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7 great Central lunch spots to check out

by: Abegaile Legaspi
24 Sep 2019

What’s for lunch? It’s the million-dollar question that, yes, even food writers struggle with on a daily basis. And in a location like Central, where the choices seem endless, answering that question becomes even more difficult - as does not breaking the bank. So for your next lunch break, here’s our pick of Central lunch spots that will fill you up without burning a hole in your pocket.

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Pici

Expect nothing but quality Italian cuisine at Pirata Group’s casual neighbourhood pasta bar. From the slopes of Aberdeen Street, Soho’s Pici serves top-notch pasta, handmade daily using the finest ingredients. For a taste of what Pici has to offer, try out the three-course lunch set (HK$158 for a choice of starter, main and dessert) available on weekdays from 12 to 3pm, featuring a rotating series of dishes like the classic lasagna with beef ragu and bechamel, and tagliatelle puttanesca with tomato sauce, anchovies and garlic. Make sure to arrive a little earlier though, because the dining room does fill up quickly. 

Pici, G/F, 24-26 Aberdeen St, Central, +852 2755 5233; www.pici.hk

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Wang Fu

Have a taste of authentic Beijing-style dumplings without ever leaving Hong Kong at Wellington Street veteran Wang Fu. One of the first restaurants to open in the area, the no-frills, Michelin-recommended spot has stood the test of time with its traditional handmade dumplings, with over ten types of fillings available. Don’t miss their green onion and mutton dumplings (HK$75 for 10 pieces) or the classic pork and chive (HK$58 for 10 pieces). Wang Fu also offers pocket-friendly daily specials if you’re up for a little lunchtime food-venture, as well as a variety of cold and hot noodles and delicious Sichuan dishes. 

Wang Fu, G/F 65 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2121 8006; www.facebook.com/Wangfu-Beijing-Dumpling

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Chotto Maki

For quick but quality sushi to go, not-so-hidden gem Chotto Maki is the place to be. Specialising in customised sushi rolls, Chotto Maki boasts a wide array of ingredients such as teriyaki beef, unagi, tofu skin and much more, so you can create your dream handroll (HK$78). If all the choices become overwhelming, you can also try out one of their classic rolls like the Philadelphia ($70 for 8 pieces) with salmon, cream cheese, avocado and tobiko, or splurge a little bit on their signature rolls like the 604 Crunch (HK$70 for 4 pieces) with salmon, asparagus and tamago or the Veggie Lover (HK$68 for 4 pieces) with beetroot, mango and cucumber.

Chotto Maki, G/F, 3 Li Yuen Street West, Central, +852 5111 6074; www.chottomaki.com

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Tsim Chai Kee

For over two decades, well-loved Tsim Chai Kee has been a must-visit for what many regard as the city’s very best wonton noodles. The queues at lunchtime can be a little chaotic, but it is absolutely worth the wait for a bowl of signature handmade king prawn wonton noodles ($33). For something heartier, treat yourself to their three toppings noodles ($51) packed with wonton, generously sized and freshly minced fish balls and freshly sliced beef. Pro tip: the noods are even better when topped with the housemade chilli sauce that sits on every table, which is also available to purchase by the jar (they make a great souvenir, too). Tsim Chai Kee also has an underground branch a couple of blocks away on Queen’s Road Central, fyi.  

Tsim Chai Kee, Shop B, G/F, Jade Centre, 98 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2850 6471; www.facebook.com/pages/Tsim-Chai-Kee-Noodle

Maison Libanaise

For a little lunchtime Lebanese, Maison Libanaise’s takeaway boxes are a perfect choice. The build-your-own Maison Lunch Prix Fixe ($138 for a choice of a main, side and sauce) features Maison Libanaise’s well-loved dishes like the shish taouk (chargrilled chicken with thyme) and beef shawarma with baharat marinade for mains, which can be paired with sides like rice pilaf or Syrian salad. Make the most out of your lunch break dining al fresco on the restaurant’s patio - perched right next to the Soho escalators, it’s the perfect spot for people watching as you nosh.

Maison Libanaise, G/F-2/F, 10 Shelley Street, Soho, Central, +852 211 12284; www.maisonlibanaise.com.hk

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Lan Fong Yuen

For almost seven decades, Hong Kong’s most historic cha chaan teng has stood the test of time as the streets around it have completely transformed. Perfect for lunch, the dry-stirred instant noodles ($57) with either grilled chicken fillet in green onion and soy sauce or their braised pork ribs ($57) will power you through the rest of the day. Wash it down with one of Lan Fong Yuen’s excellent CCT drinks, like the creamy yuanyang or the stocking milk tea - they’re believed to be the originator of this quintessentially Hong Kong beverage.

Lan Fong Yuen, G/F, 2 Gage Street, Central

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Kikusan

Located in the basement of Landmark Atrium, casual Japanese-Shanghainese fusion diner Kikusan offers a variety of easy takeaway lunch options like rice, sushi and skewers. If you’re with a group, order your own rice bowl - the grilled eel with rice ($138) is our pick - and share a serve of the delicious pan-fried garlic chive and pork dumplings ($38 for 4 pieces) or a couple of salt-grilled yakitori chicken skewers ($26 per piece).

Kikusan, Shop B13-16, B/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, +852 2521 3344; www.landmark.hk/dining/kikusan

Good BBQ

For over 30 years, Good BBQ has been a Central go-to for all things barbecue. Famous for their slow-cooked char siu, expect long lunchtime queues but the perfectly charred and oh-so-tender meat that’s definitely worth the wait. Don’t miss the signature char siu rice with 63-degree egg ($51), or, if you’re feeling a little indulgent, double up with a char siu and poached chicken rice box ($53).

Good BBQ, Shop 2, G/F, 39 Queens Road Central, Central, +852 9852 1062; www.facebook.com/GOODBBQ.HK/

 

Featured image by Vernon Raineil Cenzon on Unsplash. All other images courtesy of respective restaurants.

Pici

Address   G/F, 24-26 Aberdeen St, Soho, Central