Knowing where to find a good lunch at a good price can be a challenge in Hong Kong, but luckily for us, food blogger Christy Ma (aka lolleroll) has some super suggestions, if you don’t mind hopping over to the “Dark Side”.
In Central, when you’re paying less than $100, it’s hard to get good food that’s not designed for your desk, barring cha chan tengs and places with uncomfortable seating. As such, Tsim Sha Tsui has become my favourite destination for lunch as it’s only two MTR stops away, food is much cheaper and you can easily avoid table wait time. Here are some of my best value-for-money recommendations for lunch.
Thai – New Bangkok Restaurant
The restaurant is kind of hidden in the corner on 6/F between Shanghai Popo and the Hokkaido ramen place. They fry their noodles and rice really well (with “wok hay”) and so I would also recommend their Pad Thai. Their tom yum soup noodles was so-so though. Another key highlight of this place is definitely the price. Lunch set includes good soup and a drink; we paid $45 per person (shocking!)
New Bangkok Restaurant is located on 6/F of iSQUARE. Not sure if they take reservations but they are usually not full during lunch time. Phone: 2661 3717.
Japanese – Sushi Tokumi
Featured in Best places to satisfy your day-to-day sushi cravings, this Japanese place offers a great variety of lunch sets, including sashimi rice, sushi sets, and hot food. Their fish is super fresh and given the quality, I’d say it’s a pretty bang for your buck. Lunch sets come with steamed egg (so good!), miso soup, salad, and a mini dessert and the cost ranges from $70-100, much better than Sushi Kuu and Kyoto Joes in Central which charge over $200.
Sushi Tokumi is located on 5/F of 8 Hau Fook Street. Be sure to make a reservation at 2330 7578.
Korean – Sue Korean Restaurant
This restaurant is located on the “Korean street” of TST which is parallel to Granville Road (enter through the side road opposite Cotton On). The restaurant is pretty small and a little crowded, but they do legit Korean food. Unfortunately that also means they are usually full by 12:45pm (I think you can make a reservation though). The beef bibimbap I had was delicious and my colleagues loved their spicy tofu stew too! Lunch sets cost around $60-70 and come with the usual banchan.
Sue Korean Restaurant is located on 7 Kimberly Street, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Phone: 2311 0133.
Taiwanese – Teawood
Teawood is super popular (justifiably) so you’d expect table wait time if you arrive after 12:45pm, unfortunately they don’t do reservations. They have a good variety of lunch sets with the typical Taiwanese noodles with beef or fried chicken, as well as some rice dishes too. Their noodles are great but fried chicken is a bit battery so beef would be a better choice if you’re fried food-averse. Their selling point for me is their not-sweet by default milk tea, which is a must order! Lunch sets come in at around $60.
Teawood is located on 6/F, iSQUARE, Tsim Sha Tsui. They don’t do reservations.
Singaporean/Malaysian – Bugis Corner
Conveniently located in the basement of K11 (convenient for MTR users), this place serves one of the best Laksas I’ve had in Hong Kong. The soup base is delicious but they also put a lot of other good accompanying “materials” and use two different types of noodles. Their Hainanese chicken rice is pretty decent too. Their menus look very similar to Old Town (Central), though I’m not sure whether they’re from the same group. Lunch sets come with a standard drink and costs about $70. There usually isn’t a queue for a table.
Bugis corner is located on B2/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. They don’t do reservations but are usually not packed.