Hong Kong is one of the world’s most exciting culinary capitals, where good food is more than abundant. In that light, we’ve put together a few of our tastiest tidbits and most memorable morsels that are worth tracking down to try.
A lunchtime favourite of ours, Bedu is a charming little spot tucked away in the quieter corner of Central on Gough Street. A light summery meal that fills you up without bringing you down is the grilled salmon with salad. Slightly charred cubes of medium-cooked fish lie on top of zesty, vinaigrette-coated greens drizzled with yoghurt dressing. In between bites, you’ll find surprising flavours and textures like the pomegranate seeds and walnut bits. Alternatively, you can also enjoy this over a bed of rice or tucked into a warm pita pocket. Wash all that down with an ice-cold spiced pineapple and ginger beer and you’re set to tackle the rest of the day.
Bedu, 40 Gough Street, Central; +852 2320 4450
Cé La Vi
American chef Conor Beach worked at several Hong Kong restaurants, including Repulse Bay’s Balinese restaurant TRi (now closed), before arriving at modern Asian restaurant Cé La Vi. Lucky for us, it means he brings some of the most vivid Indonesian flavours to the forefront of their menu. Our favourite was the incredibly tender and slightly charred beef rendang, made with prime Wagyu meat slow-cooked in spicy coconut sauce, pickled vegetables, lemongrass and fried shallots.
Cé La Vi, 24/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3700 2300
If you haven’t checked out the new restaurant Cornerstone, by Netflix’s favourite Australian chef, Shane Osborn, they you need to do it soon. The casual dining spot isn’t all that spacious and fills up quickly in the evenings. But if you do manage to grab yourself a table (lunchtime is less crowded), make sure you order yourself the impeccably executed al dente tagliatelle with mushrooms, smoked sausage and fresh green peas. It’s the comfort food of dreams: hearty, creamy and dusted in cheese — you can thank us later.
Cornerstone, G/F Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
So, Fumi’s bigger and better sushi brunch isn’t exactly one dish, but if it’s high-quality fresh fish and meats from Japan you’re after — then you’ll be more than happy here. Think Kuroge Wagyu tartare, charcoal-grilled Kagoshima Kurobuta Pork, Nangoku Genki chicken, sea prawn tempura, seasonal sashimi and as many sweet and meaty Hokkaido red king crab legs as you can crack into. Plus, more premium main course dishes to choose from and a shared Japanese dessert platter that will surely mean you need to be rolled home.
Fumi, 6/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, 30 – 36 D’Aguilar Street, Central Hong Kong; +852 2328 3302
As the only overseas branch of the Michelin three-starred restaurant Kashiwaya in Osaka, Kashiwaya Hong Kong is something of a gem. They, too, have received two stars from the Michelin Guide since 2017 and continue to offer Japan’s haute cuisine — otherwise known as kaiseki — to its guests. In a recent tasting, we were lucky enough to try a seasonal tasting menu that featured a beautiful sakizuke (or appetiser) of shrimp and vegetable jelly with stewed octopus topped with sea urchin, Japanese gourd and okura.
Kashiwaya, 8/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2520 5218
La Petite Maison
La Petite Maison has been open for almost a year in Hong Kong, but there’s one classic dish we keep going back for: warm prawns with olive oil. One bite of this simple dish instantly transports you to summery Niçe, basking in the sun and dining alfresco with these fresh prawns, halved and dressed in lemon, basil, sea salt and of course quality olive oil — the ultimate representation of Niçoise cuisine in summer, if ever there was one.
La Petite Maison, 1/F H Queen’s, 23-29 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2887 1113
With sweeping views of the harbour, La Rambla serves up modern interpretations of Spanish dishes. Recently, executive chef Ferran Tadeo has introduced a new dining concept where guests can get up close and personal with the rare premium ingredients and watch as each dish is prepared before their eyes at the chef’s table. The star of the show from the seven-course menu is the carabineros & jamon. Freshly flown in are the Josper-grilled 3XL carabineros with Iberico fat roasted in garlic purée and parsley oil; the supersize crustacean boasts the sweet flavours of the sea, and the juicy prawn head tomalley is a true umami treat.
La Rambla, Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central; +852 2661 1161
What’s better than a bowl of ramen? Two bowls. That’s why Ramen Cubism’s Twin Shio limited ramen bowl is sold out daily in Hong Kong and Osaka. The figure-8 bowl holds its famous hot noodles on one side and a cold version on the other. The broth is blended from shellfish, scallops, clams, Hokkaido squid and scallops, and is topped with a 10cm-thick slab of roast pork belly. Single hot or cold servings are also available, but of course, two bowls are better than one.
Ramen Cubism, 27 Wellington Street, Central; +852 2399 0811
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s new French neo-bistro is good for any time of day, be it breakfast or dinner, and it’s best enjoyed with a tipple on the side. Led by the hotel’s team of sommeliers, the menu lends itself to complement the wine-driven dining experience with over 1,000 bottles to choose from and 100 wines and sake available by glass. It’s hard to single out one favourite dish here as all are equally tasty. For meat lovers, we recommend the grilled Japanese pork with BBQ sauce and Hakata cabbage salad, which is lusciously rich in flavour with just the right amount of acidity in the greens and sauce to balance out the fat.
Somm, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2132 0055
When it comes to brunch, contemporary izakaya Zuma is almost an institution, but there’s more to just unlimited food and free-flow booze here. We tried their new summer menu and found that their à la carte dishes are just as impressive as the buffet they’re known for. The simple tomato salad with roasted eggplant and ginger dressing is a refreshing start to the meal to whet your appetite for what’s to come. The tangy dressing gives way to really showcase the sweetness of the slightly char-grilled fruit.
Zuma, Level 5 & 6, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 3657 6388