Food and drink

Hong Kong’s Hottest Restaurants and Bars of 2021

Get your finger on the pulse with our list of Hong Kong’s most hyped culinary and cocktail hotspots

Note: Keep an eye on the latest COVID-19 regulations and confirm any details before you head out


Salt-encrusted sea bream at Lucciola restaurant at the Hari Hong Kong

The Hari Hong Kong made a splash when it opened at the tail end of 2020, but within the city’s latest luxe hotel is another opening to get excited about: Italian restaurant Lucciola. Chef Francesco Gava and his team plate up dishes that span the breadth of the country, using some of its finest produce. Case in point: the vitello tonnato, a Piedmontese antipasto classic featuring tender slices of sous-vide veal topped with aged balsamic vinegar and capers from Pantelleria. Another highlight is the orata di orbetello in crosta di sale, whole Mediterranean sea bream baked in sea salt and finished with a squeeze of Amalfi lemon.

330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai; +852 2129 0333

Les Papilles

Dishes of food at Les Papilles, one of Hong Kong's hottest restaurants and bars of 2021

With a name that means ‘taste buds’ in French, expect new opening Les Papilles to be a real thrill for the palate. The kitchen is led by chef Jeff Chan, formerly of Pastis and The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, among others. It delivers casual plates of classic French flavours – such as of grilled sea bream with lobster sauce – as well as edgy, contemporary concoctions such as crab and sea urchin with celeriac foam. The seven-course tasting menu is a fun way to get familiar with the best that this punchy little Causeway Bay bistro has to offer.

G/F, 44 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay; +852 3114 2389

208 Duecento Otto

Truffle ravioli bowl at 208 Duecento Otto restaurant in Hong Kong

Neighbourhood Italian favourite 208 Duecento Otto is celebrating 10 years in its convivial space on Hollywood Road with a shiny new menu. Standout dishes from the revamped fare include spaghetti alla chitarra (an Abruzzo classic of handmade pasta with mini meatballs) and moreish ravioli truffle, featuring fresh truffles flown in weekly – not to mention the crowd-favourite Neapolitan-style pizzas. The House of Aperitivo is the reimagined casual downstairs area, serving up signature drinks such as the Duecentotto Spritz and the Negroni-like Balsiamo – featuring a dash of balsamic vinegar from Modena, naturally.

208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan; +852 2549 0208

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