Restaurants in Hong Kong City
Hong Kong is quite simply one of the best places on earth to dine out and experience cuisines from around the world. Some writers have dubbed the city the 'World's Fair of Food' and a 'Gourmet Paradise'. One thing is certain: with over 7 million residents, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world and that means cut-throat competition and very competitive pricing. There are over 10,000 licensed restaurants and countless more traders, stalls and mobile eateries in the city.
Hong Kong is best known for its outstanding Cantonese cuisine. The freshest ingredients and finest chefs can be found here. The city's cosmopolitan nature also ensures that there is a dynamic mix of other cuisines. Sushi joints abound, as do pasta houses, bakeries, sandwich shops and just about every other style of food you can imagine.
One experience you should not miss is trying the local dim sum. These are delicious snacks prepared in steaming bamboo baskets and eaten as breakfast or lunch along with copious quantities of Chinese tea. Typical dim sum includes favourites like steamed pork buns, shrimp dumplings, beef balls and pan-fried squid with spicy salt.
Hong Kong residents generally eat five times per day and most meals are eaten outside the home. Meals are typically small, and always accompanied by a generous portion of carbohydrates such as rice or mein (noodles). For the visitor this means plenty of places to snack and experience a diversity of dishes in one day.
In a Chinese restaurant waiters will commonly bring tea, condiments and snacks to your table, which will be added to the bill. Most restaurants will automatically add 10 per cent to your bill as gratuity. During Chinese New Year, this charge may be a bit higher. Make reservations whenever possible, especially over lunchtimes.
The Bostonian Restaurant
The Bostonian has been included in the influential dining handbook The Hong Kong Best Restaurant Guide and has been a Hong Kong favourite for more than a decade. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere and its menu offers a wide choice of American fare, from the signature US prime rib to Boston lobster - all in huge portions! Creole dishes are also popular here, as is the award winning collection of Californian wines. The Bostonian is tucked away in the basement of the Langham Hotel, with a bar upstairs serving lunchtime sandwiches, and tapas in the evening. Bookings recommended for dinner.
Address: Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
Telephone: (852) 2132 7898
Dim Sum is a Chinese tradition: an array of steaming baskets of dumplings and other delicacies from which diners make a selection, usually for late breakfast or a light lunch. Dim Sum is one of the specialities for which the Michelin-starred Yung Kee is famed, along with the restaurant's renowned Cantonese roast goose served up with sweet, tasty stewed beans, nick-named the 'flying goose' because so many visitors have insisted on taking a sample of this delicious dish home with them. Enjoy the clean Asian décor of this restaurant while being served by their well-mannered staff.
Address: 32-40 Wellington Street, Central District (near Lan Kwai Fong)
Telephone: (852) 2522 1624
Jumbo Floating Restaurant
Hong Kong's famous floating restaurant, gently riding the swells in Aberdeen Harbour, consists of three sections which are all brightly lit by a myriad of dazzling lights making a fairy-tale night-time spectacle for the thousands who come to dine here every week. Jumbo in Chinese means 'gem' or 'treasure', but the western meaning fits it just as well with its massive capacity for seating 2,300 diners simultaneously. The cuisine on offer is varied, but mainly seafood, which diners can pick out themselves from a selection swimming in a tank - the Flamed Drunken Shrimp is extraordinary. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. (Shuttle ferries depart from Shum Wan Pier and Aberdeen Pier)
Telephone: (852) 2553 9111
Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill
Homesick Americans visiting Hong Kong will find solace in the carnivorous cuisine served up at Dan Ryan's Chicago Grill. The menu tempts with sumptuous feasts such as rack of lamb roasted with rosemary, or char-grilled porterhouse steaks. Not-so-meaty specialities on the menu include homemade pasta dishes, as well as thick satisfying soups served in bread bowls. The bar is also popular for its informal beer-swilling atmosphere. Reservations are essential for this taste of gratifying down-home cookin'. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: 315 Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Kowloon
Telephone: (852) 2735 6111
This elegant and trendy restaurant's sleek interior boasts a long table occasionally used as a catwalk, suggesting Felix's fashion-venue ambitions match its culinary aspirations. The Dungeness crab cake, with an avocado and jalapeño remoulade, and the lobster risotto top the haute cuisine list but there's no telling what the haute couture has to offer. Reservations are recommended, open every night for dinner.
Address: 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 2996 6778
Din Tai Fung
One of the most popular restaurants in Hong Kong for local cuisine, Din Tai Fung specialises in dim sum - small tapas-style dishes like Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork dumplings). Earning a Michelin star in 2011, Din Tai Fung is known for its excellent service and child-friendliness. Be prepared to wait at least 30 minutes for a table however, and even longer at peak times.
Address: Shop 130, 3F, Silvercord, No.30, Canton Rd, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
Telephone: +852 2730 6928