Local Iconic Restaurants loved by Hong Kongers

Cherry Chan
8 January, 2021

Filled with countless cuisines and styles available, Hong Kongers are spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants to choose from. Everyone has their go to restaurants for different types of cuisines, when they want to satisfy their cravings or for special occasions. We’ve gathered these seven restaurants that locals love returning to, each serving up Cantonese style cuisine in their own ways that Hong Kongers can’t seem to get enough of!

Australian Dairy Company

Established in 1970, Australian Dairy Company is one of Hong Kong’s oldest cha chaan teng restaurants and arguably, one of the most iconic restaurants in the city.

Frequently visited by both tourists and locals, Australian Dairy Company serves up macaroni soup with a side of buttery toast and fried or scrambled eggs, along with any coffee or tea drink of your choice. With their fast paced service and bustling environment inside the restaurant, you’ll definitely want to visit Australian Dairy Company for an authentic meal you won’t forget.

Australian Dairy Company; 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan.
Tel: 2730 1356


With their motto being ‘honest about art, serious about food’, Duddell’s is the beautiful marriage between both. Its luxuriously styled interior is fit for anyone enamoured by art and its menu certainly tastes just as sensational as the restaurant’s interior.

Spanning across two floors with private dining rooms available for booking, ‘The Restaurant’ which is awarded with one Michelin star for their authentic Cantonese menu and a chic Salon connected to a garden terrace; Duddell’s is the perfect place to experience elevated Cantonese cuisine together with a gorgeous and inviting environment.

Duddell’s; Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central;
https://www.duddells.co/home/en/ Tel: 2525 9191

Tasty Congee and Noodle Wantun Shop

With its first restaurant being opened in 1996, Tasty Congee and Noodle Wantun Shop emphasises the importance of all the elements to make up the perfect bowl of wantun noodles. Even reaching such cities such as Shanghai, Chengdu, Tianjin and even overseas countries like Malaysia, Tasty Congee and Noodle Wantun Shop, their dedication and passion towards Cantonese cuisine has spread far and wide.

Serving up endless variations of congee and dim sum, Tasty Congee and Noodle Wantun Shop provides diners with a wide and expansive menu; all with dishes that locals and even expats adore. With all its prestigious awards such as being appointed as an accredited restaurant by the Quality Tourism Services Scheme since 2004 and being recommended on the Michelin guide for numerous years, it’s not hard to see why locals keep returning for more!

Tasty Congee and Noodle Wantun Shop; Many locations;

Yat Tung Heen

With its’ moody interior decor being inspired by Shanghai taverns in the 1920s, Yat Tung Heen offers its diners a fine dining experience of classic Cantonese favourites in the hustle and bustle of Jordan.

Aside from its one Michellin star rating, Yat Tung Heen has received numerous awards such as being named ‘MASTERCHEF Recommendation Restaurant’ by Asia Art of Cuisine Society and the ‘Best Dining Award – Cantonese Cuisine’ by Weekend Weekly. Featuring a wide selection of menus, such as for dim sum, an eight course ‘crab feast’ and even their Michelin tasting menu; you can indulge yourself to the absolute fullest with what Yat Tung Heen has to offer.

Yat Tung Heen; Level B2 at Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan;
https://www.yattungheen.com/ Tel: 2710 1093

Ming Court

Just a stone’s throw away from Langham Place and located in Mong Kok, Ming Court has been on Hong Kong’s Michelin Guide since 2009 and has been awarded with one Michelin star for their sophisticated menu that sources high quality ingredients from all across the globe to create classic Cantonese dishes.

With their own wine cellar located in the restaurant storing more than 400 wines from over 100 regions, Ming Court is known for pairing authentic Cantonese cuisine with selected wines to create a perfect harmony between the two.

Ming Court; 6/F at the Cordis Hotel on 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
https://www.cordishotels.com/en/hong-kong/restaurants-and-bars/ming-court/ Tel: 3552 3028

Ho Lee Fook

Located in Soho, Ho Lee Fook is a modern fusion of Hong Kong’s old school dai pai dong and cha chaan teng restaurants with the energy of Chinatown hangout spots in 1960s New York.

Their menu features quintessential Cantonese roast meat classics like char-siu and roasted goose, and even creative spins on local favourites like Hong-Kong-style french toast. With their creatively hilarious name also translating to ‘good fortune for the mouth’, Ho Lee Fook is definitely the place you’ll want to make your new go-to spot for a creative fusion of Asian flavours together with Cantonese elements.

Ho Lee Fook; Soho at 3-5 Elgin Street, Central.
https://www.holeefook.com.hk/ Tel: 2810 0860

Happy Paradise

For an innovative take on Chinese food, head to Happy Paradise to experience their boldly creative ‘Neo-Chinese’ cuisine during a casual dining experience. Its founder, May Chow not only has extensive experience being the owner of Little Bao and Second Draft here in Hong Kong, but she was also awarded ‘Best Female Chef’ in 2017 by Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants.

Chinese influences can be seen all across Happy Paradise’s menu, from the Hong Kong classic staple cha siu rice bowl, pairing fried chicken with iconic egg-waffle street snack for a creative take on ‘chicken and waffles’ and even transforming iced lemon tea into an imaginative cocktail! With its groovy neon lights and retro decor paired with great music, Happy Paradise’s interior is sure to give you good vibes along with its great food.

Happy Paradise; Soho at UG/F, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central.
https://www.happyparadise.hk/ Tel: 6794 8414

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