you can score a good feed for under $100.
Named after a Hindu temple in the Himalayas, this Nepalese restaurant is a place of worship for curry lovers. The Nepalese thali set menus range from $70-$100 and are a great option for tasting a bit of everything with choices including mutton, chicken, fish or veg. You’ll get a curry, creamy black dahl, rice, and spicy fermented vegetable pickle, all served on a conveniently segmented metal tray. The restaurant is tiny and diners are crammed into this unassuming location behind the market stalls of Temple Street but the service is warm and the food always delicious.
An authentic Korean barbecue experience in Hong Kong, Mr Korea BBQ has barbecues sunk into each round table, adjustable smoke vents and K-pop videos (what else?) blasting from its television screens. The meat on offer is top draw and deliciously marinated. There are plenty of non-barbecue dishes like bibimbap and kimchi jigae if you want to mix things up. Chug it all down with some soju and you’ll soon forget you’re not actually in Korea.
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