In Hong Kong, what is luxury is not as easy to define nowadays; every person has their own concept, definition and approach to the coveted lifestyle. What remains timeless and true though, is that good cuisine is second to none and is a lifestyle principle well worth the investment. While being able to choose is a luxury in itself, luxury does not have to bear a high price tag to be valued. Compared to young and still-developing cities like Dubai, Hong Kong has a lot of soul thanks to its rich history and multicultural society, as well as stark contrasts infused into its diverse neighborhoods. New and interesting places arise off the more posh route, offering an experience you may not have anticipated.
An award-winning Northern Chinese restaurant, Hutong is the go-to address for traditional Chinese cuisine. Located in Tsim Sh Tsui on a high level with sweeping city views, you cannot go wrong with ambience, quality ingredients and authentic Chinese cuisine. Book the tasting dinner or order a la carte, with a selection of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes that are simply wonderful. Visit the restaurant's website for special menus and exclusive events by reservation only.
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The Ammo is another one of the city's award-winning culinary establishments, this time bringing the best of Italy to the East. Situated in an intriguing 19th century explosives compound, set in colonial architectural style, The Ammo is a living heritage site of great wonder and aesthetic appeal, inspired by the 1965 film noir masterpiece, Alphaville. The restaurant specializes in handmade pasta created fresh every day with a modern Asian twist, most felt in the sauces, selected vegetables and creative flavors. The kitchen sources fresh ingredients and even organic, Italian eggs. The establishment also serves tapas, lunches and afternoon tea.
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A spin-off from a Swedish restaurant Frantzen's menu is slightly over-the-top but well worth the investment, with a cool and modern ambience. This is Hong Kong's modern way to a fine dining experience. Frantzén’s Kitchen is a modern Nordic restaurant with special Asian influences. Diners love the casual and relaxed environment amid European sophistication infused in the venue's design. Curated by Björn Frantzén and Jim Löfdahl, the á la carte menu can be experienced at the bar counter for an engaging experience or at a table in the dining room. Reservations are required, but spontaneity is always a possibility as the restaurant leaves room for flexible, drop-in guests.
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Hipster chic at the blink of an eye, or the pound of a stamp. Depends how you look at it. Either way, what better way to experience Hong Kong than by surprise? On the outside, Mrs. Pound appears to be a local stamp shop. Step inside to wander among the carvings and styles, and the challenge is to find the right stamp that will open the secret passageway into this restaurant. The famous burlesque dancer, well loved by many, disappeared mysteriously at the height of her career. Rumor has it she ran off with a noble and reserved business man from Hong Kong who gifted the shop to her as her domain for personal creativity. Where she is, no one quite knows today, but the cool establishment serves lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends. It is quite an experience and should not be missed.
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Although not new in Hong Kong's night scene, Feather Boa remains intimate, relevant and undercover cool. This bar stands out among its neighbors in the noisy Lan Kwai Fog area, and serves up the world's best strawberry daquiri with chocolate coated rimming - so is the word off the street among friends in-the-know. To get in, you must present your ID and register. The bar's previous life as an antique shop is prevalent with the venue's furniture left as was done on its last day. It is quite discreet in appearance on the outside, but a quick observation at the people outdoors confirm the ultra-friendly vibe to be found inside. Whiskey-based cocktails are quite rough, so stick with - or at least, start - with the classics.
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