Hong Kong remains to be one of the best tourist destinations in the world. It’s a shopping haven, a nature retreat, and a party paradise all in one. Hong Kong is also a well-loved foodie hub, with more than 15,000 restaurants to satisfy your cravings. The country also has more than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants, proof of its superb food scene.
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Mak’s Noodle is located in 77 Wellington Street in Central. It has one Michelin star, but perhaps it’s more important rating is that it’s Anthony Bourdain-approved. Mak’s Noodle is well-known for its excellent wonton noodle soup, favored by both locals and tourists. And why wouldn’t they? Not only is this diner-style restaurant home to some of the best wonton noodle soups you’ve ever tasted, it’s also one of the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants in Hong Kong! One bowl of Mak’s famous noodle soup costs only about 40 Hong Kong dollars, which is more or less than just 160 baht!
Tim Ho Wan
While you can find Tim Ho Wan branches all over the world, there’s simply nothing like the original. Like Mak’s Noodle, Tim Ho Wan is an affordable Michelin-starred establishment. A budget of 200 Hong Kong dollars or just a little under 800 baht is more than enough to sample plenty of Tim Ho Wan’s mouthwatering dim sum. Of course, don’t forget to try their baked barbecue pork buns or char siu bao. Tim Ho Wan has six branches in Hong Kong, but do note that the one with a Michelin star is at Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po.
Tin Lung Heen
Another place to get superb dim sum is at Tin Lung Heen. Situated on the 102nd floor of Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre, Tin Lung Heen also has a sumptuous degustation menu that you can pair with excellent wines. The restaurant’s top-tier (pun intended) location also provides stellar views to complement the two-Michelin-star quality food.
After helping Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied in London earn their Michelin stars, award-winning chef Shane Osborn turned his sights to Hong Kong. In Central’s On Lan Street, he opened Arcane to serve top-notch European dishes. Some reviewers have even said that the food here is “magical,” a testament to the restaurant’s mysterious and fantastical name. To guarantee freshness, Osborn is known to cultivate his own fruits, vegetables, and herbs to use for Arcane’s kitchen.
Kam’s Roast Goose
Kam’s Roast Goose earned its Michelin star after only four months of operations. That’s all the proof you need to know that this humble restaurant has some of Hong Kong’s best roast goose. Sweet and succulent with crispy skin, Kam’s Roast Goose is perfect with soft and steaming rice. Other must-trys are their suckling pig and char siu. Note that the restaurant is quite small and seats only about 30 people at a time, so you may have to wait in line for a while. Don’t worry, though, because the wait is definitely worth it!
For something uniquely sophisticated, head on over to Duddell’s. An elegant establishment that sometimes plays home to art exhibitions, Duddell’s offers a mix of fine art and delicious food. Their menu is nothing short of spectacular, including long-time Cantonese favorites like kumquat puffs, baked abalone, and fried lobsters. They also have an impressive dim sim menu. Duddell’s also serves Chinese-inspired cocktails, crafted by talented brewmasters.
Like its sister restaurant Sushi Yoshitake in Ginza, Tokyo, Sushi Shikon also has three Michelin stars. It provides a truly VIP experience, seating only a maximum of 14 guests at a time: eight at the counter (made from keyaki wood) and six in the VIP room. Their meticulously crafted menu features ingredients straight from the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, guaranteeing freshness and high quality. Sushi Shikon is on the expensive side at 1,800 Hong Kong dollars (about 7,000 baht) for the lunch menu. Still, the exclusivity and beyond-excellent food are more than worth the price tag.
L’atelier De JoëL Robuchon
If you’re looking for delightful French cuisine in Hong Kong, there’s no better place than the three-Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. From French basics like croissants and bacon baguettes to decadent dishes like slow-cooked Challans duck breast and sea bream tartare, all your senses will be treated to a feast. For those who love seeing chefs at work, try to grab a seat at the bar counter.
There are many reasons to visit Hong Kong, and these Michelin-starred restaurants are among those reasons. Make sure to try a couple of them before you leave! Bon voyage and bon appetit!