First published on 5 Nov 2010. Updated on 7 Apr 2011.
Best Burger: BLT Burger
Internationally renowned chef Laurent Tourondel has perfected the BLT. With 100 per cent certified Black Angus beef, a healthy lashing of double-smoked bacon and all the usual toppings, it makes for a dangerously good lunch break. Meal for two: around HK$250. Shop 301, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. (+852 2730 2338).
Best Chinese: Ming Court
Two-star Michelin chef Tsang Chiu-king brings his creative Cantonese fare to Ming Court. His signature stir-fried garoupa with dried shrimp roe, wagyu beef and black truffles is an absolute showstopper. Meal for two: around HK$500. 6/F, Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok. (+852 3552 3300).
Best Curry: The Chapel
This cosy neighbourhood pub turns out excellent Indian fare. The chicken tikka and lamb vindaloo make for ideal accompaniments to a couple of lazy afternoon pints. Meal for two: around HK$200. G/F, 27 Yik Yam St, Happy Valley. (+852 2834 6565).
Best Dim Sum: Manor
In the dim sum stakes, Manor comes out well ahead of the rest. Chow down on steamed pancakes of minced pork and black-eyed peas, or be lucky enough to try the creamy crab roe pot-stickers on offer during hairy crab season. Meal for two: around HK$200. 440 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay. (+852 2836 9999).
Best Japanese: Sushi Sase
Hailed as the best new thing in Japanese to hit Hong Kong, Sushi Sase serves up the freshest sushi and sashimi to customers, with ingredients flown in daily from Japan. Award-winning chef Satoshi Sase's omakase is definitely worth a nod. Meal for two: around HK$3,000. UG/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Rd, Central. (+852 2815 0455).
Best Date Restaurant: Hugo's
The relocated Hyatt Regency manages to revive all the old-school romantic glamour of the original Hugo's. The hushed and elegant surrounds, top-notch service and tableside ‘flambéing' come together to make for a good first impression. Meal for two: around HK$1,300. L/G, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. (+852 3721 7733).
Best Southeast Asian: Good Satay
The key to Good Satay's success is found in their simple and delicious marinades and sauces. The homemade peanut sauce and mouth-watering beef curry has made this satay joint a hit with food critics and local celebs. Meal for two: around HK$200. Shop 144-148, Houston Centre, 63 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. (+852 2739 9808).
Best Wine Selection: The Drawing Room
The 21-page wine list at this high-profile eatery may prove a little daunting, but the prices, thankfully, are less so. Dedicated to bringing diners fine drops under HK$500, The Drawing Room will leave you with enough spare change to get home. 1/F, JIA Boutique Hotel, 1-5 Irving St, Causeway Bay. (+852 2915 6628).
Star Chef/Creativity: Que Vinh Dang, chef/owner TBLS.
The Viet-born, US-raised, French-trained Que Vinh Dang brings his unique culinary background to his newest venture, TBLS. Turning out a multi-course menu of "comfort cuisine," including blue swimmer crab gumbo and shrimp cake sandwiches, this up-and-coming star is one to watch. 7/F, 31 Hollywood Rd, Central. (+852 2544 3433).
Best Steak: The Steak House Winebar and Grill
The Steak House Winebar & Grill is every carnivore's dream. Not only do they offer diners a selection of juicy cuts from their custom built, dry-ageing cabinet, you can even choose your own knife! LG/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. (+852 2313 2323).
Best Pizza: Paisano's
A 24-inch pizza? No, you're not dreaming. Paisano's regularly churns out New York-style slices with flour-dusted crusts, generous toppings and a whole lotta cheese. Wash down a margherita with an ice-cold beer for HK$50. 27 Chan Man St, Sai Kung, 2791 4445; 9 Lyndhurst Tce, Central. (+852 2544 4445).
Best Desserts and Sweets: Pierre
Master chef Pierre Gagnaire and resident pastry whiz Nicolas Pelloie join forces to create some of the best sweets in the business, housed on the 25th floor at Pierre. For the ultimate sugar hit, try Le Grand Dessert de Pierre Gagnaire. Meal for two: around HK$2,500. 25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd, Central. (+852 2825 4001).
Best Brunch: Gaddi's
Every Sunday, David Goodridge serves up a decadent four-course menu featuring marinated goose liver confit and endless pours of Billecart-Salmon rose Champagne, making Gaddi's the best of the brunch. 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 19-21 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. (+852 2315 3171).
Best Cheap Eats: Ap Lei Chau Municipal Services Building
Located in the heart of a traditional fishing village, the Ap Lei Chau promises some of the city's freshest seafood, without the tourist trap prices. Buy your prey of choice then head upstairs to have it cooked by one of the dai pai dong style eateries for less than HK$100. Ap Lei Chau Municipal Services Building, 8 Hung Shing St, Ap Lei Chau.
Best Splurge: 8½ Otto e Mezzo
Chef Umberto Bombana brings the best of Italian fine dining to Hong Kong. Here you can expect exquisite white Alba truffles shaven fresh at your table to complement the mouth-watering mushroom risottos and homemade pastas. Meal for two: around HK$2,000. Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Rd, Central. (+852 2537 8859).
Best Vegetarian: Pure Veggie House
This popular Chinese kitchen turns out carefully crafted dishes that favour natural ingredients and flavours. Make sure you try the hearty mushroom casserole or their signature braised lotus seed wrapped in sliced melon. Meal for two: around HK$400. 3/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Rd, Mid-Levels. (+852 2525 0552).
Best View: Café Gray Deluxe
Few of Hong Kong's towering restaurants can compare to Café Gray Deluxe's panoramic view of the harbour. Guests can enjoy a prime window seat that overlooks the Kowloon Peninsula and the best part of Central. Meal for two: around HK$1,300. 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Pl, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. (+852 3968 1106).
Best Café/Coffee Shop: Barista Jam
William So, owner of the newly-opened Barista Jam, has become a notable fixture on Hong Kong's coffee scene. Aside from the vast selection of exotic beans on display, his café features exclusive guest blends every few months.126-128 Jervois St, Sheung Wan. (+852 2854 2211).
Best New Restaurant: Lily & Bloom
Chanelling a speakeasy vibe with its dimly lit interior, Lily & Bloom oozes old school cool. Accompanying the awesome digs is chef Rene Michelena's hearty brasserie-style menu, the highlight of which is the Iberico pork chop with smoked ribs. Meal for two: around HK$1,000. 5/F & 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central. (+852 2810 6166).
Restaurant of the Year: Amber
Exquisite ingredients, fine attention to detail, an array of international chefs and award-winning sommelier Hervé Pennequin on standby make Amber hands-down the best dining experience to be had in the city. Meal for two: around HK$2,000. 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Rd, Central. (+852 2132 0066).
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