A taste of Thailand in Hong Kong
We may be in Hong Kong but it’s super easy to feel like you’ve stepped into Bangkok at some of the amazing Thai restaurants our beloved city has to offer. We’ve tasted menus ranging from cheap to pricey, and most of what’s on offer won’t disappoint. Time to make those reservations because you’ll definitely want to try a few of these Sassy faves.
Soul Food, Soho $$
Nom, nom, nom. We went here with friends and we practically licked the plates clean. It serves up deliciously flavourful Thai food (the Crispy Chicken Massaman Curry was ah-mazing!), plates are big enough for sharing, and its wide variety of cocktails and mocktails are the perfect complement to your meal.
Soul Food, 26-28 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong, www.soulfood.com.hk
The Spice House, Wanchai $
Situated on the popular Amoy Street in the Heart of Wan Chai, this bright cafe provides inexpensive food and snacks, with a full meal coming in under $100. The menu offers a comprehensive array of dishes, including a few less-seen options.
The Spice House, G/F, 35 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2804 2522
ChaChaWan, Sheung Wan $$
Perfect for a lunch bite (it’s a Sassy lunchtime fave!) – the service is fast and the dishes are light enough to stop you falling asleep at your desk. The food is truly delicious and great for sharing. We loved the Gai Tort (chicken) and the Moo Tort Ta Krai (pork).
ChaChaWan, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/chachawan.hongkong
Soi 7, Central $$
Asian influenced decor and modern Thai dishes are on offer in this modern bar. The location is perfect; on Wyndham Street and with a prominent bar area this is a great option for dinner before a big night. (Sassy note: Soi 7 is in the process of changing its name back to Koh Thai.)
Soi 7, G/F, 57 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.soi7.com.hk
Mama San, Central $$$
Mama San is one of the places that convinced me to move to Hong Kong. Perfect for a special occasion or if you’re looking to splash the cash, the food is truly divine. The elegant restaurant boasts a menu combining flavours and ingredients from all over Thailand.
Mama San, 46 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong, www.mamasanhongkong.com
Thai on High, Sai Ying Pun $$
If you’ve not yet set foot onto High Street in Sai Ying Pun then you need to head there ASAP. Its one of the places to be right now with a whole host of bars and eateries on offer. Thai on High has become my go to for Thai takeout with the Pad Thai really exceeding my expectations.
Thai on High, 41 High St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ThaiOnHigh
Samsen, Wanchai $$
This neighbourhood noodle shop is another great option for a casual bite at a reasonable price. The concrete walls and stools add authenticity and the shop opens right onto the street for alfresco drinks on warmer nights. The signature wagyu boat noodle soup is a must try.
Samsen, 68 Stone Nullah Ln, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/SamsenHK
Read more: Sassy’s Neighbourhood Guide: Sai Ying Pun
Ra Cha Moo Yang, Wanchai $
Simple, no frills food served on the street. Sitting at folding tables on plastic chairs is one of the best ways to eat in Asia for real authenticity and maximum vibe. Maximum spice, it certainly packs a punch.
Ra Cha Moo Yang, Shop AB, 87 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2529 6378, www.facebook.com/Racha-Moo-Yang
Café Siam, Kennedy Town and Lan Kwai Fong $$
Another Sassy fave, there are two in HK (Kennedy Town and LKF), and both serve up classic Thai dishes with a unique flair. Dishes are prepared with thought, care and an intense flavour that keeps us coming back for more. Cocktails and mocktails here are a delight, not to mention the fresh coconut engraved with its logo. Leave room for dessert, you won’t be disappointed.
Café Siam, 2/F – 3/F, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.cafesiam.com.hk
Café Siam, G/F, 38 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Thai Simple Kitchen, Causeway Bay $$
With an alfresco dining option, this is an ideal place for a pre-cinema or post-shopping bite after a hectic day in the cities’ premier shopping location. Located near to Times Square, and right next door to the cinema.
Thai Simple Kitchen, President Theatre, President Cinema Roof Floor, 517 Jaffe Road, East Point, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thaisimplekitchen
Sawadee Thailand, Sai Kung $
This family-run restaurant has excellent service and authentic dishes. It imports all of its ingredients daily to ensure maximum flavour, and each dish is cooked to order. Another Sassy girl fave.
Sawadee Thailand, No. 4, G/F, Saikung Garden, 16 Chan Man St, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2791 6399
Koh Thai, Wan Chai $$
With additional branches in Central and Wan Chai, this popular choice can also serve up food for your next junk boat. Great service, authentic flavour and ambience will keep you coming back for more.
Koh Thai, G/F.38 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, www.kohthai.com.hk
Thalassic Thai Restaurant $
Tucked away amongst the restaurants that line Hau Wo Street, Thalassic is a small neighbourhood spot that serves up some of the most delicious Thai food we’ve had in HK. It’s got friendly staff who are always willing to recommend their faves and a loud, cheerful ambience that makes you feel like you’re eating amongst family at home. The best part? You can always count on the flavours to be authentic, the crab to be spicy and the coconut to be fresh.
Thalassic Thai Restaurant, Chi Ping Building, 38 Hau Wo St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 3606 3111
Mak Mak $$$
Vegetarians take heed – Mak Mak has you covered! We at Sassy HQ were treated to a delicious Mak Mak spread of Kheaw Wan J (spicy vegetable green curry, pea eggplant, Thai eggplant, coconut cream and Thai sweet basil), Tom Ka (coconut soup), Laab Tofu (spicy salad of crispy tofu, roasted rice fresh Thai herbs , mushrooms and lettuce), Pad Seeuw Hed (wok-fried thick noodles with shiitake mushrooms, Thai asparagus and light soy sauce), two kinds of rice and more, and we practically elbowed each other out of the way to get second (and third!) helpings! Treat yourself to the mango with sticky rice for dessert – we did! Meat options are also available.
Mak Mak, Shop 217A 2/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong 2983 1003