The best restaurants in Kennedy Town span everything from dim sum to Mexican (and everything in-between).
Oh, sweet K-town. We love your café scene and great beauty spots like Nail Care 2, but most of all, we love your food! The dining options in on the west side have varied throughout the years but the good ones stay for years and years. Here’s a selection of some of the best restaurants in Kennedy Town to get fed at – nom, nom.
Sun Hing Restaurant
For those with dim sum cravings, hit up this old time shop anytime between 3am to 5pm (yup, that’s right!), which makes it a great place to get some post-partying grub. Many seniors in the area and countless taxi drivers love to come here for their daily dim sum, which is always a good sign that the food is legit. There’s plenty of table space here but bear in mind that service is quite limited and slow, and in order to get what you want to eat, you’ve got to head on over to the dim sum table near the front of the restaurant to pick up your food. Must-eats here include their gigantic siu mai, chicken feet, Cantonese steamed minced beef (served with rice!), and freshly steamed custard buns. The creamy, salty and sweet flavour combination of the custard buns here will leave you wanting more.
Sun Hing Restaurant, Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
For those who aren’t aware, 11 Westside throws on a great Taco Tuesday deal: 50% off all tacos! We can’t say no to classics like Al Pastor, Carne Asada, or Baja Fish but knowing that we get half off ALL tacos means we’ve got to get at least two bites out of the Mango Shrimp Taco (garlic butter shrimp with chipotle aioli, pico de gallo, mango, and avocado) or Lover’s Beach Taco (two tacos of tempura oyster, burnt jalapeño beurre blanc, and Santa Barbara uni – wow).
Remember though, you’ve gotta make a reservation and put down a deposit for groups of 2 or more.
This spot also makes it to our list of best Mexican restaurants in Hong Kong.
11 Westside, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Perhaps one of the most controversial pizza spots in Hong Kong, and with a dark sense of humour that we appreciate (you’re missing out if you’ve never read their Instagram captions), Alvy’s manages to hit the spot every time we get a craving for a hot pie. Opt to share a few slices of the Four Cheese (they use a combination of mozzarella, fontina, piedmont blue, and pecorino) or try the Meatball pizza, complete with Sunday sauce, bocconcini mozzarella and parmigiano. If you’re feeling brave, go ahead and try the Bak Gwei, featuring gruyere béchamel, char siu pork, mozzarella and geung yeong or head straight for Popeye-Roni complete with ‘nduja, scamorza and you guessed it, sautéed spinach, you can satisfy any pizza cravings here.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2312 2996
If you’re visiting this spot on the weekend during dinner hour, expect to wait a little bit. This homey little restaurant holds no more than 20 seats, is family-run and serves tantalizing dishes of Egyptian and Mediterranean fare. They offer a great set lunch menu, and their tagines are heavenly – we recommend the fish tagine, or the okra tagine with lamb. Remember to order a mixture of hot mezze, including haloumi cheese and wara inab and cold mezze, note: the tabbouleh here has a strong, citrus-y flavour and the Labna is so delicious you’ll want to lick the bowl. Mains such as the shawarma, or aziza chicken, are bound to hit the spot and get rid of those hunger pangs.
P.S. the team at AZIZA are opening a new location in Sai Ying Pun soon, so stay tuned
Check out our full review of AZIZA here.
Aziza, G/F, Shun Cheong Building, 28 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 3462 2844
Perhaps one of the most satisfying eats in Kennedy Town, Thalassic is one of those places where the menu runs for miles and yet service is timely and food is cooked well and comes out of the kitchen within a 20 minute wait. The décor here is a fair bit outdated but who cares when you can indulge in perfectly cooked prawn cakes, delicious satay skewers, and a fine tom yum, or green curry? Count me in for a mango smoothie too, please!
Thalassic, Chi Ping Building, 38 Hau Wo St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
This restaurant has been a steady go-to spot for Melbourne style brunch fare, belly-filling lunches, and wholesome dinners in Kennedy Town for years. Their collective brunch menu includes dishes such as Dirty Eggs, fried eggs, paprika potato, avocado, chipotle mayo, melted cheddar, kidney beans AND the options to add on a chorizo or a Bloody Mary; and Smoked Trout, poached eggs, house smoked trout, sautéed spinach, hollandaise, and sourdough bread, both of which will leave you with a fine food coma to stroll off at nearby Instagram pier.
Lunches here usually mean a fine range of seafood dishes and we’re not complaining! Check out the Catch Fish & Chips – beer-battered sea perch with hand-cut chips – yes please!; Soft Shell Crab Burger, they even added in a chipotle mayo and pickled cabbage; or the mouth-watering U.S. 300g Rib Eye Steak with red wine sautéed mushrooms, hand-cut chips, and a rocket salad to boot. Oh and dinners here aren’t complete without trying the Salmon Tartare, Lamb Tacos, or Charred Squid. This is seafood heaven.
CATCH, 95 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2855 1289
This infamous little spot by the water is a real gem. A modern Mexican restaurant that uses Japanese ingredients and cooking techniques means that Chino’s dishes may be some of the most interesting options around town. Try the Shima Aji with Shiso Lime and Pickled Pineapple or the Brussels Sprouts with Abrol Miso and Cotija for flavourful explosions. The tacos here include interesting items such as Ox Tongue with Pickled Jalapeños and Arbol, or Chicken Tinga with Pickled Onions and Avocado. A main that we’ve been eyeing is the Wagyu Beef Cheek with Mole Poblano – traditional mole is hard work alone but paired with a Wagyu cut? Yum. Pair any of these bites with one of fourteen highballs (they also have cocktails and sake available here) and you’ll see why Chino is such a hit.
Chino, 1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2606 0588
A sister restaurant to CATCH, Mama Malouf embraces the Mediterranean flavours through a lengthy but unqiue Lebanese menu. We love digging into Mama’s Mezze, a complete combination of humus, baba, taramasalata, pickles, and bread to start. The Haloumi Fondue with Fig Jam and Brioche is truly a poem for the senses – just close your eyes and enjoy every bite. The Mains that jump out from the rest are the Lamb Shoulder with farro, pumpkin, and mint labne and the Eggplant baked with Goat’s Cheese Cream, Pomegranate and Tomato. Oh and by the way save some room for dessert. They’ve got unique sweets such as the Negroni Sorbet with Orange Blossom Jelly, Kahlua Crème Brulee and Pistachio Ice Cream, or the Coffee & Cardamom Ice Cream Sandwich. Eating the food at Mama Malouf is, quite simply, blissful. However if you can’t choose (and this is quite a common problem), opt in for the Banquet Menu and let Mama do what Mama does best!
Read our full review on Mama Malouf here.
Mama Malouf, 93 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2817 3828