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2 lunch spots with killer views

Hong Kong’s skyline is so beautiful, it’s no surprise that we’re often asked to recommend restaurants with a view. At Expat Living, you ask and we deliver! This month, we visited two restaurants with a view. Both venues are in great locations that are easy to get to if you’re meeting a friend for lunch on Hong Kong side.

Alto

The setting

Alto offers all the ingredients for an impressive Hong Kong lunch. Stellar view: check. Multiple menu options with buffet: check. Decent wine list: check.

I was impressed by the daytime view here, but our waiter assured us the evening view is even more spectacular – a front-row seat to the city’s famous light show. With that in mind, the floor-to-ceiling windows and the location on the 31st floor in Causeway Bay make it an impressive venue for visiting guests whether they be business or social.

Hong Kong restaurant with a view: ALTO

The menu

There are three lunch options: you can opt for the buffet; the buffet and a main; or à la carte from the main menu. We chose the buffet and main option. The buffet offers well over ten different salads, fresh vegetables, cold meat cuts, as well as bread and a small selection of cheese and desserts. However, if you’re hungry or dining with someone with a large appetite, you’ll need to order a main.

We ordered the pan-roasted salmon with sunchoke, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes, and the cheeseburger, both of which hit the spot. The salmon offered a slightly crunchy crust of salt that was delicious. The burger was well cooked, juicy, with fresh ingredients and came with a very generous serving of rich melted blue cheese.

The highlight of the dessert buffet was the red velvet cake. But there’s also a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, and fresh fruit for something healthy. We had a leisurely lunch and by the time we made it to dessert there was only a small amount of each dish left. However, not only was there still more than enough for the two for us, it was also reassuring to know that this is a business that doesn’t engage in food wastage by over-catering, as so many buffets across the city do. We loved that about Alto.

Alto
31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
2603 7181 | diningconcepts.com/restaurants/alto

Pirata

The setting

Pirata is another Hong Kong restaurant with a view, perched on the top floor of a high rise – this time in Wan Chai. It offers honest Italian food, which, on our visit, came with a side dish of warm Italian service (via a Spanish waiter!). This is a really good value lunch, one that guarantees great food, a friendly vibe and a bird’s eye view of the city.

You might know Pirata for its Sunday brunch – which is another great value dining experience, by the way – but it’s most definitely worth a visit for a midweek lunch. On offer are an antipasti buffet, main courses and desserts.

Pirata pasta

The menu

The antipasti buffet to start is a well stocked selection of salads, cheeses, cold meats, bruschettas, frittata, breads, fresh vegetables and more. For mains, if you choose the most expensive menu option at $248, this grants you a choice of Pirata’s famed homemade tagliatelle with truffle pasta or the butcher’s cut flank steak. There was also a seafood option at this price point.

We shared both the pasta and the steak, on the waiter’s recommendation, and it proved to be a brilliant combination. The homemade pasta was nicely cooked and comes with a very generous serving of truffle shavings. This is a rich dish that we enjoyed as a shared plate. The butcher’s cut flank steak, while a smaller portion than that served for a dinner main course, is ample for lunch and was cooked correctly to order. It was another great choice, topped with cherry tomatoes and peppery rocket leaves.

For dessert, there’s a choice of three options, each served in individual glass pots. We shared the panna cotta and the tiramisu. These were moreish but perfectly proportioned. The whole Pirata lunch was a very positive experience.

Pirata
30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai

2887 0270 | pirata.hk

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