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China Beach

Price guide: Mid-range
#1/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Best for Outdoor dining -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

A seaside rendez-vous with splendid food, setting and everything.

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Shore

Price guide: Expensive
#2/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

New on the scene and hot to trot, Shore is a classic HK eat 'n drink hangout.

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Life Restaurant & Bar

Price guide: Mid-range
#3/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Best for Dining alone -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

The name says it all - this is pure vegetarian at its best.

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Loaf On

Price guide: Budget
#4/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

This place was a star when Michelin was just making tyres.

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SEVVA

Price guide: Expensive
#5/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Superpower dining in the heart (and soul) of the city.

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TBLS

Price guide: Mid-range
#6/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Three cheers for a bright young chef doing his own thing and doing it brilliantly.

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8½ Otto e Mezzo

Price guide: Expensive
#7/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Best for Gourmets -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Superb Italian food. Pricey, mind you, but superb.

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One-thirtyone

Price guide: Mid-range
#8/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Probably the most unique location of any restaurant in Hong Kong.

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Brunch Club

Price guide: Budget
#9/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

So it's mid week and mid evening - no reason why you can't have brunch.

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Lime

Price guide: Mid-range
#10/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

It's spicy food and cool vibes at this Thai joint that's well in the limelight.

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Fook Lam Moon

Price guide: Mid-range
#11/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Strange but true - this is comfort food for tycoons.

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Sorabol

Price guide: Mid-range
#12/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Hong Kong's substantial Korean community rates this joint highly.

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SML

Price guide: Mid-range
#14/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

SML stands for Small, Medium or Large portions. Got it?

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Roka

Price guide: Expensive
#15/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Stand by for an ultra Japanese session of Roka 'n roll!

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RED Bar + Restaurant

Price guide: Expensive
#16/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

It's as much about the party as it is about the food - but they're both great.

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Ayuthaiya

Price guide: Mid-range
#17/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

From the Land of Smiles, a restaurant to put a grin on your face.

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Posto Pubblico

Price guide: Mid-range
#18/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

New York-style Italian dining comes to Hong Kong.

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Bombay Dreams

Price guide: Mid-range
#19/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

If Bollywood was a kitchen, this is the sort of food they'd prepare.

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Morton's of Chicago

Price guide: Expensive
#20/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

If you're a Morton's fan - you know what to expect. If not - what took you so long?

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Busy Suzie

Price guide: Mid-range
#21/40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Mix an A-List owner with a traditional Japanese restaurant - and the answer's Busy Suzie.

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It's said that there are three topics of conversation in Hong Kong - sex, money and food. And the first is only included when people have run out of things to say about the other two. Suffice to say that this is a city that loves and lives to eat. Immigrants from all over China and the rest of Asia have brought their own cuisine here, and will argue briskly among themselves which does what dish best. 

The small seaside town where I live hosts restaurants serving Italian, Turkish, Mediterranean, Indian and Scottish (if you include McDonald's) food. There's also a Brit-style pub, plenty of Chinese, and a harbour-side food court where you can get a Full English Breakfast, dim sum or seafood or simply sit with a cold beer and a plate of spring rolls. 

If you want Michelin stars, there are plenty about, and not just confined to the larger hotels. Nightlife areas like Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo sport a regular smorgasbord of cuisines, all packed into a few hundred square metres. All public markets host cooked food centres, long on ambience and taste, short on decor, and easy on the wallet. And even well after midnight, you can stumble across entire back streets packed with eateries that cater to a local industry that works anti-social hours.

The nuts and bolts:

Many larger restaurants feature private rooms (at a price); book ahead, but don't be surprised to be kept waiting; and remember that air conditioner is rendered as 'cold air machine' in Cantonese, so inside temperatures can be chilly. And if you find a street in Hong Kong that doesn't feature some sort of eatery, I'd be interested to hear about it.

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There's one of Joel Robuchon's "ateliers" here, serving - amongst other stuff - his "interpretation of sandwiches". I'm assuming that if you've got the readies to pay for such - how to put it? - innovative fare, you'll know how to find it. Instead, I've tried to include some of the more characterful free-standing operations, run by people who are interested in making really good food rather than just making a fast buck. And just for interest's sake, I've sidestepped most hotel restaurants to start off with, though plan to add some more later.