insider info provided by savvy Hong Kong women, Journeywoman
has tested a collection of interesting female-friendly restaurants
looking for taste treats to recommend to those of you who
will be exploring the new Hong Kong.
was Margaret Sheridan, Features Writer at the South
China Morning Post, who introduced JW to Andy's Kitchen.
It's a great place run by a co-op of eight women who got
bored playing mahjong. Their restaurant offers up Shanghainese
favorites with a few Cantonese specialties tossed in. It's
spotless, tiny, friendly and you'll share tables with regulars.
Dinner for one with wine is under $US25. A real find! 25
Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2890-8137. Open daily.
Sorry. No credit cards.
Pamela Kwok has been an info officer with the Hong
Kong Tourist Association. Her restaurant recommendation
is the Cafe Deco in the Peak Galleria, Victoria Peak.
Expect an open kitchen concept offering an eclectic menu.
Pamela's food favorite is Tandoori Chicken. Book in advance
for a window seat with an excellent view of the harbor.
it's good enough for the cooking instructor, it's good enough
for JW. Aileen T'Sing, Chief Home Economist at the
Town Gas Cooking Center recommends a special taste treat
of Cantonese cooking. She frequents the moderately priced
Peking Garden Chinese Restaurant, 3/F, Star House
Building, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatui. Her menu favorites--garlic
prawns. Her dessert weakness--toffee apples.
Frances Bartlett, a Hong Kong book publisher, is
quick to tell us about Lao Ching Hing. This Shanghainese
restaurant located on the basement level of the Century
Hotel serves up spectacular Braised Duck with Shallot. Other
goodies include eggplant in garlic sauce and steamed veggie
dumplings. The noise level is slightly high, prices slightly
upmarket but don't miss the chance to taste the food here!
230 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Tel: 590-6080.
expat, Margot Smith is a dim sum aficionado. Her
number one Hong Kong choice is the East Ocean Seafood
Restaurant (serving lunch time only). This is a celeb
hangout that the International Herald Tribune dubs "one
of the ten best restaurants in the world." Expect pricey
prices and casual dress. 2nd floor, Hung Kai Center, 30
Harbor Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2827-9938.
Journeywoman's "best pick" for an eat-alone experience
goes to Post 97 cafe-restaurant. Their eclectic menu
stretches from all-day breakfasts to spaghetti primavera.
Good choice of music presented at a reasonable decibel level.
Newspaper and magazine racks offer the latest in reading.
Bonus--A.M. Happy Hour with 2 for 1 cappuccinos and lattes.
Female and single-friendly to the max! Sun Hung Kai Center,
30 Harbor Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2827-9938.
| P.S. It
is almost impossible to fathom how many restaurants
there are in Hong Kong. New ones are opening every day
and sadly some of our favorites have closed. With luck,
the above female-friendly choices will still be available
when you get the opportunity to visit the new Hong Kong.