Many restaurants in Kowloon, especially those on the harbourfront, have the same thing in common: fantastic views across to the stunning cityscape of Hong Kong Island. This is why a lot of 5-star hotels set up along the water’s edge, each with fantastic restaurants – and often with world-famous chefs in the kitchen.
But the more you move away from the harbour, the more local restaurants you’ll find. Although they may be a little rough around the edges, and perhaps lacking in English-speaking staff, a memorable culinary experience lies in store for those adventurous enough to search them out (plus there is no dress code in the local places, unlike most hotel restaurants).
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Yan Toh Heen at Intercontinental Hong Kong is a Cantonese fine-dining restaurant with stunning harbourfront views. The gourmet dim sum make a truly special lunch, while the fish and meat dishes are delicately flavoured with delicacies from around the world, such as black truffle, bird’s nest and abalone. The desserts at Yan Toh Heen are similarly sublime.
The dining room is palatial, with masses of jade tableware and wall art. The service also deserves a special mention as the staff are graceful and help contribute to a restaurant worth their 2 Michelin stars. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 11pm, Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm and from 6pm to 11pm
- Location: Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2313 2323
Spring Deer is a local restaurant serving classic Cantonese dishes. Roasted meats are always fantastic here, especially the Peking duck. In fact, many Hong Kongers claim this place serves the best duck pancakes in the city.
Prices are a little above average, but portions are large and service fast, if sometimes lacking a smile. Spring Deer has been open since the 1970s and the décor has changed little in all that time, but that just adds to the experience. Advance booking is a must.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 2pm and 6pm to 11pm
- Location: 42 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2366 4012
Felix at Peninsula Hotel
The Peninsula Hong Kong is truly one of the world’s finest hotels, and Felix is the standout restaurant with an utterly incredible view. It’s a fantastic choice if you’re looking to impress and money is no object. A complete dinner with wine can cost as much as HK$2,000 (individual dishes start from around HK$310). The set menu changes daily depending on the freshest seasonal ingredients.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5.30pm to 1.30am
- Location: 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2696 6778
Tin Lung Heen at Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong serves excellent dim sum from 102 floors above the ground. In fact, for the cost of a few drinks at the hotel’s adjacent Ozone bar, you can enjoy a fantastic lunch.
This restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars for its exquisite balancing of flavours. Dinner at Tin Lung Heen is a sophisticated (and pricey) affair – the 6-course set menu costs HK$1,928 – with pages of a la carte seafood delicacies cooked exactly as you like: poached, with salt and chilli, drunken, flambéed… the list goes on. Reservations are recommended and a smart-casual dress code applies.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm and 6pm to 10.30pm
- Location: Level 102, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2263 2270
There are plenty of rooftops restaurants in Kowloon but Nanhai No.1 earns its name as a top place for a tasty meal with stunning views. Sitting on the 30th floor, iSquare Rooftop (and the connected Nanhai No.1 Restaurant) isn’t the highest in the area – not even close. But the views are sweeping and the modern Chinese cuisine is wide-ranging and perfect for visitors looking for an introduction into Cantonese food. The best seats do carry a minimum spend of HK$500, but you would most likely spend that anyway if you are having dinner and drinks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm
- Location: ISQUARE, 30/F, 63 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2487 3988
Tim Ho Wan
This is the original branch of the famous (and constantly packed) dim sum institution Tim Ho Wan. They become world-famous when it became the cheapest ever Michelin-starred restaurant and everyone flocked to check it out. It’s foreigner friendly, although you may have to wait for up to an hour to get a table, without the option to make a reservation.
Choose your dim sum by ticking a piece of paper – there are around 30 options in all. Everything from har gao (crystal shrimp dumplings) to chicken feet is available. If you’re looking for sure-fire dim sum lunch without spending big then Tim Ho Wan is highly recommended.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 10am to 9.30pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9am to 9.30pm
- Location: 9-11 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2788 1226
Above & Beyond
Occupying the entire 28th floor at Hotel ICON in Tsim Sha Tsiu, Above & 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 categorisation 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). The décor is smart and minimalist, allowing the spectacular Victoria Harbour views from the floor-to-ceiling windows to take centre stage.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 2.30pm (until 4pm on weekends) and 6pm to 10.30pm
- Location: Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3400 1318
Temple Spice Crabs
Temple Spice Crabs is an open-air local restaurant serving all manner of seafood on, unsurprisingly, Temple Street. It’s the perfect place to stop for an authentic(ish) dinner when shopping at Temple Street Night Market. Some locals will claim this is a bit of a tourist trap, and while it’s true that prices are slightly higher than you might find in some local restaurants, the fact that it’s conveniently located and staff have a working knowledge of English make it a logical choice. What’s more, the seafood is very fresh here, being kept in large tanks and cooked to order. There’s everything from scallops to deep-fried fish available.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 12am
- Location: 203 Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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, while some of the mains are more like HK$500, meaning this classy spot is up there with Hong Kong’s more expensive dining experiences.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm
- Location: Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong, 64 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2733 8750
NOBU at Intercontinental Hong Kong
NOBU is one of the most preeminent sushi brands in the world, so it’s fair to say expectations are often sky-high at this harbourfront venue. Thankfully, this wonderful Japanese restaurant is almost guaranteed to impress, both with the underwater themed interior and the creative, playful sushi dishes based around Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's innovative cooking.
NOBU, at times, borders on fusion sushi, such is the level of creativity on display. It keeps the essence of Japanese flavours and textures at all times, though. Expect to pay around HK$750 for a modest meal and don’t forget to dress smartly, even for lunch.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 11pm, Saturday–Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and 6pm to 11pm
- Location: 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2313 2323