Chachawan restaurant manager Tunny Grattidge shares his go-to eateries and bars

From the best burgers to the coolest cocktails, this international foodie knows Hong Kong's hottest hangouts

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 September, 2015, 6:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 September, 2015, 6:00pm

I’ve lived and worked all over Australia, Europe and Asia, so have been fortunate to get to know a lot of different cuisines. I‘m a big fan of simple flavours done well; it doesn’t matter what the ingredients are as long as the flavours are really popping.

 For breakfast, I love to start the day at The Cupping Room (287-299 Queen’s Road, Central [entrance on Cleverly Street], tel: 2799 3398)  for its brioche French toast with caramelised bananas and maple syrup. The coffee is really good, so if I’m in the mood then I’ll order a flat white.

I love a good burger, and the bacon cheeseburger at Beef & Liberty (2/F 23 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2811 3009) is the best I’ve had in Hong Kong. It’s thick, juicy and full of flavour and the bacon jam really pulls the whole thing together.

22 Ships (22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2555 0722)  is a go-to, they have amazing food and service. The scallop ceviche is simple yet punchy, and you can’t leave without having the Berkshire pork and foie gras burgers. I told you, I like burgers.

 As a bartender, I pride myself on knowing some of the best watering holes in town. I love hanging out at Back Bar (1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2555 0628)  – the hidden bar tucked behind Ham & Sherry. It has a great vibe and Ryan Nightingale makes banging drinks. My favourite is the Batched & Barreled Boulevard Boilermaker, a simple blend of High West double rye, East India Solera, Campari and a shot of ale.

Ho Lee Fook’s (1 Elgin Street, Central, tel: 2810 0860)  wagyu beef short ribs are perfectly roasted and the jalapeno purée gives them just the right amount of kick. I’m a big fan of their home-made Chinese recipes; their cabbage and pork dumplings are to die for.

 After work, you’ll usually find me at The Pontiac (13 Old Bailey Street, Central, tel: 2521 3855). It’s a great industry hangout and everyone goes there for the music. Order The Heisenberg; you won’t be disappointed.

 One of the best places in Hong Kong to sit, chill out and watch the world go by is La Cabane (62 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2776 6070). The décor makes you feel at home and you really can’t go wrong with any of their French wines.

 I grew up in Papua New Guinea, so if I need a taste of home I will spend a Sunday afternoon at Mavericks (Pui O Beach, Lantau, tel: 5662 8552). I love the relaxed atmosphere, expansive sandy beach and sea breeze. There’s no better place to enjoy a cold beer and no-frills food.

I was recently in New York City where I dined at Eleven Madison Park (11 Madison Avenue, New York City, tel: +212 889 0905). The restaurant feels like a big coliseum, and the whole experience lives up to its Michelin three-star expectations and the menu changes seasonally.