Hong Kong’s glittering skyline never gets old.
Most travellers who flock to Hong Kong are surprised to see just how impressive the views here are — whether it’s from a hike at the tip of Lion Rock or from a rooftop bar towering over the Victoria Harbour. Whilst we’re at no shortage of picturesque seaside restaurants, it’s the dazzling skyline that tickles our fancy come evening. Here are some of the best restaurants with city views in Hong Kong.
The highly-anticipated opening of Pano — West Kowloon Cultural District’s latest dining venue (and only two-storey standalone restaurant) marks one of Hong Kong’s latest vantage points for uninterrupted views of the harbour. Heading up the kitchen is executive chef Ken Lau — who previously worked at Peninsula Hotel’s Verandah, Chesa, Gaddi’s and Felix — who pays homage to his grandmother’s Cantonese cooking with classical French technique while championing local ingredients.
The evening ‘Celebrity Tasting Menu’ (HK$1,188 for ten courses; HK$888 for seven) is a must for newcomers to experience a taste of Pano’s unique interpretations of signature dishes — think a French-Asian spin on fish maw, abalone and chicken; as well as exceptional treatment of top quality produce, such as the Miyazaki Wagyu, cooked two ways.
Pano, Unit 1F-01, 1/F and Rooftop, 24-26 Museum Drive, Art Park, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2361 9600
The former Maze Grill by Gordon Ramsay — located at Ocean Terminal’s prime spot overlooking Victoria Harbour — has been refashioned into the brand new Harbourside Grill, tapping new executive chef Armand Sablon to head up the kitchen. Sablon cut his teeth at the formerly three-Michelin-starred Auberge de l’Ill in Alsace under Marc Haeberlin — whose family had been running the restaurant for over 150 years. With over two decades of experience in cooking French cuisine across London and France, Sablon arrives in Asia at one of Hong Kong’s most stunning harbourfront venues.
Whether as a spot for a sundown tipple (try the excellent Sherry Cobbler, made with Fino sherry, St Germaine liqueur, grapefruit, pineapple and honey water — quenching yet decadent for a balmy afternoon) or for a hearty yet refined meal of steakhouse favourites, Harbourside Grill is definitely one of the top locations to wow out-of-towners and romantic dates alike with its show-stopping view.
Harbourside Grill, Shop OTE401, 4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2619 9100
Skye Roofbar & Restaurant
Perched on the top of The Park Lane Hong Kong, Skye Roofbar & Restaurant is celebrated for its contemporary interiors and (almost) bird’s eye view of Hong Kong. The modern space age motif of the terrace makes for an atmospheric spot to take in the glittering skyline, transitioning indoors with elegant soft blues and whites to feel as if you are dining amongst the clouds.
With several awards and Michelin-starred restaurant experience under his belt, head chef Lee Adams reigns the kitchen, serving farm-to-table concepts with expert wine pairing recommendations.
The Set Lunch menu (HK$330 for three courses) is very reasonably priced, and aims to support Hong Kong’s agriculture by growing ingredients hydroponically or in the hotel’s rooftop garden. Highlights include the butter-poached lobster charcoal hollandaise and the seared sous vide French yellow chicken breast, served with Marsala-smoked potato purée. A dessert tray with unlimited selections rounds off the meal with a bang.
Besides its old-world charm and exceptional hospitality, The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel is also famed for its delectable cuisine, and Felix is one of its long-standing restaurants, named after esteemed hotelier Felix Beiger. One can expect a spectacular panoramic view from both sides of the dining room, stylishly appointed by Philippe Starck.
Headed by Chef Juan Gomez, Felix offers European cuisine with a modern flair, with highlights including the Blue Lobster Linguini and the Dessert Tasting Plate (the restaurant is also currently hosting a Hong Kong-inspired menu promotion for a taste of Cantonese fare). And if the incredible island views and decadent meal isn’t entertainment enough, keep an eye out for the venue’s regular DJ line ups, live music, and mixologist showcases for a pre- or post-dinner swing.
Felix, 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6778
Harbour City’s growing expansion has led to the openings of new restaurants and bars since its additional wing was built at the end of the cruise terminal. So if you’ve embarked on the long walk through the shopping mall, you’d know that the journey is well worth it. One of the places worth visiting is Paul Kwok’s (from 1957 & Co) Paper Moon, which opened in Hong Kong following successful branches in Istanbul and Beirut. Like its flagship in Milan, it’s a classic Italian restaurant through and through, focusing on regional classics from handmade burrata to Mediterranean grilled octopus and potato salad.
Tuck into mains such as the fresh made ricotta gnocchi or yellowfin tuna carpaccio, whilst peering into the spectacular harbourside backdrop.
Paper Moon, Shop OTE301, Harbour City, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2156 2256
Those familiar with the homeware designer Tom Dixon would immediately notice the iconic pieces that take centre stage at Alto. Located on the top floor of Causeway Bay’s V Point, the restaurant interiors capture the four classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water in an upscale setting, complete with sky-high city views, of course.
Known for its steak dishes, Alto also serves more eclectic dishes that liberally incorporate humble ingredients found locally. Led by Head Chef Bharat Thapa the Chef’s Tasting Menu (HK$488 for three courses, additional HK$248 for wine pairing) features fusion flavours: Take the Ahi tuna tartare for example, which is sprinkled with sesame, pineapple and young coconut; or the seared scallops, served with bacon, edamame beans and green pea puree for a subtle Asian twist.
Alto, 31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2603 7181
Tosca di Angelo
The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong may house the tallest bar in the world (Ozone) but only one floor below on the 102nd floor, sits the breathtaking Tosca di Angelo which serves Italian-Mediterannean fine dining from soaring heights.
Proudly holding a Michelin Star, Sicilian chef Angelo Agliano champions home cooked dishes with a sophisticated uplift—the Beef Carpaccio (HK$288) and the Spaghetti Mancini with Alaskan King Crab (HK$458) are a must.
Tosca di Angelo, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2263
When one considers skyline views, Tsim Sha Tsui and Central typically come to mind. So whilst these are the iconic districts for harbour views, that’s not to say there are other places to watch the glitzy skyscrapers. Zeng in Causeway Bay proves our point. Boasting a large balcony space for you to drink up the views, the lounge is ideal for those out on the town craving shisha and cocktails, as well as for lazy al fresco brunches.
Translating to the Chinese word for positivity, Zeng opened in October last year at Causeway Bay’s V Point, with 270-degree views over the cityscape. On the menu, expect delectable dishes influenced by all corners of the globe for brunch, lunch and dinner. Growing popular on the weekends, Zeng’s brunch menu features seven courses (HK$308) that come with a glass of bubbly, with highlights including the Wagyu beef tartare and the Mentaiko udon carbonara. Tack on just HK$128 for unlimited fresh oysters.
Zeng, 30/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2353 0053
Perched atop Tsim Sha Tsui’s hustle and bustle is Cucina at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, an Italian fine-dine where you can quietly watch the boats float by the harbour.
Cucina’s Chef de Cuisine Andrea Oreste Delzann hones his cooking skills from years of working with Michelin-starred restaurants from the age of 20, traveling from Italy to Shanghai, and eventually Hong Kong.
In light of white asparagus season, Cucina’s ode to the freshly harvested German delicacy utilises the succulent spears in specials such as risotto with red prawn carpaccio and Oscietra caviar (HK$428) and with Iberian pork pluma with spiced balsamic glaze, butter and sage (HK$408). Diners can indulge in the white asparagus menu through to 5 June 2020 amidst the stunning backdrop of Victoria Harbour.
Cucina is also popular for its aperitivo happy hour offerings (from 6–8pm) — if you make it in time for the light show, you’re in for a treat.
Cucina, Harbour City, Level 6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2113 0808
Debuting as Amelia by Paulo Airaudo in San Sebastian, the Spanish restaurant claimed its first Michelin star after only seven months since its opening. Traveling from Spanish shores to Hong Kong for chef Paulo Airaudo’s Asian debut, Amelia sits on the dock at Harbour City, showcasing prime views of Hong Kong island that you can soak in from its warm interiors, or as well from the al fresco tables that have you perched at the water’s edge.
Chef Airaudo’s multicultural upbringing comes across in the menu, which is all about Italian handcrafted finesse. Two of the restaurant’s overseas signatures on the menu include the unctuous bone marrow — to be scooped and spread on warm housemade bread, and the caviar with banana and rum ice cream, chef Airaudo’s signature dessert.
Amelia, Shop OTG63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3705 1983
Hue and Ink
Art-savvy restaurants have been cropping up more frequently around the city since the re-opening of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Perched on the iconic waterfront skyline, sister restaurants Hue and Ink are refreshing and modern with a delightful sea view.
Hue is located on the museum’s first floor, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the skyline like a painting, whilst the upscale Australian-influenced cuisine helmed by executive chef Anthony Hammel, who earned his chops previously working with celebrity chef Mark Best (whom you may recognise from Netflix’s The Final Table). For a more casual sip and bite, Ink is an al fresco eatery focusing on artisanal produce from the sea, whilst serving up house-made ice creams and G&Ts on tap.