Top Tables: Duddell’s

  • Designer Ilse Crawford created sleek and minimal interiors for Duddell's.

    Designer Ilse Crawford created sleek and minimal interiors for Duddell's.

  • Duddell's serves up Cantonese cuisine with a twist.

    Duddell's serves up Cantonese cuisine with a twist.

  • Duddell's reception area. The restaurant has a cocktail bar upstairs and an elegant dining room on the ground floor.

    Duddell's reception area. The restaurant has a cocktail bar upstairs and an elegant dining room on the ground floor.

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The invigorating brainchild of a trio of established restaurateurs (Alan Lo, Paulo Pong, and Yenn Wong), Duddell’s has a blissfully split personality. Upstairs is a contemporary cocktail salon that features a spacious terrace and a superb drinks list. Below in the main dining room, interiors are sleek and minimalist thanks to designer Ilse Crawford, while the extensive menu by chef Sui Hin Chi introduces contemporary touches to the traditional roots of Cantonese cuisine. Highlights include the braised tofu with minced shrimp; crispy noodle rolls with fresh prawns, goose liver, and crab; and marinated pigeon with Huadiao wine. The area between the bar and dining room is dedicated to the arts, with a year-round program that will include exhibitions, performances, and film screenings. This is not, in other words, your average Chinese restaurant.

3-4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St., Central; 852/2525-9191; duddells.co

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2013 issue of DestinAsian (“Top Tables: Fantastic Four”)

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