HK Island

Where:
208 Duecento Otto
208 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Phone number:
+852 2549 0208

The deal:
sub-HKD200ish for entrees/antipasto.  HKD250 – 300ish for mains.  Italian’s always a crapshoot – particularly in Central HK.  People tell you somewhere is good and then you just end up with some pasta that was ok, a pizza that was ok and you’re HKD500 poorer for the whole mediocre affair (but you did have the privilege of declaring to your fellow diners that you ‘totally could have made this at home’).  Anyway – 208’s food was on point.  Pizza wasn’t a doughy greasy mess.  I ate half a chicken – don’t worry, it was fancy as fuck – pine nuts, oregano, orange, all roasted up.  The downside?  Service was a bit spotty – had to resort to making thirsty / hungry faces at the waitstaff periodically to get their attention and had to beg for menus.

The verdict:
Overall – FUCK YEAH.  But hey, 208 if you ever read this, your service gets a FUCK NO.

Where:
Stones
1-9 Lin Fa Kung St West
Tai Hang

Phone number:
+852 2570 6858

The deal:
HKD200ish for dinner + a drink.  Unfussy, straight forward pub food at a decent price point.  Owner hangs around and seems genuinely interested in his customers having a good time.  Note that the menu claims brunch starts from 12ish, which in my mind, is really a bit more lunchish.  The burgers are so good and they even do it American style (ie. they ask how you want them cooked – rather than assuming well done). I always ask them to hold the bun on my burger and they assume that means I want salad instead of chips, but I’m just like that fat guy who orders cakes and asks to hold the cream and I always resolutely reply ‘hells no, giddy up on the fried taters’. Stones’ fries are just so good though. Overall, solid pub performer with no wank or pretentiousness. A+++ would buy from again.

The verdict:
FUCK YEAH.

Where:
Ramas Oyster Bar & Grill (no website)
Shop 2A-1, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre,
30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

Phone number:
+852 3101 0656

The deal:
HKD150 – HKD300 for a main.  Western food which was ok but just weird, aggressive service.  Private dining room appeared to be a storeroom – replete with several massive fake wedding cakes, wedding couple portrait, cigar humidor, spare lamps and a stored karaoke stage. I couldn’t make this shit up.

The verdict:
FUCK NO

Where:
Amber Dining

15 Queen’s Road, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Central, Hong Kong

Phone number:
+852 2132 0066

The deal:
HKD1688 + 10% per person for the 8 course degustation – 2 Michelin stars, on point service and probably the best meal I’ve had ever.  Globally.  There was almost a service meltdown when they realised that they’d given us a mother of pearl fork to eat a potato course (because we switched one sea urchin course out for something else).  My husband gets a bit emotional when he thinks about the cheese trolley and the Roquefort. This place will blow your motherfucken mind.

Verdict: 
FUCK YEAH.  ALL THE MOTHERFUCKEN FUCK YEAHS.  EVER.

Where:
Eat Right
23 Staunton Street,SOHO,
Central, Hong Kong

Phone number:
+852 2868 4832

The deal:
HKD300ish per person – basis that it’s going to be ‘healthy organic eating that’s full of flavour’ and ‘indulgent nutritious dinners’.  Reality:  More basic Soho food.  So so basic.

Verdict: 
FUCK NO

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