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Surprising Asian restaurants in Causeway Bay

From Taiwanese to Thai food, bustling Causeway Bay’s dining scene is a melting pot of popular Asian cuisines. While this district often gets overlooked for Soho or Wan Chai when it comes to dining out, there are some great eateries dotted about the area – they’re often tucked away in commercial buildings or back streets, but are well worth hunting out. Here’s our roundup of must-try Asian restaurants in Causeway Bay.

# Tainan A Dou Zai

There’s been a real buzz about this Taiwanese venue since it opened its doors last September, specialising in the type of street food you find in Taiwan’s vibrant night markets. Located in a back alley behind Lee Gardens, the resto’s vibe is casual and comfortable and service is efficient and friendly. “A dou zai” translates to “foreigner” in the dialect of Taiwanese city Tainan, and was chosen to signify the restaurant’s aim to introduce local delicacies from Tainan to Hong Kong diners. Menu highlights include braised pork rice, wan luan pork knuckle, braised beef noodle soup and oyster omelette, and there’s also a good selection of vegetarian dishes. Street food snacks start at $29 per dish, with mains ranging from $45 to $55.

Tainan A Dou Zai does not accept reservations. À la carte dinner is served daily from 6pm- 10.30pm, with a special lunch from 12pm-3pm and tea from 2.30pm-6pm on weekdays.

G/F, 19 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay

2217 0520 | facebook.com

# Sushi Hiro

Sushi Hiro has a loyal base of fans who know that they will find some of the city’s best sushi in this intimate eatery, hidden away in a commercial building. The menu boasts an impressive and seemingly endless array of sushi, with ingredients imported from Japan. Owner and chef Yoshinobu Hiro worked in a top Hong Kong hotel for a decade as a sushi chef before opening Sushi Hiro in Causeway Bay in 2002. In addition to the excellent sushi, there’s a good sake menu, and all sakes have their Sake Meter Value (SMV) measured for sugar levels to ensure correct categorisation of sweet or dry.

Lunch is served from 12pm-3pm and dinner is from 6.30pm-11.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 6pm-11pm on Sunday and public holidays.

10/F, Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay

2882 8752sushihiro.com.hk

# Saboten Japanese Cutlet

It’s hard not to love crispy fried pork and this is Saboten’s specialty. A tonkatsu institution in Japan, where it has more than 500 branches, it has two restos in Hong Kong, one in the basement of Henry House on Yun Ping Road in Causeway Bay. The menu features sets, such as the tender loin set and signature Saboten set. There are also Katsu-Don and curry sets, as well as a children’s menu.

Open Monday to Sunday from 12pm-3.30pm and for dinner from 6pm-11pm.

LG/F, Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay

2895 4111 | facebook.com

# Sorabol

Sorabol Korean is one of the Asian restaurants in Causeway Bay where you may find yourself dining side-by- side with a bona-fide K-pop star. Sorabol is part of a hugely successful chain that originated in Korea and whose mission is to promote Korean cuisine and culture to the world. It established a presence in Hong Kong back in 1993 and its Causeway Bay branch is in Lee Theatre. Specialities include oyster pancake, homemade minced pork and vegetable dumplings, and tossed pork belly, leeks and garlic in spicy sauce. It also does barbecue and hot pot.

Open daily from 12pm-10pm.

18/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay

2881 6823 | sorabol.com.hk

# Sijie Sichuan Restaurant

This resto may be tucked away in an unassuming building on Yiu Wa Street in Causeway Bay, but that hasn’t proven a hindrance when it comes to its popularity. It does a roaring trade, with diners flocking to enjoy the generous serves of excellent Sichuan food. This is a great restaurant for groups, with dishes delivered to a lazy Susan, making for excellent shared dining. Expect to see classics such as stir-fried green beans with minced pork and mapo tofu.

Sijie is open 12pm-9.30pm on weekdays and 6.30pm-9.30pm on weekends.

10/F, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay

2802 2250 | sijierestauranthk.com

# The Red Pepper

The retro signage out the front is fitting for this old-school Sichuan restaurant, which has been a firm favourite with expats since it opened its doors in 1971, offering the famously spicy cuisine that was not widely available in Hong Kong at the time. Red Pepper’s signature dish is sizzling prawns with chilli sauce, which waiters serve with a flourish into a cast iron plate at the table. This is another one of the restaurants in Causeway Bay that works well for a group or family-style dining.

Lunch is served 11.30am-2.30pm and dinner from 5pm-12am Monday to Sunday.

7 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay

2577 3811 | redpepper.com.hk

# Regal Palace

Looking for some old-school Cantonese? Head to Regal Palace in the Regal Hotel. The third-floor restaurant has some views over Causeway Bay and a menu jam-packed with Canto classics, such as braised fish soup, stir-fried lobster, sliced beef marinated with Chinese wine, smoked chicken with tea leaves and char siu. A solid choice among the restaurants in Causeway Bay.

Lunch is 12pm-3pm Monday to Friday and 11am-3pm on weekends. Dinner is 6pm-11pm Monday to Sunday.

3/F, Regal Hong Kong Hotel, 88 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay

2837 1773 | regalhotel.com

# Perfume River

Perfume River has built a reputation for tasty, reasonably priced Vietnamese food since 1979. This little resto on Percival Street isn’t fancy, but if you find yourself near Times Square and with a hankering for Viet classics such as a flavoursome pho or spring rolls with lettuce, mint and basil washed down with a few beers this eatery will do quite nicely. A time-honoured favourite of Asian restaurants in Causeway Bay.

Open Monday to Sunday from 12pm-11pm.

89 Percival Street, Causeway Bay

2576 2240

# Thai Shing Restaurant

Thai Shing Restaurant is one those places that you know must be good simply because people are prepared to queue for a table. It’s a no-frills establishment with a reputation for authentic Thai food at reasonable prices, with menu items including favourites such as pad Thai, satay, pomelo salad, minced pork and beef salad.

Open daily from 10am–12am.

36 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay

2834 2500 | facebook.com

# Minh & Kok

Weighing up whether to go to Vietnamese or Thai? Minh & Kok allows you to hedge your bets with its menu a mix of street food from Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, making it one of the more intriguing restaurants in Causeway Bay. Menu items include noodle dishes, street food and sweet snacks, including laksa noodle soup, tom yum fish soup and steamed mince pork rice. Make sure you leave room for dessert!

Open daily from 11am-11pm.

66-72 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay

2267 8366 | maxconcepts.com

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