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

HONG KONG


Last updated: 6th August 2023


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


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L'Envol, a two Michelin-starred restaurant housed within The St. Regis Hong Kong, offers a luxurious and welcoming dining experience. With its floor-to-ceiling windows providing stunning city views, the airy space sets the stage for Chef Olivier Elzer's French haute cuisine. From the exquisite caviar-centric menu to the meticulously crafted lunch sets showcasing French gastronomy, every dish reflects Chef Elzer's passion for culinary artistry. To complement the extraordinary flavours, L'Envol boasts an impressive wine and champagne menu with over 1,200 options.


Address: 3/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, One Harbour Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: lenvolhk.stregishongkong.com | Phone: +852 2138 6818 | Email: srhk.lenvol@stregis.com | Instagram: @lenvolhk | Facebook: @lenvolhk


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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. Steaks are mostly from Australia and the U.S. Sharing favourites include the crab cakes, pan-fried Hokkaido scallops and steak tartare. The beef wellington is a decadent main that's worth the hype. There's always room for dessert so don't forget to try the chocolate-oozing lava cake.


Address: 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: woo-steakhouse.com | Phone: +852 2893 6960 | Email: info@wooloo-mooloo.com | Instagram: @wooloomooloosteakhousehk | Facebook: @WooloomoolooSteakhouseHK


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The launch of Demon Chef Alvin Leung's latest venture declares its one ardent ambition to their diners loud and clear: to innovate and showcase the resounding roots of Hong Kong's distinct cuisine and flavours all the way from farm to table. Cafe Bau is proudly paving the path to encourage the consumption and use of more local, homegrown produce as well as advocating for partnerships between local restaurants and suppliers to achieve a more sustainable supply chain. With hydroponic vegetables grown in Wong Chuk Hang, rice farmed from Lantau Island and prime poultry sourced from the northern New Territories, every diner can expect the most authentic taste of Hong Kong down to its place of origin with a refined, innovative twist on each dish. Natives of the city will particularly rejoice at the unique opportunity of enjoying classic childhood flavours such as the egg tart, the yellow chicken, and even the modest hawthorn berry reinvigorated and translated into a fine dining experience.


Address: Shop 8, Podium 1/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: lubuds.com/cafe-bau-wan-chai | Phone: +852 2126 7212 | Email: enquiry@lubuds.com| Instagram: @cafebau.hk| Facebook: @cafebau.hk


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Xuân takes an innovative approach to Vietnamese cuisine at its finest. It comes from the same group behind BÊP and Nha Trang. Xuân is inspired by the famous 18th-century female poet Xuan Quynh, a pioneer herself in the art scene of Vietnam. Signatures include 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, and the hand-pulled local three-yellow chicken. Be sure to order a prawn with lettuce wrap, a picture-perfect dish that requires a bit of DIY.


Address: 24 Luen Fat Street, Lun Fat St, Wan Chai | Website: xuan.com.hk | Phone: +852 2891 1177 | Email: info@xuan.com.hk | Instagram: @xuan_hk | Facebook: @XuanModernVietnamese



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From the same brains behind private kitchen concept Ta Pantry, Maison ES is Chef Esther Sham's venture into the classic French bistro with a twist. Guests can choose from two set menus—the four-course or six-course dinner (or mid day, it's open for lunch as well). 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 to make it feel like it's an evening in the French riviera.


Address: No. 1A Star Street, Wanchai (enter from Electric Street), Hong Kong | Website: maison-es.com | Phone: +852-2521-8011 | Email: info@maison-es.com | Instagram: @maison_es | Facebook: @maisones

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The French bistro and wine bar is located on Johnston Road and is a neighbourhood gem in one of Wan Chai's quieter spots. Chef Léa Cantalloube helms the kitchen, with her 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 its offerings, or if you're not too hungry, there are also à la carte options. Add on a wine pairing during your experience.


Address: G/F, Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai | Website: lebistrowinebeast.com | Phone: +852 2782 6689 | Email: bistro@wine-beast.com | Instagram: @le.bistro.winebeast | Facebook: @lebistrowinebeast | Twitter: @lbwinebeast


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The Classified Group venture reimagines its three-storey occupation of the Grade II listed Woo Cheong Pawn Shop. It was 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. Expect modern dim sum delicacies and a vast tea selection.


Address: 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: woocheongteahouse.com | Phone: +852 2866 3444 | Email: info@woocheongteahouse.com | Instagram: @woocheongteahousehk | Facebook: @woocheongteahouse


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CRUST Italian


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?


Address: G/F, The Heritage Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, 60A-66 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: crustitalian.com.hk | Phone: +852 2191 0278 | Email: ciao@crustitalian.com.hk | Instagram: @crust_hongkong | Facebook: @crusthongkong


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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 of HK$178 per person. Flavours range 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 famous 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.


Address: G/F, 33 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: wingman.hk | Phone: +852 2669 9309 | Email: info@wingman.hk | Instagram: @wingman.hk | Facebook: @wingman852


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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.


Address: 2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com | Phone: +852 2584 7722 | Email: fbsc.hkggh@hyatt.com | Instagram: @grissinihk | Facebook: @GrissiniGHHK



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Located in the lobby area of The St. Regis Hong Kong, The Drawing Room is an elegant lounge and restaurant that offers refined international delights, over the sounds of live jazz music. Dishes range from beef tartare and minestrone soup for starters to lobster burger and Angus rib eye steaks for mains. There is a dinner set menu option with add-on wine glasses for the complete experience. After dining here, guests can also head to the world-famous The St. Regis Bar for post-meal tipples. The afternoon tea and lunch options are also a great weekend treat.


Address: 2/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, One Harbour Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: drawingroomhk.stregishongkong.com | Phone: +852 2138 6800 | Email: srhk.drawingroom.bar@stregis.com | Instagram: @drawingroomhk | Facebook: @drawingroomhk


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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. 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.


Address: 2/F, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: mingcourt.com.hk | Phone: +852 2878 1212 | Email: mcwan.resv@mingcourt.com.hk | Instagram: @mingcourt.wanchai | Facebook: @mingcourt.wanchai



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Grassroots burger specialists Honbo hosts its flagship picture-perfect branch Wan Chai's Star Street and is adored for its quirky shopfront. Most of the ingredients are sourced from local farms in Hong Kong. Favourites include the Honbo 2.0 and is best enjoyed with a side of cheese fries and tater tots.


Address: G/F, New Sun House, 6-7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: honbo.hk | Phone: +852 2567 8970 | Email: hello@honbo.hk | Instagram: @honbo.burger | Facebook: @honbo.hk



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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. 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.


Address: 68 Stone Nullah Lane. Wanchai, Hong Kong | Website: samsen-hk.com | Phone: +852 2234 0001 | Email: hi@samsen-hk.com | Instagram: @samsenhk | Facebook: @SamsenHK



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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.


Address: 7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: rootseatery.com | Phone: +852 2623 9983, | Email: food@rootseatery.com | Instagram: @rootseateryhk | Facebook: @rootseateryhk


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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.


Address: G/F & 1/F, 35G, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: cooshti.hk | Phone: +852 2796 7328 | Email: hello@cooshti.hk | Instagram: @cooshtihk | Facebook: @cooshtihk

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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.


Address: G/F, 15 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Phone: +852 2782 3988 | Email: holy.gaw@gmail.com | Instagram: @holygaw | Facebook: @HolyGaw


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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


Address: 8-10 Wing Fung Street Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: Mortys.hk | Phone: 852 3665 0890 | Email: info@Mortys.Hk | Instagram: @mortyshk | Facebook: @mortyshk



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Stepping into this Wan Chai restaurant will feel like you’ve arrived on the bustling streets of Korea. Opened just recently in October 2022 by the managing director of Seoul Recipe, Jennifer Kim, Danji has already established its reputation as a modern Korean bistro with its authentic Seoul-inspired recipes. The origin of its name is derived from the earthenware pot staple found in all Korean homes. These pots areused to store and ferment Korean sauces like the iconic doenjang (soybean paste), gochujang (Korean chili paste) and ganjang (soy sauce). At Danji, you will find yourself spoiled with a delightful selection of classic Korean cuisines from fried chicken and crispy kimchi pancake to marinated galbi ribs and sliced beef salad.


Address: 7 Sun Street, Starstreet Precinct, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Phone: +852 2623 9983 | Email: danjihk@gmail.com | Instagram: @Danjihk | Facebook: @Danji


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Sushi Mamoru is helmed by third-generation sushi chef Hirofumi Chiba. Through his beautifully prepared seasonal omakase menus, Chiba-san’s passion and respect for sushi tradition practices elevate the dining experience. Meticulous in ingredient selection and using masterful techniques to craft each dish, the cheffinds a melodic balance in bringing his personal story while presenting a rich taste of Japan.




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Tucked away behind Wan Chai’s unassuming Gresson Street, Jean May is a restaurant beloved by many. Decked in sage green, the French bistro echoes timeless European style with a family-friendly ambiance. Using seasonal local ingredients, the team of passionate chefs at Jean May intricately curate every dish to honours French cuisine using unique interpretations.


Address: Shop A, 14 Gresson Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Phone: +852 9180 6778 | Email: info@jeanmayhk.com | Instagram: @jeanmayhk | Facebook: @jeanmayhk


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For those looking for a meal rich in spice, culture and story, Rempah Noodles is the place to visit. Its name ‘rempah’ is the Malay word for spice and is an aromatic base used in numerous recipes in Malay and Singaporean cooking. From traditional to modern cooking, rempah has become a popular pitstop for itse array of fun, colourful and flavourful dishes.


Address: G/F 18 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: rempahnoodles.com | Phone: +852 3618 4863 | Email: rempahnoodles@gmail.com | Instagram: @rempahnoodles | Facebook: @rempahnoodles



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To put it simply, to dine at Auor is to experience food in the most artistic form. Pronounced ‘hour’, Auor expresses the notion of the passing of time in its menu Six Rounds. Each dish ties beautifully into the theme of time. Under the innovative chef-proprietor Edward Voon, Auor becomes a timeless representation of fine dining in the vibrant city of Hong Kong.


Address: 4/F, 88 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong | Website: auor.com.hk | Phone: +852 2866 4888 | Email: reservations@auor.com.hk | Instagram: @auor.hkg | Facebook: @Auor




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In honour of the Greek gods of the same name, Artemis & Apollo is a celebration of the traditional Greek cooking. The style of the restaurant is a classic Greek taverna where meals are to be indulged slowly and at a comfortable pace with loved ones. Order sharing plates and prepare to chat the night away with friends and family at this hospitable gem.


Address: 9-11 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Website: artemisandapollo.com | Phone: +852 2818 8681 | Email: info@artemisandapollo.com | Instagram: @artemisandapollohk | Facebook: @artemisandapollohk



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Fook Lam Moon has become a part of Cantonese cuisine’s extensive history in Hong Kong. Beloved by locals, its classic dishes and over 70 years of heritage has allowed the restaurant to garner a number of well-deserved awards including its one Michelin star. From the exquisite selection of dim sum to the traditional recipes, Fook Lam Moon is a staple that every Hong Konger and visitor should try.


Address: 35-45 Johnston Road, Hong Kong | Phone: +852 2866 0663 | Email: info@flm-group.com | Instagram: @fooklammoongroup | Facebook: @flmgrouphk

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