Months of uncertainty have preceded Art Basel Hong Kong's 2021 edition, but now that it's here and happening, the art fair's return, along with that of Art Central and Le French May, marks the city's first tentative steps into hosting world-class events again. While the continuing restrictions on international travel have put a major dampener on the high-stakes wheeling and dealing that takes place in galleries and over white tablecloths alike, there's still ample opportunity to rub shoulders with the art world's elite at these rarefied dining spaces around town. Read on for our pick of where to host your next post-acquisition celebration, or simple to soak up the energy of this long-awaited Arts Month.
Helmed by Eric Raty, two-Michelin-starred Nordic-Japanese restaurant Arbor has remained a firm favourite on the fine dining circuit since it opened in 2018. During Art Basel fairs past, Arbor's location in "vertical arts precinct" H Queen's and its wealth of star-studded galleries like David Zwirner and Hauser & Wirth—combined with the colonnaded Yabu Pushelberg-designed interiors—has made it a no-brainer for gallerists working just an elevator ride away.
This month, select dishes in the dinner menu pull inspiration from Lalan, a formidable abstract painter and first wife of celebrated Chinese artist Zao Wou-ki. Her decades-spanning "Untitled" series, which exhibit gentle and elegant compositions inspired by music and dance, have been interpreted by Raty in the selection of ingredients, plating of dishes and the chinaware itself. Priced at HK$1,988 per person, the Menu of Art dinner can be booked online here.