Friday, May 18, 2012

Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Hotel

If you stay in Hong Kong then there is an 80% chance that you will know the Peninsula Hotel, one of Hong Kong's iconic landmarks. Inside this luxurious building you can enjoy afternoon tea in the lobby for two for $388HKD. The service was second to none and the food was great. Not sure if it was worth $388, I think you are paying more for the novelty of being in a posh hotel. 

Nonetheless, everything was as yummy as it looked. Even though the finger food was quite miniature sized, it was so fulfilling.

Sandwiches and sausage roll
The lobby
Rating: 8
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 9/10
Taste: 7/10
Quality: 8/10

Fine Dining in Aqua

For our first anniversary my boyfriend and I decided to splash out on dining at Aqua in Hong Kong. This restaurant has one of the best skyline views of Hong Kong, as we booked a a few days beforehand we were unable to get a window seat but there are mirrors everywhere so regardless of where you are sitting, you will be able to bask in the beautiful view of Hong Kong. 

The restaurant is massive and the main eye catcher are the windows which stretch from the floor to the ceiling so you can see the bright lights of Hong Kong. My boyfriend and I ordered wine first, which was incredible, it was about $80HKD for a glass and was just delicious. 

The food was just wow! The salad with lobster, lemon jelly was just sublime, the scallops were cooked perfectly and the ravioli was incredible. My writing does not do this place justice so I would say go there if you are willing to spend a lot of money. They have a minimum order of $480 or something like that, my boyfriend and I ended up spending around $1250HKD. Its pricey but you are paying for the great good and view.

Taleggio cheese fondue with pan seared scallops and black truffle caviar
Catalana style lobster, scampi and prawn salad with basil and lemon jelly
Spicy salami, tomato, mozzarella, fresh chillies and bell peppers
Veal and foie gras stuffed ravioli served with porcini mushroom sauce and black truffle

Rating: 9.5
Service: 9/10
Presentation: 9/10
Taste: 10/10
Quality: 10/10

Michelin Star Dim Sum

Before heading to Hong Kong I had read a lot of reviews about the world's cheapest Michelin restaurant, owned by Tim Ho Wan and my main concern was wasting a day in Hong Kong just waiting around as I had read you would need to get there early for a ticket and be prepared to wait for over an hour.

Well today must have been my lucky day as my wait was just five minutes, yes that's right, 5 minutes. My boyfriend and I headed to the restaurant around 4.30pm and already there was a queue outside the door, we stood around not sure what to do, as inside was packed with people. I spoke to a lady who left the restaurant and she said she had waited for two hours, but the food was worth it. After a few minutes of arriving the manager came out and allocated numbers to people and provided them a menu to fill in and within minutes my boyfriend and I were seated inside the restaurant. We were both shocked after hearing the obscene reviews of people having to queue for hours. Anyway we weren't in a position to complain.

We handed the waitress our checked menu list and it wasn't long before our food was dished up and it was great! We chose a mixed array of dim sum and it was so soft and flavoursome. I loved it. the restaurant itself is very small and you are practically sitting on top of the person next to you, but its a great experience. The food prices range from $16-$24HKD.

Steamed dumpling in Chui Chow style
Deep fried springroll with shrimp
Steamed spare ribs with black bean sauce
Steamed rice with chicken
Steamed pork dumpling with shrimp

Rating: 8.5
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 8/10
Taste: 9/10
Quality: 9/10

Thursday, May 17, 2012

International buffet at Macau Tower

Dining in Macau Tower cost us around £23 per person, which is expensive in Macau, but I loved the experience. The floor rotates and you can see a 360 view of Macau, the Grand Lisboa just towers over the buildings. 

This is also the highest place in the world to do a bungee jump, sitting in the restaurant you can see the jumping platform above you.

The food itself is a mix of cuisines, from Asian, European to Oriental and there is so much variety. There are salads, noodles, rice, curries, pasta, dim sum, sushi, the list is endless. The chefs are constantly cooking up food and laying them out on the tables, there is so much good food that its best to pick small amounts to make sure you get to taste everything. The floor also rotates around, you don't notice it much until you starting looking out the window at different buildings. I think its a great experience and if you can afford to splash a little cash, then do it!

I've not provided any ratings as it was a buffet, but my boyfriend and I thought the food was great and I'm pretty sure we ate our £23 worth of food.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Jumbo Floating Restaurant

My boyfriend and I bought a Big Bus Tour ticket to take us around Kowloon and Hong Kong island, this was such a great investment as we spent the day sightseeing and learning about the history of the country and its iconic skyscrapers. The ticket also included a boat tour around Sampan, which lead us to the Jumbo Floating Restaurant.

This is pretty much what it says on the tin. It's a beautiful floating restaurant, where there are free boats around Aberdeen to take you there. Don't fall for the tourist trap and pay, there is a specific port, which takes you for free.

Inside the restaurant is stunning, large paintings, low lights and beautiful decor. The food was pricey for Hong Kong, but we really wanted to try eating here. They gave us a simplified Engligh menu, where we could tick off what dum sum we wanted. We decided on quite a few different dishes and the food was scrumptious. 
Chicken Claws and Glutinous Rice
Steamed pork dumplings
Steamed Rice Pancakes
Glutinous Rice wrapped in lotus leaf
Fried shrimp rolls

Rating: 8.25
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 8/10
Quality: 8/10
Taste: 9/10


If you read my blog back when I was in Melbourne then you would have known that I had an obsession with Breadtop, a chain of bakeries which sold Asian/European baked goods. Well the first time I came across these types of places was actually in Hong Kong and it was as good as I remembered!

The dough is so soft and everything is baked fresh on the premises. My boyfriend got addicted to this place and we bought breakfast here everyday. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Malaysian in Silvercord food court

There are many restaurants here from all over Asia, it was hard to pick where to eat as prices for each place were similar as was the food. We decided to go for Malaysian cuisine.

I've not got much to write on this, apart from the food was good. Each dish was $50HKD, which is just short of £5. 

Pizza Hut in Hong Kong

First and foremost, Pizza Hut in the UK is no where as modern or as upmarket in comparison to Hong Kong, just in case you are wondering why I am blogging about this pizza chain. The menu has a larger array of choices in soups, pasta and pizzas and it looks more modernised. I've been to Pizza Hut chains in the UK and US and they are usually run down, old and dark, but here in Hong Kong it looks like you are dining in a good restaurant. 

My boyfriend and I ordered between us seafood soup, garlic bread, chips with tomato sauce and seafood pizza. We never get seafood pizza at home with squid and scallops on it, so this was a must.

The food was good, the seafood soup is what I would highly recommend. The puff pastry was soft and crispy round the edge and the soup was just tasty!

Seafood soup
Garlic bread
Chips with tomato sauce
My seafood pizza
Ratings: 6.75
Service: 7/10
Presentation: 7/10
Quality: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gingerbread Cafe and Bakery

This is an absolutely adorable place in Cairns which is well worth a visit. The interior is decorated with cute wooden furniture, you feel at home inside the Gingerbread House. The sandwiches and cakes that are lined up along the counter look divine. Everything is made fresh and you can tell that a lot of love has been put into the food. Everything looks amazing and where it should be. I dare you to walk past without salivating over the delicious cakes.

Focaccia with ham, Camembert, lettuce, tomato and onion

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Marlin Bar Tavern

You're quite limited in places to eat at Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island, nonetheless there seems to be some quite good eateries along the esplanade. At the end of the main strip I ate at Marlin Bar Tavern choosing the Marlin beef burger, which came with prawns, cheese, tomato, lettuce and pineapple. The burger was tasty, I didn't expect the pineapple to bring out the flavour in everything else, it gave it a kick and nice tangy-ness. The only negative was the beef patty, it was a bit on the thin side. 

If you do get a chance to wander through, do check the interior as it has some cool wall hangings of different kinds of knots or stick your head through the window as they are huge!