W52 W52 brings back the charm of dining


The way we see it, going out for dinner has lost some of its charm. Whatever happened to intimate eateries, where you never needed to yell, where staff anticipated your request, not your credit card, where you could flirt (and beg) your ass off without an audience?

A sexy, quiet and elegant place, where the overall experience was far more French slap-and-tickle, than Chinese slap-stick.

The newly opened W52 on Wyndham Street (yes, that’s what the W stands for) has capitalised on the fact that most buildings in Hong Kong are as constricted for space as the late Dom DeLuise, and is an intimate four-story Italian restaurant, where the bar and kitchen are far removed from the romance-enducing tables. It’s easy to feel like you’re in a private dining space; on the third level, there are only three small tables at the front and three in the back, separated by the elevator and glass-encased wine racks. If you’re really out to impress, book the balcony table, with its views across Wyndham’s bar scene. That way, if she doesn’t say “yes”, none of your fellow punters have to hear you crying. It's not going to win a Michelin star, but the menu is diverse, there’s a nice wine list, great service and the location alone offer great after-dinner-drink proximity.

Intimacy can’t be bought (but it can be rented).

52 Wyndham Street, Central, Tel: 6768-5252
Restaurant opens Mon-Sun 11:30am-3pm; Sun-Thu, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 6pm-11:30pm.
Bar opens Sun-Thu, 10am-1am; Fri-Sat, 10am-2am.
$$$ ($500-$799)

The Nuts & Bolts: W52 is a stylish new four-storey restaurant with great people watching potential.

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