Favourite restaurants of Vivienne Tang, The Sanctuary co-founder and editor at Rock Media
Swiss food, chocolate, noodles and hearty brunches, all washed down with fine cocktails - the recipe for a good life from wellness centre co-founder
I’m not a huge breakfast person early in the morning, but if I happen to walk past Eric Kayser (38 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, tel: 2178 2566) I’ll definitely indulge in a pain au chocolat. If I’m in Central for a meeting, I’ll stop by Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon (shop 315, 3/F The Landmark, 16 Des Voeux Road, Central, tel: 2166 9088). The croissants are to die for.
For lunch I normally end up in Causeway Bay and one of my favourites is Gonpachi (4/F Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, tel: 2787 3688). The salmon is delicious and the hand-pounded house-made buckwheat soba noodles are a must-try. The beautiful decor completes the Japanese dining experience.
After work, especially on Fridays, I like to relax with a glass of wine at the speakeasy 001 (97 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2810 6969) and dig into their famous grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the best in town.
I’m a sucker for noodles and any form of Italian cuisine, so Moyo (36 Aberdeen Street, Central, tel: 2858 2777), which offers Korean-Italian dishes, fulfils my cravings. Should there be a need for more drinks, The Woods (17 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2522 0281) is always a good idea, and those fab cocktails really are a culinary experience.
I live right above Sai Ying Pun, so on the weekends, I normally have brunch at my regular joint, Metropolitain (46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 6271 6102).
If I’m working out in Central, I opt for a hearty brunch at Aberdeen Street Social (PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, tel: 2866 0300) afterwards.
I then often stroll over to Sheung Wan and end up at Mana! Cafe (8 Tai On Terrace, PoHo, tel: 2347 8555), where their “open flat” – a rustic flatbread topped with figs, raisins, dried coconut and tahini maple syrup – makes for a good dessert. I enjoy it with a coffee with almond milk and a scoop of cacao butter. That’s also where I stock up on my Raiz The Bar raw chocolate.
I have a very sweet tooth, and I do like my chocolate – I’m Swiss, after all. If I’m ever in Shek O, I’ll pop into the Black Sheep (330 Shek O Village, tel: 2809 2021) for Hong Kong’s best chocolate mousse. Their pizza is pretty famous, too.
If I’m feeling homesick, I’ll book a table at Chesa (1/F The Peninsula Hong Kong, 19-21 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2696 6769) and the Swiss chalet setting, complemented by the cheese fondue, raclette and potato rosti, quickly has me in the best of spirits again.
As told to Kylie Knott