Krug Room, Hong Kong
5 Connaught Road
Tel: 852 2825 4014
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Mandarin Oriental's Krug Room is the ultimate in gustatory indulgence. Diners arrive via limousine and are escorted to a secret room off the kitchen that accommodates no more than ten diners. Menus and welcome messages from the kitchen are written on slate walls, and floors are made from the same oak used to form the barrels in which the famous Champagne is aged. But the focus here is on the kitchen. Diners watch as executive chef Uwe Opocensky, who trained at Spain's El Bulli, creates dishes designed to complement different Krug Champagnes, be they Rosé or Vintage 1995. Guests are encouraged to discuss the menu directly with the chef, who tends toward dramatic dishes with names like "Golden Caviar, Black Cod and Rain." Be sure to make reservations at least two weeks in advance and to apply for a second mortgage: Dinner at the Krug Room costs a minimum of $2,575 per person.
Open Mondays through Fridays 7 to 10:30 am, noon to 3 pm, and 6:30 to 11 pm; Saturdays noon to 3 pm and 6:30 to 11 pm.