After prolonged periods of eating at home, it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with the joys (and struggles) of eating out.
Sometimes, the sheer multitude of dining options can be overwhelming. The streets of Wan Chai and our Instagram feeds are full of delicious lunch spots, meaning that diners are spoilt for choice.
Luckily, this is where we come in. Here, we’ve prepared our guide to lunching in Wan Chai, for a range of occasions and price points. For office workers rushing to fit in a quick lunch; friends looking to catch up over a leisurely meal; and for VIPs looking to impress; we’ve done the legwork for you to round up the best lunch spots in the district.
Affordable, quick fixes
Wagyu enthusiasts will love the beefy menu at casual Vietnamese kitchen Spring Field. For many diners, an ideal lunch would be a steaming hot bowl of Spring Field’s Roast medium rare Wagyu beef pho. Feeling particularly ravenous? Snack on their crispy, juicy, Vietnamese chicken wings, or try the behemoth roast Wagyu beef pho with all toppings.
Spring Field, G/F, 25 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2512 962
Perhaps the success of Rempah Noodles lies in its minimalism. The small, laksa-centric menu is well executed, from the flavourful, aromatic broth to its addictive, slurp-worthy broth. Diners at Rempah know the allure of toppings, and many demand seconds of the crispy pork lard and beancurd puffs. Due to popular demand, the vibrantly green Kaya toast is often sold out. Pillowy and crispy, the Kaya toast is an excellent end to the meal.
Rempah Noodles, G/F 18 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3618 4863
Kin Kao – literally meaning ‘eat rice’ in Thai – is ideal for affordable group lunches, with an extensive menu that has something for everyone. Diners are spoilt for choice here: vibrant Thai salads, one-plate rice meals, and soup noodles are just some of the many solid and satisfying offerings here. Some of the most popular dishes include the rich Khao Soi with fried chicken and the mango sticky rice.
Kin Kao, 3 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2529 3806
Tak Yu Restaurant (德如茶餐廳)
Tending to Wan Chai’s hungry office workers for 65 years, those in the know flock to Tak Yu Restaurant’s unassuming shop for a delicious array of cha chaan teng staples. The buttery toast with scrambled eggs — a simple dish — is elevated here by the addition of 3.6 Hokkaido milk. For something more, indulge in the satay beef bun or signature Indonesian fried rice, and wash it down with an iced milk tea.
Tak Yu Restaurant, G/F, 17-18 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2528 0713
Kam’s Roast Goose
Hongkongers may have strong opinions on their favourite roast meats in the city, and Kam’s Roast Goose often makes the list. For an indulgent lunch that won’t empty your wallet, try the signature roast goose served on rice or slippery and lai fun rice noodles (alternatively, diners can select from a variety of other noodles). Want more? Pair the roast goose with a different roast meat for a double or triple combo — we recommend the char siu.
Kam’s Roast Goose, G/F, No.226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2520 1110
Specialising in cured meats, Morty’s has been dishing up succulent American deli-style sandwiches since opening in 2016, and now has two branches at Star Street and Jardine House. For a hearty, filling lunch, one can’t go wrong with the classic Reuben, with slow-smoked pastrami on house rye, with an optional side of unlimited pickles. Want a quintessential New York bagel? Its signature bagel sandwich with house lox and cream cheese will surely hit the spot.
Morty’s, two locations including Shop 8-10, Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3665 0890
In a list like this, Samsen was one of the first spots that came to mind for us. Located next to the iconic Blue House, Samsen attracts some hour-long lunch lines on certain days, but that doesn’t deter its most dedicated diners to secure a spot — no reservations allowed. We’ve already raved about the Wagyu boat noodles and crabmeat fried rice. Washed down with Thai iced tea, Samsen makes for a delicious summer lunch.
Samsen, 68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2234 0001
With locations popping up around Hong Kong, Pici has amassed a cult following for its handmade pastas and affordable lunch menu. For HK$158, diners can enjoy a starter, pasta, and dessert. Indulge in the Pappardelle — the perfect vessel for tender, slow-cooked beef cheek ragu.
Pici, G/F, No. 16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2755 5523
Carnivores will rejoice at Mr. Brown’s offerings of succulent, smoky barbecued meats. For lunch, diners can make their way through the three-course Lunch Menu (HK$148), featuring a plethora of roasted meats and a delicious ‘burnt’ cheesecake to end. More ambitious diners can opt for the ‘All In’ menu (HK$268) with four starters for sharing, or better yet, the ‘Mr. Brown Goes To Town’ chef’s choice menu (HK$398).
Mr. Brown, G/F, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3101 1081
Artemis and Apollo
For a simple, relaxing lunch that transports us to the Mediterranean, we love Artemis and Apollo. With a palate-pleasing selection of hot and cold mezze — think creamy tzatziki and flaky spanakopita— diners will be satisfied before the mains arrive. Expect clean yet filling dishes from salads to souvlaki, and end on a sweet note with the Labneh Cheesecake made with Greek yogurt.
Artemis and Apollo, 9-11 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2818 8681
Shortly after its Wan Chai soft-opening, newcomer Holy Gaw has attracted foodies from all over Hong Kong. Featuring refined Fillipino fusion cuisine by chef Gaw, Holy Gaw strikes the balance between comfort and indulgence. Diners rave about the Moo Salpicao with juicy beef, garlic, and calamansi, served atop a bed of cauliflower rice. For dessert, don’t miss the ‘Holymade’ ube ice cream sandwich in a soft roll.
Holy Gaw, Shop 4, G/F, 15 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 5182 4804
Helmed by Vietnamese chef John Nguyen, 2020 opening Xuân tackles the cuisine with a considerable northern Vietnamese bent. The signature beef pho (HK$138) is deep and flavourful — perfect as a rainy weather pick-me-up — featuring a 24-hour beef broth enhanced with the silky addition of beef fat. Typical northern-style soup accoutrements such as fried Chinese doughnut (HK$20) are an essential, whilst roasted beef bone marrow adds an extra touch of decadence. Round out the meal with Chả Giò crab meat and grouper spring rolls (HK$128), or the melt-in-your-mouth braised beef tongue salad (HK$118).
Xuân, G/F, 18 Lun Fat Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2891 1177
Diners know and love Flower Drum for their upscale twist to the Hong Kong classic, char siu rice with eggs. Offering two lunch sets: ‘A Bowl of Noodle’ and ‘A Bowl of Rice,’ Flower Drum caters to both types of carb-lover. The most popular dishes are the Tomato Pork Chop Rice and of course, the Honey BBQ Pork with Double Fried Eggs, both made with fresh Miyazaki Pork.
Flower Drum, Shop B, 2/F, Linway Court, 69-71 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2267 0288
With an encyclopedic menu of Cantonese favourites, Kin’s Kitchen is ideal for family-style dining, pleasing both young and old alike. Enjoy dim sum delicacies such as the classic har gau and soup dumpling with hairy crab roe. For those wanting larger dishes, Kin’s Kitchen is renowned for their tender pork collar char siu and signature smoked chicken in soy sauce.
Kin’s Kitchen, 5/F, W Square, 314-324 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2571 0913
Can’t decide between Cantonese and French cuisine? Roots may be the solution. Helmed by Chef Stephanie Wong, Roots is a neighbourhood bistro delivering Cantonese classics with French execution. To see this blend of east and west in action, sample signatures such as baby lamb chops with pesto and Hong Kong fermented beancurd sauce. Finish with the signature salted egg yolk tart (the chocolate tart with raspberries is also an excellent alternative).
Roots, G/F, 7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2623 9983
The Grand Café
Impress friends, colleagues, and family while dining in style at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s Grand Café. The Three Course Set allows diners to enjoy wonderfully executed Hyatt classics with an appetiser and dessert (HK$488 excluding service charge). Tuck into the Hainanese Chicken Rice with smooth, succulent chicken, aromatic condiments, and fragrant rice.
Grand Café, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong , 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722
Dynasty Restaurant (滿福樓)
Enjoy intricate dim sum with a view at Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel’s Dynasty Restaurant. From the popular Weekday Dim Sum menu, devour dim sum classics such as shrimp and crabmeat toasts, juicy barbecued pork buns, and glutinous rice with chicken. For a refreshing dessert, the classic chilled mango pudding is a popular choice in the summertime.
Dynasty Restaurant, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2829 7980
Executives running to their next meeting can delight in the Executive Lunch for two at Rùn (HK$688 per person). Decadent and substantial, Chef Hung Chi-Kwong’s menu impresses even the pickiest of palates. Featuring barbecued Ibérico pork, deep fried shrimp with salted egg yolk, wok fried Australia M9 Wagyu Beef and more, this power lunch is bound to satisfy diners.
Rùn, 2/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2138 6808
(Cover image credit: Samsen/Facebook)