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Nine restaurants for alfresco dining in Hong Kong

By: Brooke Chenoweth

Unlike most cities in Europe, Hong Kong’s not really known for its alfresco dining scene, but there are still some great spots in town for open-air eating; we’ve highlighted some of the great picks here.

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Aberdeen Street Social
Located at PMQ, this dining establishment is a classy two-storey venue overlooking Hollywood Road. There’s a large garden area and it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of Central! Bring the kids for brunch – but remember to book!

DiVino Patio
Serving up rustic Italian fare, this place is perfect for those days when you really do want an authentic European experience. If you squint your eyes and inhale the garlic bread you could almost be in Milan…

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Isola
Nestled within IFC, this waterfront restaurant is a bit of an institution. It’s the go-to for special occasions or lunch with friends while out shopping. The buffet is legendary and so is the view.

Spices
This restaurant at The Repulse Bay serves authentic Asian cuisine in a pretty garden setting – think palm trees and tropical flowers. It’s a great place for a bite of lunch before hitting the beach.

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Duddells
A Michelin-starred fine-dining venue that’s synonymous with class and sophistication, it has a divine outdoor terrace where you’ll want to spend hours sipping old-school cocktails.

One-ThirtyOne
Overlooking Three Fathoms Cove in one of the most beautiful parts of Sai Kung, the restaurant offers French fare using seasonal, local produce, and has a garden and a private dock; you can arrive by taxi, boat or even helicopter.

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Al Molo
Bringing a little piece of New York to Kowloon, this dining establishment has a pretty spectacular view of Hong Kong island any time of the day. The name means “at the dock” in Italian, entirely appropriate for this restaurant by the sea.

Lantana
A bit of a local secret on Lantau island’s Cheung Sha Beach, it offers easy, all-day dining with pizza, pasta and salad. Throw in a glass of rosé and it’s the ultimate summer date-night.

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Épure
This place offers an exquisite European experience, with light, seasonal French dishes on the menu. The outdoor area is a modern French garden overlooking the harbour, and is pretty special by day or night.

This story first appeared in Expat Living’s June-July 2015 issue.

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