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.

Fatt’s Place, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Just down the road from The Hart hotel is Fatt’s Place, a bar with a decent beer selection, good food choices, and quite well priced.

I visited Fatt’s last time I was in Hong Kong and, as I had to check out of my hotel at 1pm and wasn’t flying out of Hong Kong until midnight, I decided to pop in for lunch and a couple of beers so I didn’t get wet during the passing rain.

The bar itself is quite small. Maybe 15 metres by 15 metres and probably has less than 25 tables. It opens directly onto Hart Avenue. At the back is the bar and to the right the kitchen. As is normal there was table service.

For my meal I decided on a Chow Yun burger which is a 150g beef burger with guacamole and hickory smoked bacon.

The real surprise is the beer list,  how extensive it is, and how good the beers are!

I started off with a bucket of refreshing Hoegaarden as it was warm (29) and humid due to the rain. It was only then that I noticed other tables ordering some more “exotic” beers and decided to go a little more up market.

I then settled down for a couple of Duvel’s and a Chimay Blue before deciding that I needed to stay sober enough to get to the airport for my flight to Paris.

The beers were superb and the burger tasty and filling and the prices for the burger and beer was very reasonable.

Hung Lee Kitchen, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

After checking in at Hart Hotel I wanted to revisit a close by restaurant I’d previously visited by the name of Hung Lee Kitchen.

It was probably close on 8 or 8:30pm by the time I walked in. The restaurant was still busy but there were spare seats so I was quickly seated in a booth and given a menu.

I immediately ordered a long neck of Tsing Tao while I decided what I wanted to eat.

By the time my bottle of beer arrived I’d decided to have a combination of crispy roast pork and roast goose with a bowl of white rice.

Quite quickly my dishes arrived and I dived into two of my favorite meats.

Goose is a relatively expensive meat but it’s certainly worth the extra cash.

Hung Lee Kitchen is certainly worth a visit if you like good Chinese food and are in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Hart Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

After the quick train ride on the Airport Express from Hong Kong International Airport to Kowloon station followed by a short taxi ride I was at my hotel in the bustling Tsim Sha Tsui neighbourhood of Kowloon.

Hotel reception is on the 10th floor, so up I went in the lifts that looked like they were being refurbished. The reception area has a modern, industrial feel and the staff were friendly and efficient.

Access to guest floors needs you to swipe your access card which is good as the lifts open up almost directly onto the street on the ground floor. There is, however, an art to swiping your card and pressing the floor number. I just employed the swipe, press, swipe, press method until my floor was selected.

The rooms are very small. I had 2 double beds which took up probably 70% of the wooden floor space.

In the corner of the room is the “bathroom” that consists of  a clear glass door that opens into the toilet cubicle. Given I was in a double room, if you were sharing you’d want to know the other room occupant very, very well, as there’s no privacy while you’re sitting on the crapper.

To have a shower you proceeded through the toilet cubicle into the shower cubicle, and then closed the second clear glass door behind you.

If the curtains in the room windows were open the inhabitants of the the building opposite would get a quite regular, and very disturbing, eyeful. The only saving grace is that it was almost impossible to open the curtains as that required me to climb over one of the beds to get access to them.

The walls between the rooms are quite thin and you can hear everything that your neighbours say and do.

On the plus sides, the hotel wifi was excellent and you can’t fault the location. Walking out of the lifts you have access to hundreds of restaurants and you’re only a 5 minutes walk from the bustling thoroughfare of Nathan Road (and the associated touts 🙁 ).

For a quick, one night stopover with easy access to transportation, food and shopping this is a decent place.

But if I were staying in Hong Kong for more than a night I would find the rooms too claustrophobic and would need to stay elsewhere.