9 of the best SE Asian restaurants in Hong Kong Baby soft shell crab in rice paper rolls at Ayuthaiya

9 of the best SE Asian restaurants in Hong Kong

From Som Tum to Banh Mi here's where to eat the best Thai and Vietnamese food in the Fragrant Harbour.

Hong Kong's dining scene is forever innovating, taking the best bits of food from its neighbours and delivering them in new and innovative ways. The Thai and SE Asian restaurants in the city are definitely no exception. Here are our favourite SE Asian restaurants in Hong Kong right now...


Looking for a unique Thai restaurant, or craving Asian-inspired cocktails with spicy bites? Ayuthaiya provides a contemporary twist on Thailand’s traditional cuisine, accompanied by its chic décor. Come with a friend or two and kick back in the lounge as you choose from innovative dishes that are so different, yet so Thai. Steamed salmon dumplings with red curry sauce, garlic tamarind chili cod, why not? The lunch, dinner, brunch and drinks menu that never disappoints. ayuthaiya.com.hk

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Chachawan Isaan Thai and Bar

Sweet, salty, sour and spicy – Chachawan serves up sensational flavours from Thailand’s north-eastern region of Isaan. Beat the heat this summer with braised salted Wagyu beef ribs and fresh lime, marinated char-grilled chicken, and a dish called Yum Khao Neam Tort which blends cured pork, crispy rice and red peanuts with a kick. Put out the fire with an ice-cold Thai beer and you are ready to try the next dish. Most specialities are spicy, so remember to specify your preference when ordering. www.facebook.com/chachawan.hongkong

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Chôm Chôm

Soho’s buzzing Vietnamese bar just got better with an extended happy hour and free-flow beer from Wednesdays to Sundays from 5 to 7pm. Wash down barbecued pork ribs, triple pork Banh Mi sandwiches and Vietnamese fried chicken (‘VFC’) by the bucket with a regional beer or two. Bia Hanoi, 333 and Saigon are all popular choices. And if you are hungry for more, Shaking Beef, wok-fried tenderloin topped with watercress and rocket salad, comes with fragrant jasmine rice which will fill you up the right way. www.chomchom.hk

Chili crab at Fatty CrabChili Crab at Fatty Crab

Fatty Crab

Hidden on Old Bailey Street, Fatty Crab serves up Southeast Asian-inspired fare with a dash of New Yorker attitude. Mid-week deals get through the week: on Tuesdays get a 10% discount off your bill if you don’t check your mobile at any point during your visit, enjoy all-you-can-eat pork and veggie buns at the bar on Wednesdays from 6pm and on Thursdays there is late-night happy hour from 11pm to 1am. www.fattycrab.com.hk

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Mango Tree

Your journey into the world of Thai cuisine begins as soon as you arrive at Mango Tree where the earthy décor echoes the menu’s naturalistic approach. The restaurant is celebrating its second birthday offering some of its classics including: curry noodle with prawns, sweet chili sea bass fillet, grilled rib-eye with green curry, crispy oyster omelette and smoked salmon salad with green mango. Its also great for afternoon tea from 3-6pm. www.mangotree.com.hk

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Café Siam

Bib Gourmand-worthy Café Siam presents the best of classic Thai specialities every Sunday from 6.30 to 10.30pm, a great opportunity to get the whole family together around the dinner table without doing any of the cooking yourself. Start with spicy green papaya salad or chicken wrapped in pandanus leaves, then savour basil chili clams, wok-fried beef with fresh peppercorn and shallot, and last but not least, Pad Thai. Enjoy complimentary Thai tea, fresh lime soda and other soft drink refills. www.cafesiam.com.hk

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Spices Restaurant at Repulse Bay

Part of the Peninsula group, Spices Restaurant at Repulse Bay boasts an expansive terrace facing one of Hong Kong’s most iconic beaches. Have a seat outside, or indoors amidst Southeast Asian-inspired décor, and get ready to experience the diverse flavours of a food-obsessed region. Signature dishes from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia and beyond take you on a delicious journey of aromas, colours and culinary traditions. www.therepulsebay.com

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Thai Fish at ArunThai Fish at Arun

Arun Thai

Located in K11, Arun Thai echoes the art mall’s innovative spirit to present contemporary specialities with a twist. After shopping in bustling Tsim Sha Tsui, kick back in Arun Thai’s idyllic alfresco dining area and choose from healthy Thai dishes that burst with freshness and distinctive flavours. From the banana flower salad with chicken, king prawns chili and cashews, to twice-cooked duck in red curry and grilled barbecue pork fillet, every dish can be paired with wonderful wines and invigorating cocktails. www.arunthai.com.hk

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Koh Tomyums

A day trip to Lantau Island is not complete without lunch or dinner on D Deck, where international restaurants and bars offer a gourmet experience far from downtown Hong Kong. Cool off with a fresh mango juice at Koh Tomyums, munch on deep-fried prawn starter, as you ponder which signature curry to order. Try the pork stew, whole fish or fried rice, always a crowd- pleaser. The beach view simply makes your meal that much better. www.ddeck.com.hk