We have a list of priorities when looking for a restaurant in a new location: Middle eastern, Indian, Brazilian (In that order). Since we had Falafer for lunch, and excellent Indian just two nights earlier, coming across the Brazilian BBQ seemed as if the trip was being tailored for our taste. Well, not quite. Brazilian BBQ (For the unfortunate souls how did not have the pleasure of experiencing it) is all about having BBQ meat served to you, till you burst, or give up and mark that you surrender to the gods of skewered meat by turning the little green/red flag to Red (equal to blaspheme).
Well, in this particular restaurant, it was very easy to see that the closest this establishment been to a Brazilian style restaurant is by stating it on the business card.
The salad bar was satisfying, but, come on, that's not why you go to Brazillian restaurant.
We were served several kinds of sausage, which I would not presume the content of meat to everything else ratio. Sweet Chicken wings, and by saying sweet, I would have thought they can put it in the desert menu, and some other purplish thing (They were saying it's some kind of meat), that we prefered not to try. Overall, not recommended, but the floor below had an Indian restaurant that looked promising, for the next time we're in the area...
Mask does not look very promising from the outside, but inside you'll find friendly staff in a relaxing sitting.
The theme of the place is several frames hanging from the ceiling with Masks painted in different colors. The atmosphere is pleasant and inviting.
The menu offers several dishes of the Cantonese cuisine from Dim Sam to several variations of rice and meat. The food is fresh and tasty, and being in Hong Kong, English is not a problem in most places.
Favorite Dish: We've ordered the wild rice with vegetables which was excellent, and Beef in sichuan sauce which was piquant, but a little too oily for my taste.
The Onion pies appetizers were nice to dip in the sauce of the beef sichuan and everything blended quite nicely to a spicy and refreshing flavor (Which was, honestly, far better than we expected looking at the place from outside).
Introduced by Double Star Group, Strawberry Forever is a first-established chained fusion dessert cafe in Hong Kong . Strawberry Forever offers unique hotel style delicate desserts and special fusion style menu at a reasonable price. Since the first launch of Strawberry Forever in 2002, the Group has successfully opened 14 outlets in Hong Kong and China . In 2004, we specially innovated a subsidiary, Strawberry Plus , offering desserts, cakes and drinks in the model of kiosk.
Since it is just beside my hotel in Royal Plaza and I love to hang around the Grand Century Mall and I'm a food addict, I have to try this Myself!
Favorite Dish: I Love the Mango and Strawberry Napoleon Cake and the Strawberry Cheesecake at 35 HKD (4.50 USD) Strawberry Iced Tea at 25 HKD (3.10 USD), Prawn Laksa at 38 HKD, Asparaus Linguini Carbonara at 42 HKD. They have other food choices but since i'm full, I could not eat anymore.
Store Locations Strawberry Forever Tel Fax
KLN: Shop 322, Level 3, Plaza Hollywood , 3 Lung Poon St , Diamond Hill 2111 9478 2111 9479
Shop 8L, LCX, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City , Tsim Sha Tsui 3188 9180 3188 9186 Shop116-118,Level 1,Grand Century Place,193 Prince Edward Rd,Mongkok2380 3828 23989910
Shop G03, G/F, Gala Shopping Mall, 56 Dundas St, Mogkok 2385 6601 2385 6013
Strawberry Plus Tel Fax
HK: Kiosk D, Level 6, Times Square, Causeway Bay 2114 0808 2114 0809
KLN: Shop 20A, Telford Plaza , Plase 1, Kowloon Bay 2305 1213 2305 1202
Shop K211, 2/F, Pioneer Centre, Kowloon 3106 0263 3106 0172
NT: Open Cafe C, Level 1, Uptown Plaza, Tai Po 2638 2906 2638 2939
Unit No.108 Citylink Plaza , Shatin 3586 8962 3586 8963
Chef Mickey's Restaurant in Hollywood Disney Hotel, it serves international buffett meals from breakfast, lunch and dinner. While you are eating, each of the characters will visit your table for photo and autograph opportunities.
This is by far the best way to mingle with some of the most popular Disney characters away from the HUGE crowds of the theme parks. Mickey Mouse is always there to meet his fans, and he will bring along some friends which could include Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto or Chip and Dale.
Favorite Dish: Chef Mickey offers International buffet from breakfast to dinner. The Breakfast buffet was superb and at HK$145 +10% pp (HK$70 for under twelves) compared well with Buffet Breakfasts in Hotels in downtown Hong Kong (at HKD 250 plus 10% tax). The dinner buffet was HK$298 + 10% pp and whilst good value for what was on offer, might have been a bit upmarket for a family oriented hotel. Booking in advance is definitely required for this outlet.
The buffet in chef mickey is reasonable but the spread of food is a quite worth the money. Their Char Siew Pau and Egg Tart is really very delicious, the range and variety of dishes available, each more delicious than the last. There is truly something for everyone, from the amazing fresh crab salads to the salmon sashimi and the chocolate fountain on the desert table.! However, I did not see any disney-looking food except for a mickey mouse shaped pancake. However, the service of the staff is excellent!!
If you're on a tight budget,no need to enter any restaurants with those over the top prices per meal. Just look around and you'll see lots of hawker stalls selling cheap and yet yummy food. There are those typical deep fried seafoods on stick or even japanese takoyaki balls.
For some reason, HongKongers have a love affair with Mango. They have tons of mango ice delights and a popular chain has spawned across the whole region just by specialising in, you guessed it, mango ice desserts. Some enterprising Singaporeans have tried to cash in on this trend by bringing the famous chain ( Xu Liu Shan ) to Singapore but the venture failed. Somehow, the mango ice dessert tasted better in Hong Kong.
And I can't agree better.
After I tasted the bad frozen bits in Orchard Road, I yearned to taste the real stuff in Hong Kong. And I did. I ate my way though mountains of mango ice desserts and here's what I'll recommend:
1)Shek Moh Fong Dessert House, Mongkok
2)Sweet Dynasty, Tsimshatsui
3)Hui Lau Shan
If you want to taste real Cantonese cuisine, go to the small restarurants and noodle shops. There are several of them in each block. We had one of the best dim sum lunches at a local place with menus only in Chinese (we don't speak it). We simply asked the waitress for dim sum, and basically picked up every thing that was carried near us.
There are of course many other restaurants, too.
Favorite Dish: Dim sum - any time of the day!
This diner was just down the road from our Hotel and we used to go daily to this place for months on our way to the Polytechnic.This way we had made a very good relation with the staff!
These kind of Diners are very common in HK and theres a very good choice to choose from.
And for the final entry of our visit to this restaurant, we have chosen the most colourful of out dishes! This is tofu and beef in a chilli sauce. They bring out a huge bowl of noodles in a soup for you and then this extra bowl with the topping so you can put as much or as little on it as you want!
Well we were wondering around not really sure where to go as previous trips to HK had left us with the image of McDonalds being the cheapest place to eat...and we really DIDNT FANCY going there at ALL! So a little look around the back streets took us to the nice noodle restaurant. And now all I want to eat are noodles! Living in Beijng people usually eat rice, although its a bit strange because people in the south usually eat rice and in the north noodles..anyway..moving back to the restaurant....its just a small place as you can see from the photo, but always packed. The prices were fairly reasonable, and the staff friendly!
Favorite Dish: There were a thousand and one different noodle dishes ranging from noodles with various types of meat, to noodles in a soup, to noodles in a soup with dim sum in them. And then there were additinal dishes for those who aren't too keen on noodles. Various typical HK drinks like tofu milk drinks and then your regular soft drinks.
We went there on two occasions, the first where I had noodles with dim sum, and the second was noodles with jiaozi which are the equivalent of mainland dim sum....very tasty both times. Charles had beef noodles and then the nxt time was tofu and chilli sauce and beef thrown in together i think!
We took some photos just to show you!
I wasn't a big fan of Dim Sum back in Seattle. But then, I'd never had authentic Hong Kong-style dim sum. Supposedly, Hong Kong has some of the best Dim Sum in the world. They do. And this place is where the locals go when they want good Dim Sum. For you budget folks out there, tea time is from 2:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon, and things are a bit cheaper then.
Favorite Dish: Look for the little striped dessert cakes with the orange things on top (sorry, I don't speak Cantonese, and couldn't name most of the foods I've eaten on this trip). Another great dessert was was a yellowish pudding dish with tapioca in a green dish that looks a bit like a stretched pear shape.
Probably some of the best seafood in Hong Kong, if you don't mind the fact that you have to eat it authentic Chinese style, which means you get whole steamed fish, crabs, shrimp, etc, and have to pick the stuff apart yourself. It's also a fun adventure, especially in the evening. The restaurant is off on the less develope lamma island, and it has it's own ferry at a terminal near the Star Ferry terminal on both the mainland and hong kong island. The ferry is free, but the food isn;t cheap. Oh, and the ferry is pretty small, so the ride can be a bit choppy.
Favorite Dish: Wow... tough one. We ordered a set dinner for 3-4, and the steamed shrimp was good, but the fish was the best. Unfortunately, I can't really way what it was. Even my host didn't know the English translations for everything that we ate. Suffice it to say, though, that you can't go wrong with anything here.
Welcome to a local favorite! Mrs. May Tang's restaurant is usually very busy with locals celebrating. Their specialty is hotpot/sukiyaki style but their regular seafood is also excellent.
Favorite Dish: Swimming crab in rice wine, Swimming crab in spicy sauce, Mud lobster in garlic. These items are usually ordered in advance!
The small local restaurants along the road-sides
Favorite Dish: One of the popular & delicious drinks in Kowloon is the milk tea which are available in the small road-side local restaurants. You should also try the noodles which come in various style e.g. wanton noodles, soya chicken noodles etc.
Fantastic food barbequed steak and lots of beer from the Australians grills and restaurants around Hongkong.