This week, art patrons from all over the globe are traveling to Hong Kong for Art Basel (March 29–31). For the occasion, Whitewaller is sharing a list of top restaurants in the city to eat and sip at.
A member of Le Comptoir restaurant group, Bibo offers takes on classic French cuisine in a unique art-filled environment. Headed by Executive Chef Nicholas Chew, the art-inspired dishes offer typical French flair with the added influence of Chef Nicholas’s Peranakan heritage, artistic background, and years of experience in Japan’s kaiseki restaurants. Bibo also has one of Hong Kong’s most impressive wine bars, offering more than 140 varieties by the glass.
Whitewaller recommends: Trying Chef Nicholas’ special weekend lunch menu and wine pairings.
Café Gray Deluxe
Café Gray Deluxe resides on the 49th floor of The Upper House hotel, featuring picturesque views of the Victoria Harbor below. Chef Gray Kunz’s signature dishes employ a mixture of Eastern and Western flavors, executed with seasonal, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the establishment features a menu of fresh, innovative dishes and a selection of coffees, smoothies, desserts, and afternoon teas.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering from the Revitalising menu.
Opened in 2008 by Bonnae Gokson, SEVVA is a glamorous spot serving a range of dishes and drinks influenced by traditional Asian cuisine, Western fine dining, and Gokson’s travels. The restaurant is home to several spots for dining and sipping, including Sweets Corner (outfitted with pink walls and a venini chandelier from the 1950s), the Taste Bar (a lounge with an indoor vertical garden), and a wrap-around terrace—the perfect spot for cocktails and views of the city.
Whitewaller recommends: Viewing the interior décor pop-up by Gert Voorjans, designed especially for Art Basel.
Lung King Heen
Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, Lung Keen Heen is the first Cantonese restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. Featuring an elegant setting overlooking the water, Hong Kong-born Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak has created a sophisticated menu for lunch and dinner, specializing in dumplings, seafood, and other traditional Chinese fare.
Whitewaller recommends: Taking note of the restaurant’s dress code.
AMMO is a 56-seat spot at Asia Society Hong Kong that specializes in Chef Jack Law’s unique blend of Italian and Japanese cuisines. Serving an a la carte menu daily, three-course lunch selections, an Omakase tasting menu for dinner, the restaurant also offers afternoon tea available on the weekends, an expansive wine list, signature cocktails, and exclusive Spanish craft beer. Inside, guests can also enjoy Joyce Wang’s impressive interiors—an alluring Art Deco style with a futuristic twist.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering the bespoke Bartender Special cocktail.
Towering above Hong Kong at the top level of The Ritz-Carlton, Ozone holds the record for the world’s highest bar. This sleek bar offers regular DJ sets, a cool interior, and a selection of exotic Asian tapas and Japanese specialty dishes, as well as signature cocktails. Ozone is best known for the Hong Kong Skyline cocktail—a mixture of 23-year-old Zapaca, absinth, Imperial Oolong syrup, Dom Pérignon foam, pink grapefruit, lime, and chocolate stones that is served oozing with lavender smoke.
Whitewall recommends: Booking the private dining room.
Owned by sake master Shinya Goshima, GODENYA is an intimate spot with a bar for seven guests, a table for two, and a private dining room for eight. On the menu, visitors will find a sake pairing course of traditional Japanese and Cantonese dishes, alongside complementing sake, from Japan that’s chosen by Goshima.
Whitewaller recommends: Making a reservation in advance using the password found on their Facebook page.
One of The Peninsula Hotel’s top dining spots, Felix is an elegant Philippe Starck-designed restaurant offering specialty cocktails by mixologist Marko Petrovic, and European fare by Chef Juan Gomez. Felix’s flair for Mediterranean cuisine to updates classic dishes like foie gras, croquettes, and roast beef with ingredients like quince jelly, pea sprouts, fried capers, and risotto-style celery root.
Whitewaller recommends: Scoping out the lineup of live music, DJs, and the special mixologist showcase.