Carlos Melia – Do’s and Don’ts When Dining in Hong Kong

Published Date Author: , July 23rd, 2015

Carlos Melia - Hong Kong

DOs and DON’Ts Dinning Options in Hong Kong, based on our own experience. Because in this city, amazing panoramic views are not enough to make it work. To include Tin Lung Heen by The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong . Man Wah by Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Hutong by the Aqua Restaurant Group. I have been to Hong Kong before, so this list only reflects the dining experiences of my last trip. Learn which made the cut and which was a total disaster… Check out also my post on my favorite Lunch options in Hong Kong.

As we arrived to Hong Kong on our first night, be were staying at a gorgeous suite at The Landmark Hotel by Mandarin Oriental. Just around the corner from their Hong Kong flagship hotel the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, where I have stayed before during previous visits. For our first dinning experience, I chose Man Wah Traditional One-Michelin Cantonese Restaurant.

Carlos Melia - Hong KonhI will rank Man Wah as my second best choice of my trip. Located on the 25th floor, this Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant serves exquisite local and regional specialties. Often referred to as Hong Kong’s most beautiful dining space. With walls adorned by original paintings on silk, and lacquered enamel and gold-plated ceiling lamps fashioned to resemble birdcages, Man Wah’s design is as celebrated as the menu.

Visit for dinner and enjoy your meal against a backdrop of sparkling city lights or stop by at lunchtime for dim sum dishes that are the talk of the city. Man Wah’s atmospheric decor and panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline provide the perfect setting for wonderfully delicious cuisine. Award-winning signature dishes include such delights as steamed fillet of spotted garoupa with crispy ginger, crabmeat and egg white sauce, and Wok fried fillet of sole with black bean sauce.

The room is indeed strikingly beautiful. Now my only comment is that over the years, so many new restaurants have established in Hong Kong, offering quite striking panoramic views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong’s skyline. Man Wah’s views are not the main feature of the restaurant at all.

My choices for the night along a local white wine from the Qingdao region, were: First: Shrimp wonton noodles, supreme broth. Second: Steamed grouper fillet, crispy ginger, crabmeat and egg white. I also shared a bit of my partner’s dish, the Fried rice, abalone, lotus leaf. And for dessert: Chilled mango cream, sago, pomelo.

After dinner we enjoyed a cocktail at the M Bar and off we went back to our suite, since we were rather exhausted after flying all the way from New York. Note that the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, counts with other nine food and beverage outlet, among which I would highly recommend the stunning two-Michelin starred restaurant, Pierre by Pierre Gagnaire. Now we spend so much time in France, that my natural choice over Pierre, was their Cantonese option, and I was VERY happy with my choice.

The Gourmet DISAPPOINTMENT was our dinner at Hutong by Aqua Restaurant Group, on top of the One Pekin Tower in Kowloon, Tsim Tsa Shui. It was not quite what I expected, I mean everything was wrong. Very touristy, loud, weird crowd… And when the Chef came out to juggle the noodles for the crow and people were standing up to take photos, that was the end of it.

Lovely views of Hong Kong bay, I give them that.. but not enough for us to stay for dinner. So we cancelled our booking and left. Note to myself: Do Not recommend Hutong Restaurant. As we exited, but did a brief stop at Aqua, at the 29th Floor of the same tower, to at least enjoy the Hong Kong Skyline over a Dirty Martini, and not have our entire evening ruined. This was not my first time at Aqua, but indeed will be the last.

On our last night, we moved hotels. This time we were staying at the Four Seasons Hong Kong, with lovely views over the Victoria Harbor and Kowloon Island. Funny enough, from my own room, I was able to glimpse into our next gourmet experience, to happen at the top floor of the ICC Tower, at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. This hotel, has a particular place in my heart. Four years ago, I came to visit it while it was still in construction, being among the first VIRTUOSO Travel Advisors in the world to preview it.

I was happy to find out that my friend and colleague Gloria Ip, was still working there, so we made a date to enjoy a lovely dinner all together at Tin Lung Heen Restaurant. So as the sunset took over Hong Kong, we jumped on the Star Ferry and crossed on a panoramic sail, to Kowloon.

This was indeed my TOP dining experience on my latest visit to Hong Kong. THANK YOU Gloria Ip for making us feel like Royalty. At Tin Lung Heen, we Experience our six-course Traditional Cantonese degustation menu, showcasing the brilliant presentation and overall culinary excellence that have earned Tin Lung Heen the distinction of two Michelin stars. Chef Paul Lau Ping Lui is regarded as one of the top Cantonese chefs in Hong Kong. Set in a sleek modern space, with 360-panoramic views of Hong Kong that blends traditional Chinese design elements with modern lines and colours, the two Michelin star restaurant, Tin Lung Heen, presents refined authentic Cantonese cuisine at its best.

Embark on a sumptuous journey at 420m meters above sea level. Positioned on 118/F of the hotel, Ozone invites you to indulge in signature cocktails and exotic selection of Asian tapas, while enjoying DJ beats and the captivating vistas of the city and Victoria Harbour. Our host had booked the VIP Section of the bar for us, so we joined her for a few drinks.

But I must say I was quite intrigued to visit their Presidential Suite, of which I have heard wonders, so off we continued to that. The Ritz-Carlton Victoria Harbor Suite. I must say, it is one of the most spectacular and sumptuous suites I have seen in the last few years.

So there you go my raking based on my own gourmet experience on my recent three nights stay in Hong Kong of the DOs and DONTs Dinning Experiences when in Hong Kong.

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