In between chilling on the beach, chartering junks to the outlying islands and finding ways to beat the summer heat, the concierge experts at Quintessentially recommend the best places to wine and dine alfresco in the city.
The Backyard, Langham Place Hotel – Mongkok
This amazing venue is totally cool, channeling a chic European vibe in the middle of Mongkok. Oversized bean bags, lounge furniture, a waterfall and water features make it a pretty unusual setting, but with an old building on one side and the shiny hotel on the other; it’s totally Hong Kong and very unexpected. Set over a sprawling 6,000 square feet, nibble on delicious bar snacks, pizzas and a try out the fantastic lazy days drinks offer – HKD 498 for three hours of free-flowing with unlimited Champagne, spirits, wine, beer and gourmet pizza. Bottoms up!
The Backyard Level L, Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
3552 3200 hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com/…
Assaggio, Hong Kong Arts Centre – Wanchai
This hidden gem in the Hong Kong Arts Centre has a gorgeous outdoor terrace which overlooks the harbour – a rare commodity and one surprisingly few people know of. Serving regional Italian cuisine, opt for the delicate cold cuts platter to start followed by rustic pizzas and pastas – but save room for dessert, because it’s one of the restaurant’s specialties. It’s also great value for money, with pastas and pizzas coming in at the $80-$150 mark. And if you just can’t decide, the iPad menu with food shots makes ordering a breeze.
Assaggio Trattoria Italiana 6/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
2877 3999 www.assaggio.hk
Hooray, World Trade Centre – Causeway Bay
One of the city’s most awesome terraces is in Causeway Bay. This enormous Italian-Asian fusion restaurant and bar looks over Causeway Bay harbour. The view is the main draw here, so chill out with some beers and wine and nibble on the delicious Spanish tapas or Asian fusion cuisine while you soak in some rays.
Hooray Bar & Restaurant Shop P502, 5/F, World Trade Center, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
2895 0885 www.jcgroup.hk/…
Spasso, Harbour Centre – Tsim Sha Tsui
On top of Harbour City, Spasso a sprawling space with a great outdoor terrace, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a pan-Italian menu of favourites from the same group behind Goccia and Divino. The terrace can get pretty scorching in the summer, but it is covered with a giant canopy. Ideally, come at sunset for a cheeky aperitivo.
Spasso Italian Bar & Restaurant Shop 403, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
2730 8027 www.spassoristorante-bar.com.hk
Shore, The L Place – Sheung Wan
Shore’s main restaurant is warm and cosy, decorated with forest greens, chocolate browns and rich textures. But it’s the spacious indoor bar and the outdoor terrace that really steals the show. Lit by candlelight and with a few big cabanas which can be rented out, it’s a real hidden gem at night – and we hear their weekend brunches are THE places to be, turning into dancing-on-the-table-style raves.
Shore Restaurant & Bar 3-4/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd C, Central, Hong Kong
2915 1638 www.shore.com.hk
Al Molo, Ocean Terminal – Tsim Sha Tsui
Dining Concepts group (Bistecca, Cecconi’s and Tango) and celebrity chef Michael White have paired up for the chef’s first overseas venture. Al Molo, which appropriately means The Pier, is an Italian restaurant with a fine pedigree – Michael won 2 Michelin stars at his NYC restaurant Marea. Protégée Jimmy Everett is looking after Al Molo (though Michael has promised he’ll be back a few times a year to check how things are going) and it’s a lovely, relaxed dining experience. The restaurant feels a bit like a Tuscan version of Lily and the outdoor terrace which looks over to Hong Kong side is people watching paradise.
Al Molo Ristorante Italiano G63, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
2730 7900 www.diningconcepts.com.hk/…
Life Café – SoHo
A SoHo staple for healthy and happy food that makes you feel good too, Life Café’s terrace is the perfect place to indulge in a wholesome salad and their amazing organic cookies.
Life Cafe Restaurant and Bar G/F-2/F, 10 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong
2810 9777 www.lifecafe.com.hk
Spices at The Repulse Bay
Spices is our go-to restaurant in Repulse Bay. Given a facelift earlier this year, it boasts a more contemporary look but the menu is as good as ever. An assortment of Asia’s favourite dishes, from red duck and lychee curry to satay, tom yam gung, fried noodles and teriyaki beef, it may seem eclectic, but the quality and presentation is superb. Book a table in the courtyard and look over Repulse Bay – now that’s a restaurant with a view.
Spices Restaurant G/F, The Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
2292 2821 www.therepulsebay.com
Gaia, Grand Millenium Plaza – Sheung Wan
Just down the road from Quintessentially HQ is Gaia, one of Sheung Wan’s best restaurants, and part of the group that owns modern Italian joints Isola and Va Bene. Come for a long, lazy lunch: their antipasto buffet is fantastic and the restaurant’s terrace looks over Grand Millennium Plaza, one of the best places to people watch in the city.
Gaia Ristorante G/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road,, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
2167 8200 www.gaiaristorante.com
South Bay Beach Club – Repulse Bay
This chilled out bar on South Bay Beach (a $40 taxi ride from Repulse Bay and 100% tourist free) serves light bites and Mediterranean snacks. The food is good but people mostly come here for the awesome atmosphere – on Sundays from 3pm, the resident DJs start spinning laid back house and electro and the cocktails flow. An insider’s gem.
South Bay Beach Club South Bay Road, Repulse Bay
OneThirtyOne – Sai Kung
A wonderful French restaurant in Sai Kung, OneThirtyOne is located in a quaint, standalone 3-story home complete with green lawns (yes, real grass!) leading down to Three Fathoms Cove. The kitchen is headed up by Chef Gary Cheuk, who uses fresh and seasonal produce to create inspired prix fixe menus: four courses at lunch and six at dinner. Reservations are a must.
one-thirtyone 131 Tseng Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
2791 2684 www.one-thirtyone.com
Wooloomooloo – Wanchai
The Wanchai outpost of this Aussie steakhouse offers spectacular views of the city from the 31st floor of The Hennessey. Perfect for dinner with the boyf/hubbie, tuck in to yummy salad, pan-Pacific mains and of course, juicy Australian steaks, safe in the knowledge they’re hormone and antibiotic free. The fries and creamed spinach at Wooloomooloo are some of the best in town but the portions are huge, so remember to share and save room for their amazing apple crumble.
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse 31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2893 6960 www.wooloo-mooloo.com
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