I had heard about Chicha for quite some time, so of course, in true Hong Kong style, the hype surrounding the restaurant’s Peruvian fare prevailed and I finally made a reservation. Tucked away on Peel Street in Central, this restaurant has an open-concept interior (think picnic-esque tables in two rows; you just might be double-dating with another couple beside you) that is dark yet inviting. While I was impressed with the ambiance of the restaurant and felt the service was good, unfortunately I wasn’t “wowed” by the food and I left Chicha with a full, but unsatisfied stomach.
If you’re tired of the normal set lunches around Hong Kong and are looking for a bit of a fancier spot to check out during the weekday, you should head over to the Weekday Lunch Bazaar at Lily & Bloom. Located in the heart of Central, the inviting and trendy atmosphere of Bloom is a great way to spend an hour or so away from the office to fuel up on a wide range of food options. This lunch bazaar is only $168 and includes their soup of the day, salad bar, seafood bar, carving station, and a mac ‘n cheese station, plus coffee and dessert to finish off your hearty meal.
If you live in Hong Kong, or have been there on business or pleasure, you probably know two things: 1) buying drinks at a bar is damn expensive and 2) happy hour is a pretty big deal. Clearly, there is a correlation between the two.. So, while most people are happy with 2 for 1 drinks on selected drinks, I’m always out looking for just how far my hard earned HK dollars will take me. I’ve struck gold recently and wanted to introduce you to my new-found happy hour haven at Linguini Fini.
Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or are just wanting to eat healthy for a change (which can prove to be difficult when living in Hong Kong), then you should head over to Maya Cafe Mediterranean Lifestyle on Moon Street in Wan Chai. The interior is welcoming and has outdoor seating in the back if you’re there on a not-too-hot, but not-too-cold day. The menu offers a uniquely wide selection of items that will please any palette.
Looking for a hot new restaurant to check out? Look no further than The Continental in Pacific Place. This restaurant, owned by Swire Hotels, has taken over the space that once housed Domani. If you ever had the opportunity to eat at Domani, you would know that the atmosphere, decor, and food did not disappoint; The Continental is no exception.
A few weeks ago Foodie Club teamed up with Maximal Concepts for the first section of their MaxFoodLab challenge: The Ultimate Fast Food Burger. As part of this partnership, Foodie had 90 burgers to give away from Blue Butcher for lunch over three days. I was lucky and quick enough to get a hold of one of these freebies!
I was asked by a representative of OOsupplies to complete a review on three different flavours of Quest Bars.
As an expat in Hong Kong, it can be difficult to make a nutritious lunch for work (who actually has that kind of time on their hands?!), let alone make healthy choices in general. Protein bars offer an additional boost to your daily nutrition intake and are a good choice if you’re looking for a quick healthy snack to get you through the rest of your work day, a long hike, or pre/post workout.
Hong Kong has one of the best and most widely spread happy hours I’ve seen in any large city. Most happy hours run from 4 – 7 pm and usually consist of a buy-one get-one free or 50% off standard drinks, house wines, and beer. No complaints if you’re looking for somewhere to unwind after a long day of work (unless of course you work past 7 pm, in which case you’re much more limited in bar choice and should maybe, probably, definitely consider switching careers).
As summer is upon us in Hong Kong (as I’m sure we can all painfully feel the second we step outside and into a brick wall of humidity), the majority of my coworkers are heading back to Canada, where the weather will be much more forgiving and enjoyable. In lieu of this, we decided to enjoy a nice Sunday afternoon tea buffet at W Hotel.
You’ve been living and working in Hong Kong for well over a year now and are starting to notice some changes (or you are completely oblivious to them and your friends are not-so-kindly pointing them out to you): either a magician has waved his magical wand and miraculously made this crazy city irritate you less, or -let’s face the truth here- you’re becoming more like a local.
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