This foodie’s top 5 go-to restaurants for the best bites in Hong Kong
Say no to hangry-ness, say yes to some of our favourite eateries in the city.
Full disclosure: I don’t believe in food reviews. Everyone calls themselves a foodie these days, but you can find glowing praise for a restaurant, and then read a nasty tear down of how terrible the service was in a review right below it. People have different tastes in food, just like how I like a little bit of milk and sugar in my coffee, but Tay likes hers with oat milk.
I claim to be a foodie - but I don’t claim to be an expert in everyone’s tastes. So instead of telling you all that these are ‘the best places to grab a bite in Hong Kong’, here are my personal favourite spots to hit up when I’m hungry.
Do you like pineapple on your pizza? Or would you smack someone who would even suggest such a thing? I personally don’t mind a bit of pineapple on my pie (don’t @ me) - but my favourite spot for pizza (with or without the fruit) has to be Motorino’s. Possibly the best (in my humble opinion) Neapolitan pizza place in town, it’s got super chill vibes and very friendly staff who are happy to help with any of your orders.
Must try: I always go for the Meatball Pizza (HK$178) - it might seem a little pricey at first, but every bite is scrumptious.
Motorino’s, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong. +852 2801 6881
This is not a place for the bougie or weak of heart. Behind an old school looking door on Jaffe Road in Wan Chai sits the Peking Dumpling Wong, a true hidden gem. To me the perfect dumpling is chock full of whatever filling you choose, covered in wrapping that’s not too thick and not too thin. This place has got the perfect dumpling formula down, especially for their pork and chive dumplings (HK$52 - which in Hong Kong is negligible!).
Peking Dumpling Wong, 118 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. +852 25270289
You may often find yourself checking out an attractive human being, and thinking ‘wow, what a catch’. Recently, the only time that thought has crossed my mind is when a serving of ‘Big Bad Ben’ is placed in front of me - from one of the best brunch places in Kennedy Town - CATCH.
Catch, G/F, 95 Catchick St, Kennedy Town. +852 2855 1289
*Note from Taylor- I second this! I used to live near here and often went to Catch for brunch. My fav brekky is their KHQ. They also have a great Christmas menu for dinner on this month (December)!
4. Afternoon Tea
This one is tough - I’m a HUGE afternoon tea fan, and will rarely turn down a chance to nibble on delightful mini treats while chatting up a storm with my gal pals. While most places do a great job, my favourite afternoon tea sets have come from Woobar at W Hong Kong. Pastry chef Baptiste Villefranque never fails to create not just a gorgeous layout, but also consistently tasty morsels that I always stuff myself full of.
Woobar, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Rd, West Kowloon. +852 3717 2222
5. Dining with a view
Views, art, and beautifully created dishes -- all things that can be found in newly opened modern Australian eatery Hue. Located within the Hong Kong Museum of Art, this restaurant not only serves up delicious bites, but also has an amazing design concept. Every table in the house has a view of Hong Kong’s gorgeous skyline - which makes it a great place for a celebratory meal, or a romantic date.
Hue, 1/F Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. +852 3500 5888
By guest editor (& friend, & an incredible foodie- she has great taste!),
Aydee Tie (IG: @aydeetie)