Hong Kong dining recommendations

Favourite restaurants of UberEats Hong Kong general manager Horace Lam

Lam enjoys Thai sharing plates, Hainan chicken, Hong Kong noodles and pork chop rice, Taiwanese hotpots, shaved desserts, Lebanese dishes, and steak and pasta, all washed down with Japanese iced coffee

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2017, 5:38pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 5:05pm

I spend more time in cafes than restaurants, especially at weekends, when I need a quiet place with caffeine where I can get work done. I’m an adventurous eater who likes to explore different experiences and I appreciate places with rich, authentic, traditional dishes with attentive service.

I’ve been a fan of Soul Food Mahanakorn in Bangkok since before they partnered with Black Sheep Restaurants to open Soul Food Thai (26-28 Elgin Street, Mid-Levels, tel: 2177 3544). It’s one of the best places for authentic Thai dishes. It’s best to go with a group for the sharing style dishes. The yum makrua yao (grilled eggplant with duck egg) and Isan grilled chicken are must-tries.

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Omotesando Koffee (shop G24-25, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2601 3323) is the first and only overseas outlet for the famous Tokyo coffee establishment. It has a minimalist interior design and the Japanese barista’s iced cappuccino is my favourite.

Nam Kee Spring Roll Noodle (various locations, including 1/F-3/F San Kei Tower, 56-58 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2576 3721) is my comfort food option for Hong Kong-style soup noodles. Get the signature spicy pork and spring roll noodle, it’s super affordable and perfect if you’re in a hurry.

Satay Inn (three branches, including Basement, City Garden hotel, 9 City Garden Road, North Point, tel: 2806 4938) is one of the best neighbourhood gems for authentic Hainan chicken rice and bak kut teh.

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Hot Pot Land (two locations including 1/F, 6 Yim Po Fong Street, Mong Kok, tel: 2336 1098) is my favourite hotpot option with its slight Taiwanese twist. The signature soup base contains Chinese herbal ingredients. You should first enjoy a few bowls of it before mixing in other items.

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Hong Kong-style desserts are all about nostalgia. Wise Bro Dessert (New Mandarin Plaza, 14 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2613 9699) is the young and hip brand from the original Cong Sao Star Desserts. They have a wide variety of shaved ice and mango dishes.

Carbone (9/F, Lan Kwai Fong Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2593 2593) is my go-to destination for steak and pasta in Central. Its vibrant staff and atmosphere, good Italian wine list, and consistent service makes every visit enjoyable. Remember to save room for the tiramisu and New York cheesecake.

For Kee Restaurant (200 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2546 8947) stands out from other cha chaan teng with its famous house-made pork chop rice. The pork chops are marinated overnight with soy, sugar, sesame oil and Chinese wine. You can smell the diverse flavours on the meat as it is pan-fried.

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If you get there early on Saturday, try the “secret For Kee fried rice”, a delicious off-the-menu item.

I like Maison Libanaise (10 Shelley Street, SoHo, tel: 2111 2284) for intimate dinners. They offer a wide range of authentic and contemporary Lebanese food. If weather allows, reserve a spot on the rooftop terrace and enjoy dinner with an extensive Lebanese wine list.