Fine dining at a restaurant in Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton or Mandarin Oriental has become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to the rise of the middle-class in Hong Kong in recent years. You may have been to lunch or dinner in one of these fine dining restaurants on special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversary celebrations. Most would agree that the good food in a Michelin 3-star restaurant is only part of the fun and enjoyment though. What many are also paying for is the environment in which you dine in.
Dressing up for the occasion
Part of the environment, are the people that you are dining with. You rarely see people shouting in these posh restaurants, but people with proper etiquette appropriate for the occasion. However, one thing that can still be improved is the number of people dressing up for the occasion.
Too many people still turn up in their shorts and sandals. This often ends up in embarrassment for yourself, your friends or even the waiter. Dress code remains an unfamiliar term in a city like Hong Kong.
Dress codes are not there to force you wear clothes that you’re not comfortable with. Far from it. It is there to add to the fun and excitement of the meal and occasion. How often do you get a chance to spend that special occasion with the special someone at one of these posh restaurants? Why not dress up for the occasion to accompany the good food and deco of the restaurant?
Thus, if you don’t want to be too formal and wear a full 2-piece suit, it is worthwhile to invest in a blazer or sports jacket in your wardrobe. It will go along well with a pair of chinos or well-fitted khaki trousers.
If you are attending a more formal event, e.g. black-tie events, a dinner suit would be your best companion for the evening.