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‘Meh’ lunch @ Rice Paper Vietnamese Restaurant, Causeway Bay

This is the second time we have been turned away from Hainan Shaoye! I am now wondering whether or not this place is actually THAT good that we have been turned down twice! Both times, they have been fully booked and without a reservation they could not accommodate us! It was a rainy day and considering we didn’t bring umbrellas, we really didn’t want to leave the World Trade Centre (‘WTC’). Hubby recalled seeing a Vietnamese restaurant, Rice Paper, last time we were here, and thought we should give it ago.

This has to be one of the ‘fanciest’ Vietnamese restaurants I have been too. It’s on the top floor of the WTC and its overlooking the harbor. It was a pretty gloomy day so the view wasn’t that great. I was ravenous by this stage, we had a light breakfast after a big night and was looking forward to some ‘good’ food. Little did I know, that I was going to be totally and utterly disappointed!

The menu was also fancy – fusion Vietnamese food. We ordered the entrée tasting platter to start (for 2 pax), and it was surprisingly filling and huge. Mind you – it was all fried and consisted of calamari rings, fish cakes, chicken satay on skewers, soft shell crab ‘spring roll’ and last but not least prawns on sugar canes. It was ok, but nothing to rave about, even the soft shell crab was ordinary.

Hubby ordered the beef pho (his quest for searching the best pho in Hong Kong), and well, as much as it was good to have soup on a dreary, cold, rainy day, this was also ordinary. The noodles was ok, the beef was quite tender and decent, however, too much MSG in the soup! It was like drinking MSG water, and personally that’s not how I like my soup! I also noticed that they didn’t serve any beansprouts with it, which we usually get in Vietnamese restaurant. Kudos for the mint leaves, lime and chili – we did have to ask for extra lime though – talk about stingy! They gave one 1/8 of a lime!!!!

MG ordered the red duck curry and it was surprisingly tasty. The duck was tender and succulent and the curry was different to that of Indian curry.

I thought it was a bit odd that they didn’t serve it with rice, but with bread sticks. Have you ever seen bread served in a wine glass before? Well neither have I, until that day!

I ordered the duck breast with rice but it never came. Hubby and MG were almost done with their meal and my dish has not arrived! I was a little unimpressed so cancelled it. The service I thought was appalling, it was slow, and the waiters were so not tentative. They would ignore you and pretend not to see you – it was pretty poor. Don’t think I will come back again that’s for sure.

MG and I needed something that’s not so rich to eat. We have been eating rich food pretty much every day we thought a casual Vietnamese lunch would help but it was totally disappointing. I was looking forward to our dinner as I know it will definitely be better than Rice Paper!

GA’s ratings: 3 / 10

P413-418 Podium 4, World Trade Centre

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2890 3975

  1. Benny
    July 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Hey there – i’ve just recently stumbled across your blog and have to say we
    seem to have similar food tastes/n backgrounds. (i thought shiok was also lousy + lived in Sydney prior to HK) Looking forward to reading further reviews and seeing updates here!

    Cheers, Benny

    • July 5, 2010 at 12:11 am

      hey Benny

      thanks for dropping by! how long were you in Syd for?
      I’m loving hk and of course the food!

      hope you drop by again soon!

      GA 🙂

  2. Benny
    July 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hi GA – Syd for 3 yrs and in HK for 4 now. Myself and my other 1/2 are from perth originally. Btw the hype for Hainan Shaoye aint worth it, it’s decent for HK standards but doesn’t compare to anything you can get in SGP or MSIa. Let us know if you find good coffee in HK also!!

    • July 6, 2010 at 1:39 am

      ooo Perth is gorgeous! i am heading over there this Sept for my cousins wedding! Haven’t been to Pert for a while now.
      I have heard a lot of vibe about Hainan Shaoye, and considering we have been turned away twice not sure if we will try a 3rd time!

      as for coffee – i like Fuel @ IFC – have you been? if not Coffee Assembly at Soho. Bit of a hike though – but not too bad at all! Good coffee in hk is HARD to find! i miss syd coffee!

      • Benny
        July 7, 2010 at 12:32 am

        yah, anywhere in OZ is awesome – to be honest. you can have a great, simple, and affordable cafe meal almost everywhere. I do like fuel – probably the best I’ve had in HK, but expensive for HK standards. not tried coffee assembly yet; but it’s on the list!!

      • July 7, 2010 at 12:38 am

        unfortunately coffee in hk is just exy! coffee assembly has a sister cafe in cwb – cafe corridor but i find their coffee a little ‘burnt’. It’s not cheap either unfortunately!

  3. Frank
    July 6, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Have you had any good viet food in hk???

  4. Frank
    July 6, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Bread in a wine glass, haha, never seen that before ahah

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