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RestaurantThe Chinese Library

The Chinese Library

Restaurant, $$$$, Beijing, Cantonese, Central
With its contemporary interior within the historical Tai Kwun, The Chinese Library presents Chinese fare with a modern revamp with Western influences
  • ReservationYes
  • Accept Credit CardYes
  • Dress CodeSmart Casual
  • Vegetarian DishMore than 5
  • Bring Your Own BottleYes
  • BuffetNo
  • CorkageHK$350 per bottle
  • Smoking AreaYes
  • Car ValetNo


Residing within the historical complex that is Tai Kwun, The Chinese Library is home to classic Cantonese fare with contemporary touches. Sharing the floor with Dispensary, a bar adjacent to the space and Statement, an English restaurant, the masterfully designed space boasts a vibrant and modern vibe. High ceilings and dim lighting creates intimacy during the evening sitting. The screen doors mimic the design of old Hong Kong, blending in with the historical architecture that the establishment resides in. As its name suggests, The Chinese Library aims to educate guests on the finer
points of the great cuisine, while bringing a unique touch to its food offerings; from lunch that offers new varieties of dim sum to stylish dinner a la carte options. Guests can anticipate a fine showcase of knife skills where ingredients are carefully scored and carved into artistic shapes, as well as improved classics. As the restaurant shares its wine and beverage menu with the adjacent bar, guests can indulge in a detailed selection of wines, by the glass or bottle, as 
well as creative cocktails made with Chinese infusions and spices. Service is friendly throughout, and they are keen to make suggestions on how to build your meal.

Tatler Tip

The alfresco area outside of The Chinese Library belongs to Dispensary, the bar adjacent to the restaurant. Its menu offerings are different from that of The Chinese Library restaurant.


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