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.
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.
Hong Kong’s first self-proclaimed 'nipo-Brasileiro' restaurant,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.
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,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.
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 char siu in all Hong Kong.
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