Expert recommendations for the best places to eat in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$).

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Lin Heung Tea House

Old-school dim sum in the heart of Central; noisy, atmospheric, filling, and cheap. Ground Floor, 160-164 Wellington St., Central; tel. 1 852 2544 4556.

Tsim Chai Kee

"Serving the quintessentially Hong Kong dish of wonton noodle soup; lunchtime means lining up behind office workers to wait for a shared table, but who cares when you get excellent food for a bargain price."—Nicole Lade, author of HK Cheap Eats. 98 Wellington St., Central; tel. 1 852 2850 6471.

$$

Man Jiang Hong

Spicy cuisine from southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan; plain décor, but overall some of the best Sichuanese in town. First Floor, 482 Hennessey Rd., Causeway Bay; tel. 1 852 2838 8811.

Chao Inn

Chiuchow cuisine in a family-style setting with great views from one of the harborfront skyscrapers that sprouted in Kowloon after the removal of height limits; dim sum is good value considering the location. 10th floor, 1 Peking Rd., Tsimshatsui, Kowloon; tel. 1 852 2369 8819.

City Hall Maxim's Palace

A classic in Central, with 50 huge round tables and some waterfront views; choose dim sum from trolleys and don't miss the desserts like sweet bean soups and mango pudding. Second Floor, City Hall, Central; tel. 1 852 2521 1303.

Spring Deer

This restaurant on the Kowloon side is known for its Peking duck, which is carved tableside. Décor is a little shabby but loyal patrons don't seem to mind. 42 Mody Rd., Tsimshatsui, Kowloon; tel. 1 852 2366 4012.

Peking Shui Jiao Wong

"Known for its Beijing-style dumplings, but also for its sweet and sour pork. Order the boiled dumplings, which are more delicate than the fried ones."—Susan Jung, food editor at the South China Morning Post. 118 Jaffe Rd., Wan Chai; tel. 1 852 2527 0289.

$$$

Farm House

Cantonese food at almost its finest; the chicken wings stuffed with glutinous rice are so popular that supplies run out, so pre-order them when booking a table. First Floor, A1A Plaza, 18 Hysan Ave., Causeway Bay; tel. 1 852 2881 1331.

Kin's Kitchen

"Cantonese food with flair, served in a pleasant and basic dining room; try the rose-smoked chicken or the stewed pomelo with skin intact. The dim sum is also excellent [Sunday only], especially the lotus-leaf rice."—Annabel Jackson, Hong Kong-based food writer. 9 Tsing Fung St., North Point; tel. 1 852 2571 0913.

Lei Garden

High-quality Cantonese cooking, part of chain with branches in North Point, Wan Chai, Tsimshatsui, and Mongkok; this one is in the waterfront mall above the Airport Express and beneath one of the ten tallest buildings in the world. Shop 3007-3011, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View St., Central; tel. 1 852 2295 0238. www.leigardenrestaurant.com

Veda

"High-end spin on Indian cuisine, cooked by chefs from the best hotels in India. "Guests can watch the kitchen action through a large window just above the tandoor. The buffet lunch is an excellent value."—Annabel Jackson. Ground Floor, 8 Arbuthnot Rd., Central; tel. 1 852 2868 5885.

$$$$

Bo Innovation

Chef Alvin Leung dishes up familiar Asian flavors in sometimes surprising forms; sit in a dining room or at the chef's table, the better to watch the self-styled "demon chef" work. Upper Ground Floor, 32-38 Ice House St., Central; tel. 1 852 2850 8371. www.boinnovation.com

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

An outpost of the French Michelin-starred chef's empire (a related tea room, Salon de Thé, is one floor down). Fourth Floor, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Rd., Central; tel. 1 852 2166 9000.

One-thirtyone

In a converted village house overlooking fish farms, chef Gary Cheuk offers prix fixe menus of European cuisine, with orders tailored to suit diners' individual tastes. Worth the trek from town. 131 Tseng Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung; tel. 1 852 2791 2684. www.one-thirtyone.com

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