Lantau Island is one of the go-to destinations for Hongkongers looking to escape the crowds and spend a day in nature. And while its hiking trails and beaches are reason enough to visit, there’s no need to resign yourself to a McDonald’s meal or a grumbling stomach until you step off the ferry and head back to skyscrapers and city life. Lantau plays host to a number of quality restaurants, from casual outdoor eateries to authentic regional cuisine. Here are some of our favourites.
1. Bahce Turkish Restaurant
Located a stone’s throw from the Mui Wo Ferry Pier, Bahce Turkish Restaurant is a small eatery serving up hearty flavours and even heartier portions. Its menu includes staple Middle Eastern spreads and dips, with several sharing platters available for hungry hikers after a long day on the trails. There’s also the option – weather permitting – to sit outside and end the day al fresco. Its reputation has begun to precede itself, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself among the late lunch crowd waiting for a table.
Bache Turkish, Shop 19, G/F, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, (+852) 2984 0222
2. Mui Wo Cooked Food Market
This open-air food market boasts some of the best fresh seafood in the city, and at a fraction of the price of its island counterparts. Comprised of several restaurants each housed under the tented structure, the market serves up freshly steamed dim sum to satiate local residents by day, while generous portions of rice, noodles, and protein are piled onto plates during the busy lunch and dinner service.
Opened in 2013, Solera is a Spanish eatery in Discovery Bay’s D’Deck complex. The spacious restaurant boasts an extensive menu of Spanish staples – from paella to patatas bravas and other tapas – as well as an outdoor dining area for the warmer months. With live music performances taking place every Friday and Saturday night, it’s one of the livelier spots to while away a weekend on the island. Discover more great Spanish restaurants in Hong Kong.
Solera, Shop 101, 1/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, (+852) 2555 0772
Cheung Sha Beach is a popular choice among locals and visitors alike, thanks to its long stretch of sand, comparatively clear waters, and the number of bars and restaurants on its doorstep (most of which are located on the beach’s lower section). Formerly known as The Beach House, Bathers is one such institution, offering outdoor, all-day dining and a range of western cuisine and drinks. It also hosts frequent weddings, parties, and corporate events.
Bathers, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Cheung Sha, Lantau Island, (+852) 2504 4788
5. Koh Tomyums
Koh Tomyums is an authentic Thai restaurant located in D’Deck, only a short walk from the ferry pier in Discovery Bay. With an open sea view, traditional interiors, spacious outdoor seating section, and a menu filled with traditional Thai dishes and flavours, this is a popular spot (particularly on the weekends), so we’d recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment. The assortment of unique fusion dishes is not to be missed.
Koh Tomyums, Shop 105B, 1/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, (+852) 2987 0767