FOOD & WINE

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of financier Sameer Chishty

Veteran of New York, London and Singapore revels in the variety of fare city has to offer

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 July, 2015, 8:22pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 September, 2015, 11:07am

When I first moved to Hong Kong after stints in New York, London and Singapore, I marvelled at our city's dining culture. In my job I travel a lot, so I am fortunate to now live in an amazingly international city where dining experiences from around the world can be recreated.

For example, I get Spanish suckling pig and sangria at Boqueria (7/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2321 8681); indulgent New York Italian at Carbone (9/F LKF Tower, tel: 2593 2593) with their vodka pasta and meatballs; Vietnamese street food at Chom Chom (58 Peel Street, Central, tel: 2810 0850); a kimchi-laden dinner out in Seoul at Jang (18/F The L Place, 139 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2412 0002); or Tokyo's noodley best at Gogyo (shop 3020, Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, tel: 2385 1366).

For visitors, a welcoming introduction to Hong Kong, in terms of food, energy, art and pork belly, is either the China Club (12/F Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, tel: 2521 8888) or Island Tang (shop 222, 2/F The Galleria, 9 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2526 8798).

Another option is Dragon-i (Podium, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 3110 1222) where the Chinese food is surprisingly good, and you get to linger later over drinks and dancing. For immersion into the glam life there's brilliant European and Cantonese food at Kee Club (6/F Yung Kee Building, 32 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2810 9000).

For weekend snacks I revert to pizza. It's hard to beat Motorino (14 Shelley Street, Central, tel: 2801 6881), Linguini Fini (49 Elgin Street, Central, tel: 2387 6338), or Isola ( shop 3071-3075 & 4011, 3/F IFC Mall, tel: 2383 8765). It's also hard to resist Vietnamese at Noodlemi (2 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, tel: 2253 1113), which delivers.

Despite the price, you have to admit the food at Man Wah (25/F Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2825 4003) is innovatively thrilling.

While there are several quality Pakistani and Indian restaurants in Hong Kong, the best is offered at my sister-in-law's but it's only for family.

Others should try the chicken tikka makhani with naan at The Chinnery (1/F Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, tel: 2825 4009).

Also ask for a Bullshot — vodka, beef bouillon, spices — believe me, it will change your life.

Outside Hong Kong — and this may be heresy for some — the best Chinese food in the world is found in Taipei.

Furthermore, I think the most inventive kitchens in the world are no longer in Meccas such as New York or London but in Singapore and Shanghai.

In the Lion City, check out Song of India (33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226, tel: +65 6836 0055).

In Shanghai, try South Beauty (881 Middle Yan'an Road, Jing'an District, tel: +86 21 6247 6682). As told to Andrew Sun