Winners of the coveted 100 Top Tables 2021 announced

March 19, 2021
SCMP Updates

The South China Morning Post’s 100 Top Tables 2021 celebrates its ninth edition this year. Considered the definitive guide to fine dining in our cities, the book features 100 of the best restaurants in Hong Kong and 20 in Macau.

Gary Liu, CEO, South China Morning Post, said: “100 Top Tables continues to be the definitive and trusted dining guide for the best restaurants for culinary aficionados and executive diners, and we’re proud to launch the ninth edition this year. The annual guide is meticulously put together by our editorial panel and is respected by restaurant establishments for its independent selection process. 

“In addition to honouring our top restaurants and celebrating the city’s leading chefs for their dedication, professionalism and culinary creativity, we want to acknowledge their resilience as well. Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to another spectacular year of fine dining in Hong Kong and Macau.”

Inside the 100 Top Tables guide are eight categories – Chinese, Western, French, Italian, Japanese, Steak & Grills, East/West and Macau – where the best fine dining restaurants are featured.

This year, we have introduced our pick of Hong Kong’s top 10 best bars with criteria such as outstanding ambience, service and creative drinks.

It has been another tough year on the food and beverage industry, and many restaurants are still suffering the consequences of the pandemic, which has led to the cancellation of our annual 100 Top Tables award event for the second consecutive year. 

Some restaurants have not weathered the storm and have closed but there have been several new openings, some of which have been included in the guide this year.

Winnie Chung, editorial director, specialist publications, advertising and marketing solutions, said: “This year, it is more important than ever for us to honour Hong Kong’s food and beverage stalwarts, not only for their culinary innovation but also for their resilience and agility in adapting to unprecedented instability caused by the pandemic. 

“This is why we’ve decided to add a special award for the finest deliveries, a true reflection of the versatility of our chefs in re-interpreting their creativity for in-home experiences, as well as a new section for the 10 best bars in Hong Kong.”

There are 18 new restaurants and two re-entries on the winners’ list this year. New entries include Nove at the Fringe, Rùn and Yong Fu in the Chinese category; Aulis in the Western category; Bâtard, Odyssée and Tirpse in the French category; Aria in Italian, Ippoh Tempura and Tominokoji Yamagishi in Japanese; Harbourside Grill in Steak & Grills; Ando, Chaat, Hansik Goo and Soil to Soul in East/West; and Copa Steakhouse, Lotus Palace and Sichuan Moon in Macau. We have also included our first vegetarian/vegan restaurant this year – Soil to Soul.

For outstanding achievements in the food and beverage industry this year, we have awarded Best Chef to Kwong Wai-keung, veteran master chef of three-Michelin-starred T’ang Court, for his contribution to Chinese cuisine. 

“I think this recognition does not only belong to me but to my whole culinary team, for their hard work and endeavour to strive for the best in preserving and presenting exquisite authentic Cantonese cuisine together with me,” says Kwong.

Best Pastry Chef goes to Mandy Siu Yuen-sang at L’Envol for her exceptional desserts and cakes, and Rising Star goes to Manav Tuli at Chaat who has made Hong Kong diners fall in love with his elevated Indian street food. 

Best Service award goes to Roganic Hong Kong for a second consecutive year, and the Best Ambience award goes to Amber for its modern yet unassuming luxe decor. 

As 2021 has been an unusual year in fine dining, with restaurants having to close at 6pm for months on end, some establishments were creative in offering diners high-end dishes delivered to their door. With this in mind, we have created a special award for this year only – Finest Delivery, and the one we believe stood out the most is Écriture. We heartily congratulate all our awardees!

100 Top Tables provides the reader with an impartial overview of each restaurant, including information on the cuisine and ambience. There is a shortlist of signature dishes and the price of corkage, as well as amenities like valet parking and alfresco dining. We also include information about vegan dishes and menus. Addresses, phone numbers and hours of operation are also provided.

100 Top Tables 2021 is available to print subscribers of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and a VIP list of business owners, listed companies, professionals, entrepreneurs and C-suite readers. Display copies are also available at select hotel lounges and recreation clubs. In Macau, it is available at membership clubs and deluxe restaurants.

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100 Top Tables 2021 – A definitive guide to executive dining 
 

CHINESE

1. Above & Beyond

2. Ah Yat Harbour View Restaurant

3. Canton Room

4. China Tang Central

5. Dong Lai Shun

6. Dynasty 

7. Forum

8.  Hoi King Heen

9. Hung Tong

10. Hutong

11. Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine

12. Lung King Heen

13. Man Ho

14. Man Wah

15. Ming Court

16. Mott 32

17. Nove at the Fringe

18. One Harbour Road

19. PIIN Wine Restaurant

20. Rùn

21. Shang Palace

22. Seventh Son

23.  Summer Palace

24. T'ang Court

25. The Chairman

26. The Chinese Library

27. Tin Lung Heen

28. Xin Rong Ji

29. Yan Toh Heen

30. Yat Tung Heen

31. Ying Jee Club

32. Yong Fu

 

WESTERN

1. Arcane

2. Aulis Hong Kong

3. Hue Dining

4. Frantzén's Kitchen

5. Hugo’s

6. MONO

7. Roganic Hong Kong

8. The Verandah

 

FRENCH

1. Amber

2. Arbor

3. Bâtard

4. Belon

5. Caprice

6. ÉCRITURE

5. Épure French Fine Dining

6. Gaddi’s

9. L’Envol

11. Le Pan

12. Odyssée

12. Restaurant Petrus

13. Tirpse

 

 

ITALIAN

1. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Hong Kong

2. Angelini

3. Aria

4. Castellana Restaurant

5. Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano 

6. Grissini

7. Nicholini’s 

8. Octavium 

9. Sabatini Ristorante Italiano

10. Spiga

11. Theo Mistral by Theo Randall

12. Tosca di Angelo

JAPANESE

1. Hanare

2. Ippoh Tempura Restaurant

3. Kashiwaya Hong Kong

4. Kyoku

5. Nadaman

6. Ryota Kappou Modern

7. Shikigiku Japanese Restaurant

8. Sushi Masataka

9. Sushi Saito

10. Sushi Shikon

11. Sushi Tokami

12. Sushiyoshi

13. The Araki

14. Tominokoji Yamagishi

 

STEAK AND GRILLS

1. Alto Bar & Grill

2. Grand Hyatt Steakhouse

3. Harbourside Grill

4. HENRY

5. Mandarin Grill + Bar

6. Morton's The Steakhouse

7. PROHIBITION Grill House & Cocktail Bar

 

 

EAST / WEST

1. Aaharn

2. Ando

3. Aqua

4. Bo Innovation

5. HAKU

6. Hansik Goo

7. New Punjab Club 

8. SEVVA

9. Soil to Soul

10. Ta Vie

11. Takumi by Daisuke Mori

12. TATE Dining Room

13. VEA Restaurant

 

 

MACAU

1. 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA MACAU

2. Aji

3. Alain Ducasse at Morpheus

4. Chiado Portuguese Restaurant

5. Copa Steakhouse

6. Feng Wei Ju

7. Golden Flower

8. Jade Dragon

9. Lai Heen

10. Lotus Palace

11. Mizumi

12. Pearl Dragon

13. Robuchon au Dôme

14. Sichuan Moon

15. The Eight

16. The Kitchen

17. Wing Lei Palance

18. Yamazato 

19. Yi 

20. Zi Yat Heen

 

BEST BARS

1. Bar De Luxe

 

2.  Coa 

 

3. Darkside

4. Mizunara: The Library 

5. Please Don't Tell (PDT)

 

6.  The Poet 

7. Quinary 

 

8.  Room 309 

 

9. Tell Camellia

 

10. The St. Regis Bar

   


 

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