Hong Kong dining recommendations

Where Hong Kong cancer charity founder likes to eat dim sum, Italian and Shanghainese fare

  • Sally Lo prefers Asian cuisine, followed by French and Italian. She believes in dressing for dinner and is a real foodie
  • Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s Party for a Purpose will be held on December 7
PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 November, 2018, 6:18pm
UPDATED : Monday, 26 November, 2018, 6:18pm

Sally Lo is the founder and chief executive of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, which started more than 30 years ago. Their Party for a Purpose gala dinner takes place on December 7 at The Glass Pavilion, Kitec.

Having lived in Hong Kong for many years, you cannot fail to be a foodie. One is spoilt for choice by the exceptional range of cuisine.

My preference is for Asian cuisine followed by French and Italian depending on the occasion.

I am old fashioned. At home we always change for dinner; every meal is an occasion. Most evenings we eat Chinese. I am blessed to have amazing help in the home, but I take pleasure in doing all the food shopping in the local markets.

When we go out we tend to eat Western food. Gaia (Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, tel: 2167 8200) is one of our favourites. Manager Pino Piano is a great friend. He has created a unique atmosphere whether you are eating inside with its plush decor or outside where you feel you could be in Italy. They excel in personalised service. Their risotto is among my favourites.

My new canteen is Madame Fu (3/F Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2114 2118). Their lunch time dim sum is excellent. The Peking duck and truffle chicken is remarkable. The steamed grouper on a bed of glass noodles is exceptional. I would recommend this restaurant for visitors, too.

For Sunday lunch, I like Spiaggia (92B Stanley Main Street, Stanley, tel: 2813 7778) on the Stanley waterfront. You are welcomed by Rolf the owner and he is a wonderful character. There is nothing nicer than sitting outside and watching the world go by. The menu is very varied comprising both Western and Eastern dishes. I invariably order seared scallop salad.

I would also recommend visitors and locals alike to go to Sevva (25/F, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central, tel: 2537 1388) where they have an amazing menu and you can have a drink on the balcony with view of the harbour. Also, Mott 32 (Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2885 8688) has great atmosphere and delicious food.

For a spoiling dinner, I would choose Amber (7/F, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2132 0066) for its excellent menu and immaculate service.

I have a passion for Shanghai crab and I go to Ye Shanghai (two locations including Shop 332, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9833) to indulge.

Zuma (Shop 501-503, 5/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 3657 6388) is great for lunch or dinner, and it always has great atmosphere.

For a bowl of pho, BEP (88-90 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2581 9992) is on my doorstep just behind my office. I also enjoy the Vietnamese vegetable wraps at Le Garcon Saigon (12-18 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2455 2499).