2020 has been an exceptionally tumultuous year for the F&B industry. These Foodie Forks 2020 winners, as voted by Foodie and our readers, have emerged as the most outstanding restaurants and chefs in Hong Kong, outperforming thousands of eateries. They rely on your support to continue thriving during these difficult times. Read up on what offers they have right now and show them some love.
Le Bec Fin
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Voted Readers’ Choice Best Restaurant, fine-dining eatery Le Bec Fin is much loved by Foodie readers. Chef Nakao Kazuhisa, former head chef of the Japanese Embassy, creates exquisite French-Japanese dishes like chargrilled Wagyu tenderloin ($700), foie gras egg custard ($145) and grilled Japanese abalone ($600). Support Le Bec Fin by ordering from their new takeaway menu. Call to enquire.
Shop 8, G/F, China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, 2217 8889, book a table online
LPM Restaurant & Bar
Another fine-dining spot, this time voted Editors’ Choice Best Restaurant, LPM pride themselves on only using seasonal ingredients in their cooking. Enjoy fresh French-Mediterranean flavours with their LPM at Home menu for takeaway and delivery, featuring signature dishes such as salt cod croquettes ($158) and grilled Chilean white bass ($488), with complimentary extras such as the trademark LPM table decor for orders over $800. Scan the QR code to access LPM’s Spotify playlist to recreate the same dine-in experience at home!
Shop 1, H Queen's, 1/F, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central, 2887 1113, book a table online
Update on 7 August: LPM has temporarily closed for dine-in, takeaway and delivery until further notice.
Times are rough for new restaurants. Rubia, voted Readers’ Choice Best New Restaurant, suspended both dine-in and takeaway services for a bit, but they are now back with their usual Spanish steak, tapas and drinks. Head over for lunch for some delicious tapas (from $55) and indulge in their signature Rubia Gallega tenderloin ($527). Alternatively, share these dishes with your family with their takeaway option.
UG/F and 1/F, C Wisdom Centre, 35–37 Hollywood Road, Central, 2889 1199, book a table online
Castellana delivers the vibrant flavours of the Italian region of Piedmont to your plate. Winner of Editors’ Choice Best New Restaurant, they now offer both takeaway and delivery with the Casa Castellana initiative. Choose from three-course ($280), four-course ($380) and group (5+) à-la-carte menus. Enjoy Castellana signature dishes such as vitello tonnato and carbonara “au koque” in the comfort of your home. Detailed instructions on how to reheat the food are also provided on their website. Delivery is complimentary for orders above $500, covering Causeway Bay, Happy Valley, Central and Mid-Levels; a surcharge applies for deliveries to other areas. Be sure to pre-order for lunch by 9pm the night before and, for dinner, by 11am on the day.
Get 10% off for takeaway.
10/F, CUBUS, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 3188 5028, book a table online
Nights out may be a thing of the past, but Shady Acres will make sure you have your alcohol fix after work. Voted Readers’ Choice Best New Bar, they serve good food and, of course, banging alcohol. You can now have their signature fish fillet sandwiches, burgers, hampers, iced wine packs and cocktails delivered to you at no surcharge with their new Shady Go-Go mobile delivery service, available up to Hopewell Centre in Wanchai. Takeaway is also available. Call to place your order.
46 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 9176 7500 (no bookings)
A high-end Japanese restaurant, Kakure comprises a Ginza-style cocktail and whisky bar, sushi bar, teppanyaki cooking station and private tatami rooms. While their whisky and one-of-a-kind cocktail concoctions earned them the title of Editors’ Choice Best New Bar, they now offer a large selection of sushi and bentos for takeaway at 20% off. Items include daily sashimi set ($500), assorted tempura don ($250) and deluxe teppanyaki seafood set ($450). Have a look at their menu in the #Takeaway section of their Instagram page. Call to place your order; the adjusted opening hours are weekdays, 11:30am–3pm.
Shop M20–24, M/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, 2522 9990, book a table online
Readers’ Choice Chef of the Year Fabio Nicotra heads 121BC, a family-style Italian restaurant that serves elevated sharing plates. Delivery is available via Deliveroo, featuring mouth-watering, homey dishes such as prosciutto di Parma ($170) and balsamic lamb ribs ($170) and a delicious range of fresh pasta items including spanner crab tagliatelle ($198). Wine lovers can opt for the wine-delivery service, with free delivery across Hong Kong for orders over $750.
LG/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road (entrance on Graham Street), Central, 2672 8255, book a table online
Meraki Hospitality Group: BEDU, Mamma Always Said & Uma Nota
Corey Riches, named Editors’ Choice Chef of the Year, powers BEDU and Mamma Always Said. Both restaurants belong to Meraki Hospitality Group (in addition to Brazilian-Japanese restaurant Uma Nota), and the group’s co-founder Laura Offe was named Readers’ Choice Food Hero. Grab two-course set lunches ($115) featuring cosy Middle Eastern dishes such as lamb shoulder and sweet potato falafel at BEDU, snag comfort food lunch sets ($115) including a Malay spiced chicken burger and crispy squid salad at Mamma Always Said or enjoy unlimited salad bar (from $95) options at Uma Nota. Get 10% off your bill for takeaway; for delivery, BEDU and Mamma Always said are on Deliveroo, while Uma Nota is on foodpanda. Alternatively, order from multiple Meraki restaurants with the Meraki at Home delivery service upon a minimum spend of $350, which also offers great-value sharing sets. WhatsApp 6379 9748 to order.
Named a Bib Gourmand restaurant in the past by Michelin, it’s no surprise that Café Malacca, a Malaysian and Singaporean gem, was voted Readers’ Choice Trusted Favourite. Dig into authentic flavours of Hainanese chicken rice ($138), gado gado ($98), beef rendang ($138) and more. Takeaway is available daily, 11:30am– 10pm. Call to enquire about their latest offers.
2/F, Hotel Jen Hong Kong by Shangri-La, 508 Queen’s Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, 2213 6613, book a table online
Samsen never fails to disappoint with its authentic Thai dishes, hence why it was voted Editors’ Choice Trusted Favourite. The takeaway menu includes favourites like pad thai with tiger prawns ($138) and green papaya salad with salted egg ($108). Don’t forget to finish with some mango sticky rice ($78)! Note that Samsen’s lunch hours are now from 12–3pm and dinner hours are from 6–9pm. Call to place your order; email firstname.lastname@example.org for large orders.
Sheung Wan: 23 Jervois Street, 2234 0080 (no bookings)
Wanchai: 68 Stone Nullah Lane, 2234 0001 (no bookings)
Serving a variety of brunch items and quality coffee, Fineprint is a crowd favourite and was voted Readers’ Choice Best Café. Feast at home with their new grocery hamper ($895), which includes their signature sourdough loaf, fruit, coffee beans, wine and other goodies – call for more information. Takeaway and delivery are available for their usual menu items. Their coffee-bean selection is also for sale, with free delivery for orders over 5kg.
Central: 38 Peel Street, SoHo, 5503 6880, order via Deliveroo
Tai Hang: 1 Lily Street, 5331 5205, order via Deliveroo
Cafe 8 & The Nest Bakery
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Cafe 8 is perched on the rooftop of the Maritime Museum, overlooking Victoria Harbour. Pair the stunning views with mouth-watering pastries and you’ll understand why it was named Editors’ Choice Best Café. Cafe 8 is a social enterprise founded by The Nesbitt Centre that supports people with special needs. Show your support while social distancing by opting for takeaway. Treat yourself with something from their extensive lunch and dessert menu – a feta cheese salad ($88) with a brownie ($25), perhaps? The Nest Bakery, a similar initiative, is also on Deliveroo. Enjoy their fabulous coffee and pastries when you’re feeling peckish at home. Also check out their showstopping whole cakes for your next celebration!
Cafe 8: Rooftop, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Pier 8, Central, 3791 2158 (no bookings)
The Nest Bakery: 24 Mui Fong Street, Sai Ying Pun, 9869 6728 (no bookings)
Keep your immunity strong with TREEHOUSE’s nourishing plant-based flatbreads and grain bowls. Chosen as Readers’ Choice Best Green Eats, they are now offering 15% off takeaway at the Pottinger Street flagship when you use the code STAYHEALTHY15 on your online order. Delivery is also available via Deliveroo. Their BaseHall branch serves the same green goodness; place your takeaway order on the BaseHall website.
Flagship store: Shop 1, G/F, The Steps, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, 3791 2277
BaseHall branch: Shop LG9, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, 3643 0865
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A family-run business passionate about sustainability, Confusion definitely earned their title of Editors’ Choice Best Green Eats. In light of recent government restrictions, their dine-in service is suspended, but you can still enjoy favourites like spicy Vietnamese burrito ($95), Thai basil fried rice ($110) and brownie cake ($35) on their takeaway menu. Call to place your order.
103 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, 2563 3699 (no bookings)
TM’s by The Den
TM’s by The Den whips up bold Latin American flavours with indulgent dishes such as pork taco wrap with corn chips and chipotle mayo ($108) and half lemongrass duck breast ($118). Their weekend brunch menu is also impressive. Voted Readers’ Choice Hidden Gem, TM’s is nestled in the small neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. Delivery is available on Deliveroo and Uber Eats. They also welcome takeaway, with 20% off takeout orders. Their new mix-and-match drink packages look perfect for the summer months. Call or WhatsApp to enquire.
23 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2872 6288, 5496 9406 (WhatsApp), book a table online
前座飯堂 (Chin Jor Fan Tong)
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You can never go wrong with cart noodles. Pair build-your-own cart noodles with flavourful Southeast Asian appetisers to enjoy a comforting meal at 前座飯堂, which won Editors’ Choice Hidden Gem. Place your takeaway order before 11:30am and collect at 1pm to enjoy 10% off. If you order after 2pm, orders over $150 come with complimentary veggies in broth, while those over $300 come with fried shrimp cake. You are welcome to bring your own containers. Call or WhatsApp to enquire.
39 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, 5118 1869 (no bookings)
Vincent Mui launched Test Kitchen to provide a creative outlet for both seasoned chefs from all over the world and budding local chefs to strut their stuff. This groundbreaking pop-up initiative is unprecedented in Hong Kong, hence why Mui was chosen as our Editors’ Choice Food Hero. Consider supporting talented local chefs with Test Kitchen’s Chef’s Table series, where you can select from several of the city’s culinary talents to prepare an exquisite tasting menu at home. All menus come with an optional sake-pairing experience, with a sake curator to guide you through the pairings. Another option is a nine-course tasting menu delivered in a box to your door. You can also whip up brilliant flavours at home with Test Kitchen’s packaged pasta sauces and roast chicken to go – follow their Facebook page for more details.
Shop 3, Phase 3, Kwan Yick Building, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 9032 7628
To support the needy during these rough times, Readers’ Choice Most Inspiring Initiative Dignity Kitchen is delivering up to 100 bento boxes every day to homeless hostels, service centres and street sleepers. Support their Pay-It-Forward campaign by purchasing their lunch boxes in bulk. All their takeaway orders have a 20% discount. Enjoy moreish Singaporean classics like chicken rice ($65), nasi lemak ($56) and kaya toast ($22) while giving back to the community.
2/F, 618 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, 2561 2633
Black Sheep Restaurants
Home to numerous quality restaurants, Black Sheep Restaurants published the SOP: COVID-19 Playbook to provide guidance to F&B outlets worldwide on how to handle the novel coronavirus crisis. We love this support system during these tumultuous times, awarding it Editors’ Choice Most Inspiring Initiative. Sign up for their Black Sheep Supper Cult ($1,400/5 nights) to get your weeknight dinners from varied Black Sheep eateries delivered straight to your door. The plan is highly customisable depending on your dietary preferences. Black Sheep Restaurants also provide delivery service on their very own app, GO; simply select a restaurant and add menu items to your trolley on their user-friendly site.
Located at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, two-Michelin-starred Amber offers fine-dining menu items that are gluten and dairy free, as well as ethically caught fish and an amazing selection of plant-based dishes. All single-use plastics have been eliminated from the restaurant. These steps towards a greener environment are thanks to Chef Richard Ekkebus, who won the Foodie Sustainability Award. Enjoy a lavish lunch without the heavy carbon footprint from 12–2:30pm on weekdays and until 6pm on weekends (last order at 3:45pm).
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2132 0066, book a table online
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Winner of the Foodie Lifetime Achievement Award, Amigo is a charming fine diner serving up exquisite French cuisine for nearly half a century. Choose either the weekly-changing lunch menu ($430) or premium lunch menu ($890), currently available daily from 12–6pm. Paired with impeccable service and elegant decor, we guarantee you’ll have a dining experience to remember at Amigo. Call to book a table.
Amigo Mansion, 79A Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, 2577 2202/8993
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