Peking duck is one of Hong Kong’s most sought-after dishes – and rightly so. Its crispy exterior matched with the tender duck meat perfectly complements the condiments. The interactive process – which follows with the art of wrapping – is one of the most time-honored traditions in Chinese culture. Lucky for us, Hong Kong is home to an abundance of Peking duck restaurants. Here are the best modern and traditional Peking duck restaurants to try. Without further ado…
Paying tribute to the mass Chinese migration to New York back in the late 1800s, Mott 32 is named after the first Chinese convenience store opened in the Big Apple. Decked in glamorous, art deco-inspired interiors (by the famed Joyce Wang Studio), the restaurant is known for much more than its photogenic appeal. Helmed by Chef Lee Man Sing – who previously worked 35 years with Harbour Grand Kowloon and Mandarin Oriental – the food ranges from delectable dim sum to, of course, peking duck. What’s unique about the dish, however, is its preparation. The 2kg duck follows a 48-hour marination process with brick oven Applewood smoking, finished with an old traditional cutting method which locks in all the juices before serving.
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central, 2885-8688. Open every day 12:00pm to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
Michelin-starred Duddell’s hosts regular art exhibitions and screenings in a stylish space designed by London-based interior designer Isle Crawford. One of the restaurant’s most sought-after dishes is unsurprisingly the Peking duck, which is sourced directly from Beijing. The chef air dries the duck for 12 hours before they roast it in a Chinese barbecue oven. When it’s ready, the duck is served with the chef’s “secret duck sauce” and the traditional pancakes.
Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, 2525-9191. Open every day 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
Sitting high on the 28th floor of One Peking, Aqua Group’s Hutong boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with unparalleled views of the harbor. The venue is intimate, and showcases interiors reminiscent of old Beijing. Features include deep wooden furnishings, red lanterns and birdcage decorations. Specializing in Northern Chinese cuisine, Hutong’s latest attraction is the crisp Peking duck – served with cucumber, spring onion and Chinese pancakes.
28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3428-8342. Open Tuesday to Sunday (times vary).
Helmed by executive chef Hui Mei Tak – who has over 30 years experience – Moon Lok Restaurant spans an 8,000 square-foot space in Xiqu Centre. The restaurant welcomes Cantonese opera enthusiasts with its jade green color scheme and floral motifs. Whether you’re dining here before the show or simply to finally try the Peking duck, its cosy ambiance will set the scene.
4, 1/F, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Road West, 3622-1449. Open every day 9:00am to 11:00pm.
A highly acclaimed, longstanding Peking Duck specialist, Peking Garden has been serving authentic Beijing cuisine since the 1970s. With outposts all over Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, the restaurant’s signature duck dish is crispy and aromatic and well worth the visit.
Housed at the beautiful Peninsula hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, Spring Moon is revered for its Michelin-starred Cantonese classics. The roast Peking duck is a must for group dine-ins, where Chef Lam Yuk Ming showcases the time-honored dish in all its glory. As one of the city’s most beloved restaurants, Spring Moon continues its legacy from its 1986 debut. Don’t forget to try the homemade XO sauce. It’s made with a secret recipe and lives through generations.
1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2696-6760. Open every day 11:30am to 10:00pm.
Sheraton’s Celestial Court resembles a traditional banquet hall, decked in warm woods and a rich color palette. Its menu boasts an impressive selection of authentic Chinese dishes, from savoury dim sum to Yunnan-harvested mushrooms. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the crispy Peking duck, the perfectly indulgent sharing centrepiece.
Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel And Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369-1111. Open every day (times vary).