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Hong Kong dining recommendations

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Adam Bilbey, Asia head of Sotheby’s Wine

Former Tokyo resident reveals his top sushi spot, how he entertains clients with a little help from the ‘Mick Jagger of the cheese world’, and his favourite Wan Chai watering holes

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 June, 2016, 6:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 June, 2016, 4:58pm

Being in the wine industry, you get to eat at a lot of good restaurants and drink a lot of wine. I’ve always been exposed to many different cuisines, and I’m adventurous. I also love cooking but I’m not a very good cook.

I lived in Tokyo for a while so I love sushi. I have it four or five times a week. But I just go to local places. To be honest, if you’ve lived in Japan, you don’t find value in the top sushi restaurants here. My go-to place is Mizuki (2/F Mirage Tower, 13-15 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2411 0499). They always import fresh produce and they’re honest. They never try to oversell you.

For work, Amuse Bouche (22/F The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2891 3666) is sort of a canteen for the wine trade. It’s ridiculous how many wine people are there every night. The food is done very well. The yellow chicken and truffle pasta is classic Italian-based. In terms of looking after wine, the guys there are as good as anyone.

For client entertaining, I go to On Dining (28/F-29/F 18 On Lan Street, Central, tel: 2174 8100) a fair bit. Their sole meuniere is stunning. Also, Jeremy Evrard is the Mick Jagger of the cheese world. He’s so passionate.

I do dim sum every week. I quite like Guo Fu Lou (LG2 Empire Hotel Hong Kong, 33 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2861 2060). My girlfriend’s folks prefers Fook Lam Moon (Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 0663). Their suckling pig is the best in town. Duddell’s (Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2525 9191) is also quite good and it’s a bit more Westerner friendly. The food is very clean Cantonese, not too much oil.

I love pasta but I try not to eat too much. Giando (9 Star Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2511 8912) is about simple ingredients done well. I can eat their burrata with tomatoes all day long.

A wine bar I like is Le Quinze Vins (9 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2673 7636), which serves a lot of cold cuts and cheese. You can’t go wrong there.

My guilty pleasure is Devil’s Advocate (48 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2865 7271). I play football every Sunday and that is our club hang-out. It might not be the best bar in Hong Kong, but it has a great atmosphere and the nachos and fajitas are very good.

For catching up with mates, Stone Nullah Tavern (69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, tel: 3182 0128) is very good. The food is tasty but so rich. They also have great beer on tap.

From time to time, I love going over to the Harbour Restaurant (1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, tel: 2818 0101), a Cantonese seafood place right by the waterfront. In the summer, you have a Tsingtao, some sautéed prawns and you feel like you’ve left the city. It’s like Sai Kung but not as busy.