To say Hong Kong has pent-up energy from 16 weeks of its toughest pandemic restrictions yet is putting it lightly—if the throngs of people that flocked to every outlying island and hiking trail over the Easter long weekend proved anything. The restaurant industry is preparing for the same influx when dinner restrictions finally lift tomorrow, providing a much needed lifeline to many F&B businesses on the verge of shutting shop for good. As we get to grips with a return to a semblance of normality, the Tatler team are already thinking of where to soak in the renewed novelty of dining out after dark. From cooked food markets to steakhouses, keep reading to find our where our editors are heading after 6pm.
Our first dinner outside in nearly four months certainly merits a sense of occasion, and Salisterra at The Upper House—with its vaulted interiors and soaring views of the city—certain meets this criteria. While I'm sad to see Chris Winski (who helmed the kitchen during Salisterra's opening) go, the arrival of chef Cary Docherty (an alum of Gough's on Gough by way of Lobster Bar & Grill from neighbouring Island Shangri-La) means the culinary vision of Salisterra's founding chef Jun Tanaka is in safe hands. Word is the restaurant's cocktail offerings are also undergoing a major revamp—hopefully I'll be
tasting sipping this for myself come tomorrow night.
— Gavin Yeung, Dining Editor