Food Trail: Hong Kong Indulgence

Hello friends. Here to share with you - my virgin trip to Hong Kong! Yes! Judging from the title, this trip is filled with eating & eating & NON-STOP eating! & guess what? I didn't even covered 1% of the restaurant population in HK. (there are close to 16000 restaurants in HK or so the last I heard!)

With its unique culture & landscape, Hong Kong is the perfect embodiment of a mixture of past & modern city life with old & new buildings closely compacted to one another. Thus, you can literally find shops, restaurants & units in every corner of the city! 

Getting around

The subway here is probably one of the best in Asia, fast frequency & tourist-friendly signs/directions in all substations. There is not a need to take a taxi here at all - unless you are really in a rush. (I heard taxi drivers in HK are pretty picky with their destinations in general.)

Purchase the visitor MTR railway pass from the airport & get unlimited usage on the MTR for 72 hours + to & fro airport express. Real worth it!

Accommodation

I often like to stay in boutique hotel more so than the usual ones. There’s a personal touch to it & you can really see the amount of effort the hotel have put into - from the design elements down to the detailed services provided by the team of hard workers.

J Plus by Yoo

J Plus by Yoo, the very first boutique hotel situated in Hong Kong Island, Causeway Bay – has been around for close to 12 years. & the secret to their success? Click here to read up more!

Address:  1 Irving St, Hong Kong
Nearest Train: Causeway Bay
Website: http://www.yoo.com/hotels/j-plus/

The Luxe Manor

Star Boutique Theme Hotel – The Luxe Manor – Situated in Kowloon, Tsim Shan Tsui believe in providing ethereal/surreal experience to every one of their customers. Click here to read up more!

Address: 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Train Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Website: http://www.theluxemanor.com/



Cafes

Coffee is a must have whenever I go on an escapade.  & I’m always amazed by how each countries have their own unique traits in the coffee community because of the difference in culture. Let’s take a look at some of the cafes which I visited in this trip.

18 Grams, CWB

The first 18 grams café now have up to 8 outlets throughout HK. Small space - less than 10 seats with modest, friendly & unpretentious barista serving up coffee & light breakfast to the community around the area. 

Address: Unit C, G/F, 15 Cannon St, Causeway Bay
Train Station: Causeway Bay
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday & Eve of Public Holiday - 8.00am - 8.00pm
 

Omotesando Koffee

Well-known cafe in Japan, Omotesando Koffee ventures into HK market retaining their original brand name and concept. 

Address: Shop no. 24-25,G/F., Lee Tung Avenue,No.200 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, HK
Train Station: Wanchai
Operating Hours: Weekday 8:00-20:00, Weekend 9:00-21:00

 
 
 
 

Elephant Grounds

Riding on the the 3rd wave specialty coffee trend, elephant grounds going strong with their 3rd outlet situated at Patterson street. Popular among young adults, be prepared to queue especially during weekend.

Address: Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Paterson Street Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Train Station: Causeway Bay
Operating Hours: Weekday 11:00-23:00, Weekend 10:00-23:00


 

Other Cafes - Cupping Room, Manson Lot, Lof 10, Cafe Deadend, Knockbox.

 

 

Local Food

Shan Shui Po

Known for its renown 'Michelin' street food, here you can find many traditional HK food that is not only cheap, but also taste just as good (or even better than restaurants)! From skewers like curry fish balls to intestines & sausages, daily fresh stone mill soy bean milk to tofu pudding!  It's definitely heaven for street foodies like me! A pity I didn't have enough appetite to try every single one of them! I'll definitely be back soon!

Train Station: Shan Shui Po

DimDImSum (WanChai)

A total of 4 outlets in HK & 3 outlets in Shang Hai. A chain opened by one of the band members of the popular boy band group in Taiwan - Lollipop, Ah Wei. The success of this chain lies in constantly creating new wave of dimsum through innovative approach towards this traditional breakfast/brunch/dinner/supper HK food! I do enjoy every single dish that we ordered! Especially my favorite XLB!

Address: 7 Tin Lok Ln, Bowrington
Train Station: Wanchai/Causeway Bay
Operating Hours: Daily 10:00 - 24:00

Dai Pai Dong

Dai Pai Dong meaning traditional street restaurant similar to the 'quick fry' concept in Taiwan - serving seafood, meat & vegetables prepared in many ways - mostly stir fried.

If you are lazy to search for secluded ones, go to temple street, a stretch which houses many Dai Pai Dong restaurants popular with the tourists. 

Train Station: Yau Ma Tei
Operating Hours: dinner time till late night

Mido Cafe

Came across this really old tea house (Cha Chan Ting) on instagram & I thought I should really give this place a try. With rustic green window panels and vintage old Hong Kong tea house settings, this place is really good for taking photos. A little disappointed with the food though, wasn't as good as I thought. 

Address:  63 Temple St, Hong Kong
Train Station: Yau Ma Tei
Operating Hours: Closed on Wednesday 08:30 - 21:45


Restaurants

Maison Eight

Located on the 21st story at observatory road overlooking the night sky of Hong Kong. Maison Eight, French fine dining cuisine by executive Chef & general manager Joe Chan, who have previously worked in Pierrot & Bordeaux. If you're looking for a restaurant with an awesome scenery view, this is where you should be.

Head over to the cocktail bar by The Maestro, world-renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese just right beside the restaurant.  

Address:  21/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Train Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Operating Hours: Mon- Fri 12:00 - 23:00, Sat & Sun 11:00 - 23:00
Website: http://www.maisoneight.com/

The Optimist

I absolutely adore the interior of this restaurant - turquoise painted walls with chic designed decor & wood furniture.  The Optimist serve comfort Northern Spanish food, Asador-inspired, fresh out from the grill. For the lunch set, choose between 3 different price menu for the main course & get access to the semi buffet station ( selection of market salads + Spanish Charenterie +Pintxos ) & dessert. 

Address: G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Train Station: Wan Chai
Operating Hours: Mon to Thurs 11:30 - 25:00, Fri & Sat 11:30 - 26:00, Sun 11:30 - 24:00
Website: http://theoptimist.hk/

FINDS

The only Nordic restaurant you will ever find in Hong Kong! Situated at The Luxe Manor, the restaurant has been well designed to suit the Scandinavian food & concept. Head by award winning executive celebrity chef, Jaakko Sorsa, wows with his exciting molecular mixology. Salmon 6 Ways was one of my favorite - Cold-Smoked, Seared, Mousse, Pickled, Gravad Lax, Smoked Roe. 

Other mains for lunch - House Smoked Salmon Fillet: Norway Creamed Morel Mushrooms, Fingerling Potatoes, Dill Sauce Grandmother IDA's Meatballs: Beef & Pork Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Crushed Wild Lingonberries, Cognac Gravy. Beetroots Risotto with Hazelnuts: Spring Vegetables, Danish Feta Cheese

Address: 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Train Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Operating Hours: Sun to Thurs 06:30 - 24:00, Fri & Sat 06:30 - 25:00
Website: http://finds.com.hk/

Zuma Hong Kong

One of the best dinner I've had during my stay here. Zuma - going strong with 11 outlets around the world continue to uphold their quality & standard serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. Wide spacious open kitchen concept segregated into each their specialized area - taking charge of their respective section in the menu (i.e sushi & sashimi, robata grill & from the kitchen.)

Started off with thinly sliced seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe &  sliced yellowtail with green chilli relish, ponzu and pickled garlic to perk up the appetite. Before moving on to maki roll - tuna tartare, wrapper avocado and yuzu pearl +  grilled hokkaido scallops, grated apple and wasabi. 

Every dish has been well prepared and taken care of. Flavors are on point and the playing with Yuzu in the dishes really lighten up the palette.

Address:  Level 5 & 6. 15 Queen's Road, Central Hong Kong
Train Station: Central
Operating Hours: Lunch Monday - Friday   12.00 - 14.30, Dinner Monday - Sunday   18.30 - 23.00, Brunch
Saturday & Sunday 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00

Lounge and Bar (Level 6)

Monday - Wednesday   12.00 - 01.30
Thursday & Friday   12.00 - 02.00
Saturday   17.00 - 02.00

Website: https://www.zumarestaurant.com/

Pirata

Bustling with office workers crowd, this Italian restaurant serves up authentic & classic recipes which are true to the heart. On the 29th & 30th floor, high ceiling w/ sunlight gleaming through the windows, offer not only delicious Italian mama food, but also a stunning scenic view in Wan Chai district.

Pastas are all fresh made & just like The Optimist, you get to choose from 3 different price menu & get access to their antipasti buffet & dessert. We were so lucky & got to try their "Liquid" Parmasen Ravioloni which is only available for dinner. It's one of my favorite among the 3 pastas we've tried. Tagliatelle w/ Black Truffle is also pretty well received by the crowd. Ended off with my favorite - classic tiramisu served in jar. 

Address:  29/30F, 239 Hennessy road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Train Station: Wan Chai
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday
Lunch: 12:00-2:30 pm (Weekend & Public Holiday Brunch: 12:00-3:00 pm)
Dinner: 6:30-10:30 pm (Friday & Saturday until 11:00pm)
Website: http://pirata.hk/

A pity I didn't get to try much local food due to my tight schedule, nevertheless, thank you Hong Kong for indulging me with so much good food & coffee! Time for some exercise!