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Restaurants / Bars with a view of HK Skyline

ey2006 Apr 27, 2009 01:50 AM

Was wondering if there were any good dining spots and bars with good views of the HK harbour? It can be overlooking the HK Island harbour (most likely in TST) or vice versa, i.e. restaurant in Central/Wanchai etc overlooking Kowloon.

So far I only know of Felix at the Peninsula and Aqua Spirit. Both are in TST and I have read very mixed reviews on both on openrice, just wondering if there are any other ones that people have been to and would recommend?

I also found R66 (revolving) in Wanchai which is like a lunch/dinner buffet, but apparently the food is not that good. Another one I found was Penthouse Sky Lounge in Wanchai but there doesnt seem to be many reviews.


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  1. HKTraveler RE: ey2006 Apr 27, 2009 10:42 PM

    Try Hu Tong. The food is decent especially that lamb. View is jaw dropping and you are paying for that view and the ambiance. But for a tourist, I would definitely recommend it.

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      chinmoy.lad RE: ey2006 Jun 22, 2009 11:36 PM

      If price is not an issue, head to Petrus in Island Shangri-la. In my opinion, this is far and away the best French (or even non-Chinese for that matter) restaurant in Hong Kong. However, you're REALLY paying through the roof here.

      Alternatives are heading to places like the Peak (Cafe Deco), but I wouldn't recommend it based on the food quality (also fairly expensive, but certainly more affordable than a meal at Petrus).

      1. e_ting RE: ey2006 Jun 23, 2009 07:48 AM

        R66's food is really bad - in a word, don't.

        for less wallet-melting experiences, you could try peking garden/jade garden at star house, and the decks at spasso and ricepaper at ocean terminal. i took some visitors to ricepaper recently and they absolutely loved it. BLT steak has a good view, but check there's no cruiseliner out front which will block the entire view - by the time it leaves, the restaurant will make you leave too...

        1. Peech RE: ey2006 Jun 25, 2009 08:02 PM

          One of my favorites has always been the Chinese restaurant at the InterCon, Yan Toh Heen. It's one of the best Cantonese restaurants and has a harbor view by the windows.

          Spoon and Nobu also have views and I can't complain about the quality of food at either place.

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            Charles Yu RE: Peech Jun 25, 2009 08:43 PM

            Yes! Totally agree with Peech! Yan Toh Heen is a great choice. Always thought it should deserve a Michelin star!
            Another place I love is the Oyster bar in the Sheraton across from the Inter-Con. A plate of freshly sliced Spanish Serrano ham, a few Belons or Galway flats and a nice glass of white wine should go pretty well with the great view!

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              crackerA RE: Peech Jul 5, 2009 10:01 AM

              YEAH for chinese place at Intercon hotel.

            2. buttertart RE: ey2006 Jun 26, 2009 06:10 AM

              Last trip (2007) our hotel recommended us to Prince Restaurant 香港王子饭店 on the 11th floor of 1 Peking Road (Kowloon side) - food was good and we had a fabulous view. Not terribly expensive (but we didn't get into the shark's fin etc.). Googled the restaurant and found this post which is useful, I think: http://www.arthurhungry.com/archives/...

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                big_apple_ken RE: buttertart Jul 5, 2009 02:42 AM

                You should try "Maxim's Palace" on the 3rd floor of the City Hall in Hong Kong (http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr...). The dim sum is not excellent but definitely above average and worth going. Very popular with tourists and foreigners. The main draw is the spectacular view of the Kowloon city line from it's massive ceiling to floor windows. I would definitely suggest making a reservation instead of walking in since that place gets packed during lunch time.

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                  e_ting RE: big_apple_ken Jul 5, 2009 05:24 AM

                  unfortunately Maxim's Palace doesn't take reservations at lunch - get there early (11 ish on a weekday, 10 ish on a weekend) or late (2 ish). You can book for dinner though

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                    crackerA RE: e_ting Jul 5, 2009 10:05 AM

                    gotta mention that i am a "regular foreigner" in HK.

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                    crackerA RE: big_apple_ken Jul 5, 2009 10:04 AM

                    food so-so and u need a microphone to hear yourself speaking. won't recommend maxim's for entertaining friends, especially foreigners.

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                  MissLambkins RE: ey2006 Jul 16, 2009 02:10 AM

                  Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental is worth a look too, although if it's the night view you are after then it's probably better to be on Kowloon side

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                    ywwan RE: ey2006 Jul 16, 2009 05:53 AM

                    Wouldn't really eat there but go to Sevva for a drink outside - the view is amazing.

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                      Charles Yu RE: ywwan Jul 16, 2009 06:33 AM

                      Agree! Pierre's food can be hit or miss! For the money, spend it at L'Atelier Robuchon instead. Though no view!

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                      modernleifeng RE: ey2006 Jul 16, 2009 07:26 PM

                      any other suggestions as to where to go for a scenic drink? Have done the Felix thing, will look into Sevva. What about the bar at Hotel LKF? Any other suggestions?

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                        chinmoy.lad RE: ey2006 Jul 20, 2009 01:57 AM

                        Aqua in Peking Road is another (expensive) option.

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                          chinmoy.lad RE: ey2006 Jul 20, 2009 07:27 PM

                          If it's Kowloon-view you're looking for, Isola is another good option where you can head to without breaking the bank - should cost between $400-$800 per person. Their tiramisu is heavenly, and their seafood choices aren't bad either. I've heard good stuff about their pizzas, but I can't bring myself to go to a decent restaurant to eat pizza.

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                            MissLambkins RE: chinmoy.lad Jul 20, 2009 08:03 PM

                            The pizza isn't bad at all, but the tomato soup is excellent!

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                            chinmoy.lad RE: ey2006 Jul 26, 2009 07:10 AM

                            Has anyone tried Le 188 Restaurant and Lounge in the new Harbour Grand Hotel in North Point/Tin Hau?

                            I don't have much for the food (just an impression) but the view is...well...have a look for yourself:

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                              ginger6104 RE: ey2006 Dec 4, 2009 03:25 AM

                              Any suggestions for chines seafood orientated places that have a great view and are not too exoensive

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