Lotus, Hong Kong
Located in the city's SoHo district, Lotus is self-labeled as modern Thai. The front of the restaurant is open-air, making it great for watching the crowds, while the exposed brick and high ceilings are reminiscent of a big-city loft. Tapas-style Thai dishes are served on a very popular lunch buffet menu, known for its freshness. Traditional pad Thai is a specialty, along with more exotic options like turmeric pepper fried squid. The cocktail bar is open late, and a private dining room can be booked for catering.