Tuesday, 17 December 2019

FAVOURITE 10 PLACES TO EAT/DRINK IN HONG KONG | DEC 2019


Hello! Can't believe it's already end of 2019... I still remember when I officially moved to Hong Kong a year ago and we're already reaching 2020 - it used to seem to far away when I was a child. Anywhooo, I've compiled a list of 10 best places to eat and drink in Hong Kong that are also my favourite places to visit!


1. %Arabica Coffee 


So first of all, if you follow my Instagram (where all this food journey started) you'll know that %Arabica Coffee is my favourite place to go to for a good cup of latte. Originally founded in Kyoto in 2014, their coffee is smooth and creamy and the quality is top notch. One sip and you know that it's good.

The location of the main photo of the post is where a music video and a movie are shot, it's called Monster Mansion due to the Transformers movie (Transformers: Age of Extinction), as well as Alan Walker's single cover and music video - Sing Me to Sleep (listen here; watch here at 2:50). Arabica has quite a few locations available across Hong Kong, but the one closest to me is the location shown above and I love how every Arabica shop decorates according to the location's style.

Address: G/F, Yick Fat Building, Nos. 1048-1056 King's Road, Nos. 2-32 Yau Man Street, Quarry Bay. (Easy accessibility through Taikoo Station Exit B)

2. Kam Lung Thai Food


I stumbled upon this gem when I first moved to Hong Kong - it's close to my home and I'm so glad I found it! As a South East Asian, I do love myself a good and authentic Thai food (the spicier the better, lol). A cozy little restaurant with just the right amount for walkway, this just makes the restaurant even more unique in its own way. 

Their style remains as authentic as Thai food can be, while I see many regulars who swing by for lunch throughout the day (11am - 4pm). I'm a regular and their set lunches are well worth the price at HK$58 with a dish and a drink (as above).

Address: G/F, 30 Yau Man Street, Quarry Bay/Taikoo. (Easy accessibility through Taikoo Station Exit B)


3. Shari Shari Kakigori House

Kakigori means shaved ice in Japanese, and it's my favourite place to head to for dessert, especially in the summer! 

Shari Shari's kakigoris are well-known for a good variety of flavours along with occasionally seasonal flavours too, but my favourite here is called Hojicha. The syrup isn't too sweet and there are amazing biscuit crumbs hidden inside so it complements the whole shaved ice.

But be warned, do not take too long to take photos or to eat as they are ice and they do melt fairly easily lol!

Address: G/F, 14 Haven Street, Causeway Bay. (Easy accessibility from Causeway Bay Station Exit F1)


4. Feed Your Nerves

I love a good Japanese dish, and when I saw reviews of this place serving a good quality and portion of Japanese comfort food I just had to visit. My favourite Japanese comfort food is a rice in a bowl of tea-infused broth with grilled salmon and this has certainly cheered me up a lot (especially during the winter).

They also do a good bowl of beef teriyaki rice (shown in the background of the photo above) with a beautiful egg in the middle of it. Ahh I miss this - I certainly need to frequent more!

Address: G/F, 434 Portland Street, Mong Kok (Prince Edward Station Exit D)


5. Winstons Coffee

Winstons Coffee is certainly a cozy coffee place that you are sure to feel homely and comfortable where you can have your laptop out and sit for a couple of hours and just chill with a good cup of hot chocolate (HK$40).

What I love about their drinks is that they come in just the right size of cup and they pair almost every drink with a delicious almond biscotti (yum!). They also serve alcohol every few evenings! 

Address: Shop 4, G/F, 213 Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District. (Sai Ying Pun Station Exit A1)

6. NOC Coffee

I love myself a good brunch (although I can get realllyyyy lazy) during the weekends and NOC Coffee is the place that comes to my mind whenever I'm craving for a good ol' all-day breakfast. They mainly serve coffee in some places, but the location I visit (Gough Street) provides seating upstairs with a nice street view.

While it's pretty busy during brunch hours, I would recommend popping by early to get seats as they do not have many seatings and you may have to wait up to an hour before you get a seat to enjoy your food. 

I love their mini avocado toast and their potato scone is absolutely delicious! There is cheesiness in it and usually a few bites would render me enough for that. Mini avo toast is great as well, it sorts of absorbs the oiliness you consume with the sausage and bacon. Pricing is average but leaning towards the expensive side, at HK$138 for the all-day breakfast, and the drink (I ordered iced matcha latte) is priced at HK$45.

Address: G/F, 18 Gough Street, Central (Sheung Wan Station Exit E1)


7. AM.PM 

I first knew about AM.PM when their soufflé pancakes were the hit of the past 2-3 years, especially when soufflé pancakes were pretty difficult to master with the right wellness and its texture. I frequented for quite a few times and every time I was not disappointed.

Pictured is their original soufflé pancake with their Japanese 3.6 premium milk soft serve. I lean toward the more traditional and original taste and this is my favourite place for a good amount that's perfect to share between 2 people, or if you're the more of a "I'm gonna have it all by myself" person like me then you will not be disappointed. The combo above is HK$45, which is a lot cheaper than the ones you have in shopping malls (~HK$99 - 150).

They also serve other flavours such as matcha, creme brulee, tiramisu and some seasonal flavours if you are feeling a little adventurous, but the prices would be slightly more expensive, depending on which other flavours you pick. Drinks are also now offered in the menu such as matcha milk with pearls.

Address: Shop B, G/F, Grand Place, 560 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei (Yau Ma Tei Station Exit A2)


8. PICI

Ooh, my favourite place for handmade Italian pasta! 😍 Pici is very famous for their handmade pasta with renowned chefs making the dishes. It's a cozy Italian restaurant with alcohol such as red/white wine, prosecco, cocktails for your dishes, and they serve you small bread baskets with olive oil and vinegar while you wait for your food. Drooling yet?

As a truffle pasta lover, I would 13/10 recommend you to try out their truffle tagliolini, it's one of their best-selling dishes. My boyfriend likes their lasagne and beef cheek ragu pappardelle, which I have to say are really good.

Pricing is definitely high if you are looking for authentic Italian food, and I'd pay just to satisfy my cravings. The truffle tagliolini is priced at HK$180 for the portion shown above - which I have to say, it's not really a big portion but it's enough for me.

Address: G/F, 24-26 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central (Sheung Wan Station Exit E1)


9. Australia Dairy Company

In Hong Kong, their local coffee shops known as "cha chaan teng" are a must-visit for anyone who visit or live in Hong Kong - the Australia Dairy Company is no stranger to locals and I suppose this should have been on the top of my list haha.

The local coffee shops are meant for you to experience the busy-ness and the normal lifestyle of HK people - cue the close proximity of seats, narrow walkway, rude (well, sometimes) staff and... food!!! The usuals would be breakfast combo meals which come with a plate of toast and eggs and a side dish of your choice (usually ham and macaroni soup or something else).

Anywhooo, the Australian Dairy Company provides all the settings such as the above, but their food is certainly worth queueing for. Their egg toast shown above is just pure egg-gasm 😍, with that fluffiness and softness, it is a huge portion so I would suggest sharing. Also, pricing at local coffee shops wouldn't burn a hole your wallet and you get filled by amazing food!!

Address: G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan (Jordan Station Exit C2)

10. YUM CHA

FINALLYYYY, we're now at my last (but not least) favourite place to frequent for good ol' Hong Kong dim sum with a tad of creativity and presentation as well as comfortable seating.

Yum Cha (飲茶) which literally means "drink tea" is a place where they serve the basic dimsum but wow, could you look at that presentations especially that prawn dumpling on the left with those gold hints and those alien buns?!?! Okay, they look darn cute but they're filled with matcha green tea paste that are oozyyy when you bite into them - really similar to custard buns but I would recommend eating them while hot. They also have the usual pork buns but served looking like a pork bao, LOL.

Pricing here would be slightly more expensive than the usual dimsum price but it's still worth paying for eating these cuties (sorry, alien buns!). They have a couple of locations available but I love going to the one in Central for a good city view.

Address: Shop 1-2, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central (Sheung Wan Station Exit E5)

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Well that's it for my current favourites! Have you been to these places before? Where's your favourite places to go to?

A xo
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