Next time you go on a boat trip, drop anchor to eat at one of these Sai Kung yachtie favourites.
Sha Kiu Tsuen, High Island, 2791 1822, www.yauleyseafood.com.hk
Everybody comes to Yau Ley. Sunny Sundays see this Cantonese seafood restaurant thronged with rosy-cheeked Sai Kungers, chowing down on deep-fried squid, steamed prawns, curry crab and steamed garoupa. The adults table-hop while the kids play on the pretty beach, and the occasional millionaire drops by in his chopper. Moor up at the little jetty, or anchor in the sheltered bay and wave down the super-fast complimentary speedboat.
No boat? Yau Ley runs a “mosquito craft” service from Sai Kung pier, making the journey in just 15 minutes ($350-$400 for three to six people, or $450-$500 for six to eight people; book ahead).
Jaspas Beach Club
Pak A Village, Sai Kung Country Park, 2792 4733, firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s something very “Mamma Mia!” about Jaspas’ most isolated outpost – a charming, whitewashed restaurant where the chilled-out vibe extends as far as daybeds. There’s even a jetty to jump off a la Meryl (high tide only, folks). Across the bay from Yau Ley in the atmospheric deserted village of Pak A, it offers Cantonese seafood dishes plus pizzas, ribs and salads from the familiar Jaspas menu. For a great evening party venue, book out the whole place, complete with sound system and disco lights.
No boat? Book a Jaspas Party Junk at 2792 6001, or hike in from High Island Reservoir. Ask the cabbie for “Pak A” and you will be dropped off at a set of steps for the 20-minute signposted hike down.
Seafood Island Seafood Restaurant
7 Po Toi O, Clearwater Bay, 2719 5730
After a day at one of the Clearwater Bay beaches, drop anchor off Po Toi O and pull up a chair at Seafood Island, which often sets up tables along the public pier. It’s cheaper than the Sai Kung waterfront restaurants, and just as good for steamed mantis shrimp, razor clams with black bean, and steamed scallops with smashed garlic and rice noodles.
No boat? Take the no.16 minibus from Po Lam MTR to Po Toi O. Limited parking.
Hoi Fung Store
Ham Tin Bay, 2328 2315
If there’s a better location for a restaurant than this in Hong Kong, we’ve yet to find it. Set next to a stream, just behind one of our most beautiful beaches, it even has a picturesque rickety bridge. This is barefoot chic, Hong Kong style. The food is simple – noodles, fried rice, ice-cold beer – but who cares when the setting is so idyllic? Hire a surfboard for the day or a tent for the night, and keep your fingers crossed for phosphorescence for a magical evening swim.
No boat? Hike in. The quickest route is to take a speedboat from Wong Shek Pier to Chek Kung and follow the path over the mountains.
7 Tai Long Sai Wan, 2328 2619
Set right on the edge of beautiful Sai Wan beach, this alfresco restaurant is run by a lovely family that supply hot tea to washed-out campers and come to the aid of beached boats. The food is simple but good – we recommend the Singapore noodles – and there are showers available.
No boat? Catch a cab to the pavilion at the end of Sai Kung Sai Wan Road, then follow the signposted path for about 40 minutes.