I know a place: Luxe website founder Alexis Zirah’s eclectic picks

Andrew Sun

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 10:35pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 10:35pm

Alexis Zirah is the founder of, an online market for buying and selling luxury goods


I am a regular at Cafe Causette (M/F Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, tel: 2825 4005) for business lunches. It is very consistent. The best thing is the lobster bisque served with fresh home-made bread.

I also enjoy The Chinnery (1/F Mandarin Oriental, tel: 2825 4009) for lunches with a British club-like atmosphere. The confines are cosy, the curry is excellent and the service top notch.

Although it is very difficult to get a table at the last minute, I enjoy Sunday brunches at Zuma (5/F The Landmark, 12-16 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 3657 6388). The long buffet is always impressive with a wide range of Japanese dishes.

Sumac (8 Glenealy, Central, tel: 2147 9191) is the best Middle Eastern in Hong Kong. I like all their dishes, in particular, their hummus and tabbouleh.

With someone visiting Hong Kong and seeking a local experience, I would go to Tung Po (2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, tel: 2880 5224). It's crowded, and you sit on plastic stools and drink beer from bowls. But the atmosphere is truly unique, and the food is excellent. The seafood dishes, like squid ink pasta or chilli bamboo clams, are particularly good.

For dim sum, City Hall Maxim's Palace (2/F Low Block, City Hall, Central, tel: 2521 1303) offers a great combination of experience and food.

For a wonderful view of the skyline right in the middle of Central, Sevva (25/F Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road Central, tel: 2537 1388) is great, particularly for drinks.

For ultimate luxury, I would go without hesitation to L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Shop 401, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2166 9000). It's the finest French restaurant in Hong Kong.

I enjoy sitting at the bar and seeing how the food is prepared. It's always a visual feast and it feels like being part of the culinary process. They also have a top wine list.

I like Ramen Kureha (20-22 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, tel: 2808 4468) for a casual bite. It has the best ramen in town and you feel like you are eating in the heart of Tokyo.

Eric's Kitchen in Big Wave Bay is a great spot to have a relaxed lunch at the weekend.

I spent a few years in Shanghai, and I love the regional Chinese cuisine in the city, especially Lost Heaven for Yunnan cuisine (tel: +86 21 6433 5126) and Lynn Modern Shanghai Cuisine (tel: +86 21 6247 0101).

In my hometown of Paris, which is, of course, renowned as the world's culinary capital, my favourite restaurants include Le Grand Colbert (tel: +33 1 42 86 87 88).