By: Rebecca Simpson
This week, Odette in Singapore took top honours at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards. Chef Julien Royer’s Odette can now lay claim to two titles: The Best Restaurant in Asia and The Best Restaurant in Singapore.
The question remains, which nine Hong Kong tables are we celebrating? And how many have you been to? Here’s a list of this year’s Hong Kong restaurant rankings.
#11 The Chairman
Climbing the ranks from #22 last year to now be #11 and leading the pack for Hong Kong, The Chairman is the place for foodies to experience the two thousand year history of Cantonese cuisine. The Chairman (in Central) prides itself on, as much as possible, using locally sourced ingredients, products from local condiment stores and seafood from local fishermen.
#12 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana
81⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana won the Art of Hospitality Award. Congratulations must go to General Manager Marino Braccu and the team, who create a highly refined but warm atmosphere in which diners can enjoy Chef Bombana’s creations. Since 2008, Hong Kong’s 81⁄2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana has been celebrating chef Umberto Bombana’s native cuisine, serving refined Italian food with the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world. The restaurant has ranked within the top 20 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for seven consecutive years.
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This French Michelin-starred restaurant in Soho also features in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. It soared 25 places to reach #15, modern French bistro Belon is crowned with this year’s Highest Climber Award. Belon is described as a Neo-Parisian Bistro showcasing French-rooted yet locally influenced cooking. Belon presents a refreshing genre of French cuisine in a pared-down Soho space that allows the restaurant’s sincere approach to food shine.
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Amber at the Mandarin Oriental Landmark offers a contemporary twist on classic French cuisine. Amber was reopened with a new look and a new approach to fine cuisine earlier in 2019. The new menu is free from dairy and minimises the use of refined sugar and salt.
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Neighborhood offers European fare and a very unassuming, unpretentious presence on Hollywood Rd. This is the brain child of Hong Kong-born chef and restaurateur David Lai.
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#38 Lung King Heen
Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hong Kong is the world’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. It offers exquisite seafood and dim sum. Executive Chinese Chef, Chef Chan Yan Tak says “We have no secret – only personally sourced ingredients, teamwork and over a century of accumulated experience.”
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#44 Seventh Son
A new entry into the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, welcome Seventh Son. Chui Wai-kwan, the seventh son of Fook Lam Moon founder Chui Fuk-chuen, created this traditional Cantonese restaurant.
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#50 Ta Vie
Last, but not least, is Ta Vie. This French-Japanese fine dining experience in Central was once again awarded the coveted two Michelin Stars in 2019 so there’s no surprises it made this list.
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