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We are wanting to finish up a 2 week holiday in Hong Kong next year with a lovely restaurant meal. In previous years we have eaten at Gaddi's in the Peninsular, the main restaurant at the Intercontinenal and also in the Mandarin Oriental. Next time we will probably stay in Causeway Bay. Would this restaurant be a good choice for a big finale or any other recommendations? ( doesn't have to be in that area). Many thanks.

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    I haven't been to Opia so can't commment or compare, but for a nice occasion restaurant I'd recommend The Veranda at Repulse Bay, similar in ambience to Gaddi's, and especially nice overlooking the sea.

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    Peterlan, I have eatan at Opia, but just once. I thought the food was quite good, but the service was a little pretentious (I can’t find another word for it). They really are impressed with themselves. For lack of a better word, it’s haute cuinse dining, you know presentation is all, little plates of food kind of fussily presented. If you can get around that, you would enjoy it. There is no view at all, however; don’t know if that is important to you, if you have been to Gaddis and the Habourside you probably had a good view, esp at the latter.

    If you want very good food and no view and less attitude, I really like Ingredients, in Star Street in Wan Chai (very close to Pacific Place, walkable from the Admiralty MTR). This was a private kitchen in Soho that moved to a bigger and nicer place about a year ago. Also IMO you really cannot go wrong with M on the Fringe, always something interesting on their menu, has been dependable for like 15 years. Nice location too. No view but eclectic little place. Good wine list. Another very good place for Italian is Tuscany by H, in Lan Kwai Fong, no view, but nice ambience and very good food. I also like O Sip Hah, whichi is a Thai restaurant, run by the same owner as Hutong, good food and nice decor. Not sure how authentically Thai the food is, more of a fusion IMO, but still good. It’s in Soho. No view but a nice place, they have a nice bar too.

    If you want some very good food and a great view try Pearl on the Peak, which opened in the Peak Tram building about 4-5 months ago. More dressy and formal than the other restaurants up there, and better food. Get a window table over the tracks, not on the west side which has an air conditiong unit which seems to block views a bit. They have a small outside terrace as well. A good bit of seafood, and great deserts.

    My other recco is that you should try to get a table at the China Club. This is theoretically a private club, , but it is not really that hard to get a booking for the dining room, and I believe most good hotels can do it. The club is on the top floor of the old Bank of China Building in Central and is done in 1930’s Shanghai colonial/art deco style. The dining room has no views (or really even windows) at all, but there is a nice bar (called, rather bizarelly IMO the Long March Bar and done in honor of Mao’s long march) and a library with a little terrace and view. The food is good, and there is a guy who makes noodles at your table. A good place for a celebration, IMO.

    A really good Italian restaurant with a nice outdoor terrace (but not views) is Gaia. It’s just outside Central toward Western/Sheung Wan, but walkable from Central and not too far from the escalator.

    If you have not been to Felix in the Penninsula Hotel, you might try that. Stark design just like Opia, and good food, but not quite the attitude.

    I always have a good meal and a good time at Hutong, really not a bad seat in the house even if you can’t get a window table. Much more casual and less expensive than any of the above, but still a nice evening. Try their Italian or Japanese too.

    Joel Rubichon has a restaurant in the Landmark, I have to say it is really excellent food, again no view. It is quite expensive, but if for a celebratory dinner, probably worth it. They have like a tapas tasting menu. It is somewhat casual, you may even be at the tasting bar. There is a Nobu and a Spoon in the Intercon, both have views and good food, but they are both quite pricey. Caprice in the Four Seasons is a really good French restaurant, fairly expensive for dinner (they have prix fixe dinner at US$100 for 3 courses or you can go to the chef’s table for US$1,000), but a good value for lunch actually.

    I would not recco Pierre in the Mandarin. I think it is really really pretentious and not worth the money. The food is good of course, but I find the atmosphere not relaxed at all. They also somehow messed up what could be good views, they seem obscured. The Shanghainese restaurant there (Man Wah Restaurant) is very good and if you have a window table onto Chater Garden you would have a decent view. I think this is the most elegant Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong, it is quiet and understated (hard for Chinese restaurants to be).


    M at the Fringe at http://www.m-onthebund.com/at_the_fringe
    tuscany-by-h.com
    www.gaiaristorante.com
    Hutong at www.aqua.com.hk


    O Sip Hah
    15 Old Bailey Street
    Central
    Tel: 3622-3222

    Ingredients
    23 Wing Fung Street
    Wan Chai
    Tel 2544-5133

    Pearl on the Peak
    Level 1, Peak Tower
    128 Peak Road
    tel: 852-2849-5123

    L'atelier de Joel Robuchon
    Shop 401
    4th Floor
    The Landmark Shopping Centre
    Central
    Tel: 2166 9000


    The China Club
    13th Floor, Old Bank of China Building
    Bank St
    Central
    Tel: (852) 2521-8888

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