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 five-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 come into the ascendency. 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). To point you in the right direction, we have listed the best restaurants in Kowloon below, which includes the best of both worlds.
Yan Toh Heen at Intercontinental Hong Kong is a Cantonese fine dining restaurant with stunning harbour front views. The gourmet dim sum make a truly special lunch, while the fish and meat dishes are delicately flavoured with world delicacies such as black truffle, bird’s nest and abalone. The desserts at Yan Toh Heen are similarly sublime; a combination of Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai and pastry Chef Cyril Dupris. The dining room is palatial, with masses of jade tableware and wall art and the service also deserves a special mention as staff are graceful and help contribute to a restaurant worthy of their two Michelin stars. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:00; 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2721 1211
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 hotspot serves the best duck pancakes in the city. Prices are a little above average but portions are large and service fast but sometimes lacking a smile. Spring Deer has been open since the 1970s and the décor has changed little in all that time, but it adds to the experience. Advance booking is a must.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: 42 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 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 stand out restaurant with an utterly incredible view. If you are looking to impress and money is no object, we would be dining at Felix on a weekly basis. However, for most people it will be a very memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience as a complete dinner with wine can cost as much as HK$2,000 (individual dishes start from around HK$350). Serving what they call ‘Avant garde cuisine’ the Japanese chef, Yoshiharu Kaji, serves modern, creative French-influenced dishes that are crafted to appeal to every sense. Chef Yoshiharu’s cuisine is as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to taste. The set menu changes daily depending on the freshest seasonal ingredients. Open for dinner only.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:30
- Location: First Floor, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2920 2888
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 two Michelin stars due to the exquisite balancing of flavours. Dinner at Tin Lung Heen is a sophisticated (and pricey) affair – the six-course set menu costs HK$1,500 – 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 recommended.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 - 14:30, Dinner 18:00 - 22:30
- Address: Level 102, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2263 2270
There are plenty of rooftops restaurants in Kowloon but this one is our favourite 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 foreigners who are 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. Nanhai No.1 is the latest venture from Elite Concepts, a team of restaurateurs with a growing number of bars and restaurants, and their finger very much on the pulse of Hong Kong. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:30, Dinner 18:00 – 22:30
- Location: 30/F, iSQUARE 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: (+852) 2487 3688
Tim Ho Wan
This is the original branch of the famous (and constantly packed) dim sum institution. Tim Ho Wan 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 secure a table. 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, depending on your adventurous spirit. If you are looking for sure-fire dim sum lunch without spending big then Tim Ho Wan is highly recommended. It is not possible to make reservations.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Above and Beyond
Occupying the entire 28th floor at Hotel ICON in Tsim Sha Tsui, Above and Beyond is yet another fine dining restaurant with an awesome view in Kowloon. Serving creative Cantonese cuisine, the menu focuses on innovating classic recipes by introducing new ingredients and flavours. There are several set menus to choose from along with a la carte, but trust in the very talented chefs to serve excellent Chinese dishes. The clean and modernist interior of Above and Beyond was designed by legendary interior designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran, which is tasteful yet careful not to detract from the amazing views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Find the restaurant close to Hung Hom MTR Station. This is a highly recommended restaurant for a fancy dim sum set lunch which costs HK$488 for 2 people with plenty of savoury and sweet dishes to linger over.
- 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
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 is conveniently located and staff have a working knowledge of English make it a logical choice. What’s more, the seafood is very fresh here! Kept in large tanks and cooked to order, there is everything from scallops to deep fried fish.
- Location: 203 Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Located in 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. A smart dress code applies.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 - 15:00; Dinner 18:00 - 23:00
- Address: Kowloon Shangri-La, Mezzanine Level, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2733 8750
Nobu at Intercontinental Hong Kong
Nobu is a probably the preeminent sushi brand in the world, so it’s fair to say expectations are often sky high 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, but at all times keeping the essence of Japanese flavours and textures. Expect to pay around HK$750 for a modest meal and don’t forget to dress smartly, even for lunch.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30, 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2313 2323