We asked five writers and editors to name their favourite places in Central. Here’s what they said!
No, don’t worry, we didn’t ask anyone to climb a Swiss mountaintop and twirl – but we did ask journalists in and around Hong Kong to name their favourite things. We posited the question, “When you just want to chill, where do you hang?” Not relying on PR, press releases or sponsored posts (we know how you work vloggers!), we asked them to respond with what comes to mind immediately. Well, here’s what they said.
Editor and Publisher of Crave , Carmen Li, “For Alfresco drinks, I usually pop by China Club or Piqniq. For Sake happy hour I’d recommend Sake Bar Ginn or Sake Central . Craving local? I’d say Hot Pot Land on Wyndham.”
About Sake Central: A celebration of Japanese culture with a primary focus on sake, this is the sake connoisseurs ultimate destination created by an international team from Japan, Europe, and North America. Sake Central is rooted in promoting the sake industry an educational and multi-functional retail space that offers offers an extensive variety of sake bottles from small and large breweries both in and outside of Japan. To top it all, the space also features a cultural pavilion, specialized brand displays, handmade Japanese glassware and ceramics, as well as a sake bar with otsumami from Chef Lok Yan Li.
China Club: Bank Of China Building
13-15/F, Old, 2A Des Voeux Road, Central, +852 2521 8888
R/F (Rooftop), H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, +852 5200 1683
Reserve now: www.lecomptoir.hk/piqniq
PMQ – Showcase, S109 – S113, Block A, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, +852 2656 6552
Reserve now: sake-central.com/
Sake Bar Ginn,
4C, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, +852 2536 4355
Reserve now: sakebarginn.com/
Hot Pot Land
3 Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 9363 8980
Editor Winnie Chung , “Simply Life (basement of Landmark), ‘cos it’s normally easy to get a place for a quick drink. Of course not during peak lunch hour. And Brass Spoon for the pho – they’ve got the best pho in the area.”
About Brass Spoon: It may be a small shop selling pho (Vietnam’s signature national dish) but this hot spot is a favourite of many – and mentioned in the Michelin Guide as one of the places to visit while in Hong Kong. Trained in France but with skills learned from his family, the chef makes everything from scratch and with the finest ingredients sourced from around the globe. The place is famous for opening and closing early – only from noon to 7pm so land early or miss out!
Shop B32, B1/F, Landmark Building,, 12-16 Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, +852 2978 3929
Reserve now: www.landmark.hk/dining/simplylife-cafe
Che San Building, 10 Pottinger St, Central, +852 2804 1811
Reserve now: www.facebook.com/brass-spoon
Blogger Ifat Hindes . “I love Fumi, when I go out to eat I want to make the most of it. Also these days I don’t like overcrowded places so it offers an atmosphere I can enjoy. Great sake, amazing Japanese food, and I love their dessert too, omakase is a fun experience sitting at the bar. The staff are lovely and the more I go, they remember my fav tastes! It makes for a great spot hitting all the right spots!
Read more: Fumi Unveils Decadent Sunday Brunch Buffet
6/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, 30 – 32 D’Aguilar St, Central, +852 2328 3302
Reserve now: fumihk.com/
Features Editor, Marta Colombo , “Ciao Chow’s pizza Margherita is one of the best in Hong Kong and my personal favourite. Their dough is fluffy and light and the mozzarella is super fresh. Always a good spot for an authentic and delicious pizza! Long live carbs!” 😍
About Ciao Chow: It’s all about family, well, traditional Italian family-style cuisine featuring an extensive menu, rich with flavours and options. The cynosure of all eyes is the large woodfire pizza oven as the finest ingredients go in and come out melting with flavour. Perennial favourites such as Italian cold cuts, antipasti and plenty of pasta is in the offing, it’s hard not to like this warm and enticing eatery.
G/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, +852 2344 0005
Reserve now: www.ciaochow.com.hk/
Editor Christina Ko , “Lunches at Westwood Carvery never disappoint. The prime rib sandwich is my everything — get it with extra horseradish and crispy onions, and order the full portion so you can take the leftovers home (they even give you a bag for your free apple!). And then of course make your lunch date get the sea urchin carbonara so you can steal some of that, too.”
About Westwood Carvery: A prime rib restaurant and bar located at the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, this steakhouse might be the best kept secret in town for those craving intimate, cozy, casual American dining. The well-traveled wine list is exceptional – to go perfectly with your USDA slow roasted prime rib or US baby back pork ribs.
2 Wo On Ln, Central, +852 2869 8111
Reserve now: westwoodcarvery.com
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