BÊP Vietnamese Kitchen
Casual, comfortable Vietnamese cuisine at reasonable prices and soft-shell crab rolls that are so good we get two orders every time we go. We’ve also never found fault with the pho here.
L/G, 9–11 Staunton Street, 2522 7533
Bindaas Bar & Kitchen
Heavenly Indian street food flavours prepared using premium-quality ingredients in a trendy setting. You'll return again and again, especially when you discover the naanza (naan pizza).
33 Aberdeen Street, 2447 9998
四川菜大平伙 Da Ping Huo
Renowned for its fiery Sichuan dishes as well as its opera-singing owner/chef who provides an eccentric personal touch to each dining experience here. If you’re not a fan of spice, dine elsewhere.
LG/F, 49 Hollywood Road, 2559 1317
Emack & Bolio's
Just try and walk by this retro ice cream shop without turning your head to peer at the heaping sugary marshmallow cones just waiting to be filled with any flavour you desire.
26 Cochrane Street, 2505 6626
This sweet spot set over two floors opens out onto the staircase for perfect people watching over a glass from one of their 2,000 bottles of wine. Adventurous French cuisine is the cherry on top of this chic wine bar.
2 Shin Hing Street, 2757 1777
I Know John
Gourmet hot dogs, speciality cocktails, niche wines and whiskys are the focus at this cool speakeasy lounge. Have a seat at the long bar, try the homemade honey and butter limoncello or a spiced tea punch and tell the bartender all your problems.
9/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington Street, 2801 6555
九記牛腩 Kau Kee
We probably need only mention beef brisket noodles to get the salivating started for this fundamental Cantonese dish, but when we say that it's among the best in Hong Kong – and this shop has been producing it for near on a century – we’ll bet your feet start moving in the Gough direction.
21 Gough Street, 2850 5967
La Port Parfumé
Long our favourite little French bistro, Le Port Parfumé offers an intimate yet buzzing atmosphere and uses fresh Hong Kong seafood to prepare succulent, flavourful dishes. They also have home-baked madeleines that are worth the trip for the smell alone.
6–10 Kau U Fong, 2824 3018
Channeling a funky 80s pop-rock vibe, this retro bar features a quirkily captivating cocktail menu and eclectic DJs that keep the heads bouncing and shoulders dancing.
10 Shin Hing Street, 2812 2280
大班樓 The Chairman
Owning the number 35 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, as well as being a recurring winner at the Foodie Forks awards, The Chairman is an unassuming, white-tableclothed eatery that utilises high-quality growers to ensure a dynamic seasonal menu of traditional Cantonese dishes. We have never been disappointed with a single dish at this beautifully simple eating house.
18 Kau U Fong, 2555 2202
Twenty Six by Liberty
With the helm recently taken over by Canadian chef Chris Keung, formely of Bo Innovation, Twenty Six’s new degustation menu is set to be as delicious as the works of his predecessors in this intimate, front-row dining experience that we just can’t stop singing about.
26/F, 11 Stanley Street, 5186 3282
If you haven’t experienced a meal by Vicky Cheng yet, your taste buds and eyeballs are missing out. Combine that with his newly Michelin-starred restaurant experience, a collaboration with one of Hong Kong’s best mixologists, Antonio Lai, and you get a gastronomic display of two of this city’s best talents. It’s a romantic open kitchen with a tasting menu that wows on every level.
29–30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, 2711 8639
一樂燒鵝 Yat Lok
If goose is your game, the roasted drumstick at Yat Lok might just be your little taste of heaven. The Michelin star they won has only increased the queues at this always crowded and cramped mom-and- pop shop where you’ll have to fight to get a taste of their bronzed, tender birds.
34–38 Stanley Street, 2524 3882
飲茶 Yum Cha
Fun and flavourful dim sum with cool city views and a modern twist on authentic flavours.
Shop 1–2, 2/F, Nan Fung Tower, 88 Connaught Road Central, 3708 8081