Polly McGovern finds the best restaurants around Tseung Kwan O.
There are plenty of places to eat in bustling Hang Hau Village but this Italian restaurant and bar stands out from the crowd. Owned by three chefs – Gary Brar, Man Fok and Wing Kam – it has become a local institution and deservedly so. All three were former chefs at the famous Lardos Steak House but left in 2004 to start their own business. Here you will find the best pizza in the area while there are also plenty of pasta options including scallop and porcini mushroom ravioli. Chef’s recommendations include mango and quail egg salad and roasted Spanish Iberico ribs. The set menu is available daily as are the desserts including scrummy crème brûlée and banana pancake. To top it all off, there is no shortage of great wines to work your way through. Overall a fantastic family restaurant. 24 Hang Hau Village, Tseung Kwan O, 2719 5688.
The Chef’s Table
The Chef’s Table offers all-day dining for those with a large appetite. Feast your eyes on one of the few buffet options in the area. This is a family-friendly, reasonably-priced restaurant and children will love the impressive dessert section featuring marshmallows and a chocolate fondue. It’s an impressive spread with seafood galore, lobster, lamb, pastas and pretty much anything your heart desires. Priced at under $300 per person for lunch, it’s a good deal for an indulgent feast. Dinner is slightly more expensive coming in at around $500 per person. 1/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, 3983 0688.
agnes b. cafe – l.p.g.
If you want a classy snack and a decent cuppa, then the agnes b.cafe – le pain grillé is the place. The open style café with a vibrantly tiled floor is easy to locate on the ground floor of the PopCorn Mall and just opposite the agnes b. boutique. It’s the perfect place for a baguette with all sorts of fillings or a cake if you’re after something sweeter. To tempt you further, huge slabs of chocolate and box sets are sold at the adjoining agnes b. délices. An easy place to meet a friend for a quick latté or a pitstop from all the shopping. G14, PopCorn Mall, 9 Yong Tin Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2485 1168.
Old Street Kobiteh
Old Street Kobiteh takes its origins from traditional Malaysian coffee shops and is a pleasant surprise in Tseung Kwan O’s PopCorn Mall. Old school décor creates an inviting ambience and its simplicity is appealing. Busy at lunch times, the Malaysian-inspired menu is complimented by Thai and Vietnamese influences. The set lunch includes Nanyang seafood laksa and Malay style curry pork. The evening à la carte menu – available from 6pm – has all the classics including beef rendang, Malay style chicken curry and nasi lemak. No alcohol is served but there are plenty of beverage options including Vietnamese lychee and coconut special. Everything is under $100 making this a good value, no frills establishment. F54, 1/F, PopCorn Mall, 9 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, 3974 5118.
Grand Restaurant and Pub
Next door to La Piazza, the Grand Restaurant and Pub is an extremely popular Thai restaurant in the heart of Hang Hau Village. At lunch time its outdoor tables are packed with locals who enjoy generous portions of all the classic Thai dishes including pad Thai, stir fried kale with garlic and fried tofu. If you are curious for new dishes then there’s even a Thai style pizza. Fresh lime soda and Thai young coconut are also served to quench your thirst. 25-26 Hang Hau Village, Tseung Kwan O, 2335 5099.
INA by Inagiku
For a special occasion or even date night, this trendy Japanese teppanyaki restaurant is a perfect choice. The sleek interior offers a choice of seating at regular tables or at the sushi and sashimi bar. For teppanyaki, you need to book ahead to reserve your seat at the counter and delight in your food being cooked in front of your eyes. Chef’s special recommendations include Australian black abalone ($800) and foie gras ($120). For date night, the Kinki fish grilled with salt is a good choice or opt for the lobster with sake for something out of the ordinary. The tempura noodles in soup is probably the best value item on the menu at $180. The high tea set is also a good way to try the menu without breaking the bank. 2/F, Holiday Inn Express, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2623 2300.
W28 Steak House
The sister restaurant of the Wan Chai branch, this sleek steakhouse is owned by Tseung Kwan O local Andy Davies. The booth style tables and blue lighting are welcoming, while the monthly promotions include baked snails cocotte and seared goose foie gras. For the less adventurous diner, crunchy beetroot and apple salad and a selection of soups for appetizers are good choices. Meat lovers will enjoy the signature dishes which include the grilled Australian wagyu sirloin steak. There are no vegetarian mains on the menu but there are plenty of seafood choices. The set lunch menu offers the best value with a three-course meal at a fraction of the à la carte cost in the evening. 701, 7/F Holiday Inn Express, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, 2623 2300.
Cielo offers a relaxing dining environment with its stunning rooftop bar and fantastic views of Junk Bay. It’s the perfect setting for al fresco dining on a clear day. The panoramic windows inside the restaurant create an inviting ambience and the Italian menu has plenty of steak, seafood and vegetarian options. You can even choose to have food grilled at your table on a hot lava stone. The recently introduced Oyster Bar tasting combo and seafood market are a welcome addition to the menu. Valet parking is complimentary. 47/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, 3983 0688
Tze Yuet Heen
Tze Yuet Heen might just become your go-to place for dim sum any day of the week. The restaurant is impressive in size and décor with a purple swirl theme. The large round tables and booths are often full at weekends so it’s best to book ahead, especially for dim sum which starts at 9am. You can also order à la carte to enjoy the signature dishes including roasted Peking duck with New Zealand honey sauce and poached Garoupa fillet with fresh ginseng and wolfberries. From March 1, the fish maw temptation set menu will be introduced, using lavish ingredients such as fish maw, ginseng and silky fowl. The food is consistently delicious and it’s unlikely you will be left disappointed. Take any visitors to Hong Kong to experience some truly authentic local cuisine. Valet parking is complimentary. 2/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, 3983 0688.