The buzz: The bar area of the maritime-themed restaurant Nanhai No. 1 on the sprawling top floor of iSquare offers uninterrupted wraparound views of the skyline through soaring floor–to-ceiling windows and an outdoor alfresco deck.
The décor: Unabashedly contemporary chinoiserie following a nebulous nautical theme. The name refers to the protective “eye” painted on the prow of old Chinese ships. Ancient trading route maps plotting Zheng He’s Ming dynasty voyages and beautiful Longquan celadon (the main trading product of the day) adorn the spacious venue. The whole floor is covered with gorgeous Chinese tiles.
The F&B: An exotic cocktail menu complemented by spiced nuts and lotus root chips peppered with Sichuan fagara, or order delicious barbecued seafood bites from the open kitchen.
Why you’ll be back: How far can the eye see? A working telescope is installed, along with an index board indicating Hong Kong’s landmarks and must-see sites, and a coin lets you have a telescopic peep into the famed men’s room at Felix, you spying perverts.