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By Gayatri Bhaumik | May 5th, 2020
  • Restaurant
  • Kowloon, West Kowloon
  • Address: Unit 1F-1, 1/F,24-26 Museum Drive, Art Park,West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/pano.westkowloon/
  • Open Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Lunch & Dinner
  • Capacity: 95
  • Open Since: March 30th, 2020
  • Phone: 2361 9600
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Ambience: Fancy, Intimate

A Modern Throwback: Hidden away in an unlikely location in the West Kowloon Arts District, Pano is a delightful surprise, a restaurant that brings the glamorous restaurants of old into the 21st century and puts on an exciting East-meets-West menu.

Look & Feel: Dark, sexy, and modern, but with an atmospheric touch of the old-world glamour. Pano’s indoor space is all dim lighting, marble and metal accents, and deep colors. The centerpiece is a stunning standalone bar that’s a tribute to Art Deco design and held together by a five-storey, floor-to-ceiling wine rack. Tables are well-spaced so that even in the mean dining room, there is some semblance of privacy while panoramic windows offer unfettered views of the Hong Kong skyline. Between the Art Deco aesthetics and the soothing instrumental jazz being piped through the sound system, you could almost fool yourself into believing that you’re in the 1920s.

interiors at pano

On the Menu: The menu at Pano deftly blends Eastern flavors and Western culinary traditions in a menu that’s thoroughly modern – and delicious. We tried the 10-course “Celebrity Tasting Menu” ($1,188, or $888 for seven courses), and discovered an ode to culinary creativity. Each dish was a study in flavor and texture, beautifully plated, and well-portioned.

Favorites from the menu included the Apple Wood Smoked Organic Broccoli Royale with Hokkaido Sea Urchin, where the rich saltiness of the uni was balanced perfectly by the puréed and mild broccoli; the Coconut Fish Maw, Abalone & Chicken Bisque with Slow Cooked Chicken Breast, a surprisingly Western spin on a local classic; and the Spaghetti with Clams & Chili which adds a bit of Sichuan spice to an Italian favorite. It was a fair amount of food, but this is the kind of place where you can easily linger for hours over a meal, and each dish was well-sized so it didn’t feel overwhelming.

There are different set menus available, too, along with an equally creative a la carte menu. To match the food, the extensive drinks list features a selection of signature cocktails and a rather hefty wine list – you’ll want a full-bodied red to go with the rich food.

Meet the Chef: Executive Chef Ken Lau is a popular local chef with 26 years of experience with Italian and French cuisine developed through his time at the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, where he worked at The Verandah, Chesa, Felix, and Gaddi’s. His other restaurant Palco, is enduringly popular with local celebrities like Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng, and Eason Chan.

Great For: Date night and special occasions.

FYI: The outdoor seating area offers a lovely happy-hour menu, and the resturant will soon have an alfresco deck on the second floor.

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