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Hong Kong dining recommendations

Favourite restaurants of Bethan Clark, founder and director of Katterwall

Dim sum, oysters, curry and a blowout in Bordeaux, Clark has eclectic tastes

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 December, 2015, 3:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 December, 2015, 3:00pm

To be honest, I have fairly basic tastes with a considerable leaning to carbohydrates. One of my favourite places to eat in Hong Kong is the Michelin-star dumpling heaven-on-earth Din Tai Fung. The one in Tsim Sha Tsui (shop 306, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, tel: 2730 6928) is perfect for post-Cultural Centre eating and the one in Causeway Bay (68 Yee Wo Street, tel: 3160 8998) is great for recovering after an IKEA expedition or a trip to Central Library. Pretty much everything is delicious, including the greens, and I would never usually say that.

Places come and go with incredible speed near my office in Queen’s Road Central. Currently I am enjoying the light masala poppadoms and creamy dal makhani at Namaste Kitchen (38 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, tel: 2795 7555), a small outfit with very fresh curry and bread.

When I’m not eating carbs, I love oysters and had a particularly great session at ANA Oyster & Grill (4/F, Kyoto Place, 491-499 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2573 3344) after the birth of my daughter.

Having spent the best part of year not eating them, I made up for it with two platters of oysters from around the world, which they arrange in flavour order. Sublime and mind-meltingly expensive.

The most memorable meal of my life was this summer, when my husband and I went to Bordeaux. We had lunch at Chateau Troplong Mondot in Saint-Emilion at their restaurant Les Belles Perdrix (Château Troplong-Mondot, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France, tel: +33 5 57 55 32 05). Everything was perfect – the food, the drink, the service, the situation. If you ever want to impress a date, and happen to be in the area, I’d highly recommend it. Incidentally, on the same trip I also had my least favourite food moment, when I ordered andouillette (intestine sausage). If you’re not sure what that is (and I was clueless) look it up … I managed half before the smell became too much.

And finally, my favourite meal of all, my last supper, my dream dinner would, without hesitation be a Domino’s (various locations) Pepperoni Passion. Words can’t describe how happy they make me and always have done. Just don’t ask to me share.

As told to Kylie Knott