Formerly a costume designer for film, stage and television, Hongkonger Stewart Young recently became auction house Bonhams’ director of jewellery and head of jewellery Asia. He spoke to Andrew Sun. I am a very traditional Chinese person who likes dim sum and Chinese food. Once in a while I will have steak, but mostly I eat Chinese. Every province has their own cuisine and I’m amazed by how they can create a thousand types of chicken dishes and they all taste different. Mostly, I’m a very boring person who just goes to the same restaurants all the time. I always have to take clients to really fancy places, but they are usually not my favourites. China Club (13-14/F, Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central. Tel: 2521 8888) is the only place I like going to again and again. The decoration makes me feel like I’m in Shanghai in the 1930s, and the Cantonese dishes are good. They have great paintings on display, including Andy Warhol’s. They also serve a lot of old style dim sum – the Saturday buffet is nice. For celebrations, they have a library on the top floor that I like to book. I always go to the Chi Lin Nunnery, walk around the park and have vegetarian food at Chi Lin Vegetarian (Long Men Lou, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill. Tel: 3658 9388). The head of the nunnery is very knowledgeable about food, so the dishes are very finely made with mushrooms and herbs, and healthy. You can hardly find gluten-based fake meat. My favourite dish is the mock pig’s trotter in ginger and vinegar, which tastes like the real thing. There is also a secret teahouse, Song Cha Xie , at the nunnery. The tea is amazing. It ranges in price from about HK$200 (US$25) to over HK$1,500. The first time I visited, I stayed for three hours because my tea cost HK$500. I like dim sum on weekends at Dragon Inn Seafood Restaurant (19.5 Miles, Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun. Tel: 2450 6366). It used to be a luxurious hotel back in the 1940s, but was remodelled in the 1980s. My parents used to take me here. It even used to have a zoo. There are not many places in Hong Kong like this any more. Another place I sometimes go to is a Japanese teahouse called Tealosophy (38 Wyndham Street, Central). You can sit Japanese-style on a tatami. It’s clean, with wood decor, and you can relax after a long day of work. When the border opens again I would definitely go to Guangzhou. There are still a lot of streets with old buildings and I like walking around them. The Guangzhou Restaurant (2 Wenchang South Road, Guangzhou. Tel: +86 20 8138 0388) is probably over 100 years-old, multi-storied with a garden. Some of my friends don’t like it and say it’s old and dirty, but I go to the third floor, which is the VIP room. Then I don’t have to sit with the large crowds, some of whom put their legs on chairs which annoys me. But from the third floor, the view is very nice and I can still enjoy the dim sum.