Header image: Ophelia’s opulent entrance

As important as good food is to us, sometimes even restaurants with mediocre grub may win us over with their out-of-this world ambience and decor. Hosted by Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong (RBHK), the premier wining and dining exhibition in Asia, the 2nd annual Hong Kong Restaurant Interior Design Awards (HKRIDA) honours those establishments and their design firms in HK and Macau that go above and beyond in their quest to deliver an exciting environment to their guests – and, luckily for us, the food and drink offered by the winners this year is on a par with their awesome surrounds.

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TRi’s magical pond tables

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The main dining area at Lai Heen

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Spotlight’s cinema-themed decor

Chosen from a short list of 100 nominees, yesterday RBHK awarded Gold and Silver medals to 12 worthy designed-focused restaurants in the following six categories:

Hong Kong Hotel Restaurant

Gold: Grand Café (Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Wanchai)

Silver: PLAYT (The Park Lane Hong Kong, Causeway Bay)

Hong Kong Fine Dining Restaurant (a draw!)

Gold: The Sky Boss (ICC, Kowloon)

Gold: The Ocean (The Pulse, Repulse Bay)

Hong Kong Casual Dining Restaurant

Gold: TRi (The Pulse, Repulse Bay)

Silver: Jinjuu (California Tower, LKF)

Hong Kong Bar

Gold: Ophelia (Lee Tung Avenue, Wanchai)

Silver: Paradis (Wyndham Street, Central)

Macau Fine Dining Restaurant

Gold: Lai Heen (Galaxy Macau)

Silver: The Manor (The St Regis Macao)

Macau Casual Dining Restaurant

Gold: Spotlight (Studio City)

Silver: Trattoria Il Mulino (Studio City)

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Grand Café’s ever-so-stylish bread station

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Glitz galore at The Sky Boss

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The bar at Ophelia

Foodie and our community contributors can personally attest to the beauty of several of these spots – just click to check out our reviews here:

PLAYT

The Ocean  

TRi 

Jinjuu

Ophelia 

• Paradis

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