Top 10 Wanchai Picks

Top 10 Wanchai Picks

Home to Hong Kong’s rather infamous nightlife, Wanchai also boasts some of the best culinary finds.

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 28 Jan '15

Stone Nullah Tavern A street known for several of Hong Kong’s historical landmarks, Stone Nullah is also home to some of our favourite local hot spots. The eponymous Stone Nullah Tavern, with it’s vintage country-farm inspired decor and wooden paneling, brings re-imagined American classics using only the freshest local ingredients. This means that chef Vinny Lauria gets to tweak and change the menu depending on which produce is available seasonally. Stone Nullah Tavern sells itself at first glance with the welcoming open French doors and the warm lighting during an evening visit. Completely different to its sister restaurants, Posto Publicco and Linguini Fini, Stone Nullah’s American-style food is contrary to popular belief, not served in the epic portions associated with a typical American meal. The signature crispy pig’s head served with a New England style lobster salad and dressed with a chili citronette is well worth a try and will tantalize even the most well-travelled taste buds. G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, 3182 0128

Tai Lung Fung No longer a newcomer to the Wanchai bar scene, Tai Lung Fung is still a local stand out. A throwback to Hong Kong’s cultural heritage, it mixes a laid-back local atmosphere and an interior reminiscent of Hong Kong in the 60s with good food and a cocktail menu to boot. Tai Lung Fung manages to stick to its theme perfectly, with old newspapers for menus and deliberately aged chairs placed outside for those who would prefer the fresh air. Food comes in the form of classic western food with a Tai Lung Fung twist. You can order from a set menu (for lunch or dinner) or order a la carte. Expect to only pay $45 for cocktails during happy hour. 5 Hing Wan Street, Wanchai, 2572 0055

Maureen’s With a menu that is built around Chinese-style noodles, Maureen’s is one of the few places that has managed to perfect the noodle to broth ratio. Situated just beside Tai Lung Fung on Hing Wan Street, Maureen’s acts as a place of quiet refuge during the day. With seasoned chef and owner Maureen Loh at the helm, the carefully crafted menu is much like the restaurant itself; sophisticated with an adventurous twist. Expect to find custom-made noodles that are a mix of a thinner style Guangzhou and the heavy yet popular Sichuan dan dan noodle. The unique touch, along with the quality and range of food on offer, put Maureen’s well above any ordinary noodle bar. G/F, 11 Hing Wan Street, Wanchai, 2915 2261

Lokali Newcomers frequently appear in the Wanchai food scene and Lokali is a notable addition. Founded by the people who brought Hong Kong Just Green, Lokali follows the same philosophy of offering great products, being authentic and making people happy. With their impressive gluten free, raw, and vegan foods, they provide a great service for those with certain dietary and lifestyle choices. It is also a comfort for those who prefer their food 100 per cent organic and hormone free. The impeccably modern design of Lokali, paired with the soft music and a great cup of Fair Trade organic coffee, offers a warm and welcoming ambiance. It’s hard not to love this quaint organic cafe. 82A Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, 2338 6032

Ham & Sherry Jason Atherton’s tapas restaurant on Ship Street serves 50 delicious sherries, classic tapas with a twist and aged hams from around Spain. Its hard to miss with its distinctive blue and white Spanish tiles stacked up from sidewalk to ceiling but the restaurant’s small and ‘secret’ bar is what we love the most and is a little less obvious to find. With a one-way glass wall that looks through into the restaurant, you feel like naughty school-kids spying on unbeknownst diners. This notion is enhanced by the exercise-book style cocktail menus, where every page is covered in ‘doodles’ and cocktails are named after childhood memories (think ‘Mom’s Home Cooking’, ‘First Kiss’ etc). Great for post-dinner drinks. G/F, 1-7 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2555 0628

Bao Wow The streets around Ship Street are constantly changing and latest addition is Bao Wow, on Tai Wong Street East. What Bao Wowlacks in space, this neighbourhood hot spot makes up for in character. We love the simple décor and retro American diner-style signage. Specialising in the much loved street food of steamed bun sandwiches, their mouth-wateringly delicious gua bao will have you coming back time and time again. Shop 2, 28 Tai Wong Street, Wanchai, 2528 9505

Akrame New and notable addition to Ship Street is Akrame. Created by lauded chef Akrame Benallal who brings his bold styling and beautifully elegant food to Wanchai. Diners can expect an eclectically styled restaurant with bare concrete walls, relaxed soft furnishings and a touch of French chic. The menu choice is either a four or six course degustation menu (no a la carte options) and the food is both creative and bursting with flavour and exciting textures. Perhaps another Michelin star will soon find its way to Ship Street. 9 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2528 5068

Ciacoe With the popularity of the Star Street Precinct on the rise, it is no surprise that more and more restaurants are found tucked away in more discreet locations, particularly in the lesser-known Moon Street. The first of these tucked away treats is the Italian wine bar, Ciacoe. It features an impressive list of rare wines and free appetizers during happy hour, and is a great destination for an after work drink or for a lazy Sunday afternoon relaxing with friends. Shop A, G/F, 1 Moon Street, Wanchai, 2529 5661

Plaza Mayor For those whose hearts yearn for Spanish tapas and a taste of Madrid, Plaza Mayor lives up to its name with bite size savouries and full bodied vintages. A different twist on an open style kitchen, the cooking theatre is encased in glass, leaving customers to watch the flare of the chefs preparing delicious paella. The interior provides an authentic Spanish experience, with black and white tiled flooring and an open courtyard in the back. Pick up some cheeses or Iberico ham to take away or any one of the good selection of wines. G/F, 9 Moon Street, Wanchai, 2866 6644

Ted’s Lookout Last on the Star Street Precinct tour is none other than Ted’s Lookout, the American bar that can only be described as a hideaway for those with a bit of tenacity. Another industrial style bar, the decor is stylishly mismatched, with leather couches on the inside and aged metal bar stools on the outside. The graffiti that covers the walls are best thought of as reminiscent of Banksy, keeping on par with the gritty style. Although its attitude is large, it’s best to come with smaller groups as Ted’s seats roughly 20 people indoors. But what it lacks in size it makes up with their Latin American inspired cocktails and food that will have you licking your fingers in delight. G/F, Moonful Court, 17A Moon Street, Wanchai, 2520 0076 For more of our top picks in Wanchai – check out our latest issue.



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