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May 23, 2011 04:04 PM

First time Hong Kong visitors....last minute trip..looking to try a few different cuisines

Hi friends,

First of all my apologies, I have searched, but am time constrained to comb through all the replies on here to find what I am looking for. Please pardon me.

My parents (mid 50s) and Sister (mid 30s) are visiting Hong Kong (staying at the EXCELSIOR Hotel near Victoria Park (Gloucester Road) for 4 days this week.

Two of them are vegetarian (the ladies) and my Father eats most meats, but nothing exotic e.g Rabbit, Reptiles, etc.

I am looking for suggestions for them to enjoy a few different cuisines while in Hong Kong. Most of these meals would be at dinner, but they need to eat lunch as well!

**We are flexible on Budget**

Can you please suggest some restaurants serving the following cuisines:

1) Italian - Pizza, Pastas, desert
2) Chinese - Nothing exotic like Frogs etc. just rice, noodles, veggies, chicken, maybe some delicious seafood.
3) Japanese - must have some vegetarian options
4) South East Asian - e.g. Indonesian, Singaporean
5) Continental - European cuisine?
6) Middle Eastern/Lebanese?
7) Sandwiches/Salads
8) Desert

Any other MUST TRYs....

Thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it


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  1. Re: Chinese food. I was about to rcommend my old favorite, Peking Garden, but just Googled & found out its Causeway Bay branch is closed :-(

    You may wish to consider Kung Tak Lam Chinese-vegetarian in Causeway Bay:

    I don't have any specific Indonesian/Singaporean restaurant to recommend - you may have seen from previous threads that it's best to avoid these cuisines in HK altogether. But if you're still hankering for Indonesian, then your hotel location certainly helps as Victoria Park turns into a mini-Indonesia of sorts during the weekends when thousands of Indonesian domestic helpers converge there on their day-off. The plus-side to this is that you should be able to find authentic, budget-priced Indonesian restaurants around that area in Causeway Bay which you'd not find anywhere else in HK - just walk around & explore.

    A couple of MUST-TRIES in Causeway Bay, IMHO, are:

    - Tai Ping Koon, an old HK dining institution:

    They serve Cantonese-style Western cuisine which is pretty unique to HK. Don't miss their Swiss-sauced chicken wings, and fried rice.

    - Red Pepper Sichuanese restaurant. According to Vir Sangvhi (food editor of the Hindustan Times) - much of India's Chinese-Sichuanese food were introduced by chefs recruited from this very restaurant by the Taj Group of Hotels' Camelia Panjabi back in 1973. They worked at the Golden Dragon in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai then. The rest is culinary history.

    1. I noticed you are from Houston. As such, I don't think there are any decent Indonesian food down there?!
      Although Indonesian food of "IR1968 on 28 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay" might not meet the stringent quality/requirements/authenticity of chowhounders from their part of S.E Asia. However, the meals I had there were very enjoyable, tasty and different!!
      As for European cuisine. The choices are many! Either you can spend mega-bucks dining on great Michelin Star food in restaurants like Caprice, Petrus, Amber, Pierre, L'Atelier Robuchon..etc or you can visit smaller 'bistro/trattoria' outfit like On Lot 10 on 34 Gough Street, Central. The chef of this gem of a place actually worked under the Master 3* Chef Alain Duccase for over 7 years!!
      For pizzas, I'll head over to 'SOHO' district and follow the 'smell'!!
      If indeed your budget is 'flexible', then you might give the ultra-expensive but ultra-great tasting Italian food at Da Domenico on Hysan Avenue in Causeway Bay a try?! The Speghetti with either scampi or clams are to die for!! Another great choice is the Michelin 2* 81/2 Otto e Mezzo inside the Alexander Building, Central a try. Great lamb and pasta dishes!!
      Good Luck!!

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        Oh yes, Da Domenico! It created quite a stir with its wonderfully authentic & tasty cuisine, and reticent (sometimes rude) service when it opened a few years ago. I wonder if it has maintained its standards, and how it stacked up today against the current crop of top Italian restaurants in HK (e.g. Umberto Bombana's Otto e Mezzo, or Vittorio Lucariello at the newly-reopened Tosca @ Ritz-Carlton).

        1. re: klyeoh

          Italian Trattoria vs Italian Haute Cuisine?! Kind of tough to compare?!!
          If compare Spaghetti ala Vongole of DD with the other two, I think DD will beat them out!