The Tai Pan

Internationally inspired fine dining in Central

Named after the Cantonese slang term for high-flying executives, The Tai Pan restaurant on the upper ground floor of The Murray, Hong Kong means business. The recently renovated property is a work of art, and its elegant internationally inspired eatery follows suit.

With floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the restaurant’s light-filled interiors feature black and white marble, gold accents and lush red furniture that’s as richly hued as the burgundy in your wine glass. Like the surrounding hotel — a revitalized government building with a dramatic white facade — the aesthetic strikes a balance between modern and timeless.

A mostly monochromatic palette allows the food to be the star of the show. Indeed, the modern European menu will take you on a gastronomic adventure with beautifully plated dishes and delicious wines to match.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • A well-paced three-course dinner is just enough to experience a few of the high notes at The Tai Pan.
  • There’s an enviable vino menu, as part of the hotel’s master cellar wine program that celebrates renowned producers, such as the Leeuwin Estate “Art Series”from Margaret River, Australia; G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole from Piedmont, Italy; and Querciabella Batàr from Tuscany.
  • Don’t leave without trying the mashed potatoes — which we’re pretty sure are mostly composed of butter — that arrive in a rustic red cast-iron cocotte.
  • All of the restaurant’s bread and desserts are made in house, so bring an appetite for carbs.
  • Every meal concludes with offerings from a tempting dessert trolley laden with cheesecakes, tiramisu, lemon tarts and panna cotta.

Things to Know

  • The Hong Kong restaurant serves lunch daily, closing for a few hours before dinner.
  • Sporting an intimate atmosphere, the restaurant seats 66 guests indoors with an additional 48 seats on the terrace. We’d recommend making reservations in advance to secure a coveted booth indoors during the steamy summer season.
  • You can access the restaurant two ways: enter through the lobby and head up the elevator one level or stop first for a libation at Murray Lane bar on the ground floor before ascending the adjacent stairs.
  • The Tai Pan doesn’t enforce a dress code, but smart casual is recommended.

The Food

  • The Tai Pan provides a lavish breakfast experience for hotel guests. Choose a main course from an à la carte menu — dim sum, pancakes or omelets — then graze the continental buffet, which features all kinds of cheese, charcuterie, yogurts, fresh fruits and housemade pastries.
  • Every meal starts with an amuse-bouche — little bites to pique your appetite — which could take the form of chicken liver mousse or smoked salmon topped with roe, depending on the season.
  • Divided into clear sections — From the Garden, From the Sea, From the Land — with wine pairing recommendations conveniently listed on each page, the dinner menu is easy to navigate.
  • Popular for business meetings, a two- or three-course set lunch menu offers a choice of appetizers — like burrata, king crab salad or a fennel-infused lobster bisque — followed by a main, which could include the likes of wild mushroom risotto or Tasmanian king salmon.
  • Dinner highlights include sirloin topped with café de Paris black garlic butter, and Alaskan black cod with miso and seasonal vegetables.

The Design

  • We particularly enjoyed the semi-open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs in action through a fishbowl-like window, and the enormous glass facades streaming in natural light.
  • For couples, we’d recommend one of the four booths, which provide a little more space and intimacy than the standalone two-tops.
  • The fine-dining restaurant overlooks the property’s gardens — grassy plots, green walls and magnificent avant-garde sculptures from the hotel owner’s personal collection.
  • Geometric gold chandeliers hanging from the ceiling add a modern touch to the otherwise timeless European design.
  • The handsome aesthetic will appeal to power lunchers and business travelers, looking to make an impression.

Business casual
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, SAR, China
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