Hungry in Hong Kong

I have just got back from a month long holiday, taking in Hong Kong (and briefly, Macau), Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok and Koh Lanta. Needless to say, a lot of eating and drinking went on in all of these places, not least because each of these cities has fantastic food! These are just a few of my highlights for Hong Kong:

1. Maxim’s at City Palace

Go for the Dim Sum and the sight of waitresses pushing heaving trolleys of bamboo baskets from table to table, hawking deliciousness. The Dim Sum was amongst the best I have tasted, and so it should be, in Hong Kong. I also loved the novelty of flagging down a waitress (and don’t be shy, as otherwise they just push on past you!) to select my food. I recommend the pork buns in particular.

Address: City Hall, Connaught Road, Central

2. Spring Deer

I am reliably informed that this is an absolute must for the famous Peking Duck. Sadly however on our visit, we were turned away as the restaurant was full (sufficient testament to its following I think!) We will return.

Address: 1 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (East Tsim Sha Tsui Station)

3. Aqua

Aqua is both a bar and a restaurant. We came here for the amazing view over Hong Kong’s famous skyline. The cocktail menu is also long and comprehensive and on our visit we snagged a table right by the window.

Address: 1 Peking Road (Tsim Sha Tsui)

4. Club Militar de Macau

Colonial charm oozes from this pink verrandah’d building in Macau Town. Well-executed Portugeuse cuisine, in particular the fish dishes and desserts.

Address: Avenida de Praia Grande 975, Macau

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Breakfast at The Bubble Room, Alderley Edge Cheshire

The Bubble Room is a bar-cafe on the high street in Alderley Edge, a little village in the Cheshire countryside, about 20 miles from Manchester. I’ve never been to the Bubble Room in the evening (when it morphs into an up-market bar), but for breakfast on a weekend, it’s worth a visit and when I am in the area (visiting relatives), I always drop by.

The breakfast/brunch menu is short, but to the point, with firm favourites that won’t disappoint. Choose between a full English (including a veggie version), eggs benedict, bagel with smoked salmon and eggs (cooked to your liking), croque monsiuer or croque madame. You can also customise your breakfast with a selection of sides for £1 extra.

On our visit we had the eggs benedict and the bagel with smoked salmon and two perfectly poached eggs, together with a side of field mushrooms. Presentation was good and I can’t fault the cooking of the eggs. The only criticism we had was that the hollandaise sauce was rather on the thin side. That aside, the food ticked all the boxes and hit the spot.

Overall, the Bubble Room is an excellent local choice for breakfast/brunch – there is a good selection of the day’s papers, friendly service (without being over-bearing) and comfy armchairs to sink into and no-one hassles you out. Prices are relatively good too – breakfast for two with coffees came in at £19.

Breakfast/brunch is served 10am till 2pm on weekends.