We’re pretty lucky here in Hong Kong. It’s a city that’s dominated by skyscrapers, world-class restaurants and bars but in 40 minutes (or less) you can be hiking up a gorgeous mountain or on a beach soaking up some rays.
Just in time for the weekend, here are our favourite beachside restaurants and hangouts in Hong Kong:
One of the coolest places to hangout by the beach in the city, Mavericks is a chilled out restaurant and bar that serves up a sustainable and organic menu where possible. They even have their own organic kitchen garden and farming plot in the Pui O wetlands. Highlights include their fish and chips (served battered ,bunned or grilled) and British bangers (sausages that can be dogged in a bun, rolled in pastry or served with mash), meatballs and pork cheek schnitzel. They also serve plenty of vegetarian options including healthy quinoa salad bowls and a veggie sweetcorn, chickpea and red pea cake.
The cocktails are worth a try to — they have all the classics including Pimm’s No 1 Fruit Cup, Bloody Mavs and sangria.
Mavericks, Pui O Beach, Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 5662 8552, www.mavericks.hk
It might not be exactly on the beach anymore but The Stoep is only a minute or two away. Located on one of the few clean and quieter beaches in Hong Kong, The Stoep offers a South African-style menu with signatures such as barbecued chicken and other grilled delicacies. It’s also a great places for a few cocktails before you hit the beach.
The Stoep, 50 Lower Cheung Sha, Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 2980 2699, thestoephk.com
Maximal Concepts’ beachside concept Limewood is one of our favourite spots at The Pulse in Repulse Bay. They’ve just recently launched a new menu to bring their incredible blend of Southeast Asian, Hawaiian, South American and Caribbean flavours to new heights. New dishes include Canadian sea urchin tostadas with coconut cream, fried avocado, ikura and heirloom salsa and Hawaiian Huli Huli chicken with Sriracha butter, charred lemon and spring onion. Ordering a few of their signature pomegranate margaritas as you watch the sunset from your table goes without saying.
Limewood, Shop 103-104, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repluse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2866 8668, www.limewood.hk
The Beach House
Also on Cheung Sha beach is The Beach House complete with a beautiful deck on the stand. Here they serve everything you’d like to eat by the beach including calamari, comforting burgers, fish chips made with locally-brewed beer batter, pizza and treats such as banoffee pie.
The Beach House, 32 Lower Cheung Sha, Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 2504 4788, www.thebeachhousehk.com
Perched on Shek O beach is Mediterranean restaurant cococabana. After a day in the sun, head to Cococabana for Piri Piri grilled King prawns with parsley, chilli and garlic on mint couscous, slow-roasted lamb rump with a black olive sauce and Boulangere potatoes, gratinated ratatouille with goat cheese and creme fraiche and seabass baked with clams, white wine, vine tomatoes, chilli and basil.
They also offer a variety of fresh smoothies, juices, milkshakes and lemonade by the jug.
Cococabana, Shek O Beach, Hong Kong, +852 2812 2226, www.toptables.com.hk/coco
The Ocean & Cabana
Under the Le Comptoir Group (Bibo, Hotshot and Tri) are the two latest additions to The Pulse: The Ocean and Cabana. The Ocean is a 10,000 square foot restaurant with a relaxing Mediterranean colour palette, built-in aquarium walls, private rooms and the most stunning views of the sea. Led by Argentinian chef Agustin Balbi, the restaurant’s seasonal menu is entirely made up of responsibly-caught seafood with dishes such as salmon en croute, smoked scallop with girolle textures and sweet pea as well as pan-seared sea bream with allium puree, spring onion, morel mushroom and edamame.
After a lazy brunch or dinner, we recommend heading up to the rooftop to The Ocean’s sister bar and lounge, Cabana. Also 10,000 square foot, the open-air rooftop is decked out with lounge beds, private cabanas and Japanese hot bathtubs overlooking the beach. This is the place for cocktails, fresh juices and champagne as the sun sets and the DJ starts to spin.
The Ocean Shop 303-304, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2889 5939, www.theocean.hk
Cabana, Lobby A Rooftop, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2889 4939, www.cabana.hk