Hong Kong: A Food Haven for Cheapskates?

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Fine dining restaurants in Hong Kong can cost an arm and a leg, but the city also has a wealth of restaurants serving excellent food at reasonable prices as reflected in the newest Michelin guide Hong Kong and Macau.

Hong Kong is famous for its fabulous restaurants, and dining at one of them can easily cost you an arm and a leg.

A set dinner at Sushi Shikon at the Mercer Hotel in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island, for example, will set you back a breathtaking HK$3,500, or US$451.

But the city also has a plethora of restaurants serving excellent food at affordable prices, as the 2015 edition of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau demonstrates.

Fully 65 restaurants in Hong Kong and 13 restaurants in Macau are ranked ‘Bib Gourmand’, which means they serve good food at moderates prices. And some of the restaurants with Michelin stars are relatively easy on the wallet, as well.

“Hong Kong and Macau have the most affordable Michelin starred restaurants in the world,” says Michael Ellis, International Director of Michelin Guides.

Michelin Star Lunch for Under HK$100

According to our count, there are several one Michelin star restaurants in Hong Kong where you can have lunch for less than HK$100, or US$12.90. You can also have dinner for less than HK$100 at a few of of them.

All of these budget eateries serve Cantonese food, with most of them focusing on either roast meats or dim sum. So don’t expect to find anything like abalone, bird’s nest soup, or foie gras at eateries in that price range.

Hong Kong boasts 5 three Michelin starred restaurants, 14 two star restaurants, and 45 one star restaurants.

Macau has 2 three star restaurants, 2 two star restaurants, and 7 three star restaurants.

A total of 50 types of cuisine are represented in Hong Kong, 19 in Macau,

6 Replies to “Hong Kong: A Food Haven for Cheapskates?”

  1. I’ve been to both cities in my travels, and have dined at the Peninsula as well as the Mandarin hotel. Both were quite pricy, and on occasion I would walk the backstreets of Kowloon looking for small eateries that cater to the locals. I had good success, and found several places that served great food for around HK$50-HK$75. I may be planning a return visit to Shenzhen via Hong Kong, and wouldn’t mind have one of your restaurant guides to refer to.
    Please enter me in your contest to do so.
    Thank you,
    Manny Espejo RN4L

  2. On 11 October 2014, I experienced Amber’s 6 course Weekend Wine Lunch.  Amber, a Michelin 2-starred restaurant, is conveniently located inside the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Central. The 10 of us were lucky enough to be seated in a private wine room inside the restaurant called Agate.The award-winning contemporary French classic dishes 11 by two Michelin star Chef Richard Ekkebus were paired with wines selected by the sommelier, who was very much delighted to share his passion with us. He selected four wines, which matched the food harmoniously, lifting up each dish.And the charge was very reasonable, coming to less than HK$ 1,000, with an additional order of two platters of cheese. Please enter my name in your contest! I would love to have one of these guides.

  3. Hong Kong: A Food Haven for Cheapskates?– This title playfully suggests an ECONOMIC FOOD HEAVEN/PARADISE in HK, in mimicry of the local Tourism Board enticements of HK an equation of a ‘shopping paradise.’ Since the yuletide holidays are fast approaching upon us, a seasonal time of communal feasting and sharing of hearth, heart, and hearty food, let us not look blindly on what is being served on our plates.
    Unfortunately an overwhelming demographic subsist in HK regarding basic everyday nutritional needs, and extending on this note, urgent issues on food (and beverage) waste, monopoly of conglomerate grocery retail chains, perpetual struggle of multi-inter-generational “mom ‘n pop” ‘Hong Kongnese’ restos, conscientious meal choices like shark fin soup (et al), land rights of New Territories farmers, ‘food porn selfies,’ cultural institutions of ‘wet markets, daai-pai dongs, cha cha tengs,’ celebrity chefs, private kitchens/’pop-ups,’ wine auctions, controversial allegedly double standard Michelin Guide for HK, and so on, all compete for attention alongside the beloved Chinese near obsession for quality food experiences on a daily social construct level.
    Relativity my dear, reality versus relativity my dear! Just don’t forget to ADD OIL (not the tainted variety) and to SIK FAN AH, as best as we all can inspite and despite of it a!!, no matter what our disposable income permits us to reasonably do so. AI-YA WAH!

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