Hong Kong Island
M at the Fringe
second floor, South Block, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central, tel. 2877 4000
M as in Michelle, the restaurant's French-born owner, and M for Mediterranean: dishes here, prepared with consistently fresh ingredients, are unpretentious, but of excellent quality. Those with a sweet tooth will surely want to give in to the eight-dessert platter.
Café Deco Bar & Grill
118 Peak Rd., tel. 2849 5111
Perched at the summit of Victoria Peak, this renowned Art Deco restaurant welcomes hordes of visitors vying for its window tables, which offer spectacular views of Hong Kong's bustling harbour and impressive skyline. Menu-wise, count on good, if exorbitantly priced, continental fare.
fourth floor, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, tel. 2802 8888
Offering a superb view of Victoria Harbour, this lofty gourmet Cantonese restaurant features a top-notch seasonal menu that combines great classics with more innovative dishes.
eighth floor, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Rd. Admiralty, tel. 2820 8571
Café TOO offers all-day dining, with a wide choice of dishes prepared before your very eyes at seven different cooking stations-from Chinese food and pizza to vegetarian fare and seafood.
Island Seafood & Oyster Bar
Towning Mansion, 50-56 Paterson St., Causeway Bay
While in Causeway Bay, why not enjoy the oysters, served fresh or cooked, or other seafood offered here.
63 Sing Woo Rd., Happy Valley, tel. 2834 8893
Generally served with tea, at breakfast or lunch, dim sum is a generic term for Chinese appetizers of steamed dumplings, of which there are 2,000 varieties! This elegant restaurant also offers a great selection of these treats for dinner: perfect for sharing among friends.
Peninsula Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel. 2315 3171
Housed in the legendary Peninsula Hotel, Gaddi's is a monument to the Hong Kong of yore. Its neoclassical decor, distinctly up-market menu, magnificent desserts and first-rate wine list contribute to a memorable dinner. At teatime, head to the lobby for British-style high tea, and enjoy cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam while taking in the exceptional view of the harbour.
Panorama Seafood & Grill Restaurant
Renaissance Kowloon Hotel, 22 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, tel. 2734 6660
From the view of Victoria Harbour to the nouvelle cuisine served at this establishment, the only incongruous-if somewhat whimsical-note here is the goldfish swimming round and round in its bowl on every table! The gourmet lunch menu offers excellent value for the money. Good Sunday brunch.