When the sun is shining and typhoon season is at bay, the urge to wine and dine in the great outdoors begins to sink in. Lucky then, that we are blessed with some fantastic restaurants around the city that offer us spacious terraces, swanky rooftops, and even sandy beaches where we can indulge in a feast for the senses. Here are some of our favourites around Hong Kong.
Located in Hysan Place in the heart of bustling Causeway Bay, spacious venue Shelter offers fresh, authentic Italian nibbles in a vibrant setting made all the more atmospheric by the romantic twinkling lights and huge dome chairs that invite you to climb inside. Although the a la carte menu is only served in the restaurant inside, you can still enjoy a menu of smaller dishes on the gorgeous terrace, including Mini Pizzas, French Fries, and Cold Cuts, along with a variety of cocktails, spirits, and wines.
Shelter, Shop No. 718-719, 7/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2778 8398
Aberdeen Street Social
Surrounded by lush greenery and hidden within PMQ, Aberdeen Street Social occupies a two-storey colonial house and outdoor terrace that seats up to 15 guests. Here, diners can enjoy lunch or dinner, and arguably one of Hong Kong’s best weekend brunches, as well as some killer cocktails and Gin & Tonics after work. The venue serves modern cuisine – a playful mix of old favourites and fresh ideas, driven by the seasons – so you can expect things like Fish & Chips, Burgers, and Caesar Salads among desserts such as Eton Mess and Lemon Meringue Pie.
Aberdeen Street Social, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, (+852) 2866 0300
Calling all nature lovers! Michelin-starred restaurant Duddell’s boasts a stunning 2,200 square-foot Garden Terrace on which to enjoy a menu of authentic Cantonese cuisine. Leafy plants and comfy, cushioned seating create a serene tropical oasis in the heart of the urban sprawl, where diners can enjoy a range of seafood, meat, dum sum, snacks, and Chinese delicacies from the a la carte or lunch menu. This stylish little getaway is also home to a seasoned collection of art and some beautifully whimsical cocktails such as the Frogs Start Singing and Dew Glistens on Grass.
Duddell’s, 3/F & 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, (+852) 2525 9191
If you fancy a day at the beach, complete with tasty food, then Bathers on Lower Cheung Sha Beach offers delicious food mere footsteps away from the ocean. Showcasing modern British cuisine with a focus on freshly cooked seafood and sharing plates, this causal eatery is often filled to the brim on the weekends when families and friends gather together to enjoy sunny lunches and romantic sunset dinners. Must-order dishes include Roast Red Snapper, Beer Battered Barramundi, and Cheeseburgers with Onion Rings. There is also a full range of wines, spirits, cocktails, and craft beers on offer, and if you arrive around 9am on weekends and public holidays, you can enjoy breakfast too.
Bathers, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, (+852) 2504 4788
Perched on the 31st floor of the stunning V Point Tower in Causeway Bay, ALTO offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong and a spacious terrace on which to enjoy a simple Sky Menu of treats such as Crispy Pig Skins, Cheese Fondue, Chicken Satay, and Indonesian Spiced Chicken Wings. The restaurant also boasts a superb range of wines from some of the world’s most respected vineyards and a creative assembly of cocktails to keep everyone topped up as they admire the city views below.
ALTO, 31/F, 18 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2603 7181
Boasting an open kitchen and al fresco seating area, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse on Mody Road is the perfect spot for people-watching and soaking up the buzzing atmosphere of Tsim Sha Tsui’s bustling harbourside promenade. Guests can also expect live music served alongside favourites like the signature lobster bisque, oven-fresh pizzas, and of course, juicy steaks. From succulent tenderloins to sizzling rib-eyes, and the popular wet-aged Australian wagyu, this is one restaurant carnivores will not want to pass up.
Wooloomooloo, G7/8 Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, (+852) 2722 7050
Tucked around the corner from Fashion Walk, friendly, causal neighbourhood eatery Eat.It serves Italian comfort food in an unpretentious and fun manner. It also offers an impressive terrace which seats up to one hundred guests, making it the perfect spot to feast on made-to-order pizzas, freshly made pasta, and staple Italian antipasti such as Burrata cheese and fried calamari, homemade gelato, and tiramisu. Ideal for refuelling during a day spent hitting the shops, or just enjoying a lazy afternoon in the sunshine.
Eat.It, Shop J, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2489 8822
If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of Central and enjoying a spot of people-watching over lunch or dinner, then Italian bar and restaurant Enoteca in Quarry Bay is the place to be. A mainstay of the neighbourhood’s dining scene, the casual venue offers Italian pastas and pizzas as well as interesting Mediterranean choices. A popular post-work watering hole among office workers in the area, and an ideal choice for stress-free weekend dining, Enoteco has the feel of an Italian town piazza where guests can kick back and relax with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.
Enoteca, G/F, 35-41 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, (+852) 2744 6000
The Grill at Grand Hyatt
Fancy a luxurious poolside view with your meal? Then you’ll be in paradise at The Grill at Grand Hyatt. This premium al fresco dining spot is open for lunch and dinner, weather permitting, and boasts a delicious barbecue buffet which serves up refreshing salads, grilled premium quality meat and seafood, and mouth-watering desserts. It is also home to one of our favourite weekend buffet brunches where diners can tuck into all the chargrilled sand lobster, king prawns, crabs, mussels, and grilled salmon they can manage (with free-flow added). A perfect spot to escape the madness of the city and lap up some rays.
The Grill at the Grand Hyatt, 11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2584 7722
La Rambla by Catalunya
Nothing beats dining against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic harbour, and the outdoor terrace at Spanish restaurant La Rambla by Catalunya is the perfect spot to do just this. Seating up to one hundred guests, the wooden-decked terrace includes a separate outdoor bar where you can enjoy the venue’s infamous Spanish Gin & Tonic, and tuck into some tasty food from a separate menu after 3pm daily. Nibbles include things like Truffle Chips, Patatas Bravas, Suckling Pig and Foie Sliders, and an Iberico Platter. Plus, if you swing by on the weekend, you can enjoy live DJ beats with your gorgeous view.
La Rambla by Catalunya, 3071-73 Level 3, ifc mall, Central, (+852) 2661 1161
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