Holy cow! Or should we say “Holy Crab” and “Crafty Cow”? HK’s ever-evolving dining scene is becoming more unpredictable than the weather. Luckily contributing editor Daniel Haddad, creator of the blog Hungry Hong Kong is here to give us his tried and tested picks of The Top 5 Places To Try Now…
The Dish: Set in scenic and relaxed Stanley Plaza, Pinot Duck serves up two culinary favourites, Peking duck and Pinot wine, in a fun and unique concept.
Still Hungry For: Duck liver pate, Crispy duck pieces, Baked duck egg with hand pulled duck
The Skinny: Their menu of modern tapas sized dishes is centered around traditional Peking duck, which is reconstructed in modern European and South East Asian-inspired variations for an innovative take on the classic dish.
Shop G07, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, +852 2772 0060, www.pinotduck.com
The Dish: Crafty Cow serves “third culture” food melding flavours that are new yet familiar in a trendy, modern setting.
Still Hungry For: Numbing bone marrow, Ox tongue and kimchi, A5 ohmi rib-eye, C4 double coffee brown ale
The Skinny: An exciting menu full of unique dishes accompanied with an impressive craft beer selection and a fun, buzzy atmosphere.
G/F, 3-3A Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan +852 2915 8988, www.craftycow.hk
LAI BUN FU
The Dish: Brought to you by the former head chef of Government House, Lai Bun Fu serves high-end Chinese cuisine with impeccable Hong Kong service to match.
Still Hungry For: Foie gras prwan cutlets on toast, Stir fried vegetarian shark fin with shredded abalone and scrambled egg, Deep fried crispy angus beef brisket with curry sauce
The Skinny: The fusion of East meets West interiors perfectly represents Hong Kong and the classic feel makes it the ideal dining venue for celebratory dinners or when entertaining important clients. A great dining destination if you are looking to experience an elegant taste of traditional Hong Kong.
5/f, 18 On Lan Street, Central, +852 2564 3868, www.laibunfu.com
The Dish: Holy Crab brings Southern hospitality to Hong Kong in the form of fresh Cajun seafood flown daily from the US.
Still Hungry For: Louisiana braised clams, Lightly fried scallops, Swimming crab cooked in a low country boil style of bell peppers, onion and celery known as “The Holy Trinity”
The Skinny: Be prepared to get messy. Pick your own catch and eat buckets of fresh seafood with your hands at this laid back Creole seafood restaurant.
3/F, Cosmos Building, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, +852 2110 0100, http://holycrab.com.hk
QUEST BY QUE
The Dish: Chef Que Vinh Dang offers an innovative and modern dining experience in the heart of Wan Chai.
Still Hungry for: Grilled octopus with watermelon, pickled watermelon skin and ice lettuce, King salmon with galangal, beet root jelly, avocado and salmon roe, BBQ Iberico pork belly banh mi with chicken liver pate, black peper cha lua sauage and pickles
The Skinny: A must try spot for food lovers who are looking for something to surprise and impress.
28/F 235-239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, +852 2554 0888, www.questbyque.com