Hong Kong Help...
Will be going to Hong Kong for 4 nights in early December and looking for suggestions for the following:
1. Great authentic and fresh Dim Sum, upmarket is also good. Preferably in Central area or nearby.
2. Best Italian restaurant in HK
3. Best steak house restaurant in HK.
4. Great restaurant in Causeway Bay for authentic Cantonese food preferred by locals, non touristic, but with table linen etc.
5. Best Private Kitchen restaurant for Chinese food
6. Best, cannot miss, 2 or 3 restaurants in Lang Kwai Fong area, any cuisine type
7. Best restaurant with a view as well as excellent cuisine
8. Best bar with views
Its a lot to ask...
Those that I can reply with confidence:
1. Dim Sum offered at Cantonese restaurants by high end hotels like Four Seasons, Conrad, Grand Hyatt are all very good. Lei Garden at IFC is very good too.
2. Best italian- Da Domenico.
3. Best steak - Mortons, Ruth's Chris.
4. Great restaurant at Causeway Bay- my favorite in that area is actually Chiu Chow food known as Pak Loh, but if you insist on Cantonese, my next favorite in that area is Chung's Cuisine at Times Square.
5. Best Private kitchen- Da Ping Huo. Very spicy Sichuan cuisine.
6.7.8. Not able to recommend, not a big fan of LKF, restaurants or bars with good view.
I think Private Kitchen started out as unlicensed restaurant business in private residence area. There is no ala carte menu, the chef dishes out a tasting menu. In Da Ping Huo, there are 2 rounds of dining hours (i believe 7pm and 9pm) and most of the time, requires reservation and punctual arrival. Price is very reasonable, my last visit was HK$250 per head with I think 8-9 dishes.
FourSeasons did a wonderful job in making recommendations to 1-5, may be I can add my two cents worth to 7 and 8
7. Here you can have a few choices, The 'Peak top' restaurant has definitely a view to die for, A bit touristy though. The food has improved significantly over the past few years. Now, I would say its good but not great. The tram ride to the peak top should be pretty appealing. If money is no object, Michelin 3 stars chef Pierre Gagnaires' offshoot-'Pierre' on top of the Mandarin Oriental has both view and food to match. Order a la carte since I wasn't too impressed with the tasting menu. Window seat at Grand Hyatt's Grisini has a lovely view as well, The Italian food is a bit inconsistent though. One time it was fantastic, another time so-so!. If you like Chinese, there's Ho-tung on 1 peking Road. View is great and the northern style Chinese food is yummy though a bit expensive by Chinese food standard ( may be premium for the locale and view?)
8. Couple of bars with great view. One is the Pink Giraffe in the Sheraton, the other, Aqua, top floor of 1 Peking road. The Italian/Japanese food in the adjacent restaurant is pretty good too. Where else can one sample quality Japanese sushi and yakitoris with fine Italian pasta and veal in the same meal?!!
BTW, where are you staying? Usually the Concierge of fine hotels can provide tons of additional valuable information.
Based on your itinerary, you should have a great time! Have fun!!!!!!!!
Oh, Aqua Roma is authentic Italian, so pasta dishes are cooked Italian style, al dante and finish off with a touch of extra virgin olive oil...etc Its just that when one sits down, the wait staff handed you two sets of menu, one Italian, one Japanese to allow one to mix and match. Kind of interesting concept. Going back to the pasta. The last meal I had at Aqua, I ordered a linguine wiith ' South China sea' seafood in a light marinara basil sauce. Not too bad! Started the meal off with some yakitoris and some foie gras and wagyu beef sushi!!
re: Charles Yu
A big thank you for all of the advice. Especially Four Seasons and Charles. Incidentally, will be staying at Jia Boutique hotel which looks as if it has a promising restaurant. If there are any further restaurant suggestions for the immediate area around the hotel, this would be great also.
Your hotel is situated in Causeway Bay. Tons of great restaurant there. If you have time, head over to Times Square. On the right hand side of the big TV screen is a huge flight of stairs and escalator. Head up there and you'll find the entrance to a 11 floor 'food' complex. Worth time to explore floor by floor. My favourite is the 'prix fix' Dim Sum menu at Shark's fin city. Bowl of rich sharks fin with dim sum and choice of entrees. Great value! City super at the basement of Timse Square is another great place to visit for foodies. Check out the beef, seafood and deli section. Apart from Europe or may be Tokyo, havn't seen a deli that offers 4 different brands of Spanish Serano'Iberico style ham and at least that much in Italian Parma hams! Enjoy your stay! Once you settled down and know your way, you don't want to leave. BTW, heard good things about the restaurant inside the JIA hotel. Kitchen run by an Aussie chef
re: Charles Yu
The Aqua group - Hu Tong, Aqua Tokyo/Roma etc. have decent food, but consistently appalling service, at least each time I'm there. I actually really liked the food at their northern Chinese restaurant called Yun Fu, which is close enough to LKF (hardly any real food can be found there), on Wyndham St, but as mentioned, service is unbelievably bad!!
I absolutely second the suggestion for Aqua as a bar with great views - altho HK island is the place to be, the best views are to be had from Kowloon side, looking back on the island.
you might want to try Angelini at the Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel. I went there last month and a lovely meal. it has harbour view of Hong Kong island
I think many of the places this guy has mentioned is worth checking out assuming you're ok with gai fong or local hangouts that might not be glamorous (though he did review some very high end places too).
He basically planned most of the eating trips for Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations: Hong Kong episode.
To answer 6, 7, and 8, I loved Indochine 1929 in Lan Kwai Fong, some of the best Vietnamese food I've had outside of Vietnam; Lung King Heen has both tremendous food and tremendous views; and I will reluctantly answer Felix for 8, but go to the Long Table bar, as the American bar has a fantastic view of the harbor but the atmosphere inside is hardly inspiring.
As a slightly non-sequitur aside in response to other posts, I would say please don't eat shark's fin. It has become a completely unethical and immoral trade, and the Chinese are responsible for pushing these magnificent creatures further towards extinction.
1) we had some real tasty dim sum (with table cloths I believe) in the Enterprise Center building, 2nd floor, across the street from the water on the Kowloon side. Sorry, I did not catch the name.
1) Not real fancy, but real good, Goldsa Seafood Rest. If you start from the RoseDale hotel, you go out to the mainstreet (Causeway Bay Rd?), make a left, then another left on the next street and it's just about 5 or 6 doors down. You gotta be able to read the menu or speak Cantonese or Mandarin if you expect to get what you want (or you can point I guess).
4) There is a seafood place across from the L Hotel in Causeway Bay. The consierge in L Hotel pointed me to it. A bit pricy, but real great fish and shrimp.
Thank you for all your contributions. Did not quite manage to go everywhere, but some highlights were as follows:
Lung King Heen - outstanding. Fresh, fresh, fresh, well prepared and expertly executed Chinese cuisine. Exceptional quality. Highly recommended. Fantastic dim sum and roast chicken to dream about.
A great dim sum lunch at Luk Yu teahouse which was very atmospheric. Good, fresh, food and hardly a tourist in sight which was a bonus...
Spoon - Sunday brunch, great selection of smaller 'spoon' type portions, great wines and champagne, and you even get to go in the kitchen pastry section to choose your desserts. A wonderful, lazy, somewhat wine filled lunch (great French Chardonnay and Shiraz, carefully selected producers were apparent by the taste/quality), again highly recommended.
Opia at Jia Boutique Hotel. Wonderful modern cuisine, again expertly cooked and top quality and good pairing of ingredients, though tending towards v. modern. Banana rice accompanied a wonderful red pork hock with melt in the mouth crispy skin (if that makes sense), but a pleasing combination. A little expensive but worth the splurge.
Some other meals included wonderful thick noodles in a seafood broth with crabmeat in Causeway Bay, cannot recall the name, but excellent. A chicken shawarma beckoned at a tiny street place serving arabic kebabs near the mid level escalators. Also, had remarkable aged Australian rib eye at The Steakhouse at the Intercontinental on Kowloon side, with great accompaniments and v. efficient, friendly service. Highly recommended.
Cannot wait to get back again... Will keep other suggestions for future visits also...