Dining here is theatrical, first because its dim lighting puts the spotlight squarely on dramatic views of Victoria Harbour, and secondly because its decor manages to be both rustic and hip at the same time. Named after the narrow alleys that used to thread through Beijing's courtyard neighborhoods, Hutong is decorated with antique wood screens, stone archways, a rickshaw, lanterns, sturdy wood tables, and other features that hark back to another time. Their Northern Chinese cuisine with a contemporary twist includes such signature dishes as thinly cut pork belly with cucumber slices, crispy deboned lamb ribs, and cod fried with yellow fungus and Shaoxing wine sauce; I also recommend the pig throat and leek salad, which comes mixed with coriander and sesame oil and is surprisingly delicious. Even the drink menu is impressive, with lots of choices in Chinese-influenced cocktails (like the Lychee Fabulous, rum shaken with muddled lychee and served with fresh pear juice and ginger syrup) and both Asian and Western wines. Note that there's a HK$400 minimum per person charge for dinner, which shouldn't be a challenge (reservations strongly recommended). Alternatively, come for lunch. In any case, dining here is an adventure, and dreamy views also make it romantic.
- Beth Reiber