Best restaurants in Causeway Bay
Made to be Instagrammed and photographed, Atum is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Relying on modern techniques like molecular gastronomy, the desserts here are served with artistic plating and table theatre, meaning the chefs make a show out of every last sugary treat, jelly and liquid nitrogen sorbet.
When this Taiwanese import first arrived in Hong Kong in 2008, there were massive queues of diners hovering around reception hoping to get a taste of the juicy xiao long bao. While the hype has died down in the years since, Din Tai Fung’s baos, noodles and small eats are still quality.
The Causeway Bay branch of local coffee chain Elephant Grounds welcomes customers in a comfortable wood-themed space. The menu offers a wide selection of java and innovative fusion food including torched swordfish don and miso chicken caesar salad. Though the most popular dish, and what keeps us coming back, remains EG’s ice cream sandwiches.
One of Hong Kong’s most historic noodle shops, Ho Hung Kee first opened on Hennessy Road in 1946. It’s moved around a few times since then and is now settled in the plush environs of Hysan Place. A recipient of a Michelin star in 2012 and 2013, the noodles are excellent and the creamy congee is worth considering too.
Expect long queues at this popular Korean noodle joint. Foodies come from far and wide to sample its signature curry udon that comes served with a thick white layer of whipped cream. It tastes a lot better than it sounds, the sweet and salty flavours balancing each other out perfectly. Kobekyu also does great beef katsu and ochazuke, a dish where tea is poured over cooked rice.
A prominent Japanese omakase restaurant, Raki has three options on its menu – you can choose to spend $1,400, $1,600 or $1,800. Using the freshest ingredients in interesting combinations, this venue is perfect for those who can’t decide when ordering. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed with whatever arrives on your table.
Challenge your taste buds and see how much spice you can handle by ordering the stalwart chilli and pepper chicken at this Sichuan joint. Yin yang hotpot is also available for anyone who wants to get in on the action with a slightly milder flavour. Reservations are highly recommended.
Tired of sitting at a table? Hop on a sampan and tuck into Cantonese-style seafood out on the bay. Sure, the boat itself isn’t anything fancy and the service can leave a little to be desired, but dining out on the water and tucking into Typhoon Shelter crab claws with a small group of friends is one of the most unique HK dining experiences you can have.
Shelter’s outdoor terrace is a draw all of its own. Occupying a huge 10,000 sq ft space on the seventh floor of Hysan Place, this eatery is a great bustle-free, airy bubble high above the city. Green is the dominant colour here and that’s reflected in the ethos of Shelter’s food, which relies on organic products and plenty of fresh herbs.
This rooftop bar and eatery boasts an eye-popping view of our city. From floor to ceiling, Skye’s reception area is clinically white with sleek curvatures reminiscent of futuristic sci-fi flicks like Gattaca. The stunning harbour view is unobstructed all the way to North Point, and the bar menu features well-made cocktails that don’t break the bank.