Let me take you by the hand through the streets of Hong Kong and treat you to a breakfast, lunch or dinner you will never forget. I have expanded my waistband and emptied my wallet to carefully compile a list of gorgeous eateries with exclusive outdoor dining space for you to enjoy. “Chī hǎo hē hǎo” – eat well and drink well!
1 – The Grill at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 11th Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai
If I say non-stop Sunday Champagne brunch, you know what I mean? If you’re looking for delicious food in a gorgeous setting this is the place for you. Outdoor dining and socialising at a set price. What a great way to spend your day off.
2 – Urban Park (Tsim Sha Tsui) 4/F, 20-22 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui,
Known for the best Shisha and Sain in town. Modern and upbeat, particularly on the weekend nights. The outside space is reserved for Shisha as you would expect, but inside the vibe is relaxed and the food’s not bad either.
3 – Spasso, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East
I love Italian food, and speaking as a person who has eaten Italian in Italy a lot, I am quite the critic. But Spasso didn’t fail to impress; so well done. Great food in a lovely outdoor space with impeccable service. What more could you want? Well, maybe a view of the colosseum – but you can’t have everything.
4 – Classified Sheung Wan, 108 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
If you want something quick and easy for lunch and you don’t want to spend too much cash, Classified Sheung Wan is the place for you. A cute outdoor seating area that sometimes you have to share with others; but that’s okay when the food is this good.
5 – Arcane, 3/F, 18 On Lan St, Central, Hong Kong
This Michelin 1-star restaurant is located in a quiet side street corner building in the busy and bustling commercial heart of Hong Kong. With an open kitchen where customers can opt to sit watching the chefs in action, or in the dining area with a bar on the other end, or in a terrace herb garden. The food is very good and the overall mood is comfortable and relaxing.
6 – Duddell’s, Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central
A very enjoyable meal in a nice dining room; but what made this restaurant is the lovely little garden terrace area; such a great spot for a relaxed meal, either lunch or dinner. Great for Dim Sum, they also serve a mean Sunday Brunch. Highly recommended.
8 – The Market, 7 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Just so you know, The Market is impossible to get into, the waiting list for a table at the weekend is long. Once inside and seated in their lovely restaurant you will discover impeccable service and the most delicious buffet ever known to mankind. This is not an overstatement but a fact! There is an area to dine outside but why would you put yourself that far away from the buffet?
9 – The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong
To be honest, the view is the big draw here, The Peak Lookout is a Grade II Historic Building turned restaurant located at Victoria Gap. In 1947 the building was converted into an open-air cafe known as the Old Peak Cafe; which has since changed to The Peak Lookout in 2001. In 1981 it was given a Grade II protective status in order to ensure its preservation for future generations. Today, you can have a meal at the Peak Lookout as part of your Victoria Peak visit experience. Shame the food doesn’t match the history.
10 – Santorini Greek Restaurants, 5th Floor, QRE Plaza, Queen’s Rd E
I have included this restaurant as an ode to Greece and Santorini Greek Restaurants, which is a chain that does a great job of re-creating the amazing food of Santorini. But here’s the criticism – the view is rubbish. Okay, so I can’t expect to overlook the acropolis, but I don’t want to eat my food looking right into the homes of the highrise across the street. So my advice is to eat your Souvlaki inside.