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Contemporary restaurants in Hong Kong

Street-art, a roof-top farm and swinging sofas these hot new eateries have it all.

Undoubtedly one of the world's cuisine capitals, Hong Kong has a dish for every desire, a taste for every bud and an innovation for every tradition. We've scaled the city from north to south and right to left and come up with the definitive list of contemporary restaurants, modern bistros and gastonomic laboritories. Enjoy.

22 Ships

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With their modern take on tapas, Chefs Jason Atherton and Nathan Green will make you think twice about those traditional bites. Though 22 Ships does not take reservations, its Spanish breakfast with chorizo and potato, baked bone marrow with onion jam, scallop ceviche with yuzu and Chinese radish are well worth the wait. Check out the blackboard for daily specials as they deliciously take the guesswork out of ordering. www.22ships.hk

Aberdeen Street Social

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After visiting PMQ, Aberdeen Street Social is an easy dining option within the creative centre. Another one of Chef Jason Atherton’s local collaborations, it is as much a convivial hangout with its downstairs bar and café, as a showcase of modern British cuisine upstairs in the restaurant. Hearty fare features premium ingredients and produce, from Suffolk pork ravioli with Berkswell cheese, to duck breast with honey spiced beetroot, pickled pear and Earl Grey tea purée. www.aberdeenstreetsocial.hk

Bibo

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Who says that street art and fine cuisine cannot co-exist? Situated in the eclectic Sheung Wan neighbourhood, Bibo daringly combines French fare with the who’s who in urban artistic expression. Tuck into signature specialities such as L’Oursin – Hokkaido sea urchin royale and Baeri caviar, and L’Oeuf Mayo – Tai You Ran organic egg slow-cooked at 64 degrees, house mayonnaise à l’ancienne, as you gaze upon works by street giants from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Banksy. www.bibo.hk

Bo Innovation

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Every diner coming out of Bo Innovation’s private lift which opens straight into the ‘Demon Chef’ Alvin Leung’s restaurant is an adventurer, because nothing on the menu is what it seems at first glance. You simply have to dig in and discover his daring interpretation of Chinese cuisine. ‘Exciting, exotic and extreme’ is the ultimate goal, and the honour of three Michelin stars is just part of the journey. A meal at the chef’s table will prove to be an enlightening experience. www.boinnovation.com

Classified Repulse Bay

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If you have experienced one of the nine Classifieds venues in town during your previous visits in Hong Kong, its brand new concept, décor and menu served in idyllic Repulse Bay should be reason enough for you to get out of the city and discover its refreshing flavours. Wait to be seated as you lounge on the swing sofa and soak in some vitamin D, then tuck into free-range chicken salad and homemade bread. Au naturel has never been so good. classifiedfood.com

Isono Eatery & Bar

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This continental restaurant with an open-plan design and high ceiling exudes cool sophistication with a touch of industrial chic. Seated at communal tables, enjoy the casual vibe as you share full-size dishes with friends, or have a half portion all to yourself. Whatever your choice, from Italian homemade pastas and Spanish paellas to French desserts, you will remember this delicious, cross-cultural experience which can be enjoyed in the outdoor bar too. www.isono.com.hk

Métropolitain

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Inspired by Paris underground’s architectural style, Métropolitain makes a great pitstop while you do sightseeing or appointments in the Central and Western districts. Craving a hearty roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes, a creamy salmon tartar, or melt-in-your-mouth apple pie à la mode? You can kick back at the marble bar or take a seat in the leather sofas, and enjoy these classics. Take your time, it’s never rush hour at Métropolitain. www.french-creations.com/metropolitain

MIC Kitchen

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Perhaps it’s Alvin Leung’s magic touch, perhaps MIC Kitchen is destined for the stars. Just one year after opening, the new restaurant has already been awarded one Michelin star for its modern comfort food, while retaining the Demon Chef’s innovative approach to Asian flavours. Dishes such as Wagyu Beef, a beef tartar with preserved kumquat, Monkfish with salty fish mash potato and many more prove just as alluring (and scrumptious) with their pan-Asian flair. mickitchen.com.hk

Nur

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What happens when French and Danish culinary schools meet head on? The result is Nur, serving nourishing gastronomy which preserves the highest nutritional value of local organic ingredients, with avant-garde culinary techniques and inspiring combinations. Smoked squid with charred onion, mango and peanut? Why not. A little piece of paradise wedged in between skyscrapers, Nur’s idyllic, cosy setting is ideal for enjoying natural cuisine. www.nur.hk

Spasso

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Less is more, and better – Spasso’s approach to authentic Italian cuisine is market-freshness and daily availability. Chef Michele Senigaglia creates the day’s ‘best of’ à la carte menu, using only premium ingredients. Enjoy his seasonal specialities in the expansive space with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour, a bar, terrace, alfresco area and open kitchen. Don’t miss hand-tossed, freshly baked pizzas, meat and fish secondi, as well as bespoke cocktails. www.divinogroup.com

The Pawn

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One of Hong Kong’s favourite restaurants on the island just got a facelift and it’s never looked so good with Michelin-starred Chef Tom Aikens at its helm. The Pawn’s new décor features contemporary, green accents and a rooftop farm, reflecting its new approach to British cuisine – of which confit salmon with pomelo and grapefruit vanilla dressing, razor clams paired with mitsuba, black garlic and pickled white radishes are shining examples. www.thepawn.com.hk

Upper Modern Bistro

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The historic neighbourhood of Sheung Wan has come a long way, and its award-winning dining is proof of its world-class status today. Chef Philippe Orrico takes the bistro concept to a new level with cross-cultural references and market-fresh ingredients. Out with old-school tradition, in with borderless culinary innovation. The luminous décor echoes the same spirit of originality, and you can admire the kitchen where all the action unfolds. www.upper-bistro.com

1 Isono Eatery & Bar
2 Métropolitain
3 MIC Kitchen
4 Nur
5 Spasso
6 The Pawn
7 Upper Modern Bistro
8 22 Ships
9 Aberdeen Street Social
10 Bibo
11 Bo Innovation
12 Classified Repulse Bay