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We are starting to get a list of restaurants together for our March trip. Last year we ate very well thanks to you Chowhounds.
This year we are looking for a great Italian dinner and any new Chinese not to be missed restos.
We like all Chinese cuisines so please do not hesitate to suggest any restaurant that you enjoy.

Seafood is a favorite, clams, oysters and crab, and we had a hard time finding that last year.

The only meal that we really did not like was at Fook Lam Moon. The service was horrid and we walked out half way through our meal.We paid for what we ate, the rest never appeared.
Tosca and Isola are also not high on our list.

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  1. Italian in HKG?! First place that comes to mind is 81/2 Otto e Mezzo - Only Michelin 3* outside of Italy. Very, very hard to get a space but your March visit should provide ample of time to make reservation. I would do it NOW!!
    Some good new Chinese restaurants that comes to mind are:
    Tin Lung Heen inside ICC's Ritz Carlton
    Above & Beyond inside the Hotel ICON
    NangHai#1 inside TST's iSquare
    Hong Kong Cuisine (Shanghainese Cuisine), Happy Valley
    Guo Fu Lou, also inside iSquare ( heard they might have moved across the harbour? )
    Ming Court ( undergone a major facelift ). Still a Michelin 2*

    When will you folks be in HKG? I too will be visiting for 3 weeks in March as well. May be you would like to join 'our annual HKG chowmeet'??!!

    33 Replies
    1. re: Charles Yu

      Charles, what about Aqua Roma mentioned by M_Gomez previously. It was awarded best Italian restaurant in HK by the Italian Chamber of Commerce (HK) last year:

      I personally can't vouch for it as the last time I went there was 3-4 years back. But the views from up there on 29/30 floors of One Peking Road, with the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour spread out below, were truly spectacular.

      http://www.aqua.com.hk/#/eng/global/h...

      But I simply *have* to do 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo the next time I'm back in HK - for me, Chef Umberto Bombana is a legend, where Italian food in HK is concerned.

      1. re: klyeoh

        Like yourself, I was there about 2-3 years ago. At that time, I thought the idea of lumping an Italian menu with a Japanese menu ( Aqua Tokyo ) was a bit gimmicky. However, I did find the experience quite enjoyable. The Seafood pasta, using fresh South China sea ingredients was very good. Never thought I will have Uni and Wagyu sushi and pasta under one roof!!
        As for the view, it was kind of unique at that time but now, with so many restaurants located on upper floors in buildings like iSquare. the 'view' part is still a factor but no longer a 'wow' factor.
        If it wasn't for the fact that I always find Grand Hyatt's Grissini food portion a bit small and a bit 'over-priced', I will eat there more often. Quite enjoy the food and the lovely view!

        1. re: Charles Yu

          I was at Grissini @ Grand Hyatt only once - they gave me probably the worst table in the house, cramped into one corner with no views. My fault - I was a walk-in guest and also not a hotel guest there (usually stay at the Ritz-Carlton instead). But it spoilt the whole experience for me - I didn't even recall what I ordered anymore. Never went back since.

          So maybe, for once, I do agree with the Michelin folks' tacit practice of rating restaurants based upon the *whole* experience, and not just (as they like the claim) on the food alone. After all, what's good food if the service and environment are crappy?

          1. re: klyeoh

            BTW, I wonder how the Italian Chamber of Commerce rated the super expensive ' Da Domenico'?? Still trying to figure out their justification of charging over HK$600 ( US$80 ) for a plate of Spaghetti alle Vongole??!!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Well, the Italian Chamber of Commerce collaborated with the Ospitalita Italiana (a project by the Istituto Nazionale Ricerche Turistiche - the Italian National Institute for Tourism Research), which looked into enhancing Italian restaurants worldwide by giving them a seal of quality.

              A peek into Ospitalita Italiana's web-site for restaurant listings in HK showed 26 Italian restaurants, but neither Da Domenico nor 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo were on the list:

              http://www.10q.it/strutture_elenco_ri...

              IMO, Da Domenico is special in HK for a couple of reasons - (1) Its food is astonishingly close to the type one finds in similar semi-casual eateries on any sidewalk in Rome - just that Da Domenico happens to be in Causeway Bay, HK; and (2) It's super-expensive, and a favored hangout for HK's celebrities.

              1. re: klyeoh

                That's one weird arse list. Isola? Aqua Roma? At least Messina is in there...

                1. re: Uncle Yabai

                  Uncle - I agree a weird list. I still struggle to see how they can rate Aqua as the best...! I do need to revisit Otto e Mezzo - I remember it was OK - but nothing has drawn me back. My favourite Italian is Giando in Fleet Arcade - but I have yet to try dinner there.

                  1. re: PhilD

                    I would guess the way to get on that list is the typical way for such things: Become a member of Italian Chamber of Commerce and they will put you there. There are similar things here with the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and their seals of quality. You just have to be member and have good connections to the right people and you will be awarded a "seal" for whatever.

                    1. re: NilesCable

                      Thank you for all of your suggestions, I think we might try Da Dominico and/or Otto e Mezzo.

                      Charles, we arrive on the evening of the 31st, so it really is an April stay in HK. We would have loved meeting everyone as you have helped us so much on our trips. With out you all our foodie expierences would not have been the same.

                      We would still like more Chinese suggestions as we have a lot of meals to cover.

                      1. re: dlgc809

                        Charles, Niles, Klyeoh, Uncle Yabai, PhilD......Help...... you are all so knowledgeable on the restaurant scene in HK. We need help for Chinese lunch and dinner places. I would like some seafood suggestions too.

                        1. re: dlgc809

                          How long are you going to be in town for? How many meals do you want us to recommend??

                          For seafood, if you want to stay 'within Civilization', try 'Xin Dan Ji' 18 Cheung Lok Street, Jordan. Very close to the Hotel Eaton.They have one of the largest aquarium fish tank amongst all restaurants. Fresh, live seafood & fish are brought in from fish market every day and placed into the tank together with other crustaceans, bi-valves...etc. BTW, XDJ also serve an awesome cook to order 'Roasted suckling Piglet'!! If you are feeling adventurous, you can take the MTR and taxi to ' Gateway Cuisine' in Lei Yue Mun. Great sea view and pick your own seafood.

                          For lunch, another interesting destination is the 1* 'Fung Lum' in Tai Wai, New Territories. Sounded far but very easy to get to by train, Restaurant directly across from station entrance. Order the famous Sha-Tin Roasted Pigeon. Ask them to be served whole so that you can tear into the birds with your hands!! Another 'to kill for' dish is the famous ' Fried wild sea prawns with peppered salt'. Be fore-warned!! They are very addictive!!! Great with a cold beer!!

                          Other 'non Michelin star' Dim Sum places worth trying include Lee House Restaurant in Wan Chai, Ming Garden, also in Wan Chai and Cloudland or V Cuisine in TST East or Star of Canton inside iSquare in TST.

                          For dinner, re-visit some of the local favorites like the Manor, Tim's Kitchen, the Chairman...etc. Choices are unlimited!

                          On top, don't rely too much on us. Do some research yourself by visiting sites like www.openrice.com!! You might find something interesting you like?!

                          1. re: Charles Yu

                            Thanks Charles, we will be in HK for 10 days. Lots of meals to plan. We will return to our favorites, but for us the fun is finding new favorites. XDJ sounds like our kind of place. Seafood is what we like most to eat.

                            We will try all the dim sum places we can, thats a perfect lunch for us.

                            How long will it take to get to Fung Lum from Central?

                            Is Rainbow Seafood worth the trip to Lamma Island?

                            Other restaurants I have found on Open Rice are: Liu Yuan Pavilion, Sky Crystal, the Square. Any feedback would be appreciated.

                            1. re: dlgc809

                              With HK's uber-efficient subway transportation. Central to Fung Lum by MTR and then train. 25 minutes max?!

                              For out of towners, Rainbow Seafood will be a nice day trip outing. But then, so does Lei Yue Mun or Sai Kung. Both latter destinations also offering fascinating 'seafood' shopping + eating experiences!

                              Sending you photo of the XDJ fish tank.

                              Also, try spending an evening browsing and eating 'tapas size' seafood at one of many hawker stalls along Temple Street off Jordan Road. Plenty of 'interesting' seafood varietal to choose from.

                              Lastly, Liu Yuan Pavillion is one of my favorite Shanghainese restaurant. Good choice!

                               
                               
                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                These will be the type of seafood choices and displays found in the aforementioned 'fishing village' destinations. Photos were taken in Sai Kung

                                 
                                 
                                 
                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                  How long is the trip to Lamma Island, and do you pick out your own seafood at Rainbow? I have read that their clams in bean sauce is not to be missed.

                                  I will certainly put Liu Yuan Pavillion on our to go list.

                                  1. re: dlgc809

                                    This should give you ALL the information you need!!
                                    http://www.hongkongextras.com/lamma_i...

                                    Clams sauteed in black bean sauce is a very common dish amongst seafood restaurants. ( some do it spicy some a bit sweet...etc ). By the time you leave HKG, I'm sure you would have tried quite a few!! BTW, you can also try the Razor Clams version as well!

                                2. re: Charles Yu

                                  Agreed with Liu Yuan, went there last month and several of their dishes were superb (especially the soup..)

                                  1. re: tbtb18

                                    I also found Zhe Jiang Heen and Under Bridge Spicy Crab. Any feed back on either of these.

                                    1. re: dlgc809

                                      Haven't been to ZJH
                                      If you like spicy food, then the 'Typhoon Shelter Spicy Crab' of Under Bridge will be to your liking. However, IMO, I find them overpriced and over-rated. However fellow S'por chowhounder 'Klyeoh' loved the place!

                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                        We LOVE spicy food so that sound perfect for us. Are there any Cantoneese restaurants that we should not miss.

                                        1. re: dlgc809

                                          No, I think you should give Cantonese food in Hong Kong a pass. None of it is good.

                                          1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                            Good morning Uncle! You are JOKING, right?!! Ha!!

                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                              Charles, where would you go for a great Cantonese meal.

                                              1. re: dlgc809

                                                I usually pick restaurants based on specific dishes and house specialties. Upscale place like Fook Lam Moon for their stuffed crab shell and Fried crispy chicken to pseudo hole-in-the-wall like Tso Choi Koon for their stirred fry pigs liver and offals. For a totally consistent package, I like Ming Court, but they lack a view. The Chairman I enjoyed enormously but service can be touchy at times?! So......???!! Celebrity Cuisine ( chicken wings with bird;s nest), Tim's Kitchen ( giant crab claws ) XDJ ( stirred fry goose intestines with preserved mustard greens), Fung Lum for the prawns and pigeons.....the list goes on.

                                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                                  We tried FLM last year and were totally ignored. We finally walked out after half of our dinner never was served. The local regulars we taken care of while we just sat and waited....not what we expected from such a highly regarded restaurant.

                                                  1. re: dlgc809

                                                    That's nasty - reminded me of the treatment I got from the hoity-toity Mr Chow in Knightsbridge, London - they served the regulars on bended knee, and treat "outsiders" like trespassers.

                                                    My go-to place for Cantonese fine-dining in Hong Kong is Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental:
                                                    http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hongk...

                      2. re: PhilD

                        I revisited O&M on Saturday and ate in the bar (the full menu was offered), booking wasn't a problem and there was plenty of room for walk in's, although it filled up later on. The food was good, was it very good? I love the freshness of Italian food and simplicity, O&M has some of this but it also has lots of truffles and Michelin 3 star complexity, so for me heads more to the French tradition rather than simple Italian - but maybe it was our choice i.e. Bresse Chicken with black truffles ($590).

                        I need to head back to Giando to see how it's settled in and do a more immediate compare and contrast. That said O&M definitely serves the best Negroni in town, and II have tried a few. It has a very fine cocktail bar, less good for people watching, but very good in on drink quality ( the opposite to the usual suspects).

                        1. re: PhilD

                          Have now tried Giando for a lightish dinner and I thought it scrubbed up well. Not as refined as O&M with slightly scratchy service. A side by side comparison of the Beef Carpaccio had O&M ahead as the balance of flavours was better and the overall quality of every element shone through. But, Giando had the edge with a fantastic beetroot salad, really fresh and moreish. Maybe a better way to separate them is to say O&M is a fine diner for a big night out, whilst Giando is a place to kick back and enjoy great Italian cooking. Hats off to the sommelier who directed us to a fantastic bottle of red.

                    2. re: klyeoh

                      Finally hit Da Domenico. Have a couple of long-term posh gweilo friends that are regulars there. Yes, it is expensive. The spaghetti alle vongole was indeed HKD 680, but all the other pasta dishes were under HKD 300. Still not cheap, but frankly no different than eating at the dozens of mediocre business-focused eateries all over town (Isola and anything by the formerly-fat Harlan, I'm looking at you).

                      Food was very good, the burrata was outstanding. But yes, not anything markedly better than what you would find at a competent eatery in Italy. Focus on fresh ingredients, service was actually quite friendly and competent.

                      The atmosphere was all high-end locals, which means relatively civilized overall, no braying yellers on cell phones, for once. Languages heard were mostly Cantonese, with some English and some Japanese thrown in. No ruddy deviled locusts in polyester.

                      Setting and service was nowhere as refined as Otto e Mezzo, but prices were about the same.

                      Probably worth putting on the rotation purely for the quality of the food, not as a regular canteen, but worth keeping in mind.

                      1. re: Uncle Yabai

                        I would be interested in your opinion on the second go-around without a regular in tow. Haven't been for ages and would be interested to know how they treat the non-regulars

                        1. re: HKTraveler

                          Actually, the regular didn't show, it was just me and another newbie. We both had heard about the reputation for snide service, which we didn't see at all. It wasn't as refined at Otto e Mezzo, and the setup is extremely casual (the waitstaff were dressed more like day laborers than workers at an upscale restaurant), but they knew their stuff and were quite helpful in pointing out what was good that day and what wasn't. It wasn't perfunctory, rude, snide, or ignorant, which for Hong Kong is a big step up.

            2. re: Charles Yu

              I'm in HK at the moment, and would be very interested in going to a Chowmeet, if one is happening.

              1. re: goldilocks76

                There will be one on Saturday evening at Guo Fu Lou private kitchen in Tsim Sha Tsui. Email me on cable2 at aon.at if you are interested, can send you the menu and details

            3. I seldom make recommendations on a restaurant without trying it recently. However, since you like seafood so much and so far, recommendations had been far and few, I am going to go out on a limb and suggest one of my foodie friend's favorite ( for reasonable priced option ). Its 'Tai Woo' on Percival Street, Causeway Bay. Apparently tons of seafood in arrays of aquarium tanks to choose from!
              I checked and surprisingly Michelin gave it a Bib Gourmand!!
              Website is:
              http://www.taiwoorestaurant.com/en/

              48 Replies
              1. re: Charles Yu

                Thanks Charles, Tai Woo looks just like our kind of restaurant. We will certainly try it. The reviews on TA sound great!

                1. re: dlgc809

                  After more research I would like comments about West Villa and/or Fu Sing. We love BBQ pork and thought these might be another option.

                  1. re: dlgc809

                    Frankly, almost ALL 'decent' Cantonese restaurants offering B-B-Q/Roasted meat products do a pretty good job! On the other hand, even well respected place like Fu Sing can have an off-day with their famous house specialty BBQ Pork 'War Gor Cha Siu'.

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Which of these restaurants would you suggest, and what else besides BBQ pork should we order.

                      1. re: dlgc809

                        Are you talking lunch or dinner?
                        In general, Fu Sing's food and reputation is a bit better especially luncheon Dim Sum! Personally, I like their crispy skin chicken and the Roasted pork belly. For Dim Sum, the Pineapple b-b-q pork buns aka ' #1 Bun under the sky ' is super addictive! For the Cantonese palette, their ' Stirred fry rice vermicelli with mixed seafood and Chinese preserved meats in a clay pot' is most enjoyable and well receive. They also have a deliciou, fork tender 'Braised oxtail with French Red Wine' that one can order by the piece. Kind of weird offering by a Cantonese restaurant though!!

                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          Should we take West Villa off our list?

                          1. re: dlgc809

                            Yes! There are much better restaurants around!!
                            Once again check out www.openrice.com!!!

                            1. re: Charles Yu

                              Thanks Charles, I have been on open rice for days looking for more options. Please give us more we have 10 days to fill with fabulous meals!

                              1. re: dlgc809

                                I just had an incredible revelation!! Chef David Lai of On-Lot-10 recommended this place for me. Its absolutely amazing!!!
                                Just Google search 'Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market Restaurant Hong Kong' and prepare to salivate!!

                                Other placeS I'm planning to try during my upcoming visit are the new Shanghainese restaurants 'Jardin de Jade' in Wan Chai and Hong Kong Cuisine in Happy Valley

                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                  Sounds like a must go for me. Maybe for one of our meets in March?

                        2. re: dlgc809

                          dlgc809 - i think they have some of the best dim sum in HK (that i've had) albeit a more limited menu, but everything is very high quality. definitely get the lo bat go, its really good

                          i am a huge cha siu fan, its probably one of my top 5 foods (i was obsessed with it when i was a kid) and i think fu sing's is just amazing

                          also since it's winter, i highly recommend getting the hairy crab roe soup dumplings, its the best soup dumpling filling ive ever had (including shanghai and taipei spots)

                          https://www.lauhound.com/2010/10/fu-s...)

                          1. re: Lau

                            Charles, Wow, they sound great. Aberdeen Wholesale is perfect for us. I'll check out the other two later today.

                            Lau, We will definitly try Fu Sing as we are both BBQ pork lovers. What is lo bat go?

                            1. re: dlgc809

                              sorry look in my post and you can see pics of everything. it's a fried minced turnip cake with chinese ham bits in it. It's fried on the outside and then you dip it in oyster sauce. It's really good if you make it right, but alot of places screw it up. the version here is really nice. it's super crispy on the outside, and really flavorful and tender in the middle. definitely the best version i've ever had

                              here's the link again:
                              https://www.lauhound.com/2010/10/fu-s...

                              1. re: dlgc809

                                If you love 'Honey glazed BBQ pork', IMHO, nowadays, equally good versions can be had at Cuisine Cuisine (MIRA or IFC), Golden Leaf ( Conrad ), Lei Garden ( Wan Chai branch ), The Chinese Restaurant ( Hyatt Regency ), Yue ( City Garden Hotel ) and the Manor ( Wan Chai ). You can do some horizontal tasting?!! Ha!

                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                  i haven't tried it at all those places

                                  lei garden's is very good, but didn't think it was quite as juicy and tender as fu sing's. however their three layer (or five layer) pork (sio yuk) is ridiculous

                                  1. re: Lau

                                    Ref: Crispy Roasted 5 layer pork belly. Agree 110%!!! Fattening though!! Ha!
                                    However, the dish 'mis-fired' at the ShaTin branch!! So not branches are the same?!!

                                    1. re: Charles Yu

                                      ah ive only been to central and wan chai branches

                                      man i could really use some of that stuff, i find thats one of the harder BBQ items to get right

                                      1. re: Lau

                                        Does anyone ever eat at Zen in the Pacific Place Mall? We ate there about seven years ago and we enjoyed their Dim Sum and BBQ pork.

                                        1. re: dlgc809

                                          Lots of people eat there, just not those with a palate.

                                          1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                            Uncle Yabai, Please give me a handful of reasonably priced restaurants, chinese, for people wth a palate.

                                            1. re: dlgc809

                                              I'm not doing to do the work for you. This board has literally hundreds (if not thousands) of reasonably-priced restaurants discussed in Hong Kong for people with a palate. Zen is not one of them. And if you think Zen is "reasonably priced", then your options get even wider.

                                              1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                I never said that Zen was reasonably priced.

                                                I thought this board was to help each other find great restaurants in cities that they are not familiar with. That is what Charles, Niles, Phil D and others have been so kind to do.
                                                Pardon me for asking you for any help.
                                                I'm sure we will eat very well in Hong Kong, and if you ever need help finding great places in Miami please post on that board and we will be more than happy to help you out.

                                                1. re: dlgc809

                                                  You asked about Zen, I gave you my opinion, which I believe isn't that different from this board's consensus.

                                                  Your additional question has been asked (and answered) enough times by people far more gracious and patient than me (I?). Go ahead and abuse their generosity yet again, you're lucky this board is like that. Try asking that question in other forums and you'll get an earful.

                                          2. re: dlgc809

                                            I ate there last year and it was OK, but we haven't headed back which is telling. Pacific Place isn't great for food, if I am denied a "Triple 0" burger as shopping sustenance (a far too regular denial!) we tend to head off to Wan Chai and the usual Dim Sum options.

                                            My current fave is "Wang Fu" Beijing dumpling shop in Wellington St, Central. Very basic but fantastic dumplings and good daily specials - their chicken and chestnut dish on at the moment is a thing of wonder.

                                            1. re: PhilD

                                              Thanks PhilD, I knew I could count on hearing from you. I'm going to do my homework on Wang Fu right now. Please keep the recomendations coming we have 10 days to fill with great meals.

                                              1. re: dlgc809

                                                wang fu is pretty decent, i stumbled upon it last time, but i mean its northern style food not cantonese (this is HK we're talking about obviously the mecca of cantonese), but still tasty

                                                1. re: Lau

                                                  Lau - when you live here you don't eat Cantonese all the time - it gets a bit boring. The beauty of HK is as much the variety and breadth of foods as much as the depth of Cantonese food.

                                                    1. re: Lau

                                                      Lau, could you please give me some cantonese suggestions, I am still struggling to fill 10 days with mostly chinese meals. BBQ pork and seafood are high on our list of likes along with great dim sum and noodle dishes. We have a reservation at the Four Seasons for the Sunday dim sum lunch, which we made yesterday. That is our only firm plan so far.

                                                      1. re: dlgc809

                                                        dlgc809 - send an email to my blog email lauhound@gmail.com and ill email you a fairly long word file with alot of stuff

                                                        also while it certainly doesnt have alot of places ive been to, i have most of the places ive been on my last two trips if you go to my blog www.lauhound.com then look a the category bar on the right side, go to cities then hong kong

                                                        1. re: Lau

                                                          Thanks Lau I'm reading your blog now.

                                                        2. re: dlgc809

                                                          My advice for Cantonese in HK is to try and get as much variety as possible and book a few places. For dim sum/noodle soup, a couple of top end places, some mid-tier and a few down and dirty.

                                                          For dinner the tricky think is your party size as only a few places cater for small parties, many of the big traditional places almost demand a party of 8 plus. I like The Chairman as it has a short menu and will do half portions. Above & Beyond is on my target list after a good wedding banquet at the Icon hotel led me to think the chef is good. I had a good meal at Nanhai #1 then had a pretty average one - ordering being the issue as the first one had 24 guests the second 4. Tim's Kitchen is a strong reputation but to be honest I have yet to make it.

                                                          I see Manor Seafood recommended a lot and I has a reasonable meal there - the pig was so so and the gold coin chicken OK. A colleague then took her extended family and the Grandparents detested it so I wonder if it has lost it's edge...?

                                                          1. re: PhilD

                                                            I do have The Chairman on our list along with Manor Seafood. What are your thoughts on the Square, it seems to get nice reviews. I guess Nanhai#1 Isn't for a party of 2, the reviews I have read we're only so so.

                                                            1. re: PhilD

                                                              I just read a lot of reviews for Above and Beyond....sounds great. This one is on our list, Thank you PhilD

                                                2. re: dlgc809

                                                  I ate at Zen in Pacific Place in November for Dinner but was not overly impressed. The first 3 items I ordered were sold out at 6:30 and the suggested alternatives didn't WOW me. They were OK and price was also reasonable for the location (high end shopping mall), but wouldn't really think about going there again with all the really great options you have in HK.

                                                  1. re: NilesCable

                                                    We'll eat at Zen only if we are in that mall at lunch time. Are there any other Chinese restaurants that you can suggest in the area. We have been to Ye Shanghai and enjoy it so I'm looking for some others. Thanks Niles.

                                                    1. re: dlgc809

                                                      Truth be told, if you found a Restaurant at a mall that you liked, go there again. In my experience it is difficult to find two good places to eat in the same mall. I haven't been to Ye Shanghai, so cant compare it to Zen. But comparing Zen to other places in HK, you can find much better for less money.

                                                      BUT, you have another very good option when you are in Pacific Place. The Conrads hotel is directly attached to it and if you are into Italian cuisine, you can have a very good meal there.

                                                      1. re: NilesCable

                                                        The Conrad is an interesting idea. We have never been to that hotel so I will start checking out their Italian restaurant, thanks.

                                                        1. re: NilesCable

                                                          Unless the mall is Times Square where you have a whole 'Food Forum' next to it!!

                                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                                            Well, thats a whole different world. ;)

                                                            I have to say I haven't been to Times Square yet. Also on my to-do list for HK.

                                                            1. re: NilesCable

                                                              All those trips and you have not visited Times Square?
                                                              Wow!! That is one BIG surprise to me!!! May be we'll spend some time wondering around that area for food in March?
                                                              I'll walk you past Da Domenico where they serve up a plate of 'Spaghetti ala Vongole' ( or Scampi ) for ONLY HK$600+!!!
                                                              Totally unreal! but there are takers??!!

                                                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                "'Spaghetti ala Vongole' ( or Scampi ) for ONLY HK$600+!!!
                                                                Totally unreal! but there are takers??!!"

                                                                I'm sure the 強國人 holding big bags of cash and buying up the bling bling jewelry and watches in the stores around will eat there, since it is like eating won ton noodles to them!

                                                                The Chinese restaurants on the same floor as Lei Garden in Times Square aren't bad either.

                                                                1. re: K K

                                                                  Actually, its the locals who eats there! Favorite place of Gambling King-Dr. Ho of Macau. However, other people are always paying! Ha!!
                                                                  Last couple of times I ate there, no mandarin was heard. Only Cantonese or English.

                                                                2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                  I just wondered myself that I never went in there. I for sure must have walked by more than one time. But I didn't know before that they have a big food court with good food.

                                                                  1. re: NilesCable

                                                                    The 'food court' adjacent to Time Square has 75+ eating places spread over 11 floors!!!! Interesting place to explore!
                                                                    http://www.openrice.com/english/resta...

                                                                3. re: NilesCable

                                                                  there is alot of good food around times square

                                                                    1. re: dlgc809

                                                                      causeway bay, right smack in the middle. its the huge mall there

                                2. dlgc809, there are a few options for seafood:

                                  Lau Fau Shan - this will require taking public transportation into Yuen Long, then a bus or cab ride. I almost made it there during my Dec/Jan trip but chickened out as I was by myself and lack of time. It is more of a place for local visitors, not sure how tourist friendly they are.

                                  Lei Yu Moon - probably got the spelling wrong but even after speaking with a local or two, they say LYM is a better option for fresh seafood. You can also try Sai Kung, and places like Loaf On.

                                  The thing with Aberdeen Fish Market (wholesale) canteen, is that they are only open in the morning till early afternoon, not for dinner. If you want specific things, you probably need to call ahead. Another option is Ap Lei Chau cooked food center, it's right above the market, at the end of the block of Ap Lei Chau Main Street. The best thing is that if you go between 10 ish to noon, you can check out the fish markets and fresh catches of the day, wide range of shellfish and sealife, including ones local to southern HK waters. Then take it up to the stalls and have them cook for you. The caveat is that there is no English on the menus and it is an entirely locals place. 2 to 3 of them operate from breakfast till early to mid afternoon, and 2 to 3 of them run till late evening (dinner business). The best advice I can give is to go on a weekend, where the fish variety is highest....so give up a weekend dim sum brunch in favor of seafood. Best to find someone who speaks fluent Cantonese and knows the ways around the market and what to get (in addition on best ways to cook certain seafood items). It's an amazing and extremely affordable experience. Of course if you want deep sea humpback grouper steamed $$$$$$, or monstrous mantis prawns like the ones in the tank at The Manor, or "strawberry grouper", you'll have to find that elsewhere.

                                  Suggest you also try a Chiu Chow restaurant. Chan Kan Kee in Wanchai is the newest branch of the Sheung Wan one, and the interior is very clean (it's on Jaffe Road). The menu is in both English and Chinese, and it's within the areas where the typhoon shelter crab restaurants are.

                                  The beauty of Hong Kong is not just the variety of food styles but also the ability to zero in on truly local HK style HK food that isn't done right in the USA, or not available at all. During my recent trip, that was my main focus...two downscale noodle shops, tons of HK style cafes (you can call it junk soul food), dai pai dong/cooked food stall centers. Even had a dinner with distant relatives at Hung Sing at Times Square Causeway Bay...very casual dinner dishes, and that too was very nicely done (although considered average by local standards). For me I can never get sick of Cantonese but that's who I am.

                                  So for "noodles" there are several varieties already that require multiple visits to try them all. For me: Clear broth beef brisket noodles (rice noodles, ho fun, or efu noodles for example), won ton noodles, dried fried beef chow fun, fusion "Swiss" soy sauce chicken wing marinade for stir frying beef chow fun at Tai Ping Koon, shredded pork and bean sprout fried noodles, bamboo pole egg noodles lo mein with shrimp roe (or with soy sauce + fried lard), and if you must, a good dai pai dong that serves pork chop instant noodles, just to name a few. So with that variety you can eat for a long time and never repeat.

                                  There's also good Japanese in town, although you will have to pay (then again it's not entirely outrageous unless you choose to go overboard).

                                  13 Replies
                                  1. re: K K

                                    Wow, so much information thank you KK. We will certainly be on the lookout for some great noodle restaurants. We happen to like Chow Fun, efu and lo mien noodles.

                                    We are not familiar with Chiu Chow cuisine. I will try and do some research about it. Which restaurants are suggested for Chiu Chow.

                                    1. re: dlgc809

                                      dlgc809 - can you speak and/or read chinese at all?

                                      1. re: Lau

                                        Unfortunately neither of can speak Chinese so it does make things harder in restaurants and cabs.

                                        1. re: dlgc809

                                          ah yah, take a look at my blog and look at tak kee. it was not english friendly (the menu they gave me was only in chinese, actually took me a while to order bc it takes me a while to read chinese), but another poster on here said that they went and got an english menu. Anyhow, i was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of the chiu chow food there. You could even bring in my post if you really wanted to and show them as they'll know what it is.

                                          Also, if you want recs send me an email and ill send you a big list of stuff

                                          1. re: dlgc809

                                            Like I said in my post, Chan Kan Kee on Jaffe Road Wanchai (you can check openrice for the address) for Chiu Chow. Menu is in English and Chinese. The place is pretty new as it is a branch of the Sheung Wan location that's at least 30 to 50 years old, which is a bit more out of the way to get to (CKK Wanchai branch also requires a bit of walking from MTR station but with a map you can find it).

                                            I suggest you go with a plate of marinated goose slices (not the marinated combo which does not have goose breast slices, but pork belly, wings, feet, tofu...not as interesting), pan fried oyster pancake/omlette. If budget permits, consider getting a cold fish or cold crab (the crab may be expensive, but it's a signature Chiu Chow prep). The taro duck is also excellent (the exterior/texture is like those fried taro dumplings in dim sum).

                                            1. re: K K

                                              What other types of Chinese cusine should we try.

                                              1. re: dlgc809

                                                so we've talked about:
                                                - various cantonese / HK style food
                                                - chiu chow / teochew / chao zhou food

                                                Others i think that are worth trying in HK:
                                                - Shanghainese (there are some excellent shanghainese restaurants in HK)
                                                - Sichuan: i think yu chuan and si jie are both private kitchens serving really good authentic sichuan food
                                                - Hakka: Hakka food is hard to find and you can get it in HK as HK has some history with Hakka people particularly in new territories

                                                1. re: Lau

                                                  Other recs:

                                                  Spring Deer in Tsim Sa Tsui - Peking Duck, claypot chicken soup with wontons (minus the sharkfin)

                                                  Empire City Roast Duck (Tsim Sa Tsui) - another option for Peking Duck

                                                  Tien Heung Lau - Tsim Sa Tsui. One of less than a handful of quality Hangzhou style restaurants. The $1000 ish Shanghainese hairy/mitten crab roe is a signature, pair it with lo mein and eat it like a pasta.

                                                  Shanghai Lu Yan Cun (Causeway Bay)
                                                  Old Beijing (Causeway Bay)
                                                  He Jiang (Wanchai) - a favorite amongst some of my favorite local HK bloggers (Shanghainese)
                                                  Zhe Jiang Heen (Wanchai) gets good reviews too
                                                  Hong Zhou Restaurant (Wanchai) - the other good Hangzhou style restaurant. The TungPo pork (stewed pork belly) is a must there

                                                  There are some Shunde style Cantonese restaurants in town (Shunde is in Guangdong province). The most tourist friendly one would probably be Fung Shing. There are multiple locations but suggest you go with either Mongkok or North Point branches where quality is most consistent. Fung Shing also offers dim sum.

                                                  1. re: K K

                                                    Thank you, I now have lots of research to do. I'll be quite busy on open rice!

                                                    1. re: dlgc809

                                                      KK, Spring Moon looks interesting. We have walked right past many times not knowing anything about it. We will be trying it on this trip. Thanks again for all the help.

                                                      1. re: dlgc809

                                                        "We have walked right past many times not knowing anything about it"
                                                        Are you talking about Spring Moon - the high end and posh Cantonese restaurant INSIDE the Peninsula hotel? or Spring Deer the 'run-down' Beijing style restaurant on Moody Road?? Totally different cuisine and ambiance. However, food are both decent but expensive!

                                                        1. re: Charles Yu

                                                          I'm talking about Spring Deer, sorry. Is it worth a try, and if so what do you suggest we order. The reviews I have read are very mixed.

                                                          1. re: dlgc809

                                                            i havent been there, but my friends in HK have and they all have pretty decent taste. I almost went last time and i asked them about it, they all said the peking duck is very tasty, but the other dishes they had there were all just so so. not sure how helpful that is, but thats the feed back i got, so i ended up not going bc i had too many other choices