Although Hong Kong has a Chinese population of more than 97%, it offers a wealth of excellent international restaurants. Below, I have selected a few choice options.
Hong Kong Island:
The Orange Tree - 17 Shelley Street next to the escalator, Central:- This is one of my all time favourites, this Dutch restaurant has deservedly remained open for a long while. The real wood finish and olde worlde photos on the walls add to the Dutch ambience. Their signature dish of fillet lamb and eggplant pie is always cooked to perfection and the assorted desserts are great if you still have room at the end.
Beyrouth - Lyndhurst Terrace/Hollywood Road: - Another deserved long-timer, this Lebanese outfit offers the best shwarma in the territory. Prices have remained static for the last 5 years -HK$50/55 for chicken/lamb. Real classic kebabs! Puts other more populace places to shame.
Habibi's - 112-114 Wellington Street: - This Egyptian eatery offers an excellent array of authentic middle-eastern cuisine. Prices have remained fairly reasonable. The meatballs are great as is the haloumi cheese salad. If you are lucky you may catch one of the belly-dancers.
La Pampas - Staunton Street, Central: - This Argentinean eatery offers freshly imported South American steaks - need I say more? This one isn´t cheap!
China Tea Club - 1fl, 12 Peddar Street, Central: - A great HK institution: a wide variety of authentic Chinese and Asian dishes are served up in opulent colonial surroundings. The Hunnan chicken is delicious, although the Asian dishes in this place is for ginger-lovers only. A little heavy-handed for my fussy tastes.
Archie B's Deli - LG/F, Staunton Street, Central: - offers an authentic New York deli experience, their matzoh ball soup is almost as good as my Mum's and an interesting collection of sodas.
Jaspa's - Staunton Street (and Sai Kung): - offers consistently good Asian fusion dishes. Doesn´t seem to matter what you choose from their extensive menu - it´s gonna be tasty!
Cru - Staunton Street, Central (and Sai Kung): - Run by the same owners of Jaspa's, their HK$85 set breakfast is superb. They offer a wide variety of omelet fillings, tea/coffee and fresh fruit juices. The asparagus, chicken and cheese omelet was wonderful!
The Peak Look-Out (formerly the Peak Cafe) - 121 Peak Road, The Peak: - Another touch of the old colonial past. The menu is varied, and both the curries (Indian and Thai) as well as the barbecue are really good.
Davis, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town: This new tapas bar is both very trendy and serves up a wealth of traditional and non-traditional portions. Their Mars bar cheesecake is sublime!
Kyber Pass - Block E, 7/fl Chungking Mansions: - Chungking Mansions is a world unto itself and a backpackers paradise. The building is decaying, the ambiance unsavoury and is as hygienic as a public toilet in India. Yet, it´s a gastronomic enormity. Consistently high quality curries to suit all palettes and all for reasonable prices.
chicken shahi korma at the Kyber Pass
Spring Deer - 1/fl, 42 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui: - A Beijing style eatery,the Beijing duck is a signature dish (HK$288 per duck) served with pancakes and plum sauce is wonderful and the fried lamb and beef and green peppers are highly recommended.Book in advance to avoid disappointment.