Architect Frank Leung's favourite restaurants in Hong Kong
Leung is spoilt for choice when it comes to Chinese and Asian cuisine in Sheung Wan where he lives, loves Epure for its design, and enjoys going to restaurants where knows the chef and staff well
I enjoy having the right meal at the right time and the right place. For example, I'm thoroughly satisfied with beef brisket noodle or laksa for a quick lunch, as much as I enjoy a treat at The Peninsula on special occasions, and treasure my mum's cooking at home on weekends.
Near my Sheung Wan studio there is so much variety. For noodles, I like Hon Kee Noodles (6 Hillier Street, tel: 2543 9282) and Katong Laksa Prawn Mee (8 Ma Sha Street, tel: 2543 4008). I love how authentic everything is at one of the best congee joints, Sang Kee (7-9 Burd Street, tel: 2541 1099); hip modern Thai at Chachawan (206 Hollywood Road, tel: 2549 0020); nostalgic dim sum at Lin Heung Teahouse (160-164 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2544 4556); and the ultra-artsy French of Bibo (163 Hollywood Road, tel: 2956 3188).
During the week, our cross-cultural picks [in Sheung Wan] include Trattoria Queen Hollywood (258 Hollywood Road, tel: 2559 6077) for Japanese-style pasta and amazing green tea tiramisu; Americanos (2 Lok Ku Road, tel: 5976 4730) for kimchi burritos; and our favourite, Brew Bros Coffee (33 Hillier Street, tel: 2572 0238), where barista Hikaru-san brings Melbourne coffee culture to life.
I also enjoy restaurants where I know the chef and staff well, and they always bring us pleasant surprises and their best secret dishes. Da Domenico (25 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 8013) and T'ang Court (1/F The Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2132 7898) fit that category.
For visitors, I like to offer them a few extremes. I have a penchant for local cha chaan teng, especially ones with a bit of history. I enjoy Hoi On Cafe (17 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2540 6340), which was once on the shoreline.
For architects and designer friends, a recent design-centric culinary experience is Epure (shop 403, 4/F Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3185 8338), which, besides having a fantastic menu, is designed by award-winning architects Yabu Pushelberg.
I had the privilege to work with David Collins Studio and famed chef Rowley Leigh on The Continental (unit 406, L4, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2704 5211). The restaurant sits within a stunning standalone pavilion designed by Thomas Heatherwick. And it feels like another home to me any time of the day, any day of the year.
Food hunting is a big element when we travel. During a recent London trip, we came across our new love, The Clove Club (Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, tel: +44 20 7729 6496). Every dish was divine, but my favourite was a duck consommé with 100-year-old sherry — superb.
As told to Andrew Sun