It's not cheap, but this authentic Irish bar is worth a visit. The crowds are heaving when a big rugby or soccer game hits the huge television screen, but the cozy corner seats offer some privacy for chats and cuddling. Occasional poetry evenings are held in the bar area and of course St. Patrick's night is always a night to remember. Friday night is music night. The menu includes stews, potatoes and pies, followed by thick puddings and, of course, pints of Kilkenny.
Located in the Grand Hyatt, Grissini's is one of the top Hong Kong restaurants for business lunches and dinners. Vast black marble columns, colonnaded arches and geometrical wooden flooring create an elegant atmosphere in which to sample creamy risottos, baked sea bass topped with black olives and pine nuts, as well as rack of lamb. Their collection of fine wines is quite impressive as well. The service is courteous and efficient and the dishes are perfect for those with an appetite and a big budget.
This restaurant is so high profile that it even has branches in Japan - the Johnson Road branch is the flagship eatery. But be prepared to pay premium prices if you plan on dining here as you can expect nothing less than an absolute feast. Just about every known - and unknown - Cantonese dish is available and you may find yourself having trouble deciding. Be prepared to spend some time lingering over the menu but know that at the end of every selection, is a satisfied diner.
Yardbird is a modern yakitori eatery. The restaurant is the brainchild of chef Matt Abergel, whose repertoire includes establishments like Massa in New York and Zuma in Hong Kong. In fact, Yardbird does have a distinct New York City vibe with its sleek, minimalist lines and black-clad servers. Though Yardbird does offer a variety of chicken skewers, the menu also has dishes that use each and every part of the bird - neck, wings, skin et al. Stand-out items on the restaurant's menu include the chicken breast skewers, the chicken meatball served with an egg yolk dipping sauce, the kimchi fried cauliflower and the crispy chicken fried rice. Also on offer are innovative, expertly mixed cocktails like Whiskey Lemonade and a variety of wine, sake and beer.
Favored for top social gatherings, Gaddi's offers both traditional and seasonal French cuisine. Specialties include Deep-fried Langoustine and Roast Bresse Coquelet. Here, a regular dish like Sole gets dressed up with a ritzy sauce of salmon and caviar. A wide selection of French wines is also available. Located on the first level of The Peninsula, it's a fine restaurant in which to enjoy classic cuisine in classical surroundings.
An old favorite with expatriates, especially the British, Jimmy's has been established for more than 70 years. The wider choice of Asian dishes has been attracting a more cosmopolitan crowd over recent years. Comfortable and private, the booths provide seclusion without destroying the slightly old fashioned atmosphere. Just about everything on the menu works, from the heavy European fare, such as borscht, roasts, goulash and bangers and mash, to the more esoteric Asian dishes. Meatless options mean vegetarians will not go hungry and the children's menu is extensive. An additional location is at 29 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.