You won’t be hard-pressed to find larger-than-life romance in Hong Kong’s finest restaurants, thanks mostly to the incredible views so many deliver from their perches atop the city’s skyscrapers. Sometimes we all need a little help when it comes time to impress a date. Certain restaurants may please the tongue and fill the belly but don’t tug on our emotions. Here is a selection of Hong Kong’s best romantic dining spots can really impress a date.
The Orange Tree
A little piece of Europe awaits you at The Orange Tree in Central Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong. For over 17 years, The Orange Tree was run successfully by Chef Pieter Onderwater in Hong Kong’s Soho. Now, still led by Onderwater in its new location, The Orange Tree is back and better than ever before. Serving up the finest Dutch and European specialties, this restaurant invites you to experience a taste of the west in its chic, modern atmosphere.
Add: 5/F, Grand Progress Building 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2838 9352
Diners will find the atmosphere of Cafe Deco most unique and entertaining, as a jazz band plays in the background and lights from Victoria Harbour glisten below through the wall-to-wall windows. The intriguing Art Deco interior helps to create a sophisticated air. The waitstaff is friendly and efficient, and the menu selections are thoughtfully selected and prepared to satisfy the tastes of most any customer. Meal options range from gourmet pizza to sushi and grilled meats. The establishment does have a bar for those who prefer to enjoy the atmosphere with a few drinks rather than an entire meal. Seating is available for both small and large parties. Business attire is appropriate, and reservations are essential. The Peak Tram from Admiralty may be the most scenic route to the restaurant, though a taxi ride from Central or Admiralty may be faster and more economical. (852-2849-5111)
Add: Shop 101&201,Levels 1 & 2, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak
Tel: 00852 2849 5111
Hong Kong is not lacking when it comes to restaurants with a view, so a place needs to be truly exceptional in some other way to distinguish itself from the pack. Isola’s floor-to-ceiling windows and huge outdoor terrace do indeed offer stunning panoramas, and its tastefully monochromatic decor is stylish and clean. But its food is stellar from appetizer to dessert. Start with baked mozzarella in walnut bread with sweet cherry tomatoes, a layering of flavors and textures that is simply brilliant. Main course dishes are just as impressive — grilled sirloin with red onion and anchovy sauce, and salt-crusted sea bass, in particular, stand out. The clientele here tends to be trendy and well-coiffed; reservations are strongly encouraged. ()
Add: Shop 3071-3075, 3/F & Shop 4011, 4/F, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central
Tel: 00852 2383 8765
Upscale northern Chinese restaurant Hutong will wow you with its striking décor and stunning harbor view. Dimly-lit and with beautiful wooden furniture and stone wall panels, we challenge you not to fall in love with your date for the first time or all over again. The menu is noteworthy too, with a delicious range of old favorites and innovative dishes, as well as cocktails including “Chili Hot Rider” and “Kiwi Passion.”
Add: 28/F, One Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 00852 3428 8342
Trattoria Doppio Zero
Sheung Wan’s favourite Italian restaurant, Trattoria Doppio Zero takes pride in serving up some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in all of Hong Kong. Led by chef partner Jake Addeo, the kitchen crew at Doppio Zero is a group of obsessive perfectionists, making sure that every dish they cook lives up to a certain standard (a very, very high one). Located at The Pemberton on Bonham Strand, the overachievers at Trattoria Doppio Zero look forward to bringing you the best in Italian cuisine.
Add: The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand
Tel: 00852 2851 0682
Collection de Vignobles
French wine bar culture comes to Kennedy Town and Hong Kong’s Sai Wan courtesy of Collection de Vignobles, matching vintages sourced from famous and less-well-known vineyards to an upscale cuisine dominated by tapas-style dishes. Collection de Vignobles’ romantically furnished premises are found in Sincere Western House on the corner of Cadogan Street and Forbes Street, moments from the station, making this wine bar and gourmet French eatery a popular spot for the after-work crowd and those looking for a capable host to help impress a date or celebrate with a large group.
Add: G/F, Sincere Western House, 71 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2817 2112
Shore is at once a steakhouse, lounge bar, and al fresco terrace, and it certainly has the room to accommodate all three at its split-level third-and-fourth-floor Queen’s Road location in Hong Kong’s Central. Clocking in at 10,000 square feet, Shore has the chops, so to speak, to feed and entertain Hong Kong’s discerning diners, whether they are after an intimate dinner, a wind-down with colleagues, or a big, beefy banquet or celebration.
Add: 3rd and 4th Floor, the L. place, 139 Queen’s Road Central
Tel: 00852 2915 1638
Look out over the harbor for some truly inspirational romantic dining. This 56th-floor restaurant is, perhaps, one of the true gems of the Hong Kong dining scene. The view of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour from some of tables here is breath-taking, and often is complemented by live piano music in the background. The cuisine is contemporary French; the foie gras is a favorite. A lunch menu offers two- and three-course meals, while dinner is served; la carte, with an eight-course tasting meal available. The chef at Petrus uses only the freshest available meat and produce. Reservations are essential.
Add: Supreme Court Road, Level 56, Pacific Place, Central
Tel: 00852 2820 8590