香 港 H O N G K O N G
Tate Dining Room
The newly-crowned Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef 2015 is at the helm of this nifty joint which constantly pushes the gastronomic envelope. Served in degustation portions, the subtly fusion cuisine that Vicky Lau prepares is bound to titillate your taste buds, though at a price.
59 Elgin Street | 2555 2172 | website
208 Ducento Otto
One of Bespokcracy's go-to Italian place for homely yet sophisticated staples decked out over 2 floors drenched in Manhattan's Meatpacking district vibe (it is a reformed meat warehouse after all). Magnolia's (recommended it is own right below) Lori Granito calls it "upmarket without being too 'poncey'".
208 Hollywood Road | 2549 0208 | website
Arguably the bellwether of casual dining in Soho, Matt Abergel formerly from Zuma injects his unique style into yakitori dining. It also doesn't hurt that its cocktail offerings are unique and pairs well with the skewers (Bloody Kim Jong-Il!). Its sister restaurant-bar, Ronin, is also recommended below.
33 Bridges St; 2547 9273 | website
There's always a line out here and deservedly and understandably so. This is Vietnam street eating gone Soho posh but laidback enough to qualify itself for a boys'/babes' night out. The cocktails are also fine-tuned to match the food.
58 Peel Street | 2810 0850 | website
Cafe Gray Deluxe
Perched like a crown on the top of Bespokcracy's favourite hotel in HK, The Upper House, its fare is not as fussy as its crowd and its drinks not as pretentious as its patrons. And if the view and/or the overall understated charm doesn't win you over , then you are one challenge that Bespokcracy wants to conquer.
49/f, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | 3968 1106 | website
Free flow sake cocktails for brunch. With Zuma food- also free flow. Need we go on?
5/f, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road, Central | 3657 6388 | website
Yu Man Fang 譽滿坊 (or Dim Sum to the expats)
The interiors is a throwback to colonial times but its traditional dim sum definitely is not reminiscent of any hangovers (maybe to cure it). If you want to have the best experience with Hong Kong's national food, we think you cannot go wrong with a specialist like Yu Man Fang.
63 Sing Woo Rd, Happy Valley 跑馬地成和道63號地下 | 2834 8893
Tai Yuen Dai Pai Dong 泰源大排檔
Embark on this schlep out to the boondocks that is the New Territories and you shalt be rewarded with the authentic experience of street food, HK style. This place is especially celebrated for its chicken congee which comes in claypots but its other small dishes are just as delectable. Washes down nicely with beer too!
Fo Tan East Food Market 火炭山尾街熟食市場 | 2697 3656
Ho Hung Kee 何洪記
Want Michelin-starred level of a favourite HK dish? Then come here for the wonton (essentially shrimp dumplings) noodles amidst a rowdy atmosphere that will remind you that you are truly in Hong Kong. Try this and it will set free your wanton gastronomic desires.
Shop 1204-1205, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣軒尼詩道500號希慎廣場1204-1205號鋪 | 2577 6060
Wing Hap Lung 永合隆
Another Cantonese delicacy you cannot miss and this is one of the best in town specializing in it, WHL serves up delicately prepared roast meat from duck to chicken to pork (char siu).
392 Portland St, Prince Edward 砵蘭街392號 | 2380 8511
Lung King Heen 龍景軒
The only 3-Michelin starred Chinese restaurant in the world doesn't rest on its laurels. Its continuously innovative and consistently superb Cantonese cuisine gives it its rightful place at the apogee of the temple of this complicated cuisine. Come for yum cha or dinner.
Podium 4, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central | 3196 8888 | website
Much is said about Hong Kong and is one of those few cities that truly lives up to all of it. It is easily one of our favourite cities- it is a little bit of Paris, a speck of London, and a whole dose of New York all rolled into this Asian island city. Hong Kong island is where expats get comfortable and the cuisines represented here manifest that. Kowloon is the tourist-poster Hong Kong where the neon lights illuminate the chaos and vibe that makes Hong Kong Hong Kong. There are also hidden gems in the outskirts that are worth a hike. Incidentally Hong Kong offers great hikes with its hilly and varied terrain. It is a city staunchly proud of her heritage but always accepting the future and the world with open arms. We want to say "be mesmerized "but we suspect you already are.
Even with the plethora of restaurant choices you are bombarded with, Bespokcracy highly recommends you squeezing in a private kitchen experience in Hong Kong. We reckon it would be a memorable one as this is rarely done (well) in Asia. Intimate, personal (chefs often come up to explain their dishes) and having the ability to BYOB with no corkage, there really is no better way to spend a long comfortable evening with quality company in an apartment-like setting. Book any of the below way in advance though. If only all our friends cooked this well...
Fa Zu Jie (Shanghaiese-French fusion). 1/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central | 3487 1415
Pomegranate (Mediterranean). 4B Sing Tech Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen | 2580 0663 | website
Ta Pantry (Modern French). 5/F, Blk C, Sea View Estate, No. 8 Watson Rd, North Point | 2521 8121 | website
Viral Fusion (Modern Cantonese). 13/F, Pearl Oriental House, 60 Stanley Street | 2667 5300 | website
Best strawberry daiquiris in town bar none. The members-only policy may be a little annoying but usually given a little effort (read: flirty smile), someone should be happy to bring you in.
9 Staunton Street | 2857 2586
Guess the name gives it all away but step inside and you will still be mystically enticed. It is sumptuously decked out with the ubiquitous crimson hues highlighting its burlesque personality. Its cocktails are amazing, as with the crowd on the weekends.
Basement, 65 Wyndham St | 2530 3870 | website
The sister sequel to Yardbird (as recommended above) is big on its whisky and Japanese-inspired boozy creations. Its wooden interiors set the tone for a classy evening and if you are hungry the food ain't too shabby either. Blink and you'll miss the entrance so don't afraid to ask for directions.
8 On Wo Lane | 2547 5263 | website
Ping Pong 129 Gintonería
It got its name from the venue's former reincarnation- a table tennis hall. Now it is an inspired Spanish gin bar with gin coming out of its ahem like ping pong balls. Set in the newest hip 'hood of Sai Ying Pun, its kooky interiors solidifies its cool-stalwart position. And as one of its installations loudly proclaims, "Gin O'Clock" has truly arrived in Hong Kong.
129 Second St, Nam Cheong Hse, Sai Ying Pun | 9158 1584 | website
This member's only club with its famous red lighting inside is famous (or is it notorious?) as a models' hunting ground for years now. The crowd, however, can get surprisingly friendly and the bar help are a loquacious bunch- maybe the drinks are that good. It does open up to the public after 2ish-am if you look the part and/or dress suitably.
39 Hollywood Road | 2543 8856 | website
Edgy DJs, crazy beautiful crowd, so much so you think everyone here has to be famous. And for Hong Kong, this is a massive space for all your debauched needs or just a simple crazy night out in this Manhattan of Asia.
1/F On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace | 6828 8936 | website
The Upper House
The doyen of sophistication, the benchmark of minimalist chic, etc- these are tags not flippantly attached to this property. It is sleek, its understated service reminds one of its famous sister in the same Swire group, Cathay Pacific and it is so cool you can hardly find the entrace. The price reflects all that it can offer and boy does it deliver. We also recommended its in-house restaurant, Cafe Gray Deluxe, above.
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | 2918 1838 | website | fr HKD5000 for an Studio 70 Island View room
The Luxe Manor
Its name is an unbridled proclamation of its own OTT, perhaps to fit into its neighbourhood which is spilling flagship luxury boutiques at every nook and turn. However once in your room you would appreciate all the luxuries it offers and more. It also houses a good Scandinavian restaurant FINDS.
39 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | 3763 8888 | website | fr HKD1400 for a superior room
Lanson Place Hotel
A cute little property tucked behind the frenzied streets of Causeway Bay and offers a little respite by having a nearby green and a few steps take you away from CWB. It is a true boutique but has all the usual dress-ups a business hotel has, with the reliable service to boot.
133 Leighton Road. Causeway Bay | 3477 6888 | website | fr HKD1600 for a superior room
The group behind this chic service-apartment-esque property in the middle of the action in Sheung Wan, has other praiseworthy properties in the area (Putnam 99 and The Bonham) but we are partial towards this because of the room size and the no-fuss and good-use-of-space design by Christian Liaigre.
89 Jervois Road | 3994 9000 | website | fr HKD2200 for a 1-bedroom suite
The Ritz Carlton at International Commerce Centre
Promoting big brand names doesn't quite run in line with Bespokcracy's philosophy but we had to recommend this last entrant purely for its view being located from floors 102 to 118 of HK's highest building. It also doesn't hurt that all of the 3 restaurants it houses are world-class, with views like no other, naturally. Rooms are large and service is the usual Ritz Carlton top-of-the-line.
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon | 2263 2263 | website | fr HKD4200 for a deluxe room
Felix by Philippe Stark (celebrity restaurant)
28/F Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon | 2969 6778 | website
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (celebrity restaurant)
Shop 315, 334 & 401, Landmark Atrium, 12 Des Veoux Road Central, Central | 2166 9088 | website
On Lot 10 (French restaurant) 34 Gough Street | 2155 9210
Taku (traditional Japanese restaurant) 35 Elgin Street | 2545 9966 | website
Sohofama (modern Chinese restaurant) G/F 35 Aberdeen St, PMQ | 2858 8238 | website
Oolaa (western contemporary/brunch) G/F Bridges Street, Centre Stage | 2803 2083 | website
Quinary (hip bar) 56-58 Hollywood Road | 2851 3223 | website
The Mira (cool boutique hotel) 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon | 2368 1111 | website
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