Where to ... dine like a tycoon

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 September, 2003, 12:00am

Joseph Lau, of Chinese Estates Holdings, is known for his love of fine food. He says Hong Kong is no longer a food paradise because, 'It seems chefs don't know how to cook without using MSG.' He often goes to China and Europe just to dine. The following restaurants win his approval.

Gaddi's, 1/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, tel: 2315 3171. 'Gaddi's is now the best French restaurant in Hong Kong after they closed down Pierrot [in the Mandarin], which was my number one choice. My favourites are pan-fried goose liver, raw foie gras and Black Angus prime rib. The livers are traditional French, while the ribs are cooked more in a English style.'

Toscana, 1/F, The Ritz-Carlton, 3 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2532 2062. 'If Gaddi's gets 100 marks, then Toscana scores 60. The tagliolini with tomato and basil is quite good. It is still my first choice for Italian cuisine in Hong Kong.'

Lai Kar Heen, B2, The Ritz-Carlton, tel: 2532 2922. 'I particularly like the barbecued pork and roasted goose there. And, best of all, you can ask them not to use MSG.'

Fook Lam Moon, 35 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 0663. 'I go to the Fook Lam Moon so often that anyone looking for me knows they can always find me there. I like the dim-sum and fried chicken best. The dishes are of very high quality.'

International Curry House, 26-30, Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, tel: 2529 0088 (pictured). 'The price is reason-able and the curries and naan breads are as delicious as the ones served in the best restaurants in London.'