Tucked away in a quiet corner of Hong Kong's Alexandra house, is the Italian restaurant and bar, 8.5 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. The restaurant which is associated with famed chef, Umberto Bombana, considered to be the best Italian chefs in Asia. This place has a well demarcated lounge and dining area also offers the truly awe-inspiring creations of well-known mixologist, Giancarlo Mancino. The menu at the restaurant features many of Bombana's signature creations, like lobster and mozzarella Salad in Caviar dressing, pumpkin ravioli, crispy pear tart and many white truffle anointed dishes. This place is immensely popular with Bombana's adoring fans, so why not try 8.5 Otto e Mezzo Bombana yourself? - Anjeeta Nayar
Bistecca is the Dining Concept group's Italian steakhouse offering and it is fashioned after a typical Italian butcher's shop. Keeping in line with this central theme, Bistecca's décor features exposed brick walls, an open kitchen which displays many fine cuts of meat and an assortment of meat cleavers which are bound to make a vegetarian extremely squeamish. The menu at Bistecca features a fine selection of cuts that hail from around the world. Each piece of meat can be prepared according to your preference and is combined with popular sides like mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and more. Additionally, the menu features a variety of salads, soups, and pastas for those diners who want to eschew the hearty steaks.
The Island Shangri-La is one of Hong Kong's top hotels and Petrus is one of its top restaurants. Specializing in French food, it scores high on service, quality of food and altitude. Located on the 56th floor, Petrus offers great views over Hong Kong. You have to be fairly solvent to enjoy the full range of the menu because on the 56th floor, food does not come cheap. À la carte is available, or you can opt for set menus ranging in price from HKD760 to HKD900. Jackets are required for men and no jeans are allowed! You can also bring your favorite poison; note that they levy a corkage fee for the same.
Paisano's, which has its roots in New York City, has been slowly and is expanding all over Hong Kong. The chain started off as its first outlet in Sai Kung in 2009 and now has outlets all over the territory. While some outlets are strictly take-away joints, Paisano's in Wanchai offers a dine-in option, though it may be crammed with pizza lovers attempting to get a slice or two. This place also has an assortment of large pies to offer, which can be purchased whole or by the slice. The pizzeria's offerings typically include the classic Margherita and the Hawaiian along with Paisano's own custom pies like the Manhattan Special, the Godfather and the Paisano's Pizza. Aside from pizza, the restaurant also offers hearty salads, pastas, calzones and huge sub-sandwiches which can be rounded off with a slice of its sinfully rich, New York cheesecake. - Anjeeta Nayar
Chiuchow Garden serves Chiu Chow cuisine, which is a variant of Chinese cuisine that originates from the Swatow district of the eastern Guangdong province in China. Chiu Chow dishes typically feature flavorful sauces and preparations that feature duck and goose. Furthermore, this place is a big, noisy, family-style restaurant that is a part of chain which is owned by the famous Hong Kong hospitality group, Maxims. The restaurant is set up as a classic Chinese banquet and features luxe furnishings like velvet trimmings and sparkling chandeliers. Chiuchow Garden also specializes in Chinese dim sum, which is locally called yum cha. Other items they offer are cha siu bun (barbecue pork bun), har gow (shrimp dumplings), mushroom cheung fun (steamed rice parcels), oyster congee and much more. - Anjeeta Nayar
The Maxims Group of restaurants operates numerous restaurants, cafes and bakeries all over Hong Kong. However, its dim sum hall at City Hall ranks among the city's best loved and highly ranked dim sum spots. So, it is no wonder that restaurant is often flooded with eager diners during peak hours. Maxim's Dim Sum at City Hall offers the ambience of an old world Hong Kong dim sum restaurant adorned as it is with large sparkling chandeliers, closely packed tables and dim sum carts that are pushed by the erstwhile 'dim sum ladies'. These carts also offer English labels for the many small eats that they transport, so this feature is much appreciated by English-speaking diners. The menu at the restaurant changes daily, but usually features favored dim sum fare like char siu bao, cheung fun, shu mai amongst others. - Anjeeta Nayar
China Club's ambiance harks back to the golden age of the city of Shanghai, and is housed in the Old Bank of China building. Operated as a members-only exclusive club, the restaurant is adorned with expensive Chinese art and antiquities, old-fashioned marble topped tables and other archetypal accouterments. Founded by renowned entrepreneur, Sir David Tang, the Hong Kong China Club has siblings in cities like Singapore and Peking and offers a menu that features several Cantonese cuisine favorites like char siu (barbecued pork), stir fried tripe in XO sauce and Peking duck along with a wide variety of dim sum. The China Club extends over two levels and is equipped with a bar that features live music in the evenings. -Anjeeta Nayar
So Bali Bali brings the traditional foods of Indonesia's Hindu enclave to Hong Kong's Soho district. This homey restaurant which is adorned with an assortment of beautiful Indonesian wood carvings and is easily identifiable on Elgin Street thanks to its ornately carved doorway. The menu at So Bali Bali offers well known Indonesian eats like satays (barbecued meats served with a piquant peanut sauce), gado gado salad, soto ayam (traditional Indonesian chicken soup), popia kepiting (rice paper rolls), and other tasty choices. Also, this place offers various refreshing Indonesian beverages, like Es Cendol and Es Campur, which features popular ingredients, like Coconut Milk and Grass Jelly. - Anjeeta Nayar
Wakayama is tucked away in a quiet corner of the gargantuan IFC mall. This restaurant is the upscale effort of the popular Japanese ramen chain, Ajisen Ramen, which has numerous outlets all over Asia. Wakayama's décor is definitely more chic than that of a regular Ajisen Ramen outlet, and the restaurant exudes a refined, elegant vibe via subtle hues and delicate Japanese decorative accents. Wakayama specializes in Japanese noodle soups that feature a flavorful chicken or pork broth. Accordingly, the menu at Wakayama has favorites like Wagyu Beef Ramen, Pork Cheek Ramen and Pork Soft Bone Ramen. However aside from noodle soups, Wakayama also offers other Japanese delicacies like gyoza (pan-fried Japanese dumplings) and karaage (deep fried chicken). -Anjeeta Nayar
The French restaurant, Brass, is located in the heart of bustling Des Voeux Road, a crowded, intensely commercial street in Hong Kong. The restaurant sports elegant décor that features a prominent long bar and a decorative screen that shows classic black and white movies. The menu at Brass showcases the creations of its award-winning chef, Mikael Le Calvez, and features hearty French fare like Duck Foie Gras with Green Lentils and beef bourguignon, which are offered with a variety of typical French sides. -Anjeeta Nayar