Words by Rachel Surgeoner
A city well-known as an international business hub; it makes sense that there are endless dining options for a pleasurable business lunch in Hong Kong. With over 60 Michelin starred establishments, there is no shortage of fine or casual dining options, with a modern Asian or British touch. Here are five restaurants on Hong Kong Island we recommend for a business lunch to impress.
Recently renovated, this Wan Chai institution has a new fit-out and a fresh new face; now headed up my Michelin star awarded chef, Tom Aikens. To this day, Aikens is the youngest British chef to ever be awarded a Michelin Star, receiving two at the ripe old age of 26. This delectable British gastopub menu delights and surprises. The set lunch menu changes often and incorporates fresh, local ingredients, including herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop garden. At $195HK for two courses + $35 for pudding or coffee, you could sit down to a deconstructed fresh pea soup and Wagyu beef sandwich, then come back the following month for salt cod mousse with compressed cucumber and lemon puree followed by Mushroom ragout bake with sorrel and herb gnocchi. Topped off with a serving of chocolate fondant pudding for dessert, of course. If your business lunch calls for a libation, try The Pawn’s very own craft beer, made in limited batches by local craft brewery, Moonzen.
62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Aberdeen Street Social
More modern British Cuisine, from another Michelin-star chef – this time on Aberdeen Street at Central with Chef Jason Atherton. One might say Aberdeen Street Social is a little sleeker than The Pawn, with equally amazing service and a cornucopia approach to food presentation. Enjoy a two ($238HK) or three course ($288HK) lunch, choosing from three different starters, mains and desserts. The Octopus, ink, aioli and shimiji starter is an edible artwork, the barley risotto with parsnip, apple and sage makes for a hearty main, and the Granny Smith dessert delights with its caramelised apple ‘lasagne’, black honey ice cream and hazelnuts.
35 Aberdeen Street, Central
In Asia but got a hankering for New York-Italian? That’s pretty specific, but it happens. Look no further than Carbone Hong Kong, the New-York Italian restaurant that pays homage to the spirit of New York’s great Italian mid-20th Century restaurants, where well prepared food was served in an elegant yet unpretentious setting. Carbone puts a modern twist on classic Italian dishes. Wrap your fork and spoon around Linguini Vongole or slice into a Veal Parmesan. Carbone is brought to Hong Kong by New York chefs Mario Carbone, Rich Torrrisi and Jeff Zalaznick in collaboration with Hong Kong’s innovative Black Sheep Restaurant group.
33 Wyndham St, Central
Mandarin Grill + Bar
Power lunching at its finest, a two, three or four course lunch menu at the Mandarin Grill + Bar will set you back $1,188HK, $1,388HK and $1,688HK respectively, but will go miles in terms of impressing your lunch date. The chef, Uwe Opocensky, trained with molecular gastronomy master, Ferran Adrià, at El Bulli in Spain. He then went on to work for a number of leading chefs, including working prestigious events at Buckingham Palace, before moving to Hong Kong. He joined the Mandarin Oriental in 2007, where he won his first Michelin star in 2009. For the lunch menu, look forward to the likes of Scottish cedar wood smoked salmon with caviar, Alaskan king crab, U.S. Brandt sirloin steak followed by bread and butter brioche for dessert.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central
For a lunch that feels part-art gallery, part-restaurant, all four sections of Sevva are house a collection of amazing works of art by reputed artists from around the world. The art doesn’t stop at the walls, either, with everything that’s plated up looking like a masterpiece in its own right. The cuisine is fresh and honest and echoes the cultural diversity of Hong Kong, blending regional Chinese flavours with those influenced by British colonial days. Sevva’s three course set menu is $420HK, and the Wagyu beef cheek and ox tongue pot pie with porcini fries look to die for. Sevva is rumoured to have the city’s best dosas, and resident ‘Ms B’s Sweets’ take dessert-making to the next level.
25/F, Princes Building, 10 Chater Road, Central