10 Best Hong Kong Homestyle Restaurants: That Sweet Familiar Taste

For many Hong Kong families, Sunday or Saturday offers a program that’s as unvarying as it is unbreakable. Go home to mom and dad, and sit down with your brothers, sisters and assorted relations for a family homestyle meal. For Hong Kongers exiled overseas,  whether for study or business, it’s one of the things they miss the most.

Hence the popularity of homestyle restaurants in Hong Kong. There’s something about sitting around a big table – and in the larger sort of Chinese restaurant you’ll see tables as big as or bigger than wagon wheels being maneuvered into position – dipping into a variety of dishes, sharing the food and the experience, as happy to be filling your tummy as enjoying a fulfilling experience.

It’s not just Chinese restaurants, such as Jumbo, which are popular. One of the longest running establishments in the city, Jimmy’s Kitchen, has made comfort food its forte, and grandparents who remember when their feet dangled beneath their seats now treat their grandchildren at those self-same tables.

Homestyle restaurants also allow full play to another great Hong Kong custom – the (mock) argument over the check, with various diners lunging for the waiter, waving their credit cards, protesting that it’s their turn to pay. It’s all part of the fun.

Eastern District
Yo Bago
Photo courtesy of Yo Bago

The prime attraction of Yo Bago is, naturally enough, its bagels, which are made fresh on the premises. The cafe – which is by no means large – enjoys a terrific atmosphere, partly due to its location on a workaday street one block away from...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
Photo courtesy of Delaneys

Ireland's colonized the world with its pubs, serving up good cheer as well as good food and drink. Delaney's has been going in Hong Kong for the best part of two decades (there is another branch in Pok Fu Lam) and its popularity is as much down...  Read More

cafe TOO
Photo courtesy of Island Shangri-La

Hotel buffets have gotten a bad reputation over the years, one that is largely deserved. At the Island Shangri-La, Cafe TOO is an exception, however. Skilled chefs at seven cooking stations prepare food to order so things don't linger too long...  Read More

Dan Ryan's Chicago Bar and Grill
Photo courtesy of Puamelia

Dan Ryan's at Pacific Place is the ideal location for business lunches and pre-dinner drinks. The staff here is friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is very conducive to both friendly and formal conversation. What separates Dan's from...  Read More

Classified Cheese Room
Photo courtesy of Classified

Classified – part of a chain that has rapidly spread across the city – is a Hong Kong success story. Founded by three friends who had studied abroad and reckoned that their native HK needed a slightly more sophisticated yet casual sort of...  Read More

Super Star Seafood Restaurant

Get your seafood quota here! The tanks filled with lobsters, crabs, prawns and a plethora of fish leave no doubt – Super Star's specialty is super fresh seafood. Usually your selection will be plucked straight from the tank, quickly prepared...  Read More

Spring Deer

After decades in operation, Spring Deer still manages to pack in crowds of loyal locals and many overseas visitors who have eaten here previously. Spring Deer is particularly popular with groups, ratcheting the noise level up during peak meal...  Read More

Jumbo Floating Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Jumbo Floating Restaurant

In operation for decades, the Jumbo has become something of a landmark. Renovated to create a modern and stylish interior, expansions over the years include a tea garden, banquet and party facilities and a museum exhibit of bronzeware. The...  Read More

Jimmy's Kitchen

Jimmy's is, perhaps, Hong Kong's most famous restaurant. Located on Wyndham Street, this Continental-style restaurant has a definite Western atmosphere. Menu options span the globe from New Zealand shellfish to North American beef and Western...  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

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