Going to HK... again!
I will be going to HK again and this would be, unfortunately, my third and final trip to HK as my parents are getting quite tired of going to HK every year and they want to go some place else. Not me though...
Anyway, I have some requests to ask from you chowhounders:
1. Can anyone recommend a good Japanese place in HK that specialize in sushi and ramen? Or any Japanese place that will guarantee blow my head off!
2. Do you think Tim Ho Wan is worth a visit. Some blogs have been singing praises about it but I'm very skeptical. Apparently, there is a new branch in IFC, I heard?
3. Laduree vs. Jean Paul Hevin vs. La Maison. Which one?
4. And my parents wanted to go to Sai Kung but I assume that Sai Kung must have lots of seafood restaurants. Do you guys have any preference? I don't want to fall into a tourist trap!
5. Cuisine Cuisine: Should I go to the IFC one or the one at Mira ( i will be staying at the Mira but I have tried the one at IFC and it left me a HUGE Impression. BTW, I think Cuisine Cuisine stuff is so much better than LKH!
6. There's this shop selling barbecued meat at the Central market near LKF. Should I go there?
7. Is T'ang Court worth going to?
8. Since it is my last visit, any places that I MUST GO? i.e. Italian cuisine etc?
Places that you should not recommend to me as I've been there before :
Lan Fong Yuen
Tsim Chai kee
Manor Seafood Rest.
Australia Dairy Company
Kam Wah Cafe
Tsui Wah LKF
Thanks thanks thanks!
I would go to Ming Court instead of Tang Court!! They also have a 'wine room', the first of such kind in a Chinese restaurant! Do a nice job with wine pairing!
If you haven't been to Sai Kung, its definitely an interesting place to visit. I'm always mesmerized by the seafood displays every time I visited there! Two notable ' bring your own seafood' restaurants are 'Chuen Kee Seafood' and 'Loaf On'. Personally, I prefer the latter.
For the sheer experience of eating the 'cheapest' Michelin star food on earth and the awesome freshly baked to order B-B-Q pork buns, Tim Ho Wan is worth a try. The one at Sham Shui Po has a shorter line!
Dim Sum at the new ' Tin Lung Heen' at the Ritz Carlton for the spectacular view from the 103rd floor and food that will garner a star or two in the next Michelin guide??!!
No Bo innovation. Although one of my chef friends told me about it... no. I had enough of fusion stuff and i think that sometimes, it is well executed (leaving you thinking " ingenious!" or "awesome" or just downright awful (which leaves you wondering, "is this person trying to impress?", "this tastes weird".
I can't say I liked Bo very much on my visit. However, I had the chance to chat to Alvin Leung (Bo's chef) recently and he seems to have gotten the hang of cooking as something people should enjoy rather than out-there engineering designed to shock/excite. He also said he'll be in the restaurant more from now on (he'd been filing a TV show recently, and prior to that, basically touring the world to spread his Chinese x-treme "gospel" blah blah.)
You may want to do some more research on openrice.com (they have an English site for those who cannot read Chinese) but this is what I've been reading up to think they may hold some merit.
Sushi - 鮨佐瀬 SUSHI SASE in Centra, 49 Hollywood Roadl - from blog writeups, the head/chef owner came from the Hokkaido flagship restaurant. The interior, decoration, and counter, fish selection is close to that of high end Japanese sushi restaurants. Some say the chef's best work is if you go omakase with the cooked side dishes (of which the stewed/simmered cooked octopus is suppposed excellent). It's on the pricey side though.
Ramen: 豚王 Butao Ramen, also in Central. Beware of possibly crazy lines of 1+ hr wait. Owner Meter Chan and his partner hired Japanese ramen chefs from a restaurant after trying upwards of several hundred ramen joints in Japan. Ippudo, a very well known Japanese ramen chain with a branch in New York, has opened in Hong Kong as well. Finally Hokkaido style ramen can be found at Hakodate Japanese Restaurant 函館元祖北海道拉麵 in Quarry Bay, shio broth.
Have you tried clear broth brisket soup with or without noodles at the specialist shops?
If so, Sister Wah in Tin Hau, Kau Kee in Central (also has crazy lines before the restaurant opens), and Kwan Kee (although further away in Tai Po) are the best in town. This is probably more satisfying than won ton noodles.
re: K K
I don't eat beef so the brisket stuff might not work.
I actually have been using openrice for my first two trips but I want to listen from others as well. Hehe. :) Also using chowhound is more convenient. I can narrow my list down easily.
Not too interested in ippudo... but BUTAO. BRING IT ON! 1 hour wait? What am I going to do?
You can always wait with me as I'll probably be there sometime during the next 3 weeks =)(leaving tomorrow).
As for places I do plan to eat I will be trying:
Iroha: specializes in Japanese BBQ, famous for their wagyu beef but they have a good selection of everything.
Yardbird: fairly new yakitori joint from a former executive chef at Zuma and worked at Masa in NYC as well.
Tonkichi tonkatsu: famous for specializing in japanese style panko crusted fried foods, I'm going for the tonkatsu in hopes I can learn something to improve mine.
Probably hitting up Ippudo as well since I live in California and we have none.
1. Zuma (the Sunday buffet is an awesome value)
2. It's in the subway station part of IFC in the basement.
3. I thought Laduree was a pop up stand ? It's still around ??
5. The Mira is far superior to the one in IFC.
6. Nah, just order it at Cuisine Cuisine at the Mira
8. hmm ... TBLS, Mirror, I really like Yun Fu for the decor as the food is nice and the decor is awesome, otto e mezzo for white truffles, and also it's hairy crab season.