- Kam's Roast Goose The crispiest, juiciest roast goose in the territory.
- Aberdeen Fish Market Yee Hope Seafood Restaurant Seafood feast inside a wholesale fish market.
- Little Bao Hong Kong's most raved-about fusion invention is this fist-sized Asian burger bao (bun).
- Sun Hing Restaurant Point at dim-sum baskets and sit down to eat; don't miss the salty-sweet custard buns.
- Kau Kee Restaurant Humble setting for the best beef brisket noodles in town; bring tissues to mop your face.
- Old Bailey Classy menu, classy Tai Kwun setting and oh-so-tasty Chinese dishes you might not have seen before.
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- Sun Kwai Heung Excellent low-key Cantonese barbecue.
- Tai Cheong Bakery Serving Hong Kong's favourite egg tarts for half a century.
- Kau Kee Restaurant Pull up a plastic pew at this holy grail for beef brisket noodle soup fans.
- ABC Kitchen The cheapest western food you'll find in Hong Kong, in the incongruous environs of a local cooked-food centre.
- Yat Lok Michelin-starred greasy roast goose heaven; Anthony Bourdain approved this joint.
- Chi Lin Vegetarian Refined Chinese veggie dishes in an ornamental garden.
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- Choi's Kitchen Masterful take on claypot rice and common Cantonese.
- Old Bailey Exquisite Shanghainese dishes in an architect-designed space that could come from the pages of a magazine.
- Black Salt Creative takes on South Asian food, presented as scrumptious sharing dishes.
- Ho Lee Fook Playful underground diner dishing out its own unique take on retro Chinatown cuisine.
- Din Tai Fung Beloved Taiwanese chain serving perfectly formed xiǎolóngbāo (Shànghǎi-style dumplings)
- Spring Deer This old old-timer of Northern Chinese cooking always delivers.
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- Seventh Son Top-notch dim sum and Cantonese fare.
- Rōnin It's counter seating only at this trendy Japanese bar with inventive dishes and slick, knowledgeable servers.
- Duddell's Refined Cantonese cuisine paired with excellent sommelier service in a cool, gallery-worthy space.
- Lung King Heen The Chinese restaurant that upped the game for Cantonese chefs.
- Bo Innovation Michelin-starred molecular Chinese cuisine with stratospheric prices fit for dedicated foodies.
Dai Pai Dongs
- Sun Hing Restaurant Working-class Kennedy Town staple with the best custard buns in town.
- Yum Cha – Central Instagrammable buns take the limelight at this contemporary dim sum hall.
- Lin Heung Tea House Old-school cart dim sum; prepare to fight for your meal.
- Tim Ho Wan The first-ever budget dim sum place to earn a Michelin star.
- Fook Lam Moon Celeb haunt in Macau with swanky menu but reasonably priced dim sum.
- Lung King Heen Three-Michelin-starred dim sum for weekend brunch? Yes please.
Dining Away from the Crowds
- Chung Kee Store Seafood and Hakka dishes deep in the hills.
- Pirate Bay Family-friendly, pirate-themed French crepes opposite the water.
- Amalfitana Pizza parlour within toe's dipping distance of the sea at Repulse Bay.
- Chi Lin Vegetarian Veggie cuisine on the grounds of a stunningly landscaped nunnery.
- Yue Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant Primo roast goose in a far-flung village.
- Foo’s Cafe Farm-to-table village cafe serving Chinese goodies.
- Bistronomique Yummy down-home Gallic specialities with sea views.
- 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana Considered by many the finest Italian in Hong Kong.
- Flying Pan American diner serving 24-hour breakfasts and hangover-worthy grilled-cheese toasted wedges.
- Little Creatures Aussie-run microbrewery with excellent mod European carb-loaders, tacos, etc.
- Catch The best place in town for a fancy brunch.
- Aberdeen St Social Chef Jason Atherton cooks up fancy takes on Brit food inside PMQ.
- Okra Friendly neighbourhood joint in Sai Ying Pun with playful creations and sake pairing.
- Rōnin Buzzing Soho restaurant with masterful raw and cooked creations.
- Yardbird Itty-bitty yakitori skewers; a hipster favourite in Sheung Wan.
- Butao Ramen Queues tell you this Central lunch favourite has the winning ramen formula.
- Shikigiku Sumptuous sushi, grilled meat and tempura in the Four Seasons.
- Nagi RamenThere's just four tables at this teeny restaurant where you can customise your noodle broth.
- Bo Innovation Michelin-starred fusion gastronomy from Hong Kong's Alvin Leung.
- Little Bao If China did burgers they would be made with… bao.
- Kasa Chinese meat patty Scotch eggs anyone?
- Man Mo Café Truffled brie and foie gras are some of the French ingredients in these delicious dim sum.
- Tung Po Seafood Restaurant Lively Cantonese fusion in a wet market; opt for the late sitting.
- Chifa Dumpling House Peruvian Chinese cuisine is the deal at this laid-back reggae-playing dumpling house.
- Ho To Tai Noodle Shop Shrimp-filled wonton noodles earn a devoted following.
- Tasty Congee & Noodle Wonton Shop Shrimp wontons, prawn congee and more in luxe IFC mall.
- Mak’s Noodle Beloved shrimp-wonton shop with multiple locations.
- Ho Hung Kee Making noodles, wontons and congee for 68 years.
- Kau Kee Restaurant The best beef brisket noodles in town, served with or without a curry infusion.
- Aberdeen Fish Market Yee Hope Seafood Restaurant Seafood in a wholesale fish market; preordering required.
- Ap Lei Chau Market Cooked Food Centre Seafood you buy from the market below is prepared here.
- Loaf On Low-key but high-end seafood in seaside village of Sai Kung.
- Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant Classic seafood palace on Sai Kung waterfront.
- Sam Shing Hui Seafood Market Bustling working seafood market in the New Territories.
- Sabah Enormous roti and other Malaysian delights at this casual spot.
- Chom Chom Trendy Vietnamese and cocktails next to a slope.
- Bêp Vietnamese classics in stylish Soho.
- Chachawan Spicy Thai street food, hipster style.
- Soul Food Bangkok import that eschews run-of-the-mill dishes for inventions like soft-shell crab pad thai.
- Samsen Echoes of Khao San Road matched with Hong Kong craft beers.
- Atum Desserant Confectionary presented as art.
- Mammy Pancake Arguably the city's best egg puffs/waffles.
- Yuen Kee Dessert Dessert-only restaurant selling just one thing: hot, sweet Cantonese soups.
- Tai Cheong Bakery The ultimate in Hong Kong egg tarts.
- Honeymoon Dessert HK-based chain serving up sweet soups and icy treats.
- Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop A traditional maker of ping on bao (peace and prosperity buns), filled with red-bean or sesame paste.
Cha Chaan Tang (Teahouses)
- Lan Fong Yuen Theplace to sample Hong Kong's famous milk tea.
- Cheong Kee Above a wet market, some say it has the best thick toast in town.
- Cafe Match Box Retro decor and fluffy egg sandwiches at this throwback joint.
- Mido Café A charmingly retro spot overlooking the Tin Hau temple.
- Cross Cafe Modern take on a cha chaan tang, with red-bean iced teas and truffled scrambled eggs.
- Chau Kee Locals have been known to queue for the decadent 'lava' French toast with molten custard.
- Pure Veggie House Standout veggie dim sum and Cantonese classics.
- Chi Lin Vegetarian Delightful Buddhist cuisine beside a gorgeous nunnery.
- Sum Yuen Modern vegetarian cuisine at a Macau temple.
- Mana! Fast Slow Food Vegan and raw food heaven with veggie flatbreads, smoothies and coffees.
- Lock Cha Tea Shop Traditional-style Chinese tea shop inside leafy Hong Kong Park serving vegetarian dim sum.
- Bookworm Cafe Beloved hippie haunt on laid-back Lamma.