I am lucky enough to travel once a year to Hong Kong and I love exploring and eating my way through some of the best food the city has to offer. Here are my favourites.
Lei Garden offers a classic Cantonese restaurant experience. There are four branches, but everyone says the one in Wan Chai is the best. I only sampled the yum cha menu, but it certainly hit the spot. The chicken feet, fresh bamboo braised in soy, and rice noodle rolls with spring onions were standout dishes.
1/F, CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2892 0333, website
Manor Seafood Restaurant specialises in seafood, as the name suggests, but for my money, the other stuff on the menu is often better. They are justifiably famous for their roast suckling pig, which is pre-ordered as either a half or a whole. It’s served with steamed bread, hoisin and spring onions, and a little caster sugar to add extra crunch and sweetness: heaven on a plate. In fact, it was so good that I had to dine there twice. Other dishes worth a second visit include the tea-smoked chicken and the clay pot fried rice – the best I’ve ever had.
F/G, 440 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, +852 2836 9999
Chong Fat Chiu Chow Restaurant was recommended to me by Chinese cuisine specialist Fuchsia Dunlop (see opposite page). There’s no English menu, but that’s not a problem – simply point at any of the live seafood that takes your fancy and choose the vegetables that you’d like from those hanging on the front counter. This is a truly local restaurant and one that I will keep returning to.
60 South Wall Rd, Kowloon City, +852 2383 311
The Four Seasons Hong Kong is firmly entrenched as one of my favourite hotels in the world. It has two three-star Michelin restaurants. Lung King Heen serves delicate and delicious yum cha for lunch, while French restaurant Caprice is sensational from start to finish with its open kitchen and views over Hong Kong – be sure to order the roasted Bresse chicken.
8 Finance St, Central, +852 3196 8888, website