Just like Causeway Bay, Mong Kok in Hong Kong is a popular district for shopping and dining. People come from all over especially for the many Mong Kok markets, so after a day of shopping, you’re bound to work up an appetite. If you’re wondering where to eat in Mong Kok, rest assured that it is not short of options when it comes to good eats. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Mong Kok restaurants to keep you energized while you explore the area.
Morokok is a Thai fusion restaurant in Mong Kok with a Moroccan theme. This spot is great for sharing a meal with your friends – there are games and shisha on the outdoor balcony. Plus, the décor makes for the perfect Instagram snap. During the holidays, flamboyant decorations will catch your eye along with the floral backdrops and neon signs. The theme at Morokok last Christmas was “White Christmas,” and the entrance was decorated to look like it was snowing. The attention to detail here is noteworthy.
Start with their hot white chocolate milk – the warm sweetness and beautiful ocean blue color makes this beverage unforgettable, so it’s quite popular. For a first course, try the pan-seared scallop and lime crab meat vol-au-vent; a savory pastry appetizer complemented by the slight sourness of the lime. As for the main course, the risotto with deep fried soft shell crab in Thai green curry offers a unique fusion of Thai and Italian cuisine.
Book a table at Morokok in advance, and request seats under the pink neon signs for the best photo op.
Next door to Morokok is Hachikasen, a spacious Japanese barbecue restaurant offering attractive meal sets. Among Mong Kok restaurants, this place stands out for its visual concept. Designers from Studio Ryte created the space by reinterpreting traditional Japanese spatial elements. The entrance is a “rhythmic tunnel made with pine wood stripes that resonates with ancient Torii gates tunnel” which “marks the beginning of a tranquil journey that takes one away from the hustle and bustle.”
You can enjoy their lunch set for around HK$100 and their dinner sets for just HK$328, which include both yakiniku and hot pot. Dishes are prepared with high quality ingredients including rice directly imported from Japan and Angus beef from the United States.
To make your dining experience even better, add free flow of alcoholic drinks for just HK$88. Besides yakiniku and hot pot, you can choose from 17 varieties of sushi rolls, nine tempuras, six karaages (Japanese style deep fried items), and seven kinds of homemade yakitori and skewers.
Little Fresh Cafe and Bar is lesser known among Mong Kok restaurants, but worth checking out while you’re in the area. Serving high quality Western cuisine, you’ll find this cafe situated in a humble building in a hard-to-spot alley. To easily locate the cafe, pay attention to the small alleys on Dundas Street. The building entrance is a few steps into the alley. Consulting a map before dinner may be your best bet to getting here easily.
Start with the mashed potatoes with cheese and bacon as an appetizer. This freshly made dish comes sizzling in a pot right out of the oven. Take care, because both the pot and the mashed potatoes are hot. For the main course, the pumpkin crab with risotto is a popular dish. Pumpkin and risotto lovers will appreciate the strong flavor and creamy texture.
Usually, French or Italian restaurants can use pricey ingredients, making them more expensive. But you may be surprised to find that the food at Little Fresh Cafe and Bar is affordable, averaging at HK$100-200 per person, especially given its high quality.
Address: 18/F, Hanway Commercial Centre, 36 Dundas Street, Mong Kok
Thai Hainan Chicken
This restaurant does not really have an English name, but its Chinese name basically means Thai-style Hainan Chicken. It is a dai pai dong situated in one of the many Mong Kok markets. If you’re looking for good Hainan Chicken, don’t skip this place as this is one of the best restaurants in Mong Kok.
Perfect for grabbing a quick, affordable meal if you are running short on time or money, Thai Hainan Chicken serves quality dishes for only about HK$50. As their name suggests, the Hainan chicken rice is their signature dish, priced at HK$42 and including a hot drink. Of course, there are other common Thai dishes, like pineapple fried rice, pad thai, Thai green or yellow curry with rice and more.
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