Chef May Chow’s latest project is her boldest to date: a garish, neon-lit parlour that serves modern, refined takes on old-school cha chaan teng dishes. This spot may be for everyone, but it reflects the unique ambitions of Asia’s Best Female Chef 2017.
Location: UG/F, Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central
Phone: +852 2816 2118
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like this Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) spot from the team behind Pirata and The Optimist. The kitchen stays open late, the food is good, the atmosphere is fun — what’s not to love?
Location: 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Phone: +852 2811 1152
No matter what time of day, the kitchen at this cosy Italian spot — part of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s international restaurant empire — is firing on all cylinders. All you need to know is that they’re quietly serving the best pizza in all of Hong Kong right now.
Location: 8/F, California Tower, 34 D'Aguilar Street, Central
Phone: +852 3706 8567
Opened in 2013, this venerable izakaya specialising in seafood and Japanese whisky recently made it onto the 2017 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. The restaurant accommodates less than 30 guests, so book in advance.
Location: 8 On Wo Lane, Sheung Wan
Phone: +852 2547 5263
If money is no object, head straight to the InterContinental Hong Kong to enjoy jet-fresh seafood, fine French cooking, and billion-dollar views at this local outpost of the beloved Parisian restaurant.
More than seven years old, this bustling American brasserie continues to surprise and delight. Under the direction of chef Chris Grare, we’d argue that the food has never been better, whilst the cocktails are just as good as ever.
The craze for chef Adam Cliff’s Thai shophouse, which is the next best thing to jumping on a plane to Bangkok, hasn’t died down one bit. Don’t miss the off-menu khao soi and, of course, the signature wagyu beef boat noodles.
Location: 68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai
Phone: +852 2234 0001
Specialising in Brazilian-Japanese cuisine, this Soho newcomer is all about tasty street food, lots of cocktails, and a lively atmosphere. Try the addictive coxinha, deep-fried dumplings filled with chicken and okra.
Location: 38 Peel Street, Central
Phone: +852 2889 7576
Every day there’s a queue to get into Yardbird before it opens at 6pm, and there’s good reason for that: it’s awesome. Food, cocktails, and service are all top-notch, and the atmosphere is possibly the most fun in town. Go before they relocate to a bigger space in July.
Location: 33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan
Phone: +852 2547 9273