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This article originally appeared in the latest June edition of Foodie: The Foodie Forks. Read it here!
Each year, we celebrate the best in the world of food. Now in our fourth year, the Foodie Forks Awards are firmly established as one of the most important indicators of the best of the F&B industry in Hong Kong simply because they have been decided by all you foodies out there! With your hard earned votes, you have chosen the best tastes, faces and places in our fine food city by sending across your pledges to those that have earned your stomach’s respect and votes for everything from the best brunch to best new restaurant.
We have also included our top editorial choices for the best places to drink and dine this year as decided by the team at Foodie but most of the winners are decided by you, the readers! We send our wholehearted thanks for the thousands of votes that have ensured that those pouring their hearts into their food get a chance to be recognised for their achievements and highlight the extraordinary energy and commitment it takes to be at the top of the food chain here in Hong Kong.
Best New Restaurant
A whole snapper may swim its way to your table, or the burnt orange rum punch may cause you to throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care. This is most likely why we were awash with votes for this new seaside eatery channeling South American, Hawaiian and South East Asian vibes. Not only is the food some of the best we have seen Maximal Concepts dish up, the beachfront setting really seals the deal.
Shop 103/104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2866 8668
We cannot stop recommending this place. We spend nights dreaming about the monster portions of spicy vodka rigatoni, cheesy garlic bread and old school cocktails served in crystal tumblers. The checkerboard tiling, bold red booths, low lighting and elegantly attired servers should be reason enough to get you to take a trip to the top of the LKF Tower, and the veal parmesan, lobster ravioli and Porterhouse steaks will ensure you leave utterly sated. Brimming with theatrical flare, impeccable service and delicious flavours, this is as close as you can come to feeling like a New York mobster in Hong Kong, and you’ll be a proper wiseguy just knowing about this place.
9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2593 2593
Under the helmsmanship of chef Shane Osborn, this restaurant holds very specific quality standards and elevates Hong Kong’s dining scene with its precise and honest cuisine. It made a bang from the moment it entered the market last year, and is free from the frills and conceptualisations of most of the city’s restaurants.
18 On Lan Street, Central, 2728 0178
As the name suggests, Neighborhood is the kind of casual, cozy venue one would expect to share a bottle of good red alongside plates of comfort food whilst engaged in easy conversation with close friends. Rather elusively located, it is tucked behind busy Hollywood Road facing a quiet little park. The newest venture by David Lai, a restaurateur with a solid reputation thanks to his unwavering standards at On Lot 10, is all about comfort eating rather than frivolous fine dining. Having honed his skills in the kitchen working with acclaimed chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Chef David bring unpretentious, yet immaculately executed, rustic French fare to the table. Some of our favourites include the frog leg fritters and beef daube ravioli, but the small menu changes regularly so there are always delicious surprises in store.
Basement, 61-63 Hollywood Road, Central, 2617 089
Almost every dish at this restaurant is charming, and Jowett Yu is unrestrained when unleashing flavour into the mouths of Hong Kongers. Many have said they didn’t actually enjoy Chinese food until they sampled this globalised chef’s take on the cuisine. We cannot get enough of the wagyu short rib, and one of the best desserts in Hong Kong, the Horlicks 2.0.
1 Elgin Street, Central, 2810 0860
Best New Bar
What are they cooking up on Hollywood that is causing blockages post 5pm on any given day? The crowds love this bar, which bases its concept on that island that floats in the Caribbean Sea. So loved is it that it was almost unanimously the favourite for best new bar. Spicy aromas, tunes that are reminiscent of 90s R&B and a damn good cocktail menu have all propelled this tropical haunt to first place in the new bar scene of Hong Kong.
28 Hollywood Road, 2523 7070
A new cocktail concept from the creative collaboration between three sisters, The Woods is juxtaposes raw natural beauty and urban eccentricity. The space has been transformed from the infamous former tenant of Homebase to a sleek, elegant venue with plenty of class. Intricately carved, movable screens divide the space into two distinct areas: a Prix-Fixe “White Bar” of marble, and a main lounge. The main lounge serves up classic cocktails with house-infused spirits, homemade syrups, and freshly squeezed juices while the Prix-Fixe Bar seats eight lucky guests and features a four-course “menu”. The cocktail tasting menu comprises of an appetizer, a main, a dessert and a digestif, all, of course, in liquid form. Delicious nibbles ranging from refreshing watermelon and basil, to luges of rich roasted bone marrow accompany the libations.
L/G, 17 Hollywood Road Central, 2522-0281
From the creative team that brought us innovative drinking hole Quinary, comes a brand new concept named The Envoy, in commemoration of Sir Henry Pottinger's exploration team that claimed the deep-water harbour now known as Hong Kong. Located on bustling Stanley Street, in the new boutique hotel aptly named The Pottinger, local mixologist Antonio Lai, has teamed up with Amanda Wan to create awe-inspiring cocktails centered around the essence of tea. Each cocktail concept is infused with Antonio's signature multi-sensory influence to entice thirsty travelers. Our favourites include Dewdrops of the Heart, a sparkling blend of pandan vodka, green and jasmine teas, all carbonated in a Perlini shaker, and the shocking True Blood, served in a blood transfusion pouch in a first aid icebox!
3/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen's Road Central, 2169 3311
This restaurant, split over two floors of equal awesomeness, climbed to our favourites list in the time it takes to catch the lift to the 29th floor. We wasted no time ordering the specialty vermouth and sipping it on the terrace, indulging in Philippe Orrico’s 24 hour cooked veal cheek, and inhaling Jeremy’s choices of artisan cheeses. It’s worth a visit, weekly.
18 On Lan Street, Central, 2174 8100
Combine the enchanting Joanna, mixologist of The Pawn, and the botanical theme behind the Pawn’s new bar, and you’ve got a daydream made reality. Botanical meaning ‘of or relating to a plant’, and the combination of mostly local herbs, fruits and vegetables swirled up with liquor has given us a new dream role to shoot for; drunken botanists.
62 Johnston Road, Wanchai, 2866 3444
Chef of the Year
Jowett Yu of Ho Lee Fook
Jowett Yu’s face seems to be in as many magazines this year as his food. Open the New York Times in January and Frank Bruni makes a point of calling his pork, verbatim, ‘nearly life changing’. Flip to page 158 of the April issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller and Pat Norse attempts to claim Jowett as one from down under, mentioning his cross-breed okinimyaki and prawn toast as ‘a party in your mouth and everyone’s invited.’ The all-round nice guy, and reader's choice chef of the year has obviously won the hearts of you foodies too and between the vibing basement feels and ridiculously good wagyu short rib, we are in complete concurrence.
Ho Lee Fook, 1 Elgin Street, Central, 2810 0860
Jaakko Sorsa of FINDS
It would be difficult to find a chef more passionate than this one. With ten years of cooking in Hong Kong under his belt and denoting his skillful experience with an unwavering innovation found in his fascinating Nordic cuisine. He thinks of his food as more than a cuisine but a lifestyle. Pickling, curing, smoking and constantly updating his exciting menus that are brimming with light but filling flavours and intense natural colours that make every plate prettier than the last. In depth knowledge and an intensity dedicated to his craft that includes his grandmother’s recipes and annual foraging trips in the forests of his native Finland for incorporation into his recipes; it often feels like eating a history of his homeland. Even though we are honouring him with Chef of the Year, Jaakko Sorsa has proven he’s in it for the long haul and could easily be known as Chef of the Decade.
FINDS, 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, TST
Vicky Lau of Tate Dining Room & Bar
After earning serious cooking chops at Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok and the Michelin-starred Cépage, Vicky opened Tate to deliver her storybook-style dishes to Hong Kong. This also earned her the title of Asia’s best female chef for her artistic talents in the kitchen.
Tate Dining Room & Bar, 59 Elgin Street, Central, 2555 2172
Que Vinh Dang of Quest
The beloved chef behind TBLS is earning an equal following of flavour-lovers at his newly opened venture, Quest. With his elaborate dishes and constantly evolving cuisine, chef Que is always one to watch.
Quest, 239 Hennessy Road, 28th Floor, Wanchai, 2554 0888
Philippe Orrico of ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge
Taking his experiences from the kitchens of Pierre and St George and following the Michelin-lauded launch of his first solo effort, Upper Modern Bistro, Orrico has gone on to impress diners with his modern European menu at ON.
ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge, 6-14 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, 2517 0977
Your top restaurant of the year is a relative newcomer on the scene but has obviously impressed you with its beautiful décor, impeccable service and fine Spanish food. Led by Chef Paolo Casagrande from two-Michelin-starred Lasarte Restaurant in Barcelona, and with a culinary team trained by legendary Spanish chef, Martin Berasetegui, Vasco is a truly fine dining destination. Joyce Wang has transformed this heritage space into a contemporary dining room that is light, airy and magnificently executed. There’s a charming terrace for evening cocktails and the main restaurant seating is classy, quiet and sophisticated.
7/F Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2156 0888
High up in the clouds, this glittery venue is nestled in the towering Ritz Carlton and commands a panoramic view of the iconic Victoria Harbour and the bejeweled sparkle of Hong Kong's famous skyscrapers. Executive Chef Pino Lavarra, already renowned in Italy, recently arrived in Hong Kong and his immaculate and innovative cuisine has maintained the restaurant's one-star Michelin rating. A natural choice for a celebratory feast, with one of the best views of Hong Kong, Tosca is a treat for any special evening. For a more relaxed weekend affair, we adore their Italian wine-pairing menu, which features local specialties with carefully chosen libations. Throughout 2015, one region of Italy will be featured each month for this food and wine journey.
102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, TST, 2263 2270
Many votes poured in for this quirkily beautiful restaurant that is as difficult to describe as it is delicious to devour. Deconstructed dishes and whimsical recipes add an element of surprise and delight, which Hong Kong diners clearly adore.
1/F, J Senses, 18 Ship Street, 2527 2558
Helmed by the prestigious Chef Rowley Leigh in his first venture in Asia, this restaurant is physically stunning and offers an inspired menu that pays a healthy respect to all things European and is sure to please all taste buds.
Unit 406, L4, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2704 5211
Legendary Local Food
With a deluge of votes we found this category was just too close to call; for the first time in Foodie Forks history, we have a tie! And the two restaurants that won your hearts?
Foodie readers have spoken and you all love this upmarket but still reasonably priced Canto affair; this renowned eatery offers dim sum, congee and Cantonese barbecue dishes. They make their own soy sauce in house that adds a subtle depth and complexity to their delicately diaphanous wantuns and their congees made from traditional recipes have a firm following in Hong Kong. It's fast and efficient service ensures a constantly full teacup and a brimming belly by meal’s end. Served up at six branches around town, ensuring that piping bowl of wantun soup is never far away.
3016-3018, 3/F, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, 2295 0505
Our readers love the cheapest Michelin-starred dim sum in Hong Kong, and what’s not to love? Aside from the huge queues you can expect when dining at one of their four locations, you’ll find all the usual suspects of siu mai, char siu bao, cheung fun, beancurd rolls and rice dumplings in steamed lotus leaf. Owned by former Lung King Heen chef Mak Kwai-pui, Tim Ho Wan offers a set selection of dim sum day and night –nothing more, nothing less. The branch at IFC is hardly humble, but with prices from $14 to the low $20s per dish, it definitely sets itself apart from the swankier–and pricier–venues around.
Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central, 2332 3078
Often, the best food in Asia is found in unassuming and humble mom-and-pop run eateries and street stalls. Tung Po ticks all the boxes for a ghetto yet fabulous meal. Occupying half the floor of North Point's Cooked Food Centre, the restaurant serves up Cantonese home cooked favourites such as crispy garlic chicken and salted fish eggplant claypot. Diners perch on plastic stools and wash down all the good home cooking with bowls of ice-cold Tsingtao. Service here, as expected, is brisk and to the point but there's about a million dishes to choose from and they are all better than the last. Make sure to call a couple hours beforehand to make a reservation, as Tung Po's mouth-watering comfort foods ensure a packed house every night.
2/F, Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, 2880 5224
Immovable on our list of favourite eateries, this simple and stylish white table clothed restaurant is a fail-safe place to get your fix of traditional Cantonese cuisine. Made with a high standard of local ingredients and sporting a no MSG policy, its gourmet dishes like the signature steamed flower crab with aged Shaoxing wines sit alongside smoked baby pigeon and mouth-watering braised spare ribs. Diners are well looked after by informative servers that can frequently be called, dare-we-say, friendly.
18 Kau U Fong, Central, 2555 2202
Chang Long Shi Fu
Sometimes, small is beautiful. Chang Long, tucked in unassuming, quiet Burd Street in Sheung Wan, is one of our favourites for comfort Cantonese home cooking. The restaurant is tiny, and specializes in steamed dishes. The steamed egg with minced pork, and black bean fish reminds us of mom's home cooking. Prices are easy on the wallet too, with meals ranging from $35-48. There's always a line out the door as the restaurant features five to eight daily specials, with each item restricted to only 20 servings, and the shop closes down once all the designated portions of the day are sold out.
11 Burd Street, Sheung Wan, 2543 2448
Votes rolled on in for this authentic Cantonese serving seafood delights from the Pearl Rive Delta with panoramic views of the sea and mountains. Their signature fried rice with diced abalone, shrimps, salted egg and tomatoes is a definite hit among all who have eaten at this reader’s favourite.
Level 3, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Admiralty, 2810 8366
Outstanding Reliable Favourite
Featured last year in the Best New Restaurant category, La Vache has now firmly established itself as one of your go-to eateries in this fab dining city. With its one shot meat-lover’s menu of salad and steak frites with house wine, they do just this one thing and they do it very well. Cooked up in a cool and vibey environment with a final bill that will have you leaving with a cheerful grin on your satisfied face. The roving dessert cart might also be reason in itself to head on over, again and again.
48 Peel Street, Central, 2880 0248
Our reliable favourite for rustic French cuisine, Le Port Parfumé transports diners to Paris with their unique blend of comfort foods in a cozy environment. The walls are peppered with vintage posters and photographs, while bookshelves groan with beautiful hardcover classics. Sitting down in the restaurant almost makes us believe we are in a Parisian bistro alongside the Seine, sipping wine and people watching. The roast sea bass is a must, as well as the fork-tender beef cheek simmered for hours in red wine. We also adore the sizzling skillet of prawns oozing with umami juices – perfect with their crusty baguettes to mop up all the tantalizing flavours. And a meal here isn't complete without the legendary madeleines, which come baked to order with the most heavenly fluffy texture.
Shop C, 6-10 Kau U Fong, Central, 2824 3018
Tucked into a quiet, unassuming side street off of Sing Wo Road in Happy Valley, this meticulous little restaurant has been a neighbourhood favourite for over a decade. The restaurant boasts a loyal following with its relaxed, easy atmosphere. There are plenty of good sushi restaurants in Hong Kong, but Sushi Sumi has always struck a chord with us for its strict adherence to quality and consistency. Like any reputable sushi-ya, the chefs are highly knowledgeable on the seasonal fish varieties available and suggest interesting options upon our every visit. Sushi Sumi is a true gem, and a delicious neighborhood secret.
1-3 Cheong Ming Street, Happy Valley, 2803 5558
This is the place we always know we can rely on to wow taste buds and get a consistently gratifying meal; this cool and spicy Thai spot also made our reliable fav list last year and hasn’t budged since. You’ll find no pad Thai or green curry on this innovative menu but instead fiery salads, sticky glutinous rice and tender marinated meats that have never disappointed the high standards of our taste buds. We also love the vibrant, funky décor and excitable atmosphere that fits together with the food like love with marriage.
206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2549 0020
Bringing this popular New York pizza chain to the 852 was a stroke of genius and your taste buds have been thankful ever since. With two locations to choose from to get your fix of Prosciutto di Parma, Roasted mortadella or the more curious, but equally delicious, Brussels sprouts pie, these are cheesy rounds in a chic setting that turn hangry frowns upside down.
14 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central, 2801 6881
A staunch preference amongst the brunch crowd, Zuma has long reigned top of mid-morning eating lists. The polished and genteel Japanese dining room puts its cooking staff on display for a bit of entertainment with your $490 brunch, or an extra hundred with free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, sake and a wide range of cocktails. A leisurely indulgence in an izakaya style of informal eating and drinking with a kid’s area to occupy the tiny tots. Reservations are always required, as this Sunday hotspot shows no signs of slowing down.
5/F, 6/F, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 3657 6388
Self-serve sangria, roving pots of paella, suckling pig, grilled churrascos, sirloin, salads and more, Boqueria is the ultimate place to spend Saturdays and Sundays like a Spaniard. The vibrant atmosphere, extremely reasonable pricing ($288 plus $188 for free flow drinks) and fun-filled food prepared by El Bulli trained chef David Izquierdo are why our team keep returning for weekend eat-a-thons.
7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2321 8681
Weekends are perfect occasions for family get togethers, and traditionally many families in Hong Kong choose to gather for dim sum feasts. Every weekend, Duddell's Michelin-starred Chef Sui Hin Chi entices guests with unlimited plates of delicate, top-notch dim sum. Nestled in buzzing Central, Duddell's is not only a restaurant and bar, but also an art club with elegant, yet quirky interiors and a leafy terrace – an oasis in the midst of skyscrapers. We salivate just thinking about the shrimp dumplings with matsutake mushroom, the mushroom dumplings oozing with black truffle and the succulent roast pork neck.
1 Duddell Street, Central, 2525 9191
Rather than the over-indulgence of the traditional buffet, this sophisticated gem is a brunching sweet spot for its individual dishes and platters that include a pastry tower, eggs benedict, croque madame with quail egg, duck shepherd’s pie and sirloin steak and eggs, as well as healthy juice combinations or delectable Bloody Marys. Reasonable prices in a high society setting? We’ll get our Sunday best on and be right there.
The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968 1106
Our reader’s choice for Best Restaurant last year is still one of your top spots but this year the votes rolled in for its brunch offering of Spanish charcuterie, seafood, suckling pig and sangria. What’s not to love?
Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, 2866 7900
There is much to catch the eye in this colossal space that has the modern moodiness of a trendy den for doing deals and being seen. Designed by the celebrated Joyce Wang, the design flows seamlessly between the vast main dining areas and five private rooms. Imperial chinoiserie melds with edgy underground chic with calligraphy brushes adorning the Tangerine Room and an abacus light illuminating The Mah Jong Room while mock sky lights provide a romantic element to the main space that’s exquisite and engrossing and captivates the mind as much as the much-lauded cuisine will the taste buds.
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, 2885 8688
It’s just so cool. Mr. Ming’s unassuming chop shop exterior leads to a glittery, unashamedly pink-loving speakeasy dedicated to his beloved performer Mrs. Pound in all her burlesque finery. Lipstick messaged mirrors with marquee lights reminiscent of 60s pin-up girls and highlighting the retro memorabilia from a Hong Kong long past. It’s the hippest joint in town and you have to know just which stamp to press to get the doors to open, which just adds to its mysterious allure and draws in the diners as much as the tasty street-style beef rendang, baos and crab mac n’ cheese.
6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, 3426 3949
This is basically an art gallery that you’re allowed to eat in. Damien Hirst, Banksy, Daniel Arsham and Jeff Koons works and many other of the world’s most popular street artists line the walls and you’ll wish you were on a conveyer belt while you eat so you can properly ponder all the amazing pieces in this Sheung Wan fine dining restaurant.
163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2956 3188
Another Joyce Wang designed restaurant, Isono owns the sixth floor of trendy PMQ and mixes bronze and copper with glass and marble giving a cool effect warmed by globe lighting and rich woods. High ceilings and a vast interior make Isono a stunning, sleek and very memorable space.
6/F Block B, PMQ 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2156 0688
For the third year running, Peggy Chan’s utterly lovely café serving up wholesome and nutritious foods has won a landslide of your votes. It’s little wonder with the passion and dedication that oozes from this sweet restaurant and is poured into the local and organic plant-based menu of creative, seasonal, feel-good dishes.
12 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, 2873 3353
This well-established fine food favourite is not a strictly vegetarian establishment but it has a full menu titled We ❤ Vegetables that we adore and applaud. It’s not often you get a full vegetarian list in any Hong Kong restaurant that also serves meat dishes; this menu is chock full of beautiful and exciting offerings like the huge dosas, tossed tapioca lasagna and ten varieties of chopped vegetables and pickles. All served in Bonnae Gokson’s gorgeous restaurant with spectacular views set under a unique flower canopy.
Prince's Building, 25/F, 10 Chater Road, Central, 2537 1388
Hidden in a residential building in Tsim Sha Tsui, this authentic Indian restaurant serves Bombay seaside-style vegetarian curries. You’ll know it’s authentic when you walk up the mysterious stairs to find an unpretentious set-up, devoid of tourists, unlike the often-frequented curry houses in Chunking Mansions a few meters down the road. For those who want to try a little of everything, order their thali where you’ll get a selection of Gujarati curries and pair it with a gargantuan dosa. For more unique dishes, we recommend ordering the pav bhaji, which is a tomato based veggie curry served with a buttery bun and commonly eaten in Bombay as a ‘snack’ or a unique egg-based paneer burhji. Whatever you order, prepare to queue on the weekends, and go with an empty stomach.
1/F, 9, Lock Road, TST, 2366 8171
We consider this the top table of vegetarian dim sum. In a land of overly salty, strangely textured, nutrient lacking meat-substitutes, the refined lot at Lock Cha have reinvented this Sunday favourite in a way that stands aside and lets the vegetables shine. The philosophy surrounding tea has long been what made Lock Cha famous, and this diligent attention to detail has trickled down to all of their menu items.
The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, 2801 7177
Best Healthy Eats
At Mana, the lines snake around the block and the Zatar is like a sprinkling of magic dust. They opened their second venture this year and sparked renewed momentum to the juice frenzy gripping the city. Settling the stomach and easing the mind, the food here is conscious and tasty, and we love the overwhelming support this concept has garnered from the community.
92 Wellington Street, 2851 1611
The careful consideration that goes into everything they do at this beautifully simple Nordic-inspired eatery includes being mindful of what they are putting into their patron’s bodies. Led by Raymond Blanc trained chef Nurdin Topham under the apt axiom of providing “Nourishing Gastronomy”, their menu is a feast of thoughtful flavours with unique and impressive dishes featuring in-house cultured kombucha, locally-sourced produce (some from their own terrace garden), poached and slow-cooked meats and homemade breads. Beautiful flavours, masterful presentation and delightful cuisine you can feel good about devouring.
46 Wyndham Street, Central, 2881 8901
We were a little sceptical about the idea of a vegan shop with the name of ‘Anything But Salads’, but we needn’t have been. This health food-store-meets-café is all about bringing gourmet flavours that are satisfying in the way that many clean foods, sadly, are not. Meeting the needs of the urbanite in an aesthetically pleasing way, try their raw wraps and cracking almond butter.
14 Tai Ping Shan Street, 6743 5000
We are impressed by this string of café’s recent revamp incorporating a whole menu of salads, sandwiches and pizzas with healthy options, calorie-count information and special dietary requirements in mind.
2 Arbuthnot Road, 2868 0450
Hong Kong’s first paleo-friendly eatery caters for those going back to basics and cutting out all the processed junk.
1 Ying Wa Terrace, Sai Ying Pun, 2858 0005
Joanna Kent of The Pawn Botanicals
Joanna has had stints in many of the best bars in Hong Kong, most recently of the speakeasy 001 and now at Tom Aiken’s The Pawn. Drawing inspiration from the restaurant’s concept, most of the fruits, vegetables and herbs (all are utilised in her quenching tipples) are mainly from Hong Kong. Inspired by the garden, you’ll want to sip one of these as you scurry to the leafy rooftop, which all goes along rather nicely with Joanna’s exquisitely crafted herbaceous beverages.
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wanchai, 2866 3444
Ryan Nightingale of Ham & Sherry: Back Bar
A string of plaudits propelled this Nova Scotian to the top of the mixology leagues. He has created a whole list of fabulous libations, replete with world map that helps illustrate the cleverly named and constructed drinks. Glance over Norway and you will note the ‘Pining for the Fjords’, whose pine liqueur and salted dill syrup do sing of Scandinavia. Or the ‘Colonial Cousins’, hovering over Rajistan, which utilises Beefeater gin, lime peel infused Lillet Blanc, coconut water and Indian takeaway syrup. Intelligent, creative and easily imbibed.
Ham & Sherry, 1-7 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2555 0628
Amanda Wan of The Envoy
The star bar mistress behind hotspot The Envoy discovered her passion for mixology by accident, literally. During a stint working at a wine retailer, she fell and dislocated her shoulder, and had to take a few months off. During this time, she applied for an opening behind the bar, and her career in bartending took off. With a First Class Honours in International Hotel Management, Amanda devoted her dissertation on the Evolution of Mixology and in 2010, won the title of Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year in Athens. She was the only female bartender competing for the title. Today, this Malaysian native resides in Hong Kong, and describes the city as one of the best places to test her innovative concoctions.
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen's Road Central, 2169 3311
Victoria Chow of The Woods
Before opening The Woods, Victoria was a photographer, and graphic designer, and always appreciated the culinary creativity of cocktails. In 2014, she went into business with her two sisters to open up The Woods. The beautifully styled bar focuses on artisanal cocktails centered on freshly squeezed juices, homemade liquor infusions, and unique plating and glassware. Similar to a chef, Victoria draws her inspirations from seasonal ingredients and art to create her intricate libations.
The Woods, L/G, 17 Hollywood Road Central, 2522-0281
Bryson Rivera of Flint Bar & Grill
Plenty of votes flowed in for Bryson Rivera, considered one of the top mixologists in all of Asia. He mixes up creative cocktails with talent and charm and an artistic flair that is evident in his signature drink the ‘Feint Obscurity’ made with a premium rum infused with smoked cinnamon wood chips, sugar cubs, raisins and Angostura mist.
Flint Bar & Grill, JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 2810 8366
Best Macau Restaurant
Your first choice in Macau dining goes to this fine French Michelin-starred gem featuring modern European dishes from chef Guillaume Galliot. Lobster nage, roasted quail, abalone carbonara and slow cooked turbot are all highlights from this upper crust eating-house.
3/F, Crown Towers, City of Dreams, Cotai Strip, Macau, 8868 6681
This three-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant by world-renowned Chef Joël Robuchon is sheer culinary perfection. Robuchon’s exquisite French food must be seen and tasted to be believed, and this restaurant serves it up on a silver spoon inside stunning interiors.
43/F, Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau, 8803 7878
This chic favourite serves family-friendly fare within a fine dining atmosphere with a huge array of gourmet Italian flavours.
Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, Macau, 8113 120
This Asian hotpot restaurant offers authentic flavours and fresh-from-the-tank seafood beloved by our readers when they take a jaunt over the water.
L1, Sands Macao Cotai Central, Macau, 8113 1200