First look: H Queen’s restaurants preview

There’s more than just art galleries at Central’s newest cultural hub

A wave of excitement swept the Hong Kong art scene last month with the opening of H Queen’s, a brand new purpose-built 24-storey vertical art complex in the heart of Central. Currently housing eight world-class art galleries and auction houses – read our guide for details – the hub is also aiming to be a popular dining destination. From penthouse French fine dining restaurants to internationally-acclaimed Peruvian cuisine as well as some seriously photogenic venues, scroll down to discover all the exciting new restaurants you can look forward to. 

H Queen’s restaurants preview

Arbor

One of the most exciting announcements regarding H Queen’s is Arbor, a French fine-dining restaurant with Finnish rising star chef Eric Räty at the helm. Promising innovative dishes inspired by nature and the changing seasons in a forest-themed setting with rustic vibes – even if the original rendering photo looks quite the opposite – Arbor should make for a tranquil getaway in the heart of Central. You can also wind down with brunch every weekend before popping in to the galleries downstairs.

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Ecriture

Following the success of the art-inspired Bibo and design winner The Ocean, dining group Le Comptoir has just unveiled its latest eye-popping venture, Ecriture. A penthouse French fine-dining venue named after renowned Korean artist Park Seo-bo’s ground-breaking abstract expressionist series, dishes at Ecriture attempt to emulate Park’s paintings through bold colours and designs relying heavily on shapes and lines. With an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows, diners can drink in the view while savouring French culinary art paired with refined Japanese ingredients. Open now. 

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Estiatorio Keia

If the previous concepts seem a bit hoity toity, then for something a little more down to earth, look forward to the opening of H Queen’s Greek restaurant. Details are still thin on the ground but visitors can expect Estiatorio Keia to offer refined Greek cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood. If you’re craving a taste of the Mediterranean, look no further. Scheduled to open in April.

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Ichu Peru

The popularity of South American cuisine in Hong Kong has been bolstered thanks to the success of recent openings like Bueno Aries Polo Club and TokyoLima. Scheduled to join the gang this year is Inchu Peru. As you can guess from its name, Inchu is looking to present a range of excellent, authentic Peruvian dishes. The buzz doesn’t end there, either. The much anticipated restaurant is being headed by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, the recipient of the coveted Chef’s Choice Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017. Opening to be announced.

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La Petite Maison

With branches all over the world, from London and Miami to Istanbul and Abu Dhabi, acclaimed restaurant La Petite Maison finally arrives on our shores with a location in H Queen’s. Offering up an inspired yet simple take on French Mediterranean and Niçoise cuisine, prepare to be floored by its quality and authentic flavours. Scheduled to open in June. 

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Vive Cake Boutique

Renowned for its photogenic, decorative cakes, popular bakery Vive Cake Boutique’s new outpost at H Queen’s is just as Instagrammable too. Minimalist and feminine with plenty of pastel pink thrown around, we suspect there’ll be a large number of selfies taken here. But the main stars remain the cakes. Aside from its signature Uni-cone, Treasure Hunt and Tarta Banoffee, the new bakery is also rolling out new creations like the Pastel Lovers cake and a special breakfast croissant and coffee combo. Open now. 

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And don’t forget the galleries

H Queen’s ultimate guide

Here’s what you need to know about the galleries that call H Queen’s home and the exciting exhibitions to look forward to there.

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By: Olivia Lai

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