HK$600 per person
Shop B01-B10, Basement One, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong TEL: +852 3105 3668
www.johnanthony.hk Brought to you by Maximal Concepts, the same group behind the stylish Mott 32, this latest contemporary Chinese restaurant is notably fresher in feel—a more youthful, millennial counterpart to its glamorous older sister, you could say. Despite its basement location, the space is notable for its tropics-led design and strategic lighting—if there was ever such thing as underground beach club, this might be it. An open kitchen allows for diners to take a peek at the Chinese culinary magic that normally happens behind closed doors. A sizeable lounge area hugs a well-stocked bar, and one can imagine coming to John Anthony just for a laid back tipple were it not for the enticing food on offer. The name of the restaurant references the first Chinese person to be naturalised by the British in the 19th century, and as a translator helped facilitate trade along the spice route. Dishes such as slow-cooked wagyu beef cheek with watermelon and chilli sauce are unexpected and delightful, and the charcoal grill turns out legit Cantonese barbecued meats from goose served with dark roasted purple plum sauce to Iberico pork presa char siu. Go for lunch to sample the daytime-only dim sum.