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You won’t be hard-pressed to find larger-than-life romance in Hong Kong’s finest restaurants, thanks mostly to the incredible views so many deliver from their perches atop the city’s skyscrapers. From Caprice at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong to Petrus at Island Shangri-La, you’ll have superb vistas to go with your meal. Here are five of the best romantic restaurants in Hong Kong:
1. Caprice. A gorgeous venue with a massive open kitchen — rare for a French restaurant this size and scale— Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is an attractive space with enviable views of the harbor. The alluring room glows with its over-sized crystal chandeliers and uplit walkway leading from the entrance through to the kitchen; the ruby-red velvet banquettes and accents recall a mix of circa-1930 French and Shanghai style.
2. Restaurant Petrus. The local benchmark for fine French cuisine for years, Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La has made small changes to modernize the atmosphere at this beautiful, chandelier-lit-56th floor dining room, which has incredible views of the city. And while the polished staff now serves premium wines by the glass, the jacket-and-tie rule for men is more relaxed now — a jacket is still required for dinner. After all, the dress code should match the sophistication of the décor and service style of the staff, a rare treat in the casual new millennium.
3. Gaddi’s. Located inside The Peninsula Hong Kong, this spot is a long-standing legend whose influence extends beyond Hong Kong’s borders. In the Old World European classical space, traditional French cuisine is served by jacketed waiters and tables are set with antique silverware and Bernadraud china. Try the tasting menu or the chef’s table, which is delivered in the kitchen where you can take in the action behind the scenes.
4. Amber. Bathed in gold, Amber inside Landmark Mandarin Oriental is a top spot for creative haute cuisine. Dutch executive chef Richard Ekkebus churns out playful experiments verging on molecular gastronomy, which he changes on a regular basis. Lunchtime sets, which change weekly, of either two or three seasonal courses are popular with busy executives. It’s a shame to rush the likes of lamb duo confit and glazed white coco beans, so take your time and order one of the light desserts as well — you can’t go wrong with the Pavlova strawberry and mascarpone. Then again, you might want to check out the early bird breakfast, which begins at 6:30 a.m., rather unusual for a fine-dining restaurant.
5. Pearl on the Peak. Another Hong Kong celebrity-chef-led restaurant, Pearl on the Peak features the creations of Geoff Lindsay, one of Australia’s most reputed toques. The menu draws on a few signatures from his Melbourne restaurant Pearl, such as succulent flash-fried oyster meat appetizer with shiitake, chives, ginger and soy. Top it all off with a peak-top view over Hong Kong Island (seen through floor-to-ceiling glass windows), and you’ll have a meal to remember.
Big date in Hong Kong? Dinner at one of these restaurants should put you in the mood for love:
For old school, gilded glamour, try Gaddi’s, the French table in the Peninsula. If you squint, you can pretend it’s Paris.
If your amour is more of a modernist, book a table Amber, in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental.
The classic French cooking comes with stunning harbor views at Caprice, in the Four Seasons. If you prefer to embrace the local cuisine, consider Lung King Heen, also in the hotel.
To really get away from it all, travel to One Thirty One for contemporary European food in a villa overlooking the water in Sai Kung. (The lawn can accommodate helicopter landings, if you really want to take your date to the next level.)
Swanky northern Chinese haven Hutong is dimly lit, and full of nooks for canoodling. The view isn’t bad, either.