When it comes to family days out, these restaurants have plenty to keep both adults and children happy.
Jaspas,13 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2792 6388
Few restaurants in Hong Kong are as family friendly as this one. That manager Sing has six children of his own possibly helps to explain why kids feel so comfortable here. And then there are the pots of crayons, paper tablecloths and children’s menu – complete with mum-pleasing healthy choices. Best of all, as far as kids are concerned, is the restaurant’s location at the heart of Sai Kung’s main square with its acreage of running-around space and playground full of potential buddies. No wonder Jaspas is yummy-mummy central.
Beach Cuisine, Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, 2792 4990
So it’s the weekend, and you fancy a restorative dim sum brunch but the kids want to build sandcastles. Solution: Beach Cuisine. Its row of alfresco tables under little white pagodas overlooks Sha Ha Beach, where you can watch the children play in the sand while you linger over tasty har gow, prawn and vegetable dumplings, cheung fan and fried lotus cakes. Kayaks, windsurfers, kite surfers and even swan-shaped pedaloes can be hired on the beach, and at low tide the flat sand is perfect for flying a kite or a post-prandial game of family footie.
Seafood Islands, 7 Po Toi O, Clearwater Bay, 2719 5730
Of all the Cantonese seafood restaurants in Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, this one gets our child-friendly vote because of its location in car-free Po Toi O, allowing older children to explore the village in relative safety. It has a small square, plenty of cats, fishtanks and all manner of curious dried seafood. The menu features children’s favourites salt-and-pepper squid, fried rice, steamed broccoli, and piles of steamed prawns. Mum and Dad may prefer the scallops with rice noodles and smashed garlic, steamed mantis shrimp, grouper or sauteed bamboo clams.
Sai Square, Waterfront Park, 1 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, 2792 8900, www.saisquare.com.hk.
It’s all about location at Sai Square. Situated on Sai Kung seafront, on the edge of Waterfront Park, there’s plenty to keep children entertained, from the endless parade of people and pooches to the open spaces for rowdy games of tag. Just a minute’s walk away is a large playground, the public squash and tennis courts and Sai Kung Swimming Pool. Sai Square has child-friendly Western and Asian dishes, including salads, spring rolls and excellent fries. It’s a large space with plenty of tables, a sofa-filled lounge and fan-cooled alfresco vibe at its best at sunset.
Fat Kee Store, Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung Country Park
This little dai pai dong in Sai Kung Country Park may seem an odd choice for our kid-friendly category, but bear with us. Close to Pak Tam Chung, it sits at the head of the Sheung Yiu Family Walk overlooking a small creek and footbridge. Work up an appetite paddling on the riverbank across the bridge, and visiting the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum 15 minutes further on. Fat Kee has a quirky mixture of wooden furniture, much of it made or restored by the owner, lots of pot plants and Hong Kong-style noodle soup and rice dishes, hot tea and cold drinks.