Sawadee ka! Thai cuisine, which is regarded as one of the most well-liked cuisines in Hong Kong, is recognised for its distinctive cooking technique and elegant fusion of herbs, spices, and fresh ingredients to create the exceptionally rich and complex flavours. When it comes to Thai restaurants, Hong Kong has a lot to offer. The Thai food scene here has no shortage of both classic and new eateries to celebrate this incredible cuisine. From fancy restaurants to cheap and cheerful local joints, we’ve put together this list of ten best Thai restaurants in the city to get your cravings fixed.
Krua Walaiphan — Sai Ying Pun
Kicking off this list is Krua Walaiphan. Located just minutes away from Sai Ying Pun Station, this intimate Thai restaurant is one of Hong Kong’s hidden gems. Upon entering Krua Walaiphan, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and a cosy atmosphere. Start with classic green papaya salad, followed by some meat skewers and a Thai red curry served with vegetables and rice. Complete this with a mango sticky rice with coconut cream and you’ve got yourself a satisfying meal.
G/F, Ko Wang Court, 29 High St, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2804 1555
Chachawan — Sheung Wan
Located on the atmospheric Hollywood Road – this neighbourhood Isaan Thai restaurant and bar has acquired a loyal local clientele since its opening in 2013. The menu features a variety of fresh salads and chargrilled meats and fish dishes. Diners can tuck into dishes such as spicy seafood salad, pad thai and grilled Isaan sausage for lunch; while there are more tempting options added to the offering in the dinner menu – think deep fried crispy pork belly, grilled skewers, salt-crusted whole seabass, grilled tiger prawns in dry red coconut curry, as well as crispy banana pancake for dessert. Go as a group so that you can try a good assortment.
206 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan | +852 2549 0020
Aaharn — Central
Discreetly housed on the upper floor of Armoury in Tai Kwun, Aaharn is a Michelin-starred calm haven in SoHo that offers a unique Thai fine dining experience. On its dinner menu, the handcrafted Betel leaf with pomelo, ginger, peanuts, toasted coconuts canapés are simply stunning. For main, don’t miss the aromatic curry with pumpkin, baby corn and cherry tomato served with cucumber relish. We suggest the steamed rice dumpling with coconut and palm sugar for dessert, and wash it all down with a glass of wine or cocktail.
Amoury, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central | +852 2703 9111
Ruam — Wan Chai
Located at the bustling Ship Street in Wan Chai, Ruam is a casual Thai restaurant and bar with both indoor and outdoor seating. The décor – a vibrant palette adorned with tropical colours and fabrics – is an attractive backdrop for its extensive menu, and you may actually forget you’re in Hong Kong whilst you’re here. The menu offers an array of Thai market dishes such as charred pork neck, fish cakes, and pad see ew. If you can’t decide what to order, go for the ‘feed me’ option (HK$388/pp) and you will be served with a selection of Ruam’s signature snacks and dishes for the whole table to share.
Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Rd, Ship St, Wan Chai | +852 3160 8535
Mini Bangkok Thai Food — Kowloon City, Causeway Bay & Yuen Long
Mini Bangkok Thai Food is the perfect place to visit when you want tasty authentic Thai food that packs a punch. If you’re craving a comforting Thai curry or pineapple fried rice, Mini Bangkok offers regular crowd pleasers right alongside barbecued meat and seafood, deep fried snacks, veggie dishes, and a wide selection of Thai iced drinks and beers. Be spoiled by the wide variety of choices and competitive prices!
Kowloon City #1: G/F, 9-11 Nam Kok Rd | +852 2716 7828
Kowloon City #2: Shop 1-3, G/F, The Prince Place, 398 Prince Edward Rd West | +852 2716 7868
Yuen Long: Shop A, G/F, Siu Ming Building, 50 Kau Yuk Rd | +852 2716 7800
Cambo ขุนทอง — Tsim Sha Tsui
Cambo ขุนทอง is a popular choice amongst Hong Kong’s Thai food enthusiasts. The restaurant creates authentic Thai food with the freshest ingredients, their Raw Prawn Sashimi, Green Curry Soft-Shell Crab with Baguette, and Hainan Chicken in Thai Style are just a few of the must-try dishes to tuck into. The restaurant has an overall relaxed atmosphere, making this modern Thai eatery a perfect spot to spend an evening with friends.
Shop L403, 4/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2718 6022
THAI THAI Restaurant — Jordan
THAI THAI is local favourite situated at the heart of Jordan and they have everything in their menu to satisfy your tastebud. For starter, try their bestseller snacks – Squid Cake with Salted Egg Yolk and Ink Squid Cake with Preserved Egg. Next, for mains, you’ll enjoy crowd pleasers such as Crab and Vermicelli in Pot, Thai Roasted Chicken, and Tom Yum Kung. They also have plenty of iced drinks and alcoholic beverages to pair with the dishes. And last but not least, enjoy some freshly prepared desserts such as Sago Coconut Pudding or Mango Sticky Rice to finish your meal.
Shop B-D, G/F, Wing Kwok Centre, 182 Woosung St, Jordan | +852 2779 8989
Samsen — Sheung Wan & Wan Chai
Samsen is a Michelin-recommended Thai street food style restaurant that serves up a variety of gratifying, pared-down dishes. Despite its spacious dining area that offers plenty of seating, Samsen seems perennially crowded during lunch and dinner hours, as it’s frequented by local workers near both of its branches. Signature dishes on offer include Spicy Chopped Duck & Thai Herb Salad, Wagyu Beef Boat Noodle Soup, and Crabmeat & Spring Onion Omelette.
Sheung Wan: G/F, 23 Jervois St, Sheung Wan | +852 2234 0080
Wan Chai: G/F, 68 Stone Nullah Ln, Wan Chai | +852 2234 0001
Sip Song — Repulse Bay
Thai food by the beach? Sounds about right. Sip Song is a unique Thai restaurant situated at Repulse Bay that serves Bangkok street food style dishes. The restaurant’s fun and laid-back atmosphere, paired with the brightly coloured setting make it the perfect place to settle in for an afternoon of easy beachside drinking and fresh seafood – think Jungle Curry Clams, Charcoal Grilled Squid Skewers and Soft Shell Crab Curry, topped off with Coconut and Corn Ice Cream and Thai-inspired cocktails.
Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay | +852 2328 8385
Mak Mak — Central
This Landmark Thai food destination features a shop front that resembles a classic Thai grocery store, behind which is an airy 60-seat Thai residential-style dining area. Its menu features a broad selection of traditional and contemporary Thai dishes and many vegetarian choices. With its prime location, Mak Mak is a great place for a takeaway meal, while the restaurant offers a cosy setting for guests to enjoy tasty Central Thai cuisine.
Shop 217A, 2/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Rd Central, Central | +852 2983 1003
Header image credits: Ruam