Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Jo Dixon, founder of Panama hat brand, Bella Blu
From Mexican to Spanish, from Japanese to China’s cuisines, health food to seafood and a couple of opulent Sunday buffets, Dixon has an eclectic taste
Food is a pleasure, preferably a shared one. I love fun experiences with family and friends, large tables with sharing plates, loud conversation and general hilarity. I’m not afraid to try new experiences and unusual food. When in Rome, you know.
Having two young boys I do like to balance things out and try to keep a healthy approach during the week as well as trying new things.
In Central, I enjoy Brickhouse (20 D’Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2810 0560), a hidden noisy gem with grunge decor, staff with attitude, great margaritas and fab Mexican food. I especially love the Mexican-style street corn and ceviche. Yum.
22 Ships (22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2555 0722) has eclectic and delicious tapas, great ambience and staff. I especially love the broad beans, peas, Serrano ham and goat’s curd dish, and the mini foie gras burgers and jamon, manchego and truffle toaster with quail egg – so bad but so good!
Casa (1 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, tel: 5594 0007) has delicious food, great staff and a relaxed atmosphere. They have a cauliflower dish that I love. Also, Zuma (5/F The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 3657 6388) is always so delicious. I love the high ceilings and the spacious feel; the staff are always great.
We also have a few restaurants we love to visit with friends and family. Hutong (28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3428 8342) is a unique dining experience with the Beijing-inspired décor and stunning dishes.
China Club (13/F-14/F, Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, tel: 2521 8888) is always fun, with evening performances, a convivial atmosphere, wonderful artwork and 1920s and ’30s Shanghai interiors. And Ho Lee Fook (1-5 Elgin Street, SoHo, tel: 2810 0860) is just cool, lively and fun.
For something casual, I like going to MANA! (92 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2851 1611) on weekdays. I love their wraps. Home Eat To Live (Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2777 4777) also has fabulous food.
On weekends, I might go to the seafood restaurants in Po Toi O or Sai Kung , and to Shek O Chinese & Thai (303 Shek O Village, tel: 2809 4426) after a hike. But I must confess I love brunch at Zuma and the W Hotel’s restaurant, Kitchen (6/F, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, tel: 3717 2299) for a fancy Sunday affair.
For a classy dinner, 121BC (42-44 Peel Street, SoHo, tel: 2395 0200) has simple delicious Italian fare with a gorgeous wine list and a great atmosphere. The staff will always look after you. It’s divine. For an even more special occasion, Aqua (29/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3427 2288) is stunning.