Five Favourite Restaurants with Nathan Green, the new head chef at Spanish tapas joint, 22 Ships.
Celebrity chef Jason Atherton has staked a heavy claim to Hong Kong's high-end dining scene in recent years, with such well-received restaurants as Aberdeen Street Social (75%) and Ham & Sherry (70%) winning innumerable critical accolades and awards.
But his true gift is finding the ideal personalities to run each of them, and that's nowhere more apparent than at 22 Ships (74%). British chef Nathan Green leads the helm, a London-native who previously worked under such renowned names as Adam Byatt and Anthony Demetre. Here, the bearded chef gives us his top Hong Kong restaurants, from local favourites to special occasion spots.
The food is very creative and well-thought out. Vicky is a very interesting chef making some interesting dishes. It will be cool watching her food develop and grow over time; she's certainly going to be a big star here. I love no-choice tasting menus and I like to be surprised what a chef comes up with, because it’s such a great way to cook. The dining room is relaxed and bright. It’s always nice to see an open-kitchen and a calm service being run.
Adam's food is so tasty. I enjoy the lightness of the food. as well as watching the guys whilst they cook. It's awesome as they use completely different techniques from what I'm used to. It's also great value for money, and they serve really good craft beer.
My favourite hangout food spot, I love the atmosphere there as well as the yakitori and the extensive sake list. The team are awesome and very welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly. The corn fritter is maybe one of the best things I've tasted in a very long time.
A little Dim Sum shop near Sheung Wan station, full of locals really great dim sum if you go mid-week in the day there is no wait, you have to share tables it’s really authentic. You go in eat like a king and only spend $100, its great.
This is my later night spot of choice: great beer and tequila, plus being able to eat homemade tacos until 3am is awesome. I love the artwork in there, the drawings on the wall. The best bit is that it’s so hidden. It’s a great, lively place to hang out, and it’s become a hangout for chefs and waiters from other restaurants as well.