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Hong Kong’s best Chinese restaurants

By Gabrielle Caselis 30 June 2021

Header image courtesy of Rùn Restaurant (via Facebook)

Chinese restaurants abroad typically specialise in Cantonese and Sichuanese fare, but luckily for us, living in Hong Kong’s melting pot means that we have access to all kinds of different Chinese cooking. It could take a lifetime to try everything that Chinese cuisine has to offer, from Northern Chinese and Shanghainese to Chiuchow and traditional Hakka cooking, and even Chinese temple food. Here is our round-up of the best Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong that you have to visit—and we are making sure to cover all sorts of different regional cuisines, too.

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Rùn (潤)

From French and international delights to Chinese cuisine, The St. Regis Hong Kong houses some of the city’s best dining establishments. Rùn is a one-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant helmed by award-winning chef Hung Chi-kwong, who will transport diners on a journey of modern interpretation of Cantonese flavours. At this establishment, the ingredients are the star, with a masterful understanding of what makes a plate remarkable.

Rùn (潤) presents excellent culinary craftsmanship that is best showcased with their signature dish—the Wagyu beef puff ($128). A true piece of art, the interwoven puff exterior crumbles perfectly to reveal delicious beef.

Rùn (潤), 2/F, The St Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai | (+852) 2138 6808

Lung King Heen (龍景軒)

Located in the fabulous Four Seasons, three-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Lung King Heen (龍景軒) has made its way to the heart of the city and its people. Headed up by chef Chan Yan-tak, this establishment has been commended for its extensive repertoire, executing seafood and dim sum dishes to perfection.

If you are here to try one thing only, let it be the roasted Peking duck ($980), a delicious main course that is so popular that Lung King Heen only serves limited portions on a daily basis. It is recommended to inform the restaurant six hours in advance if you wish to order this in-demand dish. Aside from this delectable signature, other beloved dishes, like the crispy scallops and wok-fried prawns, are to die for!

Lung King Heen (龍景軒), Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 3196 8332

Man Wah (文華廳)

Man Wah (文華廳) at the Mandarin Oriental is reputably well-known for its impeccable service and beautiful interior design. And did we mention that it is a one-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant with impeccable views? One of the greatest pleasures of dining at Man Wah is being seated at a window-side table with the harbour on one side and plates of culinary excellence on the other. Man Wah seamlessly balances masterfully crafted dishes with culinary creativity and traditional flavours—order a portion of their signature classic barbecued duck feet with barbecued pork belly ($168) and you’ll know what we mean!

Man Wah (文華廳), 25/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central

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Yan Toh Heen (欣圖軒)

Yan Toh Heen (欣圖軒), the pride and joy of InterContinental Hong Kong, is easily one of the finest Cantonese restaurants in the world. Inspired by the beauties of a jade jewellery box, the dining space is designed to create anticipation for a premium gastronomical experience, likened to that of opening a special gift. Discover unmatched Cantonese treasures with chef Lau Yiu-fai, whose bright flavours shine through artful dishes.

Yan Toh Heen’s superior dumplings ($188) comprise three luxurious morsels of seafood, packaged in translucent wrapping that appeals to colour-conscious eaters—the contrasting black and yellows of the scallop dumpling, the complimentary warm and cool colours of the crabmeat dumpling, and the analogous orange and red of the shrimp dumpling are gifts in themselves! Chef Lau also invites gourmands to celebrate Cantonese flavours with a modern flair with Chef Lau’s prestige menu ($1,688), bringing familiar tastes to new heights.

Yan Toh Heen (欣圖軒), InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2313 2243

Chiu Tang (潮廳)

Located in the heart of Central is Chiu Tang (潮廳), an authentic Chiuchow restaurant. Step through its doors and allow yourself to be transported to old Hong Kong in a curious mix of East meets West that extends from the interior décor to the dishes, featuring hearty bites of dim sum and iconic wok-fried noodles. We recommend the weekend brunch ($298), which offers an extensive selection of traditional dim sum plates, Chiuchow specialities, rice dishes, and noodles. Portions are generous here, so prepare ahead with an empty stomach!

Chiu Tang (潮廳), 2/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Central

The Legacy House (彤福軒)

Sitting within the ultra-luxurious Rosewood Hong Kong, The Legacy House (彤福軒) pays homage to the founding patriarch of the hotel by presenting dishes that reflect the Shunde region of Guangdong. Chinese executive chef Li Chi-wai introduces Cantonese cuisine in a new light by interweaving Shunde flavours and colours. Savour the thoughtfully conceptualised bites from their dim sum set menu ($480) with Victoria Harbour serving as a stunning backdrop and revel in novel creations like the steamed Matsuba crabmeat dumpling.

The Legacy House (彤福軒), 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8732

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Sun Fook Kee (新福記酒家)

Celebrity-endorsed private kitchen Sun Fook Kee (新福記酒家) offers one of Hong Kong’s best Fujian experiences. Not only does the establishment pride itself on being one of few Fujianese restaurants in the city, but its labour-intensive and traditional dishes are particularly noteworthy, too. Seasonal dishes are inspired by the availability of local produce, resulting in creations like deep-fried longans stuffed with minced shrimp & pork.

Sun Fook Kee (新福記酒家), 1/F, Circle Court, 3-5 Java Road, North Point | (+852) 2566 5898

Qi—House of Sichuan (呇)

Qi—House of Sichuan (呇) is a one-Michelin-starred Sichuan restaurant that generously mixes in the “seven flavours of Sichuan”—spicy, aromatic, sweet, bitter, sour, peppery, and salty—into their acclaimed menu. For those with a low spice tolerance, you probably want to steer clear of this entire style of cooking! Notable dishes from their á la carte menu include the wok-fried pork collar with balsamic vinegar ($200), spicy fried chilli crab ($680), and cumin lamb with roasted chilli ($260)—all of which are served with a healthy dose of mala spice.

Qi—House of Sichuan (呇), Shop 12, 2/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2527 7117

Mott 32

Venture into the basement of the Standard Chartered Building and be dazzled by Mott 32, an award-winning restaurant that raises the standard when it comes to Chinese dining. Sophistication and elegance are the two words that immediately come to mind to describe an experience at Mott 32, and the signature 42-days applewood-smoked Peking duck ($750) and barbecued Pluma Ibérico pork ($325) are delicious proof.

Led by the highly respected executive chef Lee Man-sing, Mott 32 believes that quality ingredients and expert preparation go a long way to create traditional Cantonese dishes executed with Western cooking techniques.

Mott 32, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4–4a Des Voeux Road Central, Central | (+852) 2885 8688

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Hutong (胡同)

Hutong (胡同) highlights two of China’s most iconic cuisines in beautiful harmony: the flavours from Shandong on the northern coast, and Sichuan’s inland region. While both cuisines differ in their cooking techniques and choices of proteins, Hutong focuses on how these two can complement and, somehow, complete each other.

Hutong’s signature braised lobster with Lao Gan Ma spicy sauce & pickled cabbage ($2,188) is addictively indulgent, as are the seared scallops with crab & scrambled egg white ($458). On the Golden Dragon dinner menu ($820), seafood from Shandong is happily married with garlic and chilli peppers from Sichuan.

Hutong (胡同), 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3428 8342

The Chairman (大班樓)

The Chairman (大班樓) is a Michelin-starred restaurant that is consistently lauded for its superior Cantonese fare. Despite being a humble farm-to-table establishment, the kitchen team does not shy away from bold flavours, which is particularly evident in their soulful iterations of seafood and char siu dishes. Small suppliers contribute to the fresh ingredients used at The Chairman, and there’s even a small local farm used for curing and fermentation.

The Chairman’s signature steamed fresh flower crab with aged Shaoxing wine & flat rice noodles ($960) is not to be missed—the crab is portioned out for easy consumption, so diners can enjoy its flavourful meat with minimal effort, while the aged wine elevates the sweetness and umami elements of the crab meat.

The Chairman (大班樓), 18 Kau U Fong, Central | (+852) 2555 2202

Xin Rong Ji (新榮記)

Restaurants that serve Zhejiang cooking are hard to come by in Hong Kong. However, this celebrated banquet dining destination places the eastern coastal cuisine on a high pedestal, putting a particular focus on the fares of Taizhou. As one of just a handful of restaurants in China to be honoured with three Michelin stars, you can expect the Hong Kong counterpart of Xin Rong Ji (新榮記) to be equally as impressive.

Our recommendation is the baked pomfret fish ($498)—the 50-minute wait for the dish is worth it, as the layers of Zhejiang flavours begin with Chinese cured meat, where natural oils are released to cover the walls of the serving pot, and then the rice, where each grain evenly tossed in the flavour of cured meat. Finally, the masterpiece is topped off with a tender and fatty serving of pomfret fish.

Xin Rong Ji (新榮記), G/F & 1/F, China Overseas Building, 138 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 3462 3516

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LockCha Teahouse (樂茶軒)

At the time of writing, there is no specialised restaurant in Hong Kong that highlights the wonderful braising and stewing techniques of Anhui cuisine. However, a little fragment of this culinary region can be found at LockCha Teahouse (樂茶軒). If you have not already been to LockCha Teahouse for Chinese afternoon tea, be sure to add it to your list, as their exclusively distributed Anhui yellow tea ($110) blooms with fragrance and flavour. Wild tea leaves from Anhui province are handled by hand in a complicated process to produce a sweet, polished finish.

LockCha Teahouse (樂茶軒), locations across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon

Spring Moon (嘉麟樓)

When we think of respected establishments in Hong Kong that carry their age with grace, we tend to turn to The Peninsula and its almost-hundred-year history. It boasts several award-winning restaurants with great wine lists in its portfolio, but the hotel also accommodates gourmands looking to indulge in Chinese cuisine.

Spring Moon is The Peninsula’s Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant, known for serving regional favourites in their purest form—and their homemade XO sauce is especially worth mentioning. Based on a secret recipe built for versatile use, diners can taste it in their wok-seared lobster & scallops with XO sauce ($930) and the signature fried rice with assorted seafood, roasted goose & XO chilli sauce in a claypot ($360).

Spring Moon (嘉麟樓), 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2696 6760

Seventh Son Restaurant

A constant on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, this Cantonese gastronomical wonder owes its success to generational training and sticking to natural flavours, highlighting the freshness of its carefully chosen ingredients. Opened by head chef Chui Wai-kwan, who cut his teeth at his father’s celebrated Fook Lam Moon chain, Seventh Son executes his brand of traditional Cantonese cuisine with aplomb. Not to be missed is Seventh Son’s BBQ suckling pig—masterfully done, with tender and juicy meat, and perfectly crisp and crackling skin.

Seventh Son Restaurant, 3/F, Wharney Hotel, 57–73 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2892 2888

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Putien (莆田)

Coming from humble beginnings, Putien (莆田) actually started as a coffee shop in Singapore back in 2000. 20 years later, and this modest establishment has expanded greatly, boasting over 70 branches across Asia! Michelin-recognised, Putien maintains the culinary integrity of Fujianese cuisine, all the while accommodating wallet-friendly prices. Depending on where you are in the world, Putien offers various seasonal dishes, but one of its specialities is the Duotou clam, which hails from the coastal mudflats of Duo Tou village in Putian.

Putien (莆田), locations around Hong Kong

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Gabrielle Caselis

Editorial intern

Strumming a few tunes on the guitar or trying to connect her Spotify playlist to the sound system is what you’ll find Gabrielle doing in most social situations. She is a homebody and the way to her heart is good food and good company. Apart from music, she spends her time watching and reading up on all there is to know about pop culture.

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