Alto Hong Kong
City dining with a captivating 180˚ panoramic skyline view
Located on the top floor of Hong Kong’s new V Point building in Causeway Bay sits Alto Bar & Grill, an exceptionally-designed new lunch and dinner destination overlooking Hong Kong Island and extending out to Kowloon.
As you are greeted by General Manager Vinay Bahl, warmly attentive with a hint of wit, you know that your time at Alto will be unique to the rest. The main entrance presents the lunch buffet table, alongside the main seating area of booths and tables. As a lively atmosphere, there’s a mixture of locals and ex pats all tended to by the informative, warm and friendly staff. To the left, find Alto’s private dining area that seats 12-14 guests and a mesmerising view of Victoria Harbour whilst falcons fly by at the same altitude.
With an abundancy in brass and marble fittings and stellar 180˚ panoramic view, it’s hard not to be impressed. Recently opening in July 2016, Alto serves a contemporary grill led by Michelin-trained Executive Chef Michael Boyle, preparing a French-Asian cuisine with the uncomplicated menu presenting Black Truffle Pappardelle, Parisian Gnocchi or Seared Scallops to name a few. Each ingredient is sourced for it’s quality, and even includes offerings of Australian leg of lamb, Japanese Wagyu Beef or Argentinian Grass Feed Beef.
Alto holds one of the most captivating entrances, due to the rose gold brass pendant lighting that certainly dominates the space, yet compliments the high ceilings and light wooden floors. The interior was designed by Tom Dixon‘s company Design Research Studio, their contract arm focussing on high profile interior projects and commissions. Here at Alto, find almost the whole range of Tom Dixon products, from the seats to the cutlery, crockery and even light fittings designed by the British designer. Additionally inspired by alchemy and natural elements, find an interiors theme of blackened timber table tops, brass fittings, green marble and terrazzo stone alongside charcoal (shou-sugi-ban) walls.
Playing lightly in the background, a soundtrack of jazz, pop and soul classics accompany guests’ conversations, which create the unpretentious and enjoyable atmosphere in the restaurant. Come for lunch, a weekend brunch buffet or an evening dinner that would surely impress and not break the bank.
At night as the city turns to neon, the city skyscrapers showcase a romantic cityscape and you can’t help but feel that this is indeed (second wave film director) Wong Kar-wai’s big city.
This article comes in cross-collaboration with our friends at Melting Butter Dot Com. Images courtesy of Dining Concepts.
V Point, 18 Tang Lung St,
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong