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restaurants in causeway bay area in hong kong also singapore

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we are going to be in hong kong for two nights in april. staying at metropark hotel causeway bay. Any one have any restaurant recommendations, mid price and not to far away as i think we will be a tad weary as we leave heathrow at 18.00 and arrive hong kong 13.00. while i am here same request for Park Hotel Clarke Quay in signapore.

thanks in anticipation

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    There are lots of moderately priced eateries within short walking distance from the Metropark, which is actually in the area called Tin Hau and not Causeway Bay proper. You can go left after getting out of the hotel and walk along Tung Lo Wan Road and then turn left onto Wun Sha Street. Bunch of places there.

    Or turn right to go out to King's Road. Cross it, walk past the MTR (subway) entrance, and onto Electric Road. Many many restaurants on Electric Road and small cross streets off it. Including Michelin-Starred Kin's Kitchen on Tsing Fung Street. I have never eaten there, so I cannot recommend it. Just saying you have tonnes of choices near your hotel.

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    I always think of the neighborhood of the Metropark hotel as part of Tai Hang, but in any event it is quite an interesting mix of car repair shops, small apartment blocks, downscale noodle shops, up market bistros of many cuisines and the odd boutique or home furnishing shop. The area has two temples, one of which is a significant Tin Hau temple and the other is the charming Lin Fa Kung Temple, which IMO is one of the loveliest temples in Hong Kong. It’s round in shape, which is unique in Hong Kong. The area is an interesting place to wander for a bit. It’s roughly laid out in a square grid of streets north of Victoria Park, with the Park as one boundary and the mountain which starts at the back of the Lin Fa Kung temple as the other. Note that some restaurants and shops are located in the small pedestrian alleys between the main streets.

    A map of the area can be found at http://www.taihangfiredragon.hk/home.htm

    Restaurants worth a stop within a short walk from the hotel would be:

    Pho Le – 130 Tung Lo Wan Road (Vietnamese)
    Man Sing – 16 Wun Sha Raod; down and dirty local shop, quite good and not expensive
    Café Y Taberna – 16 King Street; western, Chinese (Taiwan noodles)
    Classified - 1 Lin Fai Kung Street (European, set meals good value, breakfast too)
    Mi Casa Chilean Oyster Bar – 7 King Street; self-explanatory
    Xiao Tian Gu - 10-11B School Street; local Chinese desserts
    Le Gout Bakery – 8 Sun Chun Street, chef trained in France
    Jam Bakery – 2nd Lane and 28 Shepherd Street; they do cooking lessons as well see http://www.jambakery.com/contact.html (Chinese only)
    Blue Lemon Café and Wine Bar - 110 Tung Lo Road (Italian)

    There are numerous casual restaurants in the Lee Gardens and Lee Theatre Plaza shopping malls which would be fine for a meal and would be about a 10-15 minute walk from thehotel. West Villa has excellent dim sum, and the Korean place below I can definitely recco, but there are numerous restaurants in each mall, so take a look and see what appeals.

    West Villa Restaurant
    Room 101-102
    1st Floor, Lee Garden Phase 2
    28 Yun Ping Road
    Causeway Bay (near Sogo Department store)
    Tel: 2882 2110

    IMO the best cha xiu bao in Hong Kong

    Sorabol
    17th Floor, Lee Theatre Plaza
    99 Percival Street
    Causeway Bay
    Tel: 2881 6823
    Sorabol.com.hk

    Good Korean.

    Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant
    Shop 305-8, 3rd Floor
    489 Hennessy Road
    Causeway Bay
    Tel: 3690-2088
    http://www.nanxiang.com.hk/ (Chinese only)

    This restaurant is famous for its steamed xiao long bao.

    In the other direction towards North Point, would be:

    Savoye Bistro
    Ground Floor, Hon Man Mansion
    9-11 Wing Hing Street
    Causeway Bay/Tin Hau
    Tel : 2503-3222
    http://www.villasavoye.com.hk/about_us.html

    French food in a casual setting.

    Tung Po Sea Food (Cantonese)
    99 Java Road Second Floor
    Java Road Cooked Food Centre
    North Point
    Tel 2880-9399
    http://www.villasavoye.com.hk/about_us.html

    This is excellent seafood in a very casual hawker setting. As with most seafood in Hong Kong, rather expensive but worth it. This is about a 5 minute cab ride from your hotel.

    Lei Garden
    Block 9, City Garden
    North Point
    Tel: 2806 0008

    Has a Michelin star, good for dim sum, on the expensive side.

    For Singpoare near your hotel again you will be spoiled for choice for casual and upscale restaurants. The hotel is not on Clarke Quay, despite its name, but actually this is a good thing as what I would do is walk about 3 minutes and 2 blocks over to Mohamed Sultan Road where there are a number of casual restaurants and pubs such as Itialian at Papi's. You could also walk to Clarke Quay in about 10 minutes or the southern area of Boat Quay in about 20. I am travelling today and don't have my Singapore list with me (Papi’s is all I can remember), but will post later, but hopefully in the meantime someone will post their reccos.

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    Hahaha, geographical names in Hong Kong is an interesting and complex issue. Many names have no official definition and the areas they include can change over time, just depending on how people use it.

    Tai Hang (大坑) is an old area with pretty fixed definition as it means the "Big Nullah" that carries a stream down from the hills to the harbor at Causeway Bay. Before reclamation, that point is the junction of Wun Sha Street and Tung Lo Wan Road. And that water channel still exists, and runs underneath Wun Sha Street (and a section is exposed next to Queen's College). Tai Hang in general refers to the residential area south of Tung Lo Wan Road and up the slopes to Tai Hang Road.

    Tin Hau (天后) only became a geographical term after the Island Line MTR opened in the mid-1980's, with the stop named after the Tin Hau Temple that sits just up the hill from King's Road. Before, most people would include that area as Causeway Bay, even if it's east of Victoria Park. Which is why it is NOT wrong for the Metropark or L'Hotel to call themselves "Causeway Bay". But since the MTR stop opened, locals found it much easier to just call this area Tin Hau, since it is actually quite far by foot to the "center" of Causeway Bay, which most locals would now consider where the SOGO department store is.

    Anyways, the Metropark sits on the "hill"-side of Tung Lo Wan Road between the Tin Hau MTR entrance and Wun Sha Street. You can call it Tai Hang, Tin Hau or Causeway Bay. All are correct and okay. If you want to actually measure it, it is just over 100m/yd from King's Road (and the Tin Hau MTR entrance), and just under 200m/yd from Wun Sha Street in Tai Hang. We are talking about short distances and murky boundaries.

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    I left HK yesterday after a short visit.

    2 nice restaurants. The first is in the Jordan area (Cantonese cuisine) and the other in Kowloon City (Teochew cuisine).
    View the photos in my blog. Most of the posts are for food in Singapore.

    http://frosty889.blogspot.com/

    新斗記
    G/F & 1/F,18 Cheung Lok Street, Jordan
    佐敦長樂街18號18號廣場地下及1樓

    Nam Kee Restaurant 南記飯店
    G/F., No. 4 Nga Tsin Long Road,, Kowloon City
    九龍城衙前塱道4號地下

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