If you’re in Hong Kong for October 1st make sure you have a room with a view – of Victoria Harbour for the National Day fireworks.
View of the fireworks in the harbour from the Intercontinental hotel
The Interconti is perched right on the harbour’s edge giving it some fantastic views from many of its guests rooms where you feel you’re right on the water and the rooftop Presidential Suite as well as the Lobby Lounge and Harbourside restaurant plus Alain Ducasse’s Spoon and Nobu if you can bag a window table.
All the restaurants have special menus planned for October 1st including a six course tasting menu at Alain Ducasse and an eight course omakase menu at Nobu.
Suckling Pig by El Celler de Can Roca for Amex at The Peninsula Hong Kong. Copyright David Loftus.
[UDPATE: In June 2019 El Celler de Can Roca joined the newly created Best of the Best list as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. This “hall of fame” celebrates previous winners of the no 1 slot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and are not eligible to be voted for on the list going going forward.]
High above Hong Kong inside Felix restaurant at the top of The Peninsula hotel Joan Roca the head chef and eldest of three brothers behind one of the world’s most famous restaurants, El Celler de Can Roca, is assembling two dishes.
The first, a sous vide fish, Joan explains is inspired by his home of Girona in Spain and can be found on the menu at the Rocas’ three Michelin starred establishment there which has twice been crowned the World’s Best Restaurant.
The second, crispy pork, is a new creation that’s an homage to Hong Kong his host city today. The demonstration, and the reason Joan is so far from home, is part of an exclusive dining experience the Rocas are holding at The Peninsula organised by American Express Invites for Centurion cardholders.
Andre Fu at The Upper House, Hong Kong
The third edition of Maison & Objet Asia takes place in Singapore next week and Andre Fu has been named Designer of the Year MO Asia. Here’s a look back at when Chopstix met him in Hong Kong:
Next time you are in The Upper House, Hong Kong, you may notice an elegantly dressed young man quietly observing the scene. For Andre Fu, the founder of AFSO Designs and the visionary behind this boutique hotel likes to pop in occasionally to check that his creation is working.
In town for business or bleisure? Check into Chopstix’s pick of Hong Kong hotels with great Club lounges. The criteria? Great views and real champagne.
Grand Club, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Grand Club, Grand Hyatt
UPDATE: Grand Hyatt’s club lounge has just reopened following a revamp. It still has a sweeping stair case leading up to the best view of Victoria Harbour. They’ve now extended the evening champagne (with canapés) to all day free flow.
The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
The Ritz Carlton Club Lounge
Open 24 hours with breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea, canapés and dessert bar. 465 meters above sea level, it has TST rather than harbour views which are impressive none the less. Best of all there’s an around the clock bar including champagne.
Shangri La Hong Kong
Horizon Club, Island Shangri La
Lavish decor plus outdoor roof garden with city and Victoria Peak views on the 56th floor. Impressive evening buffet as well as champagne. Also gives you access to the lovely Petrus restaurant for breakfast.
Four Seasons Hong Kong
The Four Seasons Executive Club
Fantastic balcony with views of the harbour from the 45th floor. Open 24 hours with champagne available with evening canapés and post dinner – the bar is open until 1am.
Club Intercontinental, The Intercontinental
Great breakfast (including a la carte menu) and afternoon tea. Mezzanine level looking out at the Hong Kong skyline and over the hotel’s lobby so you don’t feel detached from the action. Champagne with evening canapes.