28 June, 2021
Eat & Drink

The Best Lunch In Hong Kong: Set Meal Deals For Every Budget

28 June, 2021

Got time for a sit-down lunch? We’re rounding up the best set lunch deals in Hong Kong…

In Hong Kong, there’s more than breakfast, lunch and dinner. Instead, in the restaurant capital of the world, we’re lucky enough to enjoy city-specific interventions that slice up the day deliciously. Late morning dim sum, afternoon tea at the neighbourhood cha chaan teng, and all-day small eats from snack shops– these everyday ceremonies centre food, drink and merrymaking at more than one time and price point.

In the midst of it all, it’s easy to neglect that midday meal: lunch. Often taken al-desko, lunch gets overlooked and reduced to a hurried, even inconvenient affair. Though widespread, the set lunch, with designated days, times and menus attached, can be elusive to the unacquainted.

So, whether you’re looking for a quick but nutritious bite with incredible bang for your buck or a prix fixe to splurge on to celebrate something special, here are the best lunch sets in Hong Kong.

Read more: New Menus & Dining Deals

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Budget: Under $100
Treat: Under $200
Splurge: Over $350

Budget: Under $100

Best Lunch Hong Kong: Pici

Pici

Hong Kong’s favourite pasta bar also offers one of the most reasonably priced lunch sets in town! With locations spread out all over the territory – from Kennedy Town to Sha Tin – Pici’s formidable lunch menu reads like a highlight reel of the restaurant. Choose from starters like the burrata and arugula salad or freshly tossed tuna tartare, and reliable handmade pasta dishes like pappardelle and truffle-topped tagliolini. Finally, round out your effortless Italian meal with a tidy one-pot tiramisu or panna cotta – or, of course, an espresso to power you through the rest of the day.

When: Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm
How much: From $98 (depending on location)

Pici, various locations across Hong Kong, pici.hk 

Cafe Hunan

On days you find yourself dozing off at your desk, head to Cafe Hunan in Western District. A short walk away from the Water Street tram stop, this Michelin-recognised restaurant is a sanctuary for the fiery, gan la or dry-spicy dishes of Hunan province on the south bank of the Yangtze. As an old Chinese saying goes, while people from Sichuan and Guizhou are not daunted by spice, Hunanese are terrified of food that isn’t hot. So, as the cornerstone of Hunan-style fare, almost all of the dishes here reference a veritable library of chillies: crispy, salted, pickled, fermented, fresh and beyond. Between noon and 2:45 pm on weekdays, Cafe Hunan offers a generous lunch set which can be heat-adjusted to your preference, featuring a wooden barrel of rice topped with your choice of vegetables or protein (from $50). Savoury and bold, the smoked pork with bamboo shoot displays both a classic technique of Hunanese cookery and a celebrated local product in one.

When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:45pm
How much: From $50

Cafe Hunan, 420-424 Queen’s Road West, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, 2803 7177

What To Eat

From regional Indian thali to Korean dosirak and Japanese bento, the idea of the single-tray lunch, often with rice as the staple, manifests in many different ways across Asia. If you stop by Michelin-recommended What To Eat between noon and 3 pm during the week, Taiwanese-style bento, known as biandang in Mandarin and piāntong in Taiwanese Hokkien, is the order of the day. The popcorn chicken is wildly popular ($78), as is the lu rou fan or braised pork rice ($68), complete with slivers of yellow takuan to offset the fatty pearls of tender meat. Be prepared to queue!

When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: From $68

What To Eat, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong, 2810 9278, www.instagram.com/whattoeat.77

Uma Nota

Uma Nota

Meraki restaurant concept Uma Nota specialises in a type of fusion cuisine that’s still somewhat niche in Hong Kong: Nipo Brasileiro street food. The origin story of Nipo Brasileiro foodways traces back to early flows of Japanese migrants- a large chunk from far-flung Okinawa, famous for its supercentenarians- who arrived in Brazil to work mostly on coffee plantations. Today, this cuisine has a strong presence in São Paulo, and through the Uma Nota lunch set (from $95), Hongkongers can get a taste of it. The unlimited salads make this spot an instant favourite, while the teriyaki salmon (for an extra $10) is sure to please pescatarians.

When: Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 3pm
How much: From $95

Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2889 7576, uma-nota.com

Thai Vegetarian Food

With a new MTR station projected to open in the area, Kowloon City, the nerve centre of Thai culture and cuisine in the city, is bound to see a wave of trendy new cafes and restaurants set to change the face of the neighbourhood. A relatively recent addition to the historic locale is under-the-radar Thai spot Thai Vegetarian Food. As the name suggests, it’s all about meat-free Thai fare here. While you won’t find branded, lab-grown faux meats, Thai Vegetarian Food calls on the centuries-old heritage of Buddhist imitation meats. The veggie-centric lunch sets (from $50) involve clever manipulations of wheat gluten and soy protein, paired with delicate floral teas like deep blue butterfly pea flower.

When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: From $50

Thai Vegetarian Food, G/F, 28 Nam Kok Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, 6153 7421, www.facebook.com/Thai-Vegetarian-Food

Read more: The Best Thai Restaurants In Hong Kong

Loveat

Halal-certified Persian cuisine in Hong Kong? Yes, please! Although Persian gastronomy has had an outsized influence on Turkish, Mughlai, and many other cuisines, it has only a faint footprint here in the 852. Graham Street’s Loveat is, consequently, the first Persian restaurant in the city! The best way to sample the offerings here is to opt for one of the lunch sets (from $88 with salad and a beverage); they shine a light on the kitchen’s talent for crafting fine kebabs. With vibrant, deep flavours and yet light on the palate, you can even go gluten-free by subbing your supple naan or saffron-tinged long-grain rice for a fresh mixed salad.

When: Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: From $88

Loveat, Shop E, Garley Building, Graham St, Central, 2595 9900, www.loveat.hk

Treat: Under $200

Chachawan

Chachawan

The combination of tasty food, approachable prices and upbeat vibes makes Chachawan one of our top picks for Thai food in the city. Operated by restaurateur Yenn Wong, and with chefs Chang and Narisara Somboon leading the kitchen, Chachawan steps away from the usual central Thai fare, favouring the funky, herb-forward palette of the northeastern region of Isaan instead. The Chacha lunch is an excellent, relatively budget-friendly way to access expertly assembled dishes like the 24-hour marinated Gai Yang with jhim jeaw ($118), a long-standing Chachawan signature.

When: Daily, 12pm to 3pm
How much: From $108

Chachawan, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2549 0020, chachawan.hk

Miss Lee

Forget outdated three-martini lunches- we’re here for the three-course, plant-powered lunch instead. Classic pan-Chinese dishes find expression as creative, contemporary vegetarian fare at this elegant Wellington Street spot. With two-Michelin starred chef Chef Siu Hin Chi serving as culinary consultant, the menu surprises: rice rolls partner with truffled mashed potatoes and fried rice goes multigrain. Notably, Miss Lee’s interpretation of Cantonese sweet and sour swaps batter-fried pork for king oyster along with lion’s mane mushroom– the antioxidant-packed fungus is highly prized in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The set lunch features some of the restaurant’s most acclaimed items.

When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
How much: From $188

Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong, 2881 1811, www.misslee.hk

Read more: Your Guide To Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants In Hong Kong

New Menus Hong Kong: April 2021

Franks

Indulgence reigns supreme when it comes to lunch at Franks. Though better known as your favourite late-night drinks spot, the generous helpings of parmesan-topped Spaghetti and Meatballs, loaded sandwiches and sauced-up pastas will soon make it your favourite midday spot too – we promise. The three-course set comes with a serving of antipasti, mains and dessert (a plate of homemade Italian cookies no less!), while the two-course option, served at the bar, will get you a classic Italian American sandwich or pasta, along with a side of organic vegetables.

When: Wednesday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: $199 for three courses; $99 for two courses

Frank’s, G/F & 1/F, Harilela House, 79 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2320 0858www.frankshk.com

Veda

Renowned Australian chef Hetty McKinnon’s first foray into the Hong Kong dining landscape, VEDA is the city’s first all-vegetarian hotel restaurant. Located inside the Ovolo Central, which was revamped in 2019, VEDA focuses on vegetarian flavours with international inflections, drawing on chef McKinnon’s own multicultural background. Unlike the packed meals ubiquitous in Mumbai, your tiffin box lunch, which comes with salad, pani puri and cheesecake, won’t be hand-delivered at the behest of a complex network of dabbawalas. However, the food does take inspiration from the Indian subcontinent, with artfully prepared plates like spinach and ricotta momos and corn khichdi recalling Himalayan and regional Indian cookery.

When: Daily, 6:30am to 11pm
How much: $138

Veda, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3755 3067, ovolohotels.com

Oolaa Soho

Hong Kong is home to many a dexterous brisk-walker, multitasker and working-luncher. So, when the rare opportunity arises for a slower, lingering lunch, there’s all the more reason to relish it! Oolaa’s sprawling dining space on Bridges Street, encased in floor-to-ceiling glass windows for an airy feel, makes for a comfortable venue for that coveted leisurely lunch. With two-course and three-course options on offer, the menu leans pan-European with an emphasis on pastas.

When: Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 2pm
How much: $178 for three-courses; $158 for two-courses

Oolaa (Soho), G/F, Centrestage, 1–9 Bridges Street, Soho, Hong Kong, 2803 2083, www.oolaagroup.com

Splurge: Over $350

Lunch In Hong Kong: CRUISE

CRUISE

Inject spice and flavour into your day with Cruise’s fantastic-value lunch offering. We’re talking umami-packed savoury lunch bowls, complete with fresh sides and dessert! The Northern Exposure is a must for heat-lovers, featuring chicken and egg noodles in a chilli-infused yellow curry soup, while vegetarians will love the Going Green with Korean fried broccoli and garlic fried rice. Looking for something a little more substantial? The High Rollers offering is an indulgent treat, encompassing a main, side and dessert. We’ve heard great things about the Mr Angus option, which spotlights juicy braised USDA beef short ribs, along with the Cacao & Coconut sweet (who doesn’t love chocolate ganache?). Floor-to-ceiling views of Victoria Harbour set the scene for a lunch to remember.

When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
How much: $200 (Savoury Bowl Sets); $360 (High Rollers Set)

CRUISE, 23/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, Hong Kong, 3896 9898, www.hyatt.com

Arcane

A premium dining experience curated by award-winning Australian chef Shane Osborn of Final Table fame, Arcane presents modern European cuisine shaped by seasonal produce. With ingredients shipped in daily, primarily from Japan, France, and the United Kingdom, the menus at this one-Michelin-starred urban hideout are periodically refreshed to showcase nature’s bounties at their peak. The lunch set menu develops as the seasons unfurl, providing a snapshot of the chef’s distinguished style.

When: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 2:30pm
How much: From $458 for three-courses

Arcane, 3/F, 18 On Lan St, Central, Hong Kong, 2728 0178, www.arcane.hk 

Zest by Konishi

What does it mean for a restaurant to be chef-inspired? At Zest by Konishi, chef Mitsuru Konishi’s personal and professional journey frames the food. Zeroing in on chef Konishi’s individual interpretation of haute French and Japanese blended cuisine, Zest’s adventurous, rarefied treatment of exalted ingredients has earned the restaurant one star in the Michelin Guide. While the seasonally driven set lunch menu changes frequently, certain signature dishes like the Ezo Abalone Risotto ($480) and Ping Yuen Chicken and Lotus Foie Gras Rice ($1,180) are always available as an add-on.

When: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: From $480 for two-courses

Zest by Konishi, 28 & 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2715 0878, zestbykonishihk.com

Zuma

Zuma

If you’re a lover of Japanese food, then Zuma’s lunch set has got to be the one for you. The decadent three-dish affair includes two starters and one main, with the option to include an additional side or dessert for $50 more. With selections like Spicy Wagyu Tartare, Orange Yellowtail Sashimi Salad, Miso Marinated Black Cod and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: $390

ZUMA, 5/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 3657 6388www.zumarestaurant.com

Amber

For a special occasion lunch degustation, there’s no better than Amber at the Mandarin Oriental. Led by esteemed culinary director Richard Ekkebus, the gourmet institution, which first opened in 2009, is known for constantly reinventing itself in both its food and business practices. Amber sources the highest quality produce from all over the world, especially Japan. Additionally, the new menus dispense with dairy products and keep both sugar and salt at a minimum, with the aim of revealing the purest possible flavours. With a renewed emphasis on sustainability, Amber also works with local organisation Food Made Good. The lunch set menu options illustrate Ekkebus’ generative vision, with the vegetarian experiences dignifying ingredients both humble and grand.

When: Daily, 12pm to 1:45pm
How much: From $778

Amber, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2132 0066, www.mandarinoriental.com

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in August, 2018 by Annie Simpson and was most recently updated in June, 2021 by Aarohi Narain.

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Hero image and image 1 courtesy of Pici, image 2 courtesy of Uma Nota, image 3 courtesy of Chachawan, image 4 courtesy of Franks, image 5 courtesy of CRUISE, image 6 courtesy of Zuma.

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