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Jenny Bakery

Address:1/F No.11 Stanley Bay New Street 

Telephone:2813 8568  

Catergory:Western Style 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butter aroma all over the place

 

There was a competition held at the reservoir and since there was still some time to spare, I decided to look around the couple of shops there.  The Jenny Bakery is located at Old Stanley Plaza with very simple little shop, just a few tables and a refrigerator.  Nevertheless, the rich aroma of butter there was definitely pleasant and alluring.

 

The cookies of the bakery are made on the same day as they are sold.  The cookies are sold in tins and there are two sizes available.  The big one costs $70 and the small one $50.  The small tin has two layers of cookies with 20 pieces in each layer.

 

I ate the cookies while riding on the bus.  There were four types and three flavours: butter, coffee and oatmeal with raisins.

 

The cookies were small and crispy and gave off an extremely pleasant butter aroma which you couldn’t help keep munching.  Of the three flavours, I liked the original butter most.  As far as I am concerned, butter-flavoured cookies are the ‘traditional’ selection.  The coffee cookies had a very strong taste, and you can definitely smell a nice coffee aroma once you open the lid.  The oatmeal with raisins cookies were very crunchy and the raisins contained helped lessen the greasy feeling.

 

A cup of black coffee at this moment would be perfect.  The lady who owned the bakery was very friendly and talked about her cookies personally, which made this little cookies store filled with warm and personal feeling.

 

Cookies lovers should really go here and have a try.

 

P.S. Apart from cookies, there are other self-made pâtisserie sold at the store.  I had tried their cheese cake previously and it was pretty good.  This time I bought a tea pastry(made of Chinese feverine), but it was oily and was not pleasant to chew.  The cookies were much better.

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King Ludwig Beerhall

Address:Shop 202 Murray House Stanley Plaza Stanley Bay

Telephone:2899 0122

Catergory:German Food 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One litre of beer

When I am looking for some place to dine, beer is one of my prerequisites.  This was my idea to come here, because I wanted to have some pork knuckles.  In Hong Kong, there are only a few restaurants that combines pork knuckles and beer, and King Ludwig Beerhall is one of them.

 

We arrived there after eight, there were many unoccupied tables and the whole place looked a bit empty.  At any rate, Stanley in weekend nights is far more quiet than on weekdays, so if you do not desire to make your way through large crowds, this restaurant is a good choice.  We ordered a set meal, including three appetizers, three main courses and an assorted dessert tray, which said to be enough for three persons.  Still we added an order of pork knuckle just in case.  And this was also one of my reasons to choose this restaurant.

 

In a German bar, of course the first thing to do is to have a beer.  Perhaps, it is due to my humble background or that I am just not ‘refined and suave’ enough, I always prefer beer to wine.  I ordered a litre of the house beer ‘King Ludwig first, which was nice and cold in a large, inviting mug.  This lager was mild and pleasantly refreshing—a good choice of beverage for warming up.  Taking a big gulp of the beer, all the problems and troubles in our daily life were washed away.  This was just great.

 

The three appetizers, including farmer bread, fried prawn salad, and wurst salad, were brought to us at the same time.  I liked the farmer bread most: the outside was crispy while the inside was spongy, and accompanied by two delicious sauces of butter with herbs and ox liver paste.  This is good as starch food is always a good accompaniment to beer.  However, it seems that the farmer bread used to be a complimentary dish and now it becomes part of the set meal.  The other two appetizers, fried prawn and a variation of German wurst served with salads bathed in oil and vinaigrette, were just average and not particularly appealing.

 

My favourite roasted pork knuckle was finally served. It was hot and very alluring.  Of course, there were waiters to help serve the food, but I preferred to do the ritual all by myself.  With its crusty skin, tender meat, enjoyable salty flavour and tempting smell, the pork knuckle maintains its usual high standard and is the signature dish in this restaurant.  Crunchy and extremely rich in taste, the roasted pig skin lined with fatty meat is the most delectable part of the knuckle.  A large pork knuckle was a bit too much for me, but taking large bites and gulping down beer at the same time, before I knew it, I finished off the entire knuckle all by myself.  It was simply a lovely feast.  One of the dishes in the set meal was also pork knuckle, but as we had already ordered the same thing as an additional dish, we asked the restaurant to change the main course to roasted pork hind knuckle to add variety.  Compared with pork knuckle, the pork hind knuckle was smaller and with more tender flesh and less crunchy pig skin.  If I had to choose again, I would still go for the roasted pork knuckle.

 

The one litre of beer was gone when we enjoyed the good food.  We then ordered another half litre of Maisel’s Welsse, which was smooth and had a rich malt aroma.

 

The other two main courses we picked were fried sole fillets and spaghetti alla carbonara, which I did not think related to German cuisine in any way.  It didn’t matter since I only ate roasted pork knuckle and together with the 1.5 litres of beer, my stomach was more than filled up, so I did not touch these two dishes.

 

The waiters were nice and courteous and provided us with excellent service.  There was also a live band playing in the restaurant, and so the overall ambience was quite good.

 

The meal cost some $300 for each of us, and if minus the beer, we only had to pay about $200 for each person to eat and drink to our heart’s content.  For restaurant-goers who like more refined cuisine, try food that is less sophisticated occasionally may not be a bad idea.

 

Recommendation: Roasted pork knuckle, draft beer

 

 

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Si Yik 


Address:
No. 2 Stanley Bay Market Road 

Telephone:2813 0503

Catergory:Hong Kong Style

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting off on a sunny day

 

Finally it is the National Day and I don’t have to got work.  Since I got nothing to do, I decided to go somewhere afar and that was how I ended up in the southernmost corner of Hong Kong — the Po Toi Island.  Luckily, a few good friends of mine were also interested, so the seven of us, including my ‘little bro’, Victoria, Sally, Fanny, Man-man and I set off on our trip on a sunny day.

 

We got on the ship in Stanley and arrived at Po Toi Island at 8:45a.m. in the early morning.  The first thing we did of course was to have breakfast.  We ate our breakfast at Si Yik, which was the most popular cha chaan teng (Hong Kong Style tea restaurant) on the island.

 

We ordered several types of toast to share: the toast spread with butter and sugar was sweet with butter aroma, while the fresh toast with butter and jam was equally luscious with its relatively thin layer of butter.  The pork chop bun was nice, and the sandwich with eggs and beef had a spongy fried filling.  We certainly ordered the speciality here – the French toast.  It was very good, its egg flavour was richly gorgeous, the bread was soft and springy, and the kaya was not excessively sweet.  Just as my friend Fanny said, this french toast was “worth waiting for”.

 

I ordered a cup of hot coffee, which was quite nice with rich aroma and savour.

 

Each of us paid only $26 for the meal.  We were quite full after trying several different food and it cost each of us $26.

 

Since there was no air-conditioning in the restaurant and the temperature was about 30 degrees, we did not stay long.

 

If you would like to read the full version of this review and view more photos of the food, please visit the following blog:

 

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Recommendation: Toast with butter and sugar, French toast with butter and jam, pork chop bun, sandwich with eggs and beef, french toast

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The Boathouse


Address:
No. 86-88 Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay

Telephone:2813 4467

Catergory:Western Style

 

 

A tale of two cities

Actually, this title has no relation with food review.  It is solely my reminiscences of this restaurant.  This place was originally a French restaurant, it had been a haunted house and finally became the present Western restaurant.  It have been a bit over 20 years.

I have not come to Stanley during daytime since my little dog had died.  Today, rather moody and wishing to take a walk somewhere, I came here to have lunch.  As I was strolling along Stanley Main Street, I instinctively made my way to this place.  I climbed up to the second floor and found myself a table at the corner, which was exactly the same place where I had sat twenty years ago when I first came here.  The air-conditioner was on, sunlight shining through the large glass windows and the place was tranquil and comfortable with just one table occupied on the second floor.

I started my meal with two mugs of draft beer: The Tetley’s was sweet with a strong malt taste, while the Kilkenny was cool and pleasant.  The menu was a typical selections of western cuisine.  I picked a salad, a seafood bucket and a hamburger.  This was good enough for a simple lunch.

The seafood bucket was a combo of shrimps, mussels and clams cooked in white wine and creamy sauce and then put inside an iron bucket.  The seafood was generally fresh and delicious.  The shrimps were cut in the back and thoroughly cleansed, and were delectable simply with a dash of rich cheese sauce in white wine.  The clams were big and flesh, but the sand was not neruoued completely.  The meat of mussels were not big but they were fresh and plentiful.  There were two pieces of grilled garlic bread on the top, which were very crispy and the seafood was bathed in a sweet Béchamel sauce  The salad I ordered was ‘The Ultimate Salad’ with lots of ingredients, including canarium pimel, sliced carrot, lettuce, chickpea, green apples, asparagus, cucumber and strawberry.  They were seasoned in simple western vinegar.  It was healthy but not very delicious and Caesar’s salad would have been better.  The Beef Burger of the restaurant was famous in the area.  Sometimes I would have one after a swim, and it is pure contentment.  The bread of the burger is hot and crunchy with a trace of sweetness, and the beef is roasted just right to medium rare.  Added with thick slices of tomato and lettuce, the burger tastes marvellous.  The deep fried potato slices accompanying the burger are also nice and crispy, and the portion is big enough to share by two persons.

Although I was already full, I still ordered tiramisu for dessert.  The presentation looked exquisite.  The mascarpone cheese was stirred into a very fine texture, and the wine-steeped cherries placed in the centre was sweet and lovely.  The only drawback was the taste of Kahlúa was rather weak and it needed the baileys at the bottom to enhance the flavour.

The waiters were a little bit laid back, you had to call them twice before getting what you wanted.  Or perhaps it was my poor English that they did not understand what I wanted.

The meal cost a bit more than $600.  The environment and the food are good, and this restaurant is definitely a good choice for dining in Stanley.

Recommendation: Seafood bucket, Beef Burger 

 

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Angeletti Restaurant

Address:Shop C&D No. 126 Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay 

Telephone:2813 9090 / 2813 7710
Catergory:Western

 

 

Little stores in secluded small streets in Stanley


Many people think that Murray House is the only place in Stanley that
worth seeing.  Actually there are a lot of good restaurants there.

I had visited this restaurant a long time ago, back then it had a different name.  I still remembered it was on Valentine’s Day, a sunny Sunday that I went there with my wife to walk our dog in Stanley.  We passed this place when we got off the car.  We went inside because my wife liked its style.

As my review below suggests, the name of this restaurant has been changed, but the menu is more or less the same, it still offers Italian cuisine.  There were not many customers at that time,  we chose a table close to the window.  The sunlight shone through the windows gave us a rather comfy feeling.

Since we did not care for the baked spaghetti/steak/sole fillets with Portuguese sauce offered in the set meal menu, we ordered fried mussels with herbs and cream, amaranth cream soup, creamy capellini with ham and bacon, and little angel pizza a la carte.  The first three dishes were offered at a special price and cost $128 in total.  All of them were cooked with cream, I supposed only ‘cream aficionados’ liked my wife could stomach them altogether.

My meal started with two slices of baguette, which looked crispy and delightful and were extremely spongy within.  Although they only got margarine, I took two more after finishing the first two slices.  The amaranth cream soup was not particularly rich, but I could still make out a faint amaranth savour, which diminished the oily feeling of the cream.  That was why I finally ate half of the soup even though I was not planned to do so.  The six fried mussels cooked in herbs and cream mingled with sliced onions and herbal cream sauce looked attractive.  It was nice that the cream sauce was rather runny.  The herbs only gave out a mild taste but the mussels were pretty fresh and sweet, which was rare for frozen mussels.

The creamy capellini with ham and bacon was served in a very thick cream sauce mixed with cheese, and not to my liking.  Fortunately, the taste was not bad at all; greasy though it was, the flavour was rich and my wife finished off the whole dish after I took a few mouthfuls of it.  I supposed capellini was some sort of spaghetti, it was pretty al dente and it was obvious that the timing was suitably controlled when cooking.  We also ordered a 10-inch pizza, the maximum size was 14 inches.  It was thin but not to the extend that it could be broken with a crunchy pop.  The bottom pastry layer was baked dry, and it was filled with pineapple, ham, salamis, mushrooms and Italian sausages.

After finishing the main courses and ordering our desserts, I suddenly remembered the Apple Crumble offered by the former restaurant.  I asked about it and learned they now made apple puff pastry tart instead, so I ordered one.  The puff pastry was covered completely with apples slics with a vanilla ice-cream ball placed on top of it.  It looked delicious but I found the apple crumble tasted better.  I thought the puff pastry could have been baked a little longer.  At any rate, the ice-cream ball was a nice touch and made the tart smelled good and sweet.

There were only two Chinese waiters in the restaurants, and they kept moving around and their service was excellent.  However, I noticed that their English was not very good, which is quite rare in places like Stanley where many foreigners frequent.

The place was decent and the food was good.  We paid $285 for the meal, which was not expensive.

For additional photos, please visit the following site: http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2117022309

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Saffron

Address: Shop 102 Stanley Plaza Stanley Bay

Telephone:2813 0270

Catergory:Western Style

 

Bitterness and extreme sweetness

I don’t mind sweet dishes, as long as they are nicely assorted.  My body smelled of salty sea water after a swim, so it was the perfect moment for some sweet food.

I ordered a piece of caramel toffee cake.  The thick layer of caramel on the outside had already been stiffened into a crunchy wrap, which combined with the toffee in the middle, was sweetness in the double”, an accurate representation of foreigners’ taste.  It cost only $15.  I bought a cup of cappuccino to offset the sweetness.  Since I was eating such a sweet piece of cake, I did not put sugar in my coffee.  For the coffee, a small one cost $20, and a large one cost $30.  I ordered a large one and the mouth of the cup resembled a soup bowl.

You can choose a table inside.  However, if the weather is not too hot, you can sit in the semi-covered area to better enjoy the leisure ambience. 

 

 

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Wildfire

Address:Shop 201 Murray House Stanley Bay Plaza Stanley Bay 

Telephone:2813 6161

Catergory:Western Style

 

Beer’s good friend—the pizza


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beer’s best friend is hot-dog, but pizza is also one of its closest friends.  It is pure contentment to drink beer while taking bites of pizza.

On this extremely stuffy Saturday, apparently the only fitting outdoor activity was swimming, so I went to Stanley with my wife after work.  The weather wasn’t so lot in the evening, the two of us changed into some light clothes and headed for Murray House to dine.  Between pork knuckles and pizzas my wife chose the latter, and so, we entered the restaurant with sweat dripping down from our skin.

With the high celling, the environment and ambience of the two restaurants upstairs were better than the two on the first floor.  The decoration here was rather casual and there was a bar offering wine.  It was suitable for a romantic dinner for two as well as a gathering of a group of people.  As we didn’t have a reservation, we had to wait at the bar drinking Tetley's.  We got a table in barely 15 minutes.

Since any main course orders would come with a complimentary lobster dish as appetizer, we only ordered chicken kebabs, a roasted pork assorted pizza and also a soup for my wife.  Although the lobster was free-of-charge, it was nicely served on a cold cut tray.  We had one whole lobster.  As an appetizer, it was enough a for the two of us.  Afterwards, it came the chicken kebabs which was pierced by a metal pick in the middle and served with lettuce, rice and fragrant leaves.  I found that almost every table ordered this kebab dish, meaning it was more popular than the pizza.  There were totally five pieces of chicken, seemingly roasted.  The chicken was marinated nicely to make the meat fine and tender.  Together with the sauce mixed with coconut juice, the whole dish was surprisingly good.  The accompanying ingredients included grilled onions and green/red/yellow pepper, which were complementary to the chicken.  The rice with fragrant leaves was also quite good.

When seeing the large oven in the centre of the restaurant, I realised that pizza was the highlight of this place.  The pizza was thin and crispy with simple toppings liked chorizos and onions, etc.  The pizza was good and I would recommend it to my friends.  We ordered a second cup of Tetley's to so with it.  The pizza was quite big and was more than enough for two persons.  After the pizza and chicken kebabs, we were full and had to skip desserts.

The waiters’ were quick to response to customers’ need.  The overall service quality of the restaurant was very good.

Time flew and it was almost half past ten without our nothing.  The price of the meal was $480.  We got a 30% discount by using an airline credit card and only had to pay about $340.  The place was comfortable and the food was pretty good.  It is a decent place for to eat.

P.S. Perhaps I haven’t come here on a Saturday night for quite some time.  The place is not crowded on Saturday nights, but is very different from Sunday, where the place is filled with people.

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Seafront


Address:
G/F No. 92A1 Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay 

Telephone:2899 0812

Catergory:Western Style

 

A leisurely day

The weather was pretty fine and cool, so we took our puppy for a walk in Stanley.  There are many choices for dog walking on Stanley Main Street.  We chose this restaurant solely because it had empty tables, and our puppy could sit on a chair and watch the streets.  This restaurant offers lunch sets, a draft beer included, for less than a hundred dollars.  Which is reasonable in a place like Stanley.  We ordered fish and chips, and a signature pizza ‘Seafront Pizza’.

We ordered two Hoagaarden first.  The beer included in the lunch set was just a small one (1/4-pint).  The two main courses looked good, especially the pizza was topped with lettuce of various colours.  The fried fish (codfish) came in large lumps was thin, but was crispy, hot and tender despite the thick batter.  It was delicious when eating with tartar sauce.  The fried chips around the dish were equally crispy, but would have been better if the potato skin was not peeled off.  The restaurant provided red wine vinegar to eat with the chips, but I thought white vinegar would be better.  People use to say the British know nothing about cuisine, but it is still nice to have some fish and chips occassionally.  The fish and chips here are far from ‘traditional’, and yet they are delicious.  The bottom pastry of the pizza was a little hard and not up to standard.  The lettuce toppings were refreshing enough, but the cheese was thick and stiff.  This signature pizza was just average.

However, since the pizza and fried fish go quite well with the beer, we ordered a second one in the end.

They had many waiters and their service was above average.

The experience was pleasant and we paid about $280 for the food.

Restaurants with lovely sea view and soothing sea breezes are always popular, even when it is unbearably hot and the sun is blazing.  On my way back to the beach after sipping beer at the adjoining place, I noticed this shop selling primarily hot dogs with chorizos.  I thought it was a good idea to eat something more before taking a my swim again, so I ordered a smoky dog.

The outlook of the hot dog was extremely simple, it just contained the basic: sausages hot dog bun with mustard and tomato sauce.  Fortunately, it was hot and the skin of the smoked sausages was grilled to crispy.  With the two types of sauces, the taste was okayed, and the best part was the smoked sausages which were better than expected.  At the price of $28, it was a bit expensive, but the panoramic sea view and the cool breezes somehow justified the value.

The weather was pretty fine and cool, so we took our puppy for a walk in Stanley.  There are many choices for dog walking on Stanley Main Street.  We chose this restaurant solely because it had empty tables, and our puppy could sit on a chair and watch the streets.  This restaurant offers lunch sets, a draft beer included, for less than a hundred dollars.  Which is reasonable in a place like Stanley.  We ordered fish and chips, and a signature pizza ‘Seafront Pizza’.

We ordered two Hoagaarden first.  The beer included in the lunch set was just a small one (1/4-pint).  The two main courses looked good, especially the pizza was topped with lettuce of various colours.  The fried fish (codfish) came in large lumps was thin, but was crispy, hot and tender despite the thick batter.  It was delicious when eating with tartar sauce.  The fried chips around the dish were equally crispy, but would have been better if the potato skin was not peeled off.  The restaurant provided red wine vinegar to eat with the chips, but I thought white vinegar would be better.  People use to say the British know nothing about cuisine, but it is still nice to have some fish and chips occassionally.  The fish and chips here are far from traditional’, and yet they are delicious.  The bottom pastry of the pizza was a little hard and not up to standard.  The lettuce toppings were refreshing enough, but the cheese was thick and stiff.  This signature pizza was just average.

However, since the pizza and fried fish go quite well with the beer, we ordered a second one in the end.

They had many waiters and their service was above average.

The experience was pleasant and we paid about $280 for the food. 
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Grouchos


Address:
Shop 4 Waterfront Stanely Bay 

Telephone:2813 1513

Catergory:Western Style

 

It looked simple but tasted nice

Restaurants with lovely sea view and soothing sea breezes are always popular, even when it is unbearably hot and the sun is blazing.  On my way back to the beach after sipping beer at the adjoining place, I noticed this shop selling primarily hot dogs with chorizos.  I thought it was a good idea to eat something more before taking a my swim again, so I ordered a smoky dog.

The outlook of the hot dog was extremely simple, it just contained the basic: sausages hot dog bun with mustard and tomato sauce.  Fortunately, it was hot and the skin of the smoked sausages was grilled to crispy.  With the two types of sauces, the taste was okayed, and the best part was the smoked sausages which were better than expected.  At the price of $28, it was a bit expensive, but the panoramic sea view and the cool breezes somehow justified the value
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PizzaExpress

Address:No. 90 Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay 

Telephone:2813 7363

Catergory:Italian Food 

 

A simple, cosy afternoon

Most people would like to go to eat something special on certain special occasions.  Personally I hate the idea of going out to eat just for celebration purposes.  Besides, sometimes eating can be a very simple affairs, just like today we came here for some pizza.

Since it was a weekday, many restaurants on Stanley Main Street put their outdoor seats back to their shops.  This made the street look rather empty and quite a contrast to the scene in weekends.  I chose the seats nearest to the outside so that I could watch the tourists and relax.  I ordered two mugs of beer, Stella Artois and Hoegaarden.  In fact, any beverage would do, as long as it was some cool draft beer.  The weather was cooling and the sun was warm, the gentle sea breeze made me feeling comfortable.

I ordered a roasted large mushroom with air-dried ham and cheese without much thought.  The Ricotta cheese was wrapped up in the air-dried ham, the smell of roasted mushroom beneath was inviting and on the side, rockets bathed in olive oil and mature vinegar.  The cheese tasted good not too rich or greasy, while the air-dried ham gave off a savoury aroma.  The dish was a ‘New recommendation’ of the restaurant, and it really worth a try.

I ordued two pizzas, Romolo e Remo and Tartufo.  The former had bacon, roasted artichoke and two very common Italian cheeses, tomatoes and gorgonzola and mozzarella.  The taste of this pizza was quite strong.  The Tartufo was principally made up of mushrooms and fungi with truffle oil.  Personally I loved Tartufo better.  Here you can select your favourite bottom pastry layer for pizzas and I love the traditional Neapolitan style most.  In this restaurant, the bottom pastry layer is baked nicely that the inside was soft.

The service of waiters was excellent.  They would give you advice on the menu and very responsive to my many requests.

The meal cost $360.  For a high quality lunch that lasted for almost two hours, this is really great value for the money.

Recommendation: Tartufo, roasted large mushroom with air-dried ham and cheese
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Smugglers Inn

Address:G/F No. 90A Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay 

Telephone:2813 8852

Catergory:Western Style

 

Beer sipping is the best thing to do after a swim!


Whenever I go to Stanley to have a beer, if my wife is with me, I would either go to Boathouse or this inn.  Perhaps this is due to sentimental reasons, and in fact, I find it difficult to develop any sentimental ties with the couple of joints newly opened in the area district.

On the day of the ‘OR surfing/swimming/eating tour’, my friends went to Stanley first after swimming/surfing, while I went to take care of the thing I needed later on at Boathouse.  It would be a good idea to have a beer after swimming.  I strongly recommend this place.  The name of the inn is really appropriate: the darkness inside reminds you of some sort of shabby corner of a  smuggler’s lair.

The inside of the inn decorated principally in black, and signed currencies of different countries are pasted all over the place.  Although the inn is small, but it offers a wide range of draft beer, and this is also one of the reasons why I come here often.  They offer generic choices like Tsingtao, Carlsberg and Foster, as well as Guinness, Kilkenny, New Castle and Becks.  The seven of us ordered two Fosters, four Becks and a California Punch.  We also ordered a basket of butter popcorn and deep fried potato skins.

Just as my friend, T, said, the Becks smelled a strong savour of malt.  The butter popcorn was steaming hot, French fries was the best to go with draft beer.  But fried potato skin was still okayed.

There was no ‘happy hour’ on Saturday.  Each of us paid $55 for the beer and the food.

P.S. My wife loves coming here because many patrons also bring along their dogs.  That very evening, we saw a hound fighting with a cross-bred terrier.  If you were a dog-lover, this would be another plus for this place. I
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Main Street Stanley Bar & Café


Address:
G/F Shop 90 Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay 

Telephone:2813 6599
Catergory:American Food 

 

The first biathlon training of this season

These days I am busy with my work, it was until July that I could have my first swim in this year.  On a sunny early morning, I took a run in Tai Tam Reservoir with some of my running friends and then went to Stanley to swim for an hour.

I finished swimming before noon.  I was starving so I decided to eat before returning to the urban area.  I asked one of my friends to go to this place with me.  Reasons unknown to me, I always want to a beer after swimming.  The second thing comes to my mind is to eat some French fries and roasted meat.

I ordered a pint of wheat beer Boddingtons, the Beer of the month, and my friend drank Hoegaarden.  If the Boddingtons is cold, the bubbles of the wheat beer will be more dispersed and it will be smooth to drunk.  On such a hot summer day, it would be heaven to drink a mug of cold wheat beer after our so-called “biathlon” training.

As I glanced through the lunch menu, I found the choices were plenty but when compared the price, a main course and a small beer cost about $140, not necessary cheaper than a la carte.  But I happened to want roasted pork chop and my friend would like to have a steak sandwich, so we finally ordered two set meals.

The two roasted pork chops were thick and smelling good with butter with herbs melting on the top.  The meat was tender and rich, and the fatty parts were especially tempting and scrumptious.  Apart from the savoury gravy underneath, a pineapple-flavoured sauce was also offered at the side of the dish.  I gave one piece of pork chop to my friend in exchange for half of his steak sandwich, which I found equally yummy.  The bread was hot and crunchy and the sirloin steak inside was not tough at all.  The fatty parts around the edges of the steak were marvellous.  It was a pity that my friend had asked for a medium well done, if the steak were medium rare, it would have been most delicious.  Both main courses were accompanied with vegetable salad and French fries.  The fries came in a large dish and were crispy with a strong potato flavour.

The service of waiters in the restaurant was only average: the Chinese waiters were liked they worked in a cha chan teng (Hong Kong style tea restaurant), while the foreign ones only served non-chinese customers.  Sometimes, we could not catch the attention of the waiters even when we raised our hands.

Later we ordered another Hoegaarden and the food and drink cost us $450.

Recommendation: Roasted pork chop, draft beer
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Club House

Address:No. 96 Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay 

Catergory:Hong Kong Style

 

 

The cheapest choice on Stanley Main Street

This is actually a cha chan teng (Hong Kong style tea restaurant) that offers rice, noodles, soup, milk tea, coffee, toasts etc.  On Stanley Main Street where bars for foreigners and western restaurants are numerous, this restaurant is a bit out of place.  The prices here are slightly highter when compared with other tea restaurants in other parts of Hong Kong, but way lower than other restaurants in the area which selling lunch sets for at least $70 or $80.  That is why the place is always full in weekends.

I go to this restaurant whenever I spend a few days in my friend’s place.  The price of soup noodles and vermicelli is $16.  I have tried their beef brisket.  The meat is soft and tender, and its taste is suitably rich, and the large number of tendons further added to the enjoyment.  They are not bad at all.  The soup noodles are obviously better than the soup vermicelli, as the vermicelli used here are just the ordinary low-priced variety, which is too soft and flat.  The toast here costs $4, which it cheap but the thinness of the toast makes you wonder about the skill of the chef in using knife.  Coffee and milk tea cost $9 and they are above average.  For an extra dollar, you can change it for a cold drink.

If you want a low-priced meal on Stanley Main Street, this restaurants definitely a good choice.
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Stanley Restaurant

Address:M/F No. 52-56 Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay 

Telephone:2813 7998

Catergory:Cantonese Food 

 

Iced Beer

I intended to have a Sunday ‘relaxing lunch set’ at Lucy’s, but when I went there at eleven o’clock to make a reservation, they said it was not necessary; but when I returned at noon, the whole restaurant was full, leaving me rather perplexed.  I was not in the mood to walk back to the main street, so I just went to the restaurant next to it.  The chef here is a Thai, he should have no problem in cooking some decent thai food.

Among various restaurants in Stanley, this one is more lower-class and more crowded.  It was a Sunday and most of the patrons coming here were families, so not many people smoke.  I ordered a soup he fen with roasted pork neck and tom yum as soup base, and a chicken char kway teow.  The waiter had already reminded me that I would have to wait a bit longer if I ordered South-east Asian dishes.  I was not in a hurry, so it was alright with me, and I killed time by watching television.

My food came 20 minutes later.  The tom yum soup base of the soup he fen was delicious and sufficiently sour and spicy, the added parsley, lemongrass and lime leaves, made the savour richly layered.  The deep fried pork neck had been mainated nicely.  Despite the thinness of the meat, their taste was at least acceptable with the accompanying chicken sauce.  The kway teow was nice, with many egg slices, baby corns and Chinese kale.  The chicken pieces were plainly awful and tasted liked rubber, it literally ruined the kway teow.

Near the end of the meal, I saw the customers at the neighbouring table ordering Zhujiang beer.  I saw that the beer was cold, so I ordered one also.  The beer was decently cold and utterly soothing, and it just cost $12.  It’s really a good price.

I ordered a dish of vegetables and two cold drinks as well, which cost about $112 in total.  Of course, the price is not exactly cheap when you compare with the restaurants in other areas, but it is reasonable in a tourist area like Stanley.
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Ocean Bay

Address:Shop A2 Stanley Bay Main Street Stanley Bay 

Telephone:2813 6718

Catergory:Western Style 

In Stanley on a sunny day

I decided to to go for a run with my running friends on this Sunday, and we stopped right after we finished 10 kilometres.  Strolling along the Stanley Main Street, I noticed this new restaurant, so we went in to a table which we could watch the sea.

I was rather indifferent to the food, and just wanted to have a draft beer first.  I finally picked the refreshing Erdinger.  My hamburger looked just great, and the portion of French fries that went with the burger was large.  Eating and sipping beer with cool, refreshing sea breezes brushing my face, I felt comfortable and perfectly relaxed.

Each of us paid $119 for the meal.  We really enjoyed a good Sunday lunch in a cosy environment.

If you wish to view the full version of the review and all the photos of dishes, Please visit the following blog.

http://gourmetkc.blogspot.com/2010/04/ocean-bay.html  
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Juice Station

Address:Stanley Bay New Street 

Catergory:Pearl Milk Tea 

 

  

Fruit juices with no added syrup

Although fruit juices do not really deserve much discussion, there are not many shops that do not add syrup on their juices, so I would like to write a few lines on this topic.

For fruit juices, the taste can be really sour if the fruit chosen are not sweet.  For instance, today I bought starfruit with strawberry juice (in the near) and a papaya with pineapple juice.  The former was not sweet enough and the taste of starfruit was basically sour and dull, while the latter carried at least a hint of sweetness.  Both juices were made of fresh fruits with no sugar addition, but it never said no water was added.  Anyway, both juices were acceptable.

The sign on the outside reads “10 dollars each”.  Actually, it only applies to juices made with one kind of fruit, two kinds of fruit will cost you $15, and three kinds of fruit is $30.  Taking into account the good preparation process and the location of the shop, the price is not really expensive.  The ‘Yakult’ series is also quite good, and personally I love banana with Yakult the best. 
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