Category Archives: Hong Kong – Central

McSorley’s Ale House – Hong Kong

Another 2-for-1 Soho Monday deal and this time, we tried McSorleys.

McSorley’s serves British pub food …so of course, we got the classics:

Beef & Guiness Pie…. flakey and buttery crust..

lots of thick cut beef.. but kind of tough..

fish and chips… the skin was kinda soggy…

brownie with vanilla ice-cream… weirdest tasting brownie ever.. it didn’t taste chocolately nor fudgy enough… and the vanilla ice-cream tasted like soy…

FAIM? un peu…

McSorley’s Ale House

55 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central

Tel: 2522 2646

Mana! Fast Slow Food – Hong Kong

I’ve recently joined a gym and have been going almost every day after work.  To not waste the effort put into working out, I’ve been looking for healthier dining options.  One of my finds is Mana!

Mana! specializes in organic, vegan and raw food.. perfect for an after gym meal!

Most of the seats are outdoors…. kindly like in an alley? But you wouldn’t know by the way they decorated the space!

Mana! Bliss Flat (avocado, hummus, cucumber and spinach wrapped with organic brick oven-baked flatbreads)…. This was my half.. and it’s very filling .. but kinda expensive at 75HKD.

large salad (mix of peas, beans, roasted vegetables and quinoa)…   There’s 2 sizes for salads (small for 65HKD and large for 95HKD.  The small box on display seemed kind of small so we got a large. It turns out they fill the box past the rim….. so much food that my friend had the leftover for next day’s lunch!


Mana! Fast Slow Food

92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone:+852 2851 1611

Harrington’s – Hong Kong

With our spiffy Asiaxpat Super Monday’s card, we went to Harrington’s for a 2-for-1 dinner to celebrate last week of school!

Harrington’s is a British gastropub… but the setting is more that of fine-dining….

Cheers! Happy Hour drinks are 1/2 off.. my lime margarita …

warm bread with pesto sauce!

The 7 of us ordered 6 mains to share:

We ordered 2 Fisherman’s Pie (medley of seafood in rich creamy sauce with a crusty topping of Parmesan mash)… love this! lots of seafood and it was so creamy!

Steak and Guinness Pie with green pea mash… flaky pastry but not enough steak…

Seafood Supreme pizza (prawns, scallops and calamari with garlic and chili)….

Harrington`s Cobb Salad (grilled chicken with egg, bacon, avocado, croutons and crumbled blue cheese over mixed leaves, tossed in balsamic)

Linguini Vongole… the clams weren’t fresh and smelt/tasted spoilt.. we told the head waiter, he smelt it, yet insisted that these clams were fresh and from today’s market. It seemed like he didn’t believe us and he unwillingly let us choose another dish..

Instead, we chose Fettuccine Marinara (medley of seafood in a mildly spiced tomato marinara sauce).. too spicy for me!

Apart from the Linguine Vongole, the food here was pretty good!



1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 17 Lan Kwai Fong , Central

Tel: (852) 2522 1823

Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店 (Central) – Hong Kong

Tim Ho Wan opened another branch.. in IFC!!! Yay for cheap dim sum in the most expensive mall in HK! Well…actually, Tim Ho Wan is located in the MTR mall of HK station.

We went at 11:30am and by noon it was packed…but this is better than the Mongkok branch cause there’s air-con when you wait!

The dimsum is the same as the other branch except it’s a slightly more expensive.. but still a lot cheaper than the dimsum in Central!


Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店

Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central

Tel: 2332 3078

Brasserie de L’ile – Hong Kong

Back from Shanghai! Going to finish posting some old drafts before blogging about the new food finds in Shanghai!

In between exams, my friends celebrated their birthdays at Brasserie de L’ile. We each ordered a set lunch (priced $98-128).

Usually, the appetizer choices for set lunch are either soup or salad, but at this restaurant, another choice is poached eggs with spinach.. so of course I picked that! The egg was runny and there was a lot of spinach… it’s like eggs florentine minus the bread!

For the main, I picked mussels and fries! The mussels were smaller than the ones I eat in Vancouver and the sauce wasn’t too flavourful.

Yumm… the fries came with mustard mayo!

My friend ordered the tenderloin and I had a bite… very tender and juicy!

It also came with THE SMALLEST dessert.. it’s a lemon tart but looks like a mini cookie.. Nevertheless, the lemon filling was so thick and condense that I felt like I ate a regular sized tart!


Brasserie de L’ile

4 Arbuthnot Road, Central

Tel: 2147 2389

Xiao Nan Guo 小南國 – Hong Kong

Last year, my orthodontics tutor treated my clinical group to dinner at Hong Kong University Alumni Association and this year, he treated us to Xiao Nan Guo!  The only time I’ve been to Xiao Nan Guo was in Shanghai, back in 2004, and I remembered it being foodilicious!

We had the set menu:

There’s a lot of food!!

kao fu… my favourite Shanghainese appetizer! This was flavourful and chewy!

chilled cucumbers with garlic… so refreshing!

drunken chicken…nom nom! the chicken was tender and had a strong rice wine flavour!

dates stuffed with glutinous rice… this version has white fungus and was soupy… Loved it!

salad.. this was my first time having salad at a Chinese restaurant so I was kind of iffy about it.. but it turned out to be delicious! I loved the salad dressing.. it had some Asian tasting flavour to it!

spareribs…very tender!

Stir-fried freshwater shrimp… fresh and sweet tasting

Braised pork belly… the pork was flavourful and succulent.. with the perfect ratio between fat and meat!

crispy duck…unfortunately, the duck was a bit dry.. but the chips were crispy and not too oily..

fried fish with sweet and sour sauce.. crispy yet tender at the same time!

xie fen dou fu…crab meat/roe with tofu…another one of my favs! This version’s served on a hot plate!!!

braised vegetables

Shanghainese Wonton soup with chicken and cured ham..  the soup was so flavourful!!

xiao long baos!! This version has as much soup as Din Tai Fung but the skin isn’t as thin… but it’s still very good!

birthday buns


Shanghainese dessert.. love the deep fried sesame balls and the lycee- flavoured pudding!

Thank you Dr. Lee for treating us to another delicious dinner!!


Xiao Nan Guo 小南國

3/F., Man Yee Bldg, 60-68 Des Voeux Rd Central, Central

Tel: 2259 9393

Shanghai Fraternity Association 上海總會 – Hong Kong

It was my friend’s birthday and she organized a dinner at the member’s only restaurant, Shanghai Fraternity Association.

smoked egg.. one of my favourite appetizers! Unfortunately, this time the eggs didn’t taste smokey enough…. but the yoke was runny!

honey-glazed fried eels… so crispy!

ma lan tou

braised fish lips… this was my first time eating fish lips and surprisingly, this was delicious! It tastes and looks likes fish maw.

jelly fish

braised vegetables

xiao long bao… lot of soup but the skin is a tad thick

vegetable dumplings

Shanghainese pancake with date filling…. I usually have the one with red-bean filling but this was just as good! It was warm, crispy and not too sweet.

Glutinous rice dumplings in sweet rice wine..not too sweet and I could taste the osmanthus! yumm!


Shanghai Fraternity Association 上海總會
1-3/F, South China Building, 1 Wyndham Street, Central
tEL: 2524 9246