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Aqua
Price: HK$350. Wine: HK$250
A glassed-in street corner restaurant with a panoramic view, Aqua resembles an Australian international fusion cuisine, which is light, diverse and decidedly very popular. Specialties include dishes like tea smoked salmon, lime roasted Barbary duck and yellow fin tuna. This is a restaurant that dignifies its superb location, rather than just trying to live off it.
49 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: 2545 9889. Fax: 2542 3999.
E-mail: rochelle@aqua.com.hk
Web site: www.aqua.com.hk
 
Boca
Price: HK$200. Wine: HK$120
A Soho bar that merits a mention for its delicious tapas menu, which keeps the tables full with lunch and dinner guests. Dishes include grilled tortillas, black cod, and marinated chicken strips. Its chain-mail walls and mix of bar-style seating and comfortable couches make the ambience light and fresh but no lighter or fresher than the lovely Spanish-style delicacies.
Ground Floor, 65 Peel Street, Soho, Central
Tel: 2548 1717. Fax: 2548 1727.
E-mail: tapasandwine@boca.com.hk
Web site: www.boca.com.hk
 
Jaspa's
Price: HK$200. Wine: HK$120
Offspring of its popular parent in Sai Kung, this bright quasi-Matisse experiment in Australian fusion cuisine on Staunton Street is excellent value and has a wonderful choice for brunch or dinner. Good choices here are the delicious steaks and pasta as well as the grilled bugs, yabbies (crayfish) and ‘barbie’ fare.
28 Staunton Street, Soho, Central
Tel: 2869 0733.
 
San Marzano Pizza Express Hong Kong
Price: HK$130. Wine: HK$180
This lovely white and plate-glass viewing gallery near the Mid-Levels Escalator is a surprisingly upmarket branch of the UK’s Pizza Express chain. Its pizzas, including the specialty Parmesan and rocket Soho Pizza, are good quality and great value.

21 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Tel: 2850 7898.
E-mail: info@pizzaexpress.com.hk
Web site: www.pizzaexpress.com.hk
 
Thai Basil Café Bar
Price: HK$200. Wine: HK$200
One of the most relaxed restaurants in the Pacific Place shopping complex, Thai Basil is also among the best. Not dogmatically Thai but deliciously so, this is a superb venue in which to people-watch, while sampling the exquisitely presented dishes, such as Thai green duck curry. This contemporary restaurant opens onto the Garden Court of the Pacific Place mall but is enclosed by metal and wooden barss. Dining places are bench-style, in a welcoming, restrained and chic atmosphere.
Shop 5, Lower Ground Floor, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Tel: 2537 4682. Fax: 2918 9418.