5 best curries in Hong Kong

by: George Major
12 May 2017

On a mission to find the best curries, we took a tasting tour across the Subcontinent, from the beaches of Sri Lanka to the mountains of Nepal - all without leaving Hong Kong

Sri Lankan curries have a reputation for being milder than their mainland equivalents, but that does not mean that they aren’t packed with flavour. The lunch set at this cosy little joint is snip at HK$70. We tried the Dhal, which somehow manages to be light but hearty at the same time, with an astoundingly complex flavour that is totally moreish. Who knew that lentils could be this exciting? Shop 2, GF Nam Wo Hong Building, 148 Wing lok street, 3705 2429;

Chautari is hard to beat; top-notch curries, very generous portions, and all at dai pai dong prices. If you only eat one thing while you’re here, make it the deep-fried cauliflower; it counts as a healthy veggie dish, but with added deep-fried satisfaction. In short, Chautari combines the friendly service and great food you expect to find in a curry house with the heady atmosphere of the Cooked Food Centre. Chautari, Shop CF6, 1/F Queen Street Market, 38 Des Voeux Rd, 2600 4408;

Up 9
Being notoriously difficult to actually find, this place has developed an aura of mystique among Hong Kong hipsters, while being a go-to favourite for the local Nepalese community.  The interior is pretty basic, but the service is spot-on. Once you’ve located the place (first door on the left on the ninth floor) we recommend starting with Up 9’s legendary chicken momo - hearty steamed dumplings accompanied by a tangy, spicy dipping sauce. Up 9, Unit H, 9/F Winner Building, 27 – 37 D’Aguilar Street

Namaste Kitchen
The welcome at Namaste Kitchen is as warm as the restaurant’s name suggests. The menu offers a broad selection, and we’ve done our best to sample all of it. The tandoori dishes are smoky and tender, the palak paneer fresh and filling while the rogan josh has just the right hit of spice. A dinner set for two people is just HK$250. Namaste Kitchen, G/F 38 Queens Road West, 2795 7555;

Himalaya has a branch in Wanchai and a second in Soho. As you can guess from the name, the speciality is northern Indian and Nepalese dishes. At the Wanchai branch, which is perfect for bigger groups, you can see right into the kitchen where meat is skewered and fed into the flaming tandoor. The Soho restaurant is a more intimate affair, a good spot for a dinner for two.
1/F A 22-30 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai, 2527 5899;
G/F 13 Elgin Street, Soho, 2547 9998;

George Major