The bar, considered among the top 50 in the world has now reopened after enhancements to the outdoor deck area and the addition of new soft furnishings. From the spacious deck, 300 feet above the sea, one can enjoy the utterly breathtaking views of Hong Kong.
he only temple in Hong Kong that offers facilities for Taoist wedding services, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. Known for its fortune-tellers, visitors flock here year round so that the soothsayers that reside in the temple can inform them as to their future.
In Hong Kong, street food can be found on almost every corner. I have a few hours free this afternoon and found no candidate who is brave enough to come with me and explore the scenery and maybe try a few dishes. Against my mother advise I decide to go for the experience and after all I got the best companion ever, my Cannon Mar II. I have sneaked in several back streets, hidden alleys and main avenues.
Situated in the colonial white-stucco building that was formerly the Marine Headquarters on Canton Road, Hullet House comprises and intimate densign-led heritage hotel with five restaurants and bars, and the most charming hotel. Managed by the Aqua restaurant group , Hullet House is inspired by Hong Kong’s rich and varied history over the last 150 years, with a unique blend of Chinese and British influences and mix of old and new giving guests the ‘Old Hong Kong” feel.
Recipient of 1-Michelin star in the prestigious 2010 & 2011 Michelin Guide (Hong Kong & Macau), .Yan Toh Heen at InterContinental Hong Kong has garnered internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s finest Chinese restaurants over its twenty-five year history.
Yan Toh Heen is renowned for its exquisite Cantonese cuisine by Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai, elegant understated ambiance with signature hand-carved jade place-settings, and its beautiful harbour views, thanks to its location at edge of Victoria Harbour overlooking Hong Kong Island.
The restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner, features an extensive a la carte menu, plus set lunch and dinner menus and special menus showcasing seasonal Cantonese specialties. At lunchtime, guests can enjoy an extensive selection of traditional and innovative dim sum. The a la carte menus also showcase a selection of “ihealth” dishes, which are healthy variations of authentic Cantonese delicacies.
What makes the cuisine of Yan Toh Heen so outstanding? As per Chef Lau Yiu Fai, “It is the combination of refined Chinese cooking methods using the best ingredients from all over the world and the finest quality fresh seasonal produce, with a creative modern presentation.”
Yan Toh Heen Chef Lau Yiu Fai, who has been working in the hotel’s Chinese kitchen for over twenty-three years and who has been at the helm of Yan Toh Heen’s kitchen for the past ten years, showcases signature dishes — ranging from the restaurant’s classic Deep-fried Pear & Scallop to his award-winning Lung Kong Chicken and Sautéed Wagyu Beef, Mushroom and Shishito Pepper served on a sizzling Iron Plate, which was awarded the “Best of the Best” culinary award at the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s competition honouring the best Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong. Yan Toh Heen’s Peking Duck is also highly acclaimed.
The name “Yan Toh Heen” was chosen with particular attention to the restaurant’s harbourside location. The first two characters represent an appreciation of the enjoyable view, while the third character, “Heen”, has a number of meanings including “an elegant dining establishment”. It can also signify “happy, laughing, pleasant” as well as “porch, balcony and pavilion”.
The logo of Yan Toh Heen, two fish bound together by ribbons, dates back to seventh century China and has been interpreted to mean “an augury of good fortune”. This insignia appears on restaurant decorations and exquisite jade carved table settings and is also embroidered in silk on the Swiss Linen napkins.
Table-settings are the focal point of the restaurant with presentation plates, matching napkin rings, curved spoons and carved fish (used as a chopstick “rest”) all handcrafted in green jade, a symbol of excellence and purity to the Chinese.
Yan Toh Heen features a warm and elegant décor with golden honey tones, chosen to complement the delicate green of the jade table settings. The rich hues, unusually understated for a traditional Chinese restaurant, create an ambiance of tranquility.
The restaurant also showcases several priceless Chinese antiques. At the entrance to the restaurant is a 17th century Zi Tan table contrasted by a stunning contemporary floral arrangement. Eighteenth century antique Chinese tapestries from the hotel’s original art collection, restored and beautifully reframed, adore the walls, while wrap-around windows showcase panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. Yan Toh Heen also has its own wine cellar within the restaurant.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s innovative cooking and the imagery of the Japanese countryside where he grew up combined with the influence of water inspired by the adjacent Victoria Harbour, culminate in this intimate, yet dynamic dining experience designed by Rockwell Group for his restaurant at the intercontinental hotel in Hong Kong. Food and architecture evolve into waves of movement and serenity, with a visual vocabulary that is inspired by the ocean as well as the culture of the Japanese countryside.
Most traditional medicine stores cater solely to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine, with some cures dating back 2,000 years. The medicinal stock, however, includes much more than roots and plants. Take a look inside one of Hong Kong’s many medicinal shops and you’ll find a bewildering array of jars and drawers containing everything from ginseng and deer’s horn to fossilized bones , animal teeth dried sea horse, lizard urchin, starfish or even fish stomach are excellent remedies from sickness, promoting good digestion, and burst your immune system,
Fish is a big deal in Asia. The older generations can tell, at a taste, if the fish presented to them was wild caught or farm-raised.The Chinese believe that everything in life needs to be accomplished with a beginning and an end to have a “head” and a “tail” . Fish, therefore, need to be eaten in their entirety.
And , in Hong kong this morning starting by the Lexus RX450H hybrid car equipped with complimentary WiFi on board upon arrival at the luxury Upeer House boutique hotel in Pacific Place I feel totally like a Bond Girl away from home!
I am now welcomed by a paperless ’arrival experience’ for my check in by the very pretty Pubic Relation Manager Michelle Lau who holding a last version iPad® containing my full information and preferences invites me for a drink in ac harming outdoor secret garden on Level 6 called ” The Loan Bar ” to enjoy a garden snacks in lush green surroundings, for a relaxing respite under Hong Kong skyline.
Award-winning Chef, Gray Kunz has returned to Hong Kong to launch Cafe Gray Deluxe in partnership with the boutique hotel gem of the Swire hotel group, The Upper House. The “21st century grand café” overlooking Victoria Harbour from the 49th rooftop floor of the hotel at Pacific Place in Admiralty, will be a long-awaited dynamic addition to the Hong Kong restaurant scene.
Themed around an “Edenic Experiment” – a man-made environment of nature in an imaginary world – Katayama has boldly lashed together expensive materials, cutting-edge lighting and decadent furnishings in a kind of Marcel Wanders’ dreamworld meets Star Trek style…
The completion of the National Center for performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing marked not only a major architectural achievement , but was also a reflection of China ‘s enhanced strength in the cultural field.
The hotel driver is waiting for me at the entrance door of the Upper House , also belonging to the Swire group. As I enter the car I notice two small bottles of water with a black tag welcoming me aboard and letting me know about the free Wi-Fi service in the car. I am already happy.
have been handed two keys of the largest Presidential Suite in Hong Kong at 7000 sq. feet and one of the largest Asian ‘City’ Presidential Suites. It is also one of the 10 “most expensive hotel rooms in the world” as rated by Forbes in April 2006 . To make a long story short, I am going to point you below a few interesting facts just in case you decide to book it for your next trip.
Feng shui, the study of geomancy, literally translates to “wind and water”. According to traditional Chinese beliefs,…
My room layout offers abundant space including 300 sq ft bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, the stunning dressing area introduces a free-standing bathtub with breathtaking panoramic view of the trees. Lined with Italian ‘Perlato Svevo’ natural limestone floors and Beige Turkish ‘Terre d’Oriente’ limestone walls, the bathrooms is simple and uncluttered.
On my way from Beijing, after 15 years I am back in Honk Kong.
I came to feature the top luxury hotels in the city and believe I am totally ready for the experience.
Although I am afraid of heights…
I will face the new Ritz- Carlton 118 floor Ozone bar.
I am not very good in digesting street food ….