Four Seasons Hong Kong Concierge Tweets His Secrets
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong Chef Concierge Hamson Tsui shares what he believes to be the best of the Pearl of the Orient.
Updated June 19—On Monday, June 18, @FourSeasons hosted another instalment of its popular #bestofcity chats on Twitter, this time featuring Chef Concierge Hamson Tsui from Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. During the chat, Hamson answered questions about where to find the best Chinese cuisine, shopping, nightlife and more, including where to best enjoy the Dragon Boat Festival on June 23. Here are some of his top picks:
Food, Drinks and Nightlife
Hamson’s favourite must-try Hong Kong dish: Typhoon shelter-style crab—it has lots of garlic and chilli, and it is named after Hong Kong’s historic typhoon shelters. Expect strong flavours and spiciness.
Hamson’s favourite restaurant only Hong Kong locals know about: Locals head to Under Bridge Spicy Crab restaurant for typhoon shelter-style crab. Their fresh crab sits under a pile of garlic, chilli and scallions. The topping is very tasty on its own, but combined with the crab makes it even tastier!
Hamson’s favourite celebrity chef: Our own Yan Tak Chan at Four Seasons Lung King Heen—he’s the first three-Michelin starred Chinese chef in the world!
Hamson’s favourite unique dining experience: In Hong Kong, it is at China Club. Its décor will take you back to early 20th-century Shanghai.
Hamson’s favourite romantic restaurant: Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong—totally unbiased. It offers a clear view of the harbour and attentive service.
Hamson’s favourite restaurant with a view: Ours, of course. Or Aqua at One Peking Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Hamson’s favourite place to dine solo: Bo Innovation—we seldom recommend Chinese cuisine to those dining alone, as food portions are larger and it’s always best to order a variety to share. This restaurant in Wan Chai serves fusion cuisine with a set menu—a great alternative.
Hamson’s favourite egg rolls in the city: If you like egg rolls, Duck Shing Ho is a must. Locals queue there every morning. They come in three flavours: original, coconut and butter.
Hamson’s favourite egg tarts in Hong Kong: Besides the Hotel’s pastry kitchen, try Tai Cheong Bakery on Lyndhurst Terrace, once frequented by the former British governor of Hong Kong. Get there early to beat the queues.
Hamson’s favourite place for dim sum: We love LockCha Tea House in Hong Kong Park for vegetarian dim sum, and Luk Yu on Stanley Street (very famous).
Hamson’s favourite place to have a cocktail: Alfie’s by KEE. It’s situated above the main Alfred Dunhill store and part of their brand. A really chic, quiet, salubrious place.
Hamson’s favourite place for vegetarian: Kung Tak Lam is a renowned Shanghainese vegetarian restaurant providing authentic dishes with a contemporary touch and no MSG.
Hamson’s favourite place for breakfast/brunch: Oolaa on Bridges Street. It’s a regular haunt for local expats on Saturdays and Sundays, and does good eggs Benedict. Also try Tsui Wah Restaurant for a local Cha Chaan Teng breakfast—open 24 hours a day! Or Honolulu Coffee Shop for their famed egg tarts and Chinese milk tea.
Hamson’s favourite kid-friendly restaurant: The Peak Lookout features a large selection of international cuisine, and children will enjoy the outdoor terrace where they can run around.
Hamson’s favourite spot for late-night eats: Causeway Bay in Wan Chai is home to many types of Chinese cuisine for one to choose—from Sichuan, Shanghainese to Chiu Chow. Many are open till the early hours of the morning.
Hamson’s favourite wine list in the city: Caprice—no question.
Hamson’s favourite rooftop patio: Sevva is a rooftop bar with a large outdoor terrace on the top floor of Prince’s Building, right in the heart of the city.
Hamson’s favourite bar/nightclub only locals know about: At Insomnia in Lan Kwai Fong, live music starts every night from 10:30 pm until late. It’s the nightclub right now. Also try Tazmania Ballroom for a Western vibe.
Hamson’s favourite lounge: Casa Lounge over in Lan Kwai Fong is another “in” place.
Hamson’s favourite place to listen to local music: Temple Street Night Market for Chinese opera singing performances—or “Street Opera.”
Hamson’s favourite place to dance the night away: Dragon-i is the place to see and be seen.
Hamson’s idea for perfect night on the town: A Saturday night in Lan Kwai Fong for dinner, drinks and clubbing!