Made in HK can be found in Kwun Tong, in APM, Millennium City 5. I originally wanted to go to MIC KItchen, unfortunately they were fully booked and couldn’t fit us in. Hence dining at Made in HK, which is part of the Drawing Room Concepts and offers diners ‘Hong Kong style Western cuisine with a contemporary touch’ – a fresh play on cha chan teng food.
I absolutely love the interior, the lofty ceilings, the space (!) not a lot of restaurant has this much space, especially in a mall! Set lunches were on offer, either a daily soup or salad and a 6 different meal options. We started with some bread, the sweet kind, which I am not a huge fan off.
The daily soup was cream of corn – it was a little on the watery side, nothing creamy about it.
I opt for the bake rice with pork hamburger steak which was served in a skillet. To be frank, thought it was a bit weird, eating melted cheese and tomato sauce with rice. I liked the pork with cheese and tomato, just not with the rice!
‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the tuna pasta with garlic and chili. He really enjoyed his meal – pasta was al dente and cooked to perfection.
Breakfast and tea sets are also on offer. I am not sure if I’d make the effort to go back to Made in HK, not unless I was in the area. Service was friendly and food came relatively quickly.
GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10
Made in HK
Shop 13, 1/F, apm Millennium City 5,
418 Kwun Tong Road,
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2156 2000
Aberdeen Street is located in Soho, just below Caine Road and the restaurant is a unique combination of bar and restaurant. It has quite a relaxing atmosphere and I love the outdoor terrace area as it is absolutely relaxing and perfect for a hot summer day with a glass of wine or beer. The menu is vast and a good one at that, it took us a while to decide what we wanted.
Whilst deciding what we all want to eat, we started with the vegetarian croquette (HKD 58) – rice bowl with carrots and mushrooms for the kids. Crispy exterior, the vegetarian croquettes were delicious and even Dragon managed to eat two on her own.
The garlic shrimp (HKD58) were panfried with garlic and white wine and were plump and juicy
We also had the veggie touch (HKD248) to share – vegetarian samosa, spring roll, mini veggie burger, vegetarian croquette, garden bouquet, beetroot and pumpkin frites. The cheese spring rolls were indeed cheesy and not too oily. I didn’t have any of the veggie burger but was told that it was delicious. The beetroot and pumpkin frites were not what I expected though, I was hoping for thin slices of pumpkin fried, but it was slightly over battered making it a little too chewy.
I opt for ‘just a disaster’ (HKD 148) – omelet with ham, cheese, mushroom, provencal tomatoes, sausage, sautéed potatoes and salad. The sausage Dragon demolished, so I assume it was good! ha! The omelet was light and fluffy.
‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the tenderloin (HKD228) which was served with sautéed vegetables and sautéed potatoes. The beef was cooked to perfection and it was incredibly tender and absolutely delicious. I definitely had food envy!
J had the pan-fried salmon, sautéed vegetables, basmati rice and caper, saffron and cream sauce (HKD178). I didn’t have any of this but she did say it was good and the salmon wasn’t over cooked.
The salad menu is extensive and everything sounded wonderful. S had the staunton street (HKD158) salad – avocado, asparagus, prawns, egg sunny side up, mushroom, soya and basmati rice. It looked divine and S did say it was excellent. Everything was fresh and he demolished everything!
Service was friendly and polite, definitely would be keen to come back to eat the salad – wonder if they do take away as it would be great to have it for lunch!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
UG/F., King Ho Building,
Soho, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2546 5833
I am on the hunt for the best burger in Hong Kong and I may have found it! Beef and Liberty started in Shanghai and has opened up here in Hong Kong, in Wan Chai district. The restaurant is on the second floor just above Pizza Express on Star Street and the ambience is very casual and relaxing – as should a burger joint should be!
Beef and Liberty offers diners delicious burgers, fries, wings and beers. It takes pride in serving hormone free grass fed beef. Apparently, all their beef is sourced from a small farm in Cape Grim region of Tasmania. I have been here twice now and both times it did not disappoint.
We started with the chicken wings – chili sauce on the side as it was spicy (HKD58). I really liked this wings – crispy, juicy and the chili sauce was just perfect. I have friends who did not enjoy the wings as the skin was a little thick but Dragon and I really enjoyed it.
If you are worried about eating too much carbs or are on a gluten free diet, you can try burger in a bowl which is really a gunless burger served with salad. It is an extra HKD20 but definitely worth it. I had the bacon cheese – beef, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, bacon jam in a bowl. The beef was fantastic – cooked to perfection juicy and incredibly tender!
‘The Mother’ had cheese – beef, cheddar cheese, iceberg, house bbq sauce (HKD79) and he was impressed. The bun was pretty good also but it was missing that runny sauce down your arm factor!
I love how you can order 1/2 portion of chips – french fries and pommel frites (both are HKD15) and they were good! Even Dragon couldn’t resist.
Service was fast and efficient, and the burgers awesome! On my next visit, I had the all day sets – was tempted to order the falafel but didn’t want to be disappointed so had the cheese burger and indeed it satisfied my burger cravings!
Possibly my favourite place for burger thus far. Where is your favourite burger place?
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street
Admiralty, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2811 3009
I don’t know many vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong, in fact none before I went to Pure Veggie House. I love meat, but this year I have started doing meatless Monday. Pure Veggie House can be found in Coda Plaza, which is in Mid-Levels. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have indeed very pleasantly surprised.
We started with the mix ‘meat’ platter – which includes vegetarian bbq pork and I have to say, it was pretty good. It tastes almost like the real thing.
The fried ‘white bait’ which is fried mushroom was excellent. It was thin and crispy and not oily at all. It was hard to not eat the whole thing.
I love the tofu hot pot – the tofu was incredibly silky.
The ‘bbq pork’ bun was delicious. The bun was soft and fluffy and the meat had the right texture and sweetness.
I love sweet and sour pork, the vegetarian version was not as good as the real thing unfortunately. The ‘pork’ was a little chewy and rubbery but the sauce itself was good.
The vegetarian dumplings I really liked, a little on the small side but it wasn’t oily or fatty.
We all enjoyed the vegetarian spring rolls.
The menu was vast, it took us a while to peruse the menu. There were some dim sum dishes on offer also. Service was a bit of a hit and miss but food was definitely scrumptious. Would be keen to go back to try their other dishes.
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
Pure Veggie House
3/F, Coda Plaza,
51 Garden Road,
Central, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2525 0552
Café Gray at The Upper House is well known for its views and is located at the Upper House on the 49th floor of the hotel. I have been to Café Gray at night for drinks but have never eaten here. The view on a clear night is stunning, even during the day if it’s a clear blue sky it’s beautiful.
I have heard wonderful things about the high tea, but we were for lunch and diners have the option of a set lunch or a la carte. 2 courses is around HKD355 and 3 courses is HKD395. We started with some bread – which was warm and fresh.
We all ordered the 2 course meal – entrée and main or main and dessert. Mixed roast vegetables topped with coriander and satay sauce (which I opt as it has nuts) was light and tasty.
W had the chicken wontons – very upmarket and facny. The skin I thought was a little too thick, it was nice but nothing special I thought. I do prefer pork wontons though.
The charred sea bass with green olive vinaigrette was a little weird. The sauce was slightly cold – not room temperature but cold which I thought was weird. The fish was also a little dry which was a little disappointing.
Most of us had the Shepherd’s pie which was served in a ceramic bowl. I was looking forward to some crust and pastry, alas, no. However, the pie had lots of creamy mashed potatoes with minced beef, it was good but seriously heavy – perfect winter comfort food.
For dessert, C opt for no entrée and ordered the apple tart which was served with ice cream. This was good but after the pie, I was over the edge and fell in a food coma!
The set lunch came with tea and coffee as well as some milk / dark chocolate.
I have to admit, lunch was OK – it wasn’t out of the world fantastic. The pie we all enjoyed but the fish was a little bit weird. For me, I prefer coming here for drinks and views. Not sure about the high tea though, but will definitely try it.
Hope you have a good weekend filled with food!
GA’s ratings: 6.5 /10
Café Gray Deluxe
L49 The Upper House,
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway,
Admiralty, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 3968 1106
Celebrity Cuisine can be found inside Lan Kwai Fong Hotel which is on Kau U Fong Street – not to be confused with the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel in LKF. Celebrity Cuisine has been awarded two Michelin starts and it is a rather cosy restaurant with only 40 seats. It offers diners ‘luxury Cantonese dining with the freshest A-list ingredients, handpicked by Chief Chef – Chef Cheng on a daily basis’.
We were here for a Chinese New Year celebration lunch and I have to say, it did not disappoint. Everything we had were exceptionally good, especially the braised pork belly with preserved vegetables.
We started with these tiny spring rolls – not too oily and a great start.
I have always enjoyed eating pigeon, even though like crabs, its too much effort for a little bit of meat! However, the pigeon was very good, the skin was exceptionally crispy and the meat tender, probably one of the nicest I have had.
The braised ox tongue was incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth.
The braised pork belly with preserved vegetables was phenomenal. Melt in your mouth tender, makes you want more and more.
Beans with pork which was also excellent – it can be too oily sometimes and this was just perfect.
I am loving the custard / egg yolk bun and the one at Celebrity Cuisine is fantastic. Fluffy bun and the custard are sweet enough yet not sickening. It really is one of my favourite dim sum dishes. Not great for my hips or my stomach but it was fantastic.
so good that we had two servings of this!!!
To end the meal, complimentary taro soup which was quite decent.
High-end Cantonese food can be quite expensive, especially if you eat abalone and seafood but this meal was surprisingly decent in price (about 250HKD per person). We didn’t order any seafood but what we ordered was excellent, I am still dreaming about that pork belly and custard bun.
Food was fresh and excellent, and service was good also.
GA’s ratings: 8 /10
Lan Kwai Fong Hotel
3 Kau U Fong Street
Central / Sheung Wan
Ph: +852 3650 0066
I am slowly making the rounds of dim sum places in Hong Kong. A friend was visiting from Singapore, originally from Sydney, and we have known each other for a while now. I suggested the West Villa Restaurant which is located in Causeway Bay – apparently it is a new location, Lee Gardens. Reservations are still highly recommended as the place was buzzing and busy.
There were about 6 of us – the more people the better, which means we can eat more! We started with the soy chicken which was served in a clay pot and steaming hot! The chicken incredibly tender, and Dragon enjoyed it very much.
The individual xiao long bau were also fantastic! The skin was a little thicker than those you get from Din Tai Fung but it was still good. Lots of juice so make sure you wait until it has cooled down before putting the whole thing in your mouth!
Dim sum is really incomplete for me without chicken feet – I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is a must order for me.
These vegetarian dumplings were great – translucent pastry with lots of fillings.
I didn’t have any of the pork and thousand year old egg congee but everyone seemed to have enjoyed it. I only eat congee when I am sick, otherwise no thank you.
The bbq pork bun was indeed very fluffy. My favourite would still have to be from Man Wah – the bun and filling are the best I have eaten thus far.
The bbq pork rice rolls were good – we also ordered the beef and the prawns.
The fried bbq pork bun was definitely a favourite of mine. Was it as good as Tim Ho Wan? Possibly and we didn’t have to wait 45 minutes for it.
For dessert, we ordered a couple of egg tarts, mango and pomelo dessert and doufuhua which is dessert made with very soft tofu. The egg tarts were ok, I still prefer the one from teo cheong bakery but the doufuhua had lots of ginger which was good.
The food was definitely good, the service unfortunately was a bit of a hit and miss. It was so lovely catching up with my old friend, A – can’t wait to see you again in Hong Kong or Singapore. You can never go wrong with Dim Sum right?
Have a great weekend and happy eating!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
West Villa Restaurant
Room 101-102, 1/F
Lee Garden Phase 2
28 Yan Ping Road
Ph: +852 2882 2110