Best Hong Kong Restaurants: Top 10 Culinary Experiences

Eating is a serious matter in Hong Kong. Every day the city warbles a symphony of frying, chopping and sizzling at more than 11,000 restaurants, ranging from extravagant seafood restaurants to intimate family-run Cha Chaan Tengs (literally: tea food halls).

Some of the world's finest and most recognized Chinese restaurants are here. One example is Lung King Heen. The Four Seasons Hotel's affiliation is celebrated for its sophisticated Cantonese cuisine and was the first Chinese kitchen in the world to get three Michelin stars. The fine-dining space is the top choice for a dim sum lunch with a harbor view if budget permits. 

The real Hong Kong flavor however, lies in the numerous neighborhood cha chaang tengs (tea food hall). This is fast food at its most delicious and creative. From a hybrid menu mixing Chinese, Indian, British and even Japanese, visitors can sample weird but extremely yummy dishes such as deep fried buns and macaroni with luncheon meat. 

The city also has the most envied international food scene in Asia,with a vast array of cuisines that's like a United Nations smorgasbord. Orange Tree is a prime example. Some are helmed by celebrity chefs, others simply run with passion and good cheer by young up-and-coming men and women with a stong belief in the value of good food.

Grassroots Pantry
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Grassroots Pantry is one of the most impressive restaurants to have opened in Hong Kong in years. It's vegetarian, incredibly imaginative, and the food is presented beautifully amid inspiring surrounds. Very much the brainchild of the dynamic...  Read More

Ho Lee Fook
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Inspired by old school Hong Kong restaurants and the spirit of late-night Chinatown hangouts in 1960s New York, Ho Lee Fook is a funky Chinese kitchen where guests can enjoy a fresh approach to traditional flavors in a setting that is...  Read More

Wan Chai
22 Ships
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22 Ships, a project by Michelin star chef Jason Atherton, has a hip ambiance and comfortable neighborhood attitude. It is set to bring a unique flavor and vibe to Hong Kong, complementing Ship Street's casual and easy-going nature. The buzz...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui

In the throng of Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong, Nadaman, located in both Shangri-la hotels, is often rated as one of the best. Food is not cheap (a meal for two costs US$258 on average) but they come at its freshest and most artistic. Helmed...  Read More

It sounds incredible but it's true: the yummiest Italian food outside Italy is hidden at the south tip of China, according to the Michelin Guide. Located on Chater Road in Central, fine-dining restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA in Central was...  Read More

SPOON by Alain Ducasse
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Recipient of two Michelin Stars in the 2014 Michelin Guide, SPOON by Alain Ducasse features contemporary French cuisine inspired by Alain Ducasse, renowned as one of the world's top chefs. SPOON is an exciting combination of cuisine, decor, and...  Read More

Don't be surprised if you are eating next to a celebrity or your waiter is good friends with Hong Kong's richest men. Fook Lam Moon, a family-run restaurant, has satisfied some of the most demanding taste buds over more than six decades. Food is...  Read More

Lung King Heen

Cantonese food reaches its finest and most creative on the fourth floor of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Lung King Heen, whose name means "dragon's view room," was the first Chinese restaurant to receive three Michelin stars in 2008. Formidable...  Read More

Sha Tin 18
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Named after the hotel's street address number "18" which also means good fortune in terms of Feng Shui, Sha Tin 18 is a new concept for Hong Kong, and one of the best Chinese restaurants serving authentic Dongguan and northern Chinese cuisine in...  Read More

Orange Tree
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This intimate little Dutch restaurant thrives in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. The owner imports much of his seafood from Holland, and maintains a dedicated hands-on attitude in the kitchen. The restaurant is light and cheery, and lunches start...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed