Best Michelin Restaurants in Hong Kong
From three to one, we’ve got a full list of restaurants in Hong Kong with Michelin stars. But, before you unfold your napkin, it’s worth mentioning that not all of Hong Kong’s food critics fell in love with the Hong Kong and Macau Michelin Guide. Check out what they had to say in our review of the Hong Kong and Macau Michelin Guide.
Hong Kong has some of the best food in the world; established as the the world leader in Cantonese cooking and home to Asia's most envied European restaurants. Food is a passion here so it's no surprise that the city has bagged 60 Michelin stars across more than 200 restaurants. We've tried to select the best from the Michelin list to feature; taking advice from discerning food critics, popularity with local diners and our own knife and fork research.
We've also tried to prove that best doesn't have to mean most expensive.The correlation between price and quality is notoriously fickle and you only need to look at the world's cheapest Michelin star in Tim Ho Wan to know that you don't always have to break the bank to find incredible food. It’s unlikely that you’ll escape from any of these restaurants feeling like you got a bargain but we have tried to weed out the truly overpriced locations. Heavy price tags should be expected, but it’s only fair to shell out top dollar, if you get top food in return; those are the restaurants we’re recommending.
We've also provided a little variety. Michelin restaurants might bring to mind penguin dressed waiters, starched tablecloths and hushed dining rooms - and these are certainly present on the list, but there are also restaurants with a little more innovation. Inside you’ll certainly find the best Cantonese cooking in the world - including truly outstanding Dim Sum - and celebrity chefs but you’ll also find matchless western cuisine and intimate private kitchens.
Next: Caprice (three-star Michelin restaurant review)
With an open kitchen staring out over Victoria Harbour, tire-sized chandeliers strung from the ceiling and a shimmering catwalk entrance, Caprice Hong Kong is considered the place to eat and be seen eating in Hong Kong. Thankfully, for every Cantopop star avoiding the paparazzi and dolled up model dodging the desert, there is a food critic drooling over his confit of wild salmon. Acknowledged as the best place in the city for European food by Hong Kong’s most talented tongues, there is a common consensus by Michelin reviewers and educated diners alike that Caprice could stand shoulder to shoulder with even the haughtiest Parisian restaurant. Led by Chef Guillaume Galliot, his inspirational menu leans heavily on traditional French cuisine but with innovative, modern European influences. The result is sublime food.
Of course, you should be clear on what you’re letting yourself in for. This isn’t the place for your Hawaiian shirt and lazyboy trousers, nor is it somewhere to ponder the price tag. Dress is the smart side of smart casual and prices are the sort that leaves Sheikhs in a cold sweat. Nevertheless, if you can afford one splash out meal in Hong Kong, Caprice is the place to dig deep into your pockets. Service is faultless and seamless; staff are never overbearing and always mindful of the intimidating surroundings and willing to tour the menu with nervous beginners. On occasions you’ll even find the chefs walking the floor talking tactics on the food. Ultimately it is unbeatable food in truly special surroundings
What to Eat at Caprice Hong Kong
For a three star Michelin restaurant, Caprice has a surprisingly expansive menu with dishes that rotate regularly with the seasons. Some recommendations include The French Beef Rib Eye with Osetra Caviar Tartare in Brown Nut Jur and the Normandy Sole with Iberico Ham and Chanterelle Mushrooms in Piquillo Butter Sauce. Alternately, there is a fixed price tasting menu that offers up some of the chef’s finest dinners for HK$1820. Whatever you eat, don’t miss the desserts. Bursting with creativity, the desert menu includes fairytale creations such as elderflower soufflé with marinated and tuile apricot, lemon cress and bergeron elderflower sorbet and white peach crémeux and marmalade with caramelized pistachio, mizuna peach sorbet. For the less adventurous…ice cream.
Caprice Contact Details
Michelin Stars ***
Address: Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Tel: 3196 8888
Next: Lung King Heen (three-star Michelin restaurant review)
Lung King Heen
If your experience of Cantonese cuisine is still steeped in the dated combo of four day old cooked meat and an ever revolving line up of cement-mix sauces, Lung King Heen will be a lesson. The first Chinese restaurant in the world to win three Michelin stars, Lung King Heen is the best Cantonese food you will ever eat. Cantonese cuisine is much matured in recent years and chefs have become bolder in refining dishes to match more modern palates. While this is a shift reflected in restaurants across Hong Kong, the dishes at Lung King Heen have truly fulfilled the potential of Cantonese cooking. Subtle and fresh, full of deep but uncomplicated flavors and contrasting textures.
Like the cuisine, the interior of Lung King Heen manages to pull off quiet sophistication without splattering gold across every available inch of wall. Chinese motifs are used in moderation, gracefully tempered by sleek wooden flooring and glass walls for an uncluttered and contemporary environment. This is all set against the glorious backdrop of Victoria Harbour.
There will be critics who claim that there are other Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong whose food is the equal of Lung King Heen and charge fare less. They may be right - although Lung King Heen has very convincing claim to the Cantonese crown - but dining here is not simply about the food. It’s often said that the clutter, noise and wandering service is all part of the experience of eating in Cantonese restaurants, where all the focus is on the food. Lung King Heen proves that you can have both, with superb food delivered alongside first class service in a sleek, comfortable setting.
What to Eat at Lung King Heen
If this is your first time eating Cantonese in Hong Kong, you should make a date with the Lung King Heen Dim Sum set; this will let you try a range of dishes. For dinner consider the braised fresh bamboo piths with fresh crab meat or the crispy marinated pork loin in fermented red bean curd crust with pancakes.
Lung King Heen Contact Details
Michelin Stars ***
Address: Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance StreetTel: 3196 8888
Next: L'Atelier Robuchon (three-star Michelin restaurant review)
One of the most decorated celebrity chefs in the world, Joël Robuchon’s L'Atelier brand of restaurants stretches from Monaco to Macau and have collected a double dozen Michelin stars between them. Robuchon's Hong Kong outpost is one of the hipper Michelin star establishments in town with the seductively lit dining room, lipstick red seats and intimate, Japanese inspired open kitchen seating offering a more casual and comfortable setting for superb French food.
Like many celebrity chef kitchens, you’ll rarely find Robuchon in the kitchen wielding his wooden spoon, but Executive Chef Michael del Burgo is equally accomplished, having led several Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris. Japanese inspired sushi counter seating means you’ll have a front row view of the chefs at work inside the open kitchen and in keeping with the Japanese-influenced interior, most dishes are served in tapas sized portions from a menu that leans heavily on French brasserie traditions and seasonal ingredients. Alongside a revelatory selection of fish and meat dishes, you’ll also find a bread basket that can quickly torpedo your appetite for a main course and a dessert menu with the potential to carve several notches on your belt. The wine menu is second to none in Hong Kong, although its ambition is matched in its prices.
Less formal than its Michelin competitors, L'Atelier Robuchon is the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy first class food without the dress code, haughty service and number of forks found at a Buckingham Palace breakfast.
What to Eat at L'Atelier Robuchon Hong Kong
There is some truly memorable food at L'Atelier Robuchon, but before you choose a dish you'll need to choose a menu. Somewhat nonsensically, there are different menus available depending on where you book to sit; there’s a bar menu, a main menu and a tasting menu. Be sure to ask what’s available when booking. Your best bet is either the HK$680 three course set meal or the small portions menu, where prices are around HK$300 for each portion.
Particularly recommended are the lamb cutlets, the beef and foie gras le burger and the chilled green pea soup. Whatever you do, don’t miss the mashed potato. Plain old mashed potatoes are rarely a dish to set the heart racing, but in the hands of the kitchen at Le Atelier they are creamy, velvety, spectacular creations that melt in your mouth.
L'Atelier Robuchon Contact Details
Michelin Stars ***
Address: The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road West, Central, Tel: 2166 9000
Next: Ming Court (one-star Michelin restaurant review)
Mirroring the innovation of the hotel it calls home, the technologically advanced Langham Place Hotel, Ming Court has been lauded for its updated take on classic Cantonese and Chinese cuisine, including particular praise for their seafood dishes. Don’t mistake updated to mean westernized or frilly fusion. On the extensive, 13-page menu, the dishes are firmly entrenched in classic Cantonese cooking, including a taste for adventurous ingredients, such as abalone or goose maw. Instead, Ming Court has refined the key flavors. Double boiled pork shank is a classic Chinese dish, but Ming Court's marrying of the pork with coconut and Chinese herbs lets the meat act as a palate for the more fulsome flavor of the other ingredients. Textures, a key component of Cantonese food, have also been thoughtfully paired, such as the softness of braised Yunnan ham in honey sauce combined with the cleansing crunch of chrysanthemum.
Ming Court’s careful blending of contemporary with the classic has led locals to bray about the flavors here and many consider it the height of sophisticated, ambitious Chinese dining. Just as ambitious as the food is the design, which is a lavish but graceful combination of contemporary design and imperial Chinese influences. Modern Chinese ink paintings rub shoulders with priceless Ming vases inside a dining room of polished wooden floors, starched table cloths and shaded gold trimmings. Given the Michelin star now hanging above the door, this is also one of the better places to eat award winning food without surrendering all of your treasure.
What to eat at Ming Court
With sixteen pages of dishes the menu at Ming Court can be truly frightening. If you’re stuck on what to choose, there are a couple of ‘Ming’ signature tasting menus’ that will walk you through the kitchens best work. The standard tasting menu goes for HK$858. Whether you go for a menu or a la carte, certain blockbuster dishes are worth looking out for. Seafood is a particular success story, particularly the stir-fried sliced garoupa with assorted mushrooms and dried shrimp roe, while the smoked chicken is often enough to turn visitors into regulars.
Ming Court Contact Details
Michelin Stars *
Address: Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok
Tel: 3552 3300
Next: Tim's Kitchen (one-star Michelin restaurant review)
It's no coincidence that Tim's Kitchen is set in Sheung Wan, one of Hong Kong's most endearingly traditional and appealing neighborhoods. Committed to preparing classic Cantonese dishes using historical recipes and time honored techniques, this is the least pretentious two star Michelin restaurant in the city.
For those who expect Michelin stars to equal diamond chandeliers and starched tablecloths, Tim’s Kitchen is likely to be somewhat of a disappointment and is still true to its private kitchen origins. Private kitchen restaurants first started appearing in Hong Kong around ten years ago, often in the dining rooms of talented chefs who were looking to escape the high rents of a commercial property. Since then private kitchens have moved on, moved upscale and started to imitate fully fledged restaurants, but they do remain distinct. Tim’s is typical in its relatively cramped space and few of the designer bling you’ll find elsewhere. This modest attitude does, however, lend an air of authenticity to the restaurant. Cantonese dining is very much a communal experience and the noise and energy of the packed tables only add to its appeal. It’s more casual and more fun.
In the kitchen you'll find a team of chefs renowned for their knowledge of Cantonese cooking. It's a knowledge that shines through in the quality of the food. Few cuisines have been so badly misrepresented and brutalized as Cantonese, thanks to cook it fast, serve in cheap and flavor it with MSG takeaways around the world. Delving into the history of Cantonese cooking, the dishes at Tim's are vastly more ambitious than simple rice and meat combos, instead featuring layers of taste and texture. Some dishes require days of preparation, giving deep, satisfying flavors with delicately balanced ingredients. Such is Tim’s dedication to masterful cooking that when booking (which is required) you’ll need to discuss the dishes you want so that the chef can buy the ingredients fresh and prepare your food.
What to eat at Tim's Kitchen
While the advice that the chef knows best obviously stands at all Michelin restaurants, it’s particularly true at Tim’s Kitchen. As you’ll need to speak to a chef at the restaurant to order your dishes in advance, be guided by them. Look for seasonal dishes and tell them the sort of textures and flavors you enjoy. If you have a specific Cantonese dish in mind, they will almost certainly be willing to create it for you.
There is, of course, a menu, with highlights including a hand sized crab claw deep fried in peppercorn sauce and sautéed pork stomach with pickled vegetables and bamboo piths. They also do Dim Sum.
Tim's Kitchen Contact Details
Michelin Stars **
Address: Shop A, 84-90 Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan, Tel: 2543 5919
Next: Full List of Hong Kong Michelin Star Restaurants
Full List of Michelin Star Restaurants in Hong Kong
Unfortunately, a dusty bank account and the desire not to be grossly obese prevents us from reviewing each and every Michelin star restaurant. Below you'll find the full list of all establishments with stars.
Lung King Heen, Cantonese
Sun Tung Lok, Chinese
Celebrity Cuisine, Cantonese
Cuisine Cuisine, Cantonese
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo, Italian
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, French
Pierre , French
T’ang Court , Cantonese
Tim's Kitchen, Cantonese
Bo Innovation, Cantonese/Fusion
Cafe Gray Deluxe, European
Chilli Fagara, Sichuan
Din Tai Fung Shanghainese
Farm House, Cantonese
Fook Lam Moon, Cantonese
Fu Ho, Cantonese
Fung Lam, Cantonese
Golden Leaf, Cantonese
Golden Valley, Cantonese
Hin Ho Curry, Indian
Ho Hung Kee, Noodles
Hoi King Heen, Cantonese
Hong Zhou, Hang Zhou
Hung’s Delicacies, Chiu Chow
Kin's Kitchen, Cantonese
Island Tang, Cantonese
Lei Garden (All branches), Cantonese
Loaf On, Cantonese
Mandarin Grill+Bar , European
Nanhai No.1, Chinese
One Dim Sum, Dim Sum
Petrus, , French
Regal Palace,, Cantonese
Shang Palace, Cantonese
Summer Palace, Cantonese
The Square , Cantonese
Tim Ho Wan, Dim Sum
Wagyu Kaiseki Den, Japanese
Yan Toh Heen, Cantonese
Yat Tung Heen, Cantonese
Ye Shanghai, Shanghainese
Yung Kee , Cantonese>