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Café Gypsy
Price: HK$200. Wine: HK$190

A superb place to eat light, fine French cuisine and watch Mid-Levels Escalator traffic move pass this terrace-style café like fairground shooting gallery ducks. The crêpes are a fabulous brunch treat and the escargot is a specialty.
29 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels
Tel: 2521 0000. Fax: 2521 3613.
Gaia Ristorante
Price: HK$250. Wine: HK$200
This Italian restaurant is supremely refined – with supreme prices; Gaia boasts one of Hong Kong’s finest open-air dining areas. Potted plants shield the large outdoor area from the pedestrian courtyard outside, and a crescent white indoor dining room is attractive with floor to ceiling windows. The cooking is excellent, with a superb antipasti buffet and crispy Roman-style pizzas topped with country sausages or, less typically, onion and rosemary marinated potato pizza. Buckwheat pasta with vegetable and basil pesto, or goose liver on sweet potato with caramelised blueberries and red pearl onions are fantastic, as are the homemade gelati desserts. The variety of Italian wines is especially fine.
G/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan
Tel: 2167 8200. Fax: 2167 8220.
The Stoep
Price: HK$100. Wine: HK$150
Anyone who makes a side trip out to the beautiful seaside village of Cheung Sha on the south side of Lantau Island will definitely not want to leave after trying the South African beachfront cuisine, such as mixed kebabs or mixed barbecue. The huge beach side verandah, big enough to seat 120 people, is the perfect getaway from the insane bustle of Central.
32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau
Tel: 2980 2699. Fax: 2980 2699.
Price: HK$400. Wine: HK$220
Not your typical curry house, Veda is a sophisticated and quite stylish restaurant with a nice bar below. House specialties, such as roast duck breast with curry leaf or tandoori Boston lobster, are prepared in full view in the glass-walled kitchen and are superb albeit pricey.
G/F, 8 Arbuthnot Road, Central
Tel: 2868 8885. Fax: 2868 6717.
Website: www.veda.com.hk
The Verandah Price: HK$500. Wine: HK$180
A quintessentially romantic location just right lovers to end long walks along Repulse Bay beach, The Verandah serves Jesuits international cuisine, such as oysters and steamed lobster salad, in a palm-frond and ceiling-fan ambience. The outside courtyard is just as appealing and far cheaper.
Repulse Bay Hotel, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay
Tel: 2812 2722. Fax: 2812 2176.