People are really into food in HK. But first and foremost, it has to be a good deal or be super fresh and interesting. Lunch specials usually consist of 3 courses: soup or salad, entree, dessert with cup of hot tea or hot water. Dinners rarely have specials but it doesn't hurt to ask. Don't be afraid to ask what others are having at the next table in most cases if you don't look asian or speak cantonese you will only get the limited English menu.
Here's a short list of the resturants I actually had kept business cards. However if you like I can recommend connecting with one of our friends there who is in the food/restaurant business who could recommend alot more authentic chinese food.
Causeway Bay Fung Shing Restaurant
2/f, Pearl City Mansion, No 36 Paterson St., Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
They are known for shrimp toast during dim sum, they also have really good noodle dishes. They are located above an urban outfitters type retail store near Wellcome grocery store. Their English menu is very limited but if you see something on another table just tell the waiter you'd like to try it. They don't do the carts for dim sum, you order off a menu.
Ho Hung Kee Congee & Noodle Wanton Shop
2, Sharp St., East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Great for cheap congee/jook or wanton noodle soup.
located at the basement of Lee Gardens 2 in Causeway Bay
It was ok for a mix of different type of foos from wannabee italian to american stuff.
1 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay
You can't go wrong with this popular Maxim's chain of nicer restaurants. We went with family for dim sum here often. We even brought a few visiting friends here.
Tai Woo Restaurant
27 Percival Street, Causeway Bay
Don't let the freshly gutted seafood at the first level scare you off. It's a good deal for seafood at this place. It's listed in many tour books so you might even find a coupon for a free dessert or chinese tea. Jeff's cousin took us here a few times because it's a good deal for seafood.
2 IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central
It's a mix of cuisines from around the world. Late at night they have a dj spinning european trance music. Our gym was next door and owned by the same company. They have some really good smoothies. Their drinks were a bit weak and they have a wonderful outdoor terrace with a view of the harbor. Also one of the few rooftop grass areas.
8/f, Kyoto Plaza, 491-499 Lockhard Rd, Causeway Bay
We came here often for lunch since they have a really good lunch deal. However it gets really crowded so try to get there before noon or after 1:30. I'd avoid dinner time.
JW's California at the Marriott in Central
If you miss CA while in Hong Kong they have a great menu and good wine selection. Remember there's a heavy tax on wine so pay attention if you don't want to pay $100 for a typical $12.
Italian type cuisine at IFC 2, 8 Finance, Central
Great terrace view of harbor.
South N North Fusion Restaurant
1/f, Chinachem Johnston Plaza, 178-186 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
We came here often with our school mates and teachers. They have cheap eats of local chinese foods. Good lunch deal which means this place gets crowded. We enjoyed their food very much and would come here a few times on our own.
Peking Garden7-15 Des Voeux Rd, Central at the basement of Alexandra House. If you take MTR to Central exit it's the first thing you see at the exit.
Another Maxim's chain of restaurant, but at the high end. They are famous for the 1000 year chicken which is wrapped in mud and slow cooked for many hours. They give you a hammer to crack it open and someone services it to you. They have good food and it's a bit pricey but very nice dining.
G/FL, 16 Staunton St, SoHo(South of Hollywood), Central
Went with a friend to this restaurant. She loved it and knows the staff. It's pretty good italian but not as good as
Basement, 55-77 Wyndham Street , Central
Higher end italian cuisine. Lots of famous people hang out at this restaurant. One time we went there a famous producer/director was having dinner with folks.
Tung Fong Siu Kee Yuen
241 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
When we first arrived and we were still vegetarians this was one place we went often. It can get a bit greasy but many of the specials were really good and the service gets tricky. They have these awesome salty peanuts when you first sit down.
Red Mountain Cafe & Restaurant
Island Beverly Building, Causeway Bay
Very local but they have some interesting items on their menu. Actually I can't remember if they have English menus. But when you line up to the elevators there are kiosks of menus for all the restaurants in the building. Take your time to browse since the lines get really long during lunch hour. This building is across the street from Sogo Dept Store.
13/FL, Food Forum, Times Square, Causeway Bay
Ritzy sushi place, very exotic presentation and kind of pricey...kind of interesting atmosphere.
11/Fl Food Forum, Times Square, Causeway Bay
Nice atmosphere, nice afternoon snack specials. Pretty good vegetarian of cuisine from all over.
Island Beverly Center
Very local, no English menu but had fun with lunch specials.
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
Shop T03, 3/F, Hang Lung Centre, 2-20 Paterson St. ,Causeway Bay
This is listed in many tourist books. They are consistent but a bit pricey. Try any of the dishes with coconut or prawns.
Many more restaurants but probably only went there once or twice.
Banana Leaf Curry Restaurant
International House of Curry
Didn't like it however they had great lunch time specials.
Food Street in CWB had more touristy type cuisines.
Town and Gas(the electric company of HK, has their own little restaurant and retail kitchen shop) was a little touristy but we really liked their lamb pot pie. We came here for more like western food. It's a bit pricey though.
G/F, 59-65 Paterson St , Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
ToTT's Asian Grill & Bar
The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Great place for drinks with an awesome view in the evening of the whole harbor. They have jazz music as well. Their mixed drinks are pretty good.
Golden Elephant Thai Restaurant
Times Square Food Forum
J's uncle brought us here. They have really good friend rice and fresh coconut juice.
Cafe de Coral
Restaurants.com has a nice listing of HK restaurants.
Posted on January 16, 2006 04:08 PM