Interior designer Leslie Lui works for the Hyatt hotel group, developing and overseeing projects in the Asia-Pacific region. She spoke to Andrew Sun. I grew up mostly in Alberta, Canada, surrounded by the prairies and the Rocky Mountains. My parents owned a Chinese restaurant and most of my extended family are involved in F&B too. Maybe that’s why I love restaurants that have a family factor. Some of my favourites include For Kee (Shop J-K, 200 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2546 8947), a very local, family-run business. Their pork chop rice with vegetables and fried egg is a favourite. Filled with family squabbles and lazy cats, it’s a great part of the neighbourhood. I also like Pondi (14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 6556 4253), doing French-Indian fusion food with relaxed and personable interactions. It’s a very intimate restaurant with a great playlist. Posso (12 Kau U Fong, Sheung Wan, tel: 9870 0898) is a new favourite for a great mix of tapas-style dishes. There’s also perfect pasta, the service is down-to-earth friendly, and again, a great playlist. Visitors to Hong Kong need to do a combo of things: dim sum, dinner and dessert. Dim sum has to be at the loud and crowded Sun Hing (Shop C, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, tel: 2816 0616) or, if they’re less tolerant of crowds, China Club (13-14/F, Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, tel: 2521 8888) with its grand staircase and art decor windows looking across the harbour. Then dinner at For Kee or Tung Po (2/F, Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, tel: 2880 5224) with its wet market chaos. Every time I bring someone there, they love it. For dessert, the egg waffle at Mammy Pancake at its original location (219 Temple Street, Jordan, tel: 5995 3210) is a quintessential Hong Kong must-try. For special occasions, but not only for those, I go to Yardbird (154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2547 9273). From the first time I ate there until now, it has had consistently great comfort food and amazing service. I have always loved the fact that the owners also have roots in Alberta. It feels like I’m supporting an extended family. Overseas, I want to visit Tokyo and dine at Narukiyo (2-7-14 Shibuya Nakamura Building, B1F, Shibuya, tel: +81 3 5485 2223). I can’t read the menu, no one speaks English, but every time I go, I let the chef work his wonders and he never disappoints. I sit at the counter, watch the chaos and it’s such a great show – a pile of tomatoes here, a basket of eggplants there, pots piling up, things crashing. The plateware ranges from pirate ceramics to Doraemon faces. I leave each time happier than when I walked in. Another place I love, in Italy, is La Marina (Via Antica Romana 7, Brugnato SP, Liguria, tel: +39 0187 894250). The daughter and father run the front of the house, while the mother and son handle the kitchen. It’s like being invited by a local to their home to eat. They treat you like part of the family with unassuming service. Lastly, a highlight of my last trip to Toronto, Canada, was a restaurant called Brothers Food & Wine. They closed during the pandemic but the chefs have reopened a new place called 20 Victoria (20 Victoria Street, Toronto, tel: +1 416 804 6066). The two chefs have been friends since their teens. Their food offers impeccable fresh flavours and presentation.