There are so many restaurants and bars that I frequent in Hong Kong, but whenever guests come through town there are a few favorites that I love to share and bring friends and family to.
Keep in mind that most of my visitors are traveling from the US (and many are from Texas specifically) so I’ve left some of the restaurants that I actually visit the most often because sadly I’ve never had someone from Texas come to Hong Kong and ask me to feed them macaroni and cheese or Texas style BBQ.
1. Temple Street Night Market
No.210 Temple Street
Jordan, Hong Kong
A must that also made my Top 10 Hong Kong Activities list, this bustling evening spot is perfect for a casual dinner out. Our usual restaurant of choice is Temple Street Spice Crabs and we go often with friends even when we don’t have visitors in town.
2. ho lee fook
G/F No. 1-5 Elgin St
Central, Hong Kong
Ho lee fook — “good fortune for your mouth” serves inventive versions of classic Hong Kong dishes in a hip, funky restaurant in Central Hong Kong. Everything on the menu is delicious and creative, making this a great spot to take out of town guests who want to try Hong Kong cuisine.
It gets busy and the restaurant only takes reservations for groups of 5 or more, so book ahead or plan to get to the restaurant early for a table.
3. Khyber Pass Mess Club
Flat E2, 7/F, Block E
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Certainly not one of the fanciest places you can bring guests, but a visit to the infamous Chungking Mansion is an experience in itself for those who want to see a very different (and less glamorous) side of Hong Kong. Just walk up to Chungking Mansion and tell one of the many men trying to sell suits or handing our restaurant flyers that you’re looking for Khyber Pass.
They’ll quickly direct you to whoever the Khyber Pass representative is and he’ll escort you directly to the restaurant where you can have your fill of very affordable and authentic Indian and Nepalese dishes.
4. Lin Heung Tea House
Tsang Chiu Ho Building, 160 Wellington St
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Another spot that I shared on my Top 10 Hong Kong Activities list, Lin Heung has been serving authentic and classic dim sum dishes since 1926. They serve many dishes that other restaurants have long forgotten or given up because of the time certain dim sum takes to craft. This is one of the few dim sum restaurants where they still push the traditional trolleys around to tables and while the staff may be a bit intimidating (and not so English friendly) it’s well worth the pantomiming.
5. Sijie Sichuan Restaurant
10/F, Bartlock Centre
3 Yiu Wa Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Ideal for groups of 4 or more (so you can try more dishes!), Sijie serves up spicy Sichuan dishes for a pre-fixed price of 300 HKD per head. You can order the dishes to be more or less spicy according to what your prefer, but my favorite dish is the Chongxing Style Poached Fish which comes swimming in a bath of chili peppers.
6. Zuma – Brunch
Level 5 & 6
15 Queen’s Road
Central Hong Kong
The Japanese food at Zuma is always delicious, but on Saturdays and Sundays they serve a Japanese brunch buffet that is easily my favorite Hong Kong free flow brunch option (free flow champagne and other drinks). You’ll need to book a table, but it’s a great place to eat, drink, and catch up with friends over a few glasses of bubbles.