The Quickest Way To A Foodie’s Heart Is In Hong Kong
Experience the best of what Hong Kong has to offer through the eyes of lifestyle journalist Cheryl Tiu. She shares her favorite Michelin-starred restaurants in the capital of dining in Asia Pacific
Traveling and exploring a city on foot is but the tip of the iceberg. There is nothing more immersive, sensual, and multisensory than getting a taste of a destination’s local and international flavors. Dining on its gastronomic offerings is the highest and most sublime travel experience one can have.
With its location just an hour’s flight away from Manila, Hong Kong is a veritable hotspot for travelers with a discerning palate who want a quick getaway—and it’s not a wonder certified foodies like lifestyle journalist Cheryl Tiu has Hong Kong at the top of their list one of the best places to enjoy great food.
“Hong Kong has one of the most diverse culinary landscapes in the world,” she says. “You can dress up for a multi-course tasting menu, or also dress down to visit a dai pai dong, and you can rest assured you are going to have an excellent meal. There are not a lot of places in the world that can guarantee a satisfying meal at various price points.”
Hong Kong may be just over a thousand square kilometers-but this Asian metropolis has 69 Michelin-rated restaurants. It boasts of 48 1-Michelin star restaurants, 11 2-Michelin star restaurants, and seven 3-Michelin star restaurants, representing not only Chinese cooking, but also some of the world’s well-loved cuisines like French and Italian among others. These, and more, have made Hong Kong –the capital of dining in Asia Pacific.
Don’t know where to start? Here’s a quick guide to get you started:
198 Wellington Street, Hong Kong
Food and travel journalist Cheryl Tiu recalls trying out Chef Vicky’s signature sea cucumber dish—a must, she says.
“It’s a delicacy that’s prevalent in traditional Chinese restaurants, and at VEA, it’s roasted, stuffed with king prawn—or during my last visit, flowery crab, depending on what’s in season—and finished with 22-year-old Shaoxing wine,” she says.
Each delicately crafted plate fuses Chinese and French culinary sensibilities into what the Michelin guide perfectly sums up as “innovative” cuisine. Every plate that comes out of this 1-Michelin star restaurant’s kitchen is designed to tell a story and create a multisensory memory.
Chef Vicky Cheng created an elevated version by grilling the beef short rib using lychee wood, seasoning top-quality Japanese rice with charcoal grilled pearl onions and chive oil, and topped it off with Taiyouran egg and slivers of Chinese black truffle. Also, don’t miss the cocktails by Antonio Lai, an award-winning mixologist who does a lot of cocktail pairings as well. He is known to practice “multisensory mixology,” and is arguably one of Hong Kong’s top bartenders.
139 Lockhart Road, Hong Kong
She adds, “For many, Xin Rong Ji may be their first introduction to Taizhou cuisine, and I love how they are putting this on the map.” Not as well-known as other Chinese regional cooking styles like Cantonese and Szechuan, Taizhou cuisine highlights the delicate flavors of freshly-caught seafood and fish.
210 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong
Other Recommendations from the Metro Editors:
JW Marriott, 88 Queensway
34-38 Stanley Street, Hong Kong
This 1-Michelin star restaurant owned and run by the Chu family since 1957 is usually packed with locals and traveling foodies, but always well worth the wait and proves that Hong Kong, indeed, has gourmet quality, casual dining options.
A visit to Hong Kong isn’t complete without roast goose, and this is really one of the best! Our editors prefer avoiding lunch time to visit because of the long lines and wait times, but it’s definitely worth it!
The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Through the leadership and commitment of its Dutch chef and culinary director Richard Ekkebus, Amber bagged 2-Michelin stars and has been included in the World’s Best Restaurants list.
In one of his interviews, he stressed that he wanted to refrain from becoming a “museum restaurant” and instead makes sure that his food always evolves by way of new recipes.
154-158 Wing Lok Street, Hong Kong
Apart from its tasty yakitori offerings, Yardbird also has small appetizer plates, rice and noodle bowls, and other flavorful bites that pair well with its extensive cocktails, whisky, and sake selection. Drinks and eats at the bar—can’t get any more casual than that.
The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong
Tosca’s claim to fame of having kept its Michelin star for eight years is evidenced by its refined dishes that highlight the best ingredients of the region combined with fresh flavors of the Mediterranean. Where else can you find Hong Kong grouper harmoniously mingling with tomatoes, olives, and capers, but Tosca?