Elite Dining Week kicks off in just a few days days, with over 30 of Hong Kong’s best restaurants participating in a 10-day event to showcase the city’s upper echelons of fine dining. With specially curated menus at each restaurant, this is your chance to sample the city’s most exclusive tables through their signature dishes, special wine pairings and themed degustations. The all-star list of restaurants participating this year includes everything from fancy French harbourside dining to high-end Italian and traditional Cantonese kitchens. To help you narrow down the selection, we’re highlighting our pick of the top seven menus to make a booking for now.
Elite Dining Week runs from 9–19 November. Advance bookings are now available from the website here.
Located in the iconic InterContinental Hong Kong, Rech by Alain Ducasse may have some of the best views of any restaurant anywhere in the city, but it’s not just a stunning setting that puts Rech at the top of our list. The quality of produce and seafood dishes here are simply divine — as expected from one of the world’s pre-eminent French chefs. Make a booking during Elite Dining Week 2017 to try the 5-course set menu which includes a spiced crayfish broth, spelt with girolle, lemon and parsley, blue lobster coconut curry, Rech’s signature camembert, and the delectable Mr. Rech — a hazelnut ice cream, hazelnut meringue and chocolate concoction to end the meal on a high.
Price: HK$988, plus HK$388 for wine pairing
Rech by Alain Ducasse, G/F, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
If you haven’t yet tried the flagship restaurant from British brand Timothy Oulton, now’s your chance to pop over to Gough Street and sample the best of chef Arron Rhodes’ cross-cultural cooking style. Rooted in British cuisine yet flitting across Peru, Japan and Southeast Asia, Gough’s on Gough is, in our opinion, one of the standout openings of 2017. Start with a mushroom medley of girolle and pine with smoked portobellos and garlic, move on to wild Hereford beef with celeriac and seasonal fish with dill and shellfish, and end with a twist on crème brûlée scented with persimmon, apricot and vanilla. You’ll want to opt for the wine pairing, which includes a fruity Cabernet Sauvignon and a young and vivacious Petit Chablis from Burgundy.
Price: HK$798, HK$1,148 with 4-course wine pairing
Gough’s on Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2473 9066
Chef Alfred Poon of Dining at Murasaki is best known for taking exquisite Japanese ingredients and elevating them with classical French techniques. The simmered abalone and sea urchin with ice-cold Inaniwa udon are two standout signature dishes on the menu which you can try during Elite Dining Week (also available as part of the seasonal omakase). The special set menu also features chef Poon’s popular smoked pork pluma, paired with a light-bodied pinot noir from Burgundy. Guests have the option of upgrading to A4 Wagyu beef if you want to treat yourself to the crème de la crème of premium beefs.
Price: HK$888 plus 10% surcharge for 5-course menu, HK$1,028 plus 10% surcharge if upgrading to A4 Wagyu beef
Dining at Murasaki, UG/F 08, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2817 8383
One of Hong Kong’s Chinese fine-dining institutions, Golden Leaf has been continually recognised over 27 years for its Cantonese cuisine as well as top-notch dim sum. Savour a taste of Chinese delicacies such as abalone, sea cucumber and fish maw here — all while soaking in the elegant banquet hall setting surrounded by carved teakwood furniture and antique art pieces. For Elite Dining Week, Golden Leaf is collaborating with renowned Burgundy wine producer, Albert Bichot, for a special 7-course degustation menu. Dishes include pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with green asparagus; sautéed crab claw with scrambled egg white and black truffle; and braised South African abalone with supreme abalone sauce.
Price: HK$2,500 plus 10% surcharge for 7-course Albert Bichot wine pairing dinner
Golden Leaf, Lower Lobby, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2521 3838
Beautiful handmade pastas and Mediterranean-inspired seafood (not to mention a sumptuous antipasti spread with addictive homemade breadsticks) are a specialty at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s flagship Italian restaurant, Grissini. Head to this harbourside spot to tuck into a hearty Italian meal featuring warm Mediterranean prawns with fresh burrata cheese, San Marzano tomato soup with homemade vanilla tortellini, potato gnocchi in a shower of pecorino cheese and seared beef tenderloin with celeriac cream. A true Italian dessert is on the bill for a sweet nightcap — la delizia al limone, or lemon dome cake with vanilla sponge, lemon cream and candied lemon zest.
Price: HK$960 for 5-course menu, plus HK$500 for 4-glass wine pairing or HK$600 for 5-glass wine pairing
Grissini, 2/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722
For some of France’s greatest gastronomic pleasures — think copious amounts of wine and cheese — there’s no better place to head than Philippe Orrico’s modern French kitchen ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge. In addition to indulging in cheese and charcuterie platters, all washed down with the best French wines, Elite Dining Week is the perfect chance to sample chef Orrico’s delicious signature dishes including lobster bisque with wild mushrooms and yellow wine; snails risotto with parsley and Bellota ham; and roasted pigeon with eggplant, figs and black garlic. End the night with the chestnut Mont Blanc with blackcurrant and passion fruit — and more wine, of course.
Price: HK$888, plus HK$380 for 3-glass wine pairing or HK$580 for 5-glass wine pairing; prices subject to 10% surcharge
ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge, 28-29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2174 8100
A longstanding temple of Cantonese fine dining in Mong Kok, Ming Court at the Cordis is well-deserving of its Michelin reputation. The two-star kitchen continues to deliver excellence through a blend of creativity and classical technique in the kitchen. The 8-course Elite Dining Week degustation has us salivating in anticipation, with highlights including stuffed crab shell with fresh crab meat, sliced Iberico pork loin with foie gras, black truffle with asparagus and bamboo pith, and fried rice dotted with sea urchins and scallops. Of course, a meal at Ming Court wouldn’t be complete without diving into the four treasures of Chinese cuisine, which the kitchen presents in the South African abalone dish complete with fish maw, sea cucumber and conpoy.
Price: HK$1,288 for 8-course Michelin degustation menu
Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3028