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30 Best Eats
By The Loop HK Staff | October 4th, 2023

Just like that, another year has passed us by. As we flip over the remaining few pages of our calendars, let’s take some time to reminisce about the food moments that are so uniquely 2023: what was your first meal of the year? How many weeks in advance did you prepare for your birthday dinner(s)? What were the restaurants you finally crossed off your bucket list?

Dining out is such an important part of our daily lives that we seem to take for granted. Through 30 Best Eats, we want to pay tribute to the dishes and drinks that made you go “mmmmm!”, and the exceptional restaurants that were so good, you had to leave a 5-star review online. Congratulations to all the winners, and here’s to another 365 days of creating flavorful memories!

See the full list of winners (in alphabetical order by establishment name) below:

Aera

Fine dining restaurant Aera specializes in Nordic cuisine, blending modern innovation with timeless traditional bites to present an experience that is both tantalizing and down-to-earth. Firm believer of home is where the good food is, this recent addition to Wan Chai’s bustling dining scene shares with you delicacies such as A3 wagyu alongside in-house fermented Mizansho and pickled Shimeji. When will your next visit be?

G/F, 6 Stewart Road, Wan Chai, +852 2389 9901

Amber

Epicureans who values taste as much as the environmental soundness of their meals will definitely find a like-minded ally in Amber. The proud holder of two Michelin stars for 15 consecutive and a Michelin Green Star since 2022, this elegant fine dining location elevates the innate flavors of consciously sourced seasonal ingredients through French culinary wisdom. From fresh seafood and vegetarian options to exquisite wine pairing and an intimate kitchen experience, Amber has it all.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 2132 0188

Calle Ocho

People fall in love with Spain because of its people’s generosity and its impeccable cuisine. In Calle Ocho, both of the coastal country’s most captivating qualities are represented with a larger-than-life menu dedicated to showcase the flavors unique to Spain. Case in point: Pan con Tomate made with the freshest tomato and herbaceous olive oil, and tuna tartar crowned with Japanese sea urchin; no matter simple or extravagant, it’s the thought (and craftsmanship) that counts.

Shop K, G/F & 1/F, Fashion Walk , 8 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2638 8895

Cheung Hei (祥囍煲仔小廚)

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It’s clay pot rice season every day of the year at Cheung Hei, and honestly? We can’t get enough of it. Headlining more than a dozen clay pot rice combinations — from classics like mixed Chinese sausages to modern options such as beef and poached egg — this Shau Kei Wan-based eatery appeases patrons young and old. For larger parties, don’t miss out on the Cantonese stir-fried dishes bursting with flavors and wok hei.

Shop 5A, G/F, Sun Lee Building, 6-28 Ngoi Man Street, Shau Kei Wan, +852 2343 8811

Crab Fairy (蟹仙海鮮蒸氣鍋)

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There’s no better way to appreciate the umami of seafood than to cook it with steam at Crab Fairy, where you are surrounded and served by wait staff that are knowledgeable about what you should dig into next.

Depending on the season, pamper your palates with the freshest catch among the ranks of abalone, shrimp, lobster and crab. At Crab Fairy, sometimes the world is truly your oyster.

G/F, 2-4 Lung Kong Road, Kowloon City, +852 2360 9718

Cruise Restaurant & Bar

Many would agree that a stunning view is the best side dish one can ask for, and at Cruise Restaurant & Bar, you can see for yourself the reason why. Overlooking the Victoria Harbour with glass railings to maximize your visual enjoyment, this rooftop lounge also takes care of your tastebuds with modern Asian delicacies, timeless cocktails and ever-so-glamorous bubbles. If new ideas are your kind of thing, make sure to check out Cruise’s mini brunch and Feed Me tasting menu.

23/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, +852 3896 9898

Cucina

Cucina, aptly named after the Italian word for kitchen, celebrates the love, passion and respect for food with traditional techniques and authentic flavors. Get to know Chef de Cuisine Andrea Delzanno’s interpretation of Italy through his creative menus spotlighting myriads of ingredients depending on the time of the year, and sit back to let the panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour sink in. Psst: from Cucina, you get to enjoy A Symphony of Lights from a VIP’s POV.

6/F, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2113 0808

CulinArt 1862

Farm to fork practitioner CulinArt 1862 is the brainchild of Chef Stanley Wong. Situated at the Towngas flagship store, this contemporary restaurant serves fresh and sustainable produce from its very own organic farm, so guests can savor the gifts of nature even when in the busiest part of town. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have a chef cooking for you in the comfort of your own home, the Chef‘s Private Dining Room is for you: the warm lighting echoes with the grounded wooden interior to make your next meal all the cozier.

1/F, Chinacham Leighton Plaza, 29 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2884 2603

Dilliwale – The Indian Food Paradise

Dilliwale didn’t call itself the Indian food paradise only as a slogan — an assembly of Delhi street food, traditional cuisine and spiced cocktails all under one roof, this energetic hot spot welcomes you to explore the facets of Indian flavors with open arms.

Enjoy chaat, curries and home-style desserts the same way the locals do thousands of kilometers away; and remember, these buzzing dishes are best shared with family and friends!

9/F, Kyoto Plaza, 491-499 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, +852 6073 4268

FINDS

Abbreviated from Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, FINDS is a melting pot of all the finest bites Northern Europe has to offer. Well equipped with seasonal local ingredients and traditional Nordic cooking techniques such as smoking, curing, pickling and fermenting, this trendy spot temporarily teleports you to Scandinavia with one tickle of the tastebud. Our go-to’s? The Salmon Six Ways and Nordic Seafood Platter.

1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2522 9318

Gala Cafe (嘉樂冰廳)

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The prime exemplar of “old but gold”, Tsuen Wan’s four decades old Gala Cafe retains existing fans and attracts new ones with quality cha chaan teng staples.

From savory sandwiches and omelettes to sweet treats such as toasts and sundae, you will find that all taste-related memories from your childhood have found a sanctuary in this neighborhood cafe. This is a place to take a break from the present and re-discover the stow away moments in the past.

G/F, 40B San Chuen Street, Tsuen Wan, +852 2493 7308

Ho Che Noodles (何車車仔麵)

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Nestled in Prince Edward, Ho Che Noodles is where you find cart noodles that evolved with time: the principles of the local cuisine remain true, what’s new are the addition of Japanese flavors and a touch of refined craftsmanship not found in hastened traditional joints.

Let Ho Che Noodles’s tender braised pork belly, roasted cow tongue and many other selections show you how they earned a shop expansion with only two years in the business.

G/F, 28 Tai Nan Street, Prince Edward, +852 9138 6721

Honjokko

Honjokko is here to show you that sushi is only a concept, it’s the way you execute and interpret it that really count its. Defined by its underlying tropical influence and penchant for colors, this progressive sushi bar breaks the nori bind of this world-famous rice dish with bold alternatives such as No Rice Rolls and Hamachi Truffle and Wagyu Uni Nigiris. Why stop there? Get your hands on modern izakaya staples and artful cocktails that are equal parts fun and Japanese-inspired.

The Sixteenth, 2/F, Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, +852 2788 1996

Hung Ling Restaurant (紅伶飯店)

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When it comes to late night daa laang, you can’t go wrong with Hung Ling Restaurant. 50 years and a re-opening later, this Chiu Chow eatery still stands tall at Yau Ma Tei with its striking red sign and time-honored classic dishes ready to impress.

If you find yourself in the area past midnight with a growling stomach, make a beeline for Hung Ling Restaurant for their marinated platters, chicken hot pot and a beer or two.

Shop D & E, G/F, Yee Fat Building, 10-16 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei, +852 3481 2020

KABOOM

KABOOM is such a #mood. But in all seriousness, imagine hanging out at KABOOM’s rooftop lounge and letting your mind drift freely under the ever-changing skies. Now, how about some Southeast Asian fusion delicacies to go with the view? Take your time as the layers of spice unravel and complement your favorite red or white meat. And don’t forget to have a drink in hand: from refreshing pandan to creamy coconut, there must be something that suits your mood out of the 12 house cocktails.

20/F, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3708 8114

Lai Ching Heen

Regarded as one of the world’s best Chinese restaurants and with the Michelin stars and Black Pearl Diamonds to back it up, Lai Ching Heen represents the refined side of the Cantonese cuisine — think a jade jewelry-inspired interior, veteran chefs who knows their craft by heart, impeccable service, and a front row seat to admiring the Harbourfront. But don’t let all these distract you from the star of the show: exquisite Chinese ingredients treated with artisanship in mind.

G/F, The Regent Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2313 2313

Le Chefeteria

Who says cozy, fun and fine dining are mutually exclusive? Helmed by Michelin-star trained Balinese chef Azmi Arialda, Le Chefeteria invites guests in with a dining room setting that simply feels at home. In the kitchen, the chefs are also having the time of their lives curating international delicacies that are reflections of their hometowns and culinary muse. Want the place all to yourself? Your private dining goals are just a message away.

4/F, 4 Sun Wui Road, Causeway Bay, +852 9328 6390

Nissa la Bella Bistro & Wine Bar

Nissa la Bella is back, and it’s better than ever. Embracing its French roots, this newly renovated bistro brings the artistry of its homegrown cuisine to the forefront through classic gastronomic favorites such as Joue de Boeuf and Bouillabaisse as well as modern iterations. To further amplify the beauty of each of their creations, the chefs turn to vibrant colors and edible flowers for a tasteful finishing touch. The night doesn’t stop here — stay for the affordable wine options and live music performances, it’s going to be a splendid time indeed.

G/F, 10-14 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, +852 9549 3882

Please Don’t Tell (PDT)

Shh! Info for those in the loop (pun intended) only: on the mezzanine level of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar, you can find the secret entrance to Please Don’t Tell through a phone booth if you look close enough. This well-hidden hangout spot for 25 guests is a collaboration between the hotel and the New York-based bar bearing the original PDT moniker, and is home to a deluxe menu courtesy of Michelin-starred chef and renowned mixologists.

G/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, +852 2132 0110

Relish

Relish is not only about the food, but also the lifestyle. No matter it’s a full-scale event with family, friends and prospective business partners, or a nice meal at home as a part of your self-care routine, Relish has the perfect combo of seasonal ingredients, umami and elegance tailor-made for you. Gone are hassles of shopping around and meal prepping, instead, say hello to a delectable beginning of quality and peace of mind with a click on the phone.

22D, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, +852 3481 1924; Order online here

SAVVY

SAVVY is many things. It’s a bar, a lounge and a restaurant; it’s also where gourmands go to enjoy delicacies from all over the world. Well equipped with experienced chefs from Thailand, India and Indonesia bringing the tastes of their home straight to your platter, SAVVY prides itself in its authenticity and variety. Come and let signature dishes such as Tom Yum Kung, curry thali and otak-otak entice your appetite.

Shop 3209A, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2113 6188

Shari Shari Kakigori House

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Those who with a sweet tooth and the habit to end their nights out with a table full of desserts definitely have heard of Shari Shari Kakigori House. For those who don’t (and you are missing out), this popular shaved ice shop features ice imported from Hokkaido, melting in your mouth into a soft, flavorful bite.

The possibilities are endless: take your pick between fruits, teas, syrups, cream and mochi. Most importantly, grab a friend — each serving is made for sharing.

G/F, 13 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2529 1223

Shum Shum Desserts (深深甜品)

Shum Shum Desserts opened its doors in 2018 and quickly earned the attention of the Michelin Guide for all the right reasons: with its vintage decorations and versatile menu rooted from Hong Kong and Taiwanese cuisines alike, this local spot has garnered followers from all over the city. Next time when you’re in the mood for something sweet, drop by for Shum Shum Desserts’s signature coconut soup, renowned for its full body and enthralling fragrance.

Shop C, G/F, Hang On Building, 46 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po

Together Restaurant (醉和里)

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One of the oldest dai pai dongs still standing, Together Restaurant has everything you’d expect when you envision the local Hong Kong night scene. Looking for Chiu Chow daa laang? Try the cold marinated meat platter. Stir-fried dishes are more your vibe? Order to your heart’s content, the options are vast. Prefer some dim sum and tea? Come in at the break of dawn for the true morning tea experience.

No CF2, G/F, Cooked Food Stall, Temple Mall South, Wong Tai Sin, +852 2323 1703

Victorian Era

Taking hot pot, many Hongkongers’ top winter pastime, to the luxury end, Victorian Era places emphasis on the visual representation of its offerings and interior. Choose from an array of gourmet soup bases curated with your health in mind, savor modern renditions of traditional Cantonese bites, than take in the poised surroundings inspired by the city’s “Hollywood of the Orient” era. It doesn’t get better than that.

21/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2363 9698

Wing Gor Kitchen (榮哥廚房私房菜)

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Private kitchens are an integral part of the Hong Kong dining culture, and Wing Gor Kitchen makes for the perfect contender either you’re an explorer or a seasoned connoisseur of our local cuisine. With 30 years of hands-on experience and multiple awards under his belt, Chef Wing Gor always presents the best ingredients of the season while keeping an innovative mind when it comes to cooking techniques and creating flavors.

Room L, 4/F, Phase 3, Kwun Tong Industrial Centre, 436-484 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, +852 2345 6389

Yuen Long Hop Lun Noodles (元朗合隆潮州粉麵)

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Yuen Long Hop Lun Noodles (located in Wan Chai to save you the trip) holds the recipe to a tingling white pepper soup base that goes with arguably everything — from a bowl of pig’s organ noodles for lunch to a simmering hot pot in winter. Apart from the signature dish, the lines outside the Yuen Long Hop Lun Noodles also keep coming back for local favorites such as Hao Diao wine chicken, chilled squid heads and carbs with lard and soy sauce.

Shop A, G/F, 3 Tak Yan Street, Wan Chai, +852 2889 1618

New Dragon City Restaurant (新龍城茶樓)

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Ever wondered what it was like to yum cha in Hong Kong’s squatter village era? New Dragon City Restaurant takes you back to the days with its nostalgic furbishments and self-served dim sums. Divided into outdoor and air-conditioned areas and enlivened with the chatters of patrons and bird-keepers, this classic-style restaurant is a moving showcase of a period bygone.

Shop B, 67 Lung Chi Path, Ngau Chi Wan, Choi Hung, +852 2247 1228

She Wong Hei (蛇王熙)

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The reincarnation of what used to be Causeway’s most renowned snake soup restaurant, She Wong Hei upgrades tried and true recipes with fish maw to further impress patrons with a stock that is both nutritious and just the right texture.

For those looking for more filling and (to some) less shocking options, try their siu mei (roasted meats) or preserved meat sausage rice.

G/F, 59 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2385 5211

Noodle Stall (麵檔)

With a straightforward name to let you know where its specialty lies, Noodle Stall sits at the heart of Causeway Bay to feed cart noodles to visitors from far and near. Boasting approachable prices and vast options from staple carbs to marinated organs, this must-try eatery is what a night market enthusiast’s dreams are made of — and don’t forget to check out the old Hong Kong-inspired interior.

G/F, 10 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2889 9011