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Hong Kong’s best restaurants with harbour views

By Annette Chan 24 June 2021

Header image courtesy of @monyi.w (via Instagram)

We all know that Hong Kong has no shortage of good eats—from fine-dining restaurants to Japanese grilled meat specialists and regional Chinese cuisines, gourmands are spoiled for choice in our fair city. There are few attractions in Hong Kong so enticing as our food culture—except perhaps our beautiful harbour, with its instantly recognisable skyscrapers and landmarks. So why not marry the two with a delicious meal served alongside some stunning harbour views? From artistic restaurants serving exciting Antipodean cuisine to rustic Japanese barbecue spots, here are our favourite restaurants in Hong Kong with harbour views.

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Hue

Located in the renovated and refreshed Hong Kong Museum of Art, this restaurant, bar, and lounge rather fittingly describes itself as “where food meets art.” The interior design, while beautiful—think teal banquettes and fishing net-inspired pendant lamps—takes a back seat to the stunning views of Victoria Harbour, which is framed as if it were a dynamic piece of art by the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

Executive chef Anthony Hammel prepares food that is similarly pleasing to the eye, with artful drizzles of sauce and organically shaped ceramics acting as the canvas for his refined, contemporary Australian fare. Besides the requisite lunches, brunches, and à la carte delights—we like the oolong-smoked pigeon—keep an eye out for their specials like the recently unveiled Snow White ($250), a fluffy white mousse cake encased in shards of white chocolate, inspired by the museum’s “Surrealism & Beyond” exhibition.

Hue, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3500 5888

Amelia

Yet another Harbour City establishment whose food matches the complex’s stunning views is Amelia, an outpost of the Michelin-starred eatery in San Sebastián. Happily, chef Paulo Airaudo’s elegant yet unfussy modern European cuisine has carried over to Hong Kong well, with plates like the signature spicy lobster spaghetti ($368) and Pluma Ibérico pork ($368) winning admirers for their simple yet luxurious flavours. Don’t forget to order their light-as-air mille-feuille ($108) for a sweet end to the meal, or the Floating Island ($108) with yuzu gel and spicy cashews for a modern take on the classic dessert.

Amelia, Shop OTG63, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3705 1983

Photo: Hutong Hong Kong (via Facebook)

Hutong

Unlike its sister restaurant, Aqua, Hutong has one main point of culinary focus: northern Chinese cuisine (with a sprinkling of fiery southern Chinese spice). Named after the alleys sandwiched between Beijing’s traditional siheyuan (四合院) houses, Hutong’s interiors are designed to evoke the architecture of Beijing, its dark and moody space replete with traditional Chinese motifs, faux brickwork, and dark wood screens.

Perhaps the most impressive feature is the round moon gate, through which you can glimpse glittering views of the harbour. Of course, as a Beijing-inspired restaurant, Hutong offers the classic Peking duck (starting from $418)—however, the trendy eatery also has a flaming Peking duck (starting from $418), which is marinated in Sichuan spices before being roasted then flambéed tableside.

Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Cobo House

Following its successful first stint as a sister restaurant to 2am: Dessert Bar, Cobo House hopped across the harbour and rebranded itself as a fine-dining establishment with jaw-dropping views to boot. Helmed by the “yin-and-yang” pairing of chefs Ray Choi and Devon Hou, formerly of Tate Dining Room, the menus at Cobo House’s second iteration are borderline avant-garde.

Envisioned as chapters within a larger story entitled “The Knife and Spoon,” each menu focuses on a new theme and lasts for a fleeting six weeks before making way for the next. The artful plates of inventive, hyper-seasonal food are nothing short of intriguing, so much so that they almost lure one’s attention away from the floor-to-ceiling views of Victoria Harbour—almost.

Cobo House, Shop 602, 6/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2656 3088

Man Wah

Of course, you cannot talk about luxurious harbour views without talking about the Mandarin Oriental—the exclusive five-star hotel has overlooked the glittering waters between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon for more than 60 years, standing proudly amongst towering skyscrapers. Among its nine dining options, resident Cantonese restaurant Man Wah is perhaps the most classic, with families flocking to its twenty-fifth-floor perch every week for their exquisite dim sum. The long-time favourite has recently been refreshed, with chic new interiors in royal blue that almost seem to blend in with the vibrant sky on clear days.

Man Wah, 25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central | (+852) 2825 4003

Sankason Suisan

For something a little different, away from the instantly recognisable landmarks of Central and the fine-dining establishments that gaze upon them, venture to Lei Yue Mun. Sankason Suisan, a rustic Japanese restaurant, provides a welcome change of pace from the Cantonese eateries in the seafood bazaar with its hamayaki (浜焼き; seafood barbecue) offerings and expansive views of the Eastern District. Situated in the east wing of Sam Ka Tsuen Ferry Pier, the restaurant also has an unobstructed view of the kaitos (街渡; gaai1 dou6) coming into Lei Yue Mun, with the cheerfully painted boats appearing almost close enough to touch on clear days.

Besides sushi and snacks like the beautifully presented tempura platter ($188) with its coral-like fan of fried batter, the main attraction here is of course the fresh seafood, which you can cook to your own preference at a tabletop grill. Scallops and prawns are easy crowd-pleasers, but those who enjoy oysters must try the shellfish barbecued Fukuoka-style, with the heat of the grill enhancing the briny sweetness of their liquor.

Sankason Suisan, East Wing, Sam Ka Tsuen Pier, Lei Yue Mun | (+852) 2660 8798

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Pano

For a glimpse of Victoria Harbour from the West Kowloon Cultural District angle, head to Pano, an upscale Asian-French establishment offering unobstructed views of the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island, alfresco seats, and an unforgettable fine-dining experience. Led by executive chef Ken Lau, a long-time favourite amongst local Hong Kong superstars, the elevated menu marries traditional French culinary arts with premium Asian ingredients.

Dine on sophisticated entrées like the roasted short neck clam, applewood-smoked crab jelly royale, and deep-fried tilefish with scales, before moving on to show-stoppers like the allspice maltose French pigeon with shallot purée and Miyazaki Wagyu beef two-ways as part of the 10-course tasting menu ($1,188).

Pano, 1/F & Rooftop, 24–26 Museum Drive, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District | (+852) 2361 9600

Salisterra

Perched on a high floor at The Upper House, Salisterra is the latest fine-dining destination proffered by boutique hotel group The House Collective. Although the loss of Café Gray Deluxe will forever be mourned, this new sky-high concept promises an equally memorable experience centred around Mediterranean influences. Set within an elegant, coastal-inspired environment dreamed up by award-winning interior architect André Fu, Salisterra boasts interiors that are as awe-striking as the views it serves, towering over its skyscraping neighbours.

London-based Michelin-starred chef Jun Tanaka leads the charge, spotlighting rich flavours with dishes like the langoustine ravioli ($395), salt-crusted Patagonian toothfish ($380), flamed saba mackerel ($195), crispy FOMO potatoes ($95), and oxtail croquettes ($35), plus a cosmopolitan drinks menu.

Salisterra, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 3968 1106

Harbourside Grill

If one harbour view is not enough, how about two? Perched at the tip of Ocean Terminal, Harbourside Grill is perfectly positioned to deliver stunning vistas of not just the glistening Central skyline, but also the green expanse of the West Kowloon Cultural District. Pick a spot on their wrap-around patio and while away the afternoon watching the ferries drift back and forth across the waters with a cocktail in hand.

Good for weekday lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends, as well as cheeky after-work tipples, Harbourside Grill is notable for its intercontinental menu, with recommended dishes like the Josper-grilled USDA rib-eye ($388), seabass with crushed potatoes & lobster bisque ($328), and steak tartare with grilled sourdough ($158) taking the limelight, and the buttermilk basil panna cotta with strawberry jelly ($88) for finishers.

Harbourside Grill, Shop OTE401, Level 4, Ocean Terminal Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2619 9100

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Annette Chan

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Annette is an editor and copywriter with a lifetime of experience in hunting out the most interesting, odd, and delightful things about her beloved home city. Having written extensively about everything from food and culture to fashion, music, and hospitality, she considers her speciality to be Hong Kong itself. In her free time, you can find Annette trying out new dumpling recipes or playing Big Two at her favourite local bars with a cocktail in hand.

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