6 HIGH-END HONG KONG HOTEL RESTAURANTS TO FEAST IN THIS CHINESE NEW YEAR
With Chinese New Year kicking off on January 28 — and celebrations for The Year of the Rooster continuing through February 2 — there’s no better time to settle in for a lavish Chinese feast. If you happen to be in one of the planet’s best food cities on the planet — that would be Hong Kong, of course — the good news is that excellent, authentic Cantonese dishes are available at many of the city’s best hotels.
Obviously, there are thousands of amazing places to eat in Hong Kong, but as hotel-obsessed as we are, we love to know that we can stumble down from our room and find top-notch dim sum and other Chinese specialties before we even leave our hotel. If you’re looking for Cantonese favorites in a hotel setting, start with one of these 6 standouts.
From old world to new: This is our pick for a Cantonese breakfast with a view. Café Gray Deluxe is perched on the 49th floor of the intimate and modern “House” property it calls home. Ignore all the Western dishes and order the Upper East Breakfast: a steamed barbecued pork bun; Ha gaau, siu maai and steamed rice; gingered corn and crabmeat congee; fried egg noodles with XO and tea tree mushrooms and a mini egg tart. To drink, freshly pressed fruit juices and Chrysanthemum tea with honey. Make sure you hit the restrooms before you leave — the views of Victoria Harbour are insane. Café Gray Deluxe is also doing a special Chinese New Year Menu on January 28 and 29.
Go for the full old-world, crimson drape, white tablecloth setting at the longtime award-winning T’Ang Court. The opulent T’Ang Dynasty ambiance and Cantonese dishes here earned the restaurant a coveted (repeat) 3-star spot on 2017’s Michelin Guide Hong Kong. We loved the fried diced cod fish and baked oyster with port wine, but if you’re visiting for the holiday, you may want to order from the special Lunar New Year menu (available January 28 to February 3). And don’t miss the chance to try T’Ang Court’s famous homemade New Year Puddings.
Like T’Ang Court, it has an impressive three Michelin stars, and offers traditional Cantonese, dim sum lunches, and signature dishes that include baked whole abalone with diced chicken, crispy scallops with fresh pear, and superior pottage with shredded chicken. Lung King Heen’s chef Yan Tak created a new Lunar New Year pudding recipe for this year, using chrysanthemum and honey rather than the traditional sugarcane.
If you’re going to drop into the most famous hotel in the city to gawk (that is, if you’re not livin’ large and staying there), you might as well take a seat and eat like the king or queen that you are. Spring Moon’s excellent seafood, dim sum and secret-recipe XO sauce got the Michelin Guide stamp of approval on the latest list, picking up one star. The dining room is a treat itself; with 1920s-style stained glass and sleek Art Deco design.
If some of these hotels are a little too big and bold for your taste, head to the boutique Lan Kwai Fong, where the one-starred Michelin Guide restaurant Celebrity Cuisine has just 40 seats, and an innovative Cantonese menu to go along with its jaunty name.
It’s no surprise that the Mandarin Oriental properties in Hong Kong all have impeccable restaurants, but Man Wah is the jewel of the crown. It has panoramic harbour and city views, elaborate interiors featuring lamps that look like Chinese birdcages, and a Michelin-starred Cantonese menu. Man Wah is offering a set menu on January 29 and a menu of chef’s specialties throughout the Chinese New Year period.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!