Stories From The Road

Hong Kong

Restaurant Review #5 – Nepal

SOHO, CENTRAL, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Nestled within the dense clustering of restaurants in SOHO is a small restaurant called Nepal. As its name would suggest it features cuisine from Nepal. The first time I ate here was the first time that I had ever had Nepalese Food, and it is by far my favorite restaurant in SOHO. All of the food here is made fresh and  it features a wide variety of flavors. For those people that are unaware, Nepalese food is very similar to Indian food, in that it features various curries and BBQ’d meats. As with most places in SOHO the prices of the food here is moderately expensive, the menu is also ala carte.

I have sampled various meals here and many of the meals can be very spicy. However, I have found that the portions of many of the curries are small. The BBQ dishes feature larger portion sizes. One of the features of the menu is the dishes are made from the home grown chili garden, these dishes definitely pack a punch and I do not recommend them to anyone who does not like spicy food.

Nepal also features an extensive wine list and drink menu.One drink worth trying is their Nepal Ice Beer. This is the only place that I have been able to find this beer and it features a great flavor and goes well with any meal you order. Another feature on the menu worth trying is the Saffron rice and any of the various types of nan bread.

Nepal Menu

Nepal Ice Beer

Saffron Rice

Sauces

Paneer

Advertisements

Hong Kong Beer

Hong Kong, SAR, China – Hong Kong Beer is one of the few beers brewed locally in Hong Kong. Whenever I travel, I make a personal goal of myself to try as many locally produced beers of the country I am visiting. In Hong Kong there are few locally produced micro-brews, but one of them is Hong Kong Beer. I have only been able to find this beer at two restaurants in SOHO.

Hong Kong Beer is a lager and is brewed by the Hong Kong Beer Company. It features a strong bitter flavor with an amber color. It is also 4.7% alcohol by volume. I highly recommend this beer as it is refreshing. I also recommend that this beer be served in a glass and cold. One of the locations that I have found it is as Mostaccioli Brothers (Mo’s Bros) restaurant in SOHO. Hong Kong Beer is sold for 19 HKD (approximately $2.38 USD) at Mo’s Bros.

Hong Kong Beer


SOHO

SOHO, CENTRAL, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Nestled underneath and around the mid-level escalators in Central, Hong Kong is SOHO. This escalator is the largest outdoor escalator in the world. SOHO, which stands for South of Hollywood, is a nightlife district, which features restaurants with eclectic cuisines from around the world. This place is comprised of mainly two streets filled with restaurants, however, there are also many side streets that also house a few clubs. I have eaten here numerous times and I can honestly say that any place you eat here will taste amazing. The restaurants here are moderately expensive but well worth the price.

SOHO also has a great selection of pubs, each with a variety of different beer selections. It is not abnormal to see restaurants sharing beers or liquor with one another. Starting at 3PM and occasionally earlier, SOHO experiences happy hour, which can involve buy one get one free drinks or half priced drinks. SOHO is a great area to do a pub crawl and to experience various types of beers.

SOHO #1

SOHO #2

SOHO #3


Restaurant Review #4 – Delaney’s Irish Pub

TSIM SHA TSUI, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Nestled in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui on Peking Street is a cozy Irish Pub by the name of Delaney’s. While traveling throughout Hong Kong I found myself getting tired of clubs and looking for a standard western style bar. This came to a head at St. Patricks Day when I wanted to celebrate this glorious and festive holiday. Before St. Patricks Day, I had been to Delaney’s several times. However, every time I go there, I am extremely pleased with my visits.

Delaney’s features traditional Irish food as well as more western food. I have sampled their baby back ribs, which were well worth the price. Another great meal is their traditional Irish breakfast. They serve their Irish breakfast all day for approximately 138 HKD (around $17.25 USD). For appetizers I had the smoked salmon and the mussels with chili tomato sauce. All of the food is excellent.

One of my favorite parts of this bar is the beer selection. They have a wide selection of beers from around the world. However, my favorite beer that they sell is Kilkenny’s Irish Cream Ale. I have only been able to find this beer at Irish bars in Hong Kong and in Ireland. Pints cost 63 HKD (approximately $7.88 USD).

The atmosphere is great and can get pretty loud when it is busy. It is especially busy on weekends and on St. Patricks Day. There is a daily happy hour 5 – 9pm. They also frequently show live rugby and soccer matches.

Website:

http://www.delaneys.com.hk/

Location:

Delaney’s Kowloon

Basement, Mary Building, 71 – 77 Peking Road, TST

Delaney’s Wan Chai

G/F & 1/F, One Capital Place – 18 Luard Road, Wanchai

The Dublin Jack

1/F, 17 Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

Grand Irish Breakfast


Restaurant Review #3 – Jumbo Kingdom – Top Deck

JUMBO KINGDOM, ABERDEEN HARBOR, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Situated in the middle of Aberdeen harbor is the world-famous floating restaurant known as Jumbo Kingdom. This boat is also one of the staples of Hong Kong. It has four different floors each housing a different restaurant. Upon arrival in Aberdeen this was my first stop. There are two ways of reaching the restaurant and both are by ferry service. One of the boats leaves from the Aberdeen Promenade and it is marked by a large archway that simply says “Jumbo” on it. The second ferry departs from the Shum Wan Pier near the Aberdeen Marina Club. The ferries are constantly shuttling people between the mainland and the restaurant and depart approximately every five minutes. After a quick five minute boat trip, you arrive at the restaurant. Along the way, make sure to take in the numerous fishing vessels that clutter the harbor and are reminiscent of Aberdeen’s past. The floating restaurant is extremely popular with both tourists and locals.

Each restaurant is fairly large and has a good number of seats available. The first three restaurants serve various types of Chinese food. One specializes in Dim Sum. The third restaurant is fairly expensive. The restaurant located on the top of the restaurant is called Top Deck, this is where I ate. Upon first entering the boat, I found the decorations within the floating restaurant to be extremely ornate. Yet the Top Deck restaurant had an extremely laid back feel. I went on a Sunday, which is when the Top Deck holds their brunch buffet. For $440 HKD (approximately $55 USD), you get all you can eat from the buffet until they close. You also receive your choice of sparkling wine, champagne, rosé, or various juices. Whichever drink you choose, you will receive unlimited refills, however, any other drink you order, you will be forced to pay additionally by the glass. While this may seem expensive for a student living on a budget, it is definitely worth checking out at least once.

The food available here ranged from various cuisines. I stuck with breakfast foods. I started with the eggs Benedict and ham with a side of naan bread, unlimited bacon, a Peking duck burrito, and the lamb. This food was unbelievable, it was also the first time that I have had eggs in four months, and bacon has never tasted so good. For my second helping, I again went with the eggs Benedict, but I also piled on some of the asian cuisine offered. They had fresh hand rolled sushi and sashimi, as well as all you could eat oysters on the half shell. There were many other aspects to the raw bar, including queen crab legs and New Zealand mussels. There was also a desert bar with fresh made crepes. Aside from the food, the Top Deck also had a full bar, serving jumbo sized drinks. I honestly cannot recommend this restaurant enough, everything I had was delicious and it was definitely worth the price.

The Top Deck operating hours:

Tuesday – Friday:

5PM-12AM

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays:

11AM- til late

Monday:

CLOSED

You can find this restaurant by taking bus #70 from exchange square three in central (exit D out of the Hong Kong station). Get off of bus #70 at the Aberdeen promenade and walk along the water until you reach the archway that says Jumbo.

Location:

Middle of Aberdeen harbor

Jumbo Kingdom

Jumbo Kingdom #2

View from Top Deck Restaurant

Top Deck Restaurant

Interior of Jumbo Kingdom

Interior of Jumbo Kingdom #2

Jumbo drink

Round #1


Restaurant Review #2 – Agave

WAN CHAI, Hong Kong, SAR, China – The second restaurant that I have decided to review is called Agave located on Lockhart Road in Wan Chai. This is the first time that I have gone to this restaurant since learning about it last summer. This restaurant, like many restaurants in Hong Kong is small and has limited seating, but it is hard to tell if it is popular with the locals as it was not that crowded when I went. One main features of this restaurant is the different types of tequila that they offer. They must have over one hundred different types of tequila, as well as various home made margarita concoctions. I had the Toro Loco Margarita, which is made with their house blanco tequila, absinth, lime juice, sugar syrup and red bull. It cost $73 HKD (approximately $9.12 USD). They have a daily happy hour from 3-9PM which is buy one drink get one free. The happy hour here only applies to house margaritas and beer.

Often meals are over priced for the size that you are getting.  However, here I felt that the price of food for the amount provided was justifiable. For my main course I had one of their hot pots, which cost $175 HKD (approximately 21.87). This meal was called Pollo Y Nopal and was served in a bowl made of volcanic rock (I believe pumice). It was heated up and inside was a tomato sauce with chicken, cheese, cactus, and cilantro. I went here with several friends and we also ordered a few appetizers. These included their nachos, cream cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon, and lightly fried shrimp with a chipotle dipping sauce. My guess is that this food was pretty authentic and it was delicious. While this place is slightly more expensive then some of the cheaper options, I would definitely recommend it even if it is only for the bar.

You can find this restaurant by taking the MTR to Wan Chai and taking exit C and walking along Lockhart road. The restaurant is painted yellow.

NO WEBSITE COULD BE FOUND

Location:

NO. 25 G/F, Rainbow Garden, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong

The location in Lan Kwai Fong on D’Aguilar street is CLOSED

Toro Loco Margarita – House Blanco, Absinth, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup, and red bull

Nachos with Chicken

Fried Shrimp with chipotle dipping sauce

Bacon wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese

Pollo Y Nopal – Chicken breast and cactus in a tomato sause with cheese and cilantro

Bohemia Beer

Corona Beer


Restaurant Review #1 – Tuen Mun Curry House

TUEN MUN, Hong Kong, SAR, China – So I have again decided to expand the scope of my blog to further help people who currently live in Hong Kong or are considering traveling to Hong Kong. In order to do this, I have decided to start reviewing various restaurants that I have gone too. As such these are mostly going to be restaurants that I highly recommend.

The first restaurant that I have decided to review is the Tuen Mun Curry House located on Castle Peak Road in Tuen Mun. I have gone to this restaurant at least two times a week since I found out about it in April. This restaurant, like many restaurants in Hong Kong is small and has limited seating and seems to be extremely popular with the locals. One of the greatest aspects of this restaurants is that you get a good size meal for relatively cheap, which is a hard thing to come by in Hong Kong. Often meals are over priced for the size that you are getting. For just around $100 HKD or slightly over $100 HKD (approximately $12 USD) I can get a main course, soft drink, a side of rice and two types of naan bread. I usually have a hard time finishing all of this and am able to sometimes get two meals out of this single meal. I have also gone here with a friend that has been to India and he has said that it is pretty authentic. This place is perfect for students who are studying abroad at Lingnan and living on a budget or for those people who love Indian Food.

As a tip for those future students that will be studying at Lingnan you can get here by cab or by taking the K51 bus and getting off at the second stop after Tuen Mun Town Plaza (TMT). The restaurant is marketed by a red sign with white lettering and it sits next to a 7-11 on the corner of the street.

Here is their website:

http://www.tmcurryhouse.com.hk/home.htm

***Prices may vary between the website and the menu at the restaurant 

***NO SERVICE CHARGE HERE***

Location:

NO. 25 G/F, Rainbow Garden, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong

Turkey Soup – on the house, usually costs $16 HKD

Chicken Tikka Masala – 52 HKD

Jeera Pullao Rice – $15 HKD

Onion Kulcha (onion naan) – $13 HKD and Keema Naan (Lamb Naan) – $15 HKD