Favourite restaurants of Hong Kong furniture designer William Chiang
Chiang is as interested in a restaurant’s chairs as he is in what’s on the table, which is why he rates Ammo, a converted bomb shelter in Admiralty, and Bibo. His tastes are simple, though, and he’d take guests to a cooked food market
I would say I am a simple food person. I enjoy places with an easy atmosphere and light dishes. I tend to like casual dining. There are lots of restaurants that I like.
Some of my favourites include Fishsteria (111 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2343 8111) for their seafood. Their cocktail bar is also very nice and the oysters are good. The Grill and Waterfall Bar (11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2584 7722) also has an excellent outdoor atmosphere that I like.
For Chinese, I like Chiuchow Garden Restaurant (3/F Infinitus Plaza, 199 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, tel: 2545 7778) for its dim sum dishes and Sang Kee Congee Shop (7-9 Burd Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2541 1099) for its beef noodle soup. These are just a couple of the names that came to my mind.
It’s tough to say where I would take a visitor in Hong Kong. That really depends on the visitor’s appetite. If they fancy trying a bit of local flair, the Queen Street Cooked Food Market (1/F, 38 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan) is an excellent place with a lot of choices among all the stalls.
The Maxim’s Palace (2/F, Low Block, City Hall, 5-7 Edinburgh Place, Central, tel: 2521 1303) is also a good entry point to local Cantonese food.
I would add the al fresco restaurants along the waterfront in Stanley offer a different view of Hong Kong. It’s an excellent location to enjoy a casual lunch on the weekend. I can’t remember the names of many places, but one of the restaurants I go to is Pizza Express (90 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, tel: 2813 7363).
For more classy and fine dining, my preference is Ammo (Lower Level, Asia Society Hong Kong, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, tel: 2537 9888). It’s an old bomb shelter that has been renovated as a restaurant, next to the Hong Kong Park, and it’s part of the Asia Society. The place is very quiet, cosy and romantic. And after dinner, you can walk out through the park. They also have great food, pasta and tapas. But the environment and decoration is very significant.
As a furniture designer, another restaurant that impresses me with their setting is Bibo (163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2956 3188). It’s an art-themed restaurant with lots of original and unique works. The food is good but the decoration is very special.