More than being a shopping mecca only two hours away from Manila, Hong Kong is also known for its vibrant culinary scene. It’s home to 134 restaurants listed in the 2019 Michelin Guide, which ranges from hole-in-the-wall eateries to fine dining establishments. If you’re heading to Hong Kong, check out these Michelin-approved spots fit for every budget.
HKD 100 and below
Yat Lok’s version of roast goose is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, all thanks to the 20-step preparation that goes into making it (which includes being marinated in a secret sauce).
A trip to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Kwan Kee—I would know, as I couldn’t stop thinking of the restaurant after missing it on my last trip. Have your fill of clay pot rice with preserved sausages, white eel, and other tasty toppings.
Thai food is always a good idea! Samsen is popular for their traditional noodle dishes, such as pad thai, pad see ew, khaoi soi, and more. Most of their ingredients are also flown in from Thailand daily, so you know you’re in for an authentic experience.
Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop
If you’re staying in Central, you’ll most likely pass through IFC Mall to and from the airport. Make a stop at Tasty and try their shrimp wonton, beef and rice noodle stir fry, and congee with prawns for an unforgettable first (or last) meal in Hong Kong.
Fu Sing has, hands down, the best siew mai I’ve ever tasted in my whole life (trust me, I wish I was exaggerating)! Their melt-in-your-mouth char siew (barbecue pork) is also worth a visit.
New Punjab Club
If you’re craving Indian food, New Punjab Club is the place to go. Make sure to try the lamb tomahawk, samosa chaat (crushed samosa with yogurt and crispy noodles), and paneer kulcha (Indian cheese).
The Chairman is not your typical Cantonese restaurant, as it puts emphasis on using organic produce and sourcing ingredients from small suppliers and local fishermen. A favorite from the restaurant is the flower crab cooked in aged Shaoxing wine.
You don’t need to fly all the way to South America to try authentic Peruvian food. ICHU is the brainchild of Chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz, the man behind Central (a top Peruvian restaurant in Lima, Peru). Their signature dishes include Tacu Tacu Chupe (tiger prawns with beans and aji panca) and Pargo Al Rocoto (sliced snapper with celeriac, avocado, and aji rocoto).
HKD 800 and above
Each dish at Tate really is (almost) too pretty to eat! But more than having IG-worthy dishes, the French-Chinese restaurant is known for using local ingredients like osmanthus, Pu-er tea, and kumquat in their menu.
It’s all about classic French fare at BELON, but what really sets it apart is the expert technique and accuracy presented by Chef Daniel Calvert and his team. While there, don’t miss the pigeon pithivier, terrine de foie gras, and vanilla millefeuille with fig jam.
Specializing in Taizhou cuisine, Xinrongji is known for bringing out the natural flavors of fresh, high-quality ingredients. Although the restaurant’s menu focuses on seafood, their peking duck has proven to be a crowd favorite.
8 ½ Otto E Mezzo BOMBANA
Considered the first Italian restaurant outside of Italy to receive Three Michelin Stars, 8 ½ Otto E Mezzo BOMBANA is a tribute to the bel paese (or beautiful country). The fine dining spot was founded by Chef Umberto Bombana, also known as “The King of White Truffles.”