Updated: Jan 17, 2020
Now onto Causeway Bay - the district full of hot pot, Japanese food and tons of other hidden gems that don't make it to the mainstream. Same price ranking as the Central Neighborhood Restaurant Guide. Enjoy!
$ - Low range
$$ - Mid-range
$$$ - Upper mid-range
$$$$ - Supa fine
Mother of Pizzas $
With all the buzz around Neopolitan-style pizzas, sometimes I just crave a good old New York slice. Mother of Pizzas comes close enough, with a delicious array of toppings on homemade tomato sauce and an addicting doughy crust.
Cuisine: New York, pizza
Tel: +852 2891 2221
Address: G/F 13-19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
Ramen Bari Uma $
Causeway Bay is just chock full of ramen restaurants, and Bari-Uma from Hiroshima is probably one of my favourites. Super rich broth with all the trimmings (bamboo shoot, runny boiled egg, sprouts, etc.) and the gyoza is a must-order.
Cuisine: Japanese, ramen Tel: +852 2180 9172 Address: G/F L' Hart, Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay
Ramen Jo $
Sometimes you'll see Jo-san serving customers here, but I really like the warmth of service and authenticity of the noodles. All broths are non-oily tonkatsu (pork bone), with four flavourful variations including original, spicy, soy sauce and garlic.
Cuisine: Japanese, ramen
Tel: +852 2885 0638
Address: G/F, 3 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
If you like your pancakes thiccc, this is the place to go. Hong Kong is all about those bouncy souffle pancakes, but Japan's OG pancake is actually more akin to a cake. Yukinoshita does a fantastic versions of these, with different flavours like matcha, all topped with a square slab of butter.
Cuisine: Japanese, thick pancakes
Tel: +852 3460 3989
Address: G/F, Leishun Court, 1-5 Haven Street, Causeway Bay
Wing Kee Cart Noodles $
Traditional Hong Kong-style cart noodles for a quick bite. Popular dishes include the noodles in rich broth with beef brisket, and organs such as tripe, tendon and intestines. Another must order here is the marinated chicken wing tips, a nice side dish to share.
Cuisine: Hong Kong, cart noodles Tel: +852 2808 2877 Address: G/F, 27A Sugar Street, Causeway Bay
Shari Shari Kakigori House $
I love the shaved ice desserts here! They have so many seasonal varieties, and the flavours are on point. Try to go at pre- or post-dinner times as it can get quite crowded. Cash only, as credit cards are not accepted here.
Cuisine: Japanese, shaved ice dessert
Tel: +852 2529 1223
Address: G/F, 14 Haven Street, Causeway Bay
Mammy Pancake $
Recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2016, Mammy Pancake is a landmark in the Hong Kong street food scene. Egg waffles are served here with fun ingredients like sweet potato, chestnut and matcha red bean. I prefer the peanut butter!
Cuisine: Street food, egg waffle
Address: Shop 17, G/F, Leishun Court, 1-5 Haven Street, Causeway Bay
Din Tai Fung $$
Love me a classic DTF XLB (Din Tai Fung Xiao Long Bao, duh) with some drunken chicken, hand-pulled dan dan noodles, fried rice and cold soy milk. My bf craves this without fail for his first meals back in Hong Kong when he visits. No reservations allowed and walk-ins only.
Cuisine: Shanghai, dumpling
Tel: +852 3160 8998 Address: G/F, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay
Mashi no Mashi $$ [more towards Wan Chai than CWB]
Brought to you by the same guys behind Wagyu Mafia, Elephant Grounds, Morty's and La Rambla by Catalunya, Mashi no Mashi serves up some seriously good ramen in the most dramatic fashion in town. Delicious wagyu broth, wagyu slices and wagyu gyoza. Also watch out on their IG for the once-a-month WAGYUJIRO night, for which online pre-bookings are recommended!
Cuisine: Japanese, wagyu ramen
Tel: +852 2608 0677
Address: Shop 1B, G/F, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai
Cheap but delicious and authentic Italian restaurant whose style of serving food kind of reminds me of Princi in London. They do great cold cuts, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, cocktails and other Italian delights by station. Come here for brunch or an afternoon snack!
Cuisine: Italian, casual Tel: +852 2489 8822 Address: Shop 1, G/F, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
One of those hidden gems in Causeway you wouldn't know about unless you did your research. Loved by all my Japanese friends in Hong Kong, Rakuen imitates a casual Okinawa-style izakaya serving all manners of Japanese drinks from sake to sours and highballs, and traditional food like sashimi, Okinawa agu pork dumplings, squid ink fried rice with egg, lotus crisps, peanut tofu, goya chanpuru and much more.
Cuisine: Okinawan, izakaya
Tel: +852 3580 8858 Address: 12/F, 28 Tung Lung Street, Causeway Bay
A Happy Pancake $$
Come here if you're a fan of the fluffy, Boomerang-worthy jiggles of Japanese souffle pancakes. They have both sweet and savoury options, including breakfast set with scrambled eggs or salmon and avocado.
Cuisine: Japanese, souffle pancakes
Tel: +852 2338 4315 Address: Shop 203-205, 2/F, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay
Yakiniku Futago $$
Japanese yakiniku with bang for your buck. Delicious J-BBQ meat selections and appetisers, including house-fermented kimchi, soups, salads and noodles. Make sure to order the Sukiyaki Karubi, which is seared wagyu which is then dipped in egg yolk and eaten with a ball of rice.
Cuisine: Japanese, BBQ
Tel: +852 28987 707
Address: Shop LG01, G/F, Lee Garden 2, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Tonkichi is my #1 for crunchy breadcrumbed Japanese pork cutlet, but since the one in World Trade Center closed down, I come here if I'm looking for somewhere in Causeway Bay. I always order the pork fillet set which comes with the razor-thin cabbage and miso soup.
Cuisine: Japanese, pork cutlet
Tel: +852 2895 4111
Address: Lower Ground Floor, Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Ba
San Xi Lou $$$
One of the city's favourite spots for spicy Sichuan cuisine and hot pot with an authentic soup base on a cold day. They also do great spice-infused dishes such as baked crab with five pepper, Sichuan-style stewed cat fish, and SXL roast chicken. Not for the faint-hearted.
Cuisine: Sichuan, hot pot Tel: +852 2111 9952 Address: Shop 1102, 11/F, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
Progressive chef Simon Rogan's London off-shoot that recently acquired a Michelin star. Roganic does a seriously bomb tasting menu at reasonable prices, and I was blown away also by the wine / non-alcoholic pairing menu. Great for a special occasion or a date night.
Cuisine: modern European, British
Tel: +852 2817 8383
Address: UG/F 08, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
John Anthony $$$
Another restaurant by Maximal Concepts and the sister restaurant of Mott32 in Central, John Anthony is a contemporary Chinese restaurant that specialises in grill-roasted meats and handmade dim-sum.
Cuisine: modern Chinese
Tel: +852 3105 3668
Address: Shop B01-B10, Basement One, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay
Partly owned by celebrity chef Marco Sacco, Castellana serves authentic and high-end Piedmontese cuisine and was awarded the Bib Gourmand by Michelin Guide 2020. Pastas and meat dishes here are exceptional, paired with the extensive northern Italian wine selection.
Tel: 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Address: +853 3188 5028
UKIYO Modern Teppanyaki $$$$
A great option for teppanyaki (something that is definitely lacking in Hong Kong) with amazing produce such as local abalone, kinmedai, Hokkaido uni and A5 Miyazaki wagyu tenderloin seared perfectly with garlic crisps.
Cuisine: Japanese, teppanyaki
Tel: +852 2152 8880
Address: 18/F, OLIV, 15-21 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay
Definitely the coolest opening of 2019. I love the chef's table style of Aulis, which seats only twelve at the counter. You can enjoy front row seats to the chef action, while enjoying a highly progressive European tasting menu in Simon Rogan's distinctive style. Much of the ingredients are freshly foraged from Hong Kong, just as it is in 2-starred L'Enclume.
Cuisine: modern European, chef's table
Tel: +852 2817 8383 Address: Shop 8, UG/F, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Sushi Yorokobu $$$$
I never eat sushi outside of Japan TBH, but here is one of the better places to enjoy sushi in Hong Kong. Come here if you're craving a good, intimate omakase counter sushi dinner.
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi omakase
Tel: +852 3426 2777 Address: 18/F, Aura on Pennington, 66 Jardine's Bazaar, Causeway Bay
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