Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Amrita Khanna, interior designer and mother-of-three
From the health food dishes at Home Eat To Live to spicy Sichuan at Hutong to authentic Middle Eastern and Indian food, Khanna knows where to go for her favourite Hong Kong meals
I always enjoy new, trendy restaurants but I definitely have comfort foodie joints that I revisit frequently. With my husband and three boys, our family enjoys eating clean and healthy food, so Japanese ranks very high on our list.
Weekend lunches with the boys will usually be at Sushi Kuu (1/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2971 0180). We love the casual setting. They almost always have tables for walk-ins, and they don’t mind noisy boys. We love their wagyu beef set meals, spicy tuna rolls, and the sushi platters. Kyoto Joe (2/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, tel: 2804 6800) is another popular hit, as they have a lot of vegetarian choices too. We love the mala rolls, Mexican rolls, cold spinach and spicy tuna rolls.
We also enjoy getting a snacky bite at Home Eat To Live (shop G01-101, Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2777 4777). Their set meals that come with fresh coconut water are delicious. Mana! (92 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2851 1611) and their “fast slow food” is nice too.
For out-of-town guests, Sevva (25/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, tel: 2537 1388) has great views and such a wide-ranging menu that can satisfy even the most discerning tastes. Hutong (28/F One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3428 8342) is one on my top favourites for Sichuan food. I love the mandarin fish, spotted grouper, mapo tofu and lotus root. China Club (13 & 14/F, Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, tel: 2521 8888) is an experience in itself, representing old Hong Kong with delicious food.
Since I grew up in Kuwait, my Middle Eastern food cravings are completely looked after at Zahrabel (25/F, 235-239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 5503 9181). Their set meals leave you absolutely satisfied. Sumac (8 Glenealy, Central, tel: 2147 9191) is also a good option.
For a romantic evening, Amigo (Amigo Mansion, 79A Wong Nai Chong Road, Happy Valley, tel: 2577 2202) is beautifully old school. There are watercolours on the walls, antique sideboards holding Christofle silver and trolleys for carving or making crepes suzettes at the table. Musicians even visit every table and play requests. But Cipriani (12/F, Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, tel: 2501 0222) is our go to place when my husband and I want to have a quiet catch-up on the week, have some great wine and the best baked tagliolini with ham.
When the Desi (Indian) within me screams for some delicious Bombay street food, Bombay Dreams (4/F Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2971 0001) and Bindaas (LG/F, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, tel: 2447 9998) hit the spot with their chaats and sev puris. For a full Indian lunch, the Conrad curry buffet in the Lobby Lounge (Conrad Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2822 8891) is an all-time favourite. The dosa station is as authentic as it gets.