Café Gray Deluxe, Hong Kong

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Where Is It: The Upper House, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island.

Why Go: Jaw dropping views and fine dining.

Best For: Couples enjoying a romantic dinner or a special occasion.

Three Things We Loved: The contemporary design, the views.

The Ultimate Factor: This venue has it all from a hip bar to its tables for two with a view.


Situated on the 49th floor of the Hong Kong luxury boutique hotel The Upper House, Café Gray Deluxe has earned a reputation as one of Asia's most elegant and sophisticated restaurants. That's not to say it's all style and no substance - quite the opposite. The crowd is mostly designer-clad, especially on weekends, and it's clear that this has become the place to be seen, but Chef Gray Kunz offers a European-inspired menu featuring modern classics and signature dishes of such high quality that dining here is an event in itself. Towering over the Admiralty district and with floor to ceiling windows, Café Gray Deluxe captures the very essence of Hong Kong's status as Asia's most chic and modern city. The restaurant's bar is a destination in its own right and this is the place to go if you want a cocktail in a sophisticated atmosphere with arguably the best view of the city.

The Menu And What We Enjoyed:

The wine list is an overwhelming mix of the finest tipples from around the world and carefully selected by its master sommelier. Throughout the day the menu changes from breakfast to lunch, to weekend brunch, afternoon tea and dinner and each sitting is a gourmand's fantasy come true. Each one changes weekly, although classics usually remain, and we were confronted with a dinner menu with the likes of Foie Gras Terrine with poached quince and toasted brioche, Lobster and Shrimp Etouffee with cajun style basmati rice and fried chayote, blackened Tasmania Ocean Trout with Corn-Chorizo Clam Chowder and Crisp Moulard Duck Breast with braised leg "En Civet" with Quetsch plums and porcini mushrooms.

Fortunately we were saved by a waiter who could sense we were overwhelmed by the eclectic menu and suggested a selection of smaller dishes with wine pairing to give us a feel for the versatility of what was on offer. Apart from the above items, we had Tea Smoked Organic Chicken with Mandarin Orange and Star Anise Glaze and Grilled Wagyu US Striploin Steak on the board with beer batter onion rings, pepper mignonette and Café Gray sauce. The wines included a classic Bordeaux  and a superb Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and all wrapped up in a service that was efficient, helpful and relaxed in one of the most stunning restaurant venues in Hong Kong.

The Verdict:

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, Café Gray Deluxe has become a must-go-to venue for Hong Kong visitors who are also lovers of fine dining. The views are just a bonus, and won't fail to enthrall, especially at night with Hong Kong's twinkling neon stretching out before you.

The Upper House is located at Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong,

Ben Hall