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The Best Restaurants in Hong Kong

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to dine in Hong Kong, both International gourmet and traditional cuisine.

Our Team to Hong Kong are two professional travelers living in Thailand.

Welcome to Hong Kong, a sensory feast. You may sway along on a historic double-decker tram, cheering with the hordes at the city-centre horse races, or simply gazing out at the glorious harbour.

Hong Kong is one of the world's top culinary capitals, the city that worships the God of Cookery has many a demon in the kitchen, whether the deliciousness in the pot is Cantonese, Sichuanese, Japanese or French.

Hong Kong is shopping - variety of products in Hong Kong’s shops is dizzying. Every budget, need and whim is catered for in 'can do' spirit by a similarly impressive assortment of venues – glitzy malls where the moneyed shop, chic side-street boutiques and vintage dens where fashionistas find their gems, nerdy gadget bazaars, and a mix of markets where you can haggle to your heart’s content.

Admiralty, Central and SoHo - where the rich, the famous and the star-struck flash their plastic, a stunning competition of glittering skyscrapers, the city’s financial district and a major concentration of luxury goods and high-fashion.

Causeway Bay is a true microcosm of Hong Kong’s shopping scene, with both up-market fashion, mid-price and luxury goods and more affordable youth fashion boutiques.

Kowloon East and Kowloon West - a more residential world where Hong Kong’s residents are just as obsessed with purchasing as the city’s visitors - an interesting variety of shopping malls that carry both international and local brands and foods, as well as state-of the-art entertainment facilities.

Nightshoppers have their own mall, "apm" - its doors are kept open into the wee hours. This after-dark shopping hub houses 170 retail outlets which close at midnight, while restaurants stay open until 2am and entertainment spots carry on until dawn.

The city has no sales tax, so prices are generally very attractive. Do your shopping, have a wonderful meal at one of the gourmet restaurants or just relax at a wonderful hotel, sipping a glass of champagne as night fall on over Victoria Harbour.

Currency is Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).

The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Restaurants:

picture The sophisticated Rech by Alain Ducasse provides an authentically French seafood experience, showcasing the best seasonal fish, shellfish and oysters with the Chef’s personal interpretation and contemporary French cuisine.

The modern space with unobstructed harbour views complements the fresh fish on the menu.

A concise menu of seafood dishes makes it easy to order – classics like seafood platter, raw oysters, sole meunière and Baba au rhum are served alongside creative offerings such as marinated raw fish and shrimps with nuts, herbs and seaweed. There are also two obligatory meat courses – Pigeon breast with turnip and baby beetroot and Beef Chateaubriand in brioche. All preparations are carefully considered and unfussy.

An extensive wine programme is curated by two sommeliers - they always find a delicious wine to pair.

Service is polished yet personal – this is really fine dining – excellent cooking.

18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon
Picture Strategically located in the heart of Central in the elegant Alexandra House, the new restaurant of the Italian maestro Umberto Bombana has already become one of the hottest high-end fine dining spots in town. Located in the second floor of Landmark Alexandra, the restaurant is overlooking the famous bustling street view of Chater Road.

Chef Bombana delights his guests delivering only the best Italian cuisine using the freshest ingredients – he himself has taken care of every detail from kitchen to interior design to ambience and menus – the modern Italian food is decadent, including signature dishes of burrata cheese ravioli; marinated scampi with caviar and sea urchin; artisinal chitarra with red king prawn and datterino cherry tomatoes; and veal chop Milanese with Sicilian tomatoes – and the menu is littered with white truffle during the season.

The great attention to detail have capture the essence of true Italian dining, a warm Italian hospitality in a relaxed, yet elegant environment. Excellent cooking.

18 Chater Road, Central
Picture A small backstreet restaurant, a few blocks from the busiest parts of Central district – discreet and quiet, the two-storey restaurant has white tablecloths and artwork on the walls, and the food is the star.

Famous for the tasting menus – the organic food and the condiments are made in-house, and the menu changes with the seasons – buying from small suppliers and local fishermen for its ingredients – showing great respect for the provenance of the ingredients.

The most famous dishes are the steamed flower crab with aged Shaoxing, crispy chicken stuffed with shrimp paste and almond sweet soup, but excellent are also slow-cooked pork spare ribs and smoked baby pigeon.

The restaurant is divided into four different sections, the cooking is excellent and service is pleasant and reassuringly experienced

18 Kau U Fong, Central
Hotel picture NOBU at hotel InterContinental is one of the world’s most acclaimed Japanese restaurant.

NOBU is renowned for its innovative new-style Japanese cuisine. Drawing upon Nobu Matsuhisa’s classical training as a sushi chef in Tokyo, his life abroad in Peru and Argentina and his travels around the world, NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong showcases Nobu’s signature dishes, as well as new creations using local ingredients.

We tried the signature dish Black Cod Saikyo Yaki – the cod is buttery and flaky, and the natural sweetness and juices of the fish, combined with the slightly chargrilled and caramelised saikyo miso paste glaze, creates a must-try dish for all to savour – and the Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce - probably one of the most moreish things we ever have tried - bite-sized pieces of crunchy tempura-battered shrimp, coated with a mayonnaise, spicy and sweet sauce.

The portions are quite generous, a lot of delicious, lip-smacking food, excellent cooking.

18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon
Picture The Golden Leaf at the Conrad Hong Kong hotel - elegantly decorated with traditional Chinese-style carved teakwood and rosewood furniture, with antique art pieces, lanterns and silks combine to make this very smart dining room as elegant as it is intimate.

At the Golden Leaf restaurant, traditional Cantonese cuisine is infused with contemporary stylings to create exciting, innovative food in traditional Chinese surroundings.Choose from a wide range of à la carte dishes including fresh, steamed crab claw with Chinese rice wine and ginger or barbecued pork glazed with queen's honey, alongside seafood dishes like prawns in Chinese wine, and baked lobster with ginger.

Excellent wine-list, day-fresh ingredients, excellent prepared, a very good meal.

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Hotel picture Nicholini’s, the Conrad Hong Kong hotel's signature restaurant, one of the best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong - also does a famed Sunday brunch - elegant and smart, but casual.

Nicholini's specializes in Northern Italian cuisine and delicious homemade pastas. The restaurant is renowned for its beef carpaccio, arugula, aged parmigiano reggiano and angel hair pasta with Maine lobster and fresh tomatoes. Savor a dish of grilled langoustine, crunchy bread and tomato crust with spring onions and eggplant.

As you dine, you can admire the spectacular view from the eighth-floor location.

We tried the 6-course menu - this is truely Italian Cuisine, excellent cooking.

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway

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