There are some damn fine restaurants in Hong Kong. After all, in a city that boasts over 7 million inhabitants, there’s going to be an awesome selection of great chefs from around the globe. From Chinese to French, Italian to Pan-European, you can find every different kind of cuisine imaginable.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the hottest stars in the restaurant charts as of February 2016.
1. The Upper House at Cafe Gray Deluxe
If you’re looking to enjoy fabulous European food whilst gazing out at one of the best views of Victoria Harbour, then dining at The Upper House at Cafe Gray Deluxe has to be near the top of the list.
Since its opening in 2009, the restaurant’s chef, Gray Kunz, has become famous for his use of organic seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are typical of many European regions.
You can enjoy dining here at all times of the day. From the lightest of healthy breakfasts (or something more substantial if needed), through lunch, afternoon tea, and evening dining, this is a location for any time of the day or night.
And if you choose to dine here in the evening, you’ll get a wonderful view of the Symphony of Light that decorates the skyline of Victoria Harbour every night at 20:00 hours.
2. Amber at the Mandarin Oriental
If you love French cuisine, then the two Michelin Starred Amber is definitely worth a visit. The decor is beautifully designed, and while dining here, you’ll be hard pushed to believe that you’re in the heart of manic Hong Kong, and that you haven’t somehow been transported to Paris…
The kitchen is headed by renowned Dutch chef Richard Ekkebus, who trained with some of the most famous names in France. His creations have ensured that the restaurant has maintained its two Michelin Star status for the past 6 years.
Be sure to book in advance, because this is a popular choice with tourists, locals, and business people alike.
3. Din Tai Fung
Ding Tai Fung serves some of the best dumplings and steamed noodles in the whole of the city. In 2010, the Hong Kong branch of this restaurant was awarded a Michelin star – the first ever Taiwanese run restaurant to do this in history.
The cuisine is a combination of both Chinese and Asian, and comprises some mouth watering classic dishes such as pan fried shrimp, pork dumplings, and sautéed fresh water shrimps.
The restaurant is so sought after that they now have branches in various other corners of the world, including Macau, Singapore, and Shanghai.
4. Tosca at the Ritz Carlton
Superb Italian cuisine in Hong Kong? Of course there is. Not only is the food to die for, but the internal decor will make you feel like you’ve been sent back in time to an era somewhat more gentle and refined than the one we live in today. And the view’s pretty stupendous too…
Italian chef, Pina Lavarra, was born in Puglia and has lent his wealth of experience to restaurants around the world before coming to head the team at Tosca. His brilliance has seen him announced as “one of the best chefs in the world” according to the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
As you’d expect, being an Italian restaurant, the menu includes a superb selection of pasta dishes, as well as fresh seafood, antipasti, and secondi.
5. Morton’s The Steak House
Sometimes only a great steak will hit the spot, and they don’t come any greater than the ones served at Morton’s The Steak House. Recently voted the best restaurant in Hong Kong’s Tatler Magazine, this little piece of the USA can be found in Kowloon.
Not only are the steaks juicy, tender, and mouth wateringly tasty, but you also enjoy all of this whilst looking out onto the vista of Victoria Harbour below you.
And if you’re not hungry enough for a steak, then you can enjoy from the famous “Bar Bite” menu in the bar instead. Both the bar and dining room are open in the evenings from 17:00 hours onward.
6. Nobu at the Intercontinental
Known the world over, Nobu’s Japanese dining is something that has to be experienced to be believed. Located within the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel, the restaurant showcases some of their globally famous signature dishes, as well as locally inspired delights using the freshest of local ingredients.
Here you can enjoy lunch or afternoon tea (dress casual – but not that casual, no open toed sandals or sleeveless shirts for men) or dinner (dress smart/casual, so no short pants either at this time). They also serve a special lunch menu on Sundays, which includes free flowing Champagne.
7. Above and Beyond at the Icon Hotel
Boasting amazing views from the 28th floor of the Icon Hotel, the Above and Beyond Restaurant offers some of the very best in Cantonese dining. The quality of the dining is proven by the “three forks and spoons” from Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2016.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the restaurants eclectic mix of Dim Sum, chicken, pork and beef dishes, soups, noodles, vegetables, and more. For lovers of Chinese food, this is the location in which to experience the very best in luxury when it comes to dining.
You can enjoy lunch here (a la carte or a choice of set menus, afternoon tea Chinese style, and naturally, evening dining). The restaurant sometimes offers delightful pairing and other specialist menus from time to time, and for those who love Peking duck – be sure to check out this specially prepared set menu.
As you can see, there is every type of cuisine you can think of available in Hong Kong. Whatever you’re currently craving, there’s going to be some excellent dining choices open to you.
The above restaurants are not the cheapest in the world, but sometimes it’s worth paying that little bit extra to ensure that every mouthful is as delicious as you could hope for. Enjoy exploring, and bon appetite!