After we enjoyed the cruise trip, our next agenda was food trip in Hongkong!
Our first stop is at Oliver’s Super Sandwiches because this is just within the building of the place we were staying. We wanted to eat light snacks so this is a perfect place for us. Ordered one chicken sandwich and split it since it is enough for us. They really have big servings and have wide array of made-to-order sandwiches. Their store is styled casually and it is a European-style restaurant chain.
We visited Ikea Causeway Bay. Famous for their unique and functional living room, bedroom, kitchen and textile items, their restaurant is one of the highlight of the store. The queue was very long but it was worth it! Their food was delish and there are so much choices, even healthy food and food that children also enjoy especially if you are bringing kids along. A taste of Swedish cuisine to satisfy all the shoppers and even us who popped in just to eat.
If you are looking for authentic Chinese cuisine, Lin Heung Tea House at Wellington Street Sheung Wan is the place that will satisfy your cravings. It is one of the oldest tea houses in Hongkong. We went there around 3 in the afternoon to stay away from too many people but there were so many customers even at this hour! As you can see, we shared table with some customers.
They have menu but there are also food carts that passed around the restaurant but if you just sit and wait until it reaches your area, then you will be left with none. if there is a food cart, people just go there and get some food. Their dimsum and noodles is really good.
My last Hongkong trip was December 2012 and we queued at the original Tim Ho Wan at Kwong Wah Street in Mongkok wherein we were not accommodated because we came late and there are too many people waiting ahead of us. So when Tim Ho Wan opened at Megamall last May 2014, we went to Manila to have a taste of this Hong Kong original, cheapest Michelin Star restaurant. Last year, when we had this trip planned, Tim Ho Wan was on the top list. I am glad that there is a branch at IFC Mall Level 1 Hongkong Station but as expected the queue is still long and we waited for around 30 minutes to get a table but since this location is inside a mall, we get to window shop while waiting for our table.
I do not eat heavy breakfast, coffee for me is enough unless the hotel i am staying has a complimentary breakfast. However when we took this trip, my expat friend based in Hongkong was gracious enough to accommodate us at his 2 bedroom flat. He told us about his favorite coffee shop just within his building that serves the best Soy Latte, Pret-A-Manger. What i love about this place is that they serve 100% organic coffee and serve healthy, handmade, natural food free from obscure preservatives.
I am a self-confessed sweets lover and Godiva is a fantasy land for people like me. Tried this matcha chocolate soft serve and it was heavenly! The most expensive soft serve which costs 50 HKD or Php 300.00.
After a visit to drizzling Victoria’s Peak, we badly need a Ramen fix and lucky enough we found an Ippudo restaurant at Lan Kwai Fong. We did not really have a concrete plan for this night, we intended to roam around Lan Kwai Fong and just see where our feet will lead us. This is first restaurant that we did not have to queue maybe because it was already a bit late for dinner, we arrived around 9pm already. It has the same quality and taste as the one we had in Japan minus the long queue.
Our last night dinner was at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant at Causeway Bay which is the first restaurant opened by THE Jamie Oliver. The restaurant has a classy ambience. Relaxing background music and attentive staff. Most of the customers stay here to unwind over wine or beer. It is situated at 2F Soundwill Plaza II Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay.
We feasted over Truffle Tagliatelle, Lamb Lollipops, Bone In Rib Eye and Free Range Chicken. It was an awesome gastronomic experience. Prices range from 201-400 HKD or Php 1,200.00-Php 2,400.00 per head.
Here are a few tips i want to share for food trips:
- It is always wise to plan the restaurants you wish to visit ahead of time and know the best route to go there and the best time to go there.
- I choose the food that a restaurant is known for so that when i move on to the next store, i will still be able to eat food.
- Be adventurous in food. I used to dread eating spicy food but i slowly tried it, one bite at a time and now i am slowly liking spicy cuisine.
- When in Hongkong, tables are to be shared with customers, it’s the best time to mingle with strangers and fellow tourists and gain new friends.
- If possible, search for a picture from the internet of the dishes you want to order ahead of time especially on foreign countries where you do not know how to speak their local language so that you will just show the picture to the waiter should there be any language barrier. This works!
I am looking forward to our Hongkong trip next month and share with you more tummy treats!
“I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art and i love food, so I am the perfect traveler.” —Michael Palin