I am fond of places either with a casual, laid-back atmosphere or that can stimulate my creative vibe. I like coffee shops. Near my design studio, Production Q, is Brew Bros Coffee (Shop F2, LG/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2572 0238). It is managed by a couple, and it’s my coffee refuelling station before I head back to my office. The husband knows exactly what I like and sometimes, if I don’t have enough cash, he just lets me pay on my next visit. This kind of neighbourhood bonding and trust is what I grew to love throughout my time in England and France. I am drawn to the spacious interior of Teakha Kitchen (18 Po Tuck Street, Western District, tel: 3956 9009). This charming cafe has a soothing vibe, ideal for sipping a cup of tea at 11.30am and chilling out on the weekends. I am curious about the hottest food fads, and every so often I try up-and-coming dining spots. I saw the pictures of Artisan Room (8-12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, tel: 2656 3198) on social media when it first opened and it instantly grabbed my attention. I went on a sunny day, had a coffee and ham sandwich, sitting in the alfresco area, reminiscing my years of living abroad, totally submerged in the moment. Then came a dinner invitation at its sister restaurant Cobo House by 2am:dessertbar (8-12 South Lane, Sai Wan, tel: 2656 3088) where I sampled a unique tasting menu while simultaneously finding a good spot for my art-focused pop-up store. My favourite dish at Cobo House is scallop somen. I am a pasta and noodles girl, so naturally Samsen (68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, tel: 2234 0001) is on my radar. The decor echoes the chef’s concept: unpretentious, earthy, not uptight. Soup noodles are my top picks. They taste like the ones I have eaten in Thailand. Go for the signature boat noodles with wagyu beef and beef balls. Best to complement it with the authentic Thai ice tea. My favourite cuisine is Japanese, and I especially like sushi. My family loves sushi and I grew up eating it every other day, thinking this is normal until my friends told me that is unusual for Chinese. Sushi Mori Tomoaki (Seabright Plaza, 8-23 Shell Street, North Point, tel: 2979 5977) is my regular destination for family weekend lunch and birthday celebrations. Bossini heiress relives kidnap ordeal in forest for Hong Kong art exhibition inspiration I opt for chef Mori’s omakase as I know I will be treated to the freshest seasonal catches and his menu is such a delicious culinary experience. Chef Mori understands discerning Hong Kong diners’ expectations. He eats out frequently as well to try new things. Toritama (Greenville, 2 Glenealy, Central, tel: 2388 7717) is another Japanese restaurant I go to with only one or two friends. Its relaxing ambience is suitable for slowly enjoying the signature range of chicken skewers with plum wine. You can be adventurous and try every single part of a chicken. My must-have item is chicken crest yakitori. Recently, healthy eating has become a priority and I am concentrating more on my well-being. Vegetarian chef Peggy Chan’s Grassroots Pantry (108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2873 3353) is my oasis of nutritious meals. I know Peggy and simply adore her passion and vision for vegetarian food, and above all, her soba noodle dishes.