Hong Kong is a food lover’s heaven. From world-class chefs to some of the best street food on the planet, Hong Kong will satisfy hungry bellies on any budget.
Foodies can get their fix of Michelin Star Cantonese nosh at high-end restaurants such as Tin Lung Heen at The Ritz, who serve up authentic food in sumptuous surroundings.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, don’t worry you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are oodles of mid-range and budget-friendly eateries to choose from.
As a mid-range option I would definitely recommend The Market especially if you’re a seafood fan, which is located in Hotel Icon. It’s a buffet … I know, I know what you’re thinking but hear me out here. This isn’t an ordinary buffet. You can pile your plates high with fresh seafood, salad and desserts. There are loads of Asian and Western options to choose from. When we visited there was mountains of delicious snow crab, caviar, steak and a sushi station serving fresh sashimi made to order. I loved the tea smoked eggs with black truffle and the cooked to perfection lamb shank.
It’s not cheap, but the secret is to go late on a Friday evening when they are doing a late-night (after 10:30pm!) special offer called the ‘Night Market’, we paid $398 HKD which is about £38 each. For the quality of the food and the fact you can have as much as you want (we truly stuffed ourselves) it’s not a bad price. We didn’t even mind eating so late as we were jet lagged anyway. A word of warning, be careful with the desserts, there’s a LOT of duiran options, including ice cream! Durian, an eggy/creamy/sickish/onionesque substance is the devil disguised as fruit, in my opinion. The best dessert was the matcha tea panna cotta, OMG so good.
If you want to cling on to those coins but don’t want to compromise on flavour, get yourself over to One Dim Sum in Mongkok. There were people literally queuing down the street, and having their orders taken on the street, so you can see how popular it is. Plus, it’s SO cheap. The dishes are about $15 – $20 HKD each (£1.50 – £2) and the portions aren’t small (4x small Dim Sum or 2x Large buns in each dish) Going for Dim Sum is an absolute must in Hong Kong, and One Dim Sum is one of the best places to get it.