HK is a 4 hour flight away and we travel there often for both work and holidays. A typical itinerary consist of cramming as much shopping, eating and partying into every day that we are there. We usually stay in central and the airport express brings you into the city in 45min.
The city works hard and parties harder, perfect for single people. The partying scene is very vibrant in Central area and once the sun set, Lan Kwai Fong fills up and the crowd spills on to the streets as the night goes on. The pace of life is very fast and you feel it immediately walking around Central. HK people walk really fast, it seems like they are in a rush to go somewhere to do something. It feels like I’m operating at snail speed even when I’m there on business walking from meetings to meetings.
HK is a top destination for celebrity chefs to open a satellite restaurant outside of their home country. It boasts big names like Amber, Zuma, Joël Robuchon and Mario Batali’s Lupa and there seems to be a new restaurant opening every month. All serve excellent food, but here is a list of my favourite local haunts
1. Sang Kee Seafood Restaurant
A local brought me here and I’ve been back ever since. It is famous with the HK people so make reservations and reserve the famous dishes as they run out quickly. Must try: soya sauce prawns and salt baked chicken, the congee is good and they have many types but I like the fish.
1F/2F Hip Sang Building, 107-115 Hennessy Rd, Wanchai
2. Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant
This is a good place to have dim sum and the char siew is a must try
1F 353 Lockhart Road, Sunshine Plaze, Wanchai
Wellington Street is a street perpendicular to LKF and has lots of good food. Yung Kee is probably the most famous on the street, and their specialty is roast goose. Prices are a bit steep and I found their goose very oily and not miles better than other normal shops. I do like the better valued take away and dried Chinese sausages to bring home. Wong Chi Kei Congee & Noodle has excellent beef brisket noodles and crab congee. And further up the road, Tai Cheung Bakery makes the best egg tart.
Yung Kee 32 Wellington Street
Wong Chi Kei Congee & Noodle G/F 15 Wellington Street, Cental
Tai Cheung Bakery 32 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
The quality of the fish at this conveyor belt sushi joint is very good and the prices are very reasonable. I load up on the otoro sashimi and uni, both high quality stuff. There are not many tables so try to go during off peak times as the queues during peak periods are very long and a wait up to an hour is normal.
Shop 3099-3100, Podium level 3, IFC mall, Central
4. Hui Lau Shan Desserts
I need to get my mango fix at this place. They serve all sorts of mango desserts with sago or pudding or with glutinous balls. Many outlets around the island but I usually go to Causeway Bay opposite Sogo