TOP TEN: Best Restaurants in Quarry Bay
Feeling hungry? Here at Banyan Workspace, we’re continually asked which are our favourite restaurants in Quarry Bay, so we’ve dedicated our latest TOP TEN to this very subject! Being self-confessed foodies, we get it: surrounding yourself with delicious eateries can be one of the main decision factors when choosing an office space. Fortunately, you can find fresh juice bars and coffee shops, independent cafes, street food stalls, western fusion and Chinese banquets all within a 10 minute walk of our office.
But for many of us, a favourite restaurant isn’t just about eating good food. It’s also about comfort and ambience, the friendliness of the staff, and the ethical and sustainable sourcing of their produce. Read on to discover the little differences that make the Banyan team’s TOP TEN favourite restaurants in Quarry Bay stand out from the lunchtime crowds. In no particular order…
What you need: A morning fix of specialty coffee and avo toast
Where to find it: Shop 8, G/F, 4-6 Hoi Wan Street (T: 26132638)
Why we love it: If you are a fan of seriously good Melbourne-style coffee, then this cosy coffee shop is the place to go. Owner Peter Law is one of HK’s top roasters, and he specialises in 100% arabica beans, freshly roasted in-house to make the perfect brew. We also love the multiple options of non-dairy milks they have on offer, including soy, almond and oat.
What you need: A quick salad or sandwich to grab between meetings
Where to find it: Lincoln House, 1/F, 979 King’s Road (T: 36913965)
Why we love it: It’s a one stop shop for healthy and nutritious food on-the-go, including delicious organic wraps, salads, chia pods and a huge selection of fresh homemade juices. And to ensure the planet stays as healthy as its food, it’s committed to an impressive sustainability policy and gives a $3 discount if you bring your own Banyan lunchbox.
What you need: A post-workout hit of authentic homestyle Italian pasta
Where to find it: G/F, 18 Hoi Kwong Street (T: 28562911)
Why we love it: This very cute trattoria is a staple of the Banyan team. We love the small but perfectly designed menu, the passionate and authentic team, and the fact that their specialty homemade lemonade can be made even more delicious after hours with a shot of vodka!
What you need: A simple home-cooked meal in minutes
Where to find it: G/F, 5 Hoi Chak Street (T: 94630458)
Why we love it: This cafe is a gem for those looking for a healthy vegetarian or vegan meal, with vegetables sourced from their pesticide-free farm in Sheung Shui. Each day, they prepare a different set lunch of three or four different options, including a soup and drink, for you to either eat in-house or to take-away.
5. Fete Up
What you need: A healthy take-out lunch to eat at your desk
Where to find it: Shop 4, G/F, 933 King’s Road (T: 56882232)
Why we love it: Fete Up has revolutionized the concept of fast food with its healthy and delicious takeaway lunchbox options. For a very-reasonable set price, you get to pick from a tempting selection of vegetables, protein, carbs and sides – our favourite has to be the veggie chili with coconut rice, okra and roasted pumpkin! Don’t forget your reusable Banyan lunchbox to get a 5% discount.
What you need: A trusted “go-to” for client lunches and after-work drinks
Where to find it: G/F, 35-41 Tong Chong Street (T: 27446000)
Why we love it: You can always count on Enoteca when you feel like sitting down to a meal with friends and colleagues. Divided into several sections, including a high-tabled bar area, white table-clothed restaurant seating and private dining rooms, it is suitable for everything from a solitary lunch to an executive business dinner. We especially love their set lunch menu and selection of organic wines.
What you need: A rewarding curry after a hard day’s work
Where to find it: Shop 1, G/F, Hoi Kwong Court, 13-15 Hoi Kwong Street (T: 25612968)
Why we love it: Hidden at the back of this unassuming shopping arcade is one of Quarry Bay’s best-kept secrets – a Michelin-recommended authentic Indian restaurant, serving all your favourite dishes, including perfectly baked samosas, rich curries and tikkas, BBQ meats and seafood and endless vegetarian options, all washed down with an ice-cold Kingfisher beer. Delicious and decadent.
8. Sho Bu
What you need: An icy platter of the freshest sushi and sashimi
Where to find it: G/F, 26-28 Finnie Street (T: 25629600)
Why we love it: This delightful family-run Japanese restaurant is right opposite the Exit B of the MTR and is definitely worth booking in advance. It’s popular for good reason; they have everything from piping hot raman, delicious bento box sets and the freshest sashimi this side of Central. The fact that it is run by Japanese chefs and staff who know their regulars by name means that queues often run outside the door at rush-hour, but once you have your prized seat, you are free to linger as long as you like.
9. Plat du Jour
What you need: A place to meet your significant other for a post-work date
Where to find it: G/F, 21 Hoi Wan Street (T: 27894200)
Why we love it: This quiet French bistro has a traditional menu that makes our hearts flutter for Paris! Escargot bourguignon, moules marinières, poitrine de cochon, fresh oysters, all washed down with a fabulous selection of French wines, Plat du Jour is a slice of 6th Arrondissement chic in the side lanes of Quarry Bay.
10. Foo Ka
What you need: Some dim sum and then some
Where to find it: 2/F Kerry Centre, 683 King’s Road (T: 27500823)
Why we love it: Everyone needs their fix of dim sum, congee or Chinese banquet specialties once in a while, and we’re lucky to have one of the best Chinese restaurants in the area just a stone’s throw from our building. Despite its previous listing in the Michelin guide, head chef Kei Gor has kept his prices affordable, so expect the usual hustle and bustle at lunchtime.
And a special mention for a lunch option if you really can’t escape from your desk…
Why we love it: There is something very special about Bain Marie’s meal delivery service. Order from their online menu before 5pm the previous day, and they deliver their delicious meals straight to your office, piping hot and on time. Each course comes in individual reusable glass jars, which you simply return to the insulated delivery bag after eating to be collected the next morning, cleverly eliminating all disposable waste. Coupled with a frequently-updated menu selection and a commitment to local sourcing of produce to further reduce their environmental impact, that beats the usual pizza order any day!