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Hong Kong restaurant reviews

The three best new restaurants in Hong Kong we sampled in June – French, Cantonese and Shanghainese

All our picks are elegant places to eat, and the food is impressive – from the best jellyfish dish we’ve ever eaten at Xin Rong Ji to the high-end French fare with Japanese touches at Arbor to homestyle Cantonese at Guo Fu Lou

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 June, 2018, 12:47pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2018, 12:47pm

Hong Kong’s restaurant scene is ever changing, to the point where it’s hard to keep up – but we try. Each month we check out a selection of (mostly) new places to eat.

In June, we sampled high-end French, casual French, dumplings, burgers (an import from the United States) and a couple of Chinese places, including a branch of a one-Michelin-star restaurant from Shanghai. Here, in no particular order, are the three best Hong Kong restaurants we reviewed during the month.

1. Arbor

This is definitely a date-night spot, or someplace to go when you really want to impress. Its French haute cuisine with Japanese touches is pricey: at dinner, there’s a choice of two tasting menus, one at HK$1,488 plus 10 per cent, the other at HK$1,888. But the refined food and discreet service make this restaurant stand out.

Arbor, 25/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 3185 8388. About HK$1,500 without drinks or the service charge.

Full review here

2. Xin Rong Ji

Elegant decor, fine service and really delicious food – what’s not to like about this Shanghainese import? Its jellyfish with home-made sauce is the best jellyfish dish we’ve tried; be sure also to order the braised tofu with preserved pork and black fungus.

Xin Rong Ji, China Overseas Building, 138 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, tel: 3462 3516. About HK$600 per person without drinks or the service charge.

Full review here

3. Guo Fu Lou

This restaurant used to be in a basement space in Wan Chai, so its light and airy room in the new Murray Hotel in Central is a vast improvement. The kitchen excels at Cantonese classics such as barbecued pork, but also makes delicious versions of homestyle dishes – try the hand-chopped steamed pork with salted fish.

Guo Fu Lou, UG/F (in the pavilion building), The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, tel: 3468 8188. About HK$470 per person, without drinks or the service charge.

Full review here