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City-break Wear and Dining in Hong Kong

Hong Kong dining is as eclectic as the people who live in it: you can easily get a true taste of China and especially Cantonese cuisine (think Dim Sums and exotic creations), as well as a variety of authentic Asian delights: think light and healthy Vietnamese, amazing Thai that awakes the senses and some of the best Sushi in Asia. There are also some excellent western style restaurants that cleverly mix Italian with Australian grills as well as Asian fusion.
Roaming Wellington Street in communist Red skinny jeans by Rag and Bone, A Zebra print Tank top from Oasis, ultra comfy and height enhancing wedge suede sneakers by Ash, your next best alternative to the sold-out Isabel Marant version. All pulled together by a Miu Miu Madras bag.

Despite having the most expensive shopping in the world , dining can be extremely affordable and
delicious. There are also specific areas where you can also hop from one great restaurant to the next such as Wyndham Street and Hollywood Road, which are invaded by pedestrians at night, in fact all of the food establishments there spill over the street and offer diners a great people watching experience. The eateries in IFC mall and Pacific Place also offer great quality food.
The high-end and trendy eateries don’t disappoint either and tend to be concentrated in Hong Kong Central and Kowloon mainland China.

The iconic angular Bank of China building seen from Hong Kong Park and an urban jungle on Queensway.
Here are some of the places we have personally tried over the course of 5 days:

Maxim’s is a Hong Kong institution, a palatial restaurant with a grand decor that offers the best of Dim Sum delicacies in Hong Kong. Waiters wheel past your table carts filled with whicker baskets that are thankfully labelled in English. Make sure to also try the Cantonese Duck with fried noodles.

Yung Kee restaurant on 32-40 Wellington street, Hong Kong central. Known for its roast goose and being the only Chinese restaurant that ever made it to Fortune magazine’s top 15 restaurants in the world in 1968, Yung Kee is an Award winning Cantonese restaurant, which doesn’t resemble Chinese food that we are used to in the west in any way. If you are brave enough and strong-gutted enough, try preserved eggs and roast goose, Shark’s Fin soup or chicken liver medallions, which most diners were ordering.
SOHO Hong Kong by night
A side-street vegetable market off Queensway, Hong Kong Central
 Having felt  vulnerable and a bit of a wimp, I only stuck to what looked like a familiar menu: dumplings, sautéed sliced beef and green peppers in black-bean sauce and sautéed prawns with bamboo shoots with fried noodles, the dishes were delectable and a great relief from Frog legs, Bird’s nests and Pigeon.

Nha Trang Vietnamese is light, relaxed and delicious, 88 Wellington street and Harbour City in Kowloon. This is a place where you can have a real feast at a very a low price. Do not miss out on the rice paper salad rolls, cold vermicelli dishes, refreshing grEen mango salad, Pomelo salad and noodle soups. They also have an amazing Saigon crepe, Vietnamese sticky rice and a rice Ravioli.

Ayuthaiya on 35 Hollywood road, looks more like a sidewalk bar with its high tables and chairs. It is however a great Thai restaurant with a bar twist. 
Walking by Kowloon’s Hong Kong Museum of Art, an imposing window-less structure, wearing on this hot muggy day, a laser perforated T-Shirt from A Boutique Society, Knit shorts by Dolan available on Shopbop, Ash wedge sneakers as before and the light satchel mini-bag everyone is raving about: the mini mac Rebecca Minkoff.

Wagyu restaurant and bar: 60 Wyndham street. Best known for its steaks and ribs , this friendly and
lively restaurant has an extensive international menu which includes Asian , Lebanese and Italian dishes. Their angel hair pasta with basil, garlic and tomato sauce is to die for. This place is also a popular brunch spot.

Isola in IFC, is a great outdoor Italian restaurants on Victoria Harbour overlooking sparkling views of Kowloon: try their lobster and avocado salad and their lobster linguini. After dinner head to Red, the rooftop bar of IFC. 

For more upscale dining: try Sevva, a fusion restaurant with a trendy rooftop bar, where all the expats and Hong Kong local glitterati hang out. Across from it on the opposite side of the street, is the Armani Aqua bar.

Roaming Lan Kau Fung District in silk pyjama trousers by One Shopbop, a tank printed top bought years ago and Converse Shoes.


There are also plenty of other places that local Hong Kong residents recommend, but which we haven’t had the chance to try: Pastis on Hollywood Road , Felix and Caprice are very upscale restaurants you should try if you’re in for a treat. Nobu at the Landmark and Tokio Joe a casual Japanese in Lan Law Fung district. Other bars to check out are Sugar in Quarry Bay and The Lawn at Upper House Hotel.
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