Sai Ying Pun, a quintessential Hong Kong neighbourhood, embodies a perfect blend of cultural richness and modern vibrancy. Over time, Sai Ying Pun’s landscape has evolved remarkably, with a variety of restaurants having set up shops in the area and transforming it into a delicious food scene. It has become a favourite spot for romantic dates and friendly gatherings owing to its laid-back lifestyle and close proximity to the tranquil sea. Continue reading to discover 5 of the best restaurants and how they are drawing food enthusiasts from all corners of the world.
5 Best Restaurants & Food in Sai Ying Pun
1. The Praya – Neo-Chinese Restaurant
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Strategically situated on One-Eight-One Hotel’s third floor, The Praya is a premium casual neo-Chinese restaurant at the heart of Sai Ying Pun. Its interior design is inspired by the 1960s Bauhaus style, featuring sleek walls and rounded corners while evoking old Hong Kong charm.
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The head chef skillfully combines traditional Cantonese ingredients with global culinary influences to create reinvented classics. Try out their signatures, including Drunken Clams in Aged Shaoxing Wine and Sourdough Scallion Pancakes with fermented bean curd sour cream, as well as unique cocktails such as Hot Century Egg Negroni with preserved egg brine and Dragon and Phoenix with salted kumquat and tangerine peel.
- Address: Level 3, 181 Connaught Road West, Shek Tong Tsui
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
- Contact: 3181 1666
2. Burger Joys – Award-winning American Burger Restaurant
Recognised as one of the top 5 burgers in Asia and the NO. 1 Best Burger in Hong Kong, Burger Joys is the city’s only restaurant nominated among the top 50 best burger restaurants worldwide.
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From the soft brioche buns to the wine-soaked USDA Black Angus beef patties, there is a lot of love about its burgers – which are all buttered to perfection and treated to the delectable flavouring of beef and marinated in red wine butter to tantalise your tastebuds. Pair your burger with some of the restaurant’s popular food and snacks, or indulge in its delicious vegetarian options like the Mushroom burger in Sai Ying Pun!
Signature dishes: Double Cheeseburger, Classic Buffalo Wings, Black Truffle Fries, and Cookies & Cream Milkshake.
- Address: 27-29 First Street, Sai Ying Pun (About 11 minutes walk from one-eight-one)
- Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
- Contact: 2682 3832
3. La Paloma – Authentic Spanish Dining
A haven for Spanish food lovers, La Paloma serves up Spanish favourites such as huevos, paella, and suckling pig at incredible prices in Sai Ying Pun. It boasts a relaxing atmosphere and spacious restaurant space for enjoyable and laid-back dining. Meanwhile, the use of bold colours which is the signature of Spain, replicates the fun and lively ambience of Chef-Owner Alex Fargas’ hometown, Barcelona. He promises an authentic Spanish dining experience by bringing the best Spanish cuisines and crowd-pleasing tapas plates to your dining table! Don’t forget to visit the El Bar, which is perfect for happy hour, small bites and their famous sangria!
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Signature dishes: Seafood Paella, Tuna Tartare, Premium Rubia Gallega Beef from North-West Spain.
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- Address: 89 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun (About 13 minutes walk from one-eight-one)
- Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm; 6 pm – 12 am
- Contact: 2291 6161
4. Bistro Breton by La Creperie – French Bistro Specialising in Seafood
Positioned as a French bistro, Bistro Breton’s menu design and cooking are all presided over by a French chef, offering an authentic French flavour. It surely sweeps you away to Brittany’s charming coastline, along with its azure blue walls and seafood-centric menu – including blue lobster, fresh oysters, sole, crab, seabass, and more.
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Soak in its comfortable ambience, with blue and white marine-themed decor evoking a true French sentiment. The Brittany Fish Soup and Beef Burgundy are among the must-try signature dishes here.
Signature dishes: Brittany Fish Soup and Beef Burgundy.
- Address: Shop 3, G/F, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District (About a 4-min walk from one-eight-one)
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
- Contact: 3489 0959
5. Kwan Kee Claypot Rice – Michelin-starred Claypot Rice
Renowned for its clay pot rice and traditional stir-fried dishes, Kwan Kee Claypot Rice is an iconic Cantonese establishment in Sai Ying Pun. The restaurant’s red sign and unique interior are full of nostalgic Hong Kong charm. As one of the entries in Michelin Bib Gourmand 2023, its rice is a blend of new and old rice, creating the perfect texture and flavour. This three-rice blend results in a chewy texture and palatable fragrance, while the bottom crust is always impeccably scorched.
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Signature dishes: White Eel & Chicken Claypot Rice; Drunken Chicken
- Address: Shop 1, Wo Yick Mansion 263 Queen’s Road West Sai Ying Pun Hong Kong (About 10 minutes walk from one-eight-one)
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 am – 2:30 pm; 6:00 – 10:30 pm, Sunday 6:00 – 10:30 pm
- Contact: 2803 0215
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