The Christmas lights are weeks from being taken down, mulled wine is slowly losing its winter appeal and the dark days of January are almost upon us. What better way to embrace the cold winter winds in London than escaping them to a warmer and more oriental destination? Pack your lightest jacket and get to one of Asia’s most happening cities – Hong Kong.
Full of character, a melting pot of cultures with a huge expat community and a restaurant scene that would rival any other metropolitan city in the world, what’s not to love? The best part… in January it’s cool and dry with a high of 20 degrees most days, perfect weather for wandering the designer City in search of the next chic rooftop bar overlooking the famous skyline or seeking out the most innovative menu.
Below are some of our favourite spots in this autonomous city that are definitely worth a visit (over and over again).
The famous historical site, Woo Cheong pawnshop dating back to 1888, had a serious renovation in 2014, creating an exceptional space to dine under the talented guide of Tom Aikens. Aikens explains that the dishes at The Pawn have not just been designed to “appeal to local diners, but also travellers and foodies. Above all, we want to create a fun dining experience and a relaxed, informal environment”. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
This 2 Michelin Star venue can’t be missed regardless of how much time you’ve allowed for yourself. Set in the heart of Hong Kong’s central district and featuring a two floor masterpiece, connected with a dramatic inner staircase and finished with a dreamy garden terrace if you fancy a few cocktails before you indulge on the glorious menu. If you have an appreciation for the arts then you’ll never want to leave this hotspot with frequently changing exhibitors showcasing their best work. Who could say no to two star dumplings?
Also check out more of Jason Athertons incredible venues in Hong Kong: Ham & Sherry (check out their 2 way mirrored private bar), Aberdeen St Social, 22 Ships and more.
A modern approach to Chinese food that excels to the fullest extent. It’s exactly what you would dream of when booking a holiday in Hong Kong, an incredible setting with dishes packed full of punch. They are passionate about maintaining the ‘home-cooking’ style that is so popular in Asian countries but elevate it to a whole new level, exploring flavour profiles and delivering dishes you won’t stop singing about.
Be one with the locals and discover Hong Kong’s coolest hidden whiskey bar tucked away on Wyndham Street. Enter with some stealth as to not encourage the unaware tourists meandering the streets and settle in for the evening with a Rhum in Fashion and some black truffle risotto balls with smoked paprika aioli. Don’t forget… ‘Look for the light bulb’
If you are looking for work abroad and can see yourself in somewhere like Hong Kong, please get in touch with us to discuss the various opportunities we have available. Alternatively, if Hong Kong sounds like a good holiday but you are looking for chef jobs and bar jobs in London then let us help. We are after all a specialist hospitality recruitment company!