Dairy Farm's Winne Lau shares her favourite Hong Kong restaurants
Lau loves Italian, Japanese, Chinese and gastropub fare, with the occasional naughty treat
I love Da Via (14-16 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 3956 9873), a relatively new corner store, very casual with excellent food like burrata cheese with tomato and basil. Their porchetta sandwich reminds me of the first porchetta I ate, in San Gimignano in Tuscany. It was amazing.
For fine Italian food, I will go to Kee Club (6/F Yung Kee Building, 32 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2810 9000) and visit chef Roland Schuller. His pasta is very good and he works hard to get good ingredients. He even goes to the farm to inspect the ingredients himself.
For Chinese food, T’ang Court (1/F The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2132 7898) is my first choice. The rice roll with XO sauce and the cod starters are the best. My boyfriend will take two orders of cod as main course. It is really, really good.
For out of town guests, I take them to New Wealth Restaurant (68-72 Wo Fu Road, North Point, tel: 2578 5818), a very local place with lots of seafood. Every time I go I order the soya chicken with rose wine and steamed rice in lotus leaf with garlic prawns.
Sometimes if I want a weekend roast, I go to Sunning Restaurant (shop B, 16/F Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 2029). They have a decent roast prime rib over the weekend and the Macau sole is also very good. Sunning is one of the few restaurants that serves roast from the gueridon cart and prepares the crepes Suzette in front of you.
Gonpachi (4/F Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, tel: 2787 3688) is another place I like to go. Their crab cakes, ox tongue skewers and pumpkin dessert are my favourites.
For somewhere quiet, I like Town (10/F Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2568 8708) for brunch. The saffron risotto with white asparagus and porcini mushroom is simple, yet amazing.
Another place I really like is The Drunken Duck (44 Staunton Street, SoHo, tel: 2803 0050). It is a gastropub that does fusion style tapas, and I love the whitebait, slow-cooked octopus and Scotch eggs.
I like the oyster omelette and marinated goose meat and goose liver at Tak Kee Chiu Chow Restaurant (3 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, tel: 2819 5568). It is always packed. Do not expect good service but the food is good and my mum and I love their fish head soup that you need to order in advance.
Sometimes I crave junk food so I will go to the 7-Eleven to get curry fish balls and garlic noodle and a Slurpee. Those are my ultimate naughty treats.
As told to Andrew Sun