"Felix Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong"
I heard it many times, and from many different friends "If you go to Hong Kong you have to eat at the restaurant on the 28th floor of the Peninsula Hotel, it is called Felix, and it is one of the best and most spectacular restaurants in the world".
I agree, the Felix Restaurant is quite impressive. And I am really happy I listened to my friends, and booked a table for dinner. A special dinner, with a unique view on the amazing Hong Kong skyline. Actually when I called to reserve a table for two they told me I could not have a window table (as everybody suggested), but for some reason a window table was waiting for us when we arrived. And I think that the position of the table really made the difference. While on the phone, they also informed me about their dress code.
The restaurant, the bar above the restaurant, the bathroom (!), the elevator, and probably more are all designed by Philippe Starck, but nonetheless I was a little disappointed by overall look and feel of the restaurant. I was expecting something different. My fault, probably, I always expect so much.
Felix was crowded, packed, full. When we arrived some people were politely being sent away because they did not have a reservation. A lot of expats, English and Dutch expats mostly, drinking and chatting in the bar above (quite small, many people standing next to each other, if privacy is something you value) and in the restaurant. Many couples, many tourists. Mostly people with an attitude, to be honest not my type of people.
Ok, now to some more positive aspects. The food. I was amazed by the quality of the cuisine, really high level. Top quality ingredients, great preparation, nice presentation, and original too.
And the service. Great. It would have been perfect if I could have heard a "Thank you and have a good night, Sir" when leaving the place, but it looks like we became invisible immediately after paying the bill. Hong Kong is not 100% Asia, after all.
The bathroom. The same friends also suggested "Don't forget to go to the toilet " so of course, with the help of some red wine, some mineral water and some concentration I finally had to go... It is true, you actually 'perform the act' in front of a big window as I had been told, but also in this case I was expecting something different, more unforgettable...
Cost of the dinner, slightly above the 200 Euro's. One bottle of red wine (65 Euro's), two appetizers, two main dishes, two desserts. More or less the price range I was expecting from a restaurant like this.
Felix is a top restaurant, and is one of those restaurants you should see and try if you happen to be in Hong Kong. But do not believe all your friends told you.
What I liked: The quality of the food, the service, the view on the skyline of Hong Kong, probably the most impressive in the whole world.
What I did not like: The 'crowd'. And the elevator.
Dinner - 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Snacks - 10:30 pm to 1:00 am
Drinks - 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
Dress Code: Smart casual
Address: 28th floor of the Peninsula Hotel
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR
(take the dedicated elevator from the arcade entrance adjacent to Hankow Road)
Tel: (852) 2315 3188
Fax: (852) 2315 3140