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Restaurants near Shangri-la Kowloon and walking/food tours

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Hello Fellow Fodorites!

This year on my way to SEA I'll be making a 3 night stayover in Hong Kong. The information on the forum has been terrific in helping me plan my trip. But I still have a couple of questions.
About dining:
As we will be arriving/staying at the Kowloon Shangri-La towards the late afternoon, I was hoping someone could recommend a good nearby place to eat dinner.
Walking/food/ market tours:
I'd love to join a half day walking tour of markets/food. Something like, Bangkok Food Tours would be perfect. Cicerone, you had mentioned Jason Wordie, which looked fantastic. But, he didn't have a tour going out on the days we will be in Hong Kong. I also contacted him to see how much a private tour would be and it was approximately $837 US dollars for a half day tour. Yes, really. I asked twice. So if any one has a foodie guide/tour, private or group, I'd love a recommendation. Thanks everyone!

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    Can you tell me what type of food you would like? Otherwise some reccos would be:

    Upper Ground Floor 16-17
    Wing On Plaza
    62 Mody Road
    Tsim Sha Tsui East
    Tel: 2369-3718

    Indian vegetarian. This is just across the street from the Kowloon Shangri-la. Very modest in décor. Very good food and prices. Thalis start at HK$60, dosas and most other entrees average about HK$40.

    Shop G7/8
    Tsim Sha Tsui Centre
    66 Mody Road
    Tsim Sha Tsui East
    Tel: 852 2722 7050

    This is primarily Australian steak. The food is quite good, not cheap, service is good too. They have some seafood and chicken items as well. Very good deserts. This restaurant has a good view. It is in the building next door to the Kowloon Shang.

    It is in a mall with many other restaurant options of different cuisines, mostly casual, and proably any would be good.

    Lei Garden
    B-2, Houston Centre
    63 Mody Road
    Tsimshatsui East, Hong Kong
    Tel: 852-2722-1636

    This is very good Cantonese. This has one Michelin star, so may be beyond what you want for a first night. This is in a mall across the street from the hotel, and also has other restaurant choices in it.

    Spring Deer Restaurant (Peking Duck/Northern Chinese)
    42 Mody Road
    Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Tel: 2366-4012

    One Michelin star, so again may be more than you want on a first night. Although a little bit touristy, it has good Peking Duck IMO. It’s about a 5-minute walk down Mody Raod.

    As for food tours, I don’t know of any in partuclar. (Yes Jason Wordie is quite expensive). You might try one of the cooking courses offered by the outfits below, as they may include a market tour.

    There is an outfit called Home’s Cooking Studio which does a wet market tour, I have not taken it, see

    Martha Sherpa gets good reivews on this board, although I have not taken her clases, see

    The YWCA on MacDonnell Road offers a lot of different type of classes. See and click on “Cooking” to see their cooking classes; and also see their “Local Culture” section where they offer a local wet market tour and a tour of Chinese medicine shops linked to medicinal soups, either could be interesting.

    Coriander Connections (see these look very interesting although I have not taken any.

    It is my understanding that restaurants like Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons (3 Michelin star Cantonese fusion) and Bo Innovation (2 Michelin star Asian fusion) will provide private cooking lessons for a fairly steep price, you might contact your hotel concierge or the restaurants directly, see and

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    Agree with the recco for Woodlands if you're in the mood for Indian. It's all-vegetarian, very informal, and very good. In the shopping complex next door to the Shang, one floor above street level.

    If you're looking for something a bit less casual, the Shang itself has some decent restaurants. The Cafe Kool is an enormous and excellent buffet, with multiple cuisines represented reasonably well. Angelini, on the 2nd floor with views of the harbour, is a decent Italian restaurant.

    Finally, a tip on the Shang: if you want to go to the Promenade from your room, don't go all the way to the ground floor. Take the elevator to the 2nd, where you'll find an exit that leads directly to the pedestrian bridge to the Promenade.

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