Favourite restaurants of Anita Ma, general manager of Sopexa Hong Kong
French, steaks, dim sum and Chiu Chow cuisine among her culinary picks
I grew up in a family that ran restaurants so I was always surrounded by food. I love to cook, I enjoy all kinds of food and I like to think I am adventurous, but I like seafood the most. Every morning I make breakfast and packed lunches for my kids to spend time with them.
With the nature of my job, I visit a lot of restaurants. Le Café Winebeast (15 McGregor Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2479 6833) is one place I like a lot. It’s casual, the food is really good and the people are very passionate about what they do. And they have a wide range of wine.
W’s Entrecote (6/F Holiday Inn Express, 33 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 0133) is another place I love. I am good friend with owner Wilson Kwok. The food is simple and basic but every time I go it feels like home. I feel very comfortable there.
For Chinese, I love a very local, small place Lin & Chuen Kitchen (8 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, tel: 2567 0877) with very homestyle cooking and fresh seafood. The soy chicken is famous too. It’s a place I would take someone visiting for traditional Chinese flavours.
Tung Po (2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, tel: 2880 5224) is also fun.
I love dim sum. The standard at West Villa Restaurant (several locations including 5/F Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 2110) is really good. I love thebarbecue pork.
For lunch, something quite easy is La Creperie (1/F, 100 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2529 9280). As a hideaway, I love Shek-O Chinese & Thai Restaurant (303 Shek O Village Road, Shek O, tel: 2809 4426) for the steamed fish and tom yum soup. I like spicy Thai chilli hotpots.
My parents came from Chiu Chow. We do cook some at home but not the really complicated dishes. Shung Hing (29 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, tel: 2854 4557) is one place I like.
In Kennedy Town, there is Tak Kee (3 Belcher’s Street, tel: 2819 5568) which is also very good but the setting is very local.
I know everyone goes to Amber (7/F Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, tel: 2132 0066) but it is one of my favourites. It’s always full of surprises.
I do like Bo Innovation (shop 13, 2/F J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2850 8371) for lunch. It’s contemporary Chinese and I like to indulge myself.
Mysecret little place for a drink is Le Quinze Vins (9 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2673 7636). But sometimes we’ll go at 3pm and it’s full already. They have a lot of exclusive wines.
As told to Andrew Sun