Here are some of the best dishes from the restaurants on Ship Street, the culinary heart of Wan Chai. With Spanish tapas, Tuscan dining, Malaysia noodles, Sichuan and more, Ship Street has some great options for Hong Kong foodies. Check out our list from North to South, the way the traffic flows on Ship Street.
With a secret terrace overlooking Johnston Road, Michelin starred Xi serves up authentic Sichuan dishes reflecting the “seven flavours of Sichuan” – spicy, aromatic, sweet, bitter, sour, peppery, and salty. A wide spectrum of spiciness is on offer as the house serves up explosive flavours from the Sichuan canon.Spicy Fried Prawn, Mapo Tofu and Vegetarian Kung Pao chicken are three of the spicy signatures, with the Eggplant Salad a fave “less-spicy” vegetarian option.
Traditionally known as Baba Nyonya, Bibi & Baba specialises in Malay-Chinese cuisine which his commonly found in Southeast Asia. Jia Group partners with a famed Singaporean private kitchen to serve guests at Bibi & Baba on Ship Street in Wan Chai. Colours are bright and fun while flavours are heavy on Chinese and Indo-Malay herbs, spices and ingredients. Rice and Noodles are common fixtures on the menu and diners can enjoy Nyonya Laksa, Beef Rendan and the Kueh Pie Tee pictured below, among other delicious dishes.
Mr Brown is a neighbourhood smoke and grill house situated on the popular Ship Street in the heart of Wan Chai. Derived from the Southern US slang referring to the dark and smoky part of barbecued pork shoulder, the name is apt for a restaurant that specializes in smoked and grilled meats. The broad array of meats include Beef Brisket, Pork Ribs and Jalapeno Sausage, while they also have a number of seafood options such as Octopus, Clams and Sea Bass. This take on the “bacon bap” with Iberico pork is one of our faves.
A neighbourhood Neapolitan pizzeria from Black Sheep Restaurants on Ship Street with an approachable menu of antipasti, inventive pizzas and desserts. Chef Mathieu Palombino’s first Motorino in Brooklyn is expressed in everything, especially the seasonally changing menu and the tasty pizzas. The Soppressata Piccante is a well known fave with the Cremini Mushroom and Brussels Sprout pizzas giving amazing choice for pizza lovers who love veggies on their pizzas. Nutella Calazone is a wonderful sweet option to finish if you still have room after the Neapolitan pizza feast.
Associazione Chianti is an Italian steakhouse from Black Sheep Restaurants, specialising in grass fed Black Angus and other sharable dishes. The restaurant boasts a bold exterior and a red-dominated interior that is reminiscent of a neighbourhood trattoria in Italy. The meat-focused establishment also offers refreshing salads and a distinctive selection of wine, creating a name of its own on Ship Street. Signature includes pollo al burro (Butter Chicken) and Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Fiorentina Steak), and we love this Tuscan take on the steak tartare.
22 Ships is a Spanish restaurant on Ship Street in Wanchai, serving traditional Spanish classics with a modern touch. One of Hong Kong’s hottest spots for a modern tapas fix, the intimate space offers inside and outside seating with an open kitchen, offering a buzzing and casual dining experience with friends. The menu features seafood, vegetable, meat dishes and desserts. Look out for the incredible Blue Lobster Paella, Charred Broccolini and the unmissable Jamon Toastie.