Hong Kong has no shortage of Italian restaurants scattered throughout the city. However, if you’re looking for truly authentic dining experience, that may prove to be more difficult to find. Thankfully, Gia Trattoria Italiana is here to provide Hong Kong’s Italian food-lovers with truly authentic, home-cooked, large-portioned Italian dishes that will leave you oh-so satisfied.
While there’s no lack of Indian restaurants, Bindaas Hong Kong sets itself apart from the others. The menu focuses on dishes found throughout India – from street food to curries – with a modern flare. Just like the food, the decor of Bindaas is also colorful and contemporary. Having recently given its menu a summer makeover, I was excited to head back to Bindaas to try a handful of their new dishes.
Given the fact that I’m gorging down delicious (but ultimately unhealthy) meals far too often, I’m always on the prowl for quick and hearty food that’s also good for you. As health trends continue to rise; cold-pressed juices, salads galore, and organic everything, Supafood seems to have found a good balance of offering healthy food that is oh-so satisfying. Serving up salads to rice bowls, and chia pudding to smoothies, Supafood has their healthy eats down to a T.
Olive has been serving a variety of Greek and Middle Eastern fare to hungry Hong Kongers for quite some time (which is no small feat in the city that is perpetually opening new restaurants and closing ones that don’t have what it takes). Chef Greg Malouf, who originally helped create Olive’s menu when it first opened, has recently returned to the restaurant to develop a brand new range of dishes. Though Olive’s interior could certainly use some renovations from its current 90’s vibe, the restaurant was bustling with diners ready to feast on a range of hearty Middle Eastern food.
Figaro is another one of Central’s hidden gems: a quaint French wine bar. If you love good wine, Figaro boasts an extensive wine collection, all stored in an impressive wine cellar on the second floor. Aside from good drinks, Figaro recently launched an incredibly good-value food menu, thanks to Chef Jon Irwin, where the majority of dishes are all under HK$150. Figaro is a breath of fresh air in Hong Kong’s dining scene and makes for an enjoyable fuss-free evening of food and drink.
Thanks to Mak Mak, you can now head to the oh-so fancy Landmark building in Central, Hong Kong to get delicious food at reasonable prices. Executive Chef Mumu, a native from Thailand, has cooked up a variety of authentic Thai dishes with a modern flare that thankfully don’t cost a fortune. Though heading to the Landmark for dinner might not be the first place that comes to mind when choosing a restaurant, the quality of food, and spacious and inviting atmosphere make Mak Mak a strong contender in Hong Kong’s extensive restaurant scene.
Giando is likely familiar to most of us living in Hong Kong from their former location in Wan Chai in Fenwick Pier. Relocating to the increasingly popular Star Street location, the modern Italian restaurant remains devoted to sourcing and serving only the finest ingredients. While their a la carte options are drool-worthy, what you should really come to Giando for is the weekend brunch. This is one of the few semi-buffet brunches in Hong Kong where the quality, freshness, and taste of the dishes at the buffet (and, of course, the mains) were flawless. For only HKD$338 (includes buffet + main + dessert), heading to Giando for brunch is a must-try.
Having done a fair bit of travelling throughout South East Asia in the last four years, I’ve realized that there should be an order in which you visit countries. For example, Thailand should be first on the list: it’s cheap, easy to navigate, incredibly tourist friendly, and there’s a wide range of things to do and see. Somewhere like the Philippines could easily be second. I had previously traveled to El Nido, Palawan and Boracay, where I went on some of the most incredible island hopping tours and woke up to an immaculate white sand beach every morning. So, heading to Bohol for my third trip to the Philippines was, to be honest, a bit of a disappointment.
Panglao Island, Bohol is a good destination for those who are looking for an easy to get to short beach holiday. Panglao Island is a less developed version of Boracay, which for some might be great as it’s not as crowded (though it certainly looks like it’s becoming that way) or Westernized. However, that also means there’s not quite as much to do. In an attempt to fit as much as possible into a vacation, here are 10 things to do in Panglao Island, Bohol; from lounging on the beach and eating fresh seafood, to exploring Bohol during the day and watching a fire show at night.
Hong Kong’s food and beverage industry is saturated with a variety of bars, restaurants, and clubs; upscale and casual. Maison Eight’s concept attempts to roll all three, and then some, into one sky-high location in Tsim Sha Tsui. Calling themselves an “all day, all night” destination, Maison Eight has four different areas designed to suit all needs: a French restaurant, “Esmé”, a ballroom, a cocktail bar opened by Salvatore Calabrese, and a private room, “Le Club 1829”, on the top floor. The following review of Maison Eight is based solely on my experience dining at the French restaurant, Esmé.