Common Room – Central, Hong Kong

Pulled Pork Poutine - with melted cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce (HK$98)

Pulled Pork Poutine – with melted cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce (HK$98)

Throwback to a few months ago, when I was in Hong Kong for a self curated eating fest to visit family and hang out with friends. Common Room had been on my list of places to try for a while now, so one evening S. and I decided to get all dressed up in heels (LKF is just a stone’s throw away from the restaurant, I guess) and head out to dinner. Click through to see what we ate…

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Little Bao – Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Pork Belly Bao - Slow-braised pork belly, leek & shiso red onion salad, sesame dressing, hoisin ketchup (HK$78)

Pork Belly Bao – Slow-braised pork belly, leek & shiso red onion salad, sesame dressing, hoisin ketchup (HK$78)

A food blogger’s heart sinks a little when her camera battery runs out after the first click at a new restaurant. I thus had to turn to the trusty Iphone 5 for this one. Introducing Little Bao – a super popular little joint that has sent HK-ers crazy. Errybody wants some of that bao. Click through for more…

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Mido Cafe – Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Condensed milk & peanut butter toast (HK$10)

Condensed milk & peanut butter toast (HK$10)

After a busy week of hanging out with friends and family, and driving around NSW for many hours, I bring to you a touch of nostalgia – Mido Cafe in Yau Ma Tei, on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. Mido Cafe is an institution, a blast from the past, but still very much relevant today. Established in 1950, it’s also definitely one of the oldest cha chaan teng in Hong Kong. This place is a must for a true Hong Kong experience. Click through for more photos…

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The Peak Lookout – The Peak, Hong Kong

Spinach Salad with Pear and Blue Cheese

Spinach Salad with Pear and Blue Cheese

Baby back ribs with coleslaw and wok-tossed vegetables, bbq tangy sauce

Baby back ribs with coleslaw and wok-tossed vegetables, bbq tangy sauce

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

The Peak Lookout occupies an iconic position at the top of Hong Kong island, aka the Peak. The historic building is unmissable as you make your way to the Peak area – in fact, it has been there for over 60 years. This place carries special significance to me as I used to come here regularly as a child – Sunday brunches with Dad were always a highlight and I have particularly fond memories of the kids menu! Back then it was called The Peak Cafe – it became the Peak Lookout after a refurbishment in 2001.

This restaurant is definitely unique in the way that it caters for locals as well as tourists. You can eat at one of HK’s most iconic restaurants in one of HK’s most popular tourist attractions – or you can just enjoy a nice meal there as a local. The long, bungalow style building features extensive seating indoors (the seats by the window are particularly nice), but to me it’s always nicest to sit outside in the large garden, weather permitting. As can be seen in the photos above, the lighting in the garden is minimal, making it difficult to see the menu/food/take photos. Torches are provided if necessary.

  • What we ate:

The Peak Lookout has one of the most extensive menus I have ever seen – it goes for 3 approximately A3 pages! There is a wide range of food available – many entrees and salads, Asian dishes including many Indian dishes (they have a tandoori oven), dishes from the grill, pastas and a lot of seafood. Not to mention there’s also a breakfast/brunch menu, and a large selection of desserts!

S. and I shared our meal. We started with some Cheese and Basil Naan bread, which came with a side of yogurt – the naan there is amazing, I could have it every day. We also had a Spinach salad with pear and blue cheese, which was light and crisp. We then shared a generous portion of Baby Back Ribs cooked on the grill – unless you’re a massiver eater I would recommend for this dish to be shared! You can choose either rice or mashed potato to go with any dishes from the grill (we had rice), a side dish (we had wok-tossed vegetables) and a sauce (we had BBQ tangy sauce). No room for dessert after that unfortunately!

The Peak Lookout
121 Peak Road,
The Peak, Hong Kong
http://www.thepeaklookout.com.hk/

 

Cafe Corridor – Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

All Day Breakfast

All Day Breakfast

This tucked away cafe can be found at the end of a corridor (funnily enough) just opposite Times Square in the busy Causeway Bay. You would never know it was there, save for the small sign at the entrance to the building. This is another regular place I go to when I’m in Hong Kong – in fact, pretty sure DS and I went there three times in a day once when we were here in January.

Although I’m not a coffee drinker, I’ve been told the coffee there is great. S.’s interpretation: “This is the best coffee I’ve had in HK!…so far…this visit.” It is one of the few places in HK that does real coffee without being Starbucks. They also have a large selection of tea and freshly squeezed juice! They serve small meals throughout the day, including sandwiches, an all day breakfast, pastas and small rice dishes. There’s also a selection of cakes and muffins/scones/other pastries.

  • What we ate:

S. chose a simple scrambled eggs with mushrooms on toast, while I had the all day breakfast which includes small sausages, scrambled eggs, a hash brown, a piece of toast and a small salad. The meal sizes aren’t big, so better to go here for a light lunch or snack than to expect a substantial filling of your stomach. They do really cute coffee art as well – the table next to us had a face on their latte, while S.’s soy latte had an apple on it!

Cafe Corridor 
G/F, 26A Russel Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 

Brunch Club – Soho, Hong Kong

The Club Sandwich

2 eggs and 2 sides - scrambled eggs with an english muffin, spinach and gammon ham. also apple, carrot and ginger juice.

Brunch Club is one of those cafes that I keep coming back to every time I’m in Hong Kong. There are in fact two – one in Causeway Bay (which is also a supper club) and one in Soho. I generally prefer the vibe of the Soho one, more relaxed with a cute courtyard, magazines and couches. The only downside is that it is up a GIANT hill, and you get to pass an elderly woman on the way who will mutter and shout incoherent words at you. She has been there for at least the past 5-6 years.

  • What we ate:

brunch club has quite an extensive menu – from pastas and sandwiches to fish and wine and dessert. S. and I went for lunch so I had an all-day breakfast option of 2 eggs and 2 sides – scrambled eggs with a choice of breads, and 2 sides from a large list. S. had the club sandwich which came with a cute little hash brown. They also make freshly squeezed juices (a luxury in most Asian countries) so I had an apple, carrot and ginger juice, while S. had orange, carrot and celery juice.

brunch club
Ground Floor,
70 Peel Street,
Central, Hong Kong
http://www.brunch-club.org

High Tea at Café Grey Deluxe, The Upper House – Central, Hong Kong

Sweet and Savoury tiers

Scones and Curry Puffs

 

High tea never fails to please any girl. In fact, any high tea in Hong Kong never fails to please, full stop. Having tried several in different hotels (and at the beautiful Repulse Bay Verandah), S. and I decided to try out The Upper House, a new hotel in the Pacific Place complex in Admiralty, Hong Kong. High tea was served on the 49th level, with a beautiful view of the harbour. An extra bonus was that we were handed vouchers for a free gift pack from clé de peau beauté, to be collected from the new Harvey Nichols down in the Pacific Place mall!

  • What we ate:

High tea for two (HK$420 – approx AU$50) included a selection of either coffee or tea. The three-tiered high tea included:

Black currant scones, served with Devonshire clotted cream, raspberry jam and honey

Savoury: Mini pastrami reuben sandwich, smoked salmon on pumpernickel with salmon caviar and crème fraîche, egg salad sandwich with chili and avocado, poached shrimp cucumber and mango roll, short rib curry puff

Sweet: Blueberry macaron with elderflower ganache, osmanthus tea flavoured sable brenton (basically a tea-flavour cookie), lemon quark cheesecake with an almond biscuit, black cherry-milk chocolate tart, rose and strawberry swiss roll (tasting more of rose than strawberry), blood orange finger print cookies, passion fruit pate de fruit (a small jelly cube coated in sugar)

Although some of these flavours may seem rather adventurous for a high tea, the combination of tastes were well constructed. All the savoury items were perfect, and of the sweet ones only the tea-flavoured sable brenton and the rose and strawberry roll were slightly surprising, different and not too pleasant.

Café Grey Deluxe
Level 49, The Upper House
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway,
Hong Kong  
http://www.cafegrayhk.com/