While even the most humble noodle stand in HK can serve up some extraordinary food, there are plenty of elevated dining experiences that shouldn’t be missed, if you get the chance. Here are five notable Hong Kong restaurants in TST, Central and The Peak to try, once you’re settled in.
Multi-Michelin-starred Italian chef Enrico Bartolini is the man behind FIAMMA, which opened at Peak Galleria in 2020. The menu marries traditional family-style Italian cooking with Chef Bartolini’s culinary innovations. On arrival, the aroma of oven-baked pizzas and slow-cooked wild boar ragu makes it feel like you’ve walked into a family home in Italy! We recommend grabbing a table on the sun-kissed alfresco patio – a perfect spot to enjoy one of the Mediterranean-inspired cocktails!
Celebrating its first anniversary in June 2021, this spot sits on the edge of iconic Victoria Harbour and offers unobstructed 180-degree vistas. It makes the most of the location, too, with alfresco dining on an expansive terrace (don’t miss the creative cocktails for sundowners!). With three-Michelin-star experience, Executive Chef Armand Sablon serves up a grill-centric menu of meats, seafood and more, prepared with French finesse.
Duck & Waffle
Critically acclaimed in London, Duck & Waffle set up its first overseas destination in 2019, right here in the IFC Mall. The spirit of the restaurant centres around its signature dish, the playful and decadent Duck & Waffle. But there’s plenty more to savour here, from the Spiced Ox Cheek Doughnut, inspired by deep frying a traditional Chinese bao, to the breakfast crowdpleaser Caramelised Banana Waffle. Don’t miss the signature cocktails too.
Turning 19 in 2021 – and still going strong – Bombay Dreams is an institution in Hong Kong for the finest in authentic Indian fare. Since 2002, the restaurant has served up sumptuous dishes from South India and Goa in addition to the chef’s own North Indian specialities – plus, there are plenty of vegetarian options. There’s an international wine list and a great buffet lunch option too.
Boticario Bar & Grill
Buenos Aires in the 1920s is the vibe of Boticario Bar & Grill, which opened on the TST East waterfront in 2020. The two-storey venue puts the focus on the herbal healing traditions of South America’s old “farmacias”, where herbs, roots and flowers were prescribed alongside modern medication. As such, you can find super creative cocktails, coupled with Latin and Mediterranean comfort cuisine to soothe the soul and calm the mind.
This article first appeared in the City Guide 2021/22 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.