We all know that Hong Kong is home to some of Asia's, if not the world's, best restaurants. However, the sheer abundance of venues—more than 16,000, according to data.gov.hk—can cause choice overload, anxiety, and in some cases poor decisions, when it comes to picking a restaurant for special occasions. Whether it’s for your other half's birthday, twenty-fifith wedding anniversary, or the most romantic proposal, here are the best Hong Kong restaurants to celebrate at.
Arbor's exquisite Nordic-Japanese cuisine has not only earned this restaurant two Michelin stars but also a coveted place on the Tatler Dining 20 list. The interior showcases a soothing palette of cream, sage, and blushing pink which is both elegant and highly Instagrammable, making it the ideal setting for the innovative fare created by Finnish chef de cuisine Eric Räty. Expect multi-course tasting menus with creative Nordic sushi, a signature pigeon dish and one of the fluffiest brioches we've ever sampled, served with savoury miso and mentaiko butter.
Estro's interior, designed by Andre Fu Studio, is as sleek as the elevated Neapolitan cuisine on the menu. The space feels as though you've stepped into a secret indoor garden with its gated entrance and terracotta walls, but it really is the food that does most of the impressing. Here, recipes inspired by chef Antimo Merone’s home meet sophisticated combinations and stylish plating for a delightful meal, dish after dish.
Chinese-French restaurant Vea is a Tatler Dining 20 venue helmed by executive chef Vicky Cheng. The restaurant cleverly combines Chinese traditions and cuisine with Western sensibilities to offer food that intrigues and excites. The tasting menu is available with six or eight courses with signatures such as sea cucumber and scallop with 20-year-old Shaoxing wine and more.
A Tatler Dining 20 regular and three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Caprice presents French dishes with global influences. The menu options include a four or five-course lunch, a connoisseur and a signature tasting menu. Headed by chef Guillaume Galliot, guests can look forward to imaginative dishes and seasonal variations that can make the occasion all the more memorable.
Amber, another Tatler Dining 20 restaurant, is the fine-dining venue inside The Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel with two Michelin stars and one green star that indicates their stance on sustainability. The French restaurant is helmed by culinary director Richard Ekkebus who has created a menu with a progressive outlook and consciously sourced ingredients, including one of our favourite corn dishes with Kristal caviar, seawater and sudachi.
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Mitsuhiro Araki offers a refined and precision-led sushi omakase that celebrates the traditions of Edomae while shining a light on local ingredients, including mantis shrimp and abalone. The Araki's desire for perfection makes this a truly distinctive dining experience that will impress the most discerning of diners.
Not that you need an occasion to dine at Chaat, but with it being one of the hardest tables to book in Hong Kong, it's certainly something of a celebration when you do finally snag a seat at this refined Indian restaurant. Chef Manav Tuli's menu offers an outstanding range of bright and bold flavours that are the reason for revelry on any birthday, anniversary, or Tuesday.
Enjoy panoramic views of Central, courtesy of Écriture's huge floor-to-ceiling windows, together with glorious French cuisine by chef Maxime Gilbert. The menu changes seasonally, but more recently, the summer menu has showcased a surprisingly lighter and brighter side to Gilbert's cuisine. The signature uni and caviar tart, however, remains on the menu for that extra dose of extravagance.
It's easy to see why Tate Dining Room is on this list. Other than being on the Tatler 20 list, the restaurant's elegant interior is flourished with tasteful elements, setting the scene for special occasions and its cuisine is just as exquisite. The restaurant is marking its tenth year in Hong Kong with an anniversary menu, so there's even more reason to celebrate.
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