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Best Restaurants for Art Lovers

Best restaurants for art lovers

By Time Out Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s art scene has expanded rapidly in the last few years. Where once there was no international art event of repute, now the city plays host to the likes of Art Basel, Affordable Art Fair, Ink Asia, not to mention local events like Art Central and HK Walls. Hong Kong’s restaurant scene has kept pace, too, and a number of excellent restaurants are now as good as some galleries, offering up not just good food but exquisite art on the side. Here are the best.

Bibo
Bibo

Ever since it opened nearly five years ago, Bibo has been an art lover’s favourite. That’s unsurprising given the French fine dining restaurant is home to a collection of works that include big names like Damien Hirst, Banksy, King of Kowloon and Daniel Arsham. If you can tear your eyes away from the artwork, you can enjoy dishes like lamb averyon and celeriac risotto.

Address: 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2956 3188
Website: www.bibo.hk
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Sheung Wan, Exit A2
Carbone
Carbone

This is an extension of Mario Carbone’s New York restaurant and is run by the chef’s cousin, Louie Carbone. The clubby, leather and brass decked retro dining room looks like something straight out of The Godfather, with waiters decked out in pressed tuxedos. Decorating the walls is an array of snazzy and eye-catching contemporary art collected for the restaurant by curator Vito Schnabel. Enjoy it and your veal parmesan and meatballs.

Address: 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2593 2593
Website: www.carbone.com.hk
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Central, Exit D2
Djapa
Djapa

Hong Kong’s first self-proclaimed “nipo-Brasileiro” restaurant, Djapa is a feast for the eyes as much as the taste buds. Brazilian street artists TOZ and duo Bicicleta sem Freio were brought to Hong Kong to transport the extraordinarily colourful heart and soul of Brazil into Djapa. There isn’t an inch of the restaurant that hasn’t been used as a canvas. And then there’s the Takashi Murakami artwork to boot. Food is a flavourful mix of Japanese robata skewers and hearty Brazilian classics like feijoada.

Address: Shop 18-20, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2617 2900
Website: www.lecomptoir.hk
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Wan Chai, Exit D
Duddell’s
Duddell’s

A mix between fine art exhibitions and fine dining, this expansive venue in Central leaves most of its appeal to mystery. Boasting a spacious terrace and elegant interiors, Duddell’s specialises in traditional Cantonese cuisine, think local staples such as baked abalone, crispy suckling pig, fried lobster and kumquat puffs, many with innovative twists. The restaurant’s dedicated Art Manager looks after the cultural side of things, helping to organise an array of lectures, talks, screenings and exhibitions.

Address: 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2525 9191
Website: www.duddells.co
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Central, Exit G
Mott 32
Mott 32

Mott 32 may not be for lovers of paintings or sculpture, but fans of architecture and interior design will find much to admire in this restaurant housed inside a former bank vault. Stark Chinese decorations are found throughout the venue, like a giant abacus which hangs above a long table and the wall of Chinese calligraphy pens in a private dining room, and offer contrast to the western design elements like Mott’s filament bulbs. It’s a beguiling mix, so much so it won World Interior of the Year at Singapore’s Inside Festival in 2014. The food is excellent too – the restaurant is renowned for serving arguably the best cha siu in all Hong Kong.

Address: B/F, Standard Chartered Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2885 8688
Website: www.mott32.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Central, Exit K

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