In the last 12 months since our 30th anniversary edition of Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants, the city has become an even better place to dine. We’ve witnessed it in the spate of restaurant openings, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down, and in the quality of the food and drink that we have been privileged to experience. We’ve welcomed new chefs to our shores – individuals who have brought with them thrilling new points of view – and dined in spaces that, by virtue of their design alone, transported us to another era.
Each week, it seemed, brought with it a frisson of excitement as the next new thing threw open its doors. Not all were successes – we’ve had our share of questionable dinners, wasted bills and stomach space – but among the hits, there have been many that have made a considerable impression.
As well as discovering new favourites, we’ve also reaffirmed our love for the old faithfuls. Every year, the team at Hong Kong Tatler Dining go through the painstaking process of reviewing more than 200 restaurants to determine the cream of the crop, based on the recent experiences of our panellists, to cherry-pick the 20 restaurants that have impressed us the most. We revisit every restaurant, but our decisions are also formed from multiple dining experiences throughout the year. Consistency, after all, is one thing that is eternally difficult to get right; and every restaurant on our Top 20 list has regularly brought their A-game.
On November 27, we announced the recipients of the new 2015 list, which has seen quite a few newcomers, including Aberdeen Street Social, Bibo, and the revamped Mano. The full list, in alphabetical order, is as follows. Click on each restaurant name to read the full feature detailing why they've made it onto the list this year.
* Denotes new entry into the 2015 edition
Celebrity chef Jason Atherton's penchant for cheeky humour and a streak of mischievousness is evident in much of the menu. Read more
Richard Ekkebus’s domain will be remembered as a paragon of the times, a restaurant ingrained in the culinary history of the city. Read more
Chef Mutaro Balde's contemporary French creations have just as much vim and vigour as the strong artistic setting. Read more
Since chef Fabrice Vulin debuted his menu in February, we have witnessed a beautiful evolution of Caprice’s culinary offerings. Read more
Chef Au Kwok-keung thoroughly impresses us with dishes that are inventive, delightful, and masterfully executed. Read more
The food that arrives from chef Rémi van Peteghem’s kitchen retains a French foundation, lightened with contemporary touches. Read more
Anyone interested in the rich history of Chinese cooking should head to Wynn Macau for a genuine taste of tradition. Read more
Chef Tam Kwok-fung demonstrates a high level of creativity and a willingness to go beyond the boundaries of Chinese cuisine. Read more
At Joël Robuchon's Central outpost, we always prefer to sit at the counter bar, getting a straight line into the heart of the restaurant. Read more
Chef Chan Yan-tak’s skills have contributed to an extensive menu of primarily Cantonese classics, using the finest ingredients available. Read more
Chef Frédéric Chabbert has taken Mano from a trendy coffee bar and restaurant to a stylishly contemporary French brasserie. Read more
Mott 32 *
Not your ordinary Chinese restaurant, Mott 32 is giving traditional cuisine a fresh and stylish update with real thought and verve. Read more
The beauty of Petrus is the refreshingly contemporary character of the dishes on the menu. Read more
With sensitivity towards the seasons and its natural bounty, the team at Pierre frequently alter and update the menu with scintillating speed and success. Read more
Chef Jonay Armas continually ups his game with a breadth of global influences that now make up his culinary oeuvre. Read more
Hosted on the 43rd floor of the elaborate Grand Lisboa, Robuchon au Dôme is a gleaming paragon of pulchritude. Read more
Olivier Elzer proves to us that, while seasons may change, this is a restaurant unlikely to go out of fashion anytime soon. Read more
The Dr Seuss-like title of this Wan Chai establishment is just a taster of the delicious whimsy underlining many of our experiences here. Read more
Opened only two years ago, there is a precision and a confidence here that many restaurants strive for even after decades of service. Read more
The Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants Guide 2015 is now available at all major bookstores.