Jun 07, 2011|
This popular beachfront restaurant has moved along the road to the former site of Cococabana. Despite the change of location Coco Thai is still the perfect spot to chill out after a day at the beach. The menu boasts spicy Thai classics such as spicy beef salad and red chicken curry. Whether it’s a long lunch or sunset dinner, Coco Thai is the ideal spot for summer dining.
Upper G/F, Beach Building, Island Road, Deep Water Bay, 2812-1826
This chic dining precinct has plenty of alfresco dining options. There are more than 20 restaurants to choose from, with Hemingway’s, Moorings and Caramba all close to the sea. At night, the boulevard is hung with red lanterns and you get a front row seat for the Disneyland fireworks. If you spend $100 at any of the restaurants here, you score a free ferry ticket back to Central.
Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, 2238-1188
DiVino Patio is a cozy and relaxed Italian restaurant for those who love the hustle bustle of lunch and for those who love the quiet atmosphere of dinner. With its interior following a simple design concept, DiVino Patio is a 4,000 square-feet restaurant that seats about 140 guests. It has an outside space open for guests during lunch hours, and private rooms are available as well. Be sure to try its signature dishes, home-made chicken and Boston lobster linguine.
1/F, Shop 11, Brim 28 - Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2877-3552
Greco Pi is essentially a souvlaki (Greek skewer) place, with plates of skewers, pita wraps, salads and mezedes (dips) on the menu. The veggies were all crisp and fresh, the meat was tender and the tzatziki was smooth and cold. Typically when we think “kebab-style wraps,” we think “grease,” but there wasn’t a hint of grease in Greco Pi’s pita wrap. Greco Pi definitely isn’t a sit-down-and-linger-over-dinner kind of place—with its service counter and colorful alfresco plastic chairs and tables, it’d make a good place to go for lunch during the workday, or on the way home after downing a few beers at one of the nearby bars.
1, Shop 13, Block C, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 3101-0782
We’re pleased to officially announce that the move across the harbor has done nothing to diminish the style or quality of this long-time IFC establishment, and in fact, the alfresco dining terrace overlooking Victoria Harbor and the skyline actually adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the overall effect. One of their signature dishes, the crab platter, including the Dungness crab cake and avocado crab salad, is perfectly textured and flavorful. The slow-cooked Wagyu beef cheek is tender, succulent, and juicy.
19/F 2075, The ONE, 100 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2972-2222
A while back the Chinese media discovered the original Jaspas, devoting several newspaper inches and a chunk of airtime to its sublime fajitas—a sizzling plate of beef or chicken, fried onions and peppers, which you wrap in soft tortillas with salsa, guacamole and sour cream. So if you’re planning a lazy alfresco lunch in Sai Kung’s main square, book ahead. After all these years, it still has that sunny Jaspas vibe. And for that we can thank the excellent staff, surely among the friendliest in Hong Kong, who turn a blind eye to sandy feet and messy children. The food is modern Australian in generous portions, with a few fusion dishes such as baby lamb fillets in harissa sauce, and a sinful banoffee pie.
13 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2792-6388
Once you’ve had your fill of the markets, march past the tourist traps on Main Street and head for Murray House. This former army barracks once sat in the heart of Central, and was moved to Stanley brick by brick. Mijas serves tasty tapas, seafood paella and icy pitchers of sangria. The light, bright dining room is pleasant, but the best seats in the house are on the wide, open balconies, under slow spinning ceiling fans.
Shop 102, Murray House, Stanley Plaza, Stanley, 2899-0858
The Peak Lookout
This lush, outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for alfresco dining when the weather heats up. There is something for everyone, with a menu featuring Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Italian dishes. Check out the old- school band, who set the mood with a set list of golden oldies.
121 Peak Rd., Victoria Peak, 2849-1000, www.peaklookout.com.hk
Pronounced “stoop,” the Stoep is located on one of the few beaches that make you forget you’re in Hong Kong—long stretches of white sand and cool blue waters. Head there with a craving for meat and you’ll be rewarded with their grilled meat platters, barbecued chicken and for the truly ravenous, a whole rotisserie lamb. There is a range of imported beers, and it’s wise to save room for the delicious desserts. The blend of South African and Mediterranean cuisines draws hordes of hikers and junk parties, so get there early on weekends.
32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau, 2980-2699, www.thestoep.com
The Verandah is a laid back sophisticated venue to wind up the weekend with a boozy Sunday lunch and with its bright and airy dining room and sea-sprayed outdoor terrace. Crunchy Caesar salads and daily fresh seafood vie for attention next to black ink pasta, Alaskan lobster, marinated scallops and milk-fed lamb. The innovatively designed dishes at this buffet demand at least two hours of solid eating. It is crucial to book well in advance as, not surprising, this buffet has a dedicated following.
The Repulse Bay Hotel, 109 Repulse Bay Rd., Repulse Bay, 2292-2822