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Aug 24, 2009 07:42 PM

Hong Kong: Most recommended top end restaurant


My SO and I are heading over to China in the middle of September. One of our stops is Hong Kong and we decided to splurge for one night and treat ourselves to something incredibly decedent. We were considering Bo Innovations, but I really wanted to hear if you guys/girls had better recommendations.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. This is one tough and challenging assignment!!

    Since HK is a city full of Michelin star establishments, it would be helpful if you would tell us what type of cuisine you are looking for to SLURGE? Traditional Chinese, Modern Chinese or Western?. If traditional Chinese, which regional cuisine are you seeking? Cantonese, Chui Chow, Pekingnese, Shanghainese, Szechuen....etc.

    Bo Innovation, IMO is pseudo-modern Chinese fusion employing a lot of molecular gastronomic technique in their dishes. Fellow Chowhounder Fourseasons just ate there a few days ago and loved it! I, on the other hand ate there a couple of years back and found the experience only so-so. May be I was being a little bit overly critical since I was trying to compare Bo with the likes of other great ' fusion-molecular' establishments like Alinea, WD-50, Fat Duck or the 'modern' part of Per Se cuisine ( not to mention El Buli ). Furthermore, my palette for Chinese food tends to favour wok-hay and more intensely flavoured dishes. So, Bo's dishes to me were a bit too 'tame'?! For first timer, however, the overall experience could be very interesting and enjoyable. Do prepare for dishes employing ingredients like thousand year egg, Chinese preserved sausages etc though!.

    Finally, I suggest you tread with caution when you request for something ' incredibly decedent ' in Hong Kong. This could be land mine galore!! For example, a single slice of Frisbee size giant conch poached briefly in 'Sheung Tong' broth from one of HK's top ChuiChow restaurant can run you HK$1,200 ( US$ 150 ). Further up the scale, a single 4 head Japanese dried Abalone from either Michelin star restaurants, Fu Lam or Fook Lam Moon can cost you a whopping HK$20,000+ ( US$ 2,500+ ). Add a bowl of 3 oz tiger or great white sharks fin, some blood bird's nest, a steamed wild caught 'rodent' garoupa and the sky's the limit!! This extravagance can also apply to western cuisine as well. One of the most talked about Italian restaurant - Da Domenico serves up some great tasting Italian and pasta dishes. However, a simple plate of Spaghetti a la Vongole can set you back HK$500 ( US$70 ). Imagine what an all white Alba truffle dinner would cost?!! For French, a multi-course tasting menu dinner with wine pairing ( Chateau Margaux and D'yquem used! ) at the prestigious Gaddi's restaurant inside the world famous Peninsula Hotel will cost you around HK$16,000 per person! ( US$2000 ). However, one will be able to taste Pressed duck a la La Tour d'Argent, Bresse pigeons, Pyrenees elk, Strasborg Foie Gras as well as ample truffles, all flown in from France!

    For me, I would pick traditional Chinese and either choose Tim's Kitchen or Yung Kee 4th floor ( both Michelin 1* ) for my one night bash! The crab claw from Tim's kitchen was incredible! However, other frequently mentioned eateries like Fu Sing, Lei Garden.....etc can all produce spectacular dishes!

    Good luck! and Enjoy!!

    8 Replies
    1. re: Charles Yu

      Charles i love your picks!
      We are going to be in HK for 3 nights.Staying in Kowloon.
      Booked Bo innovations (chefs table),Yung Kee 4th(not sure what price range,or dishes to order, not crazy prices,can you help?)
      Open for dinner 1st night.What do you suggest? Maybe private kitchen?
      Also your favorite Dim Sum or casual lunch spots.
      Jerry L

      1. re: Jerry L

        Fellow chowhounder Fourseasons might be in a better position to make recommendations on Private kitchens since I know he has been to quite a few.

        For Dim Sum. There are three choices. For 'full blown' , I would try the Michelin 3* Lung King Heen in the Fourseasons. Otherwise, I would head over to Wan Chai to try out Fu Sing. My favourite ( as well as others ). If you decide to stay in Kowloon then give Yang Toh Heen inside the Intercontinental a try. You won't go wrong with any of the three.

      2. re: Charles Yu

        Thank you for the great post Charles Yu, so much to choose from, and places I had never heard of before.

        I am hungry from just reading it! :)

        1. re: Charles Yu

          What would you recommend at Yung Kee? I know they're famous for their roast goose. Is the 24-hour advance 2 preparations of goose worth it? I'm assuming that the sets are more for tourists and should be avoided.

          1. re: ulterior epicure

            Best 'Thousand year eggs' in HK! A must try!

              1. re: ulterior epicure

                Those thousand-year eggs alone are worth the visit to Yung Kee. The goose has sometimes been a bit tough, but always moist and tasty. Personally, I prefer the roasted (fried, I think) pigeon. And those wondrous eggs.. . .

                1. re: pilinut

                  The one complain I have regarding Yung Kee is that, wondrously amazing food can be had for regulars. However, its kind of hit and miss for walk ins or tourists! Every unforgettable meals I had there were either on the fourth or top floor. Meals on other floors were nothing to shout about! Interesting???!!!

        2. If money is no object, try the Krug Room at the Mandarin Oriental (seats up to 10, minimum charge regardless of guests is HK$20,000). For a party of two though, this may be odd.

          If it's non-Chinese you are looking for, head to Gaddi's or Petrus for French fare and Nicholini's for Italian.

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            1. re: chinmoy.lad

              For non-Chinese food, the 2* Caprice inside the Fourseasons Hotel might be a more interesting destination than the above. Not only the view is spectacular, the food is mighty fine too! If it is just 'food' you are looking for, then the other Michelin 2* - L'Atelier de Robuchon has more adventurous food. Ambience is pretty romantic but there's no view!

            2. My vote would be for Bo Innovation if you like fusion. You can't really get Chinese fusion anywhere else other than Bo. While I liked WD50, Alinea and other top notch fusion places, I think Bo has its own niche and I have always had OK to fantastic dishes there. If you want more traditional western food, I would suggest the chef's table at Gaddi's. There aren't a lot of places that you can get an intro on the kitchen and then eat in the kitchen. You can search the board for more info.

              1. Depends whether you want to sample local/Chinese or Western. My personal preference usually is to go for local cuisine when I travel. However, I always found Chinese food for two to be difficult, as you need to order enough dishes to really get a feel and two people can only stomach so much food...

                Therefore Bo Innovation and Tim's Kitchen become obvious choices. Bo is fairly unique so you should give it a try if you like fusion/molecular. Tim's Kitchen's dishes come in small/individual portions which enables you to have a little more variety. Dim sum is another way to enjoy Chinese for two, but you can only have dim sum for dinner at places like Dim Sum or Island Tang...

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                1. re: Peech

                  Thanks for all the good information above. My husband and I are journeying to China for the first time very soon and I would appreciate any info anyone cares to impart. Also, I would love to know about cooking classes, or hiring a food guide ( gourmand type) to help us make reservations and help infiltrate the "special menu" situations Peech has mentioned. My curiosity is high!

                  1. re: cibogirl

                    China's a big country, are you going to be in Hong Kong or the mainland? Though Hong Kong is no problem, I would say eating at the best Chinese restaurants on the mainland will require you to speak at least a little Chinese