This is one of the most filmed restaurants of Hong Kong - the Jumbo Floating Restaurant.
It is a double storey boat which serve typical seafoond and Cantonese style cooking on board. Most people come for the atmosphere rather than quality of the food.
Jumbo Floatig Restaurant is frequented mainly by tourists and locals bringing their overseas business clients or foreign visiting friends.
There is a small boat ferrying from the terminal to the floating restaurant. At night, it is more surreal with all the bright lights on the boat over the dark sea.
Located on Aberdeen Harbour about 15 minutes by bus from Wancai District is the Worlds largest floating Resaturant. There are two piers with signs saying Jumbo where you catch small wooden boats across Aberdeen Harbour to get to the restaurants,Around the harbour are women who say they will take you on their boats however they will take you around the harbour first.
We decided to go mid morning and try the Dim Sum, for our party of seven I have to say only two really enjoyed it the rest said they were pleased to have tried it but wouldnt do it again.
For those of you who do not know Dim Sum are various dishes which come round on a trolley and you pick from a menu which you would like to try, in each steaming basket are maybe three small pieces of Dim Sum to try.
Favorite Dish: We tried steamed shrimp and chinese spinach dumpling 18HKD, steamed rice noodle roll filled with bbq pork 20HKD and spring roll with shredded taro 18HKD, we all enjoyed the latter dish but there were mixed views about the other two. Some of the Dim Sum on the menu were different!!!! e.g steamed soft turnip with dried scallop, steamed rice with spare rib and chicken claw, steamed fried ox stomach with ginger and scallion and deep fried cows organs.
Our bill total including drinks was 377HKD.
Before leaving for Hong Kong almost everyone we spoke to had insisted that we need to go to Jumbo Restaurant for dinner. Now you need to know if you are a foodie or not, and by foodie I mean if you like to go and try out new cuisines and also scary looking stuff. If Yes, then Jumbo Restaurant is recommended, if not then please avoid.
As I (nor my wife) are very adventurous with regards to food, we could have well avoided the Jumbo Restaurant, but given the recommendations we received we decided to give it a shot.
How to Get there: Jumbo Restaurant is in the Aberdeen Area and you can get there from central by cab or by Bus. You can take any bus which goes to Aberdeen (I think the number was 571 and you need to get off at the last stop). However I recommend you take a cab, as the Bus Drivers usually do not understand English and you will be clueless as to where to get off.
When you get off you will need to walk along the waterfront and take the complimentary ferry to the restaurant which is offered by the Restaurant. It will have a big and well lit signage clearly stating Jumbo Restaurant. There are some chargeable ferries which will also take you there and the owners will try to get you into one – but please avoid. Just walk along the waterfront (depending where your bus drops you off) until you get to the Jumbo Signage.
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Favorite Dish: Chicken Tikka
The Jumbo kingdom floating restaurant is soOo unique! it's name came from where it is situated, obviously, floating in the aberdeen harbor. this restaurant is so popular among the locals and especially to the tourists. We went here to have lunch on my last day in HK but I think it's better if you go there at night since the restaurant is lighted with its surrounded colorful light bulbs.
Restaurant Business hours: Mon-Sat 11am-1130pm Sunday & Public Holidays 7-1130pm
From the entrance of the restaurant, you will be welcomed by these 2 giant dragon pillars. Once you entered, at the right side is the stairs going up inside the restaurant giving you this yellowish luminosity. infront of the resto, is a platform with a 2 golden chairs, like a king's and queen's throne. You can try to take a picture sitting in these chairs 'cause we just did!
the foods we ordered are mostly dimsums. I usually eat in chinatown in Manila and I really and strongly believe that all dimsums tastes the same. if you're a fan of dimsums, I think you better try this one! with its unique style and ambience, it's a totally a different experience!
Favorite Dish: I really love siomai and this "hakaw" i'm not quite sure if in HK they have the same name of this dimsum, in chinatown in Manila, it's a shrimp enclosed in a wanton wrapper that looks like a balloon.. it's really good!!! you gotta try it!!!!
But I recently got the information that they change their menu occasionally without prior notice. So, if you're a dimsum lover and unexpectedly you were asked to order with this menu content, then it's your lucky day!!!!
As they themselves say "A Must-Go Attraction"
I had seen the Jumbo already in 1987. Somehow coming back after 22 years it still looked the same: a spectacular big boat with lots of colorful decoration beneath all those highrise buildings in Aberdeen. In the past I had not been very interested to eat there. But now I was invited.
It is really a great experience. Wonderful to sit on the upperdeck in a warm fullmoon night. Food was nice and service was good.
Queen elisabeth ii has eaten here as also famous actress Gong Li and Tom Cruise
Favorite Dish: There are several restaurants and bars
YOU HAVE TO TAKE A SHORT BOAT RIDE TO THE JUMBO FLOATING RESTAURANT....THAT IN IT SELF IS NOT STANDARD, SO IT IS EXCITING. IT'S ANOTHER FAMOUS PLACE THAT HAS BEEN IN HONG KONG FOR YEARS....A REAL RIP OFF BUT THE AMBIENCE AND SOMETHING NEW GIVES THE PLACE A TWIST. THE FOOD IS OKAY AND NOT THE BEST I HAD, YET THE BILL AT THE END IS LIKE DINING AT A FOUR STAR RESTAURANT. STILL IT IS FUN AND NOT THE NORM...I HAD SEAFOOD THERE PICKED FRESH FROM THE TANKS,,,IT SWAM AROUND A FEW TIMES BEFORE IT WAS CAUGHT FOR DINNER...THE BIG ONE MADE THREE COURSES FOR US
Favorite Dish: I picked fresh fish of the day. I sentenced it to death by pointing out I wanted the big fish..
( a grouper). Out of the fish, they made three dishes with it, one steam fish, debone at the table and taken to the kitchen to make soup. fish tails and head . I small fillet was cut out to make stir fry vegetables mix with the fishes....good meal, served six.
cheers Tommy x
Although we didnt get to eat here, I thought I would include it in my tips, as it would be magnificent to visit and enjoy!
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is known as a tourist Icon in Hong Kong.
It was built in 1976 and recently has had a major facelift...It is known for its "6Star" food and caters mainly in seafood..It can accomodate 2,300 people and is one of the worlds largest floating restaurant..We were warned it was expensive...but I would like to eat there just for the experience...Next time!
Jumbo, The floating restaurant in Aberdeen harbor is the place to go. This restaurant has been in many of the Hong Kong films, especially the 007 films. It is in the harbor, so you take a boat to get to it. The reataurant is a floating Chinese wood carving exhibit. It is covered with hand carved dragons, really quite stunning. I can't think of a more impressive place in Hong Kong to take someone.
It also has English menus, and while you are there, go see the aquarium onboard. This is where your fish dinner will come from.
You can take a taxi from Central HK Island, or you can visit Victoria peak via the tram and catch a taxi from the top to Aberdeen for a picturesque ride to the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Anything is good, but I like to take friends and clients to the afternoon dim sum. You can also pick out your own seafood from their aquarium.
Its a nice place for tourist. When you get there you arrive at the port where a small boat takes you to the the floating resturant. Warning! This place is very expensive, but the food is very good. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill, so there's no need to pay extra tips. Its a nice and quiet place for couples to enjoy their dinner. The lights and the decoration on the boat attracts me most, looks very nice when we went there at night. Be sure to bring your cameras to take some nice pictures.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a set dinner with 9 dishes. The shark fin soup, abalone, and the fish was the best out of the 9 dishes. The other ones are just crispy chicken and other veggies. Overall the meal was very expensive, the bill came out to 900 HK dollars per person. I do not recommend eating the set dinners, but if you crave for shark fin soup and abalone then the set dinner would be a better deal.
Yum cha, or drinking tea, is an essential part of Hong Kong cuisine, and a must for visitors. The yum cha concept means spending a lot of time drinking tea and eating snacks (dim sum, literally "touch the heart" in cantonese), and is a great socialising experience.
The Jumbo is nowadays a sight in itself, despite its brief history (about 30 years), and well worth a visit for the quintessential Hong Kong experience. The free boat ride from the pier to the restaurant adds to the experience. Also have a look at the very Chinese decorations in the restaurant, especially the mosaic on the wall between the first and second floors.
In Jumbo, you do not order the dim sum off a menu, but rather choose what you like from the trolleys that are pushed around the restaurant. That means you know what you get, but on the other hand, you may overeat!
The Jumbo is not a regular tourist trap, as it is popular with the locals and the price level decent.
Favorite Dish: Anything with sticky rice and the delicious shrimp dumplings.
There is not really anything special about this restaurant, for it just serves seafood & dim sum. The food is not particularly outstanding, & the cost was not really reasonable.
However, it might be a little more fun to get there, for you have to take a small boat from a pier to reach the restaurant. But if you are looking to eat something special offshore, I advised you join a cruise to the South Pacific, Caribbean or Europe instead.
Somehow, the place looks a little old & dirty, but it has been here for over 20 years.
Jumbo Floating Restaurant is as much a tourist attraction as it is a restaurant. Since it opened in 1976 it has received more than 30 million visitors including Queen Elizabeth, Tom Cruise and Gong Li. It was opened by Dr Stanley Ho at an initial cost of HK$30 million, but has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. It is the biggest floating restaurant in the world and can seat up to 2,300 diners.
Its main Dragon Court restaurant is on the first deck. It serves Cantonese cuisine. Personally, I found the food here overpriced and, by Hong Kong standards, mediocre.
I would say come and have a look at the place because it is one of Hong Kong's most famous tourist attractions, but don't expect it to be a fine dining experience.
A Deluxe Set Menu for 2 in the Dragon Court restaurant costs HK1,680.
There is a 10% service charge.
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:30 Mon-Sat, 0700-23:30 Sun & Public Holidays
For seafood lovers the Jumbo Kingdom is a required stop!
Jumbo is a Hong Kong icon and has developed into a theme park on the sea.
Favorite Dish: Fresh seafood of all kinds: Fish, Clams, Prawns, Lobster, you name it!
Most famous restaurant in Hong Kong is the floating Jumbo-restaurant. Here you can eat an excellent dinner or go during the day (cruise-tour) for a Dim Sum-lunch. Still, there are numerous restaurants, especially in Kowloon-district that serve you tasteful dishes from Kantonese to Czechuan, but ... if you don't want Chinese (I wouldn't understand it, how could you?!?), there is also a wide choice in other food.
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is nice for lunch, although it can get crowded by tour groups. It's very touristy, so you can hardly expect a quiet atmosphere, but nevertheless its still worth visiting.