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The best restaurants to eat at alone in Hong Kong

Where to go get your bad self some good grub!

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Table for one? While dining solo can feel awkward for some, others embrace the idea of not having to share their food, and I hear you! Hong Kong is jam-packed with amazing eateries, including our list of Hong Kong's best restaurants. So head on out, indulge in a little self-love and treat yourself to a nice meal. However, for those that do feel a little uncomfortable, we've got the best places to start off gently so you can eat and chill by yourself effortlessly.

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The best restaurants to eat at alone in Hong Kong

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Jordan

Whether you're in need of a satisfying breakfast or quick mid-day snack, sometimes, only the fluffy scrambled eggs on decadent buttery thick toast at the Australian Dairy Company will do. Thankfully, they offer it around the clock with other popular egg and milk-based dishes on the menu. Eating alone at this fast-paced cha chaan teng doesn't even feel like you are, thanks to the swift-moving staff and their tendency to not bat an eyelid, so naturally, neither will you.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

A chain restaurant originally from Japan, On-Yasai specialises in Japanese style hotpot or shabu-shabu. Their menu features a wide range of premium protein and fresh ingredients such as A5 Saga Wagyu beef, Kumamoto pork, Japanese vegetables, and much more that you can dip into their signature yuzu soup with collagen, among other broths. Shabu-shabu for one, anyone? And no one is going to steal your beef!

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  • Restaurants
  • Mong Kok

Located in the bustling district of Mong Kok, Akune Wagyu Tachikui Yakinikumise is the first standing restaurant, yes that's right – no chairs, that serves Japanese-style BBQ in Hong Kong. Offering different cuts of A4 and A5 Wagyu beef from Kagoshima. There are also a variety of sauces, salts, and spices available for you to match your meat with. An unmissable place for all carnivores to eat happily on their own.

  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Wan Chai
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Self-indulgence is the name of the game at the Butchers Club. With beer, bourbon, and juicy burgers available for consumption, their patties are made with dry-aged beef that’s sustainably-sourced from New South Wales. If you’re looking to cut meat from your diet, the Beyond Burger should be your new go-to. Either way, chowing down on the burgers at the bar here is the kind of self-love you all deserve.

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  • Restaurants
  • Ramen
  • Causeway Bay

Unsurprisingly, Iciran is on this list as it's well known for offering an individual ramen experience, whereby you swap your office cubicle for a dinner cubicle. The wooden booths here offer privacy at its finest, allowing you to slurp your ramen in peace. There’s everything you need, from a self-serve green tea dispenser to a magic call button for placing your orders. All you have to do is fill out your order sheet, hand it to a faceless-waiter behind the bamboo curtain, and wait for your ramen to appear. A recluse’s dream.

  • Restaurants
  • Central

Maks Noodles is one of the best places to go for fuss-free, delicious Cantonese comfort fare. Try the classic wonton shrimp noodles in soup, which is likely to be one of the best meal deals you can get in Hong Kong. Located on Wellington Street, Maks Noodles is the kind of no-frills dining experience that you can easily enjoy, even without a dining companion.

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  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Despite Sushi Tachi's small space, its wooden bar tables, cherry blossom decoration, and soft lighting give the restaurant a decent Japanese flair. All of its seafood offerings are selected directly from Japan’s Tsukiji Market every day, and the sushi is made exclusively using rice from Fukui Prefecture. Signatures include the mini urchin bowl rice, grilled olive flounder sushi, and jumbo pink prawn sushi. The restaurant also updates its menu every month, featuring seasonal and rare fish species. 

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