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For that special occasion or business meeting, the choice of venue and menu is growing all the time

 

FRESH APPROACH

 

OZONE
118/F, THE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE CENTRE
1 AUSTIN ROAD WEST
KOWLOON
2263 2270
WWW.RITZCARLTON.COM

 

FARE Asian-style tapas. AMBIENCE Futuristic décor with comfortable sofa areas, pulsating music and a stunning view - if it's a clear day. COST HK$1,991 for two including drinks. WHO TO BRING Friends and colleagues for a night out. TURN-ONS The menu features Asian-style tapas that started with a different take on caviar presentations where an egg custard was placed on a blini, egg white "pearls" around it and then topped with Oscietra caviar. Next were pieces of squid in a glass bowl with pickled baby beetroot and radish, with mizuna finished with the delicate hint of coconut foam as well as pan-seared foie gras with yuzu sorbet, apple chip and brioche. Things warmed up with the spicy prawn bisque with crunchiness from the pistachio, and we also savoured the seared yellow fin tuna belly, smooth with slices of braised daikon, jalapeno and ponzu. Mini wagyu beef burgers hit the spot, as well as warm chocolate tartlets. TURN-OFFS We loved the smoky presentation of the home-made smoked Scottish salmon but the accompanying rice purée didn't do much for the taste. Mini mochi with red bean and peppermint didn't have much flavour, perhaps because of their small size. DRINKS An extensive variety of cocktails, wines and Champagnes. The gin and tonic with honey yuzu marmalade was refreshing. BERNICE CHAN

 

 


HEALTHY OPTIONS

 

MO BAR
THE LANDMARK MANDARIN ORIENTAL
G/F, 15 QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL
CENTRAL
2132 0077
WWW.MANDARINORIENTAL.
COM/LANDMARK

 

FARE Light and healthy. AMBIENCE Lobby bar meets luxe nightclub, with a DJ from 6pm Wed-Fri and 9pm weekends. COST HK$800 for two, without drinks. WHO TO BRING Friends for after-work drinks, or late-night cocktails and nibbles. TURN-ONS Asian, Mediterranean and American dishes, as well as the occasional fusion, making healthy eating a breeze with "light delights", "vitality" and "vegetarian" selections. Heartier appetites will appreciate the signature burgers, fish and chips and fried noodles. Organic beetroot tartare was light but flavourful and the teriyaki burger - with wagyu beef, pickled Japanese cucumbers and onion tempura - was a tasty blend of East and West. Another Japaneseinspired dish was the salmon with zero-calorie konjac noodles in a seaweed and miso dressing. Desserts include a pandan leaf-infused panna cotta made with stevia, a natural sweetener, and a sugar-free French apple tart. TURN-OFFS For café-style FARE, prices are high. DRINKS Everything you can think of. TAMA LUNG

 

 


ASIAN ASSORTMENT

 

SPICES
G/F, THE REPULSE BAY
109 REPULSE BAY ROAD
2292 2821
WWW.THEREPULSEBAY.COM

 

FARE Asian AMBIENCE Casual alfresco dining with high ceilings, natural wood and large outside deck. WHO TO BRING Family and friends. COST HK$900 for two with a glass of wine. TURN-ONS The wide selection of Asian dishes from Indonesia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. The starter of Indonesian gado gado is elegantly presented as large vegetable rolls with peanut sauce on the side. The chicken and beef satay are as good as you get in Singapore or Malaysia. We shared phad Thai haw-kwai - stir-fried Thai noodles with shrimps, tofu, peanuts and preserved radish and Malaysian ayam goreng - a crispy chicken sautéed with lemongrass, sweet basil leaves and fried garlic and chilli, as well as Indonesian sayur bayem - spinach with garlic and ginger. For dessert, coconut ice cream, sticky rice mango pudding, fruit and a green jelly with coconut was a good way to end. TURN-OFFS The crème brûlée was somewhat tasteless. DRINKS A choice of wines, beer, spirits and cocktails, but we went for the non-alcoholic cocktails. TRACEY FURNISS

 

 


WORLD OF CHOICE

 

SEVVA
25/F, LANDMARK PRINCE'S BUILDING
10 CHATER ROAD
CENTRAL
2537 1388
WWW.SEVVA.HK 

 

FARE A bit of everything. AMBIENCE Sleek, stylish and perfectly lit, SEVVA features intimate dining and lounge spaces. COST HK$2,000 for two with drinks. WHO TO BRING Out-of-town guests on an expense account. TURN-ONS The menu reads like a culinary world tour, with everything from dosas and Shanghainese dumplings to pastas and pot pie. The Sichuan duck salad was an interesting blend, with foie gras and chunks of nashi pear in a Fuji apple vinaigrette. We also enjoyed the signature cold angel hair pasta with caviar and fragrant truffle oil, and the tagliatelle with bacalao and grilled coral garoupa. SEVVA is famous for its desserts, with "couture creations" of cake topped with cotton candy. We opted for the less dramatic but pleasingly flaky mille-feuille tart with mango slices and mango ice cream. TURN-OFFS The menu is so wideranging it took us 20 minutes to choose our appetisers. DRINKS The wine list features a number of exceptional bottles, as well as more wallet-friendly options. TAMA LUNG

 

 


GENEROUS PORTIONS

 

TOTT'S AND ROOF TERRACE
34/F, THE EXCELSIOR HONG KONG
281 GLOUCESTER ROAD
CAUSEWAY BAY
2837 6786
WWW.MANDARINORIENTAL.
COM/EXCELSIOR

 

FARE Modern international. AMBIENCE Contemporary Chinese, featuring an art deco-style hallway that leads to a bronze and blue-decorated restaurant with floorto- ceiling windows and 180 degree views of the harbour and Kowloon. COST HK$1,789 for two with two glasses of wine. WHO TO BRING Close friends or your significant other. TURN-ONS The pan-seared gnocchi was served with an unexpected spiced carrot purée and roast pumpkin dukka, the sweetness of both complemented the potato dumplings perfectly. The Boston lobster, served with asparagus and herb risotto, was tender and already shucked, while the asparagus was cooked perfectly al dente. The wagyu rump steak was as generously sized as the other dishes and tender. TURN-OFFS While service was friendly it was a little slow. The parfait dessert was too frozen to eat and even turned the hot fudge sauce cold. DRINKS Extensive list of Old and New World wines and Champagne.  MARIE INCLES

 

 


FRENCH DRESSING

 

ST. GEORGE
1881 HERITAGE
2A CANTON ROAD
TSIM SHA TSUI
3988 0000
WWW.HULLETTHOUSE.COM

 

FARE Modern European. AMBIENCE High ceilings in the converted Marine Police headquarters, chandeliers and brocade wall coverings. COST HK$2,081 for two, including a non-alcoholic drink. WHO TO BRING Your significant other or close friends for a celebration. TURN-ONS The starter of shiitake bouillon was served tableside with a plump fresh Brittany oyster, large scallop, tender langoustine and carabineros. We also enjoyed the main of Lozère lamb saddle with a sauce of thick coconut milk and rice cream. The roasted French squab tasted very Asian with Indian spice vadouvan. A delicious finish was the Black Forest barre, and for a tart dessert, the citrus of Clementine, pomelo and grapefruit segments were artfully carved. TURN-OFFS The Scottish salmon marinated with vadouvan had a fishy smell that marred the presentation. DRINKS New and Old World wines with an emphasis on France. BERNICE CHAN

 

 


SINFUL DELIGHTS

 

FELIX
28/F, THE PENINSULA HONG KONG
SALISBURY ROAD
TSIM SHA TSUI
2696 6778
WWW.PENINSULA.COM

 

FARE Contemporary European. AMBIENCE Philippe Starck's design still exudes modern chic. COST HK$2,960 for two, including wine pairing. WHO TO BRING Guests to impress or visitors. TURN-ONS A refreshing start is the crab salad wrapped around red tuna, dressed with arugula sauce and a delicious "bubble" that burst in the mouth with tomato consomme. The chilled sweet corn soup was more sinful with duck liver cream. Delicately executed was the grilled quail. A hearty main was the paprika-crusted Australian lamb that also came with a sausage stuffed with barley, cabbage and lamb. Dessert was a perfect finish - a chocolate mousse and jelly with apricot compote, black pepper cream and whisky foam. TURN-OFFS The pan-seared sea bass was overcooked. DRINKS Extensive wine list and cocktails. BERNICE CHAN

 

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