Hong Kong is a city obsessed with food and drink. Quality cuisine is a part of everyday life here, whether it’s feasting with family at the city’s top dim sum restaurant or purchasing the finest quality BBQ pork and bok choy at the market. HK’s fine food-driven culture is a mecca for culinary tourists, and with a slew of Michelin Star restaurants, satisfaction can be found everywhere, from humble holes in the wall to white tablecloth glamour.
Located in the Grand Hyatt, One Harbour Road is one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated Cantonese restaurants—a place where the city’s politicians and celebrities come to wine and dine. The restaurant’s two-storey design features wraparound ceiling-to-floor glass windows that offer one of the most spectacular views of the city.
Chef Li Shu Tim’s lengthy menu features a fantastic Cantonese BBQ offering worth adventuring through. The most popular items are crispy suckling pig, roast goose and honey roasted BBQ pork—so be certain to order the trilogy. Best devoured with a hot pot of jasmine tea, bowl of steaming rice and hoisin for dipping.
Duddell’s Club is Hong Kong’s favourite art-infused boutique food and beverage playground. The restaurant offers a stylish two-floored interior and spacious garden terrace—an oasis in the heart of Central.
Highlights of Chef Siu Hin Chi’s menu include decadent dumplings topped with black truffle, melt-in-your-mouth beef with wasabi soy sauce, fried rice with bbq’d honey pork, classic fried noodles with bok choy and spicy Singapore rice noodles.
Hong Kong’s Island Shangri-La Hotel offers visitors a slice of razzle-dazzle as soon as they enter the lobby, which features a dizzying collection of ornate chandeliers that hang in clusters like ripe summer fruit. The spacious open-air lobby lounge features a 130-year-old Banyan tree, which cost HKD 24 million to conserve. In the atrium, the arresting Great Motherland of China, the largest Chinese landscape silk painting in the world, is grand and inspiring.
Decadence is defined at the hotel’s signature 2 Michelin Star Summer Palace, where Chef Ip Chi Cheung presents the best of Cantonese cuisine with award-winning culinary flair. Highlights include peking duck carved tableside and baked fried rice with hairy crab roe and fresh mushroom.
First-time visitors to Hong Kong are encouraged to sign up for a Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tour. This afternoon guided tour through the Central and Sheung Wan neighbourhoods offers culinary tourists a quick tasting of some of the city’s most famous street foods and local delicacies.
Sample a plethora of local Hong Kong treats on foot. Our tour included wonton noodles, barbecued pork rice, sugar cane juice, Chinese tea, dim sum and sweet egg tart.
The Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival takes place each year in the late fall with much fanfare. Tickets sell out and throngs of locals wait in massive lines eager to sample their way through the festival’s pavilions. In 2013, the event was hosted at the New Central Harbourfront, offering guests stunning views of the city’s iconic skyscrapers glowing neon across the night sky.
Upon arrival, guests are given a wine glass and can then scatter across the festival grounds to find their favourite bottles. The wine offering this year was largely focused on bottles from France, most notably Bordeaux (a co-sponsor of the event). Food offerings featured local Cantonese specialties as well as imported luxurious such as truffle, foie gras, parmesan and jamón serrano.