It comes as no surprise in a city filled with such a boiling pot of different nationalities that there is such a vast variety of choices when it comes to food.
33 Bridges Street, +852 2547 9273
Probably one of my favourite meals of the whole trip! I’d heard plenty of good things about this yakitori gastropub and given it opened in the summer of 2011 and is still filled to the brim every night, that in itself spoke volumes. It’s located in the hip neighbourhood of Sheung Wan which reminded me of Shoreditch without being as try hard hipster (no offence Shoreditchers).
Delighted by the menu, Dickie decided to get his meat sweats on, opting for lots of different Chicken Yakatori variations followed by Duck Fried Rice. I on the otherhand, went for the Tempura Sweetcorn followed by Korean Fried Cauliflower. At this stage, I had no idea that they were famous for their KFC, and obviously neither did Dickie. He had serious food envy when mine arrived, which never happens when you’re a pescatarian! I’d go back to eat here tomorrow, it was simply divine.
Be warned, with Yardbird being in such high demand, they don’t accept reservations, so be prepared to get here early and for a little wait. It’s worth it.
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd , +852 2885 8688
Hidden away in the Standard Chartered Bank Building, Mott 32 oozes cool. Large but without feeling impersonal, it’s bustling with crowds, so be sure to book in advance. The restaurant offers modern Chinese cuisine and is packed with flavour. I opted for the dumplings followed by Blackened Cod (oh the Blackened Cod), whilst Dickie went for the Free Range Chicken with dried chilli and Szechuan red pepper. The waiter asked if Dickie wanted the whole thing to himself and seemed amused when he answered yes, but he clearly hadn’t witnessed Dickie’s appetite first hand. That said, quite a lot of water was consumed as it was *a little bit hot*. Ha.
The food was amazing and whilst the prices aren’t cheap, you get what you pay for including the beautiful surroundings and service.
57 Wyndham St, +852 2840 0041
We stumbled across this little gem, which opened earlier this year, when we were walking past not paying too much attention. SOI 7 offers modern Thai fusion. Dickie opted for the Spicy Thai Buffalo Wings whilst I went for the Veggie Thai Green Curry and it was scrumptious – packed with flavour and spicy – just how I like it. What made it even more perfect is that they have bench seats in their windows (which push back to expose the restaurant to the street) which made it perfect for people watching…and avoiding the freezing air-con which is renowned in Hong Kong.
Beef & Liberty
23 Wing Fung St, +852 2811 3009
If you’re looking for a casual bite in one of the best neighbourhoods in Hong Kong, then you could do worse than heading to Beef & Liberty in Wan Chai. Whilst known for their high quality hamburgers, they offer a whole range of other delicious stuff, including sliders and chicken wings. Dickie opted for one of the biggest burgers on the menu, whilst I had a lite bite, one of their specials, Chilli Sweet Potato Fries. All of this was accompanied by craft beer. Dickie was a very happy boy. If you’re there at the right time of the month, they have cinema evenings on their roof terrace. We just missed one, sad face.
Shop 2, Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star St, +852 2529 3823
Still in my favourite area of Wan Chai, Oohlaa Petite became our go-to destination for breakfast every day. Just across the road from the Ozo Hotel where we were staying, it’s probably one of the best breakfasts that I’ve had. No wonder it’s completely packed with ex-pats come the weekend as their favourite meeting spot. What’s more, they know how to put the spice in a Spicy Bloody Mary and the staff are like friends. I challenge you to find a better brunch spot.
There are so many awesome places to eat in Hong Kong, it’s a foodie’s dream. These are just a few of the faves that we personally experienced. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Hong Kong any time soon, be sure to check them out.