Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Alexis Holm, fashion designer for squarestreet
Holm, co-founder of Hong Kong-based Swedish fashion and accessories label, shares his go-to restaurants and drinking establishments
My favourite cheap option would have to be Nood Food (Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 8199 8189), under Pure Fitness Gym. It’s super healthy and I love the HK$90 large salad with chicken. Opt for the quinoa/rice with beetroot – don’t forget the gravy.
When it comes to hidden gems in this city look no further than Little Kitchen (1/F Cheung Lok Building, 112-114 Sai Wan Ho Street, Sai Wan Ho, tel: 5616 4114). Private dining done with passion and perfect execution. Book here for birthdays or events and your friends will thank you for it.
For the best all round, everyday, anytime favourite that I’d hit up even if I’m not even hungry or suffering from a 39.5 degree Celsius fever – Chachawan (206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2549 0020). I’m not even going to describe what the food tastes like, my vocabulary simply isn’t enough. You can sit at the bar to watch them make your food. I would recommend the following: red peanuts, clams, beef salad, crab rice, and coconut ice cream – enough for two hungry people. I’ve never had Thai food this good in Thailand.
If I want to indulge in some fine dining then I’ll go with Belon (41 Elgin Street, SoHo, tel: 2152 2872). This little French bistro ticks all the boxes when it comes to high-end eateries. Ricotta gnocchi with beetroot baked in salt never fails, and if you still have room, finish off with a lavender granita.
I have to mention Loong Yuen Cantonese Restaurant inside the Holiday Inn Golden Mile (50 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2315 1006). Hands down the best classic Cantonese fare in town, at surprisingly affordable prices for the quality and setting. Standout dishes are all the usual culprits, so just order away. The staff are professional, the interior is classic and tea pots refillable. Perfect.
If I need to satisfy a sweet craving I head to Bake Cheese Tart (shop B2-16, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2831 3937). Incredible demonic concoctions that leave you feeling like everything else you put in your mouth tastes like wet cardboard.
Then there’s Winston’s Coffee (Fu Kwok Building, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2559 5078). Perfectly situated next to the Sai Ying Pun MTR, it’s the only cafe that serves an awesome flat white for under HK$40. Also keep an eye out for their special sandwiches and other treats. Go only for the stuff that looks home-made and skip the generic muffins, for example.
I’m not a great bar-hopping athlete, but I recently killed a few hours at Hong Kong’s only vermouth bar that’s part of the restaurant Pirata (29/F and 30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2887 0270).Chilled interior, amazing bartender and cocktails full of flavour yet slightly less inebriating.