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Five alfresco restaurants in Central

Autumn is here. Enjoy the cooler weather with our pick of restaurants with outdoor dining options walking distance from the hotel

Words: Kee Foong


The terrace at Arcane feels like a secret garden brimming with potted plants and scented with herbs that are quite likely to end up in Australian chef-owner Shane Osborn’s excellent modern European dishes. The highly seasonal menu changes regularly, though the Japanese fruit tomato salad and sautéed potato gnocchi with caramelised leek, cep vinaigrette and shiitake duxelle have quickly become classics. Set lunch menus are good value and the extensive wine list will please oenophiles, while dietary restrictions are happily accommodated.
3/F 18 On Lan St, Central, 2728 0178,

Armani / Prive

Armani / Prive
Not surprising for a dining collaboration between fashion powerhouse Armani and local restaurant group Aqua, the stunning terrace at Armani / Prive is more like a huge catwalk, with comfortable lounge seating and twinkly city views. The menu spans Italian and Japanese, with simple dishes such as pizza, pasta and antipasti on the Italian side. The Japanese menu has greater choice, and includes sushi and sashimi, as well as vegetable and prawn tempura and items from the robatayaki grill.
2/F Landmark Chater, 8 Connaught Road Central, 3583 2828,


Isola Bar & Grill
Isola lays claim to one of the most coveted terraces in Hong Kong. Located in ifc mall, the restaurant boasts expansive views of Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon-side skyline and is as close to waterfront dining as you are likely to get. The lunch buffet, with its generous antipasti spread, is especially popular, while its thin-crust pizzas are reliably good any time of day. The restaurant attracts a mix of business people and shoppers, and is often booked out so it’s best to reserve ahead.
Level 2 ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2383 8765,


Chinese restaurants with alfresco dining in comfortable surrounds are limited in Central. Sohofama, however, is possibly your best option. Situated in PMQ, it has another advantage, the benches and tables are under cover so you can still dine outside when it rains. The restaurant promotes the use of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, and eschews MSG. Signature dishes include black truffle xiao long bao, Shanghainese pan fried pork buns and drunken prawns.
G/F Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2858 8238,


With stylish interiors by Hong Kong star designer Joyce Wang, it would be tempting to sit indoors at Spiga, where you can also order off the full a la carte menu. The terrace however, called Portico, feels spacious and open, despite being surrounded by skyscrapers. It’s popular as an after-work drinks venue, with a decent bar menu. Expect the likes of crispy calamari, burrata salad and plenty of pizza, made with traditional toppings such as parma ham, anchovies and classic margherita.
3/F LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, 2871 0055,


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