A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Restaurants in Wan Chai, Hong Kong

HONG KONG


Last updated: 17th March 2022


Add these Wan Chai restaurants to your to-eat list on your next visit to the district.


Woo Cheong Tea House


The Classified Group venture reimagines its three-storey occupation of the Grade II listed Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, previously a popular Western restaurant. The new concept pays tribute to the building's longstanding history – having opened in 1888 – serving nostalgic Cantonese cuisine with a twist, and a higher price tag. Beyond the glamourous interiors that may appeal more to photo opportunists, the menu was a pleasant surprise with most dishes ticking the right boxes between modern and traditional, inviting a mash-up of personalities.

和昌飯店 Woo Cheong Tea House, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2866 3444, info@woocheongteahouse.com

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Wooloomooloo Steakhouse


With two successful branches in the city, one in Tsim Sha Tsui (Wooloomooloo Prime) the other in Wan Chai, the latter sets itself up high on the 31st floor of The Hennessy, boasting 270-degree views of the city. The steakhouse is famed for its top-notch selection of prime cuts and features showstopping views from its al-fresco rooftop, a popular spot for pre-and post-dinner drinks. At the restaurant, guests dress to impress to match the contemporary-cool decor where gourmands wine and dine their way through the evening. Steaks are mostly from Australia and the U.S. but although the ribeye is an obvious must-order, the starters are also a winning highlight. Tuck into the supreme sharing options, like the crab cakes, pan-fried Hokkaido scallops and steak tartare to kick-start the evening. If you're dining with a guest whose open to lending a bite of their main, get them to order the infamous beef wellington, a deeply indulgent dish that makes it obvious how Wooloomooloo garnered its fame. The wine selection is vast and you're at no shortage of options, but order a bottle between two to get your portions' worth. Cocktails are fancy, and Wooloomooloo is currently offering its ten-year anniversary specials, the Sundowner G&T and the Perfect 10. There's always room for dessert so don't forget to try the toppling lava cake. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2893 6960, woo-steakhouse.com


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Xuân


Helmed by former Chôm Chôm chef John Nguyen, Xuân takes an innovative approach to Vietnamese cuisine at its finest and is a formation of the same group behind BÊP and Nha Trang. The name is inspired by the famous 18th-century female poet Xuan Quynh, a pioneer herself in the art scene of Vietnam. There's an immediate lively ambience upon entering the Luen Fat Street hub, propelled by its beautiful interiors designed by JJ Acuna—think floor-to-ceiling windows and cosy wood furnishings, with generous al-fresco dining space attached to the restaurant. Start your meal with the braised beef tongue salad—a refreshing, hearty portion complemented with a crisp cracker to dip into the dressing. Gourmands come here to eat the signature favourites, including the beef pho rice noodle soup, served with 12-hour Angus prime rib, braised beef tongue, oxtail, homemade 24-hour beef broth and youtiao—a glorified version of the classic, best served for sharing so that you can tuck into a variety of the other menu delights. Another meaty and noteworthy plate, the hand-pulled local three-yellow chicken, arriving with duck egg to be poked at for the yolk to soak into the rice, chicken meatloaf, fried Hokkaido egg, turmeric garlic chicken rice, pickled papaya and carrot and spiced ginger. That's the plausible beauty of Vietnamese cuisine, though—its rich and varied ingredients enhance the flavour to new highs. If you have room, be sure to order a prawn with lettuce wrap, a picture-perfect dish that requires a bit of DIY. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Xuân, 24 Luen Fat Street, Lun Fat St, Wan Chai, +852 2891 1177, xuan.com.hk


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Maison ES


From the same brains behind private kitchen concept Ta Pantry, Maison ES is chef Esther Sham's venture into French bistro meets luxury restaurant concept. The eatery is tucked away up a flight of stairs a little past Star Street and greets gourmands with a heartwarming florist shop entrance coloured in fern green, before walking into a romanticists' fairytale, with its Rennaisance-style interiors complemented by subtle jazz and French tunes that fill the room. It's much larger than you'd expect—from what we'd envisioned to be a little bistro turned out to be a glitzy yet elegant backdrop of sophisticated furniture and stellar service. There's even a little garden terrace and sumptuous lounge for discerning diners. Guests can choose from two set menus—the four-course or six-course dinner (or mid day, it's open for lunch as well). Highlights from the six-course array include the exceptional Alaskan king crab leg for starters, the quirky—and delightful—Kagoshima chuck rib tartare served in a bone and topped with soft boiled quail eggs, the slow-cooked then pan-fried South African abalone with whole wheat linguine, followed with the star of the show—the Wagyu A3 sirloin served with rendang fillo roll, crispy kale, black garlic purée and savora sauce. Maison ES is so underrated and such a brilliant find that you'll find yourself returning within weeks of your first visit. For the full experience, add on wine pairing for a slightly tipsy but well-balanced evening in the French riviera. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Maison ES, No.1A Star Street, Electric Street, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2521 8011, maison-es.com


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Le Bistro Winebeast


The French bistro and wine bar is located on Johnston Road and is a cherished neighbourhood gem in one of Wan Chai's quieter spots. Chef Léa Cantalloube takes the kitchen reigns, offering a fine dining background to curate her seasonal menus at Le Bistro Winebeast. Guests are recommended to try the set lunch or dinner menus which offer the best of the selection, or if you're not too hungry, an à la carte option. The current four-course dinner set features the crowd favourite 'Perfect Egg' for starters, a one-hour poached egg served with bacon and peas, a unique take on typical egg dishes. Whether you're dining from the set menu or regular menu, be sure to order the Pithivier of pigeon and foie gras main, cloaked in French puff pastry and filled with cabbage and veal jus—a hefty and rich aromatic dish which can also be shared. Add on a wine pairing during your experience—after all, the eatery is famous for its vast selection of wines and champagnes. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Le Bistro Winebeast, G/F, Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, +852 2782 6689, lebistrowinebeast.com


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CRUST Italian


Despite having only opened its doors last month, this upscale Napoli-inspired restaurant and pasticceria has already become a Wan Chai favourite, and for good reason. Not only does it serve up all your favourite South Italian dishes, but CRUST is also enviably situated on the ground floor of the historic Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, open from 8am till late. The venue is divided into zones so there’s a space suited for any occasion. Neapolitan pastries are readily available from their grab-and-go station, with an adjacent dining space perfect for an intimate evening dinner. Must-tries include their sea bass in acqua pazza, Positano-style scialatielle with seafood, and the Neopolitan dessert platter of course. Lastly, what better way to end the meal than with their house-made limoncello that tastes quite literally like sunshine in a bottle? — Jasmin Woolf, Contributor


CRUST Italian, G/F, The Heritage Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, 60A-66 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2191 0278, crustitalian.com.hk


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Wingman


Wing lovers adjourn at Wingman, a designated chicken feast for hungry bellies in a casual, upbeat setting. There are so many flavours, it's hard to know where to begin—but lucky for its guests, the restaurant offers the wings in smaller and larger portions so that you can try a bit of everything. Or for those really ready to dig in, there's an all-you-can-eat wings menu set at a very reasonable price from HK$178. Flavours go from Mongolian BBQ and Cajun spice to salted egg yolk and honey wasabi. Test your spice tolerance with the Carolina Reaper which is said to bring tears to your eyes. Besides the infamous wings, guests can also opt for the scrumptious chicken burgers, side nibbles, ribs and salads on demand—plus, there's also a vegan wings option for veggie diners. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Wingman, G/F, 33 Ship Street, Wan Chai , +852 2669 9309, wingman.hk


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Grissini


Famed for its crispy, fresh Italian breadsticks, Grissini is a tribute to the refined authentic flavours from the Campania region in southern Italy. Housed at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hotel Hong Kong, the upscale eatery is decked in glamorous interiors with a quintessential charm that takes note from Chef de Cuisine Marcello Scognamiglio's hometown in Naples. Inside, the unpretentious and inviting services from the exceptional staff are only part of the experience—dishes are best shared, with appetisers like the yellowtail carpaccio and slow-cooked veal loin for starters. Don't forget to ask for wine pairing with the meal. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Grissini, 2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722, hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com


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Ming Court


Following the success of its Michelin-starred flagship at Cordis, Hong Kong hotel, Ming Court opened its second branch in Wan Chai for a modern update from its predecessor. The sophisticated venue is flanked by nearby luxury hotels including The St. Regis Hong Kong and the Grand Hyatt Hotel Hong Kong, yet it feels secluded with its array of private dining rooms—which includes a Chef's Table function. In the day, Ming Court is loved for its contemporary dim sum, while the evening brings cocktail enthusiasts stopping for a drink at the bar before tucking into the round table dinner sets. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Ming Court, 2/F, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, +852 2878 1212, mingcourt.com.hk


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Honbo


Grassroots burger specialists Honbo opened its flagship picture-perfect Wan Chai location adored for its quirky shopfront. The Star Street joint is inspired by the nostalgic roots of American burgers with a modern uplift. Ingredients are sourced from local farms in Hong Kong while the infamous fluffy potato-milk burger buns are nearly the highlight until you reach the juicy beef patty which celebrates the true indulgence of why burgers are so well loved. It's the perfect pitstop any time of the day, including late nights when crowds chatter in the outside area with a pint of beer—and the Honbo special. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Honbo, G/F, New Sun House, 6-7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2567 8970, honbo.hk


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Samsen


Hong Kong’s beloved “Thai Noodle House” is located next to the iconic Blue House on Stone Nullah Lane. The cosy little walk-in eatery attracts long lines during peak hours—and it’s easy to see why. Expect authentic Thai street food classics with bold flavours. Our personal favourite is the Pad Thai washed down with a cup of Thai iced milk tea but you can’t go wrong with their infamous Wagyu boat noodles or indulgent crabmeat fried rice either. And if you still have space for dessert, the pandan coconut dumplings in warm salted coconut cream are to die for. – Jasmin Woolf, Contributor


Samsen Wan Chai, 68 Stone Nullah Lane. Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2234 0001, samsen-hk.com


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ROOTS Eatery


Roots was opened by chef Stephanie Wong out of a desire to share her passion for food and recreate childhood memories of family dinners with her late grandmother. Pair that with her French culinary background, and you’ll get a menu that is a delightful East-meets-West blend of iconic Cantonese dishes with a French twist. Dishes range from a delightful Shrimp Toast topped with House Pickled Onions and Salmon Roe and Beef Tartare with XO sauce to roasted French spring chicken with glutinous rice stuffing and their signature salted egg yolk tart. Come with a date or a group, all of the dishes are suitable for sharing and come recommended with a wine pairing. – Jasmin Woolf, Contributor


Roots Eatery, 7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, +852 2623 9983, rootseatery.com


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Bibi and Baba


JIA Group's latest addition to Ship Street is an ode to the melange of two worlds that built the beginning of the Peranakans society, more commonly known as Baby Nyonya. Dishes are representative of the exotic flavours and interconnectedness between cultures, with a blend of Chinese ingredients like Hainanese chicken to the distinct broth of the cult classic laksa. Biba and Baba holds an upbeat atmosphere elevated by its open centrepiece kitchen and lively crowds that hit up the street food-inspired eatery at all hours of the day and night. Obvious must-orders include the crispy kueh pie tee, spicy beef rendang—if you can handle it—and the aromatic prawn sambal patai. Cocktails are fun, using classic ingredients in their blends, with unique variations from the pandan white old fashioned to the kaffir and coconut colada. – Faye Bradley, Editor


Bibi and Baba, 1-7 Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2555 0628, bibiandbaba.hk


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Cooshti


Located in the heart of Lee Tung Avenue Cooshti is Oolaa Group's first Asian fusion project. The two-storey restaurant features an open bar, veranda and open dining area on its second floor, providing a warm atmosphere with its intriguing design and splendid view. Guests get a menu with an extensive choice of Asian-inspired dishes, including sushi and sashimi, yakitori and sharing plates. Favourites include the Cooshti dragon roll, tempura prawn avocado roll, topped with scorched salmon and parmesan cheese, served with Cooshti’s signature sauce. Another menu delight is the seared ahi tuna tataki on sliced apple and avocado, in a sesame ponzu sauce – mouth-watering! Be sure to try the crispy duck bao with cucumber, carrot, spring onion ginger sauce and plum sauce. From the wok, there's the Singapore street noodles, curried rice noodles with prawns, pork belly, eggs and julienne vegetables. From the extensive drinks list we ordered gin-infused cocktails and a classic Bloody Mary. Cooshi has a great variety of dishes to experience the beauty of flavourful Asian cuisines. – Altynai Tamerlenova, Contributor


Cooshti, G/F & 1/F, 35G, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2796 7328, cooshti.hk


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Holy Gaw


Fall in love with Holy Gaw’s contemporary take on Filipino fusion food. This cosy neighbourhood restaurant resembles an Australian café with its clean white walls and gold detailing, but don’t let that fool you. Helmed by Cebu-born chef Marvin Gaw, Holy Gaw serves up refined Pinoy cuisine incorporating Italian flavours to create distinctly unique. Gaw’s Carbonara, a heavenly combination of sauteed crispy pork crackling infused in pate and egg with tagliatelle pasta, is a must-try. The pasta is cooked to perfection, and paired beautifully with the sauce, resulting in a quirky Asian take on a traditional Italian pasta dish that is packed full of flavour. We also recommend the utterly delectable ube ice cream sandwiches and a cup of refreshing calamansi soda to round off the meal. – Jasmin Woolf, Contributor


Holy Gaw, G/F, 15 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2782 3988, facebook.com/HolyGaw


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Morty's Star Street


Founded as an homage to New York’s iconic delis, Morty’s is the place to go if you’re craving hearty American-style deli meats and sandwiches. Think classic Pastrami sandwiches piled high with slow-cooked smoked beef, 72-hour sous-vide short rib sandwiches, fully-loaded hotdogs and more. One thing’s for certain, they don’t skimp on the filling, so be sure to come hungry. And if you’re feeling nostalgic about not being able to celebrate a quintessential American summer this year, Morty’s will be serving up an All-American Submarine Sandwich and Young Master Beer Float to celebrate the month of July. Available for dine-in and takeaway. – Jasmin Woolf, Contributor


Morty’s, 8-10 Wing Fung Street Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 3665 0890, Mortys.hk