With acclaimed Vietnamese-American chef Peter Cuong Franklin at the helm, Viet Kitchen & Bar sets the pace for other contemporary Vietnamese eateries in Hong Kong. The venue (inside the Nexxus Building on Connaught Road) is striking, blending aesthetics from renowned designer Sean Dix with modern incarnations of kitschy Hanoi street scenes and stylised revamps of street stall-inspired furniture. It’s a place all at once vibrant, casual, refined, fun, welcoming, familiar and edgy. The food is much easier to describe through words – it’s delicious. Simply put, Viet Kitchen & Bar serves the most exciting and enticing contemporary Vietnamese food in Central, with traditional staples given inspired twists. The small plates are great starters or accompaniments to happy-hour drinks (we recommend the steamed pork and shrimp raviolis and the award-winning caramel chicken wings), while heartier dishes include grilled lemongrass korubuta pork chop and a range of regional pho variations.