The favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Pieter Fitz-Dreyer
The head chef of Flint Grill & Bar at the JW Marriott lists Ho Lee Fook, Aberdeen Street Social and Kau Kee among his preferred Hong Kong dining establishments
I’m an adventurous foodie and love travelling and trying local cuisines especially at food markets. I was brought up on traditional British foods from my mum’s side and South African influences from my dad’s. We would be the only people in the neighbourhood barbecuing in the rain.
If I eat out I head to Frites (1/F The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2217 6671) for the steak tartare. It’s very good and I can wash it down with a Belgian beer.
Ho Lee Fook (1 Elgin Street, Central, tel: 2810 0860) for the cabbage and pork dumplings, plus you can’t but help smile when you walk in and see the Maneki-neko image on the wall.
For a meat fix I head to Morty’s Delicatessen (LG/F Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, tel: 3665 0900). I love the Reuben sandwich – generous stacks of smoked meats with pickles. Love the meat sweats.
For a little indulgence I’ll order anything with truffles at Aberdeen Street Social (JPC, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, tel: 2866 0300) and then sip on good cocktails.
If a friend’s visiting from out of town and I want to showcase the city’s diverse food culture I’ll take them to Mott 32 (basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rod Central, tel: 2885 8688) – its siu mai with truffle and quail egg and the Peking duck are divine.
Luk Yu Tea House (24 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2523 5464) for yum cha if I can get a table.
Or Maxim’s Palace (2/F City Hall, 5-7 Edinburgh Place, Central, tel: 2521 1303) for the dying practice of the dim sum trolley. I’ll happily leave the chicken’s feet, but everything else is fair game.
My wife and I live in Kennedy Town and enjoy a bite at Catch (93 Catchick Street, tel: 2855 1289) – I just love its ahi tuna poke.
I head to Kau Kee (21 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2850 5967) for its beef brisket noodles but just go for the food and not the customer service. It’s always so busy! I quite like the no-fuss approach and dedication to one or two menu items.
I love a weekend trip to Mido Cafe (63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, tel: 2384 6402) for scrambled egg on buttery toast, a milk tea or an iced Horlicks. I love the whole cross-culture effect of a local tea house. I find it fascinating.
As told to Kylie Knott