hong kong: alto restaurant opening

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with an expansive infrastructure of a-grade dining establishments, it can be quite tough living the high life in hong kong. tough picking a spot where to indulge one's picky palate, that is. but at the same time, it's this demographic that inspires the same scene to evolve at such a pace and diversity few other cities can rival. a new arrival of late is alto, a new glamourous grill restaurant of the dining concepts hospitality group. perched on the top floor of v point tower in causeway bay, it features a contemporary yet lavish interior design by design research studio, the london-based practice led by acclaimed designer tom dixon.

the aesthetic takes cues from the practice of alchemy and the four elements earth, air, fire and water. evocatively reinterpreted, this has resulted in a carefully constructed, rich palette of luxurious materials and colours that's both warm and alluring. alto seats 95 guests, divided over the main dining section and a private dining room. the most striking element arguably is the canopy of 230 mini melt pendant lamps that unifies the interior design's eclectic use of blackened timber, green marble. terrazzo stone, and last but not least, an infusion of shiny brass. adding up to the sense of luxury are the priceless vistas of victoria harbour below.

as said, alto is a grill restaurant, and it's helmed by chef mike boyle. a celebrated name in the local hospitality scene, boyle is a true meat expert and has created a menu brimming with the finest grill items of exclusively sourced beef, an eclectic array of starters, salads and creative side dishes, and to top it all off in splurging style, a selection of decadent desserts that'll even sweep spoiled sweet tooths off their feet. and obviously, these dishes are accompanied by a selection top quality wines and various killer cocktails. location: v point tower, 18 tang lung street, 31st floor [causeway bay].

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