Hongkong

Customs

Littering and spitting are illegal in Hong Kong and will incur spot fines. In Hong Kong the concept of ‘face’ is very important; avoid causing someone to ‘lose face’ by publicly insulting them or contradicting them in front of others as this is considered very impolite. The Chinese have great respect for hierarchical relationships.

Restaurants

Name:

The Bostonian Restaurant

Region/City:

Hong Kong City

Address:

Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon

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The Bostonian has been included in the influential dining handbook The Hong Kong Best Restaurant Guide and has been a Hong Kong favourite for more than a decade. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere and its menu offers a wide choice of American fare, from the signature US prime rib to Boston lobster – all in huge portions! Creole dishes are also popular here, as is the award winning collection of Californian wines. The Bostonian is tucked away in the basement of the Langham Hotel, with a bar upstairs serving lunchtime sandwiches, and tapas in the evening. Bookings recommended for dinner.

Name:

Pho Yummee

Region/City:

Hong Kong City

Address:

Shop 19-21, Level 1, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road (ride up in the Peak Tram)

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Apart from its excellent Vietnamese menu, featuring yummt fusion food in a casual environment, the main appeal of this Café Deco Group restaurant is its location – it’s set in the Peak Galleria Mall, overlooking the vista of Hong Kong. The Art Deco décor and stunning views make visiting this vibey restaurant, with its international chefs at work in show kitchens, a memorable experience. There are other Cafe Deco restaurants in Hong Kong but this is one of the best. Café Deco is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Name:

Yung Kee

Region/City:

Hong Kong City

Address:

32-40 Wellington Street, Central District (near Lan Kwai Fong)

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Dim Sum is a Chinese tradition: an array of steaming baskets of dumplings and other delicacies from which diners make a selection, usually for late breakfast or a light lunch. Dim Sum is one of the specialities for which the Michelin-starred Yung Kee is famed, along with the restaurant’s renowned Cantonese roast goose served up with sweet, tasty stewed beans, nick-named the ‘flying goose’ because so many visitors have insisted on taking a sample of this delicious dish home with them. Enjoy the clean Asian décor of this restaurant while being served by their well-mannered staff.

Name:

Jumbo Floating Restaurant

Region/City:

Hong Kong City

Address:

Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. (Shuttle ferries depart from Shum Wan Pier and Aberdeen Pier)

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Hong Kong’s famous floating restaurant, gently riding the swells in Aberdeen Harbour, consists of three sections which are all brightly lit by a myriad of dazzling lights making a fairy-tale night-time spectacle for the thousands who come to dine here every week. Jumbo in Chinese means ‘gem’ or ‘treasure’, but the western meaning fits it just as well with its massive capacity for seating 2,300 diners simultaneously. The cuisine on offer is varied, but mainly seafood, which diners can pick out themselves from a selection swimming in a tank – the Flamed Drunken Shrimp is extraorinary. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Name:

Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill

Region/City:

Hong Kong City

Address:

315 Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Kowloon

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Homesick Americans visiting Hong Kong will find solace in the carnivorous cuisine served up at Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill. The menu tempts with sumptuous feasts such as rack of lamb roasted with rosemary, or char-grilled porterhouse steaks. Not-so-meaty specialities on the menu include homemade pasta dishes, as well as thick satisfying soups served in bread bowls. The bar is also popular for its informal beer-swilling atmosphere. Reservations are essential for this taste of gratifying down-home cookin’. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Name:

Felix

Region/City:

Hong Kong City

Address:

Peninsula Hotel, Salibury Rd

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This elegant and trendy restaurant’s sleek interior boasts a long table occasionally used as a catwalk, suggesting Felix’s fashion-venue ambitions match its culinary aspirations. The Dungeness crab cake, with an avocado and jalapeño remoulade, and the lobster risotto top the haute cuisine list but there’s no telling what the haute couture has to offer… Reservations are recommended, open every night for dinner.

Name:

Din Tai Fung

Region/City:

Hong Kong City

Address:

Shop 130, 3F, Silvercord, No.30, Canton Rd, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon

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One of the most popular restaurants in Hong Kong for local cuisine, Din Tai Fung specialises in dim sum – small tapas-style dishes like Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork dumplings). Earning a Michelin star in 2011, Din Tai Fung is known for its excellent service and child-friendliness. Be prepared to wait at least 30 minutes for a table however, and even longer at peak times.