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Do you love simple hearty American food? These are 5 recommended restaurants in Hong Kong where you can enjoy good food in locations convenient for tourists: Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, the Peak, and Wanchai.
These were chosen for authenticity (it helps if the managers and staff are American or Canadian or trained there), taste, convenience, tourist friendliness, sightseeing views and locations at popular tourist areas.
Four of five of these are in the top few hundred restaurants on TripAdvisor in 2016. Out of tens of thousands of places, tourists like these the best.
Tourists congregate around the harbor at Victoria Peak, Tsim Sha Tsui and Central because the most popular attractions are there. The MTR lines, ferries, and cruise ships meet around the harbor. So four of these restaurants are in these areas you'll probably go to, and the other is in Wanchai.
Forget McDonald's and Burger King. If you want among the best, authentic and most delicious American-style hamburgers available in Hong Kong, and at a low price, this is it. They just received a Michelin street food listing in 2016, and for Michelin-listed or Bib Gourmands meals in Hong Kong, it is among the lowest priced.
The simple hamburger is a quintessential American food. Real beef cooked just right is a delight of most Americans. Americans could go for a taste more like home and for a more American atmosphere.
Michelin street food listing in 2016: The experienced gourmet dining ranking publication praises their burger highly. The Michelin Guide director, Michael Ellis, said that their hamburgers were “some of the best” he's had, and he's been around the world at the best places.
The Michelin listing isn't a Michelin star though. They are listed in the Hong Kong "street food" guide for high quality inexpensive food. The Bib Gourmand rating for less expensive restaurants in Hong Kong wasn't given to them perhaps because their restaurants have more of a take-out feel.
One of only two Michelin listed hamburger restaurants: The writer did some research and didn't find that Michelin recognized any other purely hamburger restaurant in Hong Kong except Beef and Liberty that they rated Bib Gourmand in 2015.
Only 13 US dollars for a burger. The restaurants aim to serve local regulars who are foreign professionals. Compared to other restaurants around the world on "world's best hamburger" lists such as those published by Business Insider or Departures, these are actually about the least expensive of the famous hamburgers in America or Asia. Their regular hamburger costs 100 HKD (or less than 13 USD).
You would expect to pay 18 or 30 USD and up for similar burgers in the US. For comparison, a local Big Mac Meal (hamburger, fries, coke) at a local McDonalds costs about 34 HKD (4.40 USD), and in the US, the equivalent Big Mac Meal costs 6 USD. But you'll get maybe twice the amount of food.
They specialize in hamburgers, duck fries (fries made in duck fat), American sodas and bourbon. There are few deserts to choose from. The "secret menu" has a variety of hamburgers including an Asian-style Wutang Burger and a vegetarian burger.
They are a little bit like a neighborhood hamburger restaurant and bar in America. The food is served in paper, and you'll probably get a can to drink from.
A somewhat American feel: Two of the branches have American or Canadian managers or chefs or chefs who trained in America, so they have more of a friendly, affable American feel. The Central branch has a Nepalese manager and staff and looks like an American restaurant/British pub mix.
Small: Except for the new Quarry Bay branch that seats maybe 90, the restaurants can only seat about 44 people each. There is generally a line for lunch and dinner.
Not classy: They are set up like take-out restaurants. The food is wrapped in paper. So your money is going for food and convenience and not fancy plates.
Central District branch: Many tourists pass through the IFC Mall from the two MTR stations and four subway lines underneath or from the adjacent ferry pier. So their location is especially convenient.
From the IFC Mall, you can take the pedestrian overpass past the Heng Seng Bank and take the Mid-levels Escalator to go there in about four minutes. It is right near the escalator on Wellington Street in the Sun Wise Building, and you can see the sign from the escalator. It is the world's longest outdoor escalator, and it is good transport for sightseers.
The Tsim Sha Tsui K11 Mall branchis in the ground level entrance and a minute walk away behind the Mirador from the Nathan Road.
You could walk to it from the Star Ferry/Avenue of Stars in about 11 minutes by going through the underground pedestrian tunnels and coming up behind Chung King Mansion at Exit N5.
Friendly, delicious, and inexpensive: This restaurant comes out a close second on this list. It isn't as well known as Butchers Club, but you might think the hamburgers taste even better because they serve grass fed beef from Tasmania. But it isn't as conveniently located in a major tourist area, so it wasn't listed first. The restaurant is probably the friendliest and happiest of all these though.
Bib Gourmand Michelin rating: In 2015, they were listed in the Bib Gourmand listing of about 67 restaurants for Hong Kong as an excellent place for a meal under 300 HKD. But they are not on the 2016 listing. They get similarly high ratings on TripAdvisor and are liked by Americans.
If you've ever eaten free range beef, you know how much better it is than corn, soybean, and gmo fed beef. Natural grass and no hormones produce a very delicious and healthy natural beef high in natural omega 3 and protein, and it is much better than standard USDA beef. This sort of beef is more expensive. It comes from Tasmania where there is low pollution too.
Exotic free range pork: They serve pork from a rare breed of hairy pigs. These run almost wild in a large farm in Hungary.
No lines: It is a bigger dine-in regular restaurant that seats about 120 people.
Wider selection: They serve fresh salads and tasty deserts and side dishes.
Regular plates: The food is served on regular plates or trays, and there are wait staff. The tables are large enough for small groups.
Child friendlier: The size of the tables and clientele makes it more suitable for families and kids.
It has sort of a Southern American style, and Americans like its authenticity and unusual service friendliness in a region where the waiters and staff are often curt and even rude. An average meal of burger, fries and a soda is a little cheaper than at Butchers Club though the portions are smaller.
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This is a fun tourist restaurant for people who want to eat at something like an American bayou country restaurant. It is at a particularly scenic point on top of Victoria Peak. The scenery, tourist satisfaction, and convenience makes it popular with tourists.
The view is one of the best in the whole city. You can see Victoria Harbor down below if you book a window seat. The harbor is often called one of the most beautiful in the world, and it is one of the top three most popular places. It is particularly beautiful in the evening especially during the 8 pm light show.
Victoria Peak itself is the most popular Hong Kong attraction that gets about 7 million visitors a year. So its location is quite convenient right next to the scenic Peak Tram and near where the taxis and buses stop.
Sightseeing: There are walking paths and sightseeing overlooks on top of the peak. So this is a place to stop in for refreshments or a meal after a walk.
It is a theme restaurant based on the old movie Forrest Gump. So you'll see pictures and memorabilia from the movie.
Variety of food: Shrimp take the “leading role” there. Other American food is served there too such as steak, salad, breads, pasta and red wine.
This traditional American style restaurant is part of a chain of steak restaurants that stretch across America. It is known for quality steaks and a lunch buffet at a medium price for Hong Kong. It is also especially appreciated for its position on the harbor in the Bay Harbour Mall.
Riding the Star Ferry is one of the top most popular things that tourists like to do, and the restaurant is right at ground level with an entrance facing the pier only a hundred yards away. It is about two hundred yards from the Avenue of Stars that is also one of the top 10 biggest attractions.
It is also right at the entrance of Bay Harbour Mall that is the biggest mall in the region. It is next to the Ocean Terminal where cruise ships dock. Other big ships such as military vessels also dock there.
Harbor views: Whether sitting next to the windows or out on their patio, you can see the ships and some of the harbor. People like to get a table on the patio for the 8 pm Symphony of Lights. But there are not many window tables. So it is best to reserve one.
Prices here are at least twice as much for a meal than the first two, but you can expect better service from the wait staff and cleanliness. The decor isn't fancy. The convenient location helps make up for the price.
Dinner: Everything from beef burgers to sea food to a variety of meats is served. There are a dozen side dishes and another dozen deserts.
Lunch buffet or brunch! From 12 to 3 on weekdays there is a lunch buffet, and from 12 to 4 on weekends, there is a brunch special buffet featuring all you can eat roast beef or lamb and a variety of salads, sides, and desert.
This is another American restaurant in Bay Harbour Mall. Like BLT Steak, it is near the pier entrance of the mall, so it is very easy to get to from the Star Ferry pier. There are windows on the harbor side, but since the restaurant is so big, most tables don't get a good window view.
Good food, large portions: The restaurant is known for large portions. So you won't need to order as many dishes to leave full.
Like a truck stop restaurant: It is like a big truck stop restaurant in the US where the portions are large. It seems like a decent place to eat that isn't as fancy and expensive as other places. The availability of tables makes it good for groups or big families. The writer didn't see any American staff, but the restaurant chain is American. A big screen TV is prominently on the wall.
Value: The large portions keeps regulars returning as does the readily available seating and no lines (saves time). So it is more of a value for the money.
Dinner: Everything from burgers to sea food to a variety of meats is served along with salads and many choices for dessert.
Lower TripAdvisor rating: The lower rating is probably due to that the restaurant recently opened, and it takes time for a place to get reviews and a reputation. Tourists passing through the mall don't see it unless they are specifically looking out for it. It isn't in a prominent location, and there are no big signs indicating where they are.
Breakfast time is from 6:30 am to 10:30 am, lunch is from 12:30 pm to 2 pm, and dinnertime is from 7 pm to 9 pm. Make a reservation if you plan to dine in popular restaurants. Otherwise be prepared to line up.
In smaller restaurants, sharing a table is a common practice, so if your party is small and a bigger group shows up, you may be asked to share your space or move to another table. This will be less of a problem in these American-style restaurants.
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