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.
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.
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.
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.
Many locals frequent this open-fronted, high profile Italian bar-cafe in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. The drink menu here consists of mainly old favorites, all of which are made by friendly bartenders. Lunch here consists of light Mediterranean dishes, crisp salads and freshly prepared seafood. Additionally, dinner is served here until midnight, making this a very popular eatery for late-night diners.
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.
Maxim's Palace City Hall is a dim sum lover's delight. Its traditional decor is complemented by its authentic service where freshly prepared dishes are carted around in trolleys. Their massive dining hall, which is always bustling with people, is elegant with huge chandeliers and large windows. Savor their delicious Cantonese delights and dim sum options which have won several awards over the years.
Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar is an informal restaurant that is a popular after work hangout in the business heavy Central district. Dot Cod sports a casual minimalist look that features fish tanks and several Giacometti-inspired sculptures which serve as lighting accents. The menu at Dot Cod, as its name suggests, features much seafood and fish and includes various small bites along with hearty mains. Notable items on the menu include the Cajun Dusted Calamari, the Crab and Sweet Corn Soup, Crab Cannelloni and Butter Roasted Fillet of Beef. Additionally, Dot Cod also offers a variety of fresh catch dishes which can be prepared according to your individual tastes and preferences. -Anjeeta Nayar
Pierre Gagnaire, one of the masters of modern French cuisine, took the helm of his own restaurant at the decadent Mandarin Oriental - so far, the restaurant has received many plaudits including a coveted Michelin star. The restaurant specializes in French cuisine with a unique, Gagnaire twist and is a must-visit for any serious gourmands. Be sure to reserve well in advance.
This is not your average dining experience - in fact, this is one of the most lavish and unique dining experiences you can ever have. The Krug Room seats a maximum of twelve and these lucky diners can watch the drama unfolding in front of them - the intricate preparation of the food, the cooking and the serving. There is no menu as the chef makes whatever takes his fancy on the evening of the event. There is a huge selection of Krug champagnes for diners to choose from; the biggest selection outside of France. Reservations are essential.
Sevva is the brainchild of Hong Kong restaurateur, Bonnie Gokson, who has converted a sprawling penthouse atop an upscale fashion mall, the Prince’s Building, into one of Hong Kong’s most highly coveted nightspots. The stunning Sevva extends over twenty-two thousand square feet and is partitioned into diverse dining spaces. The Taste Bar serves up a dazzling array of wines and cocktails along with eclectic finger foods; the Harbourside is an elegant dining room where the menu features a mix of Western and Eastern dishes; and the Bankside offers a more formal dining setting. Sevva is also equipped with an immensely popular outdoor terrace which offers stunning views of the city’s business district and harbor.
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