Housed on the 102nd floor of the iconic International Commerce Centre building, in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, this contemporary Italian table hits all the high notes.

The dining room is a glitzy garden of metal and glass, moored by a graphic marble floor, pillars, and two fountains. A water theme runs through the design, though the various shades of purple in the room — in the grape stained glass place settings, chianti colored upholstery, and burgundy lampshades — bring to mind a different liquid (of which there is plenty, displayed behind glass). An area of comfortable banquettes is flanked by arrangements of well-spaced tables; the most coveted seats are closest to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Natural light floods the room at midday, but at night the lights on the massive metal chandelier are left dim to let the city skyline shine.

At the center of it all is a large open kitchen where chef Pino Lavarra orchestrates the lead, supported by a large cast of bobbing toques. He looks to the southern end of Italy for inspiration, offering a menu abundant with seafood and bright, briny Mediterranean flavors, classic in conception, perhaps, but ultramodern in presentation. The restaurant’s knowledgeable staff looks chic in their slender black suits while delivering dishes on silver platters, and when you’re finished dining, the express elevator delivers you safely back down to earth.

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