I lived in Hong Kong for 12 years before moving to Singapore. Restaurant business is tough in Hong Kong so it is hard to find a place to eat that has been a landmark. In a city that has one of the highest rentals, restaurants open and close very quickly. There are only a handful that have lasted over the past years. Mentioning my fave 5 below.
Previously known as Lucy’s, Henry’s is located on Main Street in Stanley Market.
The original owner Lucy Humbert relocated to her home in the UK in May 2017 after having run the restaurant for 23 years (Lucy opened the restaurant in 1994).
A small restaurant with an intimate feel, it has not changed since I discovered it way back in ’97, as hasn’t its menu. Souffles, its signature lemon pudding, goat’s cheese and walnut salad, salmon fillet and its coconut and pumpkin soup remain crowd favourites.
Lucy trained her staff well and many have remained with her for all these years. In fact, one of her long-time staff, Henry Kwan, who has been working with Lucy as her chef for over 20 years, bought it from Lucy to continue on the legacy and save the restaurant from closing down.
Even now, the waiters remember the old-timers and the patrons remember the restaurant staff. This time around when I went, the restaurant was nearly empty and I could walk into the restaurant without making any reservations. This would never be possible before. Lucy’s (now Henry’s) was patronised by many bankers, pilots and other expats who have since returned to their motherland.
Set lunch with a starter, main, pudding and coffee or tea is at HK$ 370. Bread is generous and always warm. A stroll in Stanley Market after or before the meal makes for a wonderful afternoon.
Address: 64 Stanley Main St, Stanley, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2813 9055
Open all days except Monday from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm
To get there, the best option is to take any of the No 6 (6, 6X, 66) buses from Exchange Square in Central. Sit on the upper deck to see the views of Happy Valley before you enter the Aberdeen Tunnel. Henry’s Facebook Page
2) Lok Cha Tea House
Tucked away in Hong Kong Park inside K.S.Lo Gallery for ceramics, Lok Cha Tea House offers Chinese tea and vegetarian dim sum in its little sanctuary. Away from the noise and hub bub, the tea house inside the park has a peaceful ambiance and the food menu allows for sharing and sampling of a variety of options. The restaurant staff is well trained to match tea with your food and even your mood and will also recommend the way to drink it as well as its medicinal properties.
LockCha Tea House
Address: Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2801-7177
Open every day from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Closed every second Tuesday of the month
Closest MTR: Admiralty Station, Exit C1
And while you are there, make sure you visit the Hong Kong Park and the nearby Edward Youde Aviary which has some of the most beautiful and rare birds.
One among the long-timers, Jaspas has many branches in Hong Kong. Staff is always friendly and the food options are varied – from healthy eating, to something for children, Mexican, Asian, Pizzas, Salads, fish and meat. Everything tastes delicious and the wines selection is great. Jaspas also has a junk which takes you to outlying islands as well as get catering done for your boat trips (highly recommend a boat trip to outlying islands when in Hong Kong). Check out http://casteloconcepts.com/ to select a restaurant of your choice.
4) Felix, Peninsula Hotel
Boys especially like visiting Felix only because of the urinals. “It feels like you are peeing over the Victoria Harbour,” said one of my friends quite proudly. The urinals have featured in the “50 Places to Pee Before you Die” and many other publications.
Aside from its toilet experience, the restaurant itself is one of the long-time institutions in Hong Kong having opened in 1994. In 2017, it got a make-over by designer Philippe Starck. Felix has its own dedicated lift to take you up to the 28th floor where the view of Victoria Harbour is magnificent. Food wise, it serves modern European. Felix also has its own in-house mixologist for creative drinks.
The Verandah located in the lobby level is also pretty neat for afternoon tea and cakes. Hong Kongers LOVE afternoon teas and the city makes quite an effort for the Tai Tais (ladies of leisure); Verandah being one of the favourites.
Address: 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Open all days from 5.30pm to 1.30am
Tel: +852 2696 6778
TWG, IFC Mall
TWG Tea is not a well established restaurant. It opened in the IFC Mall in 2012, and while I said I will only write about long-standing restaurants in themselves, I couldn’t help pass the opportunity to mention TWG Tea.
Here, you can have teas, cakes, sandwiches, pastas and set menu after you have checked-in your bags in at the in-town check-in station and before you take the Airport Express to catch a flight from Chek Lap Kok Airport. Everything you eat has tea leaves in it including the butter for your bread and ice creams too.
TWG is actually a Singaporean brand which has branched into Hong Kong, Dubai and London. It has a range of different teas to choose from across the world – Indian, Chinese, South African, herbal, and special concoctions. My favorite is the Choc Mint Truffle Tea paired with Singapore Surprise, TWG Tea’s signature dessert – creamy crème brulée on a tea-infused crust with wild strawberries; its top caramalised to a delicious perfection.
Address: IFC Mall, #1022, Podium Level One, 1 Harbour View Street, Central
Tel: + 852 2796 2828
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm