On the doorstep

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

IN the Man­darin Ori­en­tal’s im­me­di­ate neigh­bour­hood — al­most in the heart of Cen­tral’s busi­ness district — are ter­rific din­ing op­tions.

The ho­tel’s smart young sib­ling,

is just up the hill on Queen’s Road and its groovy MOBar is host­ing Jimmy Choo-themed ‘‘fash­ion teas’’ with ed­i­ble stilet­tos and clutch hand­bags un­til May 5; there’s a Jimmy Choo bou­tique in the ad­join­ing Land­mark mall, which is huge, ul­tra-swanky and features a swag of de­signer stores.

The ho­tel’s con­tem­po­rary French restau­rant, Am­ber (de­signed by Adam Ti­hany, com­plete with a ceil­ing in­stal­la­tion of more than 3500 cop­per tubes), has been awarded two stars in the 2013 Miche­lin Guide to Hong Kong and Ma­cau; man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/ land­mark. Gio­vanni Valenti rec­om­mends Um­berto Bom­bana’s

(three Miche­lin stars) on Chater Road for great Ital­ian fare; ot­toe­mez­zobom­bana.com.

A block away in Chater House is the the­atri­cal

with red-car­pet cat­walk, il­lu­mi­nated wall pan­els and, on the Satur­day night I visit, a young tenor with the dash­ing looks of a ju­nior Il Divo belt­ing out the likes of Con te par­tiro be­tween our dainty cour­ses. The cui­sine is Ital­ian and Ja­panese, the vibe is fash­ion­ably chilled and the lounge and open ter­race, the lat­ter in the shadow of fu­tur­is­tic sky­scrapers, are the hot spots for a pre-din­ner Ly­chee Bee or a fiery or­ange Ar­mani Spritz with lash­ings of Aperol; aqua.com.hk.

Mean­while, back at the Man­darin Ori­en­tal, guided morn­ing

for groups of up to four guests are avail­able. The itin­er­ary cov­ers Wan Chai food mar­ket, morn­ing tea at a lo­cal cafe and a tram ride to She­ung Wan to ex­plore the dried fish mar­ket. Shop­ping, art and cul­ture themes are also of­fered; man­dari­nori­en­tal.com.

Ar­mani Prive roof ter­race

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