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#1 cabrales

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Posted 16 April 2002 - 04:31 AM

I'd appreciate input from members who have recently visited any of the following Hong Kong restaurants: (1) Petrus Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, Pacific Place, (2) Amigo in Happy Valley, and (3) Alibi.

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Posted 18 April 2002 - 01:42 PM

I received some input from a friend who lives in Hong Kong. He indicated Alibi is a "pick up" place, and does not appear to offer good food.  He recommended TECA, which apparently imports chicken from France (unclear whether of Bresse origin). I have no knowledge about that restaurant.  :wink:

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Posted 22 April 2002 - 05:06 PM

I'd appreciate input from members who have recently visited any of the following Hong Kong restaurants: (1) Petrus Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, Pacific Place, (2) Amigo in Happy Valley, and (3) Alibi.

You ask me this a few months back about Petrus, I hesitated and still am ambivalent -
I thought it was good - not great, but some French ex-pats panned-it -- SO what else is new  :wink:

Alibi, will have to wait till my next trip. No idea about Amigo -- Could you elaborate what is it's claim to fame ? I hear that HKG is beginning to have a love-fest with Latin & South Am. food of late......
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Posted 23 April 2002 - 06:09 AM

No idea about Amigo -- Could you elaborate what is it's claim to fame ?

Amigo is a restaurant opposite one part of the Happy Valley race track. I visited a long time ago, and thought it was decent. That was many years ago.

If you have visited Hugo's, at the Hyatt (?) on the Kowloon side, I'd appreciate an update on that too. For weekday lunches there, a set menu would offer prime rib if one arrived early enough. The appetizer choices include an hors-d'oeuvre (sic) trolley that had probably 20+ items -- egg salad, smoked salmon, parma ham with melon, crunchy small octupi (well-marinated), medium prawns with mango, etc. Not cutting edge food obviously, but well-prepared. It has been years since I visited Hugo's. For Sunday lunch, Hugo's has a brunch that includes all-you-can eat lobsters (boiled) and smoked salmon. The "cold" dishes were better than the warm ones. One could request that one 1/2 lobster be made Thermidor style.  Also, all-you-can-drink fresh fruit juice. I'm uncertain this brunch remains available.  :wink:

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Posted 24 April 2002 - 12:33 AM

No idea about Amigo -- Could you elaborate what is it's claim to fame ?

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If you have visited Hugo's, at the Hyatt (?) on the Kowloon side, I'd appreciate an update on that too. For .......

Hugo is a very good place for business  lunch. I have not had dinner there, even during bad weather
when I had to be indoors at the hotel  -- "The Chinese Restaurant" @Hyatt/Kowloon is a better choice
for dinner  :smile:
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Posted 27 April 2002 - 12:20 PM

Another interesting resturant, a little uppity-up, is Verandah in Repulsebay. Being off the main touristy,business district, it has managed to attain a select following amongst the well to do, oldtimers.

I have not been there in the past two trips.

Cabrales, If you are there (HKG), maybe you could bring us uptodate on it.
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Posted 27 April 2002 - 12:55 PM

Another interesting resturant, a little uppity-up, is Verandah in Repulsebay. Being off the main touristy,business district, it has managed to attain a select following amongst the well to do, oldtimers.

anil -- I ate at the Repulse Bay Hotel's restaurant several years ago, and don't recollect what the food was like (not a negative). I don't know when I can go to Hong Kong again, but will try and visit that restaurant when I do.  :wink: (Other members: The terrace looks onto a large bay, and does have a colonial feel to it.  Repulse Bay is an upscale residential area in HK.)

HK has some member-only clubs that have decent (not necessarily good) restaurants/dining rooms. Some locals like to spend time at these clubs because the city is so crowded, and the lines for many other restaurants long on weekends. The Deep Water Bay Golf Club has poor food. However, the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Happy Valley has a formal-service dining room called the Darby Room (used to be better than it is) that used to offer items like lobster bisque, Lobster Thermidor, Angus beef, and oysters flown in from different places.  This restaurant has declined in recent years. There is also a decent place for dim sum at the Jockey Club. The Aberdeen Marina Club, the American Club and the Hong Kong Country Club (for each of which membership is difficult to gain) all offer certain decent food (in the case of the last two, including large buffet lunches on Sunday).

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Posted 01 June 2002 - 11:37 AM

I ate at the Repulse Bay Hotel's restaurant several years ago, and don't recollect what the food was like (not a negative). : The terrace looks onto a large bay, and does have a colonial feel to it.  Repulse Bay is an upscale residential area in HK.)

Speaking of venerable old Hong Kong institutions, for years Gaddi's, in the Pennisula Hotel, was considered one of the finest (if not THE finest) restaurants in the Far East.  I know the maitre d' (Rolf Heninger) retired a while back, and haven't heard much about Gaddi's since he left.

Anyone know if Gaddi's is still as good as ever?

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Posted 03 June 2002 - 11:59 PM

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Speaking of venerable old Hong Kong institutions, for years Gaddi's, in the Pennisula Hotel, was considered one of the finest (if not THE finest) restaurants in the Far East.  I know the maitre d' (Rolf Heninger) retired a while back, and haven't heard much about Gaddi's since he left.

Anyone know if Gaddi's is still as good as ever?

Gaddi is still around, thoug Felix bar on the top floor has the buzz in the city  :smile:  I think Gaddi is among the better non-chinese restaurants in the city. To sugest that it is the finest in FarEast is a tad bit much  :wink:
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Posted 04 June 2002 - 11:36 AM

I think Gaddi's is among the better non-Chinese restaurants in the city. To sugest that it is the finest in FarEast is a tad bit much.  

Well, it wasn't my suggestion, but for decades it was pretty-much accepted that it was.  

As I said, that was before Rolf retired.  Possibly it has either gone downhill, or the competition has improved; most likely, a bit of both.

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Posted 22 June 2002 - 08:19 PM

I have been to Amigo (engraved matchbook with your parties names is a nice touch) and Gaddi/Felix are both good. I still love Indochine in Lan Kwai Fong. Simply the best - best Cha Ca this side of Hanoi.

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Posted 23 June 2002 - 12:45 PM

dargin -- When you have a chance, could you consider describing what the Amigo menu is generally like? :smile:

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Posted 23 June 2002 - 09:40 PM

dargin -- When you have a chance, could you consider describing what the Amigo menu is generally like?  :smile:

I can do one better - here is the actual menu from my last time there (few weeks ago) I will say it was not as amazing as my first time I went there as a lad (1989) more restaurants have caught up, but still very good. I will be back in Hong Kong in a few weeks and might go there to give an update (considering I am new here - must earn my keep...)

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SAUMON FUMÉ D’ÉCOSSE
SALADE DE CREVETTES AVEC CRABE EN GELÉE
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POTAGE VELOUTÉ AUX PALOURDES
CONSOMMÉ DE VOLAILLE AUX LIS
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LOUP DE MER À LA CIBOULETTE, SAUCE AU SAFRAN
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FILET DE BOEUF RÔTI ET COQUILLES SAINT-JACQUES AU VIN ROUGE
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Posted 24 June 2002 - 06:02 AM

dargin -- Thanks :raz: It's not easy to find good French food in Hong Kong. What are your thoughts on Petrus? I have not been there in a while. :huh:

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Posted 24 June 2002 - 09:41 PM

dargin -- Thanks It's not easy to find good French food in Hong Kong. What are your thoughts on Petrus? I have not been there in a while.

Ahh - the last time I was there there was something to do about black truffles (1000 kilos or something absurd) I have not been there in ages. Makes the Kowloon Shangri-La French (Margaux) look like Le Bon Pain. Very good wine list if I remember.

I will be forced to admit I have nipped into the Belvedere at the grand stanford (kowloon) when my Foie Gras blood levels have dipped - a good lunch I will admit. A lot cheaper than Gaddi as well.

As a person that still goes to Le Pouligen yearly - I would love to know if there is a creperie in HK that I do not know about. Any suggestions Cabrales?

Best regards,

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Posted 25 June 2002 - 09:36 AM

As a person that still goes to Le Pouligen yearly - I would love to know if there is a creperie in HK that I do not know about.  Any suggestions Cabrales?

dargin -- I don't know of one, but will ask (may take a week or two). :smile:

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Posted 25 June 2002 - 10:35 AM

As a person that still goes to Le Pouligen yearly - I would love to know if there is a creperie in HK that I do not know about.  Any suggestions Cabrales?

Best regards,

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Without comments - Cafe Gypsy @ Shelly St. in SoHo (as in South of Hollywood Road for NYCers and Londoners) Hope to be back in November again :)
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Posted 06 January 2003 - 08:58 AM

We're planning a week in Hong Kong and will probably try Dim Sum 3-4 times while we are there. We're looking for recommendations for the best of the best.

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Posted 06 January 2003 - 09:10 AM

There are probably better dim sum specialists than generalist Fook Lam Moon, but I have had excellent dim sum there: Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong side (even the sharks' fin soup can be sampled on a per-diner/per-bowl basis during lunch; the fried rice wrapped in lotus leaves is excellent)

Luk Yu Teahouse, Central, Hong Kong side (quality is generally very good and there is authenticity; however, quality can vary with items sampled). Somewhat of a dim sum specialist, although dinner can also be good there. Certain noodle dishes and rice-based dishes are interesting with respect to lunch. One can order a plate of special sliced Chinese ham (unclear of name) that is delicious and difficult to secure to such quality outside of Asia.

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Posted 06 January 2003 - 09:10 AM

We're planning a week in Hong Kong and will probably try Dim Sum 3-4 times while we are there.  We're looking for recommendations for the best of the best.

Been a few years but Victoria Harbor Seafood was great -- there are at least two -- I tried the one that's on the 2nd or 3rd floor of an office building on the HK side facing the harbor

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Posted 06 January 2003 - 09:41 AM

Ed, are you actually refering to Victoria City Seafood? It's world famous for their dim sum in Hong Kong. My friend in Hong Kong highly recommends this restaurant, for their dim sum.

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Posted 06 January 2003 - 11:00 AM

Went to Victoria whatchamacallit too. Try the deep-fried pigs intestines.

I think Patricia Wells gave them a favourable write-up years ago

When we went with foodie relatives we had two choices: Victoria Harbour for less jazzy dim sum but a wide selection or the restaurant Peninsula for top-notch dumplings, but more traditional and smaller selection.

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Posted 06 January 2003 - 04:41 PM

Ed, are you actually refering to Victoria City Seafood? It's world famous for their dim sum in Hong Kong. My friend in Hong Kong highly recommends this restaurant, for their dim sum.

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Posted 07 January 2003 - 12:58 AM

It always helps if one states when the trip is planned for (this way we can get a sense of timing)

FLM is not known for its dim-sum, still what they have for dim-sum is good. It also depends on where you'll be staying - Lin Quai Fong, Queens Rd., Kowloon, all have small dim sum joints along with congee places. Nothing lie a congee in the morning with tea indian-style.
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Posted 07 January 2003 - 06:35 AM

I like having dim sum at FLM, preceded by a bowl of sharks' fin soup (the version without crabmeat is better for an initial tasting, and overall in my assessment) and followed by the fried rice wrapped in lotus leaves. That would be a relatively expensive meal, but well worth it. Check whether FLM is BYO, no corkage for first-time visitors, if you are interested in wine. A nice Chablis or Puligny-Montrachet, perhaps, unless you are pursuing the sharks' fin soup, in which case the intensity of the underling thick broth would suggest a 1/2 bottle of red as well.

I wanted to emphasize the traditional Chinese antique furniture decor at Luk Yu teahouse. The place has been around for ages, and its decor reflects that. It has the benefit of being close to Central, including the Central MTR subway stop (within 5 minutes' walk). Luk Yu is also close to an area called Lan-kwei-fong (not formal English name), where many non-Asian persons congregate in the evening for certain small restaurants (be careful -- most are mediocre, although there are some whose names I do not have that are acceptable) and bars.

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Posted 07 January 2003 - 06:56 AM

It always helps if one states when the trip is planned for (this way we can get a sense of timing)


Sure! We're going in early April and staying on Hong Kong Island at the Conrad (Award Stay).

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Posted 07 January 2003 - 07:59 AM

The Conrad is in Pacific Place, a nice shopping center that has an MTR subway stop on the same line as Central. Taxis are also readily available from several locations within this huge complex. Of limited interest to foodies and very convenient might be the Japanese department store inside the Pacific Place complex -- its basement, like most other Japanese department stores in HK -- has a food fair of sorts for Japanese food. The sushi is not the best item to sample, but some hot foods are passable. If you are looking for a quick, mediocre-quality snack very close to your hotel, there could be some interesting items to sample there. This is extremely inexpensive food.

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Posted 12 January 2003 - 12:18 AM

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Sure!  We're going in early April and staying on Hong Kong Island at the Conrad (Award Stay).

I maybe be visiting HKG before that so may be able to give you our updated impressions.
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Posted 12 January 2003 - 03:58 AM

I have not been impressed by the restaurants in the Conrad itself (or the J W Marriott, which is also in Pacific Place). But there is at least one good restaurant in the shopping mall below the two hotels -- we had some delicious roast fowl there (pigeon, duck, etc.) -- in the event that you want to eat without going outdoors. There is also a dimsam restaurant in the same area, the menu looked good but I have not tried it.

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Posted 12 January 2003 - 10:25 PM

Better restaurants within hotels in HKG Island are in Hyatt Grand and Mandarin Oriental. On the Kowloon side is another story :smile:
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