Favourite Hong Kong bars and restaurants of Raphael Cohen, co-founder of HotelQuickly
Seafood, French classics and patisserie, steak and cocktails among the Frenchman’s picks
For dessert I like Passion by Gerard Dubois (74-80 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2529 1311). It’s more of a French bakery, but it dies really good cakes and my favourite without doubt is the Mango Mont Blanc, one of its signature sweets.
I love the street food in Temple Street and the seafront seafood restaurants in Lamma, Sai Kung and Cheung Chau. My favourite seafood restaurant in Lamma is Andy’s Seafood (also known as Sau Kee Seafood Restaurant, 43 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, tel: 2982 0210). It serves a fantastic salt and pepper squid and I love the clams in black bean sauce. It’s great to get a break from the city and you can see some fantastic sunsets from this spot.
Cafe Deadend (72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, tel: 6716 7005) is good for weekend brunch. It has great bagels and salads such as the salted beef salad. It’s a bit tricky to find as it’s down an alley but it’s an oasis in the busy city. As the food is all natural and wholesome I feel like I am doing myself some good when I go there.
High Street in Sai Ying Pun is bustling with lots of restaurants and most have outside sitting areas, so I regularly take my laptop, grab a cappuccino and do some work there. I’m from France so when I’m craving a taste of home I head to Metropolitain (46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 6271 6102) – the sole meunière there is excellent. The atmosphere is always really buzzing and you can sit outside. You can also watch the chefs prepare the food from the bar.
Sevva (25/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, tel: 2537 1388) is great for its views and outside space. I recommend the grilled striploin if you’re a steak lover, and the afternoon tea is superb if you want to treat someone. The cocktails are excellent, too.
For a perfect mix of cocktails and views I go to Azure (33 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 3518 9330) on top of Hotel LKF, and Aqua Bar (1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3427 2288). If I’m in Central and looking for a place for pre-dinner drinks then I go to Lily & Bloom (5/F-6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2810 6166). It’s great for a good chat with friends over a cocktail – I like their Old Fashioned.
Ping Pong 129 Gintonería (129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 9835 5061) is one of my favourite bars in Sai Ying Pun. It’s an unusually large space for Hong Kong with high ceilings and the atmosphere’s always great. My favourite drink is Master’s London Gin mixed with Fevertree tonic.
As told to Kylie Knott