Now that Hong Kong has been blessed with two of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants; one on the island side in Causeway Bay and one on Kowloon side in Tsim Sha Tsui, how are we to make the decision of which to go to?! Fear not my fellow Hong Kongers, I’m here to offer you an unbiased (well, mostly) overview of the Jamie’s Italian branch in CWB and in TST, in terms of location, decor, atmosphere, and food.
When most people think of Hong Kong, they picture an overpopulated city filled with skyscrapers and too much traffic. While they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong, this city has much more to offer visitors and expats alike. If you happen to be or was an expat in Hong Kong, or are just curious about what life might be like living in this beautiful concrete jungle, then Frank Wingate’s tale of 22 years of expattery in Hong Kong might strike a cord. He shares his funny, bizarre, and often relatable stories of life in Hong Kong in the book “Poxy Chicken”.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock here in Hong Kong, you certainly experienced all the hype that surrounded the opening of Jamie’s Italian in Causeway Bay just under a year ago. Only recently did I have an opportunity to finally dine at Jamie’s Italian Causeway Bay (after I had just been to the opening of Jamie’s Italian TST the other week!). This is a fun spot to go on a casual dinner date or for lunch with a group of friends for its modern decor and reliable bites, but try not to set your expectations too high.
The recent opening of The Pulse in Repulse Bay is yet another reason to head down to the Southside of Hong Kong Island: now, aside from soaking up the sun on the beach, you have plenty of beachside restaurant options to choose from. I was especially intrigued by Meen & Rice as a simple Chinese food lover that was looking for a bit more of a modern take on your classic cha chaan teng. Thankfully, Meen & Rice did not disappoint with its unique decor and inviting environment, and Cantonese favourites littered throughout the menu.
If you’ve ever tried to find a restaurant in Hong Kong for a good value weekday lunch, you’ll know that it can be overwhelming thanks to the sheer number of venues offering their “weekday set lunch” promotions. So, which one do you choose? What’s the best bang for your buck? Though I may not be able to give a straightforward answer to this, I am on a mission to find some of the cities best weekday lunch spots and 208 Duecento Otto in Sheung Wan is first on my list.
Given that living in Hong Kong as an expat isn’t that difficult to adapt to thanks to the city’s magical convenience and western influence, one would think that getting a gym membership and going to the gym wouldn’t be such a struggle.. Wrong. If you have ever frequented the popular gym chains throughout the city, this list will be all too familiar (and just might bring back some haunting memories). For those that have yet to experience the frustrating and downright bizarre antics that occur at one of these gyms, here’s a peek into what you can expect before joining a gym in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a food lover’s paradise with its saturated market of restaurants, cafes, and bars serving cuisine from all over the world. Just when you think that there couldn’t possibly be another restaurant to pop up that could set itself apart from the hundreds of others, EAT.it comes along and drops itself in the foodie mecca of Causeway Bay (also known as everybody’s worst nightmare on a Sunday afternoon). So, what exactly sets EAT.it apart from the many other Italian eateries in HK? This is the first restaurant I know of in the city that has implemented a marketplace dining concept.
A weekend in Hong Kong just wouldn’t be a weekend if you didn’t choose to gorge yourself during one of the days. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of breakfast, brunch, or lunch options in Hong Kong. However, if you’re in the mood to take your weekend eating to a whole other level, the W Hotel Buffet at the Kitchen restaurant is where you ought to go. Not only is the restaurant itself refreshingly spacious with its large seating area and views over the harbour, but the plethora of food on offer might be slightly overwhelming for those who lack serious self-control when it comes to food (AKA me).
Jamie’s Italian, by renowned chef Jamie Oliver, is a well-known chain of restaurants that have been rapidly popping up all over the world. From his first restaurant opening in Oxford in 2008, Jamie has expanded his dining concept of good food at affordable prices to over 30 restaurants worldwide. This is now his second restaurant in Hong Kong within the past year, showing no signs of slowing down. His new location in TST offers all the same tastes as the Causeway Bay branch, but with additional menu options and a very different atmosphere.
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.