Unless you have a bottomless bank account, finding the best restaurant in Hong Kong’s SoHo district is no easy task. Below aren’t the Soho restaurants with the best food, the best price, or the best décor, but a combination of all three. These are three of SoHo’s most popular restaurants, where you’re guaranteed a good meal. Prices run from a fistful to a bagful of dollars, but none of the restaurants below will scare your bank manager. Food runs from mayonnaise-laden fries to the best hummus in town.
Frites is an upscale Bierhalle decked out in dark, paneled wood walls, padded wooden benches, and a floor to ceiling bar stuffed with the best beer from Brussels. While it’s the pints that get all the headlines, the food here is also superb. The menu is a carnivore's playground, featuring various farmyard animals freshly grilled, including an excellent pork knuckle and the unmissable Schnitzel with vinegar-doused, mayonnaise-covered fries. For something a little more delicate, they also have a selection of fresh mussels and some excellent Belgian waffles.
Habibi Cafe and Restaurant
Arguably Hong Kong’s most authentic Middle Eastern food, Habibi serves up convincing portions of koshary, moussaka, and shawarma as well as a legendary hummus. Split between a relaxed café and a slightly more expensive and formal restaurant setting, the café actually boasts the better atmosphere with pre-war Middle Eastern movie pictures, a subtle mosaic design, and plenty of expats looking for a taste of home. Be warned, though: the servings are notoriously light so be sure to order enough food so you're not hungry shortly after you leave.
Bring your appetite and a good pair of teeth to this spot. Competition for Hong Kong's best steakhouse has always been a gloves-off affair and one person’s supreme slice can be another's sinew. La Pampa probably isn't King of the Cow in Hong Kong, but it's not far off and features prices far lighter than the town's premium steakhouses. Other grilled animals fresh from the kitchen include rack of lamb and half chicken, as well as a selection of fish. This is all complemented by an impeccable wine list showcasing the best in Argentinian reds.