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For power lunching executives, ladies who lunch…and the rest of us…

When I go to Hong Kong it is usually on business and the area I typically find myself in is Central on Queens Road. More often than not, lunch is catered sandwiches around a conference table….blah… But when the schedule is a bit more relaxed and we can find the time, the lunch decision is unanimous – let’s go to Gaia Ristorante!

(All pictures from Gaia website)

Gaia Ristorante on Queens Road Central is an upscale Italian beauty whose elegant alfresco courtyard dining plus the delicious, authentic food are the main attractions. Considering that both the chef and general manager have sterling international culinary bios, including working in Michelin starred restaurants in Europe, it is no wonder Gaia is a popular destination for Hong Kong foodies.

While I would recommend Gaia for both lunch and dinner, since I usually find myself there at lunchtime I like to take advantage of the well-priced set lunch menu for $248 HKD +10%. The set lunch menu consists of:

1st course –
Antipasti della Credenza – buffet-style antipasto bar with all manner of lovely hams, salamis, cheeses, olives, roasted veggies, seafood and more.

– OR –

Zuppa di Fagioli e Cereali – beans and legume soup

(JOANNA’s TIP – honestly, this is a no-brainer…go with antipasto bar)

2nd course –
Linguine alla Puttanesca – linguine with a sauce of tomatoes, olives and capers

-OR-

Salmone Alla Griglia con Salsa Tartara – grilled salmon with homemade tartar sauce

-OR-

Arista di Maiale al Finocchietto – roast pork rack with fennel seeds

(JOANNA’s TIP – after over-indulging on the antipasto bar I like to go with the lighter option of Salmon)

Followed by:
coffee or tea

(JOANNA’s TIP – try the impossibly creamy cappuccino)

There is a really lovely wine list as well, so definitely don’t miss out on some great selections. And then if you still feel like it….you can head back for that afternoon meeting or take a cue from the ladies who lunch and just knock off for the afternoon and do some shopping 😉

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Gaia Ristorante
Ground Floor, The Piazza
Grand Millennium Plaza
181 Queens Road Central
Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 2167 8200

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