Yat Chui Pavilion Dim Sum, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Easy to find, right across the road from the Kowloon Shangri-La is Yat Chui Pavilion Dim Sum which is, as the name suggests, a Dim Sum restaurant.

I ate here twice during my brief Hong Kong visit.

The menu is typical Chinese dim sum fare. I only tried a couple of dishes but all were good.

I can recommend the pork and prawn dumplings, as well as the roast pork buns.

Cheap, cheerful and decent service. All round a good place for a good meal.

Fung Ming Yuen, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Fung Ming Yuen is a typical Chinese eatery in East Tsim Sha Tsui on the ground floor of New Mardarin Plaze Block A overlooking the concrete Centenerary Garden.

It’s certainly not the best food in the area by any stretch of the imagination but it’s OK, not too expensive and have cheap long necks of Tsing Tao.

They do have English on the menu but the staff have very limited spoken English so if you have a question you’re out of luck. I asked what sort of meat was on the mixed meat dish and was told that I’d get whatever the cook gave me! Or atleast that’s what I think was said and what was delivered.

The meat dish was ok apart from the foul Chinese sausage that I just couldn’t stomach – thank god I had the beer to get that taste out of my mouth!

There’re many places within a 5 minute walk from here that will give you a much nicer meal.

Tai Hing, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

At a loss for somewhere to have lunch after visiting the Hong Kong Science Museum, I started up my trusty TripAdvisor app to see what restaurants with a decent rating were close by. Up popped Tai Hing in the New Mandarin Centre a couple of hundred metres away from where I was so off into the hot, humid, smoggy day I went.

Tai Hing, as I eventually found out, is a chain of around 45 restaurants around Hong Kong who’s main menu items are roasts – several different type of roast pork, roast goose amongst others.

I went to this particular restaurant 3 times during my 2 stays in Hong Kong each time having different combinations of their roast pork and roast goose (I love goose!).

The quality and price can’t be beaten and service is really fast. The combinations of  pork, goose & rice, along with a cold drink came in at around HK$70, which is just a shade over AU$10.

Highly recommended.

Mody’s Bar, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.

After the pretty crap service at Roccos Pizzeria I decided to give a bar called Mody’s Bar directly across the road from the InterContinental Grand Stanford on Mody Road in East Tsim Sha Tsui a go.

Its much smaller than Roccos but has a similarly long happy “hour” and attentive staff. Another plus is also has live music on some evenings (it was a Wednesday evening that I was there) which wasn’t too bad.

During the afternoon there were only half a dozen of us in for a drink, but the next evening there were probably 30 or so people in.

They also have a kitchen but I haven’t tried the food there yet, but I will next time I’m in Hong Kong.

So far so good – I’ll do a longer review next time.

Roccos Pizzeria, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

For the past 4 or 5 years I’ve been lucky enough to travel to my favourite destination in Asia, Hong Kong, once or twice a year either as a trip in itself, or as a staging point to nearby countries (China, Macau & Vietnam).

I always try to stay in East Tsim Sha Tsui at the InterContinental Grand Stanford. I like the area as its far enough away from the main Kowloon touristy area of Nathan and Canton Roads so that you’re not constantly being harassed by tailors or dodgy Rolex watch hawkers, but you’re also just a 15 minute walk, either by the harborfront promenade or underground through the MTR stations and shopping centres, to the Star Ferry terminal for the ferry hide to Hong Kong Island.

During one of my trips a couple of years ago I happened to stop at Roccos Pizzeria on Mody Road just up the street from my hotel, and with the offer of happy “hour” for most of the day I settled in for a couple of cold beers to quench my thirst. Service was always good, and the food as always a welcome break from always eating Asian food.

On my subsequent trips I used this place as my winding down location after a day of sightseeing and for the most part they were pretty good. Some of the staff even remembered me from my previous visits by name – I think I’d officially become a barfly in another country!

Anyway, onto this years trip. I used Hong Kong as a transit point before and after my trip to Vietnam. I did 2 short stints in Hong Kong, 4 days & 3 days. First thing I did after I’d checked in the first time was head down to Roccos for a couple a beers and to just watch the hustle and bustle of Mody Road. I find it relaxing just sitting there sipping a beer and watching one of the busiest cities in the world go past me.

Things started to go down hill once I returned to Hong Kong after Vietnam. My how the service had deteriorated in just 2 short weeks, and its completely substandard compared to what it was in previous years.

What pissed me off?

Well it was a comedy of bad service… actually bad is the wrong word… absolutely the worst service I’ve ever received in my travels is probably a better way to put it, that occurred on my second day there.

1) I walk in around 5pmish, there’s a couple of people sitting at the bar, and maybe 10 tables of 2 or 3 people. Not overly busy. I sit at the bar and get ignored by the bar staff for a while, I wave to try to get their attention to order a beer, but they seem pre-occupied with cleaning the dirty glasses and chatting which each other to serve me.

2) I finally grab their attention, order a beer, and wait… more chatting, more cleaning glasses, but no beer… feeling a little pissed off I finally grab the bar guys attention again and ask where my beer is… “Sorry sir… I forgot” pfft

3) Finish my beer and wait for my second (its 2 for 1 during happy “hour”)… and wait… and wait… more chatting behind the bar but no beer… about 10 minutes later they look in my direction and finally ask if I want my second beer…

4) After my 2 beers I decided it was time to head off… didn’t want to waste anymore time being ignored so I asked for the bill… and I waited, and waited, while the bar staff chatted and did other things. Another staff member finally noticed I was sitting there like a bump on a log, wallet in hand and asked if I wanted the bill. I said I’d asked for it 10 minutes ago but still hadn’t received it… he went over to the guy I first asked (same guy who forgot my beer, and ignored getting me my 2nd beer) and he frantically printed out my bill and presented it with another “Sorry sir, I forgot”. Well, I “forgot” to leave a tip the service was so bad.

By this time, I was over the place and resolved never to set foot in it again… and to the staff of Roccos I won’t forget!