From melting pot to mixing bowl: Hong Kong is constantly described in terms of its diversity, especially when it comes to food. Chefs and restaurants from all over the world gather in the city, brightening its culinary scene with dishes that both honour their cultures and add something new. It’s easy for intrepid gourmet explorers to embark on a global food tour from Hong Kong when redeeming one of Cathay’s exclusive dining deals and paying with miles, or for even more flexibility, choosing Miles Plus Cash.
Be transported to Malaysia with a five-star plate of duck egg char kway teow or envisage Boston’s autumn chill with a steaming bowl of New England clam chowder – without even leaving Hong Kong. From lavish seasonal menus to well-loved classic dishes, your palate is your passport to adventure at these Hong Kong restaurants.
Plot a course for The Langham Hotel’s restaurant Bostonian Seafood & Grill, which champions New England mainstays. Served in a low-lit, dark wood dining room with subtle nautical elements, Boston lobster is the star of the show here and can be found in loaded fresh seafood towers, bisque, cognac-infused thermidor and more crustacean creations. If you’re in more of turf than surf mood, there is also a wide range of grilled steaks with top-tier dry-aged cuts to pair with a treasure trove of sauces. To experience the Bostonian at its merriest, drop anchor at the restaurant’s weekend champagne brunch for four hours of bubble-fuelled revelry.
Lower Lobby, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2132 7898
Celebrate the tastes of Hong Kong at I-O-N Cafe,where local flavours meld with western dishes, all paired with a seriously good cup of coffee. Located in the trendily rejuvenated Central Market space, I-O-N puts European comfort food, like a full-English fry-up breakfast, alongside fusion dishes like seafood spaghetti in sea urchin cream sauce and salted egg yolk fries. Nods to Hong Kong’s culinary heritage, such as spicy, tangy typhoon shelter seasoning and Tai O’s famed shrimp paste, work their way into fish and chips and pasta dishes.
Shop 124, 1/F, Central Market, 80 Des Voeux Road & 93 Queen's Road Central
European tastes take centre stage at Alibi, with Spanish dishes such as paella, croquetas and decadent platters of cured hams featured on its eclectic menu. The restaurant focuses on sustainable, responsible dining, and there’s a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options alongside carefully sourced seafood and free-range meat. Alibi’s sustainable seafood platter is one of its biggest draws, featuring sake-steamed abalone and locally sourced littleneck clam meunière alongside flutes of Taittinger Brut Réserve champagne.
Level 5, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, 3552 3232
Palm Court may be best known for its classic afternoon tea, but the opulent art deco venue is also home to delicious Malaysian and Singaporean food. Classic hawker centre fare is celebrated on the restaurant’s Gourmet Malaysian & Singaporean Hawker Delights set menu , which presents elevated takes on staples, such as duck egg oyster omelettes and wagyu beef rendang served with coconut rice. Thanks to Malaysian executive sous chef Chef Ng Tzer Tzun, the stellar line-up also features some of the region’s biggest hits, including chicken satay, char kway teow, nasi lemak and Hainanese chicken rice.
Lobby Level, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2132 7898
Tables at The Upper House restaurant Salisterra are some of the city’s most in-demand, thanks to views over Victoria Harbour and a carefully balanced menu of refined but relaxed plates intended for sharing.
Although Mediterranean ingredients and flavours are front and centre at Salisterra, there’s influence from French and British schools of cooking, too, with bouillabaisse, pork chop, sticky sweet rum baba and more. One of Salisterra’s newest promotions is a boon for new Standard Chartered Cathay Mastercard holders who successfully apply for the card before 31 December: you can lock in a complimentary afternoon tea set for two in an autumn collaboration that focuses on Hong Kong tastes. The set was created in collaboration with Ān Soy, Tate Dining Room head chef and founder Vicky Lau’s new brand, which spotlights the soybean through food and lifestyle products.
Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968 1106
Choosing Bostonian Seafood and Grill, I-O-N Cafe Bar, Alibi, Palm Court or Salisterra? Members can enjoy our year-end offers when they dine and pay through the Cathay app until 31 January.