A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

HONG KONG


Last updated: 17th September 2021


Add these upscale Tsim Sha Tsui restaurants to your to-eat list on your next visit to the district.


COBO HOUSE


Relaunching its concept in a new location – at K11 MUSEA, the Silicon Valley for arts and culture – COBO HOUSE takes fine dining to new highs with its innovative menus. Led by Hong Kong chefs Ray Choi and Devon Hou, the upscale eatery indulges the five senses with bites of mouth-watering surprises upon seasonally rotating menus. Such an example of its unique culinary approach, the recent Knife and Spoon Chapter 5—POMOLOGY is the latest menu for summer, celebrating the best of succulent and quenching fruits of the season, with juicy pomelo taking centre stage, interpreted in formats that include the Pomelo peel Hata Grouper. But that's not all – prepare to marvel at the spectacular harbour view from all angles, best appreciated at sunset as you watch the sky turn from blue to indigo, lit by sparkling skyscrapers. – Faye Bradley, Editor


COBO HOUSE, 602, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2656 3088

Palco Italian Ristorante


Following its successes in Chai Wan, then Wan Chai and now, its latest home in Tsim Sha Tsui, Palco Italian Ristorante dazzles with its seafront views and glitzy modern interiors. Using innovative techniques to update classic Italian dishes from the ocean, Chef Ken Lau – previously at The Peninsula's Verandah, Chesa and Felix – takes the reigns, his second solo venture alongside Pano in West Kowloon Cultural District. In collaboration with LUBUDS F&B Group, Palco remains a popular feat and integral highlight in Hong Kong's avant-garde dining scene with sophisticated menus that delight at every course – it's no wonder that it's a celebrity favourite among starlets like Jessica Jann. Everything from the fresh oyster tartare to the spaghetti with Hokkaido sea urchin is worth a mention. Want to have your pasta cooked with an open flame in a cheese wheel? Yes, they serve that too. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Palco Ristorante, Shop OTE 403-404, 4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2382 3123


WHISK


The Mira's Michelin-recommended WHISK is an ode to French-Japanese artistry, an acclaimed abode that's stood the test of time celebrating over 12 years of serving gourmands. Merging expert French cooking methods with hand-selected Japanese ingredients, the restaurant serves its signature seasonal Omakase menus, recommended with wine pairings for the full experience. Helmed by Chef Oliver Li who previously honed his skills with the Robuchon kitchen, WHISK sources much of its ingredients from Fukuoka’s farms and markets in Japan. A noteworthy feature of a dining experience at WHISK is the thoughtful presentation that goes into each dish, while portions are generous and come fresh with premium ingredients. Caviar is all the rage at this joint – the three-layered Plantin Kaviari caviar, uni and cauliflower purée concoction devoured with a Mother Of Pearl spoon was a definite highlight. – Faye Bradley, Editor


WHISK, 5/F, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2315 5999


HEXA


Fronted by quite possibly one of the best vantage points in Hong Kong (granted, yes it's low-down, but in that way, closer to the sea and its fresh breeze), HEXA sits at the tip of Harbour City's Ocean Terminal extension. The contemporary Chinese restaurant is expansive and airy, split into three sections that interconnect at the entrance – the restaurant, bar and restaurant and outdoor area, the latter which features a lush lawn frequented by photo-takers. Though it's popular for its sundown cocktails on the terrace, the food menu is absolutely just as noteworthy, with crowd favourites that include the deep-fried Sichuan pepper prawns and the signature smoked chicken with Longjing tea leaves. Don't miss the 48 hour slow-cooked beef ribs – for us, it was a showstopper. – Faye Bradley, Editor


HEXA, Shop OTE 101, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2577 1668


yè shanghai


Like something out of a glitzy Gatsby party, yè shanghai takes you back to the swinging 1930s in its namesake city filled with sophistication and glamour. The longstanding Michelin-starred restaurant recently moved its operations down the road to K11 MUSEA where it continues to serve delectable eats. Spanning over two floors, the establishment salutes to cuisines of neighbouring provinces like Jiangsu and Zhejiang, using methods like braising, roasting, quick-frying and steaming. Signature dishes include the braised beef ribs with brown sauce and the river shrimps. – Faye Bradley, Editor


yé shanghai, 702, Level 7, K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2376 3322


Hutong


Perched on prime Peking Road, Hutong is a tribute to the traditional narrow alleyways lined with thatched-roof houses synonymous with historical Chinese culture. The whole set-up of its sky-high location sets the scene for a decadent night on the town. The dim-lit rouge interiors make you feel like you've transported back to an era of Ancient China, enhanced by the attention to detail with elements like its red lanterns, the stone archways, the rickshaws, the antique wooden tables as an ode to its regional theme. Sichuan cuisine dominates the menu meaning if you can take spice, this is the place to be. Though, of course, there are also non-spicy dishes. Signatures to order include the Pacific tiger prawns, photogenic red lantern and an absolute must – the Peking duck, served in its traditional form.– Faye Bradley, Editor


Hutong, 28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3428 8342


Image courtesy of Yoyo Ho | CSP Times

Tominokoji Yamagishi


Inspired by Kyoto’s rich culture and history, Chef Yamagishi helms the kitchen at Tominokoji Yamagishi where he regularly revamps the Kaiseki omakase dinner set. Celebrating their second anniversary in time for Mid-Autumn Festival, Tominokoji Yamagishi has joined forces with Kikuya JP, a historical wagashi bakery, and crafted Kiku No Kotobuki - a Japanese-style mooncake made of premium Hokkaido beans. September’s menu ‘Nagatsuki’ is Autumn Bonito-themed, imbuing Matsutake mushroom as one of the prime features of its courses. Highlights include the Moon Viewing Hassun, appearing as an artful platter carefully put together with several small bites, and the heartwarming Matsutake and Pike Conger soup bowl with Yuzu sprinkle, as well as their iconic mouth-watering uni-dog, for a night you won’t forget. – Yoyo Ho, Contributor


Tominokoji Yamagishi, 506, L5, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2686 1866


HAKU


Aptly named after ‘Hakuai hin’, referring to the Japanese ethos of ‘taking foreign inspirations’, HAKU serves contemporary Japanese cuisine infused with Mediterranean flavour. In their latest 11-course menu, with optional but recommended sake pairings, each dish is the perfect interpretation of the five Kaiseki techniques, bringing out the simplicity and freshness of every dish and its ingredients. HAKU offers a complete culinary experience from their top quality sashimi selections, including the indulgent slow-cooked Kurobuta pork, and of course the cult favourite Kagoshima Wagyu. – Yoyo Ho, Contributor


HAKU, Shop OT G04B, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal, Habour City, Ocean Terminal Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2115 9965


TIRPSE


Nestled within K11 MUSEA, TIRPSE refines Japanese-French fine dining with its seasonally-rotating menu that combines the best of East-meets-West culinary techniques and top-notch ingredients. Helmed by Chef Shimizu, the waterfront restaurant is a top spot for date night and celebrations thanks to its beautiful interiors and cosy ambience, using its signature modern cabin theme. Try the lunch or dinner set menu with wine pairing followed by a coffee on the outdoor terrace, where Victoria Harbour and its glittering skyscrapers await.– Faye Bradley, Editor


TIRPSE, Unit #219, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2333 0031


Giovanni Pina


Helmed by one of the world's 100 best pastry masters, Giovanni Pina is a third-generation inherited bakery hailed from Italy. The upscale restaurant brought its rich Italian history to Hong Kong, putting authenticity and prime quality at the forefront in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui's bustling K11 MUSEA. Ingredients are sourced directly from its motherland to ensure fresh, quality ingredients year-round. From their tantalising garlic sautéed mussels in tomato sauce as a starter and the fresh truffle risotto sourced from the century-old SAVINI TARTUFI truffle to the signature 144 layered handmade cream rolls and selection of mini pastries, it pays tribute to heart-warming Italian hospitality by the book. – Yoyo Ho, Contributor


Giovanni Pina, Shop 217 2/F K11 MUSEA Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2755 1123


Pablo


Pablo is a newcomer to buzzing Tsim Sha Tsui East, adding a modern Mexican option for gourmands in the area. Surrounded by the vibrant murals and artworks, sleek wooden furnishings and enthusiastic diners, this hipsters’ cocina curates a Southeast-Asian-infused Mexican fiesta for relaxed hang-outs and upbeat gatherings. Their signature cocktails, namely the refreshing lime margaritas and Taco al Barbacoa – juicy barbecued lamb adorned with guacamole and salsa borracha – are easily the highlight of the menu. – Yoyo Ho, Contributor


Pablo, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3741 2990


Paper Moon


Paper Moon's flagship opened in Milan in 1977, when Pio Galligani and his wife Enrica Del Rossa began serving home-cooked Italian delicacies in a sleek setting. Fast forward to now, the restaurant landed its venture into Hong Kong, where its key Tsim Sha Tsui location commands exquisite views of the harbour. To get a taste of what made this spot a crowd favourite in Milan and beyond, try the handmade burrata cheese, the homemade pappardelle with smoked pancetta in pink sauce and the spring chicken to get nostalgia for Italian hospitality.– Faye Bradley, Editor


Paper Moon, Shop OTE301, Level 3, Harbour City, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2156 2256


NAMO


Located in Tsim Sha Tsui East's Empire Centre, NAMO caters to lunch and dinner crowds seeking an al-fresco meal by the sea. The self-proclaimed avant Thai restaurant is a modern-casual eatery that serves classic Thai dishes, from tom yum to chicken curries. Though it's busy during peak meal times, it's also a cool backdrop for weekend drinks – we're talking mango sticky rice flavoured cocktails, as such. – Vivian Wong, Contributor


NAMO, Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2739 1133