Hong Kong dining recommendations

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Deliveroo general manager Brian Lo

Every day in Hong Kong is a food adventure for Lo, who tells us where to eat the best beef brisket rice, shabu shabu and dim sum, and his go-to spots for Korean fried chicken, dumplings and a quiet glass of whisky

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 June, 2017, 1:02pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 5:46pm

I usually start my day with a flat white from The Cupping Room (Shop LG, The Centre Mark, 287-299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, tel: 2799 3398) near our office. I lived in Australia for a year, so I consider myself a coffee connoisseur. From there, well almost anything goes – every day is a food adventure.

The spicy mayo poke from Pololi (Kar Ho Building, 35-39 Graham Street, Central, tel: 2755 8099) has been a long-time lunch favourite – I’m glad the poke craze has taken off in Hong Kong.

Hon Kee (6 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2543 9282) is my number one pick for lunch – its beef brisket rice is to die for. Black Salt (14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 3702 1237) is one of my recent favourites – [chef] Taran Chadha has created one of the most unique, flavourful menus I’ve had in Hong Kong in a long time. I’m not a vegetarian but the Keralan beetroot chops is my favourite dish.

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I’m a huge fan of shabu shabu and the all-you-can-eat at Shimo (24/F Oliv, 15-21 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, tel: 2321 3555) is the best.

I go to Shanghai Lane (35-37 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2850 7788) for their watercress and pork dumplings and Wah Lam Noodle Restaurant (5-11 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2527 2478) for beef brisket and noodles.

I’m a big fan of char siu – when it’s coupled with steamed choi sum it’s the ultimate comfort food, so for this I head to Yung Kee (32-40 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2522 1624).

When I’m craving fried chicken it’s Uncle Padak(59 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2117 9792).

You can also find me at Sumac (8 Glenealy, Central, tel: 2147 9191) on any given night of the week ordering their chicken shish taouk.

HQ by Terrace Concepts (3/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2602 7118) is a great place to chill for drinks and soak up some great music.

Mizunara (Kiu Yin Commercial Building, 361-363 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 3571 9797) is one of my favourite hidden gems – I love to head there for a glass of whisky on a Friday night.

If someone’s visiting from out of town I’d start at the terrace at Duddell’s (Levels 3 and 4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2525 9191) for some of Hong Kong’s most creative cocktails and late afternoon dim sum, then head to Yardbird (33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, tel 2547 9273) for yakitori and highballs at dinner.

Dim sum for breakfast the next day, of course – Chau Kee (Tung Lee Mansion, 1C-1K Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2559 2389) is the best, but you have to get there early or you’ll wait.

When in New York, I head to The Halal Guys [food cart] in Midtown. There’s a reason there’s always a queue of people lining up for this place.