Hong Kong dining recommendations

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Simon Graham, Morton’s steakhouse general manager

From French cheese in Wan Chai to Thai, Indian, his dad’s favourite Chinese restaurant and a late-night Reuben on rye in Tsim Sha Tsui, Graham knows how to eat well on both sides of the harbour

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 12:57pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 1:32pm

Dining for me is usually a last-minute thing and predominantly casual. I prefer friendly service over a formal environment. I like simple things like charcuterie or a cheeseboard with a nice glass of wine.

I love French cheese and my favourite cheeseboard can be found at Chez Patrick Deli (3 Star Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2527 1408). I’ve always been fond of classic French and Italian dishes, such as beef bourguignon or osso buco alla Milanese. Spasso (Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 8027) serves up traditional Italian that I very much enjoy.

However, having grown up in Hong Kong, I also need my Asian food hits, and that means all the Asian cuisines. I’m always going to different places for dim sum but an old favourite is Maxim’s Palace in City Hall (2/F, 5-7 Edinburgh Place, Central, tel: 2521 1303).

A recent find for me is Chachawan (206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2549 0020), the Isaan Thai restaurant. I love Thai food and I think the menu is great, with lots of flavours that are well put together.

Gaylord Indian Restaurant (1/F, 23-25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2376 1001) has been there forever. It’s very consistent and delivers great classic Indian food. I love chicken tikka and tandoori dishes, in particular.

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I have fortunately been a guest several times at Nobu (2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2313 2323) and the food and service is just excellent.

Shang Palace (Lower Level, Kowloon Shangri-La hotel, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2733 8754) is great for visitors. It was my dad’s favourite Chinese restaurant when I was a kid and holds a lot of memories for me. It’s quite formal Cantonese and their food is always good. I always order the minced pigeon with lettuce leaves.

A good special occasion place is Hugo’s (Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3721 7733). I recently had dinner there with my son. I enjoyed the smoked salmon as an appetiser and the sea bass in truffle cream for my main. It’s the kind of food I like – classic cooking, executed well.

My guilty dining pleasure is always dessert. My sweet tooth is my weakness. I love chocolate. For that, I have to say, it’s Morton’s (4/F, The Sheraton Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2732 2343). The hot chocolate cake is awesome.

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As for a secret hideaway in Tsim Sha Tsui, it would probably be a late night snack at Delaney’s Kowloon (B/F, Mary Building, 71-77 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2301 3980) after work, when I’m craving a Reuben on rye.