Hong Kong’s JC Group of restaurants are known for their literally lofty ambitions when it comes to providing the city’s notoriously picky gastronomes with superlative dining experiences. Yet another crown jewel for the family, Harlan’s is a bar and restaurant sitting pretty on the 19th floor of The One tower along Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Unsurprisingly, the views out over the city and harbour are impressive, matched only by the sleek modern design of the 7,000 square foot dining room, and the prestigious continental European and western dishes on offer.
Harlan’s has been in operation since 2004, and has since attracted a flock of loyal discerning Hong Kong diners who know that this bar and restaurant can confidently serve, with a white-starched flourish, some of the city’s best examples of western and European cuisines. The restaurant itself, high up in The One tower a few blocks north of Tsim Sha Tsui, comfortably accommodates 200 guests, while an opulent 20-seater Red Room and 18-seater Chef Room are ideal for for private dining events, complete with bespoke tasting menus. And it is the menu, after all, that makes this Nathan Road prospect really shine.
Well-regarded in Hong Kong for its considered approach to European cuisine – French Italian, Spanish – Harlan’s signature dishes are something special. The restaurant’s carpaccio uses Japanese Kobe beef, the foie gras terrine is famous and, for couples looking for a seafood treat, the sea salt-baked whole fish, flown in by jet, is unbeatable. Specific ingredients and sundries that have attracted praise to what has to be one of Tsim Sha Tsui’s most ambitious eateries include Harlan’s secret truffle dressing, the basil and shellfish tomato sauce, rare 100-year olive oils, fresh bucatini pasta, and luxurious lobster dishes. Bookings for Harlan’s are essential.