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Eat Like a Chef: Adam Cliff of Samsen, Hong Kong

December 03, 2020

If you've been to Hong Kong, you've probably been to Samsen, the Thai restaurant known for its street food dishes (we're talking curry khao soi, Wagyu beef noodles and fluffy crab omelettes) – and, its queues out the door. For our latest edition of 'Eat Like A Chef', we caught up with Samsen's co-founder and chef-owner, Adam Cliff, to share his local food haunts with us. From his go-to coffee joint to favourite burger and pasta-maker, it's time to dig in.

NOC Coffee

NOC Coffee House

(Photo: Courtesy of @noccoffeeco/Instagram)

NOC have several locations around Hong Kong, one of which is within walking distance from Samsen Wanchai, so more often than not, it's my go-to coffee bar.

The coffee is some of the best in the city and the food is a great match, especially at their Sai Ying Pun and Whampoa locations where they have bigger menus available.

NOC Coffee, On Hing Mansion, shop 3A, G/F 2-4 Tai Wong St E, Wan Chai


Honbo Burger

(Photo: Courtesy of @honbo.hk/Instagram)

Opened a few years ago, Honbo quickly became my son and I’s favourite hamburger, period. It's very well thought out –from the thin patties to the potato flour buns, Honbo is one of the few burgers I can eat where I don’t leave feeling stuffed afterwards. 

Honbo, Wan Chai, Sun St, New Sun House, G/F, honbo.hk


Zuma Hong Kong

(Photo: Courtesy of @ZumaHK/Instagram)

Great for special events such as birthdays and date nights, Zuma consistently delivers high quality Japanese food. Unlike other Japanese restaurants that specialise in specific types of cuisine, Zuma is a good option for me as the menu is larger than most with a wide variety of sushi, tempura, grilled items and more.  

Zuma, Level 5 & 6, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, zumarestaurant.com

8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana 

otto e mezzo bombana

(Photo: Courtesy of 8 ¹⁄₂ Otto e Mezzo)

8 ¹⁄₂ Otto e Mezzo is always a good pick for a special occasion or date night. It's definitely on the pricier side but Bombana is a solid choice and they never fail to deliver. 

​8 ¹⁄₂ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Shop 202, 18 Chater Rd, Central, ottoemezzobombana.com/hong-kong

The Lounge at The Four Seasons Hotel

lounge four seasons hong kong

(Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hong Kong)

If you're after a full Sunday breakfast, The Lounge at Four Seasons Hong Kong is a great pick, and it almost feels like you're not in Hong Kong. It’s great for families as they have a decent-sized menu and something for everyone. Tip: Their bread is amazing – a must for carb-lovers.

The Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, fourseasons.com/hongkong


samsen hong kong dishes

(Photo: Courtesy of @SamsenHK/Instagram)

Whenever I feel like Thai food, I go to Samsen. I may be biased, but to me, it really is the best Thai food in Hong Kong! 

Samsen, 68 Stone Nullah Lane Wanchai / 23 Jervois St. Sheung Wan, samsen-hk.com

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