On the doorstep
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