The Krug Room

A champagne-filled culinary journey
The Krug Room really is a hidden gem. The progressive and playful restaurant inside the storied Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, on the edge of the bustling Central district, can’t be found by chance.

Guests with reservations (and these are a must, with wait times stretching longer than a month) are instructed to present themselves at the host stand of Mandarin Grill + Bar.

A black-suited server — with whom you’ll get very comfortable, as he proves to be your only server for the duration of the three-hour experience — then shows you across the landing, through the warm-wooded Chinnery bar, past a swinging door with a porthole, into the kitchen hallway lined with pillar candles, and only then into the snug gilded space, with just enough room for 12 diners at a time.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The intimate restaurant brings to mind the captain’s table of a bygone luxury liner, with a long communal white marble dining table, sparkling chandeliers hanging above and gilt-framed rounded windows that look onto the bustling main kitchen of the hotel.
  • The setting is all about two things: champagne and chefs. Bottle after bottle of Krug lines the mirrored shelves at the entrance to the Hong Kong restaurant, and you are served a welcome glass of Krug Grande Cuvée upon arrival.
  • The bubbles are poured into custom-made Riedel stemware with a wider mouth typically meant for a dessert wine; this, staff explains, allows the champagne to breathe over the long course of the meal.
  • The atmosphere is relaxed, vibrant and exclusive, with a feeling of stepping into a chef’s private playground.
  • With a front row seat to top chefs, The Krug Room is a place to escape for gastronomic pleasure or gild a special occasion. And it’s one of the most opulent chef’s tables in Hong Kong.
Things to Know
  • An iPod plugged into the corner, plays a roulette of music ranging from instrumental jazz to ’90s pop. The Krug Room, after all, is meant to surprise and delight.
  • You’ll want to dress to impress during your dinner at Five-Star The Krug Room. It is suggested that ladies don elegant attire, while gents are asked to wear button downs and trousers, though ties and jackets are not required.
  • All bookings must be made online via The Krug Room’s reservation system. The team will contact you directly to confirm your reservation.
The Food
  • Under the stewardship of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong executive chef Robin Zavou, the kitchen in front of the restaurant churns out a magnanimous and imaginative sequence of 10 to 14 courses, influenced by European cuisine and local ingredients.
  • The set menu is written as a word puzzle on a chalkboard in the corner, but the enigmatic one-word descriptions barely offer an inkling of what’s to come.
  • Menu highlights include miso pigeon with apple and hazelnuts, char siu pork with cherries and pistachios and roasted Tasmanian marron.
Getting There
5 Connaught Road, Hong Kong, China
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