HK and Shenzhen - quick TR
Just returned from a short trip.
Hong Kong - Stayed in the service apartments in HK Science Park, university station KCR. Nice, cheap. Need to have an office in HKSP to get in. On the way out stayed at Royal Park Hotel, in Shatin. Very nice room, overlooking the water, for HK$1370 total.
Maxim's - This is a favorite in HK, it seems like there is always one around when you need it. Make sure you go into one that has a kitchen, and not one of the Maxim's Cakes that don't. I like the puffs the best.
IFC building, rest overlooking water, across from starbucks. We got a rec from a local, and I think he was messing with the gwai lo(sp?). This was the worst food of the trip.
Gaylord's, Ashley Place, TST - Great indian food. Northern style, mostly, with thick yoghurt based sauces. The one thing they didn't do well was diversify....all the sauces were the same consistency, with different flavors. I would have preferred the vindaloo have a thicker sauce than the masala's or korma's.
Stayed in the Swiss Bel, very convenient to the MTR(station entrance 100m from front door). Breakfast buffet was good, lacking an omelette station unless you went upstairs to the 25th floor breakfast. Fruit was better on top, too, but less selection overall.
Mao Jie - Good sichuan, esp the bean curd. You could prob order in this restaurant if you don't speak mandarin, but we were with a local so it was really easy.
Brazilian restaurant in Shekou - second worst of the trip. Only thing saving this was the chicken and small sausages were edible. The rest was unusual meats that were overcooked. The desserts and 'salad' bar were terrible.
Illy's near Portofino lake - Passable pizza, good coffee. No, really.
Restaurant at ground floor of Paradisio apartments - This was the highlight of the shenzhen portion of the trip. Chiu Chow? cuisine with a good, reasonably priced wine list. Winner.