Harbour Grand Kowloon introduces F&B offers

Harbour Grand Kowloon

Harbour Grand Kowloon has introduced an Oyster Fiesta Dinner Buffet at their western restaurant – The Promenade. The restaurant is offering five kinds of freshly shucked premium oysters from communes in France such as Bouzigues, Brittany and Normandy. The festival offers different variations of oyster preparations including oyster shooters as well as baked oysters. It is being held at the restaurant until the end of the month.

The hotel has also introduced Australian Tajima Wagyu beef to their menu at the Harbour Grill restaurant with three different cuts namely striploin, tenderloin and shorted ribs. The offer lasts until October 31.

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Bhavya Aggarwal

Harbour Grand Kowloon has introduced an Oyster Fiesta Dinner Buffet at their western restaurant – The Promenade. The restaurant is offering five kinds of freshly shucked premium oysters from communes in France such as Bouzigues, Brittany and Normandy. The festival offers different variations of oyster preparations including oyster shooters as well as baked oysters. It is being held at the restaurant until the end of the month.

The hotel has also introduced Australian Tajima Wagyu beef to their menu at the Harbour Grill restaurant with three different cuts namely striploin, tenderloin and shorted ribs. The offer lasts until October 31.

Kowloon.harbourgrand.com

Bhavya Aggarwal

Five alfresco bars in Hong Kong to try out

Vibes at The Mira Hong Kong

Mention outdoor bars and restaurants in Hong Kong and undoubtedly Ozone at The Ritz-Carlton – which lays claim to the highest bar in the world – undoubtedly comes up. Its outdoor balcony area is one of the best places in the city to get a sky-high view of the bustling metropolis.

That said, Ozone is far from being Hong Kong’s only rooftop or alfresco F&B joint, with a multitude of high-up and outdoor options across the city, from Central and Causeway Bay districts on Hong Kong Island, to Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon peninsular. Here are just a few that business travellers ought to take a look at when staying in Asia’s World City.

Ce La Vi

Where?: 25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central

Opening hours:
Club Lounge: 7pm until late (Wednesday-Saturday)
Sky Deck: 3pm until late (daily); 2pm to 12am (Sunday)

Info:
Located on the top floor of California Tower (revamped in 2015), Ce Le Vi offers among the most complete panoramic views from Hong Kong’s vibrant Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district. Originally opened with a hot tub in the centre (since removed), the bar features sofas and a buzzing cocktail culture. Don’t let the comfy chairs lull you into thinking this is a quiet cocktail bar though – much like its surrounding neighbourhood, Ce La Vi is a lively nightlife spot with a restaurant downstairs that also does more relaxed brunches on the weekend. 

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Skye 

Where? 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 12pm-1am
Info: Opened last year as part of a HK$300 million (US$38.6 million) transformation of The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel, Skye has two starkly different characters. By day, it is a rooftop restaurant offering French fine dining from chef Lee Adams; by night, the bar (designed by the same team as that behind Sirocco bar in Bangkok) gets illuminated in an iridescent blue glow. Mixologists create bespoke cocktails and DJs play chilled house music, with views of Victoria Park forming the backdrop.

parklane.com.hk/skye.html

Shelter Italian Bar and Restaurant 

Where? 718-719, 7/F Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Opening hours:
12pm-12:30am (Sunday-Thursday); 12pm-2:30am (Friday-Saturday)

Info: The heart of Hong Kong’s frenetic Causeway Bay district wouldn’t seem like the obvious place to look for a relaxed rooftop space, but the pod-shaped seats and myriad shrubs of Shelter Italian Bar and Restaurant do a fine job of creating such a locale. Situated on the seventh floor of the Hysan Place shopping mall, the terrace bar is a prime spot for an after-work cocktail, though visitors to the restaurant will also find fresh produce on the menus courtesy of its 42-sqm on-site vegetable and herb garden – a rare find indeed in urbanised Hong Kong.

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Vibes

Where? 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Opening hours:
6pm-12am (Monday-Wednesday); 6pm-1am (Thursday-Saturday); 6pm-12am (Sunday)

Info:
This fifth-floor courtyard bar within The Mira Hong Kong has open fires, private cabanas and running waterways, making Vibes a surprisingly secluded garden in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui district. That said, a live DJ provides plenty of music to keep the atmosphere here lively, while Thursdays see the bar adopt a Middle Eastern theme with mezze platters, Arabic lounge music and a belly dancer show.

themirahotel.com/dining/vibes

The Garage Bar

Where? Level 4 Lobby, Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok

Opening hours:
5pm until late

Info:
Food trucks have only recently come to the Hong Kong, but already the city has managed to come up with a rooftop bar-food truck hybrid. The Garage Bar on Level 4 of the Cordis, Hong Kong in busy Mong Kok district features two vintage Citroen vans – both of which had to be hoisted up on a crane from the street below. The bar offers a mix of Western and Asian fare combined with a selection of close to 40 local and international craft beers.

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For more on Hong Kong’s alfresco bars and restaurants, read our feature “The Great Outdoors“.

Six new Hong Kong restaurant reviews

Excelsior Yee-Tung-Heen

There’s no shortage of places to find a standout meal while in Hong Kong, such that the sheer plethora of possible dining spots can be a bit overwhelming to the recently arrived traveller.

For those looking for a bit of guidance to the city’s culinary scene, take a look at the following Hong Kong restaurant reviews from Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.

Yee Tung Heen

Where? The Excelsior Hong Kong, Causeway Bay

Celebrating its 45th anniversary next year, The Excelsior Hong Kong is one of the city’s best-known hotels and its Cantonese restaurant Yee Tung Heen is similarly renowned, receiving a mention as a recommended restaurant in the Michelin Guide to Hong Kong & Macau 2015.

Travellers looking for a dim sum lunch won’t be disappointed, with dumpling highlights including steamed rice roll with tiger prawn, kale and beetroot dumpling, and steamed twin gold fish dumplings. And with an a la carte menu that spans 14 pages, there are plenty of dishes to choose from.

See Business Traveller’s review of Yee Tung Heen here.

Flint Bar & Grill

Where? JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Admiralty

Despite being located within the JW Marriott Hotel above Admiralty district’s Pacific Place shopping mall, Flint Bar & Grill is more than just a standard hotel restaurant. New head chef Pieter Fitz-Dreyer is classically French trained, adding a distinct twist to the typical “bar and grill” concept, along with the many other dishes that fill out the menu.

Highlights include the Akaroa king salmon with oyster, charred cucumber and white balsamic, the Ahi tuna – prepared at the table and customised to each patron’s preference – and lobster ravioli with creamy coconut sauce infused with Thai herbs.

See Business Traveller’s review of Flint Bar & Grill here. 

Bizou

Where? Pacific Place mall, Admiralty

Another restaurant whose chef offers a fresh interpretation of a more commonplace menu, Bizou presents an organic, farm-to-table take on the traditional American brasserie tradition. Danish-born chef Magnus Hansson, who visits the restaurant each month, is himself a vegan, but the menu at Bizou is far from it.

Dishes such as the slow-braised boneless short ribs in red wine and the pan-seared Icelandic cod fillet with butter attest to this. That said, the menu is far from meat exclusive and includes sides such as fried lemon potatoes with chipotle aioli, baked purple yam, and starters that include fried camembert cheese with cloudberry preserves.

See Business Traveller’s review of Bizou here.

Hugo’s

Where? Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui

Hugo’s takes its name from a fictional Bavarian host, Hugo Ludwig Wilhelm von Cluckenstein, renowned for only serving guests the best food and wine. And this character is reflected in both the décor and the food.

A life-size metal suit of armour greets patrons as they enter the restaurant, for starters. Meanwhile numerous antiques, chandeliers and traditional hors d’ouevres trolleys add to the aesthetic.

Currently offering a new Swiss menu until the end of February that includes marinated veal cheek, Ruh venison, and melted Vacherin Mont d’Or cheese in a nut crust, Hugo’s offers a decadent European menu that any newcomer to the city ought to give a try.

See Business Traveller’s review of Hugo’s here.

Deng G, Chengdu Bistro & Baijiu Bar

Where? Queen’s Road West, Causeway Bay

Much like its name suggests, Deng G, Chengdu Bistro & Baiju Bar offers a distinctly Sichuan-style dining experience, with the décor inspired by the bamboo forests of Chengdu and a menu that has chilli icons throughout to denote the spiciness of the dishes.

Crispy fish in spicy sauce under the “Sweet & Sour Taste” portion of the menu is a good place to start at Deng G, as are the “Yu Xiang” prawns. Finish up with baijiu in the downstairs Baijiu Bar area and you can’t go wrong.

See Business Traveller’s review of Deng G here. 

Cobo House

Where? South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui

Cobo House opened in March 2016 as part of a collaboration with Singapore-based chef Janice Wong, whose 2am:dessertbar has become a favourite in Singapore. Cobo House follows in the tradition of the dessert bar featuring artistic desserts and chocolates, including an expansive dessert degustation menu that pairs sweet offerings with teas and other beverages.

That said, Cobo House isn’t all treats and no savoury, with its vegetarian somen noodles and slow-cooked pork belly being well worth trying before filling up on the final course.

Although a little out of the way with regards to Hong Kong’s key business districts, Cobo House is easily accessible and well within reach of travellers staying just west of Central district in Sheung Wan or Sai Ying Pun.

See Business Traveller’s review of Cobo House here.