Chef Safari: Simon Rogan

20 Sep 2021
2 min read

With a multitude of successful restaurants under his name, Simon Rogan is one of Britain’s most lauded chefs. In 2019, Rogan expanded his culinary empire to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, where his British-inspired cuisine is now equally as celebrated. The chef takes us on a gastronomic tour of his Asian culinary domain, sharing his favourite spots to drink and eat in Hong Kong.


“We have done some amazing collaborations with Vicky Lau (chef-owner of Tate Dining Room), and I have dined in her restaurant a few times. Her food is a marriage of French and Chinese executed in such a precise, elegant way, and most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious.”



“Chef Maxime Gilbert’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Écriture, has to be one of the best in Hong Kong. I’ve had the pleasure of dining here twice, and it has been incredible both times. Classic techniques with some Japanese influence and Chef Maxime’s modern touch make it a must in Hong Kong.”



“An amazing neighbourhood restaurant, Pici’s pasta is handmade and rolled daily, serving up a truly authenticate taste of Italy. Paired with a nice glass of Italian wine and a relaxed atmosphere, this is a great place to unwind and just enjoy fantastic cooking. Their tiramisu is not to be missed as well!”



“Since travelling to Hong Kong regularly, I’ve become a bit of a ramen lover, and this is one of my favourite spots. They are a little different as they use a chicken-based stock, resulting in a really umami and creamy broth paired with slightly chewy noodles and melt in the mouth pork. Delicious!”



“Another great reason to visit the Rosewood Hong Kong is Henry. Chef Nate Green serves up a southern-style steakhouse with incredible sides packed with flavour you won’t find anywhere else. He has an amazing meat locker with a vast variety of aged meats that gives you the meat sweats just looking at it!”



“I had one of the best meals in Hong Kong at The Chairman. Danny Yip’s modern and inventive take on classic Cantonese cuisine is in a league of its own. His philosophy  of using the best of the local ingredients is something that resonates with me, and I  have nothing but respect for the amazing achievements that head his way.”



Diplomat is a sharp and classy speakeasy headed up by John Nugent. He reimagines classic cocktails and their history with his personal touch. It is my go-to when I’m in the mood for something a bit classier yet relaxed.”



Coa’s ranking in the world and Asia’s best bars speaks for itself. Jay Khan’s traditional mezcal cocktails inspired by the flavours of Mexico results in a product that’s truly unique and inspiring. A must try in Hong Kong.”



“Gin is my tipple of choice, and I find the cocktails at Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour some of the most exciting and interesting in the field. A speakeasy located in the Landmark Atrium serves up a huge variety of different gins – you will not be short of choice whether you want something unique and different or classical.”



Foxglove actually the first cocktail bar I got taken to in Hong Kong and still one of my favourites. Live music with the low arching ceilings gives you that classic and classy feel, perfectly matched with fantastic whiskey and cognac-led cocktails.”



The Rosewood is my favourite building in Hong Kong. It’s absolutely stunning and has a cool New York sort of look about it, so it’s perfectly matched with the Darkside. A sophisticated Jazz bar headed by Arkadiusz Rybak serving up reimagined classic cocktails and some of the best bar nibbles in town.”


Images courtesy in order of appearance: Tate Dining Room, Écriture, Rosewood Hong Kong, The Diplomat, Rosewood Hong Kong