Five of the best new restaurants in California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong

From a jacuzzi on the rooftop to a nightclub at the bottom, you get more than just food and drinks at the Central nightlife hub's newest address

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 August, 2015, 1:48pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 August, 2015, 1:48pm

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The new dining scene in Lan Kwai Fong is taking shape as tenants steadily move into the new, 25-floor California Tower, with a restaurant opening there seemingly every few weeks. Here are five that caught our eye.

Ce La Vi

This new hotspot takes night life to a new level – the top floor of the building, in fact – and comes with a Jacuzzi on the rooftop should you care to make a splash. Restaurant menu highlights include foie gras French toast, fresh seafood and mango pudding. Signature cocktails at the bar include This is the Life, Bloody Old Fashion, Storm Cooler and a Ce La Vi Negroni.

 

25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central. Tel: 3700 2300

Fovea Club

Here’s an interesting mix – Cantonese cuisine combined with a nightclub atmosphere. Who would have thought? Occupying two floors of the building, Fovea is creating a stir, with a number of local and overseas DJs having performed to keep party-goers coming back for more.

1/F and 2/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central. Tel: 2264 0112

Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto 

This Japanese restaurant was one of the first to move into the building. Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto bills itself as “Michelin for the masses” and claims to serve high-quality Japanese cuisine at affordable prices. But we’re on Hong Kong Island – so don’t expect Tim Ho Wan prices. Some dishes worth sampling: the sashimi moriawase, monaka surprise, and saba sushi.

 

What we said: 

Our meal wasn't Michelin-quality — and the prices weren't exactly "for the masses" — but we liked much of what we tried. The raw dishes were the best part of the meal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central. Tel: 2328 3302

Townhouse

A lot of people going to California Tower head up to the 23rd floor to take in theviews of Central that can also be enjoyed at a mini balcony. Opened by Gaia Group, the restaurant has some creative cocktails made with bacon-infused bourbon, chamomile-infused house gin, and lavender-infused choya plum wine and seaweed syrup. Complement drinks with creative bites like buffalo wings with lime and lemongrass, and hamachi salmon with green apple wasabi ice and yuzu.

What we said:

The food was much better than expected. Hamachi sashimi with green apple wasabi ice and yuzu  was a great start to the meal.

 

 

 

 

 

23/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central. Tel: 2344 2366

Porterhouse by Laris

Australian chef David Laris entices carnivores with his latest eatery. Start off with a oysters, lobster or a seared scallops, followed by the main event – choose from Angus prime beef, Tasmania grass-fed beef or Japanese wagyu A4. Don’t forget to choose some side dishes too. Desserts include dark chocolate mousse, pavlova and selection of cheeses. Bring a very empty stomach.  

What we said: 

The king crab and avocado stack with lemongrass gazpacho  was a refreshing starter

 

 

 

 

 

7/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central. Tel: 2522 6366