HK Island

Where:
Le Salon Restaurant et Croissanterie (But seriously Le Salon, Y U bother with this website??)
Shop 1302, 13/F, Hysan Place
500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Phone:
+852 2115 3328

The deal:
Entrees are around HKD80 – 100.  Mains around HKD180 – HKD280.  Food was nice enough but it doesn’t matter how much fancy greens and sauce smears you put on the plate, things never end well if you have to beg for service, smash your way through a bread basket because your food hasn’t arrived (and then you need to check where your meal is) and then final insult, actually get out of your chair to flag down a waiter to bring you the bill.  Perhaps it’s because we got tucked away in an alcove.  Perhaps they were too busy shovelling out their famous croissants to the public.  I can make excuses, but that’s not the business that I’m in.  Food was presented well – can already see the legions of food photographers posting this to instagram with #scrummy #girlslunch #indulgence attached to it.  Sauce smears are not going to be enough to get this one over the line.

Verdict:
FUCK NO.

Where:
Peking Garden – Pacific Place, Admiralty (but don’t believe their website, lunch was HKD400+)
Shop 005, LG, Pacific Place
88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Phone number:
+852 2845 8452

The deal:
So, whenever I go to a restaurant and they give me tiny pieces of food, I do this thing, when I suck in a short breath of air, turn outraged to my husband and exclaim “Is this food…for ants??”.  And this is what the lunch set for Peking Garden (Admiralty branch) felt like.  I’m a massive fan of the Peking Garden in Central – the duck and the golden prawns (battered in salty egg) being the star of the masterpiece.  Due to our host booking the wrong Peking Garden, we ended up at the Admiralty branch today.  Nice plastic lavender hedge outside – wow, is this France or Ancient China? Le Duck Petit?  Well, they definitely got the petit part right.  More expensive, less quality and less quantity – that’s pretty much a fail trifecta.  Maybe I’m a greedy devil (one of our guests declared she was full – my lunch barely touched my sides) but I spent the rest of my afternoon feeling poor, disappointed and empty.  HKD400+ per person, endless bitching with my equally judgmental friend in the afternoon (he  has implored me to make sure to mention the bony anorexic steamed fish with its bulgy eyes) and my end conclusion was that I’d rather have been at the gym.  Usually you only get such basic, average fare in Soho Italian restaurants – but Peking Garden can replicate that mid-levels feeling for you in shiny Pacific Place for another HKD100+.  You don’t need to be psychic to figure out what the verdict is going to be.

The verdict:
FUCK NO.

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

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