Hong Kong — Known for its dynamic dining scene, Hong Kong is home to some of the best restaurants in Asia—from cheap eats, speakeasy bars, and lavish brasseries. In fact, in 2009, the Michelin Guide has awarded the first Chinese restaurant from the country its first Michelin star (which you will read about later on in this list.)
If you’re a first-time traveler, it can be quite daunting to decide where to start from the plethora of food choices the city has to offer. Cue in this list, where you can check out one- to three-starred restaurants from the 2019 Hong Kong Michelin Guide to start your food journey.
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
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Address: Shop 202, 18 Chater Rd, Central
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have received 3 stars from the Michelin Guide, having been awarded 3 stars by the 2012 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau. It offers curated degustation menus and a generous array of options for vegans and vegetarians. Its head chef is Umberto Bombana, who is famously known for introducing a white truffle to Hong Kong’s restaurant scene.
Address: The Langham, 8 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Named after the golden age in the Chinese dynasty, T’ang Court reflects the opulence of a bygone era and the classic timelessness of Cantonese cuisine through traditional dishes and an extensive menu featuring heirloom recipes. The restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars this year and have been a Michelin-starred restaurant since 2009.
Lung King Heen
Address: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance St, Sheung Wan
Lung King Heen is a fine-dining Cantonese restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. In 2010, the restaurant’s homemade XO sauce was listed as the ‘Best condiment’ on the 2010 Hong Kong Best Eats list compiled by CNN Travel and, in 2014, was added to Forbes Travel Guide’s list of 5 stars restaurants. Fun fact, Lung King Heen is the world’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded the coveted Michelin three-star rating.
Address: Sino Plaza, 255-257 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay
Famous in the world for its abalone, Forum has firmly established its reputation as one of the city’s best-celebrated Cantonese restaurants with food beautifully cooked using traditional techniques. Its signature dish, the Ah Yat Abalone, is slow-cooked in a gourmet broth for days to achieve a certain tenderness and flavor.
Address: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Finance St, Central
Tokyo-based sushi restaurant Sushi Saito found its way on the island in 2017. Located at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Central, one can easily go from here for appetizers to Lung King Heen for the main course. Apart from its revered sushi items, the Hong Kong outpost of the cult hub also features a handsome collection of premium sakes, white wines, and champagnes.
Address: 26/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central
Écriture marries contemporary French cuisine and the quiet yet thumping rhythm of a city that’s always moving. The interior of the place is a sight unto itself, and the food is prepared with the same preciseness of choosing the best ingredients used in the carefully-curated menu (which can be 5- or 7-course). Some of its best-selling dishes include the grilled lamb and caviar uni tart.
Address: 64 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Retaining the coveted Michelin star award for 11 consecutive years, Shang Palace serves Cantonese specialties like the Hong Kong-famous Wok-fried Cod Fillet with Red Bean Curd Sauce and Wagyu Beef Served in Tomato. Its vermillion-lacquered interiors will immediately make you feel like a Han Dynasty royalty upon entering the place.