Category Archives: Tsim Sha Tsui

The One With Kitchen at W Hotel Hong Kong – A Star-Studded Service

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

It was a family-oriented Saturday afternoon, so you’ll have to excuse the lack of an ambiance with that many kids around. A consolation though was the sweeping view of the harbour. It helped that we were seated by the window.

I took one look at the buffet table and decided to go against the crowd mentality of everyone else whom were digging into the buffet line like there’s no tomorrow, and we went ala carte instead.

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The One With Tokyo Heya – All You Can Eat Japanese

Japanese places are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong. There is just something about Japanese food that is irresistible to Hong Kong-ers. One can find all sorts of Japanese food here – from the low end, hole-in-wall ramen joint to the very high end, thousand-dollar sushi. And then there are those everything in between. So if you eat out at a Japanese place, particularly at those buffet-like eat all you can joints, it can be very much a hit-and-miss experience.

Which is why after a very filling meal at Tokyo Heya, I could honestly say that the food is worth your dimes and time.

Tokyo Heya Japanese Eat All You Can

There were many choices available from the menu, which you order by filling up these multi-colored sheets and pass to the milling waitresses. Tokyo Heya offers almost everything you can think of on a Japanese menu – sashimi, sushi, handroll, teppanyaki, sukiyaki, tempura… the list was endless, so we were spoilt for choice. Instead of stressing ourselves, we asked for the captain to recommend us some of their best recommendations, after which we added some of our own. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss from the menu:

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The One With The Sweet Dynasty – Victim of Property Prices

Desserts. Can I just say that after expensive watches, queuing up for iPhones and betting on mark six, dessert is one of the top hobbies of Hong Kong people? To be honest, I never understood the allure of queuing up hours on ends for a bowl of desserts. Nor is tucking into a small bowl of sweetness sitting on a stool that is too small, in a shop that is too cramped.

The Sweet Dynasty

Of course, there’s always exception to the norm, and The Sweet Dynasty is definitely one of it. Granted, the cliche deco that is supposed to inspire a sense of oriental grandness, complete with somewhat tacky waitress uniform, left much to be desired.

But the desserts, to the most extent, were top notch. I will be the first to admit that I am no expert when it comes to dessert – the sugar content is the main ingredient for man-boobs – but even I could tell that this place served some of the best desserts this part of Hong Kong (and I mean Tsim Sha Tsui).

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The One With Grand Hill Restaurant – Taiwanese Fare In Hong Kong

I may have traveled to Taiwan a couple of times in the past, when seldom did I pay attention to the food… well not much anyway, considering the real motives for me to be there, which was for a grand total of two times.

Grand Hill Taiwanese Restaurant

Chicken in soy sauce-wine & sesame oil (3-Cup Chicken)

Apart from a Japanese kitchen experience (I know, it’s not the most local thing to do in Taipei!) in my last trip, all I remembered was the various street food and light snacks my friends and I seem to inhale when we hit the streets.

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The One With Dai Mon Yokocho – Localised Japanese Fare

Restaurant owners in Hong Kong are well known to be exceptionally skilled in transforming foreign cuisine to the local taste buds. This is not to say local diners are not a discerning bunch; but the vast majority of Hong Kongers are more than happy to settle for food and drinks which have been, well, watered down, or tampered with to make it taste less foreign.

That is also not to say such localised food is not great. My experience at Dai Mon Yokocho was a testament that despite the interfering hands of the local chefs, the Japanese food served was delicious through strayed far from the real land-of-the-rising-sun’s food. The diners were decidedly local, so were the kitchen staff. I was there one rainy night and was “lucky” to be seated in plain view of the Cantonese-speaking chefs and cooks.

Dai Mon Yokocho

The food? Well! Let’s get down to business.

Hand-made Udon In Spicy Satay Soup With Premium Beef & Pork Cartilage (HK$69)

Dai Mon Yokocho

My choice, and definitely a good one. There was a page of udon in satay broth, another set of options in tomato broth, and yet another page for “spicy” broth… in satay and tomato variety. I reckoned all they did was to sprinkle some liberal amount of sliced cili padi (bird’s eye chilli), and it worked. The satay broth was fragrant with a strong peanut taste, the way I like it, and the udon were smooth and chewy. I can’t comment much about the beef and pork, except that when served with the whole combination plus spring onions and corns, it worked like a charm. My friend took a couple mouthfuls and reckoned it was better than his choice!

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The One With Pattaya Your Thai Restaurant – Delightful Raw Prawns

When you think of Thai food, what comes across your mind? Tom yum goong, phad thai, papaya salad, seafood curry… there is something almost magical the way Thai food seems to enthrall tourists and locals alike. When I return home from holidays in Thailand, I always seem to be nursing an endless craving for Thai food. Well, if you can’t have the real land of a thousand smile, you can always get its food.

Pattaya Your Thai Restaurant

Thai food in Hong Kong is plentiful and varied, from the authentic to the localised, from the superb to the disappointing, along every point of the price scale. When one think of Thai food in Hong Kong, you’ll be excused to think of the usual suspects in Kowloon City, arguably the most Thai-influenced area in Hong Kong.

So when this Groupon deal came along, I was surprised. Okay, maybe I shouldn’t be that surprised to discover that, yes, there are plenty of Thai restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui too. And at that price – $148 for unlimited Thai BBQ for two – it was hard not to click that “Buy Now!” button.

So I did. Pattaya Your Thai Restaurant was an adventure to get too. First of all, they changed its name. And then we were informed that they changed their location, too. Google Map was a little useless, and the drizzling rain that afternoon we went didn’t help our grumpiness.

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The One With Tea At Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hotel – View To Pay For

I will be the first to admit that I am no expert when it comes to pastries and desserts. Some knowledge about cupcakes and how it differs from muffins would be the furthest my gastronomical knowledge in this area would go.

So please excuse me for the lack of names for the stuff you’ll see in this post, but then again you probably won’t need to know anyway.

Despite my best intention, I am still unsure about the differences between high tea and afternoon tea. I would stick to describing this as afternoon tea set to keep true to its menu. We were told that the Lobby Lounge at Hotel InterContinental was strictly walk in only, usually with a 30-min waiting time if you arrive anytime after the 2 p.m. when the afternoon tea started to be served.

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental Hotel

A word about the lounge. Despite the slightly warmer temperature, the lounge has a lovely ambiance. The waiters bustled around us without being overly intrusive, and the sweeping view of Hong Kong (Janice sums it up well with a footnote to her post) was the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of leisurely tea. I was particularly charmed by the live band, consisting of a cello, a violin, a piano and a flue, playing not classical but easy listening pop.

It was sublime.

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The One With The Unnamed “Private Kitchen” – Comfort Food, Chinese Style

I have been meaning to write about this place since ages ago. Ages ago – as in since I started food blogging. I discovered this place during my first month in Hong Kong, courtesy of some local friends whom brought me there one weekday night.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

There were many reasons why I didn’t manage to write about it. Firstly, for the life of me I couldn’t remember where the place was. I had to rely on my (less than stellar) photographic memory to recall the street, shops and lobby before rediscovering the place.

Unnamed "Private Kitchen" At Tsim Sha Tsui

Secondly, the place has no English name. I tried asking my friends to translate it, but the Chinese name is goddamn long it was impossible. Hence there is no way for me to “research” for its exact location.

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The One With Spring Deer Restaurant – Old School Peking Duck

It was the unlikeliest spot for a romantic dinner.

Granted, I wasn’t exactly with a date. But it was certainly an intimate dinner for two, so imagine my surprise when the (previously) better half proposed to have my birthday dinner at Spring Deer Restaurant at Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

I have first been to Spring Deer two years ago and had my first taste of Peking duck. To this day I still can recall the rich taste of thinly sliced duck with deliciously crispy skin, wrapped in steamed pancakes with spring onions, cucumber sticks and sweat bean sauce.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

Since then, I had always wanted to go back to the restaurant. But being the disorganised me, I always decided that I am in the mood for some high-calories, fattened-on-purpose duck on the same day. But that won’t do for this old school restaurant.

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The One With Swiss Chalet – Smelly Cheese House

Tucked along the bustling Hart Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui is a neat cottage-like restaurant called the Swiss Chalet. I was having some time off a conference at a nearby hotel and my colleagues brought me to this restaurant.

Swiss Chalet @ Tsim Sha Tsui

Such attention to details, no?

The first thing that hit you when you enter the restaurant is its smell. Goodness, I had never ever been into a place that smelled so cheesy yet so good! Apparently Swiss Chalet is famous for its cheese fondue, but since it was a working day, it is not good to tuck into such, well, cheesiness. The food comma that is surely to follow will be too much to bear.

But nothing stopped us from having a (German) pint. Heh.

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