Hong Kong, China
Where are we? Despite sitting amid the flamboyant antique shops and art galleries of Hollywood Road, Neighborhood is as discreet as they come. Found in a little courtyard, this French-Italian restaurant comes courtesy of restauranteur David Lai and serves food that resonates simplicity and style.
The vibe: We’re talking minimalist white and grey tones across a simple yet graceful layout. It’s a cosy, unpretentious setting where the food is largely left to do the talking.
About the chef: Hong Kong-born chef and restaurateur David Lai learnt his trade on the west coast of America, cooking in a number of restaurants across San Francisco before heading back home to play a part in opening Spoon by Alain Ducasse in HK. With Neighborhood, Lai has created an intimate, pan-European escape with focus on both seafood and local produce.
On the menu: Lai changes the menu on a weekly, sometimes even daily basis, so it’s hard to plan your order. If it’s on, two essential picks are wild boar garganelli, bone marrow and kale risotto, and bouchot mussels in a green curry broth.