This time last year, I'd recently relocated back to Hong Kong and literally had no clue about the city's dining scene. Over the ensuing 12 months, I've tried to navigate my way around HK's myriad of wonderful eateries, from street-side BBQ pork buns to multiple Michelin-starred fine dining establishments, in a valiant attempt to sample the whole range of food to be found here. This has been no easy feat, given that dining establishments are constantly closing, re-opening, re-furbing and re-branding in order to stay ahead of their competitors and to make rent - but is all part of the fun of trying to decode Hong Kong's food scene.
One of my go-to resources for staying on top of what's going on has been Hong Kong Tatler Dining - an online portal detailing new openings and reviews and as well as interviews and opinion pieces to boot. They are also known for producing a longstanding annual Best Restaurants Guide, because many, if not all, foodies secretly love a masterlist that tells us where we should be chowing out!
The Tatler editorial team and their foodie contributors reviewed 200+ restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau, and announced the shortlist and the Top 20 Restaurants at an awards cocktail earlier in the week. Although there are notable absentees from the list - Otto e Mezzo and NUR, among a few others - this is a good starting point if you're looking for a list of restaurants to work through, and have a hearty appetite and paycheck! "Best of" Awards were also dished out, for categories such as Best New Restaurant (Mott32), Best Front of House (Carbone), Best Brunch (Catalunya), and several more. If you were looking for an excuse to expand your dining horizons in Hong Kong, now's your chance...
Image 5 courtesy of Hong Kong Tatler Dining; all others shot at the Best Restaurants Guide 2015 Awards Cocktail on November 27th, 2014.