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Originally published by Annette Chan. Last updated by Jianne Soriano.
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.
Located in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, this restaurant 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, framed as if it were a dynamic piece of art by the large floor-to-ceiling windows.
Executive chef Wilson Leung 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 Australian fare. Besides the lunches, brunches, and à la carte delights, we like the New Zealand Otago venison tenderloin and are always on the lookout for the drink specials!
Hue, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3500 5888
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 and Pluma Ibérico pork winning admirers for their simple yet luxurious flavours. Don’t forget to order the light-as-air mille-feuille for a sweet end to the meal, or the Floating Island with yuzu gel and spicy cashews for a modern take on the classic.
Amelia, Shop OTG63, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
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 enter the restaurant. Of course, the Beijing-inspired Hutong offers the classic Peking duck—however, the trendy eatery also has a flaming Peking duck which is marinated in Sichuan spices before being roasted and flambéed tableside.
Hutong, 18/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3428 8342
Of course, you cannot talk about luxurious harbour views without mentioning 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 its exquisite dim sum. The long-time favourite has recently been refreshed, with chic new interiors in royal blue that seem to blend in with the vibrant sky on clear days.
Man Wah, 25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central | (+852) 2825 4003
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 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 applewood-smoked hamachi before moving on to show-stoppers like the stir-fried spicy spaghetti with fish maw and dried scallop and charcoal-grilled Miyazaki Wagyu beef tenderloin as part of the 10-course tasting menu.
Pano, 1/F & Rooftop, 24–26 Museum Drive, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
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 looks as awe-striking as the views it serves, towering over its skyscraping neighbours.
Hong Kong-based Canadian chef Cary Docherty leads the charge, spotlighting rich flavours in its meals, including the three-course weekend set brunch and four-course dinner.
Salisterra, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
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 the restaurant’s 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, seabass with crushed potatoes and lobster bisque, and steak tartare with grilled sourdough taking the limelight, and the apple tarte tatin with salted caramel sauce for finishers.
Harbourside Grill, Shop OTE401, Level 4, Ocean Terminal Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Located mere steps away from the Hung Hom promenade, The Bayside is a new dining concept that offers a fresh taste of the Mediterranean basin’s most prized dishes on top of panoramic views. Perfect for seaside dining, it has both indoor and outdoor terrace seats with a menu that brings flavours from coastal cities like Valencia and Venice to Hong Kong.
You will love the bountiful selection of fresh oysters, delectable tapas, homemade pasta, meats, seafood, and more. Bask in the great taste of the Peruvian pickle or the dry-aged Wagyu bavette and don’t forget to treat yourself to the restaurant’s exclusive wines and innovative cocktails! The Bayside offers all-day dining, buffet lunches, afternoon tea, and à la carte menus in the evening, so take your pick.
The Bayside, Shop G1, G/F, 18 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom
After a two-decade-long hiatus, Yucca de Lac reopens at The Peak Galleria. Its history dates back to 1963 when it doubled as a sought-after movie shooting location at the time. Now, the Cantonese-Western fusion restaurant gets an upgrade, with oriental and French-inspired interiors that echo the picturesque mountains of its former Ma Liu Shui post.
The reinvigorated menu pays homage to age-old Cantonese gastronomy, taking influences from traditional teahouse classics. The restaurant brings back signature dishes, such as the succulent marinated pigeon, smoky sautéed flat rice noodle with beef tenderloin and sweet soy sauce, and the tender stuffed tofu with minced pork jowl. Dine with a magnificent view on a sun-drenched terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour!
Yucca de Lac, Shop 201–202C, 2/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Central
Love capturing the sunset? How about killer views? Kaboom, a new rooftop restaurant and bar in Tsim Sha Tsui, should be on your list. Spanning two floors and resembling a seaside restaurant, parasols and plush rattan chairs are sprawled across Kaboom’s space, giving off the vibes of a serene oasis. Get an unobstructed front-row view of Victoria Harbour while indulging in delectable Southeast Asian-inspired bites and house cocktails.
Items of note include the five spices roasted crispy cauliflower and the corn on the cob seasoned three ways. For a light bite, try the zucchini noodle in chorizo cream sauce and seared scallops while the typhoon shelter-style crab pasta will provide for heartier appetites. The cocktails, aptly named No more OT Please! and I Need to Keep Fit, are perfect weekday tipples to wind down after a busy day.
Kaboom, 20/F, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3708 8114
Michelin-starred Tosca di Angelo draws crowds for its breathtaking view and menu that boasts rich Italian flavours. Located on a high floor of the ICC, take in the tall ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and Romanesque ambience while enjoying the Minuetto N7 menu. Olive oil is the star ingredient behind the menu, and the golden liquid picked from southern Sicily is incorporated into the dishes. The result is an exquisite array of delights which include the Hokkaido hamachi with cauliflower, pistachio, and black truffle, and the Mediterranean sea bass with Perlina eggplant.
Tosca di Angelo, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
If you love to let your camera eat first, you will surely have a delightful time at Jaja. Located at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, this vegetarian restaurant positions itself as a fun space complete with delicious and equally Instagrammable food. Enjoy an array of plant-based delights like the Soup-er Wonton, maki platter, smoky corn ribs, and more. While the appetisers and main dishes are great, the highlights here are the tasty desserts. Dig into the Shake It Off series which features milkshakes in vibrant colours or the classic chia pudding in various flavours.
When it comes to the dining area, you won’t know where to start snapping photos. One spot adopts a charming light blue colour while the other boasts an attractive pink. Add in the various trinkets like the doughnut-shaped cushions, the claw machine, the wall of flowers, and the floor-to-window view of Victoria Harbour and your camera roll is all set.
Jaja, 6/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2877 3999