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Celebrate lavishly at Hong Kong’s best. From teppanyaki to fine dining and omakase, here are the city's top restaurants serving meals that'll leave a lasting impression

From hole-in-the-wall eats to Michelin starred restaurants, Hong Kong is home to some of the best eateries in the world. If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion,  it may seem daunting with the abundance of restaurants to choose from. 

Whether it’s for your birthday, anniversary, or even as the perfect meal to accompany a romantic proposal, we round up the best Hong Kong restaurants to book for a special occasion. 

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Estro

Chef Antimo Merone’s Italian restaurant has been one of the most exciting restaurant openings of 2021. Estro, meaning “inspiration” in Italian, focuses on elevated Neapolitan cuisine, presenting sophisticated flavours and plating. 

Not only is the food a work of art, but the tableware (designed by Apulian artist, Vincenzo Del Monaco), and the restaurant interiors (designed by Andre Fu Studio), are as well. Offering a set lunch and dinner menu with wine pairing, the menu is inspired by the chef’s memories from home, so be prepared to take a trip down memory lane.

Estro, Level 2, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, estro.hk

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Arbor

Awarded two Michelin stars in 2021 and a Tatler Dining 20 restaurant, Arbor serves Nordic-Japanese food inspired by nature and serenity. Its baby pink rounded doorways have been the restaurant’s distinctive feature since its opening, creating an ambience of fairy-tale-like elegance. 

Finnish chef-owner Eric Räty cooks up innovative dishes, with new dishes introduced every season. For autumn 2021, the restaurant brought out a new gunkan sushi-inspired dessert which consists of genmaicha tea ice cream, mochi and shortbread topped with kombu oil and n25 caviar. 

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Amber

Helmed by culinary director Richard Ekkebus, Amber is another Tatler Dining 20 and two Michelin-starred French fine-dining restaurant inside The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. After a complete interior and menu transformation in 2019, Amber has since reintroduced itself as a health-conscious fine-dining experience by cutting down dairy, sugar and salt from the menu. Do not miss their famed uni and caviar dish, which may sound heavy and decadent, but tastes airy yet luxurious at the same time.

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Whey

A newcomer to Hong Kong’s dining scene, Whey opened in May 2021, bringing flavours of Singapore to the city. Headed by chef Barry Quek, who formerly ran his award-winning restaurant Beet, Whey’s tasting menu spotlights local, seasonal ingredients and combines European culinary techniques with the flavours of his home country.

Whey, UG/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, whey.hk

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Neighborhood

Tucked away in Hollywood Road, Neighborhood, is a modern European restaurant opened by Hong Kong chef and restaurateur, David Lai. A Tatler Dining 20 and ranking number 17 on Asia’s Best Restaurants list, the restaurant’s cosy, minimalistic interiors allows minimal distraction from the food. The star of the show, the famous Neighborhood chicken rice cooked with its giblets, is a must-order. 

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Écriture

Executive chef Maxime Gilbert brings elevated French cuisine to Tatler Dining 20 awardee and two Michelin-starred Écriture in Central. With wide floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing panoramic views of Central and museum-worthy artistic interiors, the food is also equally as impressive, if not more.

Not too long ago, the restaurant was trending for its iconic uni and caviar tart—a generous amount of uni on the bottom, and an even more generous coating of caviar on top. The restaurant currently offers a five-course lunch menu, and an eight-course dinner menu with an option of wine pairing. 

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VEA

Chinese-French restaurant VEA is a long-term Tatler Dining 20 venue, and won number 16 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2021. Opened by chef Vicky Cheng, the restaurant is inspired by Cheng’s Chinese roots, paying respect to local Hong Kong flavours, while infusing his Western culinary training into the dishes.

Offering a six or eight-course menu, as well as a vegetarian menu upon request, you’ll find familiar Chinese flavours and traditional luxury Chinese ingredients such as the sea cucumber, which is made with 20 years Shaoxing wine and tiger prawn, the Yamaguchi red abalone with pulled noodles, as well as the lotus seed paste, made with salted duck egg and sea salt. Don't miss his latest opening, Wing, which is focused more on modern Chinese cookery.

Vea

Central
$ $ $ $
4.5
'rating'
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The Chairman

It’s impossible to talk about Hong Kong’s finest restaurants without mentioning The Chairman. This Cantonese restaurant has consistently featured as a Tatler Dining 20, recently won the number one spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2021, as well as the number 10 spot on the world’s top 50 restaurant list.

Known for its traditional Cantonese dishes inspired by lesser-known luxury ingredients from southern China, you’ll find ingredients such as 20-year-pickled lemon and fresh mini water crabs infused in dishes. You’ll have to really plan ahead if you want a table here—last we heard, there was a six month waiting period.

The Chairman

Central
$ $ $ $
4
'rating'
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Cultivate

Cultivate, helmed by former luxury caterer Leonard Cheung, brings fine casual dining to Soho. With only 22-seats available, you’ll have an extra interactive experience being up close and personal with the chef. Serving a set menu that centres around highly seasonal ingredients, you’ll find creative dishes including the bananas and caviar dessert which has been popular since the restaurant’s opening. 

Cultivate, Shop A, 27-29 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, cultivate.hk

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Hansik Goo

Standing out from the crowd, Hansik Goo is the only Korean fine-dining restaurant opened by chef Mingoo Kang. Bringing authentic Korean flavours to the table and adding a creative twist to each one, traditional dishes are revamped yet remain distinctly Korean.

The restaurant only opens for dinner service, bringing a nine-course experience to each guest. On the menu, you’ll find items such as an assortment of Korean starters, their famous ginseng chicken risotto, and even a sorbet infused in dongchimi, a Korean radish water kimchi. 

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Bâtard

Bâtard is all about pairing excellent French food with the world’s finest wines. Serving simple, uncomplicated French dishes that complement the wine, you’ll find both an a la carte menu as well as a chef’s tasting menu. Must orders include the signature roast chicken with warm pilaf rice, roasted quail, as well as the cold angel hair with caviar and kombu. 

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Sushiyoshi

Fans of omakase will know Sushiyoshi is one of the best omakase restaurants in town. Awarded two Michelin stars in Osaka, the owner of the restaurant, chef Hiroki Nakanoue inherited his father’s sushi restaurant nearly three decades ago with zero sushi experience prior to it. After years of dedication to the craft, it’s safe to say Sushiyoshi has gained its well-deserved recognition. 

Sushi Yoshi, 1/F, The Otto Hotel, 8 Cameron Road, Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2657 0280

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Mono

Chef-founder Ricardo Chaneton puts his knowledge of European and South American cooking to Mono, crafting a unique tasting menu that aims to encapsulate Latin America’s culinary heritage onto the plate. Using seasonal ingredients and combining different textures and flavours together, you’ll find chef Chaneton’s creative interpretations of Latin American food in every course. 

Mono

Central
$ $ $ $
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Caprice

A Tatler Dining 20 regular and three Michelin-starred restaurant, Caprice presents French dishes with global influences. With a set five-course lunch menu, an a la carte main menu, as well as a menu connoisseur set menu, you’ll be impressed with chef Guillaume Galliot’s inventive dishes no matter what time of day you visit. 

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Crown Super Deluxe

Black Sheep’s teppanyaki restaurant, Crown Super Deluxe’s dramatically lavish interior screams more is more—and it is. With colours of royal purple and gold draped across the room, the restaurant will transport you to the 1960s with luxurious, glamorous decor. Food-wise, you’ll be able to get front row spots to watch the chef cook up delicious Japanese dishes for you on their teppanyaki grill. Don’t leave before making a pit stop at their bar, its cosy sofas and top-notch cocktails will surely lure you in. 

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