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5 restaurants for movie-themed date nights
Date Published : 04 Apr 2018

As Hong Kongers, one of the most difficult questions we have to deal with on a regular basis is the unceasing ‘Where shall we eat?’ It's even harder if you're looking for a first-date venue. But we think we may have found the answer.

Movie-themed restaurants are a bit of a thing in Hong Kong – and the handful we have are pretty varied and interesting. Whether or not you think Jack should’ve made it, and whatever you thought about that indie Hong Kong flick oft-compared to the classic Before Sunrise, movie-related conversations – for, you know, getting to know one another – are best had at the restaurant inspired by them. Here are five around the city.

Harry Potter-inspired 9 ¾ Cafe

This ‘magic-themed’ café in Mong Kok makes for a light, candid date night, with elements of the Harry Potter world thrown here and there – from the typeface marking the cafe to the trolley and luggage half-embedded in the wall. The menu features a variety of Hong Kong-style Western dishes – soups, pastas and meat-based mains, as well as all-day breakfasts, plus neon-hued drinks, some served in light bulbs. Best for Potterhead pairs, although if one of you isn’t, there’s plenty enough quirk in the room to inspire conversation. Shop 404 4/F Prosper Commercial Building 9 Yin Chong Street Mong Kok; 9432 6555; Facebook

Wong Kar-wai-esque Mido Café

Popular legend has it that a Wong Kar-wai film was shot at Mido Café. Setting foot in the restaurant, it’s immediately clear why: the old tiles, booths, patterned ceilings with their fans evoke old Hong Kong, in stark contrast to much of the rest of the city that has long moved on. This cha chaan teng has been in its Yau Ma Tei location since 1950, serving good ‘ol local comfort food, including the staple pork chop tomato rice and French toast. 63 Temple St, Jordan; 2384 6402

A night on the Titanic at Restaurant Petrus, Island Shangri-La

Dinner with a side serving of maritme disaster. This ambitious feat is happening for one night only, and fans of the movie Titanic may want to give it a try. On 14 April, Restaurant Petrus is recreating a dinner once served on the RMS Titanic, a 10-course meal to be interpreted by Chef de Cuisine Ricardo Chaneton – including fillet mignon lili, roast guinea fowl, lamb with mint sauce, and cold asparagus with saffron vinegar and Waldorf pudding – plus the option to pair with top early-20th-century wines. World class cruise-inspired, century-old wines, a touch of cinematic grandeur – this one’s for a fancy date night.. Tickets available hereRestaurant Petrus, 56/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Rd, Admiralty; 9063 2529

'It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong' at Sense 99

If you – or your significant other – is new to Hong Kong, you can pull an It’s-Already-Tomorrow-In-Hong Kong date night – the city is your playground. There’s that bar near Hollywood Road, followed by a ride on the Star Ferry, and then wandering around Mong Kok…If we were to narrow it down though, we’d point you towards Sense 99 on Wellington Street, which the characters visit toward the end of the film. It’s not quite a ‘theme’ – the bar’s been around long before the movie, best known for live music and friendly jamming sessions. Nonetheless it's a charming spot for a date, housed on the upper floors of a colonial building. Don’t forget to grab dinner before heading over – Sense 99 is perfect to cap off the night with, with mainly jamming and chilling over a beer or two. 2-3/F, 99F Wellington Street, Central; 9466 4695;

'Forrest Gump' at Bubba Gump

It’s not a complete movie-themed list of Hong Kong restaurants without Bubba Gump, that dining staple high up on the Peak. Apart from Forrest Gump being a classic 90s film, perfect for waxing nostalgic (and getting to know one another) over, there are the views of the Hong Kong skyline, which are fantastic. Don’t forget the shrimp – we recommend Forrest’s Seafood Feast and Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp! The Peak, 100 Peak Rd, The Peak; 2849 2867;

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