Hong Kong has sixty four Michelin starred restaurants. This makes the city of one of the most sophisticated, in terms of dining, in the world. When you consider that there are only two hundred and sixty four Michelin starred restaurants all over the world, Hong Kong’s tally is quite impressive. Whether you want to impress your date, celebrate a special occasion or shake hands on a deal, here is our guide to the most exclusive restaurants in Hong Kong.
Many food aficionados are familiar with the molecular gastronomy that had swept Europe by storm. However, faced with more traditional cooking methods in the East, the head chef at Bo decided to inject something a little more ‘extreme’ into his cooking style. Self-styled as ‘X-treme Chinese cuisine’, Alvin Leung has devised a technique all his own. Hong Kong is synonymous with char siu bao, and at Bo, you can try this dish in molecular style. Whilst this may be the stand-out dish for many, you can also try dim sum x-treme or century egg with magnolia ham. There is a set lunch menu, a tasting menu and two night time dining options, the Red or Blue menu. Prices begin in the low thousands (HK$) and advance booking is essential. Located in Wan Chai, Bo has put traditional with a modern twist at the forefront of experimental dining in Hong Kong.
Located in the Four Seasons hotel, Lung Hing Keen is the only Cantonese restaurant in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars. The restaurant specializes in seafood and dim sum, and their ingredients are top notch. Many customers argue that the barbecue pork steamed roll is to die for, despite it being the most expensive roll in Hong Kong. One of the menus is dedicated to dim sum, but there is also a tasting menu. The standout dishes are braised abalone, wagyu beef with black truffle and to finish, pear stuffed with jasmine tea ice cream. There is also a children’s menu, which features traditional Cantonese dishes. The weekday set lunch menu is considerably cheaper than the weekend menu, and it features a fine selection of delicious dim sum. Prices start at 690HKD for the executive lunch and rise to 2,730HKD for the chef’s tasting menu (with wine included).To enjoy a taste of Canton, Lung Hing Keen is perfect for the traditionalists amongst us.
Sushi Shikon has firmly staked its place in culinary history for not only it’s fine Japanese dining, but the manner in which they prepare sashimi and sushi. The restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars since its inception, and it’s preparation of Japanese dishes is second to none. The restaurant is extremely intimate, with space for eight people in the main dining room and six more in the VIP room. The restaurant also boasts a refined sake menu, with suggestions made according to your menu choice. The dinnertime sushi menu features six appetizers, ten sushi pieces and dessert, with the fish freshly imported every day from the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The set lunch menu is slightly more affordable, at 1,800HKD, which includes soup, nigiri sushi, an appetizer and dessert. To reserve a lunch menu, the minimum book is for four guests and is only served between 12.00 and 2.00 PM. For dinner, you can expect to spend around 3,500 HKD. Booking is essential, due to the size and demand of the restaurant, but despite the difficulties to find a table, the sushi is the best in Asia (outside of Tokyo, of course).
Amber also possesses more than just one Michelin star (two, in fact) and calls the Mandarin Oriental it’s home. Amber has gained a reputation for offering the best vegetarian cuisine in the city, but it’s a la carte and tasting menu offer caviar, langoustines, blue lobster and wagyu beef. The Classics menu features dishes such as foie gras, abalone and sea urchin. The quality of the meat served here is spectacular and the restaurant prides itself on its ability to use seasonal produce. Amber’s wine menu is also among the best in the city and the waiters can provide expert advice on what to best pair with your meal. Prices start at 2,748HKD for the five course classics menu and 2,698HKD for the ten course tasting menu. Wine pairings can be added for an extra 1,450HKD per person. Blending world cuisine with the finest of ingredients, Amber dazzles it’s customers not only with its food but the enormous chandelier that greets diners as they enter.