General manager of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel
I like all food, but I'm not sure that's a good thing because I'm now 4kg overweight. A key selling point of Hong Kong is the wide array of food options available. There is no issue here about importing ingredients from anywhere, so there is no excuse for bad food.
As a rule, I like casual places. At the Landmark, I am blessed to have access to Amber and MO Bar. But the SoHo area is tough to beat for choice. Often my wife and I will decide on the night where we want to go. A firm favourite is Posto Pubblico (28 Elgin Street, tel: 2577 7160). They have nice pasta and comfort food, and the burrata is fabulous.
I was born in Mexico City so Mexican food is my guilty pleasure — beers, margaritas and tacos. But Mexican cuisine is difficult to export and finding authentic Mexican is impossible here.
A good mole (sauce) takes days to prepare. That's why you have more Tex-Mex. But I dolike going to Brickhouse (20A D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2810 0560), which is pretty good.
I love Cantonese so Man Wah (25/F Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, tel: 2825 4003) is wonderful. I love the charm of the old China setting which was renovated with all the original décor and carpet.
Luk Yu Tea House (24-26 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2523 5464) is the ultimate Hong Kong dim sum experience. You have all the old waiters doing their thing and even if you can't read Chinese, you can just point at the baskets on the trolleys. I like all the steamed dumplings and even ate chicken's feet. I love it. It's great especially for first-time visitors to the city — you get to see a little bit of old Hong Kong.
Catalunya (Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 7900) is a fabulous experience. I think the food has got even better since it opened. I suggest you just let them guide you through the menu.
Blue Butcher (108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2613 9286) is also fun. I like the salted chicken there.
A genuine local experience I really enjoyed was trying the Crowd Restaurant (14 Gresson Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 8088) between Admiralty and Wan Chai. That's the name translated from Chinese — they don't have an official English name. It's run by three older gentlemen who used to work at the Mandarin Oriental. Yousit outside on plastic chairs on a footpath, but the food is very good. I love the Fukien fried rice, the salt and pepper spare ribs, bamboo clams and stir-fried eel.