Level 3-4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
Two Michelin-starred Duddell’s needs no introduction for lovers of fine gastronomy. It’s renowned for serving up some of the best dim sum and authentic Cantonese dishes in the city, as well as providing a contemporary, vibrant arts space where Hong Kong’s creative crowd enjoy great food, drinks and conversation.
Duddell’s is quintessentially Hong Kong, drawing its name from the very street on which it resides – a street that was named after the 19th century auctioneer George Duddell, who owned much of the surrounding area (hence the hammer head in the restaurant’s logo). The creation of JIA Group founder Yenn Wong, Duddell’s boasts a striking interior that’s just as noteworthy as the food on your plate – a common theme found across all of the prolific restaurateur’s establishments.
Step into Duddell’s and you can almost imagine you’re entering the home of a savvy private art collector. Set over two stories with a dramatic travertine staircase joining the two spaces, Duddell’s combines a vibrant, chic dining room downstairs with a more casual and intimate upstairs salon. Comfortable yet chic, the salon provides the perfect space for diners to gather over tea or a round of cocktails and a delicious array of dim sum.
Whether you’ve popped by for an afternoon snack or for a complete dining experience, you’ll find exquisitely crafted dim sum and dishes by esteemed Cantonese chef, Fung Man-Ip. Fung is a respected force in the Cantonese culinary scene and has led the kitchen team in many of the city’s Michelin recognised restaurants. A Hong Kong native, Fung elevates classic recipes and techniques with modern touches to introduce a sense of refinement to authentic Cantonese cuisine.
The menu Fung prepares at Duddell’s is classic Cantonese. Dim sum dishes include abalone puffs with diced chicken, soft-boiled quail egg dumpling with shrimp and caviar, as well as a range of tasty rice rolls and buns.
Beware of filling up on the dim sum too quickly as you’ll miss out on a tempting selection of a la carte items. The offerings range from traditional Cantonese barbecued Iberico pork to fried local lobster with salted egg yolk, and warming soups featuring fresh and dried seafood that has been double-boiled for hours. To round out the Michelin-worthy dining experience, complement any meal with a round of vintage cocktails or classic old-world wines from the Duddell’s cellar.
Attention to detail expands beyond the food and beverage offerings. Pops of colour decorate the space with brightly upholstered furniture, plush carpets and luxurious metallic and gold accents. The vision was brought to life by London-based interior designer, Ilse Crawford. The airy venue is bathed in natural light that spills from the adjoining 2,200-square-feet garden terrace, which boasts a lush oasis among Hong concrete jungle. The terrace is slightly over planted for a comforting, homely feel.
With a philosophy that promotes the creative arts, Duddell’s offers a year-round art program. World-class exhibitions curated by prominent art personalities adorn the walls, while guests are invited to enjoy a series of art talks, performances, film screenings and workshops.
The innate attention to detail at Duddell’s is evident at every level, from the design concept, interior architecture and furniture, to Michelin-starred food, artisan cocktails, and even down to the smallest details in the graphics. This seamless blend of food, design and art lends itself to an unforgettable experience that is uniquely Hong Kong.