You know when you try a new restaurant and you think, “the food is pretty good here!” but for some reason or other you never go back? For me it’s usually because it was more for the gimmicks, there are many even better alternatives or it was just not worth the money. Essentially, sometimes once is enough.
But then there are also a handful of restaurants that I keep revisiting but still don’t get sick of. These are usually the ones that serve solid good food with excellent consistency overall and some variety too.
When it’s done well, Vietnamese food is tasty, full of flavourful spices yet not too greasy and that’s why I crave it so often. While there’s no shortage of Vietnamese food in Hong Kong, I like Bep for being casual, reasonably priced and for being one of the most delicious options. Bep has a decently wide variety on their menu and they do an excellent bowl of beef pho (HK$70). The soup base is flavourful and the noodles al dente – the best kind of Asian comfort food.
Cost per person: HK$150
Location: 9-11 Staunton St, Central & 88-90 Wellington St, Central
2. The Diner
I often get a strong specific craving for a huge satisfying breakfast/brunch on weekends (maybe known to others as a hangover cure) and no place meets this demand more perfectly than The Diner. They have everything you could possibly want for brunch, including pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos, burgers, full breakfast and so on. Plus, they make an unbeatable American-style cookies 'n' cream milkshake. Read the full review here.
Cost per person: HK$200
Location: 4-8 Arbuthnot Rd, Central
3. Lab Made
It’s kind of gimmicky to serve liquid nitrogen ice cream but Lab Made is so good and creative about their flavours that my return has nothing to do with the unique production process but rather the actual quality of the ice cream. They only ever serve four flavours and they change this on a frequent and regular basis. There’s always some new unique flavour I want to try and you can rest assured knowing that it’ll taste great if not amazing.
Cost per person: Under HK$50
Location: G/F Miramar Shopping Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui
4. Sushi Kuu
I have no idea when they opened but all those who’ve worked in Central long enough will most definitely know this place. Apparently they fly in their fish from Japan every morning. One meal here and you wouldn’t even doubt that claim. Although on the pricey side of about HK$200-300 for lunch, their sashimi rice and eel rice are so impressive, it’s the to-go place if you want to splurge a bit. It’s also a great place for business lunches. But given its popularity, bookings in advance are a must.
Cost per person: HK$300
Location: 1/F M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central
So many places in Hong Kong serve burgers nowadays but few do it outstandingly. Those in the know will likely recommend the Butchers Club for the “best burger” and there’s rarely a dispute about it. The main selling point for me is the patty, which is full of beefy flavours and always cooked right. They have a secret menu which has a much wider variety of choices and my favourite is the Wu-Tang style. Now they also regularly have Burger Takeovers, where renowned chefs create a burger and they serve it for a limited period only – only creating even more of a reason to keep revisiting!
Cost per person: HK$100-200
Location: 2 Landale St, Wanchai & 112-114 Wellington St, Central