Central Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
45 Peel Street, Central
Bambino, tucked just off Hollywood Road, is where to cozy up on a mellow night: It’s warmly lit and intimate with a friendly atmosphere and good music. (Notice the record collection on the wall, with everything from the BeeGees to Daft Punk and Cigarettes After Sex). They serve a full dinner menu—Italian classics, like pesto gnocchi and beef tartare—but you’ll notice plenty of guests come to pluck a bottle of wine off the wall to split with a friend. The house cocktails are impressive, too.
Shanghai Tang Mansion, Level 3, 1 Duddell St., Central
Michelin-starred Duddell’s is an arts-devoted restaurant stylishly merging Hong Kong’s British and Chinese heritage to great success. The restaurant serves contemporary spins on traditional Cantonese cuisine—especially dim sum—in a cool setting reminiscent of a country estate. On any given day they also host lectures, talks, screenings, and guest curated exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art, including some local to Hong Kong, and some on loan from private collectors. While the food is exceptional, the art in and of itself makes Duddell's a must. As an added bonus, their garden terrace is a welcome escape from the city streets.
Exchange Square Podium, 8 Connaught Place & New World Tower, 16-18 Queen's Rd., Central
When you've maxed out on dim sum and just want a simple café where you can tuck into the paper, and maybe a bagel and lox or some avocado toast, Classified is a nice choice. So welcome, in fact, that there are something like nine outposts scattered across the region. They do a reliably great English and Irish breakfast and the coffee is better than what you'll find in most joints. Other locations include Stanley, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Repulse Bay, Sheung Wan, and Happy Valley.