Hong Kong dining recommendations

Favourite Hong Kong bars and restaurants of Cosimo Taddei, chef at Dine-Art Private Kitchen

Italian (straight up or with a twist), dim sum and cocktails with a view are among this chef’s choices when seeking somewhere in the city to eat and drink

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 January, 2016, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 January, 2016, 5:00pm

Being Italian, of course I love food from my country and when I crave it – and I don’t want to cook – then I head to the chilled-out NOM (Winly Building, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, tel: 2540 7988). Chef Fabrizio [Napolitano] prepares dishes in his unique way, not in your typical Italian method] – I think he gets a few influential touches from his wife, who is also a chef. NOM stands for Not Only Meatballs, but really, it’s the meatballs that I always go for – they are delicious and this is because they source the best ingredients.

I love seafood and when I need it I head to Mitte (1A Upper Station Street, Sheung Wang, tel: 2803 7080). Many people think of this great little space as just a bar but it serves up tasty Italian food. I love it that you can enjoy a live DJ while dining.

Isola bar+grill (shop 3071-3075, 3/F and 4/F IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, tel: 2383 8765) makes the best negroni in town. It is a wonderful cocktail made with gin, Vermouth Rosso and Campari and it’s great to sit back and sip one while taking in the beautiful waterfront view. The place is always buzzing with the most energetic vibe and I put this down to the friendly manager, Carlo Speranza.

How can you live in Hong Kong and not love dim sum? When I’m craving it I head to the branch of Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung, the one in Causeway Bay (68 Yee Wo Street, tel: 3160 8998). It’s the best place in Hong Kong for xiao long bao – it’s just incredible.

When I want to relax after a busy week and wind down with a few drinks, I sometimes head to Oma (LB/F, 79 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2521 8815); it’s my go-to fun place. The DJs make this place – as do the staff who are always friendly.

When I’m Florence, the city where I was born, I head to Pizzeria Da Gherardo (Borgo S. Frediano, 57/R, 50124, Florence, Italy, tel: +39 055 282921) It’s a small and cosy restaurant that makes the best Neapolitan-style pizza. The secret is in the dough – they let it rise naturally. Pair that with friendly service and you have the perfect night out.