Five great new Wan Chai restaurants to try, from Chinese hotpot to Italian seafood
The last few months have seen some fantastic new places to eat open in Wan Chai – check out our list of some of the best in the HK$250 to HK$600 price range
If you love checking out new restaurants and are looking for anything from fresh, innovative dishes to traditional fare done well, Wan Chai has something for you. Here are some of the best places we’ve visited in the area recently, at prices that aren’t going to have you worrying about finding the taxi fare home.
Moving together with the Emperor Hotel from Happy Valley to Wan Chai, Golden Valley has undergone a significant facelift but still specialises in Chinese hotpot.
The sautéed green chillies in vinegar were just fantastic, having been blistered in the pan to give them a light smoky flavour, before being drizzled with chilli oil and black beans. Meanwhile, the pan-fried fish head in Shunde style had a coating that was delicately crisp, and the bony pieces had lots of textures: tender flesh, jellylike collagen. Read the full review here
Golden Valley, 1/F, The Emperor Hotel, 373 Queen’s Road East. About HK$400 without drinks or the service charge.
Misu Seafood Cuisine
Misu offers European and Japanese menus, and it does them both very well. Sashimi followed by risotto? No problem.
The meat of the Scottish razor clams with chorizo was sweet, with a crisp-tender bite, while the chorizo was dense and meaty. The monkfish liver with sour sauce was equally good (and an excellent deal for the price) – very pure and firm, but creamy, while the sour sauce (which turned out to be ponzu) was refreshing. Read the full review here
Misu Seafood Cuisine, 26/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East. About HK$445 without drinks or the service charge.
It’s quite rare with Chinese restaurants in the HK$200 to HK$300 price range to have to book very far in advance, but given the popularity of Zither Garden, it is certainly advised.
The speciality here is Peking duck, and while the skin wasn’t as crisp as we would like, it had good flavour, while the meat was moist. The shrimp in the stir-fried shrimp with salted egg yolk were plump and succulent, with a good, bouncy texture, and there was plenty of salted egg. Read the full review here
Zither Garden, 19/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queens Road East. About HK$260 without drinks or the service charge.
The airy and comfortable Osteria Marzia has a brief menu that consists almost solely of raw and cooked seafood dishes from the Italian coastline.
The raw red prawns were large, meaty specimens, fantastically fresh with sweet meat that was enhanced by their light dusting of Sorrento lemon zest. The fried baby squid to follow were tender and had a delicate, almost greaseless coating. Read the full review here
Osteria Marzia, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai. About HK$575 per person without drinks or the service charge.
With its delightful mix of both classic and inventive Chinese dishes, Zen superbly bridges the gap between old-school and hip.
The chilled spicy and sour shredded potato with pig’s stomach was refreshing, with the pig’s stomach so mild and tender that one of my guests – an innards-phobe – didn’t notice he was eating organ meat. And we loved the deep, funky flavours of the sizzling Chinese lettuce hotpot, which had a plentiful amount of dried shrimp paste and dried shrimp. Read the full New & Noted trial here
Zen, 2/F Garden East, 222 Queen’s Road East. About HK$250 without drinks or the service charge.