The Best Casual Restaurants in Hong Kong
Discover laid-back eateries based on recommendations from local chefs and food writers.
The culinary scene in Hong Kong is an exciting mix of traditional and modern, with new restaurants constantly popping up and spreading fresh ideas. Finding just the right place can be overwhelming and that's why, based on recommendations from World of Mouth experts like Gloria Chung, Chris Ho and Eric Robertson, we've put together this piece highlighting the best casual restaurants in Hong Kong. In these informal restaurants you can enjoy a nice meal in a relaxed setting, without compromising on the quality of the food.
Enjoy modern Cantonese dishes at Ho Lee Fook, go for some comforting crab fried rice at Samsen or grab a delicious wonton soup at Mak Man Kee. These and all other recommandendations can be found in this listing of Hong Kong's best casual restaurants.
At Ho Lee Fook, you can expect a vibrant dining experience that combines classic Cantonese dishes with a modern twist, thanks to the innovative approach of Chef Archan Chan. The menu offers a diverse range of dishes, from salt and pepper tofu to Kurobuta pork char siu, and desserts like pandan milk bread French toast. With its bold decor and lively atmosphere, this restaurant provides a contemporary Chinese dining experience that leaves a lasting impression.
Dong Lai Shun is renowned for its authentic Beijing and Huaiyang cuisine, with a particular emphasis on Mongolian lamb dishes. The restaurant offers a diverse menu, including recommended dishes such as scallion pancakes and black sesame dumplings for dessert. Known for its traditional "hot pot mutton", the restaurant provides a rich and varied dining experience.
Offering a unique dining experience, Lamma Rainbow Seafood Restaurant provides a private boat ride to its location on Lamma Island. The establishment specializes in Cantonese dishes, with a focus on fresh seafood; guests can choose their meal from live fish tanks or from a broad a la carte menu. A popular dish among visitors is the 'Baby Clams in Black Bean & Chili Sauce'.
Specializing in traditional Cantonese food, Luk Yu Tea House is an old-school Chinese restaurant. Highly recommended dishes include the Fried Taro duck, Aged Mandarin Peel Steamed Beef Patty, and Sweet and Sour Pork. It's suggested to visit with someone who has been there before to fully enjoy the food and service.
This spot is known for its concise menu, offering simple yet delicate dishes. The wonton soup, stuffed with shrimp, and fried shrimp egg noodles come highly recommended by visitors. With a bustling atmosphere filled with locals, it provides an authentic dining experience.
Samsen (Wan Chai) is a local favorite known for its humble comfort food, which has earned it a Bib Gourmand award. The menu features a range of delectable dishes, from crab fried rice and pad Thai to crispy pig skin, with a particular emphasis on their hearty wagyu udon noodle bowl. It's not unusual to see queues of people waiting for a table, a testament to the restaurant's popularity and quality of food.
Known for its traditional late-night typhoon food, Under Bridge Spicy Crab is a great spot for large groups. The must-try dish here is the razor clams with glass noodles. Pair your meal with some beers and explore the extensive menu for a complete experience.
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