Views and Good Vibes: Inspired by the flavors of southern Europe and the Mediterranean, ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge offers simple, sophisticated dishes alongside delicate cocktails. In the lounge, you’ll find delicious concoctions, epic cheese boards and light bites.
Look & Feel: Spreading across two floors, ON is divided into an elegant lounge and a sleek dining area. The lounge is decked out with turquoise velvet chairs, while the dining space features white furniture and soft lighting. The pièce de résistance of the place is no doubt the terrace — a cozy space offering a unique panorama of Central and the hills beyond.
Meet the Chef: ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge is the brainchild of chef Philippe Orrico, who is also behind Upper Modern Bistro in Sheung Wan and also recently opened PICNIC on Forbes in Kennedy Town. Orrico has a pretty high-achieving team at ON — each of the managers have backgrounds working at acclaimed establishments all over town.
On the Menu: While the second floor is more of a sit-down dining affair, the bar area offers a laid-back array of aperitif, snacks and desserts such as a mixed cold cuts platter ($198/$268) as well as a magnificent assortment of cheeses selected by General Manager Jeremy Evrard, who was the director of restaurants at the Four Seasons (three cheeses for $198; five for $298; Jeremy’s selection, $428). Nicolas Deneux, sommelier and operations manager (formerly of the Grand Hyatt), has his very own eponymous Champagne label that goes down just a little too easily — light, fragrant with an underlying fruitiness.
Service: Service is thoughtful and attentive, but can be bit slow when it’s busy.
Jeng: The fancy spot doesn’t come with any pretensions — the vibe is friendly and laid-back, and everyone seems to go out of their way to make sure you have what you need. The cocktails and cheese boards do not disappoint, while the bar bites and desserts present great value for a restaurant of this level. If you like a dry, yet sweet cocktail, ON’s take on the Bellini ($130), made with Col Vetoraz Prosecco Superiore and French white peach, is worth a try. Meanwhile, the ONegroni and Old Fashioneds are also top tipples for those who like something a bit stronger.
Not So Jeng: ON is pretty pricey — we’ll go all-out for a meal on special occasions and stick to the bar the rest of the time.
Great For: An intimidate night à deux, pre- or post-dinner drinks, Central views like you’ve never seen ’em before.
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