In between Mong Kok’s second-hand stores, book shops, and traditional Chinese apartments is an area packed full of gastronomic delights sure to satisfy any hungry foodie. Don’t worry, we’ll take you through the streets of the district that offer the best foodie haunts in this bustling neighborhood. Whether you’re in the mood for some authentic Chinese fare or jonesin’ for a juicy burger and a cold brew, you’re just a few short steps from food nirvana in Mong Kok!
A main throughfare in the heart Mong Kok, Nathan Road is lined with shops, restaurants and tourists alike. Connecting Mong Kok with Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui, a plethora of shops, restaurants and more can be find on either side of this pedesterian artery. Here are some restaurants to check out when traversing Mong Kok’s ever-packed Nathan Road.
1. Garage Bar
These days it seems like every corner harbours yet another craft brewery enmeshed in Sai Ying Pun and Soho. Fear not, it’s not the same scene in Mong Kok. At Garage Bar, chill out amidst loungers sprinkled between two vintage Citroën vans, one from 1966 and the other from 1972. Even with gorgeous night-time views of the surrounding Mong Kok skyline, you’ll lose focus as soon as the Hongkongese Burger (a New Zealand steak burger in a bamboo charcoal pineapple bun) and the Ninja Lobster Roll (outfitted with Boston lobster tempura) arrive.
Dishes We Love: Ninja Lobster Roll, Crab & Cheese Melt Sandwich, Hongkongese Burger
Why We Like It: Where else can you chill out in Hong Kong amidst two vintage Citroën Vans? Brownie points if you can resist a selfie.
Find it at Level 4, Lobby, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok
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2. Ming Court
Restaurants able to survive Mong Kok’s competitive food scene truly deserve an accolade (or two)! Cue Ming Court. This two Michelin-starred gem marries bold, yet not overwhelming flavours, and exceptional ingredients. Don’t miss out on the Eight Treasure Soup. In it you’ll find jet-fresh abalone and succulent pieces of fish maw coupled with the kick of dried tangerine peel and ginger. Or dig into the Australian Wagyu Beef. Winner of the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic 2013, it encompasses foie gras, Thai basil and sautéed cashew nuts. Yes, that’s right, all in one dish!
Dishes We Love: Supreme Pork Loin, Barbecued South African Abalone, Sea Cucumber Conpoy
Why We Like It: Sure, the food and artisanally-chosen wines are first rate, but it’s the hospitality and conviviality that puts Ming a cut above the rest.
Find it at Level 6, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok
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3. The Place
Fresh from a re-brand from Langham Place, Cordis Hong Kong’s in-house restaurant has become the de facto Mong Kok dining mecca. The Place has an illustrious history of famously good food. With a smorgasbord of entrées ranging from Chicken Caesar Tortilla Wrap to Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls, The Place won’t be staying under the radar for too long.
Dishes We Love: Signature Fresh Seafood Selection, Vietnamese Rice Paper Roll
Why We Like It: Where else in Mong Kok can you feast on a Chicken Caesar Tortilla Wrap on one hand and a Vietnamese Rice Paper Roll in the other?
Find it at Level L, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok
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It’s probably quite rare for architects to rave about a restaurant’s design. But Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social is a special case. Nestled in a modern, industrial-chic space designed by Stickman Design of Dubai and Hong Kong, Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social is the perfect enclave in which to lounge, mingle, and bond over bespoke cocktails. Its aesthetic is earthy, with dashes of a rustic yet refined interior in shades of nut, oak ,grey and steel. Oh, and all the while tuck into teeming plates of Asian and European inspired fare.
Dishes We Love: Bone Marrow & Braised Short Rib, Crispy Skinned Suckling Pig, Seafood Platter
Why We Like It: Alibi’s ability to elevate simple Italian staples into a culinary concoction is definitely worth a try!
Find it at Level 4, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok
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5. Sky 726
Perched on top of Mong Kok’s Nathan 726 lies Sky 726. As you might have guessed, this fine dining restaurant boasts magnificent views of the Kowloon skyline, coupled with a fresh take on French dining. With a lively Mong Kok environment mixed in with its bar industrial and contemporary design, Sky 726 evokes energy and ambiance – perfect for a Kowloon evening out. Make sure to try out the Miso Salmon with Eggplant in Dashi, and the Peri Peri Chicken with Chef’s Sauce.
Dishes We Love: Miso Salmon with Eggplant in Dashi, Peri Peri Chicken with Chef’s Sauce
Why We Like It: Who doesn’t like to savour on French fare while enjoying spectacular views of the Mong Kok skyline?
Find it at 25/F, 726 Nathan Rd., Mong Kok
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TUNG CHOI STREET
Situated between Sai Yeung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street, Tung Choi Street offers the best of Kowloon-style cuisine, and general merchandise – all at an affordable price. Be sure to check out Ladies’ Market as well as Goldfish Street for the very best deals ‘n’ steals!
MOKO / FLOWER MARKET
One of Mong Kok’s most infamous attractions is MOKO’s Flower Market, where you’ll find the best that Mong Kok has to offer. Here you’ll get the best freshly-cut flowers, potted plants, and the like – all in the heart of Mong Kok.
Fresh, farm-to-table, and sustainably sourced produce was considered ‘hippie’ back in the day. Not anymore. As the name implies, Something Wild – The Sea will have sea-lovers frothing with excitement. With blue placemats featuring pictures of crustaceans set alongside thermos flasks of hot water and stainless steel mugs, the setting is a bit like Finding Nemo mixed with a few dashes of high school camping sprinkled in. We dare you ‘dive in’.
Dishes We Love: Trio of King Crab Legs, Whole Boston Lobster Platter, U.S. Prime Flank Steak
Why We Like It: Since farm-to-table is a thing now, why not try it out in Mong Kok?
Find it at Shop No. B02-B06, B 1/F, Pioneer Centre, 750 Nathan Rd., Prince Edward
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US juggernauts Pizza Hut and Dominoes have almost taken over Hong Kong, but British-based PizzaExpress is looking at gobbling some market share too. With Peking Duck and Polpette Bolognese pizzas, they’re going where their American incumbents have not. Can I get some more plum sauce please?
Dishes We Love: Peking Duck Pizza, Antipasti Board, Leggera Superfood Salad
Why We Like It: PizzaExpress’ massive and gooey pizza slices are a sure winner for those looking for a quick lunchtime fix.
Find it at Shop 182, Level 1, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Rd., Mong Kok
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8. Canton Pot
Canton Pot sits across from old school Dynasty Theatre and is a potpurri of the best of old and new Hong Kong. Run by the trendy purveyors of the L’hotel Group, Canton Pot combines traditional and modern hot pot together in one pot! Their fantastic set menus and condiment trays teaming with spices, sauces, and the like are definite crowd-pleasers.
Dishes We Love: Grade 1++ Hanwoo Korean Beef Chunk, Assorted Dumpling Platter, Green Tea and Red Bean Panna Cotta
Why We Like It: Canton Pot’s 15 different kinds of beef cuts combined with their homemade signature broths make it a true hot pot lover’s delight!
Find it at 2/F Major Portion, Lodgewood, 1131-1135 Canton Rd., Mong Kok
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