Food and drink

Hong Kong’s hottest restaurants and bars

Get on the pulse with Hong Kong’s hotspots of the moment

Ramen Cubism

Hype meter: 10/10

Ramen Cubism

Opened by Osaka-based chef Takao Hayashi, this Central spot is the latest addition to Hong Kong’s gourmet ramen scene. The focus is on natural, authentic Japanese ingredients, including ‘rice’ duck (a type known for its rich flavour), organic Danbo chicken from Kyoto and kagome kombu seaweed – all used in the signature Earth Bird broth. 

Ramen Cubism

Draft Land

Hype meter: 9/10

Draft Land

At this Central bar – a branch of the hottest drink spot in Taipei – draft taps are used to serve pre-mixed cocktails. Among the 40-plus cocktails is the Oolong Tea Collins, originally created by Hong Kong mixologist Antonio Lai (a partner in Draft Land’s launch) for nearby Quinary.

Shè

Hype meter: 8/10

Shè

Located in Lane Crawford at Central’s IFC mall, this Chinese restaurant features glamorous, nature-themed decor, but the real standout is its terrace, with its mesmerising harbour views. The dishes are decadent, including shrimp toast topped with Russian caviar, and fish maw soup double-boiled with premium ingredients for 12 hours. 

Shè

Cafe Animojo

Hype meter: 9/10

What's the fuss, best restaurant in Hong Kong
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You’ve heard of cat cafes. At this Central spot, diners have close encounters with more exotic creatures, including lizards, snakes and hedgehogs, while learning a bit about wildlife protection. The food is designed to be healthy and homey, with a focus on sustainably sourced ingredients. Signatures include typhoon shelter-style fried chicken with kale chips.

What's the fuss, best restaurant in Hong Kong
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Junon

Hype meter: 8/10

Whats the fuss, best restaurant in Hong Kong

Each night at this Wan Chai bistro, diners are immersed in oldies and jazz played in a plush setting, and the chef – who comes from a three-Michelin-starred restaurant – presents an array of French dishes inspired by the music. And if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of Hins Cheung, the Hong Kong pop star who co-owns the restaurant.

Whats the fuss, best restaurant in Hong Kong

Artemis & Apollo

Hype meter: 7/10

Artemis & Apollo, best restaurants in Hong kong

Named after Greek gods, this restaurant in the Star Street area has an intimate taverna vibe. The menu features traditional Greek dishes such as Souvlaki and grilled-to-order octopus, but the highlight is the spit grill, which is used for delectable meats like thin-cut Tasmanian lamb chops.

January 2019

John Anthony

Hype meter: 9/10

In tune with eco-friendly practices, this latest addition to Causeway Bay’s Lee Garden Three offers Cantonese dishes in a space clad in natural fabrics and reclaimed flooring. The menu’s highly innovative cuisine includes brined goose fillets, wagyu beef char siu and xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) with squid ink.

Best restaurants in Hong Kong, John Anthony

Five Guys

Hype meter: 9/10

Best restaurants in Hong Kong, Five Guys

The Five Guys branch in Wan Chai is one of the latest among the Washington DC company’s 1,551 worldwide locations. You won’t see a freezer or microwave at this burger chain, as it strongly emphasises fresh ingredients and made-to-order food. Its hand-cut fries are renowned, cooked twice in pure peanut oil that is frequently filtered and changed.

Best restaurants in Hong Kong, Five Guys

Wagyumafia

Hype meter: 8/10

Wagyumafia, best restaurant in Hong Kong

Put Kobe beef and wagyu master Hisato Hamada in a kitchen together, and you’ll get this sizzling hot, members-only restaurant from Tokyo. Hamada’s first overseas branch in Hong Kong serves cuts of beef from 20 of the best wagyu farmers in Japan, including Ozaki, which feeds its cattle organic ryegrass and natural mineral water. 

Wagyumafia, best restaurant in Hong Kong