Wondering where to head for an authentic taste of Thailand? We’ve rounded up the very best Thai eateries in the city.
Enjoy a taste of Thai cuisine in Hong Kong by indulging at some of the best restaurants that the city has to offer. From small hidden gems, to well-known favourites and Michelin-recommended restaurants, we’ve got you covered for when those Thai cravings hit. Time to make those reservations because this guide will definitely leave you hungry!
Soul Food Thai is your friendly neighbourhood spot that specialises in food inspired by the rich culture of Thailand. The perfect place to get together with family and friends over a deliciously authentic meal, we recommend trying out the classic Green Chicken Curry or Chicken Satay for a taste of flavourful Thai food, or opt for the signature Crab Fried Rice for a perfect sharing plate! Its wide variety of cocktails and mocktails are also sure to be the perfect complement to your meal.
Soul Food Thai, 26-30 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong, 2177 3544, www.soulfoodthai.com.hk
Recommended by the Michelin guide in Hong Kong and Macau, this neighbourhood noodle shop is a great option for a casual bite at a reasonable price. The restaurant takes pride in serving bold and authentic flavours of Thailand that always have us going back for more. We love the Stir Fried Flat Noodles with Chicken, but don’t leave without trying the signature Wagyu Beef Boat Noodles.
Samsen, 68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2234 0001 www.facebook.com/SamsenHK
The Spice House
Situated on popular Amoy Street in the heart of Wan Chai, this bright cafe provides inexpensive Thai food and snacks, with most dishes costing under $70. The menu offers a comprehensive array of dishes like Pad Thai or Stir-Fried Chicken in Chilli and Basil over rice. It’s also worth stopping by here for lunch on weekdays, with a main dishes on the lunch set (served with rice or noodles) and a drink costing between $60 and $65.
The Spice House, G/F, 35 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2804 2522
Chachawan’s authentic flavours, combined with its traditionally-inspired decor make it one of our favourite spots in the city for a Thai fix. The food is truly delicious and great for sharing, and favourites of ours include the Gai Tort (chicken) and the Moo Tort Ta Krai (pork). Both dishes feature on the weekday lunch set, which is priced at $148 per person, and includes two main dishes, or a main and a sweet (additional dish priced at $68).
Chachawan, G/F, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/chachawan.hongkong
If you’re looking to splurge for a special occasion, Mama San is the place to go, with its eclectic menu of South-East Asian favourites. The food is absolutely divine, with both Indonesian and Thai influences, and the signature dishes such as the Salt-crusted Barramundi stuffed with Lemongrass Pandan and Nasi Pecel 48 hours Short-rib Beef are out of this world. The restaurant also offers full vegetarian and gluten-free menus, so even those with dietary requirements can enjoy the delicious cuisine.
Mama San, 1/F Winning Centre, 46 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong, www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Mama-San
Found on Sai Ying Pun’s busy High Street, Thai on High competes with some of the best eateries in the popular area and still comes out on top. A staple for some Pad Thai takeout, it’s a great place for some quick grab-and-go Thai food on a busy day.
Thai on High, G/F, Kam Lun Mansion, 39-41 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2858 7380
Thai on High at Centrestage, G/F, 17 Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2406 9996, www.facebook.com/ThaiOnHigh
Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide: Sai Ying Pun
Tucked inside The Landmark, Mak Mak is another Thai restaurant that is great for vegetarians in the city. We love the Makheua Kaenped Kheaw Wan (green curry with smokey grilled eggplant and Thai sweet basil), Pad Seeuw Hed (wok-fried thick noodles with shiitake mushrooms, Thai asparagus and light soy sauce) and Khao Neaw Ma Muan (mango sticky rice). The menu also features plenty of authentic meat dishes for non-veggies out there, along with a convenient grab and go menu – perfect for when you’re on the run.
Mak Mak, Shop 217A 2/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong 2983 1003, www.makmak.hk
For some casual Thai dining, Chili Club in Wan Chai is one of the best spots in the city. The restaurant has perfected the art of making Thai comfort food, and has become popular amongst tourists and locals alike. Stick to the classics here and you can’t go wrong.
Chili Club, 1/F 88 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2527 2872
If you’re wanting to get away from the city, but still indulge in some great Thai fare, Spices is the answer! Known for serving a wide range of Asian cuisines, we love its Thai offerings, and the Spicy Prawn Tom Yum Soup is a must try. Along with its indoor dining room, at Spices you can also dine outside under a large canopy for a view of Repulse bay like no other.
Spices Restaurant, G/F, The Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2292 2821, www.therepulsebay.com/en/dining/spices
A staple in the city for Thai food, we’ve long been fans of Café Siam. Dishes are prepared with thought and care, and everything served has an intense flavour that keeps us coming back for more.
Café Siam, G/F, 38 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Café Siam, 2/F – 3/F, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.cafesiam.com.hk
Found right near Times Square, Thai Simple Kitchen is a great option for a pre-cinema or a post-shopping bite! After a hectic day in the city’s premier shopping location, this restaurant is sure to satisfy all Thai food cravings, with its afternoon tea set (which starts at just $38) and a wide array of dishes on to choose from.
Thai Simple Kitchen, President Theatre, President Cinema Roof Floor, 517 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thaisimplekitchen
Thalassic Thai Restaurant
Tucked away amongst the restaurants that line Hau Wo Street, Thalassic is a hidden gem that serves up some of the most delicious Thai food in the city. Its friendly staff and cheerful ambience will truly make you feel at home. And the best part? You can always count on the flavours to be authentic, and the coconuts to be fresh!
Thalassic Thai Restaurant, Chi-Ping Building, 38 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 3606 3111
Apinara not only serves authentic Thai food, but Thai-inspired drinks as well, with a range of specialty cocktails, smoothies and teas on offer. The team has carefully crafted a menu full of innovative dishes, that have been inspired by age-old recipes. For an authentic taste of Thailand, with a modern twist, go for the signature Larb Tord (spicy Northeastern pork balls) and the Beef Shin Massaman Curry.
Apinara, Shop 205, Level 2, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 31071888/ 31070688, www.narahk.com/apinara-e
Sun Thai Restaurant has four restaurants across the city, but the flagship location in Wan Chai is intricately designed, transporting us straight to Phuket. The food does not disappoint either, with filling, flavourful and decently priced Thai dishes on offer.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Carrie Johnson and was published on 23 May, 2017, and was updated by Abegaile Legaspi on 10 April, 2019.