Insider's Guide to Hong Kong

From his favourite beach to a Hemingway–inspired bar, Canadian chef Matt Abergel takes us to his favourite spots around the city.

Calgary–raised chef Matt Abergel has been drawn to Asian food since he was a kid, and after making sushi at the acclaimed Masa in New York, he moved to Hong Kong in 2009. There, he opened Japanese restaurants Yardbird and Rnin. “From the city’s work ethic, which makes me feel like less of a workaholic, to the community we’ve created through the restaurants, Hong Kong feels like home.”

Nov 17, 2017
  1. The Old Man

This Hemingway–inspired bar just opened around the corner from Yardbird, and it’s run by three industry professionals who use cool toys like a roto–evaporator that clarifies juice. They specialize in classic cocktails – the negroni is perfectly balanced – and play music from the 1960s and ’70s. 37 Aberdeen St., Central, 852–2703–1899,

The outside storefront of a restaurant.
   Photo: HKTB
  1. Sister Wah

I used to eat here when I was hungover, and it’s pure comfort food. The place is known for beef brisket noodle soup, which has a smooth and complex broth, but I also like the thin slices of marinated daikon that are served with chili sauce. It’s no–frills, but I love these little Hong Kong places that specialize in one thing. Shop A1, 13 Electric Rd., Tin Hau, 852–2807–0181

Teens skateboarding at a park.
   Photo: Dani Bautista
  1. Morrison Hill Road Playground

My daughter rides her bike and my son skateboards in this small park, while I try to make sure they don’t fall over too much. I also use it as my last chance to skateboard because I’m getting old. It’s in the middle of a busy neighbourhood between a community centre and a mosque, and there’s a snake run with different hills and curves. Corner of Morrison Hill Road and Sung Tak Street, Wan Chai

People lounging in the sand on a beach and wild cattle roaming around.
   Photo: HKTB
  1. Cheung Sha Beach

On Lantau Island, just an hour by boat from the Central Ferry Piers, this beach is a remote respite, with wild cattle and no noise or pollution. My family and I bring food to grill – stuff we can eat with our hands like corn and chicken wings – plus plenty of beer. South Lantau Road, Lantau Island