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9 Dog-Friendly Restaurants And Cafes In Hong Kong For Discerning Diners

9 Dog-Friendly Restaurants And Cafes In Hong Kong For Discerning Diners
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By Christina Ko
August 23, 2019
Celebrate International Dog Day (26 August 2019) at these nine dog-friendly spots in Hong Kong

Yes, there are a lot of restaurants in Hong Kong that are dog-friendly nowadays, but we’re sick of seeing the same old spots appear on lists over and over again–sorry, make that the same old spots with mediocre culinary chops whose chief draw is the existence of alfresco seating.

So ahead of International Dog Day, we’re redoing the list of dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Hong Kong and including places we’d eat at even if we didn’t have our dogs with us. It’s a ruff job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

See also: 10 Posh Hong Kong Dogs You Should Know

1/9 Kennedy Town: Comptoir

Quite a few K-Town eateries allow dogs to sit at street-adjacent tables, including the likes of Catch and Jaspas, but we find ourselves escorting Spot and friends down to Comptoir most often, praying no one has come to take our special seats yet.

This wine bar comes courtesy of French Creations, which has been servicing the Gallic community with low-key, down-to-earth dining options like Saint Germain, Pastis and Metropolitain–you know, places where the actual French people go. We can’t turn down portions of the thing they call "Hot Goat Cheese Bricks", nor the moreish escargots and rich Ravioles du Royans.

Comptoir, 42 Forbes St, Kennedy Town, +852 2453 9873

2/9 Kennedy Town: Winston’s Coffee

There’s a huge dog bowl filled with water that sits perpetually on the floor of Winston’s in Kennedy Town, so they pretty much expect you to bring along your furry friends.

By day, you can order good, strong coffee that comes from a La Marzocco machine (hey, if you know, you know), and then as night falls you can upgrade your coffee kick with an Espresso Martini: there are four to choose from, ranging from a coconut rum mix to a vodka-cereal milk combo. Food is limited to pastries and sandwiches, but there’s nothing to complain about on that front, either.

Winston's Coffee, Shop 8, The Hudson, 11 Davis St, Kennedy Town, +852 2697 1878

3/9 Sheung Wan: Congteakafe

The ‘grammers love Congteakafe on Square Street, and while some of it has to do with the solid Canto staple dishes and the authentic retro decor, we suspect the rainbow mural wall a few steps down the road is also a big draw.

After you’ve taken your photos with Fido at the requisite backdrops (you got the Chinese sign and the old-school post box, right?) sit down to simple favourites like a char siu and egg rice with soy sauce, or the fried fish fillet in a bor lor bao. You could order a coffee, which is served in a nostalgic painted-chicken bowl, but a hot milk tea seems more fitting, doesn’t it?

Congteakafe, 24 Square St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 5719 8131

4/9 Sheung Wan: Blue Supreme

It may be billed a craft-beer bar, but Blue Supreme has a succinct food menu that’s to die for, and due to the thriving canine community in the area, you’ll almost always find a pup or two lazing around by tables that face the street, their owners perched on colourful crates repurposed as seating.

To go with its extensive selection of live craft beers, Blue Supreme serves new American bistro fare with a constantly changing selection of mains, like a duck confit burger with runny duck egg. If it’s available, the fried chicken with waffle and maple BBQ sauce is a must.

Blue Supreme, 21 Tung St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 5998 3088

5/9 Central: Shady Acres

You can stand at the outside bar with your pup at this little indie wine bar–and before you start complaining, might we remind you, you might be standing even if you were inside, too. What Shady Acres lacks in size, it makes up for in vibe, with a grungy charm that hipsters will love and stuck-up sophisticates will loathe. Case in point: Shady Acres’ website proclaims “This website is sh*tty and will remain sh*tty because we’re kinda busy slamming out drinks and food.”

Well, we’re happy they’re spending their time on the food and wine, because on both fronts it’s good. To complement the multicultural wine list are cocktails like a Retrograde Lemonade and dishes like Korean-style pancakes and duck fat fries.

Shady Acres, Ground Floor, 46 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong

6/9 Wan Chai: Giando

A handful of outdoor tables outside the popular Italian restaurant are available for those with dogs in tow, and the fact that two of the tables are undercover means that everyone stays dry even in the (let’s face it, likely) case of a downpour.

Our favourite time to dine at Giando is during its weekend brunch, when we can smuggle bits of Parmesan cheese from the antipasti buffet to treat our patient pups–it’s the least we can do when chowing down on unlimited stracciatella burrata, as well as excellent pastas and that to-die-for tiramisu.

Giando, Shop 1, G/F, Tower, Starcrest Block 1, 9 Star St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2511 8912

7/9 Wan Chai: Le Garcon Saigon

Call ahead to reserve our favourite table at Le Garcon Saigon, a four-top that’s perfect for people-watching, and lets your dog enjoy the action, too. The staff are always welcoming of four-legged patrons–and they treat us two-leggers alright, too.

At this pho-free Vietnamese restaurant, we always order both of the superlative salads (because who can decide between the shredded chicken cabbage salad and Buddha’s textural salad) and then get to work DIY-ing our rice-paper rolls, afterwards.

Can’t snag a spot at Le Garcon? Le Petit Saigon just next door offers outdoor bench seating for patrons and pets to enjoy their banh mis washed down with strong, sweet iced coffees.

Le Garcon Saigon, 12 Wing Fung St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2455 2499

8/9 Causeway Bay: Little Bao Diner

The bigger, brighter sister to May Chow’s original Little Bao in Soho has a considerable outdoor space facing Victoria Park in the extremely dog-friendly Food Street.

Since many of the restaurants on this stretch are a bit of a write-off when it comes to cuisine, dog owners with a pickier palate often find themselves returning to this hotspot, which serves the famed eponymous little baos, alongside other mod-Chinese small plates, such as lamb tartare made with fermented beancurd mayo, a Caesar salad that uses local cured fish, and drunken clams in a Shaoxing-based broth.

After you’re done, you can also take your dog next door to Private-i Concept Store, the high-end hair salon that welcomes pups for grooming, swimming, doga and other party activities.

Little Bao Diner, Shop H1, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2555 0600

9/9 Repulse Bay: Limewood

The Pulse is a pet-friendly mall, and the only rule, according to the mall’s website, is to “respect the pets and respect others”–a refreshing change of pace, given dogs aren’t even allowed on Repulse Bay Beach just outside. They can, however, chill on the sidewalk right outside The Pulse’s bayside dining outlets, which include pizzeria Amalfitana, Canto comfort joint Meen & Rice and Limewood, our pick for its beach-perfect menu.

The Maximal Concepts restaurant serves up seaside specials like fried fish tacos, jerked coconut corn and signature 48-hour charred beef ribs with mango-infused BBQ sauce. Wash it down with fruity cocktails: barbecued pineapple Cuban mojitos or the Cachaça- and mezcal-based Smoked Sugarcane.

Limewood, Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2898 3788


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