Seeing is believing at the award-winning Azure. The contemporary Azure Restaurant Slash Bar is ideally situated on the top two floor of the five-star boutique Hotel LKF right in the heart of Lan Kawi Fong in Hong Kong’s Central Business District. As well as providing mouth-watering dishes from which you will practically be left licking your fingers clean, the Azure provides postcard-perfect views across this part of the city that comes alive at night-time with all the neon lights around. The Azure has, with time, become one of Hong Kong’s crème de la crème nightspots where those who prefer the finer things in life can while away their evenings surrounded with good company and a classy ‘colonial-greets-contemporary’ style ambiance.
The Azure was ranked seventh in the UK Sunday Times list of the world’s 20 best sky bars, and was officially voted the Best Restaurant by the Hong Kong Tatler for two consecutive years. In actual fact I would even go on to say that the presentation of the food on the plates is so good that one is afraid to ruin it (really, I had to refrain my knife going anywhere near the scrumptious gravlax salmon and alaska crab leg!).
Azure is an innovative restaurant, lounge, and bar that creatively blends the best of view, venue, and menu. Inside the restaurant, inviting semicircle couches wrap around the tables enticing diners to laidback lunches during the day and distinguished dinars as darkness falls.
Hong Kong people love seafood. According to the World Widelife Fund, Hong Kong’s per capita consumption of seafood is 3.6 times more than the global average. With this fact in mind it is no surprise, that one of the most popular dishes at the Azure is the pan-roasted salmon. For a crowd pleaser, Azure’s fresh Boston lobster salad is bound to please anyone even if they do not have a pinch for seafood. Most of the lobster meat is flown in fresh and alive from the USA or Canada (in this case it is, of course, from Boston). The Azure’s chef, Joe Chu, has put a lot of thought and innovation behind the creation of these dishes.
Apart from the priceless views and the multicultural set of diners, the key things that make the Azure a pleasant and sophisticated setting for either lunch or dinner is it’s perfect comfortable environment, a beautifully toned scent that is not overdone and lovely music in the background. Without any of these fine ingredients, any top class restaurant is bound to fail. However, it goes without saying that the manager of the Azure has done their homework and has developed a fine recipe for success in all manners connected with the Azure brand.
The jewels of any gastronomic adventure are the rich flavours that are demonstrated in the desserts. Try tucking into the ‘house-made ice cream’ where two scoops of chocolate ice cream blended in well with a dash of baileys are accompanied with fresh berries and crushed nuts. An equally to-die-for dessert has to be the chocolate trio. This dish contains chocolate presented in three different styles: a small scoop of white chocolate ice cream in a spoon, a triangle of chocolate delight filled with a hazelnut at the core and a cup containing a blend of dark and white chocolate mousse decorated with a slice of strawberry.
The ‘Wow!’ factor of the restaurant comes around when you are right at the top veranda and admiring the splendid night-time views while drowning yourself with a glass of the signature cocktail, Liqueur gold- a lovely blend of mango juice and Bacardi accompanied with a dash of a fresh orange slice. You just cannot argue when it comes to first-class culinary innovations at an exceedingly good restaurant such as the Azure.
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