Working from home? Observing social distancing? Terrified of communal spaces? Then these are the restaurants you should be ordering delivery and/or picking up from.
The ongoing Coronavirus outbreak has certainly had an impact on the way we eat in dine-out heavy Hong Kong, but that doesn’t mean we all have to resign ourselves to a domesticated existence of canned soups and Kraft macaroni cheese. With the restaurant industry one of the hardest hit sectors, now’s a crucial time to support your favourite local by ordering delivery, takeout, or even cash vouchers. Whether it’s a gourmet feast fit for special occasions or a romantic date night, some of our favourite restaurants have been serving up their signature dishes ready-to-eat or easily reheatable in the comfort of your home.
As the ‘work from home’ saga rolls on, the food delivery industry is at least experiencing an upswing, backed by a slew of promotional menus and that make it a breeze to enjoy some of your favourite dishes at home — all with the proper hygiene and safety measures in place, of course. Until it’s safe again to dine in social settings, here’s a running list of our favourite restaurants supplying everything from takeaway to home meal kits.
Everyone’s favourite steak-frites slinger brings the quintessential bistrot experience straight to your doorstep, courtesy of its ever-popular ‘entrecôte en route’ (HK$128). This combo consists of perfectly pink sirloin on a six-inch baguette smothered with Bearnaise, accompanied by a generous heaping of fries. Like many of its Black Sheep siblings, this offer is available exclusively GO (the group’s own delivery app), and for a limited time, you’ll get 20 percent off for picking your order up in person.
Fortunately for the ‘work from home’ crowd, Sichuan staple Chilli Fagara has recently launched a delivery-only noodle menu with the amusing title of Hot ‘n’ Meen. Tender, knife-cut noodles are seasoned in preparations like chilli chicken (HK$78) or dan dan soup (HK$68) and tripling up on these big dishes — or simply throwing a few sides into the mix — will net you 20 percent off on any order that totals more than HK$200. Available from 11:30am until 10:15pm, the noods can be delivered within Admiralty, Central, Mid-Levels, Sheung Wan or Sai Ying Pun, exclusively via Deliveroo.
While staying healthy and self-care are of top priority during these times, we could all use a nutritious boost to our diet. Why not indulge in chef May Chow‘s faux-meat offering, the Impossible Bao, while you’re holed up at home? The vegetarian offering includes an Impossible patty with black pepper glaze and fuyu mayo. Alternatively, opt for the Sloppy Chan Bao with braised shiitake tempeh, truffle mayo and sweet pickled daikon.
Stuck at home with your significant other? Now’s as good a time as any to enjoy some quality alone time, and what better way to do that than with a candle-lit repast of ‘red sauce’ Italian fare? Frank’s is making it easy to get romantic over a shared plate of pasta with delivery of its signature dishes as well as a selection of affordable wines. Don’t miss the spaghetti pomodori (HK$139), orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe (HK$179) or a hearty chicken parmigiana (HK$199). As added incentive to keep your step count up, you’ll also receive 30 percent off when you collect your order directly.
Hong Kong’s first in-hotel vegetarian restaurant has just stepped on the delivery wagon, offering its heart-healthy menu of plant-based comfort dishes on Deliveroo. Try the Possible burger, two veggie-loaded sliders; or the roasted aloo gobi, a whole-roasted cauliflower served fork tender. Pair it with an order of traditional hummus, and fig cheesecake for a sweet end to the meal. Veda is also offering avo toast and bagels from 7–10:45am for early risers. Available for delivery or takeaway.
Late-night cravings and nowhere to go? Honbo answered our prayers with the launch of its delivery-only ‘Imaginary Burger’ concept earlier in March, which for the first time was available through midnight. A riff on the popular burger joint’s classic double cheeseburger, that fabled item has since evolved into Honbo 2.0 (HK$158), which now features not just two, but four two-ounce patties. Planning to skip the meat? There’s also the an Impossible Burger (HK$118), made with homemade vegan XO sauce. Be sure to round out the meal with a serving of crispy fries (HK$25). Available in Central, Admiralty and Sai Ying Pun until 12am via Foodpanda.
Just in the nick of time, award-winning restaurant group Jia has just launched its eponymous Jia Everywhere, with the aim of bringing its acclaimed restaurants directly into your home. New experiences include customised deliveries, catering sets and a variety of meal boxes from the group’s various outlets; while the new “Chefs at Home” initiative breaks the mould on conventional catering with the option to welcome top chefs directly into your home kitchen. Set meal options from beloved eateries like Chachawan, Duddell’s and 208 Duocento Otto are regularly updated. Lately, we’ve really been enjoying the ‘En Tu Casa’ set (HK$1,998) from newly revamped 22 Ships: a veritable feast of octopus, turbot, suckling pig and various small plates which can handily feed a family of four. Consider dinner sorted.
If you’re stumped for weekday dinner ideas (despite spending 90 percent more time at home), consider upping your game with some exciting market-inspired Thai dishes from Ruam. Start with the Tod Man Pla fish cakes (HK$88) or the macro-friendly Nam Tok hangar steak (HK$148) before moving onto a diverse selection of classic Thai curries, soups, flat rice noodles dishes and more. If you’re looking to take the guesswork out of the ordering process, opt for the ‘Feed Me’ tasting menu (starting at HK$596): a Deliveroo exclusive that can be tailored for parties of two or more.
There’s nothing like a pizza party to lift the spirits (even if it’s a solo one). Whether you’re trying to keep kids in the house entertained or crave a no-frills snack for your Netflix binge, Homeslice has you covered with its quixotic pizzas that mare with premium Italian ingredients. Adults can tuck into spicy Gambas with garlic prawns (HK$180) or the Godmother, seasoned with black beans and a touch of Sichuan chilli (HK$185). An assortment of kids’ specialties, including bunny-shaped pizza, spaghetti and mac and cheese are all priced at a flat HK$55. Delivery is complimentary on all orders over HK$100.
The hottest new yakiniku joint in town is now offering two items for takeaway alongside an extended lunch service from 12–6pm: Order the expertly grilled yakiniku bento at HK$480, or its Keema curry bento at HK$280, either of which you’ll want to wash down with the house Wagyumafia Yuzu IPA (HK$90) or Sansho Lager (HK$120). Orders made before 8pm are available for pick-up and delivery, with HK$120 surcharge for Hong Kong Island and HK$180 for Kowloon. Hungry for more Ozaki wagyu? Wagyumafia’s Butcher Service is also open to non-members in July, so keen gourmands looking to grill up a perfect steak or craft their own chateaubriand sando will want to check that out — email email@example.com or call ahead to order.
Though Hong Kong Land’s shiny new gourmet food hall is yet to find an official delivery partner, diners who didn’t have the chance to scope it out during the all too brief soft open can click and collect via the website. The full roster of vendors — such as Moyo, Roti Tori and Cô Thành — is operating as normal, with takeaway orders available from 6-10pm six days a week (excluding Sunday). For a breakdown of our favourite vendors and their signature dishes, you can read our Basehall deep-dive here.
For authentic and casual Chinese food, with an especially strong focus on the sub-regional traditions of Chiuchow, look no further than Mr. Ming’s — the latest addition to the K11 culinary offering from hospitality veterans Ming Fat House. From soy-brined goose platters (HK$198) to a whole crab steamed with pork patty (HK$680), the entire menu has been hit with a tremendous 30 percent discount — so long as you’re collecting for takeaway. Fair warning: The restaurant currently isn’t partnered with a delivery service, so drop a DM or pick up the phone when you’re ready to order.
Already widely considered to be the most reasonably priced Michelin restaurant in Hong Kong, Roganic looks set to maintain this accolade with its new ‘Simon Rogan at home’ (HK$300) takeaway. Available for online ordering (with 24 hours notice and a minimum of two diners), Rogan’s new offering is a back-to-basics look at the distinctive, produce-orientated cooking that has made him one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs. Seasoned foodies will recognise the restaurant-grade soda bread — pitched as a familiar opener to comforting new dishes like pea soup seasoned with pike perch. If you’re looking to run a self pick-up, you can also visit the restaurant in person everyday between 3:30-6pm.
Though Hong Kong certainly has no shortage of businesses specialising in healthy meal plans that provide ‘guaranteed results,’ few can lay claim to having any real culinary chops to speak of. (That reduction in your appetite? Probably from the fact you’ve been force-fed boiled chicken for the better part of a week.) Black Sheep Restaurants is acutely aware of this, with the prolific group’s new ‘supper cult’ calculated to inject flavour back into your weeknight meals. Diners can choose from ‘Nice’ or ‘Naughty’ plans (both HK$1,250 for five nights’ worth of dinners) and sample five Black Sheep venues throughout the week. Deliveries available for all areas from Tai Hang to Kennedy Town, in addition to the Peak.