When it comes to good food, competition in Hong Kong is fierce – extending from plate to surrounds, with interior design factoring in as strongly as the food when it comes to the restaurant experience.
Fewer ways exist to best the competition than through walls graced with some of the world’s finest art, whether painting or spray-painted.
Read on for a handful of the city’s top restaurants where both good food and good art come in generous portions.
The first restaurant that comes to mind when it comes to artistically-inspired dining in the city, Bibo received a refresh this year with the menu of newly welcomed executive chef Nicholas Chew, as well as an extensive wine bar in place of its former cocktail offerings. Keep your eyes peeled for works by street artists KAWS, Takashi Murakami, and Daniel Arsham, and more.
163 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan
Japanese-Brazilian restaurant Djapa lends a more casual ambience compared to sister restaurant Bibo, along with a vibrant palette of graffiti'd walls and works by Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami. Djapa is also home to an expansive collection of 300+ Japanese whiskies, wines and sakes, and an open ground level that's perfect for people watching – over equally photogenic dishes of
Shop 18-20, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
New Punjab Club
To experience the works of Pakistani and Indian artists over delicious Punjabi cuisine, look no further than New Punjab Club, which has recently updated its roster of artworks on display. Part of the private collection of Black Sheep Restaurants co-founder Syed Asim Hussain, pieces by Irfan Ahmed, Salman Farooqi and Saqiba Sulemam now grace the walls of the Wyndham Street restaurant.
34 Wyndham Street, Central
This Ilse Crawford-designed venue is more akin to a house and private gallery belonging to tasteful owners rather than a Michelin-star-bearing Chinese restaurant. It is also home to many a lecture, talk and screening, and regularly exhibits artworks on loan from the collections of private owners. Currently, the restaurant-gallery-events space features Chinese ink-painted handscrolls from the MK Lau Collection, as well as a multimedia exhibition featuring 2,000-year-old figurines in dialogue with wall drawings by Ethan Murrow, an artist based in New England – both on show until March 2019.
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
This private kitchen features the work of artists from around the world with a regularly revolving roster, as it is also host to a residency programme that takes anywhere from six to 15 artists every year. Dine Art currently features the paintings of Australian artists Joe Furlonger and Angus Nivison, and will soon transition to works by Indra Dodi and Dedy Sufriadi from Indonesia – all of which can be enjoyed with a private lunch reservation or event booking, as Dine Art serves as a venue space as well, with a menu of Italian fare updated weekly.
Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 16F, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Rd
Images: Courtesy of Bibo, Djapa, Duddell's, New Punjab Club and Dine Art