Food and drink

Hong Kong’s hottest
restaurants & bars (2018)

Quiet and cozy or bright and dazzling? The best bars and restaurants in Hong Kong have you covered

Great restaurants in Hong Kong worth booking as soon as you can.

August 2018

Old Bailey

Old Bailey restaurant Hong Kong

Hype meter: 9/10

Housed in Central district’s newly opened heritage and arts complex Tai Kwun, Old Bailey features traditional Jiangnan cuisine, using marinated and fermented ingredients. Dishes like longjing tea-smoked pigeon and 10 treasure duck pair well with its teas – as do the beautiful courtyard views.


Ecriture restaurant Hong Kong

Hype meter: 8/10

Indulge in a high-end, French take on Japanese ingredients at the new H Queen’s tower in Central. Its seasonal menu satisfies all palates, but the real delights are in its tasting menu called Library of Flavours, which keeps every course a surprise, only offering clues like ‘scallop’ and ‘strawberry’. Meanwhile, the artful interior design reflects the building’s focus as a home for galleries.

Madame Ching

Madame Ching restaurant Hong Kong

Hype Meter: 7/10

Named after a famous piratess, this roast house on Star Street in Wan Chai serves Cantonese dishes with a contemporary twist. Roasted meats aside, creative small plates include Cantonese Cuban sandwiches, and seared riceballs with pork floss and five spice. Fusion style is also found in its decor, a mix of retro Chinese-style furniture and industrial-chic fixtures.

July 2018


Chifa Hong Kong

Hype meter: 9/10

For over a century, Peru has had its own style of Chinese food: Chifa. Now Hong Kong diners can taste the cuisine created by Guangdong immigrants in Lima at this Central restaurant. Its signature is a variety of dumplings, which are served alongside Peruvian dipping sauces. For something heartier, try the fried rice with roast chicken, pinto beans and crispy wonton skin.

Shanghai Garden


Hype meter: 8/10

This contemporary Shanghainese restaurant has relaunched in Central’s Exchange Square. Classics get a fancy presentation here, with braised tofu sheets served on dry ice and cucumber soup arriving pretty as a picture. Another highlight: cocktails with Chinese yellow wine aged for eight years.

Nara Thai Cuisine


Hype meter: 7/10

One of Thailand’s top restaurants, Nara has opened its first Hong Kong branch in Sha Tin. Be sure to try the Ayuthaya boat noodles, which use a rich stock made with blood pudding, short ribs and coconut juice, as well as the rainbow soup rice noodles with fish fillet, which get topped with deep-fried fish skins, Thai fish balls and fillets.

June 2018

Sushi Saito

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Hype meter: 10/10

This three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo has finally opened at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, offering sushi in the century-old Edomae style. Chef Takashi Saito hand-picks the ingredients every morning at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market and has them flown to Hong Kong on the same day – all to be enjoyed at a sushi counter crafted with wood from 400-year-old Japanese cypresses. 


Arbor-Hong Kong best restaurants and bars-Whats the fuss

Hype meter: 9/10

Arbor honours nature and seasonality at the gleaming new H Queen’s tower in Central. The menu incorporates Japanese ingredients into its French dishes, with an earthy touch. The chic pink space houses the owner’s wine collection, which can only be accessed with fingerprints of both the restaurant manager and sommelier.


Space X- Hong Kong best restaurant and bars

Hype meter: 8/10

Located in Central, this shisha joint with a terrace features a retro space-age theme, offering shisha pipes with LED illuminations for a psychedelic space odyssey. Drinks have fun presentations, with one of the signature cocktails served in a Yakult bottle.

May 2018


Menya-Itto hong kong

Hype meter: 10/10

For ramen fans in Hong Kong, the wait is over. Menya-Itto, Tokyo’s most well-regarded noodle house of the past few years, has opened a branch in Harbour City mall. Amid sleekly zen interiors, diners feast on its tsukemen dipped in creamy seafood broth while surveying the harbour out the window.

Dear Lilly

Dear Lily Hong Kong

Hype meter: 9/10

Detail-loving designer Ashley Sutton stays true to form, making a big impact with lots of small frills. Drawing inspiration from flower stalls in Paris, Sutton has filled this space in IFC mall with florals and quotations taken from love letters written by soldiers at war. The sweet vibe extends to drinks like Green Fairy, a rum-based cocktail mixed with green chartreuse, fruit juices and coconut water.


Francis Hong Kong

Hype meter: 8/10

Located on St Francis Street in Wan Chai, this bistro offers fine fusion cuisine that blends flavours of southern Europe, northern Africa, Greece and Italy – think hummus with mutton neck and grilled octopus. Be sure to ask for the ‘black book’, a premium wine list featuring gems sourced from private cellars and wineries.

April 2018

Please Don’t Tell

Please Don't Tell Hong Kong

Hype meter: 9/10

Head to the space above MO Bar at The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental in Central, and you’ll find a phone booth. This is where you have to enter a code (it’s written on a sign) to get into this 25-seater speakeasy, the first outpost of New York’s PDT. Try the signature Big Fan shandy cocktail, which features a slice of grapefruit that fans over the top, in a nod to Mandarin Oriental’s logo.


Fumi Hong Kong

Hype meter: 8/10

The omakase (chef’s choice) craze continues with the arrival of Fumi in Central’s California Tower. Modern dishes are prepared using produce flown in daily from Japan, with hand-crafted tableware and a Zen garden on the terrace adding to the authentic feeling. The restaurant also takes pride in its sake and offers tasting classes.


Komune Hong Kong

Hype meter: 7/10

Housed in Ovolo Southside – an arty hotel converted from a warehouse in Wong Chuk Hang – this rooftop bar’s top draw is its laid-back terrace. Try the cocktail When It Rains Look For Rainbows, a mix of pomelo-infused gin, tequila and champagne syrup, along with the menu’s selection of South American dishes.

March 2018


John Razalo

Hype meter: 9/10

Yes, there are two nine-hole mini-golf courses, but the food is a lot more than an afterthought at this theme restaurant in Causeway Bay. Set in an 8,000-square-foot space decked out in the pastel hues reminiscent of ’70s California, Strokes serves American fare like ahi tuna tartare and fried chicken tacos, along with fancy cocktails.

Big Sur


Hype meter: 8/10

Craft beer takes centre stage at another California-themed restaurant, which includes 14 local brands among its beer selection. Named after a wind-swept, coastal area in the state, the restaurant exudes retro nostalgia. The food menu goes heavy on barbecue dishes, which range from a straightforward sirloin to Baja tacos with prawns and sausages.



Hype meter: 8/10

Riding on the current popularity of green tea desserts, Kyoto’s green tea specialist Uji-en has opened a branch at Tsim Sha Tsui’s Harbour City mall. The restaurant with century-old heritage offers parfaits, cakes and mochi, as well as premium green teas.

February 2018

La Rambla by Catalunya

La Rambla Hong Kong
Edmon Leong

Hype meter: 9/10

The acclaimed Spanish restaurant Catalunya has closed its doors and reopened in Central’s IFC mall as La Rambla. With a sweeping harbour view, as well as fresh ingredients like daily air-freighted seafood and meat, it is set to be this year’s most talked-about restaurant. Menu highlights include foie gras and eel terrine, and the truffle, jamon and cheese bikini sandwiches Catalunya was famous for.

San Xi Lou

San Xi Lou Hong Kong

Hype meter: 8/10

Sichuanese favourite San Xi Lou, located in an out-of-the-way building in Central for 10 years, has expanded to Times Square in Causeway Bay. Alongside Sichuan spicy hotpot and Cantonese dim sum, the second branch also offers new dishes like baked crabmeat with five peppers, and braised prawns with Chinese cabbage.

J’s Bar Bistro

J Bar Hong Kong

Hype meter: 8/10

J’s Bar Bistro in The Royal Garden Hotel is the newest hotspot in Tsim Sha Tsui East to show up on our radar. In a dark-wood setting filled with art and books, award-winning mixologists create cocktails like the signature Colonel’s Last Laugh, which combines aged rum, vermouth and scotch. You might be drawn to the cheese and cold-cut bar, but save space for the snack menu’s mini wagyu burgers.

January 2018


Yojimbo bar Hong Kong

Hype meter: 9/10

Named after a samurai movie by auteur Akira Kurosawa, this new bar and club brings a piece of Ginza nightlife to Central. There’s a striking LED installation based on Japan’s rising sun, performances inspired by geishas and samurais, and a host of Japanese cocktails – all making this the funkiest new dance floor in town.


Hexa bar Hong Kong

Hype meter: 8/10

Panoramic harbour views from Tsim Sha Tsui, an outdoor lawn, 1960s-inspired decor, innovative Cantonese cuisine and a DJ booth that takes day into night: this latest addition to Harbour City mall’s restaurant overhaul ticks all the boxes of a right-on-trend culinary destination.


Meats restaurant Hong Kong

Hype meter: 7/10

Carnivores, take note: there’s a new ‘meat bar’ in town. There are plenty of traditional dishes here, but this Soho eatery has its experimental side. Cases in point: the coffee-rubbed lamb chop served with barbecue sauce and the smoked brisket pastrami. Want to try everything? Get the sharing menu for a proper protein overload.


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