Where to Eat in Kowloon
From high tea at the Peninsula to dim sum in a back alley, Kowloon pretty much has it all when it comes to dining out. The number of once ubiquitous 'dai pai dong' food stalls and noodle stands selling congee and rice has now dwindled down but that doesn't mean you cannot get good street food - far from it. The central Tsim Sha Tsui area has an abundance of markets and the ever popular Temple Street and Ladies Market are teaming with fantastic restaurants and vendors serving local favorites every day.
Kowloon's fine dining scene is on the rise too - quite literally - as many Michelin-starred restaurants set up shop in the rows of skyscrapers overlooking the harbor. These offer incredible views, have some of the world's best chefs in their kitchens and welcome food critics from around the world.
Below, find the full listings of our recommended Kowloon restaurants, complete with information regarding menus, price, location and opening times.
Above and Beyond
Occupying the entire 28th floor at Hotel ICON in Tsim Sha Tsiu, Above and Beyond is one of the most recommended restaurants in Kowloon if you’re seeking a good view with your dinner. Food here is Cantonese, although this categorization is flexible, with the talented chefs constantly innovating classic recipes by introducing new ingredients and flavours (for example, their sweet and sour pork uses Iberian pork, and the steamed lobster is cooked with egg white and black truffles). Decor is smart and minimalist, allowing the spectacular Victoria Harbour views from the floor-to-ceiling windows to take centre stage.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-14:30; 18:00-22:30
- Address: 28/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road
- Tel: +852 3400 1318
AL MOLO Ristorante Italiano
Al MOLO is not your ordinary Italian diner. Firstly, the location by the harbour front is quite spectacular, and their alfresco dining area takes full advantage of the views looking across to the towering city skyline in the background. Although pastas and pizzas do take up a chunk of the menu, other mains make dining here a much more interesting experience. Creative and altogether more exciting examples include their pan seared octopus with sour cream, shaved vegetable salad and citrus vinaigrette (HK$168) as well as the braised veal shank, which comes with bone marrow, saffron risotto and sautéed spinach (HK$298).
- Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00 daily
- Location: Ocean Terminal City Harbour
- Tel: +852 2730 7900
Located at Hong Kong’s breathtaking Shangri-La Hotel, Angelini specialises in fine-dining Italian classics, and presents just as impressive views over Victoria Harbour. Particularly pretty creations that almost look too good to be devoured include the Hokkaido scallops on taleggio cream and truffle pearl, as well as the Wagyu sirloin, which comes with tuna sauce and caper flowers. Pastas start from around HK$300, whilst some of the mains are more like HK$500, meaning this classy spot is (inevitably) up there with Hong Kong’s more expensive dining experiences.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00-15:00; 18:00-23:00
- Address: Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2721 2111
Aqua Roma focuses on modern Italian cooking from the south of the country. Located in Kowloon’s groovy One Peking, Aqua has ultra-stylish interiors, stunning harbour and city vistas, and its innovative combination of Italian and Japanese cuisine is quite something. The restaurant is a contemporary tribute to Italian chic with tiered banquette seating guaranteeing an uninterrupted harbour view from each and every table.
- Address: 29/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Tel: (852) 3427 2288
- Cuisine: Modern Italian
Hong Kong’s gorgeous Shangri-La is one of the best hotels about, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to some of the best restaurants too. Cafe Kool - compared to the hotel’s more refined Angelini’s or Shang - is a far more casual affair, offering all-day international dining in an open plan setting. There’s a mammoth buffet spread, and al la carte offerings include a far reaching array of flavours, from prime ribs steaks and burgers to Nasi goring and Thai seafood curry. Find this Kowloon restaurant on the Mezzanine level of the Shangri-La.
- Opening Hours: 06:00-24:00 daily
- Location: Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2721 2111
Cambo Thai Restaurant
The name pretty much says it all; diners visiting this popular Thai restaurant can enjoy fiery curries, sample hot and spicy fried curry crab and clear water shrimp sashimi served with a sweet n' sour sauce. This place satisfies the most demanding visitor and stays close to its roots.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: G/F, 15 Nga Tsin Long Road
- Tel: (852) 2716 7318
- Cuisine: Thai Fusion
Ding Tai Fung
This cosy restaurant serves both Shanghai and Taiwanese cuisine. One of the specialties from Taiwan includes chicken soup in a bamboo tube. The fresh flavour of the bamboo is absorbed into the chicken soup, giving it a distinct fresh tang.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 – 02:00 Saturday – Sunday 11:00 – 03:00
- Address: Shop 130, 3F Silvercord, 30 Canton Road
- Tel: (852) 2716 2700
- Cuisine: Shanghai and Taiwanese
Fong Wing Kee
Normally a winter dish, Chinese Hot Pot has become so popular with visitors to Hong Kong that it is now served all year round and Fong Wing Kee was one of the first places in Hong Kong to hit on this innovative idea, making it a speciality of the house. A must-try is the satay hot pot, which uses a variety of fresh ingredients combined with herbs and spices.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 02:00
- Address: 85-87, Hau Wong Road
- Tel: (852) 2382 1788
- Cuisine: Hot Pot
Gaylord Indian Restaurant
Some might flinch at the name, but when it comes to classic Indian cuisine, Kowloon’s popular Gaylord Restaurant takes things very seriously. The menu here is packed full of all the classics including a range of curries, naans, tandoori meats, rice and deserts. Whilst there’s nothing particularly innovative about the way things are done in the kitchen, quality Indian food like this rarely needs adaptation. Most side dishes cost less than HK$50 and mains less than HK$100 – so bonus points when the bill arrives at the end. Find this sophisticated Kowloon restaurant on the first floor of Ashley Centre in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-14:45; 18:00-22:30 daily
- Address: 1/F Ashley Centre, 23-25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Tel: +852 2376 1001
Harbourside Restaurant – InterContinental
Buffets in Hong Kong don’t get much more impressive than this, terms of both setting and choice of food. True to its name, the InterContinental’s all-day dining venue is located right next to the harbour, and the floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to tuck into your roast beef with a side of sushi and pizza (or whatever takes your fancy) whilst admiring the views. For a real treat, head here between 11:30-15:00 on a Sunday for their all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink Champagne buffet (HK$888 per head).
- Opening Hours: 07:00-22:00 daily
- Address: 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2313 2323
Hard Rock Cafe
Yes, there's a Hard Rock Café in Kowloon delivering robust American food in a Rock 'n Roll family atmosphere. Grab a burger and check the music out as well as partying until 03:00 in the morning on weekends.
- Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 11:00 – 23:00; Fri and Sat 11:00 – 03:00
- Address: G/F Silvercord 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Tel: (852) 2375 1323
- Cuisine: Western
Along with a superb harbour view, Hutong restaurant presents an inspiring dining space high up over Kowloon, created by moody lighting, ancient Chinese artwork, traditional red lanterns and rustic wooden furniture. In fitting with the decor, food here sticks firmly to classic Chinese, specialising in dishes from the north of the country. Hot spice is a welcome element throughout the menu, such as in the fiery soft-shell crab with Sichuan dried chilli or their prawns with dried chilli, Sichuan peppers and Chinese celery. Those with more of a sensitive palate can opt for their ultra-succulent roasted suckling pig too. Dinner for two at this highly recommended Kowloon restaurant should set you back between HK$600-800 (depending on how much you choose to indulge).
- Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-24:00 daily
- Address: 28/F One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3428 8342
A chain of restaurants, Itacho Sushi deals in seafood galore with jumbo scallop sushi, sea urchin suchi, sweet shrimp sushi, sea eel sushi, salmon sushi, scallop sashimi, salmon sashimi, shrimp tempura, fried softshell crab all served up efficiently with no fuss in a modern setting. The beauty of it all is that Itacho Sushi is eminently affordable and with a dash of trendiness thrown in. The chef adds a dash of wasibi then the wait staff will ask again if you’d like some more.
G/F, Ashley Nine, 9-11 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Tel: +852 2314 4033
Shop OT308, 3/F, LCX, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Tel: +852 2736 2731
- Price Range: Affordable
Morton's The Steakhouse
For fine steak in elegant surroundings Morton's The Steakhouse is dependable and has an ever-evolving menu that keeps competitors up to par. With a good wine list and a well-developed drinks menu, this is an American chain of restaurants with a reputation for good food and knowledgeable service. A good celebrity-spotting location.
- Address: 20 Nathan Road (Sheraton Hotel & Towers 4/F)
- Tel: (852) 2732 2343
- Cuisine: American steaks
Peace is a contemporary retro-Chinese restaurant skilfully appointed with Chinese 50s-style furnishings and artefacts. Try the chicken and wonton soup served in a casserole. All ingredients are carefully selected to create a unique blend of flavours and tastes. Other favourites among regular patrons include the sautéed freshwater shrimp and steamed pork dumplings from Northern China.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 15:00 – 04:00 Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 16:00
- Address: 40, Bel Shine Centre, Nga Tsin Wai Road
- Tel: (852) 2382 1289
- Cuisine: Chinese
Sai Sha Café Limited
Sai Sha Café is first and foremost a place to enjoy the ambience. The décor is simple and with a large open area for alfresco dining surrounded by lush hills and picturesque countryside views. Ambience is casual and relaxed and the kitchen serves generous portions of Southeast Asian specialties. A great place to unwind with or without company.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 01:00
- Address: G/F, Shap Sze Heung, Nai Chung, 10C Sai Sha Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2641 8029
- Cuisine: Southeast Asian
Shang Palace (Shangri-La)
The Shangri-La’s signature Chinese restaurant Shang Palace, as you might expect, presents a refined and altogether exclusive dining experience not to be forgotten. Round tables fill the grand dining room which is elegantly designed with traditional Chinese furnishings and colours. The vast al la carte menu might leave you not knowing where to start, so opt for one of their set lunches or dinners to get a better sample of how good the food actually is. The dim sum and chef’s set lunches start at a reasonable HK$360, whilst you’ll pay all over HK$1,500 per head for the signature dinner set and wine pairing.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00; 18:30-23:00 daily
- Address: Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2733 8754
SPOON by Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse’s critically acclaimed SPOON restaurant has one Michelin-star to its name, and anybody who’s heard of this world-famous chef will know exactly what’s in store here, and that’s contemporary French cuisine at its finest. The elegant dining room is undeniable classy and shies away from any stuffiness associated with French fine dining with huge panes of glass framing the view over Victoria harbour. As expected, the ever-changing seasonal menu takes advantage of exclusive ingredients such as lobster, foie gras, oyster, veal and rare cuts of beef, lamb, duck and pork. Michelin-stared restaurants in Hong Kong – or anywhere else in the world for that matter – don’t come cheap, so expect a three-course dinner for two people to cost around HK$3,000.
- Opening Hours: 18:00-23:00 daily (Sunday lunch 12:00-14:30)
- Address: Lobby level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Tel: +852 2313 2256
Spring Deer Restaurant
Another out-and-out Chinese restaurant, Spring Deer is spacious and can seat up to 300 diners but the wait staff are well trained and tend to seat foreigners together to stay on top of things. The speciality here is Peking duck with hoi sin sauce and portions are large so try to go in a group but do explore other items on the menu other than the duck. It’s a good idea to order a pot of Chinese tea and the Spring Deer’s inexpensive Tsing Tau beer helps the food slip down better.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
- Location: 2/F, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Tel: (852) 2366-4012/2366-5839
Temple Spice Crabs
Located at the busy Temple Street Night Market, this hugely popular Kowloon restaurant serves up some of the best crabs going, cooked exactly how you like. Look out for the iconic golden lettering set against the silver background to find it, and there’s usually quite a crowd (both locals and tourists) who fill up the terrace space from early evening. Most of the seating is outside, allowing you to watch the passing crowds or peer into the hectic, partly open kitchen as you tackle your crustacean.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-late
- Address: No.210 Temple Street, Hong Kong
Regularly touted as one of the finest restaurants in Asia, this swanky Japanese establishment excels in delectable cuisine as well as stunning views over Hong Kong. Many Kowloon restaurants take advantage of the plethora of skyscrapers facing Hong Kong Island, but none quite like RyuGin, which is found on the 101st floor of the ICC building, the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. Recently gaining its second Michelin star, the menu here really does promise a gastronomic experience like no other. Unusual, creative and altogether exciting selections include the black custard with Aori squid, egani crab and Hokkaido sea urchin salad, almond tofu with orange-carrot jelly and the restaurant’s signature ‘ -196°C candy apple with 99°C apple jam’. Reservations, as well as a hefty holiday budget (the set dinner is HK$2,000 per head), are both required at this top Hong Kong restaurant.
- Opening Hours: 18:30-21:30 daily
- Address: 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West
- Tel: +852 2302 0222
Making up a trio of excellent dining spots at Hotel Icon (along with Above & Beyond and ‘Green’) is The Market, an all-day restaurant offering international al la carte offers alongside an enormous buffet spread. Produce is fresh, and flavours span the entire world, from sashimi, pizza, grilled meat, noodles, seafood, curry, salads and much, much more. Just like many hotel restaurants in Kowloon, The Market is open all day every day from 06:00 (mostly catering for hotel guests) and closes at 22:00.
- Opening Hours: 06:00-22:00 daily
- Address: Level 2, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road
- Tel: +852 3400 1318
The Verandah (Peninsula Hotel)
- Opening Hours: 07:00-22:00 daily
- Address: First Floor, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2920 2888
Todai is probably the best-stocked seafood buffet in Kowloon. Don't expect intimacy but do expect mountains of ultra-fresh lobsters, mussels, fish filets, snow crab legs, oysters, half shell scallops, jumbo shrimps, 40 kinds of sushi with over 15 kinds of appetizers.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Address: Mirimar Shopping Centre, Nathan Road
- Tel: (852) 2375 9339
- Cuisine: Japanese
Top Banana Club
If you're looking for dining out with a great view then try Top Banana Club. This restaurant has a large outdoor rooftop terrace from which diners can enjoy the magnificent vista overlooking the old Kai Tak airport and Hong Kong Harbour. Offering a buffet-style dinner, Top Banana Club also serves grill specialties with a great selection of steaks and cuts.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 14:00 – 02:00 Saturday – Sunday 09:30 – 04:00
- Address: Bel Shine Centre, 40 Nga Tsin Wai Road
- Tel: (852) 2382 6065
- Cuisine: Steaks, grills