CHINO’S CHICKEN & EGG TOSTADA
Former Nobu InterContinental Hong Kong chef Erik Idos opened his Japanese-meets-Mexican effort Chino with no PR agency, in an out-of-the-way district (Kennedy Town) and following in the footsteps of that dreaded no-reservations trend. It didn’t matter. His chicken tinga and egg tostada continues to dominate Instagram.
Style it: Top down, at a slight angle – you want to see that full moon of a yolk, but also get a bit of that shredded chicken and guacamole to peek out from the side.
Suggested hashtags: #chinohk #whichcamefirstchickenoregg #noreservations #tostada #eggcellent
KISHOKU’S UNI GUNKAN
The majority of Kishoku’s customers go for the omakase set, but even when the chef’s choosing, you can be sure there’ll be a gunkan with a mound of sea urchin shovelled atop. It’s sweet, briny and substantial – everything an uni lover could ever want.
Style it: Low and from the side, so everybody knows just how big and soaring your tower of uni is. Hurry, before it topples!
Suggested hashtags: #kishoku #uni #sushi #leaningtowerofurchin
TATE DINING ROOM’S ZEN GARDEN
The end to a meal both aesthetically and gastronomically pleasing is this Zen garden replica, which is entirely edible, from the sugary “sand” to the black sesame macaroon or panna cotta “rocks”. For the debut of her catering business, Butler, chef-owner Vicky Lau also created a life-sized version of the garden – just as tasty but, thanks to the attention it garnered, not so easy to Instagram.
Style it: Go helicopter style from the top, and since Tate is only open for dinner, you may have to obnoxiously ask a friend for a little phoneflashlight action.
Suggested hashtags: #tatediningroom #zengarden #asias50best #ediblestories
THE CHAIRMAN’S STEAMED FRESH FLOWER CRAB WITH AGED SHAOXING WINE, FRAGRANT CHICKEN OIL AND FLAT RICE NOODELS
This boozy crab dish is named to sell. Flower crab? Good. Shaoxing wine? Good. Fragrant chicken oil? Very good. Flat rice noodles … you get the point. And the point is, this dish lives up to its hype among food lovers, at a prime destination for escorting tourists who know their Cantonese food.
Style it: A low side shot means you’ll get ample room in the frame for those scrolls of noodles while also making contact with the cute beady eyes of the crab. If you’re going to eat him, the least you can do is look him in the eye.
Suggested hashtags: #thechairmanhk #feelingcrabby #drunkinlove
8½ OTTO E MEZZO BOMBANA’S ALBA WHITE TRUFFLE MENU
White truffle isn’t available year round, but come early winter, it indisputably dominates social media. At 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, you’ll see chef Umberto Bombana travelling between tables all through dinner service, tableside truffle-shaving having become his fulltime occupation as he grates the expensive fungus over eggs, risotto, pasta, ice cream and more.
Style it: Once the truffles have landed generously atop your dish, you won’t even know what lies beneath. Ready your camera and go for an Instavideo – there’s nothing sexier than watching those flakes fall.
Suggested hashtags: #ottoemezzo #truffles #everydayimtrufflin
SUNDAY’S GROCERY’S SCOTCH EGG SANDO
Brunch on Sundays is prime social-media time, and the sublime simplicity of this takeaway dish makes it a magnet for “likes”. A perfect soft-boiled egg is encased in sausage, breaded, fried, stuffed in a bun and then halved to show a stunningly oozy cross section.
Style it: Make sure that yolk is on display, and see if you can work in the colourful crate seating that flanks Sunday’s Grocery.
Suggested hashtags: #sundaysgrocery #scotcheggsando #yolkporn #sundaysarebetterthanothers
CARBONE’S SPICY RIGATONI VODKA
Lack of natural lighting aside, Carbone is an eminently Instagrammable restaurant, from the Zac Posen-designed burgundy waitstaff uniform to the gangsterluxe interiors to the artfully crumbled chunks of cheese served (for free!) at the beginning of each meal. And while pasta is not normally the most photogenic of foods, the signature Spicy Rigatoni Vodka has a strong presence in cyberspace.
Style it: Get real close so you can see all the grated cheese, the grooves that run along the tubular pasta, and all that luscious sauce. But make sure to leave some of the clean plate in the shot so it’s not all just a hot mess.
Suggested hashtags: #carbonehk #vodkashot #carbcrazy #pastaparty
THE ENVOY’S DINOSAUR
And you thought dinosaurs came before the age of Instagram. One of The Envoy’s signature cocktails is based on the non-alcoholic drink called the Milo Dinosaur, invented in Singapore as a typical Milo chocolate drink with spoonfuls of Milo powder on top. This naughty version is spiked with vodka and Godiva chocolate liqueur, but still has the requisite Milo powder.
Style it: Thanks to a beautiful cracked-egg vessel, you can shoot this drink from pretty much any angle, but make sure you can see some of that choco powder.
Suggested hashtags: #theenvoyhk #milodinosaur #cocktailhour #drinkdrankdrunk
LITTLE BAO’S ICE CREAM BAO
Doesn’t matter how simple the concept is – and in this case, it’s very simple – as long as it’s iconic. Like a Hirst spot painting, Little Bao’s ice-cream sandwich inspires a little of that “I could do that at home” attitude, given it’s just a deep-fried mantou with ice cream and some sort of sweet sauce … but you didn’t do it. So you can shut up and Instagram it.
Style it: A side shot will show off all the layers nicely, especially the artful drips of caramel or condensed milk that inevitably run down the sides.
Suggested hashtags: #littlebaohk #icecreambao #justdesserts #baodown
GENIE JUICERY’S PRESSED JUICE CLEANSE
If you’re going to do a crazy thing like a juice cleanse, you sure as hell want people to know about it. Though Instagram might seem like a strange place to advertise your lack of consumption, given how much #foodporn inevitably appears on a feed (I mean, it’s called a “feed” for a reason), never has anyone embarked on a liquid diet without showing it off. And Genie Juicery’s pretty products make any photo look great.
Style it: Get creative! After all, you have all this time on your hands now that you don’t get to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. But we recommend an aerial shot, preferably styled with the colourful ingredients that form the basis of your juices. Which you can eat, afterwards … er, in three days’ time.
Suggested hashtags: #juicecleanse #geniejuicery #raw #healthy #painandsuffering
+Prestige Hong Kong
CHINO’S CHICKEN & EGG TOSTADA