Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of gallery owner and motorsports fan Vincent Chan – from teppanyaki to trendy Thai
Chan dines out most nights of the week and loves to eat at unpretentious restaurants that serve authentic food. Here are his go-to venues
Vincent Chan is a man of many interests and is involved in both the motorsports and arts industries. He is the co-owner of Leo Gallery, which is presenting an exhibition titled “Wander in Style” at the Little Tai Hang hotel until July 31.
I eat out five nights a week. I like unpretentious restaurants that serve authentic food with serious cooking. Among my favourite places are La Paloma (1/F, SoHo 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2291 6161). It’s a hip Spanish eatery with a trendy and warm atmosphere. You must try their air baguette and roasted beef ribs. I always take my younger clients there, and it never disappoints.
Trattoria Queen Hollywood (258 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2559 6077) is the only fusion restaurant I like. They cook Italian with Japanese ingredients – like using sake instead of white wine. The restaurant is tiny, so it’s better to book beforehand.
Bond (2/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, tel: 2155 1777) is a stylish little restaurant. They serve authentic Italian food. I like their carbonara pasta. The patio is perfect for after dinner drinks and cigar.
My all time favourite place is Lobster Bar and Grill (6/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2820 8560). It has late-1980s decor from when people were still happy and crazy. You can still find fish tanks behind the booths. Most importantly, they serve the best seafood platter, with live music, too. It’s perfect for a retro dinner. I always spend at least four hours here. It’s not hip or trendy, but the food is always good.
For Chinese, I prefer Dynasty Restaurant (3/F, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2802 8888). The private rooms are perfect for celebrations and important business meals. The service and food are superb. The baked tofu and the sweet egg twists are the best in town.
For visitors, TRi (Shop 302, 3/F, Lobby C, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, tel: 2515 0577) is perfect. Book their lily pot. It will be a nice experience. Take the tasting menu so you can try everything. With award-winning decor, it’s also good for romantic dinners.
Close by, The Verandah (The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, tel: 2292 2822) is also good for romantic dinners and celebrations. The 100-year-old mansion takes you back to colonial Hong Kong.
Kaetsu (Mezzanine, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2584 7722) has the best teppanyaki. There are only a dozen seats, so you may want to book ahead. The price is also reasonable. Chachawan (206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2549 0020) serves the best Thai barbecue chicken.
My guilty pleasure is the marinated foie gras at Shung Hing Chiu Chow Restaurant (29 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, tel: 2854 4557). The atmosphere and service are sometimes horrible, but this is the best example of Chiu Chow cuisine on Hong Kong Island.