Hong Kong is one of the few places where an ancient temple can thrive in the midst of modern skyscrapers without feeling out of place. This fusion of old and new, natural and man-made adds to the charm of Asia's world city, making it a coveted destination among adventurers, culture buffs and shopaholics!
Aside from its breathtaking skyline, family-friendly theme parks, natural attractions and gargantuan shopping complexes, Hong Kong is also known for its wide array of food offerings. From fine dining establishments to affordable dai pa dongs, this city has a wide array of dining establishments to fit every taste and budget. We list down five decades-old restaurants in Hong Kong that continue to satisfy the taste buds and fill the hungry tummies of both tourists and locals.
Dubbed as the oldest Italian restaurant in Hong Kong, La Taverna was founded by brothers, Giuseppe and Aldo Macchetti from Milan. The original restaurant was opened in 1969 at On Hing Terrace in Central. Five other branches were opened all over Hong Kong during the course of the restaurant's golden years including the one on Ashley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui which is the only one that remains today. La Taverna is known for its rustic Italian interiors and menu that has not been changed since the restaurant first started. Aside from the mostly northern Italian fares, La Taverna is known for its authentic pizza, made to order in a wood-fired oven. It is located on 36-38 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Luk Yu Tea House
Existing since 1904, Luk Yu Tea House is considered as the oldest restaurant in Hong Kong. Locals say it serves the most authentic Hong Kong style dimsum dishes. Usually crowded during lunchtime (12:30 to 1:30 pm), it may be difficult to get seats during this period as tables are almost always booked by local families. Reportedly, some of these pre-bookings were made since the restaurant opened over a 100 years ago and have been passed down to kins. Talk about loyal clientele. Luk Yu Tea House is located at 24-26 Stanley Street, Central.
This restaurant in Wellington St., Central has been serving authentic traditional Cantonese fare since 1942. It occupies four levels of the iconic Yung Kee Building and is well known for its dim sums, charcoal-grilled barbecue and other classic Chinese dishes from recipes passed down from generation to generation. The place can get crowded so booking in advance is highly advised. Yung Kee is located at 32-40 Wellington St, Central.
American Peking Restaurant
While there is more to be desired with its exteriors and interiors, the amount of locals that crowd the place during lunch time should be a sign of the great food it offers. It does justice to its name by serving the best Peking Duck in all of Hong Kong! Serving the duck is an extravaganza for the eyes and taste buds: it is wheeled out to your table, carved and then served! American Peking Restaurant is located at 20-24 Lockhart Road Wanchai, Wanchai.
Gaylord Indian Restaurant
An Indian restaurant serving vegetarian dishes, referred to by locals as the oldest of its kind in Hong Kong. It offers a wide array of vegetarian delicacies complimented by live Indian music. Gaylord is located on the first floor of Ashley Centre at 23-25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.