Recommendation for solo dining in Hong Kong
I will be in HK shortly on business and have 1 or 2 mornings & afternoons where I can get out and try some dim sum (hopefully) or other options. The problem is that I will be alone, I don't speak Cantonese (although I presume that won't be a huge problem in HK), and I'm allergic to shellfish (argh!)(It is a shame, I'm very adventurous otherwise). Any tips on good spots for solo dining, and how to verify whether ingredients won't send me to the hospital? Much obliged.
HK has the best buffets in hotels, so if you are a buffet person, you should try either the Marriott, Shangri-La, or the Convention Center in Wanchai. There is a ton of variety and very good quality food. Some of these places may also have dim sum items for lunch.
Dim sum for one person will be difficult because you will generally get 3 or 4 of one thing. Many dim sum items contain shellfish (shrimp, scallops), so beware.
Tai Ping Koo is the best place for roasted squab/pigeon. Nowhere else in the world is the pigeon made better. They also have a very good special soy sauce chicken wing dish.
Tai Ping Koon! No way!!!! It was good may be 20 years ago. But now, the place is too commercialized, the service is really bad, the food mediocre and its way overpriced. By the way, roasted squab/pigeons in some of Sha Tin's restaurants can be equally as good.
As for dining alone, why not try Aqua in 1 Peking Road, TST, Kowloon. Request a window seat facing out at the time of your reservation. The Japanese and/or Italian food is pretty good. But the view of Victoria Harbour and HK island at night is simply out of this world!!!
FWIW, I've had dim sum alone many times, and although I agree it's not ideal, it's still good! When I went to Victoria City Seafood Restaurant one weekend, the waiter was kind enough to give me "half" orders of each thing for half price, so I could try more things. Not sure how common this is, but it was much appreciated!