Living in HK for as long as I have, I have had countless visitors! What is usually the ask of us ‘tour guides’ is taking our guests to reliable restaurants that gives them the great experience and taste of HK they are looking for. Here’s a breakdown of my favourite places to take visitors in the 852:
With its stunning views over the Harbour, Aqua is one of my top choices for those looking for a view and who are fine to splurge on their dinner. You can alternatively go for their boozy brunch option which won’t break the bank (as much as dinner will).
A cruise on the Aqua Luna capturing the effervescent lights and amazing skyline of Hong Kong is highly recommended. A ticket will get you a complimentary drink, make sure not to go during the Light show! The boat is too packed and the ‘show’ itself is quite disappointing. Drop off at Kowloon Harbour and head to Aqua restaurant. They have Italian and Japanese cuisine to choose from. There is a minimum spend if you wish to sit near the window, but sometimes they will let you if no one has booked it prior.
Their infinity brunch is to die for! 598 HKD for a sushi or cold cuts platter, main, their signature dessert platter and free flow of their delicious cocktails or champagne. Quality all the way with this one!
29th and 30th Floor, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Ph: 852 3427 2288 http://aqua.com.hk/?oid=5
In the same building as Aqua and under the same group, Hutong offers Chinese cuisine with the same gorgeous view!
The décor is classically Chinese, with paper lanterns all over the ceilings, birdcages and rounded doorways. You will want to check out every nook and cranny in this gorgeous setting, that is if you can take your eyes off the view!
Like Aqua, their weekend brunch deals are more reasonable. Appetizer and dim sum buffet, one choice of main dish and the dessert platter come at 428 HKD + 10% per person. Add 200 HKD for their free flow of champagne, signature cocktails, beer and soft drinks.
Din Tai Fung
Although this is not traditionally a Hong Kong restaurant, Din Tai Fung has become a staple here. Originally from Taiwan and with locations all over the world, this go- to dumpling restaurant has consistently tasty food with their truffle and classic xiao long baos being legendary!
If your visitors are veggie, there are still quite a few options. With such an extensive menu, there is definitely something for everyone and they conveniently have 4 branches in Hong Kong.
Address: Shop G3-11, G/F, 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Ph: 852 3160 8998 http://www.dintaifung.com.hk/indexe.php (for all branches)
Cheung Chau’s continental restaurant (洲際式茶餐廳)
Somewhat off the beaten track, this seafood delight was introduced to me by a chef friend who lives on Cheung Chau island. During the culinary tour, he introduced me to this delightful seafood restaurant. Purchase your seafood fresh from the nearby market and take it all to the Continental restaurant where they will cook your meal however you like. My friend purchased lobster, crab and mussels….I am still dreaming about this meal years later!
To get to Cheung Chau, you will need to take a ferry. Go to Pier no. 5 at Central ferry pier, pick the fast ferry to get there in 35 minutes , just a short walk and you will reach the seafood market and eventually Continental restaurant.
長洲大興堤路8至10號地下 Ph: 852 2981 9807
Three Virtues Vegetarian Restaurant
If you have any veggie visitors who want authentic, local food, Three Virtues is the place to take them. Two locations in Hong Kong, one in Jordan and another in North Point, there is no excuse not to go!
Must order the fake meat satay (absolutely delicious), vegetarian dim sum during lunch time and the sweet and sour fake meat.
G/F & 4/F, JD Mall, 233-239 Nathan Road, Jordan Ph: 852 3622 1888
1/F, 395 King’s Rd, North Point Ph: 852 2856 1333
On a budget
Tim Ho Wan
One of the cheapest Michelin star restaurants in the world and classed a dim sum specialists, this place is an absolute must! Conveniently located in IFC, Olympic, North point and Sham Shui Po, you have no excuse not to visit this one. They do not accept reservations and you should be aware of waiting times in the Central location, but you can always get takeout and head on up to Red Bar (in IFC) to enjoy the view.
Their menu is short but very good quality! Must order the Char Siu bao (BBQ pork buns), steamed egg cake and for the adventurous, the chicken feet.
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central Ph: 852 2332 3078 www.timhowan.com (for all branches)
Tung Po Kitchen 東寶小館 Fresh seafood and authentically cooked Cantonese cuisine, this Dai Pai Dong, located in the cooked food market is great for visitors to Hong Kong. Make sure you clean your bowls, chopsticks and spoons with the hot tea before using them and take a packet of tissues! The staff are very friendly, efficient and can speak English. This place is often frequented by guailos. If that’s not your thing, you can go to ANY cooked food market. Take your pick!
2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point Ph: 852 2880 5224
Mr. Wong has become a popular place for students and guailos not for the average food, but for Mr. Wong himself. Quite a character, he certainly enhances the Dai Pai dong experience. Tucked away in an alley in Mongkok, it is very convenient after you have taken your guests to Ladies market.
Huge plates and very cheap beers will be flowing here, expect to mingle with other students and guailos. You will not be blown away by the food but the whole experience will leave you smiling.
No.10 Shamchun Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon旺角深圳街10號地鋪 Ph: 852 2384 6833
Temple street clay pot rice
If you fancy taking your guests to a night market, but can’t face the chaos that is Mongkok, head to Temple street night market in Yau Ma Tei. This place is teeming with stalls and on each side, countless restaurants to take your fancy.
The famous dish to have here is clay pot rice with an egg on top. The egg will be handed to you, you break it on top of the rice and watch it cook. Heaven! For the adventurous, try the snails.
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Grab some Happy hour drinks (6pm to 9pm daily) or bring your own to this famous rooftop in IFC building. There is a public area where you can sit and enjoy the view for free. Definitely worth going to before you introduce your guests to LKF or the standard meet up point every Thursday night at 8pm for the HK pub crawl (http://hongkongpubcrawl.com/).
4/f, IFC mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong Ph: 852 8129 8882 http://www.pure-red.com/en/hongkong/index.php
So underrated, this bar in TKS (still on HK island) has a lovely, relaxing atmosphere, reasonably priced drinks and snacks and a GREAT view! Cocktails start from a very purse pleasing 60 HKD during happy hour (weekdays from 5pm to 7pm for the Sundowner menu), complete bargain compared to Ozone bar which I personally feel is overrated.
32F, EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo Shing, Hong Kong. Ph: 3968 3738 http://www.sugar-hongkong.com/tc/Pages/index.aspx
Café Grey deluxe
Located in Upper House, its class all the way with this sky high restaurant. Their afternoon tea sets are quite famous, but if you fancy a tasty cocktail with a view, this is the place. Try their yummy espresso martini if you are a gin fan.
Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong Ph: 852 3968 1106 http://www.upperhouse.com/en/restaurants-bars/cafe-gray-deluxe
Deck ‘n’ Beer bar
This chilled out, unpretentious bar is located on the Avenue of the Stars promenade overlooking that amazing Skyline we see in the postcards. Take your guests on a ride on the Star ferry for only a couple of dollars, then for a walk along the Avenue, take a quick pic at the famous Bruce Lee statue and you will find this bar next to a Starbucks.
Grab a beer and some peanuts, sit back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous view.
TST Promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong Ph: 852 2723 9227 http:www.maxconcepts.com.hk/en/deck_n_beer.asp
Hope you found this list useful, please share your go- to places to take visitors in the comments below.