When I was planning my trip to Tokyo, there was no thought in my mind that I would be eating anything other than all the delicious Japanese food my greedy stomach could handle. That was until the friend I was travelling with told me she had read about a shop called Kuumba du Falafel in Shibuya and how their sandwiches were insanely good. I’ve never been a big fan of falafels, so I was slightly hesitant at first. However, after doing a quick Google search and reading only positive reviews, I was quickly persuaded. Conclusion: the falafel sandwich I had at Kuumba du Falafel Tokyo was hands-down the best falafel sandwich I’ve ever had.
Hong Kong is a city that’s teeming with restaurants of every cuisine imaginable, and where many people eat out almost every day of the week. Since eating a burger and fries every day isn’t exactly healthy (although it is certainly delicious), having restaurants that offer healthy dishes that still taste great are a must. The Reinventing Salads movement is meant to get you thinking about salads differently; as more than just a barely-edible bowl of boring greens you struggle to eat. During this month-long campaign, seven restaurants have come together, each creating a salad of epic proportions to help shake up the way we view salads.
Kyoto Joe, located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a stylish and unpretentious interior. Whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat and some drinks after work or are wanting to go on a dinner date with friends, Kyoto Joe has the right atmosphere, with its various dining rooms, to suit any type of occasion. The service is friendly and quick, and the food consists of high quality ingredients ranging from sushi to ramen to grilled dishes. At the end of the day, you really can’t go wrong with a meal at Kyoto Joe.
Finding a good spot for lunch in Hong Kong, especially in Central, can be overwhelming (what’s up with these $200 + for a three course executive set lunch.. C’mon now people, this is lunch during the work week we’re talking about!). Since I’m basically a fat kid at heart, I’m a sucker for a good buffet and have thankfully stumbled upon another (check out my review of 208 Duecento Otto and Lily & Bloom‘s weekday semi-buffet lunch) great find in Central for a weekday lunch pick-me-up: Libertine.
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.
Never have I been to a city where you base your weekends around a lazy brunch surrounded by good friends, copious amounts of food, and free-flowing booze.. Not that I’m complaining, of course. Though I’m never one to say no to a good brunch, it can often be quite the task to actually pick a restaurant that offers all of the above without actually breaking the bank each weekend and that all of your friends agree on. Thankfully, Souvla is here to help all you desperate Hong Kongers out with their Greek lunch buffet.
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.