Where To Be Seen: Restaurants
Winner: Zuma (Hong Kong SAR, China)
If Marco Polo Club members aren’t travelling to Japan, they’ll seek out the next best thing: its food, specifically at Zuma in Hong Kong’s Landmark mall. Sashimi counters and a robata grill at this two-storey setting attract a steady stream of diners. In October, Zuma reopened its fifth floor restaurant with a new design and Instagrammable dishes such as red prawn gunkan sushi with black truffle and caviar. Founded in London by Rainer Becker, this high-end izakaya has now spread to 13 venues worldwide.
Where To Be Seen: Restaurants Shortlist
Café Gray Deluxe (Hong Kong SAR, China)
With bird’s eye views over Hong Kong’s Admiralty district, this sleek Andre Fu-designed restaurant is well-loved for its creative menu of modern European cuisine. (Café Grey Deluxe is in The Upper House hotel, part of the Swire Hotels collection, and Swire is the primary shareholder of Cathay Pacific)
At this Marina Bay Sands restaurant from celebrity chef Justin Quek, diners can enjoy a Chinese fine-dining with a flourish of European flair.
Gaggan, Bangkok (Thailand)
Focusing on progressive Indian cuisine, Gaggan – the result of a drunken evening with friends – now regularly graces the top spots in the list of Asia’s (and the world’s) best restaurants.
Popinjays (Hong Kong SAR, China)
This spacious rooftop restaurant and terrace at The Murray, Hong Kong, offers a premium dining destination with fun avian-themed cocktails and skyline views over the city and nearby Hong Kong Park.
The Peacock Room, Shanghai (China)
Not for the faint-hearted, the beautifully designed Peacock Room serves multi-course, fine-dining Sichuan cuisine that packs a fiery punch.
3/F, Room S301 (South Garden block), Taikoo Hui, 180 Shimen Yi Lu, Huangpu
Ultraviolet, Shanghai (China)
French chef Paul Pairet’s unique single-table, multi-sensory dining experience serves avant-garde European cuisine. With just 10 diners per evening, you’ll have to book in advance.
VEA (Hong Kong SAR, China)
Perched on the 30th floor of a Central skyscraper, VEA is helmed by rising Hong Kong chef Vicky Cheng, whose fine-dining menu features innovative French-meets-Hong Kong flavours.