Best 5 restaurants: Hong Kong

Hong Kong might just be one of the best places to experience the full range of culinary treats, whatever your budget. The city has dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, running the gamut from the ultra-luxurious to the unassuming family-run outfits, sometimes located within walking distance of each other.

When dining in Hong Kong, try not to let price be a factor deciding where to eat. The best indication of good food would probably be how packed the restaurants are - especially if it’s locals who flock there. Even as we’re spoilt for choice, here are the five best restaurants we think you should definitely try when in the Pearl of the Orient.

Lung King Heen
Address: 4/F Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central
How to get there: 45 minutes’ drive from Hong Kong International Airport or a 15-minute walk from Macau Ferry Terminal
Opening hours: Open for lunch Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 2.30pm, Sundays and public holidays from 11.30am to 3pm; open for dinner daily from 6pm to 10.30pm
Contact: +(852) 3196-8880 or lungkingheen.hkg@fourseasons.com

Of all the accolades a restaurant can earn, this is surely one of the most prestigious - Lung King Heen is the world’s first Chinese restaurant and the only Cantonese restaurant in Hong Kong awarded the maximum of three Michelin stars in 2009. This also makes Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak the first Chinese chef to be awarded three michelin stars. He had initially retired to take care of his youngest child after his wife passed away, but was persuaded out of retirement to become executive sous chef at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.

Diners will certainly be thankful for Mr Chan’s decision. Lung King Heen’s food has been routinely praised by critics and regular diners alike as deserving of all three Michelin stars. Highly recommended items include the superior pottage with shredded chicken, sautéed lobster with vegetables in fermented bean sauce, and crispy eel with sweet mustard sauce. Expect to pay around HK$400 (S$64) to HK$700, but at least the food already comes with an excellent panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour.

Yat Lok
Address: 34-38 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
How to get there: Five minutes’ walk from Central Station
Opening hours: Open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 9pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 9am to 5.30pm
Contact: +852 2524 3882

Yung Kee may have the reputation of being one of the best, if not the best roast goose restaurants in Hong Kong, but we think Yat Lok deserves a glowing recommendation too. With cheaper prices than Yung Kee’s inflated ones, Yat Lok will appeal to the customer who doesn’t require a posh restaurant feel, yet fully appreciates a top-notch roast goose.
Succulent, tender and not too oily, the meat is the perfect complement to the real star of the show - the crispy, burnished brown skin with a thin layer of fat that melts in your mouth. Dip it in the accompanying braised sauce and you’ll be in foodie heaven. A quarter (bottom) of a roasted goose with a drumstick sells for an affordable HK$140. No wonder it’s recommended by the Michelin Guidebook and obtained the Bibs Gourmand rating.

Caprice
Address: 6/F Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central
How to get there: 45 minutes’ drive from Hong Kong International Airport or a 15-minute walk from Macau Ferry Terminal
Opening hours: Open daily from 12pm to 2.30pm, and 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Contact: +(852) 3196-8860 or caprice.hkg@fourseasons.com

A two michelin-starred restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Caprice dishes out contemporary French cuisine at its finest. It lost a michelin star last December (2013) following the departure of head chef Vincent Thierry, but has bounced back with its new chef de cuisine, Fabrice Vulin. Judging from reviews, Vulin, whose portfolio includes three michelin-starred restaurants in France, has had no problems stepping into the shoes of his predecessor.

With ingredients flown in daily from France, you would expect the food to taste perfect, and Caprice does not disappoint. The Le Loup de Méditerranée (chilled risotto with sea bass carpaccio, spider crab and kristal caviar), Filet de Boeuf de Salers ou Wagyu Japonais (French Beef or Japanese Wagyu Beef with foie gras, pommes soufflées and dolce-forte sauce) and Consommé de Rhubarbe et Fraise des Bois (rhubarb and wild strawberry consommé with poached rhubarb, cucumber and basil sorbet) are standouts. Lunchtime meals cost up to HK$500. Turophiles (cheese-lovers) will also be glad to know that the restaurant is home to Hong Kong's first cheese cellar, with a expansive selection of artisanal French cheeses.

Tak Fat Beef Ball
Address: 390 Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How to get there: Seven minutes’ walk from Tsim Sha Tsui station
Opening hours: Open daily from 8.30am to 8.30pm
Contact: +852 2376 1179

With beef balls frequently described as being some of the best in Hong Kong, Tak Fat Beef Ball shows that you don’t have to pay top prices for top-quality food. This humble restaurant tucked inside the Haiphong Road Temporary Market has been around for more than 30 years, and you can recognise it from its bright orange bowls with yellow spoons.
The beef balls are so firm and bouncy you can drop them on the floor and they will probably bounce right up. They are also flavoured with ginger and dried tangerine peel. You can have the beef balls served in your choice of noodles, with an optional beef brisket or tripe. At around HK$40, even the locals are fervent customers.

Tsui Wah
Address: G/F-2/F, 15-19 Wellington St., Central., Hong Kong
How to get there: Five minute’s walk from Central station
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Contact: +852 2525 6338

Rounding up the list is Tsui Wah, a famous tea cafe or cha chaan teng, in Hong Kong. As a testament to its popularity, it has grown from a single restaurant in 1967 to a chain with more than 20 branches across Hong Kong. Locals love it for their signature milk tea, Hainanese chicken rice, fishball noodles and Bo Luo Yiu.
Each branch reportedly keeps up the high quality of food, but if you want a more party atmosphere, head to the one on Wellington Street which is near nightlife hot spot Lan Kwai Fong. Savour your milk tea (HK$16) with a sweet toasted bun or sample the beef curry brisket with rice - the restaurant specialises in food influenced by immigrants, including those from America, India and Britain, with a Chinese twist, so choices abound.