Where to splurge in Hong Kong?
Hi, it's my parents' birthday at the end of this month and I want to treat them to an excellent meal in Hong Kong. They love to eat any cuisine but they don't enjoy overly stuffy and quiet types of restaurants.
Most any place where you would like to spend money or "splurge" would be automatically deemed stuffy in most peoples head (i.e. places like SPOON, Petrus, or Gaddi's are the first places I thought of when you say splurge - but these can be overly stuffy and quiet).
They love to eat everything which is great - but what are you looking for to impress them.
What are your initial thoughts - do you want to dine on any cuisine you think they would prefer over something else - also where - Kowloon, HK, or anywhere else you might want to go to.
HK has a tonne of restaurants that you can splurge at - Aqua is a decent choice for a nice drink and the view but I have not enjoyed the food there the 2 times I have dined there (both times on someone else's dime) but who am I to complain about a free meal albeit a strange fusion menu - but that is just me.
If you can provide some more info - I would be more than happy to give some more suggestions.
I just got back from Hong Kong this week. My vote would be for Agnes B Le Pain Grille in Causeway Bay. French food with great ingredient sourcing, nice execution and good service. They even make lovely non-alcoholic drinks. Its a very small restaurant & is certainly popular so you won't find it quiet. Fabulous desserts too.
In terms of places to avoid, don't go to Opia (in the JIA boutique hotel). Lovely setting and service but the food is extremely hit and miss (mostly miss sadly). Australian chef doing Thai fusion and failing to fuse the strong Thai spices and flavours.
Hope you've a great night!
Can you provide more detail on Agnes B Le Pain Grille? What dishes did you have? Is it a bistro that serves Steak frites, skate wing and Coq au vin etc or is it more 'haute cuisine'? Is it inside a hotel or a stand alone establishment? The full address would be greatly appreciated. My brother happens to work in Causeway Bay, so, if it is a great eating destination, I can conveniently meet him there for lunch or dinner.Thx in advance!
Agnes B - some more info...it is located on the corner by the traffic lights on Leighton (not in a hotel) and is located under the Agnes B designer clothing store - apparently same ownership.
The menu is in French and contains some of the traditional French bistro items (moules marniere etc) but isn't confined to them and has a more haute spin on other items e.g. Moules Toulouse Lautrec which uses absinthe as the cooking liquid. What I appreciated most about the food was;
1. Traditional French cooking methods (lots of slow-cooking, on the bone etc).
2. Quality of ingredients - organic, well-sourced, much of it imported from France.
We ordered mussels (marniere - lovely), a beef tenderloin with black truffles (a special that night), and a chicken dish (slow cooked onion and wine reduction). Normally, I wouldn't order chicken but I had a feeling they'd do it right and they did. The portions are not huge but you'll have room for dessert. They make a nice tarte aux pommes. It is not particularly sweet, which is how I prefer it, but the caramel ice-cream makes up for that.
The wine list is well-thought out. I was tempted by the non-alcholic drinks too and had La Douceur which (I hope I'm getting this right) was a puree of strawberry, peach and Badoit sparkling water with a fresh apple ring on the side. I think it tells you something when even the apple garnish tasted like a proper, non-waxed, fresh, orchard apple.
I think it would be a perfect spot for a lunch. One thing which I did not personally get to try but did get to observe the face of the diner was the chocolate souffle. A woman on a date had been completely enrapt by her handsome companion and their conversation throughout the meal. UNTIL she started eating the souffle dessert. She was enjoying it so much that she didn't lift her head and just nodded idly while employing her spoon to get at every last bite.
Splurge but not stuffy eh:
Man Wah for fine Cantonese with a twist, top of Mandarin Oriental
China Club: colonial classic, great experience
Amber: fashionable interior with smart food at Landmark MOriental
Atelier Robuchon: 3 star Michelin Chef in Landmark building (also Pierre in MO)
Frog Face Fish on Wyndham serves excellent fish
La Terrasse top of Old Bailey has a lovely sedate ambience about it, it's very intimate with friendly service, loved the experience
Just for fun? Take 'em to one of the amazing sea food restaurants at the Lamma Island pier
Splurge but not overly stuffy? How about doing a chef's table? Gaddi's chef table is inside the kitchen and definitely a memorable experience with a tour of the kitchen ahead of time. They offer the same in the chinese restaurant as well. The other splurge that I haven't tried is the Krug Room in the Mandarin but they have a minimum spend of HK$20k. Another way to do this would be to reserve a private kitchen. Something like Da Ping Huo for spicy Xichuan food would be nice. Not fancy but an experience.