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Report on accessible restaurants in Wan Chai

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mrsphud Sep 3, 2013 12:14 PM

First thank you so much for all of your recommendations, and second Happy Moon Festival. I thought I would let you know what I discovered in my travels. As you will recall, I travel with a motorized scooter - seat, 4 wheels, control tower, pretty close to the ground. Getting around on the streets of Hong Kong was difficult as they were mostly not in good repair, there were not always corner cuts where I could cross streets, and of course, were really crowded.

On the other hand, the footbridges connecting buildings was great. So long as there was an elevator I could find, I was able to get to most places I was surprised that no priority was given to disabled people or the elderly. Often one would see young able-bodied folks practically running over elderly folks in wheelchairs at the elevator at the Wan Chai MTR station.

But I digress. Dynasty in my hotel the Renaisance Harbor was very good, as was the service. Byt the way, the pomelo in abalone sauce was very good. Were in not for someone's suggestion here we might not have tried it. We think of pomelos as sort of big squishy greatfruit and had never considered eating the skin. The Cafe was also very good with huge buffets for breakfast and dinner that included tons of seafood, soups, dim sum, etc. I was quite enamored of the Hong Kong breakfast - congee and assortment of dim sum and noodles.

We ate lunch most days at the Harbour Kitchen so hubby could back to his meetings on time. If you stick with the barbecue, veggies and noodles you could have a nice meal. The desserts in the front case were also very good. Actual pineapple in the pineapple buns. Who knew? Fried won tons and the macaroni concoctions were not worth the time.

Across from here was a coffee shop that had very interesting breakfast choices that hubby brought back to the hotel. Chicken and leak pies were a good choice as were the various quiches.

A few shopping centers away and up on the third floor we found Grand Hall. The dim sum (ordered from menus in both Chinese and English) was excellent. The staff and other diners seemed surprised to see us. Communication was difficult as no one seemed to speak any English. We asked for napkins, which did not seem to be on any of the tables. We finally received some of those packets of wipes that seem to be ubiquitous in HK.

Fook Lam Moon was not really accessible, but the parking valets happily lifted my scooter up the first big step and then there was a ramp to the higher level where once accessed the restaurant. We were a bit disapointed with all the yummy dishes that required 24 hours notice, but we made do with roasted goose and other treats.

We had drinks and snacks at Stanley Plaza. I know it is a touristy place, but all the restaurants are accessible and there is an accessible bathroom that one can get their wheel chair into. How sad that a shop girl was sitting inside and smoking, however. (We also found security staff doing the same thing at the airport!).

Most of our other meals were convention-related and mostly not worth mentioning, but thanks again for your help. If you find yourself in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area, I will be happy to reciprocate.

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  1. pilinut RE: mrsphud Sep 3, 2013 04:24 PM

    Thanks for your report, mrsphud! My mom travels with a transport chair, and your feedback on HK is appreciated as she hasn't been to HK in quite a while. With age and mobility problems, she has been increasingly reluctant to visit HK, though we used to go almost every year when I was growing up (long, long ago). Singapore seems more manageable for her these days, but I think she'd like to visit some old friends in HK, so your tips will come in handy.

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      klyeoh RE: mrsphud Sep 3, 2013 07:11 PM

      Actual pineapple in the pineapple buns.
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      Yes, it's one of those funny situations where the item was initially called a "pineapple bun" because of the lattice-design crust atop the bun which resembled pineapple skin, but later morphed to *actually* contain pineapple jam.

      Glad you manage to survive one of the densest places on Earth on your scooter!

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