If you’re a oenophile Batard has your name on its door. There are hundreds of wines available within the restaurant and thousands more from their warehouse if they are given 24 hours' notice, while retail prices are the other major selling point. Food is fresh, seasonal and simple, and a recent menu upgrade is both notable and welcome.
What to eat: signature roast chicken with pilaf rice
The interior designer at this stylish eaterie certainly has an eye for detail, as seen in fittings like 1950s wall sconces, but it’s the kitchen's stainless steel chef’s counter which provides the focal point. Beautifully presented French dishes with South American influences wow an audience that also enjoys the chef’s choice of Latin music.
What to eat: corn tortilla with a savoury lobster claw brandade
There's a wide variety of cuisines on offer at this top floor eaterie which used to be Café Gray Deluxe. Electric views of Victoria Harbour and the knowledge that the great Jun Tunaka is in charge out back add further excitement.
What to eat: salted beef cheek with beetroot and horseradish
Sustainable, farm-to-table dining in a relaxed but high-spec setting is dished up with a generous slice of creativity and technique at this dynamic Hong Kong restaurant with an international reputation. Further boundaries are pushed in the form of seasonal cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.
What to eat: New Territories pork with tapioca and shrimp
A sanctuary away from the bustle of the city, a meal at Arbor will be a talking point for months to come. Chef Eric Raty brings an understanding of clean seasonal flavours as well as refinement, creativity and a depth of knowledge to the kitchen, while well-drilled staff add the finishing touches.
What to eat: pigeon foie gras pie with morel and onion chutney
The neighbourhood's art galleries and antique shops help imbue this discreet restaurant with a relaxed, arty vibe but it is a wonderfully eclectic menu from seasoned chef and restaurateur David Lea that really does the talking. Not only does it change regularly but it covers all the Italian and French bases and succeeds in having regulars coming back for more. Flattering, soft lighting is a further plus.
What to eat: zucchini or sea urchin risotto
Any restaurant that starts with breads this good and a wine list that picks the best from countries across Europe catches the eye for a best of Modern European list. Chef Agustin Balbi gives food from his native Spain a Japanese stamp, as evidenced in Japanese sea bass with broccoli, anchovies and kabu or the best of Argentine beef with horenso (Japanese spinach), parsnip and smoked sardine.
What to eat: blue lobster with soba and an XO bisque or 21-days aged Angus beef with kombu and kristal caviar
Join the jeunesse dorée at this neighbourhood gem where Asian-inflected international dishes help give the intimate surroundings an upbeat air. Bar stools and sharing tables add to the laid-back, small-group vibe. We like the ever-changing “by the glass” list full of interesting natural wines.
What to eat: beef tartare with Thai basil and Asian pear
A lunchtime and dinner oasis in the city centre that sidesteps the butch and slightly disappointing decor on account of chef Shane Osborn's classy Modern European food. The terrace is designed as an English tropical garden and provides a further reason for visiting.
What to eat: veal carpaccio with smoked sardine mayonnaise, rocket, parmesan and black truffle