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Mexico Taco nook Brick House in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. Photo: Martin Adolfsson
Mexico Taco nook Brick House in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. Photo: Martin Adolfsson

Food & Drink

The foodie's top 10 guide to Hong Kong

Competition in the Hong Kong restaurant business is cutthroat. Here are some of the top contenders.

Kinsale

Last winter, when the metro line was finally extended out to Kennedy Town in the far north-west of Hong Kong island, a number of restaurants quickly sprouted up along the water’s edge. There’s nothing strange about this since the spot catches the afternoon sun and the spectacular view of Victoria Harbor. Kinsale is a place reminiscent of the British colonial period with a menu featuring a first-class fish gratin and fish and chips.

Kinsale

Shop 2, New Fortune House, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

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Ah Yat

The place that wealthy Chinese go to enjoy the best abalone in Hong Kong. Prices range from about $40 to over $1,200. But if you aren’t a connoisseur of Cantonese cuisine, there other better value-for-money Cantonese restaurants in the city, although probably not with the same Bladerunner-esque view that you get here, 29 floors up in the I-square skyscraper.

Ah Yat

Hongkong, Tsim Sha Tsui, 彌敦道 63號國際廣場 29樓SHOP 2902

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Mrs. Pound

This restaurant probably has the hardest to spot entrance in all of Hong Kong. The entire frontage is covered by stamps from the philately store that once stood here. You have to press the right stamp to open a sliding door. Your eyes then fix on an American diner and bar as depicted in the series, Mad Men.

Mrs. Pound

6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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For $90, Bo Innovation’s molecular Cha Siu Bao gives you a taste explosion.

Bo Innovation

It’s in the evening that things really start happening here. But if you’re not willing to part with $250–350 on Alvin Leung’s deconstructed Chinese food and still want to get a taste of his famous dishes, the seven-course lunch priced at around $100 is an excellent alternative.

Bo Innovation

60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Pork belly bao at the aptly named Little Bao.

Little Bao

May Chow, who previously worked at Bo Innovation, serves fast food at its best. Tables cannot be reserved, so come as early as 6-7pm in order to make sure that you don’t have to queue.

Little Bao

66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong

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Bao Wow

A faster food version of Taiwanese baos. They are served here as tacos, with the bao bread replacing the tortilla.

Bao Wow

28 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Dandan Soul Food

Hong Kong residents want super-fast and super-tasty food for less than $10. That’s what you get here. It may not be the most charming of places, but all that fades into insignificance when the powerfully Sichuan-spiced noodle soup lands on your table. Bear in mind that the cuisine of the north-eastern Sichuan province of China is extremely spicy.

Dandan Soul Food

181 Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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Happy Harbour

On the far south-western tip of Kowloon is Lei Yue Mun, the destination to beat all destinations if you are looking for fish and seafood such as giant lobster, king crab and signal crayfish. Here, in amongst the labyrinth of streets that line the edge of the sea, the food is so fresh that it remains alive in aquaria until you point to what you want to be served up on your plate. The price you pay is per kilo, is around $12 for one of the nearby restaurants to cook your ‘catch’.

Lei Yue Mun

Pork dumplings shaped like little pigs at Dim Dim Sum.

Dim Dim Sum

Mong Kok is most famous for its market quarter, but it also conceals this dim sum eatery where the pork dumplings look like cute pigs.

Dim Dim Sum

112 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

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There’s always room for Mexican places like Brick House. Photo: Martin Adolfsson

Brick House

Lan Kwai Fong is the name of what is perhaps the noisiest outdoor district in Hong Kong. In the center of the district, along a back street that is easy to miss, is this quite exquisite Mexican taco nook where you can eat or enjoy a margarita or michelada at the bar, all accompanied by hip-hop music playing at high volume.

Brick House

20 d’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong

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