Hong Kong is undoubtedly a fabulous food city – visitors and residents alike receive endless recommendations for local food, whether it be no-frills joints or high-end eats; but rarely does a restaurant exquisitely execute on both an aesthetic as well as culinary front, and even more rarely does it do so as successfully as harbourfront newcomer Yu Lei. A Cantonese and Shanghainese fine diner located in a rather off-the-beaten-path location in Hung Hom, it’s worth the trek for the panoramic skyline view alone.
Luckily, the view is only the start of this feast for the senses, because this Michelin-starred restaurant also offers up traditional regional flavours with elevated but playful presentation. Perch in their elegant main dining room, fitted in jade green hues and affording Victoria Harbour vistas, to sample from the menu’s standout dishes like wok-fried Kagoshima Wagyu with sakura and black pepper in a crispy bird’s nest, scrambled eggs with sea urchin and conpoy, and the signature drunken Kyushu crab (which must be ordered 10 days in advance for prime Huadiao marination). For special occasions, Yu Lei also organises a monthly wine pairing dinner with bottles sourced from France, New Zealand, etc., or try their seasonal degustations like the seasonal sakura set or the upcoming Mother’s Day menu, perfect for spoiling ma.
5/F / The Harbourfront Landmark / 11 Wan Hoi St / Hung Hom / +852 3746 2788 / kodining.com