Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: Shop 8T005, Level 8, Terminal 1, Departure Hall, Hong Kong International Airport

Telephone: 2261 0456

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Despite how excited I am about my trip, I can’t help missing the sheer gorgeousness of the Hong Kong International Airport whenever I am stuck at immigration or waiting for ages by the luggage conveyor belt in a foreign airport. In addition to the brutal efficiency, a range of new restaurants has opened these few years, giving me yet another reason to adore the Chek Lap Kok Airport.

The Peak Lookout, located in an illustrious Grade II protected building on the peak, is a sophisticated restaurant that serves international cuisine, including sushi, tandoori, pasta, pizza, seafood and grilled meats. I have been invited to try out their new sister restaurant, The Peak Lookout Airport, which has the same selection of classic dishes as the original restaurant at the peak.

The Peak Lookout Airport is a bright and airy space, complete with a bar area and a private room that can accommodate up to 14 diners. As the restaurant offers a range of international dishes, a team of chefs are employed to ensure that the various national dishes are authentic. I was told that in order to maintain the new restaurant’s standards, the chefs would take shifts between the two sister restaurants.

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(1) We started off with some Indian Samosas, prepared by the restaurant’s Indian chef. The homemade pastry of the samosas had a scrumptious, perceptible taste of herbs. The vegetarian samosa ($78 for an order of 3) was tangy, and tasted wonderful when dipped in the mango chutney or mint sauce. Finely-chopped, tender lamb meat filled each lamb samosa ($98 for an order of 3), and it was delicious.

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(2) The samosas were swiftly followed by the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio ($172). The Australian Wagyu Beef was alluringly tender, and the honey mustard gave it zing. The Parmesan cheese and homemade grissini adorned this decadent dish.

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(3) I would have thought that people would be scared to order seafood before going on a flight, but seafood bars are actually very popular at many airports, and apparently this restaurant’s Seafood Platter ($598 + $298 for half Boston lobster supplement) is frequently ordered by travellers. There was a variety of seafood in the serve: oysters from Normandy, France, Asian tiger prawns, mussels from Australia, Alaskan king crab legs, topneck and cherrystone clams from the USA and half a Boston lobster from Canada. Presented on a silver platter, the seafood was served with shallot vinegar and cocktail sauce. This opulent treat is definitely not what usually comes to mind when you think about airport food! I tried each of the fresh seafood in turn, and my heart was won by the indulgently tender strands of crab leg.

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(4) Following our seafood extravaganza, a tray of Hainan Chicken Rice ($158) arrived on the table. This is one of the restaurant’s recommended dishes, and the Hainan chicken, the soup and the sauces were authentic and faultless. However, the chicken rice didn’t shine – it wasn’t oily or flavourful enough, and was a tad too moist. Perhaps the kitchen was trying to turn this guilty pleasure into something more forgiving on our waistline!

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(5) A Tandoori Seabass ($248) followed. No meal at The Peak Lookout is complete without a Tandoori dish, and this seabass was simply brilliant. Sizzling on the metal plate when it was served, the seabass was butter-soft and melted adoringly in the mouth. The fluffy naan was the perfect partner for this outstanding dish.

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(6) Still revelling in the utter deliciousness of the seabass, the kitchen did it again with their Singapore Fried Noodles ($138). The mildly spicy fried noodles had a beautiful taste of turmeric, and the smooth BBQ pork and the springy prawns made this dish very addictive. Capsicum, onions and bean sprouts added crunchy elements. Even though I was already very full, I still managed to polish off my helping and even went for more!

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(7)  The last dish before desserts was the Grilled Canadian Pork Chop ($198), served with slow-braised red cabbage and sautéed potato Lyonnaise. It was well grilled, and the meat was firm and reasonably juicy. I struggled to make significant inroads into the pork chop, but I fared much better with the sautéed potato Lyonnaise – soft and velvety, it was worth every last inch of space in my stomach!

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(8) A lovely scoop of vanilla ice cream sat atop the Bread & Butter Pudding ($68), and the spongy pudding, soaked up with caramel & vanilla sauce, was gorgeous.

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(9) The Peak Lookout Tiramisu ($76) was served in a biscuit bowl and I liked the contrast between the crunchiness of the biscuit and the creaminess of the tiramisu.

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(10) The last surprise was the Hot Chocolate Fondant ($78), which looked incredibly alluring. The chocolate filling oozed out as soon as we cut into it, and the vanilla ice cream was a magnificent match with the warm, buttery fondant. It was such a delectable dessert that I had to resist the urge not to order a second one!

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Conclusion: The Peak Lookout is an upscale restaurant with the prices to match – lunch on average will cost around $180-$240 per head and dinner around $400-$500 per head, but the food quality will justify the bill. This restaurant seems like a worthy rookie, and I hope they will be able to maintain their standards so that we can have a new foodie haunt at the airport.