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Hong Kong dining recommendations

Where a no-frills foodie eats in Hong Kong: from simple dim sum to chic French cuisine

  • Jeanine Hsu tells us where to find the best eat-all-you-can dim sum and no-frills Italian, and has an unusual place to take visitors
  • The founder of a jewellery label, she enjoys authentic dishes that are well-cooked and use simple ingredients
PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 December, 2018, 6:33pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 December, 2018, 6:33pm

Educated at Central Saint Martin’s in London, Jeanine Hsu is the founder and creative director of niin, a Hong Kong jewellery and accessories label.

I would say I am a no-frills kind of foodie. I generally opt for good quality and simple ingredients and choose authentic over the shish [flash] factor.

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I enjoy a variety of cuisines.

I need my weekly fix of simple wonton noodles at Mak’s Noodle (various locations including 77 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2854 3810), with vinegar and soy sauce and fresh kailan veggies.

My go-to place for the best eat-all-you-can dim sum is Dragon-I (Podium, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 3110 1222). The Hong Kong Country Club’s Island Room (188 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Deep Water Bay, tel: 2870 6340) rates second.

Giando (Tower 1, Starcrest, 1 Star Street, Admiralty, tel: 2511 8912) is a great no-frills Italian spot with delicious food for an intimate setting and yummy everything.

I love Mana! (92 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2851 1611) for their healthy wraps and salads for a quick lunch or a takeaway for the office. I also like their [plant-based and sustainable] ethos and that you can sit under plants and that everything is recyclable.

Another great spot is Sushi Kuu (1/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2971 0180). I love the lunch sets.

I usually go for the sashimi or pork shabu shabu salad, if I’m on a meat-eating day. Dinners are fun too, with plenty of sake.

For a new visitor, I would take them on the Star Ferry, then go visit areas like Shek O, Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei, and then the Chi Lin Monastery and eat at their vegetarian restaurant Long Men Lou (Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, tel: 3658 9388).

For a celebration dinner, Fook Lam Moon (two locations including Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 0663) serves great homey Cantonese food.

The new La Petite Maison (1/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, tel: 2887 1113) has excellent French cuisine, and the decoration is very chic, yet cosy.

It’s just generally a wonderful experience. But I still like the classic Cafe Gray Deluxe (L49 The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 3968 1106) as the food quality and service are impeccable, as is the view.

As a designer, I really appreciate Bedu (40 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2320 4450), a modern Middle Eastern restaurant and bar which is right opposite from my new shop on Gough Street.

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They took inspiration from the nomadic wanderings of the Bedouin tribes across the deserts of North Africa to the rocky sands of the Middle East. The design is an earthy palette and there is a link to astrology too which resonates spookily well with what we do at niin.