Western food in HK?
I am going to be in Hong Kong next week for work, and while I am anxious to have dim sum and some good Chinese meals, I am also hoping to have a really good western meal as well. I live in Bangladesh, so I haven't had Italian or French or a steak or even decent pizza in a long time. Any suggestions? Ideally I would go for Italian food, but am open to whatever is best on a 25-35 USD budget (not including bar charges).
HK can be pretty expensive, especially for non-local food, and unfortunately HK has a lot of localised western, which can be pretty disappointing. I'm sure plenty of HK hounds will be willing to help, but here's my two cents worth...
Agnes B le pain grille - several branches - 2 in Causeway Bay, one in Kowloon Tong. fairly reliable bistro classics.
Gaia - can get very expensive - but ok for lunch or something light, choose carefully. in Sheung Wan
Cecconi's - again, choose carefully. Soho
Bricolage - little sis of Tribute - a Cali/French fine diner (that I actually don't like as much as Bricolage) on Hollywood Rd - Central/Soho
If on a budget, you can often do a lot better with lunch deals. But that's a very broad statement, because you could still get really bad quality produce and inexperienced chefs at lunchtime - even restos with good reps
e ting is right - HK is a rather expensive place nowadays, and USD35 doesn't really go very far. But I think that's sufficient to get you a good meal at Main St Deli, Langham Hotel, Tsimshatsui. Great burgers, mac-and-cheese or selection of NY Jewish dishes(Matzoh ball in chicken soup is great! So's the potato latkes, knishes, pastrami omelette, etc).