Situated in the heart of Central, the timber-decked, landscaped outdoor terrace at modern Chinese restaurant Duddell’s is a true urban oasis. This is the spot for after-work drinks or dim sum, of which the artful selection of dishes are as tasty as they are beautiful – the garoupa dumplings with shrimp and spicy termite mushrooms are plated as two goldfish-shaped dumplings ‘swimming’ serenely across a plate.
Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central; duddells.co
Louise is situated in a two-storied heritage house within the gardens of PMQ. Renowned architect Andre Fu and his studio AFSO transformed the building into the cosy-chic colonial residence it is now, with both the upper and lower terraces decorated with a layer of succulents. On the menu are heart-warming French dishes inspired by Chef Julien Royer’s childhood, with quality ingredients sourced from specialty producers.
Tarad Chadha of former Sri Lankan restaurant BlackSalt, Camille Glass of wine bar Brut! and Chef George Kwok come together to form Pondicherry, a quaint restaurant that pays homage to a small, coastal town in southern India that was colonised by the French in the 17th century. Situated in a bustling alleyway off Sai Ying Pun’s Third Street, Pondi’s rustic, outdoor terrace is the spot for people watching over a glass of wine and paneer at the end of a busy week.
14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun; pondi.hk
La Rambla offers a vibrant selection of authentic Spanish cuisine with an ambience that perfectly reflects its namesake, the most dynamic and well-known boulevard in Barcelona. The sleek yet spacious outdoor terrace seats 100 people, with a stunning view of Victoria Harbour. With Executive Chef Ferran Tadeo at the helm, the restaurant’s menu features classic Spanish favourites incorporated with modern twists using traditional techniques.
3071-73, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central; larambla.hk
Serving up fresh and authentic Thai fare on an expansive, plant-filled terrace dotted with rattan furniture, Ruam has the feeling of a tropical escape that’s far from what you’d expect in Wan Chai. Crowd-pleasing dishes include steaming hot and mouthwatering pad see ew, rich and flavourful tom yum kung, and tender and succulent pork neck kor moo yang. The desserts are also a must-try with banana roti and mango sticky rice for a sweet and fruity finish to round off the meal.
Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai (entrance on Ship Street); ruam-thai.com
Glasshouse Greenery is a newly-opened urban escape atop cultural-retail destination K11 MUSEA. The spacious outdoor terrace is decorated with potted plants, where diners can enjoy Southeast Asian classics with traditional Western cooking techniques. The menu offers a varied selection of contemporary fusion delicacies alongside comforting, longtime Southeast Asian favourites, from Peking duck pizza and Hainan chicken risotto to Malaysian stir-fried flat rice noodles.
Shop 501, 5/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; k11musea.com
Portico at SPIGA
Portico’s 214 sq. ft outdoor terrace is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air in Hong Kong’s bustling business district. The warm and inviting space is formed around large, deep banquettes for drinkers and diners alike, creating a lively atmosphere. Make the most of Portico’s surf and turf Raw Bar, serving up a selection of prime beef tartares, delicately briny Fine de Claire oysters and fish and beef carpaccios, while the selection of cocktails and spirits are not to be missed—try the Paloma Oaxaca for an intoxicating blend of Mezcal, blanco tequila, grapefruit soda and lime.
3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road, Central; spiga.com.hk