Hong Kong dining recommendations

Where a former Harvard lacrosse player eats cinnamon buns, southern barbecue and lots more in Hong Kong

Jay Wich, who came to Hong Kong 10 years ago and represented the city three times in the Lacrosse World Championships, has a healthy appetite and loves feasting on everything from chicken Parmesan to French toast to scallops

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 August, 2018, 6:46pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 August, 2018, 6:46pm

Former Harvard lacrosse player Jay Wich came to Hong Kong 10 years ago and represented the city three times in the Lacrosse World Championships. In 2010, he founded the custom men’s shirt brand, J.J. Threads.

I’m a simple eater and prefer quality ingredients over complex flavours. You’ll often find me grilling up steaks and sausages on my roof.

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I play a lot of sports, which means I have room for a lot of calories and can eat four or five meals a day.

I eat at Posto Pubblico (28 Elgin Street, SoHo, tel: 2577 7160) at least once a week and nearly always order the chicken Parmesan. It’s as good as you’d get in New York. For brunch I like Commissary (Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2602 0707) and Corner Kitchen (21 New Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2803 2822). The cinnamon buns at Commissary are the city’s best and it’s all about the French toast at Corner Kitchen.

Sticking with the American theme, The Roundhouse (29 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 3199) does fantastic southern barbecue. I can’t choose between the beef brisket or pulled pork, so I get both.

There’s an off-the-beaten-track yakitori joint that I like called Sumi (9/F Evernew House, 485 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2980 3312). The entrance is a little terrifying, but the food is good and the folks that run it are a blast.

I rarely stray from the chicken wings and beef cubes but I gave the scallop a whirl recently and was really impressed. The Jockey (33 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, tel: 2572 2266) sponsors my lacrosse team, Team J.J., and their burger is off the charts. Even during off-season, I’ll run there from my apartment in Mid-Levels, just to earn the calories for that thing.

I like to take visitors to Yardbird (154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2547 9273). I used to live above the original location and I still have a soft spot for them. I was recently pressured into trying the chicken heart and was pleasantly surprised – I’m usually a breast man.

Luk Yu Tea House (24 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2523 5464) has a lot of history. I try and make sure we can sit in a booth on the ground floor. Visitors love the assassination story, even if it is a little dark!

For drinks with a view, the rooftop bar at Komune (4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Nai Chung Road, Wong Chuk Hang, tel: 3460 8157) is a good spot. So are their tacos.

I prefer to celebrate with a home-cooked meal. I was recently gifted a huge piece of beef from Feather & Bone (two locations including Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 3705 0280). They dry-aged it to taste for me and I got to pop in and check on the process.

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Cooking something like that for friends is more my style, but a visit to the Captain’s Bar (Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road Central, tel: 2825 4006) for a nice cocktail or cold beer is a nice way to start a special evening. My guilty pleasure is, shamefully, Starbucks. There’s actually a coffee named after me at the branch (Shop CEN K4-K5, Central MTR Station, tel: 2480 0565) by my office. Go in and ask for a “Jay’s coffee”, but be prepared to be wired for days.