A British comfort food staple, here’s where we like to go for fish and chips in Hong Kong, including JW Marriott’s Fish Bar, Fish & Chick, The Chinnery and more…
Like a steaming bowl of phở or Japanese curry rice, fish and chips – bundled in newspaper – is one of the most beloved comfort foods. When batter-fried white fish meets thick-cut spud, what results is simple yet transcendental. So, whether you’re in search of classic chippy offerings that stick to tradition or novel interpretations of the cherished original, here’s our pick of the best fish and chips in Hong Kong, including Fish & Chick, JW Marriott’s Fish Bar, The Chinnery and more…
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Chip In Fish & Chips
Just a short walk away from the scenic public pier in Sai Kung, Chip In offers a range of butties, battered treats and even a modest vegetarian selection to be found on the royal blue menu. But it’s really all about the Signature Fish and Chips complemented, to your preference, with a craft beer brewed locally in Hong Kong. For dessert, indulge in a slice – or doughy dumpling – of Americana right here in Hong Kong by way of the deep-fried Oreo.
Chip In Fish & Chips (Hung Hom), Unit 28, G/F The Vantage, 63 Ma Tau Wai Road, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, 9452 3373
Chip In Fish & Chips (Sai Kung), Shop 11, G/F, 9 King Man Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 6418 6575, www.chipin.com.hk
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The Chinnery At Mandarin Oriental
Named after English painter George Chinnery, renowned for his historically significant meditations on daily life in colonial India, Macau, and Hong Kong, The Chinnery adopts a narrow focus on canonical British cuisine. On a menu that celebrates icons, you can trust that the fish and chips is not far behind – and The Chinnery’s version shows studied expertise. The Atlantic cod fish fillets are bathed in a batter enlivened with Boddingtons ale, then fried to a light crisp and plated with hand-cut chips and the customary tartare. Wash it down with a prized single malt whisky – The Chinnery has one of the most lavish libraries in the world – or a chilled draft beer served in a sterling silver tankard.
The Chinnery, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4009, www.mandarinoriental.com
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Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar At The Landmark Prince
Far from your typical seaside fish and chips shack, Dot Cod offers a rarefied dining experience in the heart of Central. Featuring a ceiling-high aquarium housing an assortment of tropical fish, the restaurant makes it plain and clear that seafood is the order of the day here. Dot Cod elevates the humble Fish & Chips with sauce gribiche (a cold egg sauce in French cuisine, traditionally finished with chopped pickled cucumbers, capers, parsley, chervil and tarragon), mushy peas and thick-cut fries.
Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Level B4, The Landmark Prince, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 6988, www.dotcod.com
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JW Marriott’s Fish Bar
Tucked amid lush greenery and the Hong Kong’s towering sky scrappers, head to five-star JW Marriott for a poolside treat. Blithely delight in your plate of seafood by the glistening turquoise water at the luxury hotel’s open-air Fish Bar, where its fresh catch is sourced sustainably daily and prepared with meticulous care. Pair your plate of fish and chips with a cocktail from the adjacent Pool Lounge.
Fish Bar, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2810 8366, www.marriott.com
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Fish & Chick
While haddock may be regarded as the platonic ideal for a quality fish and chips, Fish & Chick reveals diverse expressions of the classic comfort food. Take your pick from a diverse selection of fish, ranging from seabream, monkfish, barramundi, hoki, halibut, sea bass and flounder, to accompany your fried-to-perfection chips. For diners looking to avoid fish, Fish & Chick also serves a friendly fish-free fish and chips made using tofu. At the Kennedy Town location, the praya-side view and gentle sea breeze – salting your plate for an added savouriness – turns Fish & Chick into one of the more premium fish and chips experiences in Hong Kong.
Fish & Chick (Kennedy Town), Shop 6, 25 New Praya Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2974 0088
Fish & Chick (Sai Ying Pun), 27 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2973 6500, fishandchick.oddle.me
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Introduced by British settlers probably around the end of the 19th century, New Zealand, too, stakes its claim on fish and chips. While contemporary chippies in New Zealand often offer eclectic accompaniments like tongdak and spring rolls along with fish and chips, Hong Kong’s own Kiwi-style chippy and fishmonger, Hooked, keeps it fairly traditional. The battered hoki and blue cod emerge as standouts from the menu for their flakey fish and light-as-air coating. Paired with a scoop of regular or kumara (Māori for sweet potato) chips, and you’ve got yourself a parcel of some of the very best, fuss-free fish and chips in town.
Hooked, 80-88 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2915 1118, hooked.hk
Rajasthan Rifles At The Peak Galleria
Located at The Peak, Black Sheep’s Rajasthan Rifles is deemed one of Hong Kong’s best restaurants to sample South Asian cuisines. Helmed by acclaimed Chef Palash Mitra, the family-friendly restaurant translates the culinary inventions of the colonial mess hall into story-driven dishes executed with finesse. Among artfully rendered morsels like keema pav, butter chicken and tandoori seekh kebab, the menu also features an understated Anglo-Indian Fish ‘N’ Chips. Fitting in with the Indian-inspired narrative, the batter for the seabass fish goujonettes is scented with ginger and Tellicherry pepper, while the chips sustain a sprinkling of masala.
Rajasthan Rifles, G/F, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2388 8874, www.rajasthanrifles.com
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White Beard Fish & Chips
There’s something about a botched riff or ill-fated “elevation” of a comfort food classic that wounds the soul, unravelling fond sense-memories with just one bite. Fortunately, at Peel Street’s White Beard Fish & Chips, the creative takes on fish and chips avert disaster and land on their feet. Among the inspired renditions, the Red Hot Chilli Fish and Chips is especially popular for its addition of heat to the salt, fat, and acid of a typical fish and chips. On the other hand, the Tom Yum Fish and Chips does more than pay lip service to the bright and herbaceous flavours of central Thai cuisine. For the less experimental, opt for White Beard’s Signature Fish & Chips.
White Beard Fish & Chips, G/F, 55A Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2803 0082, www.facebook.com/Whitebeardfishandchips
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Editor’s Note: “The Best Fish And Chips In Hong Kong” was most recently updated by Team Sassy in December 2022.
Main image courtesy of Fish Bar, image 1 courtesy of Chip In Fish & Chips, image 2 courtesy of Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, image 3 courtesy of Fish & Chick, image 4 courtesy of Rajasthan Rifles via Instagram.