Sun Tung Lok – finest traditions
Sun Tung Lok has caused controversy amongst foodies around the world both for some of its ingredients, read shark’s fin, and also for a top rating from Guide Michelin many disagree about. Here at wbpstars.com we always say that if something is good it is good. And that is that. People all over the world say that you must be an expert in a specific type of cuisine to be able to judge it at all and yes, that is why we have our inspectors and our editorial staff with the deepest of understanding and knowledge of different cuisines and cultures from all over the world. So how good is Sun Tung Lok? It is a really good restaurant, but you have to be prepared for what you will get and have the right kind of expectations to truly appreciate it.
Sun Tung Lok is located on the fourth floor inside a shopping mall and that is certainly not where you usually find a top dining restaurant, but in Hong Kong everything is possible. The interior is somewhat sterile and strict and the ambience in the dining room is rather silent and not as it is at many other Chinese restaurants which can be lively, indeed.
This restaurant is a lot about traditions so you will have plenty of some of the best traditional Chinese Guangdong cuisine available anywhere. The original Sun Tung Lok was founded at the Causeway Bay Pennington Street Shop already in 1969. The restaurant was relocated to the Tsim Sha Tsui Mody Road Shop five years after its original opening and in 1981 the restaurant was moved again to Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour City Shop. The restaurant has been owned by the same Yuen family since its opening day and today it is managed by the third generation.
Executive Chef Yung Chan has almost four decades of traditional Cantonese Chinese cooking so he knows all there is to know about top Chinese cuisine. He has been working as the Chef of the restaurant for over 20 years and he is also involved in the cooking and supervising at the Beijing shop. There have been problems with inconsistency and lack of management when the Chef has not been present so hopefully will Chef Chan spend much more time in the Hong Kong shop from now on.
Sun Tung Lok aims at the posh clientele with a focus on the most exclusive typical Chinese luxury ingredients like the abalone and shark’s fin which are prepared in several different ways. The dedicated Chinese cuisine customers are prepared to spend some serious money on the right abalone and other expensive ingredients, but for people with little understanding of the best Chinese produce it will not make any difference and some of the high quotes can not be justified.
There are several signature dishes and the most famous one is the braised shark’s fin soup. It is one of the most exclusive dishes you can have at the restaurant, but it is questioned due to ethical reasons and westerners have big problems with appreciating the flavours. The Chef’s roast suckling pig stuffed with minced shrimp is recommended and the same with the braised prime rib of beef with house gravy which is delicious so you will have some great dishes as long as you make the right choices because all is not as good or worth the requested quote.
Sun Tung Lok is a perfect choice if you appreciate traditional Chinese cuisine with all of the most exclusive ingredients available, but it is not recommended for those looking for a somewhat more contemporary cuisine in a more laid-back environment.
Sun Tung Lok scored 80 points of 100 points in our rating system. View our Top 60 of the world. Back to the reviews.
Sun Tung Lok
4/F, D, Miramar Shopping Centre
132 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Phone: +852 2152 1417