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Hong Kong dining recommendations

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Elsie Fung, art consultant

Fung, senior art consultant at Parkview Art Hong Kong, lists the local eateries close to her heart ... and stomach

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 April, 2016, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 April, 2016, 5:00pm

I eat most things but I can’t take spicy very well and I like my food served hot. I am picky when it comes to the quality of the ingredients but I don’t care whether restaurants are Michelin rated or not.

I am a big fan of Shanghainese. I normally go to Ning Po restaurant (401-405 Yip Fung Building, 2-18 D’Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2523 0648) but you need to be a member to dine there.

I also like Japanese and Middle Eastern cuisine as it’s quite light. I go to Olive (32 Elgin Street, Central, tel: 2521 1608) for Middle Eastern. It’s close to the gallery. The fried calamari is very fresh and the Moroccan seven vegetable tagine with couscous is excellent. Ending the meal with a good pot of fresh peppermint tea or Arabic coffee and baklava is perfect.

I have recently started going to The Globe (Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central, tel: 2543 1941) as I miss my British food. The fish pie is lovely and their sticky toffee pudding is a great comfort food, too. I feel like I am in Britain when I am there.

I also dim sum with my family. I would take guests to Regal Palace Restaurant (3/F Regal Hongkong Hotel, 88 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2837 1773). They serve authentic dim sum, with lots of variety. I particularly like the plain cheung fun (rice roll) with soy sauce and the Cantonese sponge cake and hot almond dessert. For dinner, the tea-smoked chicken is excellent.

I would also take guests to Tim’s Kitchen (84-90 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, tel: 2543 5919) for dinner. The service is great.

I love Mak’s Noodle (77 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2854 3810) for lunch. It’s close to where I work, with top-quality wonton noodles and the portion is just right for me.

For a weekend snack I go to Fleur de Sel (shop 2J, Po Foo Building, 1 Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2805 6678). They have authentic crêpes and I usually order one with something simple, like butter and sugar and have it with a cup of hot chocolate. Otherwise, I try to be healthy and avoid late-night munchies.

I am not sure if it is a hidden secret but I love Panino Giusto (shop 3077, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, tel: 2564 7000). It’s away from the hustle and bustle in the main area of the shopping mall. The panini and salads are great. My favourite is tartufo panini, and I finish the meal with affogato. That’s my guilty pleasure.

To splurge, I would highly recommend M Cuisine (flat B, 17/F Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, tel: 2558 8664) for a lovely Mediterranean or Middle Eastern fine dining experience. It’s a hidden gem – a private kitchen, cosy, and the produce is always fresh. One of my favourites is blue lobster speciality seafood paella. I also love the chestnut chocolate ganache layer cake and red wine pear.

As told to Andrew Sun