Everyone loves going out for a bite to eat, but finding a family-friendly restaurant can be tricky. Thankfully Hong Kong has many options that have managed to find the happy balance between a kid’s feast and a grown-up evening out, a relaxed vibe, and a space to play. Little Steps has put several venues across the city to the test with kids of differing ages, tweens, and parents for their ratings! Little Steps and their little helpers happily introduce the top ten family-friendly early dinners in Hong Kong, some even having play corners, coloring books, and special children’s menus.
Little Mario's is a boutique family-run pizza chain in Hong Kong. They serve Italian dishes using quality ingredients and fresh produce. They worked with a Michelin-star chef to create their mouthwatering menu. Little Mario's high-grade classification pizza flour, whole peeled tomatoes, Pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese are all imported from Italy to ensure an authentic flavor. They are growing super quickly, so expect to see two more openings across the city soon. You can choose from the traditional tomato, white, or cheese base pizza with a delicious array of toppings, including their signature truffle, Italian sausage, meat lover, cheese trio, and Margherita. There's a small selection of yummy Indian dishes, healthy salads, and a perfectly formed selection of pasta that the kids will love. Little Mario's runs pizza classes for kids; check dates with them before you book!
Little Mario’s, Kwun Tong +852 9458 9077, Park Island +852 5238 3195 or Kwai Hing +852 5543 2578, https://www.littlemarios.hk
Blend the fun buzz of an izakaya bar in Japan with century-old Nikkel cuisine from Peru, and you have TokyoLima. The pairing of Japanese and Peruvian cultures is a match made in heaven. The cuisine brings together Japan's love of seafood with the fresh yet punchy heat of Peruvian ingredients. Their interesting a la carte menu is served from 5 pm, so it's a great time to pop in for a bite with the kids. They can enjoy dishes from the kid's menu and enjoy the well-equipped play area, which, courtesy of TokyoLima, has a well-stocked sweety corner at weekends. The kid's menu has sushi, chicken skewers, pork belly buns, and of course, lots of ice cream. Moms and dads can share several small plates, including La Causa, a remix version of Peru's traditional terrine with beetroot causa, prawn tartar, rocoto mayo, prawn tempura, and charred avo. Try the Nithai black mussels with chorizo, coconut tiger's milk, mint, and lemongrass. If you can't choose, ask your server for the 'Please chef feed me' menu, and the chef will prepare dishes for the entire table!
TokyoLima, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2811 1152, https://tokyolima.hk/
Dockyard is a really fun dining experience for kids. The kids will love learning about different foods, building their own salads, or tucking into Guinness black-bun sliders. Nine independent kiosks offer a smorgasbord of incredible cuisine from around the world and serve some of Hong Kong's favorites, including delicious buttery dishes from India, delicate sushi rolls from Japan and fiery noodles from Thailand, a warming bowl of slow-cooked beef brisket with crispy bread and a beer and poke bowls for extra healthy options. Don't forget the chocolate chunk cookie skillet for dessert! Download and open the Dockyard app, place your order, and your meal choices are delivered to your table!
Dockyard, Level 1, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2252 5228, http://dockyardhk.com/
Head to Spiga and enjoy the flavors of Italy. Michelin-starred chef Bartolini has accumulated an impressive collection of nine Michelin stars across five restaurants. He's legendary for his signature techniques and home-style recipes crafted with authentic and fresh Italian ingredients. The chefs make fresh pasta each day, but if you are watching your carbs, they have delicious dishes such as roasted lamb shoulder, roast chicken, and slow-cooked pork belly. Spiga has a hearty kid's menu with favorite offerings from chicken and chips to pasta and pizza; they even get access to the dessert buffet! They'll be gifted coloring books and crayons to keep them occupied while mom and dad enjoy a chilled Italian vino or two. There is an outside terrace if you prefer al fresco dining.
Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queens Road, Central, +852 2871 0055, https://www.sandshospitality.com/portfolio/spiga
Frites is a firm favorite from Belgium at eight different locations across Hong Kong. Each restaurant is open every day for various specials such as Mussels Madness Monday, Wild Wagyu Wednesday, and Ribtacular Thursday. They use only the finest ingredients like USDA certified 1855 Black Angus beef, that's rich, buttery, and cooked to perfection. Kinkawooka Mussels sustainably source the mussels from the cold, crystal clear waters of Southern Australia cooked in various sauces, including best-loved moules marinière or the modern take on Laksa with coconut cream, white wine, lemongrass, and kaffir lime in an aromatic curry sauce. If you'd prefer something more casual and relaxed, Frites is your place. There's a kid-pleasing menu for the little ones, with spaghetti bolognese, mini burgers, and fish and chips.
Frites, various locations throughout Hong Kong, www.frites.hk
Discovery Bay's family-friendly restaurant, Zak’s, is the largest on the oceanfront, boasting almost 500 square meters of alfresco terrace with a relaxed resort-inspired vibe. Zak's is over two levels with three defined areas on the lower deck serving delicious Asian flavors, freshly caught seafood, and Western favorites. The kid's menu is packed full of their favorite dishes, including Zak's chicken fingers, Captain Scupper's fish bites, Mexican beef tacos, and delish mini cheeseburgers. Finish with the ultimate chocolate sundae with chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, and vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot fudge sauce. You’ll be able to delight the kids with the daily Disney fireworks when they return later this year. Zak’s affords you a complimentary ferry ride back to Central Pier 3 if you spend over HK$120.00. Simply tap your Octopus cards at the DB Pier turnstile within 90 minutes of offer activation.
Zak’s, G04, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, +852 2987 6232, http://casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/zaks
Beef & Liberty has numerous locations across Hong Kong. They are obsessed with the perfection of their burgers, whether they are made from the finest beef patties or the plant-based The Impossible™ burger patties made from plants that are vegan, gluten-free, and more sustainable for our planet. Although they don't have a kid's menu, that doesn't matter; they will devour everything on the menu and still have room for apple and raspberry crumble or warm skillet cookie and cream. Little Steps recommends the Stanly restaurant if you have the kids in tow; it's ideally located for the kid's playground and a big open plaza to run free when they get restless. Join the Beef & Liberty ‘Society’ for monthly perks, privileges, and some fun freebies; the more points you earn unlock even more rewards!
Beef & Liberty, various locations across Hong Kong, https://www.beef-liberty.com/
Doesn’t every kid love a steak or hamburger? Morton’s prides itself on great food and exceptional hospitality with restaurants worldwide, including Hong Kong. Morton's was founded over four decades ago from a love of hamburgers. Since day one, they’ve used the same beef and seafood suppliers; they serve only the best USDA prime-aged beef. The menu bursts with flavor and includes dishes such as the center-cut filet mignon or a prime pork chop served with sour cream mashed potatoes, their very naughty bacon and onion macaroni loaded with cheese or smoked gouda and bacon au gratin. Finish with their legendary sundae or hot chocolate cake. In bustling Kowloon, Morton’s is located in a prime harbor-side location in the world-class Sheraton hotel.
Morton’s Steakhouse, The Sheraton Hotel & Towers Fourth Level 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2732 343, www.mortons.com
You’ll know Feather & Bone as Hong Kong’s premium butcher. From the butcher’s counter experience where expertly trained butchers discuss your desired cuts and have them cooked to perfection to the deliciously curated menu, you are never short of yummy choices. If you are unsure, try their 'butcher's choice' platter for serious carnivores only; selections include house-made dishes, their signature cut of beef with a selection of side dishes and sauces and finished with a delicious dessert. If the kids are interested in cooking, you can learn how to butcher a whole lamb, make sausages from scratch, and master a tricky beef wellington. The classes are fun, and you can even enjoy a cheeky glass of wine throughout the class and over dinner.
Feather & Bone, various locations, +852 6313 0513, featherandbone.com.hk
The Landmark in the heart of Central is home to the world-famed Zuma. They lay out the red carpet for kids every day. The kids will love to feel grown up in Zuma and dine on the delicious cuisine, including chicken yakitori with baby leeks, salmon teriyaki fillet with pickled cucumber, California rolls with premium blue crab, avocado, and tobiko, and the Barley miso marinated baby chicken oven roasted on cedarwood. Round up dinner with one of their yummy desserts, like the warm Hokkaido cheesecake with caramel cracker and sakura amaou sorbet. The dishes are authentic with bold, intense flavors. Choose from seating on the garden terrace or in the dramatic lounge.
Zuma, Landmark Level 5 & 6, 15 Queen's Road. Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388, https://zumarestaurant.com/locations/hong-kong/