Restaurant guides can make or break a restaurant’s reputation, and The Miele Guide is no different. Now in its fifth year, Asia’s Top 20 list of restaurants were announced yesterday (22 January 2013) at Tamarind Hill, Singapore, with both familiar names and a few new entries on the list.
New on the Top 20 list are Waku Ghin in Singapore (#2 in Asia), Nihon Ryori in Tokyo (#18 in Asia), and Metis Restaurant and Gallery in Bali (#19 in Asia), as well as Hong Kong’s very own Amber and One Harbour Road.
Without further ado, here are the top five Miele Guide 2013 restaurants in Hong Kong:
1. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (#3 in Asia, #3 in last edition)
The open bar and kitchen lets you watch as your dish is prepared.
What: Holding steady at number three is L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong Kong, unlike its Macau counterpart Robuchon au Dome that jumped to clinch the number one spot in Asia. Designed with a circular bar around an open kitchen, diners can watch as their menu of French classics are cooked to perfection and presented artfully in small, tapas-sized portions.
Price range: HK$830 for a four-course tasting menu at the bar; a la carte dishes range from HK$450 to HK$1,480 a dish.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Shop 401, 4/F, The Landmark, 16 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2166 9000, www.robuchon.hk
2. Caprice (#7 in Asia, #5 in last edition)
Expect nothing but the best at Caprice Hong Kong.
What: Falling two spots to number seven is everyone’s darling French restaurant, Caprice at the Four Seasons Hong Kong. Flawless French cuisine, gorgeous ambience, impeccable service and an amazing cellar of rare artisanal cheeses makes Caprice a must-visit for everyone.
Price range: HK$1,160 for a four-course dinner, HK$1,680 for an eight-course dinner tasting menu. Lunch sets are HK$480 for two courses and HK$540 for three courses.
Caprice, Podium 6, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8888, www.fourseasons.com
3. Amber (#8 in Asia, unranked in last edition)
Chef Richard Ekkebus never fails to impress.
What: Led by Chef Richard Ekkebus, Amber takes the number eight spot in the Miele Guide 2013. His extraordinary creations include Amber’s signature foie gras lollipops and the gold-topped sea urchin with cauliflower and caviar — with even more innovative dishes to come, we’re sure.
Price range: HK$1,788 for an eight-course degustation, HK$518 for a three-course weekday lunch, HK$798 for a six-course weekend lunch menu.
Amber, The Landmark Edinburgh Tower (the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel) 11-19A Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0066, www.amberhongkong.com
4. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana (#9 in Asia, #13 in last edition)
Be prepared to be wait-listed for a table at Otto e Mezzo.
What: Its waiting lists are legendary, and so are its authentic Italian mains and pastas. Rising a few spots this year is 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, helmed by jolly Italian chef Umberto or "King of White Truffles," as he is commonly known. The main dining room is equal parts glamorous and refined, and with more than 2,000 bottles in the wine cellar and professional bar staff, it’s no wonder people keep coming back.
Price range: HK$1,580 for the five-course degustation menu; extra HK$750 for wine pairing. If ordering by a la carte, about HK$3,000 for two.
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, 5-17 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2537 8859, www.ottoemezzobombana.com
5. One Harbour Road (#15 in Asia, unranked in last edition)
Enjoy dim sum and fine Chinese cuisine with a fantastic view of Victoria Harbour.
What: Making its debut in The Miele Guide 2013 is One Harbour Road in the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. This modern Chinese restaurant in Wanchai boasts floor-to-ceiling windows facing Victoria Harbour and a beautiful menu of classic Cantonese dishes, like stir-fried shredded Wagyu beef with vegetables and fried rice with abalone.
Price range: HK$980 for five-course set dinner, HK$500 or HK$720 for a five-course set lunch, depending on dishes chosen.
One Harbour Road, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722, www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com
The Miele Guide (US$15) is now available on www.themieleguide.com or at your nearest Hong Kong bookstore.