Hong Kong dining recommendations

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Peter Pfister, chef turned hotel manager

From cheap and cheerful dumplings to roast goose to new age Scandinavian dining, the general manager of Bay Bridge Hong Kong by Hotel G tells us his go-to places to eat around the city

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 July, 2017, 12:33pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 July, 2017, 5:37pm

I was a chef when I moved to Hong Kong years ago. Whether it’s a simple noodles, dumplings or steak, I like unpretentious food cooked to perfection.

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In Tsuen Wan, I like Ramen Taifu (Po Shing Mansion, 81 Tai Ho Road, tel: 2419 7717), a small restaurant with bar seating, serving the most delicious ramen. It’s close to my work, with comforting big portions.

Yue Kee Restaurant (9 Sham Hong Road, Sham Tseng, tel: 2491 0105) has the best roast goose. This is where I bring visitors, as it’s very close to the Bay Bridge. The restaurant has been around for years.

It is very local and usually we are the only foreigners there. You can also bring your own wine, with no corkage fee.

Scarlett Cafe (2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3565 6513) is a trendy wine bar with delicious dishes and a fine selection of affordable French wines and cocktails. Hidden on a quaint street, the unique European concept makes it ideal for a spontaneous dinner or weekend brunch.

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My children love the cold cuts and cheeses, and I always order the veal cutlet when it’s a blackboard special.

The Ho Ho Shanghai Restaurant (105 Austin Road, Jordan, tel: 2369 0086) is a simple place with plastic chairs. I used to go there at least once a week for dumplings and fresh soya bean milk.

Nowadays, I ask my wife to buy the dumplings and bring them home, where we boil them. At HK$38 a bowl it’s a steal. Even after 10 years, the staff is the same and they recognise me.

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Kenjo (30 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2369 8307) is a Japanese restaurant with great quality fish flown in from Japan. I would normally go there for lunch when I worked in TST. Service is professional and the chef is very friendly.

The Steak House (LG/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2313 2323) is where my daughters like to go for a great steak and view of the skyline. I have been going for 20 years, and I used to work with Franco, the restaurant manager.

The steaks are perfectly cooked and the salad bar is worth mentioning. The wine list is extensive and well balanced, with great Napa Valley choices.

Frantzen’s Kitchen (11 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2559 8508) is Scandinavian, and serves the most interesting and flavourful food I have tasted in years. The dishes are snack size, tapas style, which is great for trying more things. The ingredients are imported from Scandinavia, and the menu changes with the season.

This is a place to bring a date or any foodie who fancies an out-of-this-world meal.