Hong Kong Restaurants that Deserve a Michelin Star

By Time Out Hong Kong

A Michelin star or three can make or break a restaurant’s business and reputation. Hong Kong is currently home to more than 60 Michelin starred restaurants and those with the accolade seem to hog the spotlight. But there are plenty of restaurants in our city that are deserving of attention that haven’t successfully caught the Michelin inspectors’ eyes (at least not yet). Here are our favourite restaurants in Hong Kong that we think deserve a Michelin star and a little of the culinary limelight.

The Chairman
The Chairman

Lauded as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants, even if the Michelin Guide doesn’t think so, The Chairman has been popular ever since it opened nearly 10 years ago. Why? Suppliers who offer the best seasonal produce – and it’s mostly organic at that – and no MSG. If there’s one thing you must try it’s the pigeon with ‘loongjing’ tea and chrysanthemum, a classic dish that hasn’t left the menu since day one.

Address: G/F, 16-18 Kau U Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2555 2202
Website: www.thechairmangroup.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Sheung Wan, Exit E2
Frantzén Kitchen

Chef Björn Frantzén holds the accolade of owning one of only two restaurants in Stockholm that can boast two Michelin stars. His eponymous eatery, Frantzén, is the height of fine dining in Sweden’s capital city. This outpost, the chef’s first venue outside of his home country, helmed by Jim Löfdahl, may not have any Michelin stars of its own yet but it serves up fantastic Scando cuisine that’s pricey given the portion size, but still worth every cent.

Address: 11 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2559 8508
Website: www.frantzenkitchen.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Sheung Wan, Exit A2
Gaddi’s
Gaddi’s

Rumours of beef between The Peninsula and the Michelin Guide seemed to be laid to rest when the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant Spring Moon was first awarded a star in the 2017 guide. We’re still waiting on the exquisite Gaddi’s getting its just dessert, though. Dining here has been a five-star experience for more than 60 years now, due to its classically lavish interior and impeccable service combined with modern interpretations of traditional French dishes. We suggest you don’t miss such signatures as the creamy lobster soup, roast Vendéen pigeon and ginger soufflé.

Address: 1/F, Peninsula Hotel, 19-21 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Tel: +852 2696 6763
Website: www.peninsula.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: East Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit L3
Little Bao
Little Bao

Voted Asia’s best female chef in 2016, May Chow is still awaiting Michelin recognition. Perhaps her restaurants are a little casual and her food a little too popular for the refined tastes of the guide’s inspectors? Whatever it is, Little Bao remains one of our favourite restaurants in the city. What’s impressive about the restaurant is how Chow has taken familiar products and flavours – such as miso, pickled daikon, mushrooms and pork belly – that have been favourites in Hong Kong for decades, and given them a new, glorious life. The original Little Bao, in Central, may be a tiny place, but it’s one full of energy, good vibes and even better food.

Address: 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2194 0202
Website: www.little-bao.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Sheung Wan, Exit E2
Okra
Okra

Classing itself as ‘Japanese reinvented’, Okra is home to culinary creativity and exceptional flavours. We can’t believe it still hasn’t found favour with the men and women from Michelin. Its menu – of which almost everything is excellent – is separated into A-sides for smaller bites and B-sides for larger ones. There’s an extensive sake list featuring micro-distilleries dotted all over Japan to top things off.

Address: 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2806 1038
Website: www.okra.bar
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Sai Ying Pun, Exit A1

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