Best Restaurants Guide 2013: The Winners


December 17, 2012 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

For the first time in our restaurants guide’s 28-year history, we’ve ranked our top 20 restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau in addition to recognising the most talented individuals in the field 

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For the best part of 30 years, Hong Kong Tatler’s Best Restaurants guide have been reviewing and revisiting the bulk of both Hong Kong and Macau’s most esteemed restaurants. Over time, we have come to recognise those restaurants (and the individuals that work in them) that have not only stood the test of time, but have managed to keep our interest and our patronage.

This year for our Best Restaurants guide, we decided to present our pick of the best 20 restaurants reviewed by our panel of esteemed critics, and ranked them in order after considering, at length, elements including food, setting, service, wine and value for money.

We also presented a bevvy of awards to some of the greatest workers in hospitality, from Best New Chef to Best Dim Sum and Best Cocktails. This year, the Amber team took home the two biggest gongs with our number one restaurant award and Best Chef award going to Richard Ekkebus and his brigade. We also welcomed St Betty’s Shane Osborn, who recently moved to Hong Kong from London, as the Best New Chef of 2012.

Below, we present the full list of top 20 restaurants and winners of our dining awards this year. Here’s to a full and happy 2013!

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Top 20 restaurants
20. Wagyu Kaiseki Den
19. Grand Hyatt Steakhouse
18. The Krug Room
17. Hugo’s
16. Lung King Heen
15. Robuchon au Dôme
14. Guincho a Galera
13. Café Gray Deluxe
12. Golden Flower
11. Ryugin
10. Spoon
9. Petrus
8. Gaddi’s
7. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
6. Pierre
5. The Tasting Room
4. Caprice
3. Otto e Mezzo
2. Sushi Ta-ke
1. Amber

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Best Chef: Richard Ekkebus of Amber
Runner up: Umberto Bombana of Otto e Mezzo

Best New Restaurant: Jade Dragon
Runner up: Sushi Yoshitake

Best New Chef: Shane Osborn of St Betty
Runner up: Guillaume Galliot of The Tasting Room

Best Front of House: Inakaya
Runners up: Gaddi’s and Caprice

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Best sommelier: Nicolas Deneux of Grand Hyatt
Runner up: Yvonne Cheung of Café Gray Deluxe

Best pastry chef: Gregoire Michaud of Four Seasons
Runner up: Eddy Lee of Zuma 

Best dim sum: Cuisine Cuisine (IFC)
Runner up: Wing Lei

Best buffet: Harbourside
Runner up: The Grand Buffet

Best cheese: Caprice
Runner up: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Best cocktails: Blue Butcher
Runner up: Bloom


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The 2013 Hong Kong Tatler’s Best Restaurants guide is now available in stores and is even available as a Christmas gift set, inclusive of a set of Heather & March dessert flatware, exclusively at Eslite in Hysan Place.