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Jul 23, 2013 07:07 AM

Really? No place good to eat in Wan Chai that is an easy walk?

Got no responses to my post about wheel chair accessible restaurants in Wan Chai (Hong Kong). So how about good restaurants in Wan Chai and we can try to get to the restaurant and report back about food and accessibility? Come on and join the rest of the world in making travel easy for wheel chair bound travellers.

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  1. Sorry to hear that you've been met by the Great Wall of Silence - I was expecting my fellow Chowhounds in HK to respond to you - I only visit HK annually these days though I lived there back in the 90s, but I guess they are all cracking their heads trying to think of *any* place in Wanchai that's wheelchair-friendly: HK's *not* an especially wheelchair-friendly city, being one of the densest places on Earth. You'll know what I mean when you get there.

    Meanwhile, I can give you a list of good/well-regarded restaurants in Wanchai, but you'll need to get your hotel concierge to help check on their accessibility when you're in HK.

    1. Cantonese restaurants
    - Fook Lam Moon, 35-45 Johnston Rd. Tel: 2866 0663
    - Fu Sing (Wanchai branch), 1/F Sunshine Plaza, 353 Lockhart Rd. Tel: 2893 0881
    - Guo Fu Lou, LG2 Empire Hotel, 33 Hennesy Rd. Tel: 2861 2060
    - One Harbour Road - this one's wheelchair-friendly once you get to the hotel. 8/F Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Harbour Rd. Tel: 2584 7722
    - Lei Garden, 1/F CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Rd. Tel: 2892 0333
    - Yat Tung Heen, 2/F Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Rd. Tel: 2878 1212

    2. French
    - Amuse Bouche, 22/F The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd. Tel: 2891 3666
    - Cepage, 23 Wing Fung St. Tel: 2861 3130
    - La Creperie, 1/F Kui Chi Mansion, 100-102 Queen's Road East. Tel: 2529 9280
    - Mirror Restaurant, 6/F Tiffan Tower, 199 Wanchai Rd. Tel: 2573 7288

    3. Italian
    - Assaggio, 6/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd. Tel: 2877 3999
    - DiVino Patio, 1/F Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Rd. Tel: 2877 3552
    - Giando, 1/F The Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King St, Fenwick Pier. Tel: 2511 8912
    - Grissini, 2/F Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Rd. Tel: 2584 7722

    4. Spanish
    - Plaza Mayor, 9 Moon St. Tel: 2866 6644
    - View 62 by Paco Roncero, 62/F Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East. Tel: 2574 6262
    - 22 Ships, 22 Ship Street. Tel: 2555 0722

    5. Steak/Australian
    - Wooloomooloo, 31/F The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd. Tel: 2893 6960

    Hope the list helps you narrow down your dining choices.

    7 Replies
    1. re: klyeoh

      I had replied to the previous post. It's a really tricky question to answer unless you walk the route to each place. As I said before footpaths seem OK in Central, however around the convention centre I often struggle to navigate the over passes, escalators, steps, and road works.

      Restaurants often have steps to get in (stops the water when the tropical rains hit) and/or small arrow lifts, escalators are common but won't enable a scooter. In fact I can't recall seeing a scooter in HK, walking frames and sticks yes, and the occasional wheelchair. You often see families helping their relatives who have mobility challenges to get into restaurants - a team effort from the usual extended family.

      1. re: PhilD

        Yes, I think mrsphud's acted on your advice to leave her scooter at home (HK's streets can be a veritable obstacle course!) and had followed-up with a subsequent post last week on wheelchair-accessible restaurants instead:

        1. re: klyeoh

          FYI. ALL restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide provide information as to whether they are wheel chair accessible.

          1. re: Charles Yu

            It does? That's very useful indeed, Charles - I can update my list of recs for mrsphud then - I have a copy of the HK Michelin Guide 2013 in my bookcase but usually only use that as a *last* resort.

            I think mrsphud also wanted to find out whether those places are walkable from her hotel (Gloucester) - but I think HK sidewalks are terribly crowded and not wheelchair-friendly at all, so taking a short taxi ride (quite cheap & readily available!) might be a better idea.

            You know what I'm like, old friend, I'm one of those who like to stick to the Chowhound Manifesto:
            "We're not talking about foodies. Foodies eat where they're told. Chowhounds blaze trails. They comb through neighborhoods for culinary treasure. They despise hype. And while they appreciate ambiance and service, they can't be fooled by flash."

            I hate being told by Michelin that this place or that is good for us. I still prefer to seek out unheralded, unsung hidden gems. I found many of these in Penang up north - my favourite hunting ground for good food in this region!

            But HK and Tokyo are pretty much the same - there are literally hundreds of good eateries there just waiting to be discovered.

          2. re: klyeoh

            Sorry I missed that bit. If that is the case just about all places are quite easy access to walk into. It's very very rare to find stairs with no lift or no escalator to access any restaurant. Certainly there area few exceptions but these are very much exceptions.

            And yes I agree Michelin is pretty good regarding access.

        2. re: klyeoh

          klyeoh: Cepage is closing down. The last operation date was 25 June 2013.

          1. re: blownd

            Ah, thanks for the update - June 2013: so it's closed then! The Les Amis Group had such big plans for it.