With the Paralympics in full swing and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Summer Olympics just gone, we’ve come over all British! So here are our top five British dining picks in Hong Kong to tickle your fancy.
Alfie’s by KEE
A collaboration between British apparel designers Dunhill and KEE Private Members’ Club, Alfie’s is an appropriately masculine nook that specialises in well-prepared British classics. From their signature fish n’ chips, bangers and mash and cottage pie to scrumptious puddings and hearty Full English breakfasts, Alfie’s is all about the homey flavours of Old Blighty, served up in a sleek interpretation of a gentleman’s club, with plenty of dark wood and leather, and more than a hint of Dunhill style. Alfie’s is a favourite of Central executives for discreet dealings over a power lunch.
Alfie’s by KEE Shop M18-19, M/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
2530 4422 en-cn.dunhill.com/the-homes/hong-kong/
A cosier more low-key option, Limehouse exudes a laidback ambience from its unobtrusive Ship Street location. The approachable menu is a cross-section of today’s British cuisine, from traditional fare like calf’s liver and shepherd’s pie, to multi-cultural representatives like chicken tikka masala. Their $88 lunch menu is well portioned and highly popular with diners unafraid of an afternoon post-comfort stodge food coma!
Limehouse G/F, 35 Ship Street, Wan Chai
2528 5818 www.limehouse.com.hk
Housed in a converted 19th Century pawn shop, The Pawn is one of Hong Kong’s prettiest and most atmospheric restaurants. The interiors are charmingly eclectic, playing on the British “shabby chic” aesthetic… with a big emphasis on the latter adjective! The Living Room downstairs specialises in appealing pub grub, like Welsh rarebit and classic ploughman’s lunch, whilst the more upscale Dining Room above continues the traditional theme, reflecting the British love for pig with gammon, ham and free-range Berkshire pork options on the seasonal menu. There’s also a superlative list of British cheeses from London’s famous wholesaler, Neal’s Yard Cheese.
The Pawn 2-3/F, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
2866 3444 www.thepawn.com.hk
Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar
The Sceptered Isle has long held a rich maritime reputation, and in certain eras laws were even passed to mandate regular fish consumption so as to maintain fishing fleets in naval readiness. Dot Cod aptly shows off this legacy with its classical menu, including old-school classics like prawn cocktail, lobster bisque and fish pie. While its Prince’s Building location means there’s always a crowd of suits around the tropical fish tanks, the Cricket Club management ensure there’s an unstuffy family friendly vibe. The best thing about Dot Cod is that their seafood is both fresh and carefully sourced with a sustainable and environmentally conscious view.
Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar Basement, B4, Prince Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
2810 6988 dotcod.com
With women only allowed to grace the hallowed wood-paneled interiors of The Chinnery since 1990, it’s no surprise that this Mandarin Oriental outlet is a living ode to Hong Kong’s colonial past. The menu is resolutely old fashioned, from the beef and kidney pie to the Scotch eggs and Eton mess, enlivened by Raj influences of various curries. Everything is generously portioned and served with the signature Mandarin flair for quality.
The Chinnery 1/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central
2825 4009 www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong/dining/restaurants/the_chinnery/
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