Whether you’re a foodie in the hunt for award-winning cuisines, or you’re simply looking for the most romantic restaurant with a stunning view of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Fine Dining scene offer choice, quality and ambience. Add this to the innovative and exciting menus and you’re set! In this guide, we select the best Hong Kong fine dining experiences.
Best Cantonese Fine Dining Experiences
Lung King Heen
Much of Hong Kong fine dining is based inside its many five-star hotels, but Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons stands out amongst stiff competition. It’s a 3 Michelin star holder, gaining the recognition in 2009 as the world’s first Cantonese entry. The food from Head Chef Chan Yan Tak more than holds its own against the stunning views of Victoria Harbour which give the restaurant its name: View of the Dragon. Don’t miss the exceptional seafood as well as a fabulous dim sum menu. If you’re an in-house hotel guest, then book a spot on the “In the Footsteps of a Dragon” food tour. It begins in the Lung King Heen’s kitchen and then meanders around Kowloon, where Chef Tak grew up and where he still finds his culinary inspiration. Participants can try a range of local ingredients before returning to the restaurant for a three-course lunch.
Photos: Lung King Heen
It may “only” have received two Michelin stars, but those seeking an unforgettable Cantonese foodie experience should not overlook Duddell’s. You’ll find it above Shanghai Tang Mansion. This restaurant is particularly popular for its weekend brunches. Unlimited food and free-flowing champagne mean that it is always lively. Tempting dishes like shrimp dumplings with morel mushrooms, jelly fish with sesame, braised fungus, crispy pork ribs and braised E-fu noodles will keep you topping up your plate. The atmosphere is great and we’re sure you will have a lasting impression!
Again reinforcing that Hong Kong fine dining is associated with its hotel scene, the Ming Court, located at the Cordis hotel in Mong Kok, won two Michelin stars for its exceptional, authentic Cantonese cuisine. The food will have you returning over and over. Many of its signature dishes are award-winners in their own right. Try the Eight Treasure Soup, featuring abalone, chicken, fish maw, shiitake mushroom, bamboo pith, black tree fungus, dried tangerine peel and ginger. The Australian Wagyu beef, sautéed with foie gras, Thai basil and cashew nuts, is a must-try too. Vegetarians are also well-catered for; you’ll find it hard to resist pumpkin, taro and wild mushroom braised in coconut milk in a clay pot!
Few Hong Kong fine dining restaurants showcase local produce quite like The Chairman. Its chickens and pigs are raised locally in the New Territories before making their way to the table. Local fishermen rise early each morning to catch live fishes and shrimps in the South China Sea. Vegetable farmers toil in the fields of Yuen Long and the meat is cured at the restaurant’s own farm in Sheung Shui. Of course, the chefs play their part, creating sauces that lift these basic ingredients to the loftiest of heights. Little wonder, therefore, that these fresh ingredients combine to create dishes bursting with true Cantonese flavour. We say, you have to try the Slow Cooked Crispy Lamb Belly with Chinese Vinegar and Garlic Dressing!
Photos: The Chairman
Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond, located at the Hotel Icon, serves some of the best Cantonese cuisine in the city. For lunch, its dim sum set menus hit the spot, incorporating such dishes as Steamed Barbecued Pork Bun and Steamed Shrimp and Bamboo Shoots Dumpling. For dinner, the Hong Kong Style Peking Duck set menu continues to delight clients. Alternatively, try Executive Chef Paul Tsui’s new signature dishes of Wok-fried Lobster with Egg White and Black Truffles and Wok-fried Wagyu Beef Cubes with Green Apple, Mustard and Wasabi. With 23 years of culinary experience, Chef Paul transforms even the most ordinary ingredients into works of art. Each of his dishes is created with the best of land and ocean in mind. Such exquisite food should be top on your Hong Kong fine dining bucket list!
Photos: Above and Beyond
Top Kaiseki Fine Dining Experience
This Tokyo favourite came to the Hong Kong fine dining fore with much anticipation. RyuGin offers kaiseki cuisine with a contemporary twist. Seasonal produce is flown in daily from Japan to ensure the dishes are fresh as well as interesting. You’ll find it at the top of the ICC Tower in Kowloon where the views are as jaw-dropping as the menu.
Most Innovative Hong Kong Fine Dining Experience
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
This delightful establishment has worked hard to maintain its three Michelin star rating and boasts receiving the accolade for six straight years. Everything about L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon screams luxury: the velvet-upholstered seating, the contemporary décor and of course, the exquisite food. The restaurant is designed with a bar which encircles an open kitchen. You can witness all aspects of cooking while taking your pick of the French-style dishes. They’re served in tapas-sized portions enabling you to try a wider selection.
Most Romantic Hong Kong Fine Dining Experience
Two Michelin stars and a clientele of repeat customers assure Caprice a space on this list of the best Hong Kong fine dining experiences. It’s based at the Four Seasons in Central. A team of chefs work in an open kitchen to produce innovative and sophisticated dishes with a French flavour. Produce is flown in daily from France to ensure an authentic dining experience and artisan cheese is stored in Hong Kong’s first cheese cellar, located on the premises. With an extensive selection of wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy as well as beautiful interiors and Chinese-inspired Czech crystal chandeliers, it offers the best atmosphere for romantic dinners, birthday or anniversary celebrations.
Best Fusion Fine Dining Experience
Another Central favourite is Ta Vie, meaning “Your Life” in French. Its ethos is simple: Pure, Simple and Seasonal. In Japanese, the restaurant’s name translates as “journey”. Indeed, diners embark on a culinary journey as they work through the creative Asian menu. All the while, taste is the guiding factor and is never sacrificed for a gimmick. To highlight the Asian heritage, Ta Vie features a selection of unique-flavoured herb teas, served with raw honey harvested from local organic farms. They also offers a fine selection of Umeshu and Japanese whiskies. Under talented Chef Hideaki Sato’s management, Ta Vie has been awarded Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, it is ranked 33 on the list.
Photos: Ta Vie
Best Hong Kong Fine Dining Experience for Business Meetings
Many attest that Man Wah is Hong Kong’s most beautiful dining location, with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour setting off the opulent decor. The ambience is perfect to impress your business partners. On the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, its silk paintings and birdcage lamps are exquisite. The food is no shrinking violet either. Braised Japanese sea cucumber, wok-fried fillet of spotted grouper and a comprehensive lunchtime dim sum menu hit the spot. For drinks after the meal, The Chinnery or Captain’s Bar welcome suits with open arms.
The bronze organ chandelier suspended from the ceiling is a focal point of Amber’s decor but it’s still the food that’s the star of the show here. The superb restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has two Michelin stars under its belt. Dutch Head Chef Richard Ekkebus draws heavily on French cuisine for his innovative menu. Fresh fish of the highest quality is imported daily from Japan. Try the eight-course degustation menu and you won’t be disappointed! Exquisite food and attentive service make this the perfect choice for business meetings, reflecting the importance of individuals who are joining you.
Top Hong Kong Fine Dining Experience with a View
Proving that Hong Kong fine dining doesn’t have to be synonymous with Michelin’s recommendations, Hutong offers superb Chinese cuisine in a delightfully atmospheric setting. Try the Ao Yun tasting menu! With dishes such as tender Waygu beef cheeks, seared scallops and stir-fried Pacific lobster, it is sure to make a lasting impression. Other signature dishes include Crispy de-boned lamb ribs and “Red Lantern“, crispy soft shell crab with Sichuan dried pepper. The breathtaking views over the harbour from its floor to ceiling windows are also something special, a far cry from the narrow Beijing alleyways which give the restaurant its name. One crucial tip that we’ll like to share – do request for window seats. If your reservation is around 8pm, you will be in perfect time to catch the spectacular light show, A Symphony of Lights!
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