Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hong Kong: Ruth's Chris Steak House

We heard good things about Ruth's Chris steakhouse from my sister-in-law. After so much Chinese food, we were in a mood for a nice piece of steak.

We tried out the Tsim Sha Tsui location.

It is quite expensive but the steaks were good. The ambiance is a bit stuffy and we could see that the place mostly caters to businessmen traveling on company dime.



Flourless chocolate cake.

But, after all was said and done, that is just too much food, too much steak per person. And at that price, it is still just steak. It is not Ruth's problem and therefore, if you have a big craving for steak, Ruth's Chris definitely offers good steaks. However, I would recommend that you share a plate; you'll feel better afterward and your wallet will feel better as well!

HKD $1722.00

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Thailand (Cheweng Beach, Koh Samui); Prego

Chilling in Chaweng beach, at the Amari resort (travelers can find incredible deals in Hong Kong). May got good reviews for Prego and I always like Mediterranean food. We're somewhat on a budget but what the hell...

Caprese Salad.

Well, we were disappointed. Pasta were a bit overcooked. The sauce seemed to have flour in it, making it tick and less appealing in the mouth. Everything tasted a bit bland. The dessert however, was pretty good. I don't think that if we go back to Chaweng, we'd go back to Prego; there's so much more to taste in local Thai food, for cheaper, and, in my humble opinion, better...

2,200.90 Thai Baths. With wine. About $80 CDN.


Friday, February 6, 2009

Thailand: Aladdin.

We're in Thailand. Chaweng beach in Koh Samui, at the Amari Resort. Hong Kong as a hub for travelling in East-Asia is perfect as most destinations are really inexpensive (What about a weekend trip to Shangai for CDN $150, flight, hotel and breakfast included?)

Anyhow, wandering down the streets of Chaweng beach, looking at a place to have supper, we stopped the first night at some tourist trap on the main strip; food was bad and expensive. Second night, we walked farther and saw 'Ninja crepes' which was packed. We kept walking and took a chance on Aladdin, off the main strip. Glad we did; food was very good, plenty, and inexpensive. Service was extremely good and polite.

I think these guys suffer for not being on the main strip as tourists don't seem to venture much outside of it. But they should!

Anyway, the next day, we tried the Ninja Crepes because it seemed so popular; well, it's cheap but, ain't all that great. We came back to Aladdin two days later.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Macau: Lord Stow's Garden Cafe

Self-professed as the inventor of the egg-tart, Lord Stow's egg tarts are fine.
However, a bit on the pricey side, provided that I can get some, albeit non authentic, at the Fanling traint station for HKD $2 a piece and they are not bad at all...

50 points for ambiance however, Lord Stow's shops are very nice and friendly. They are certainly off the beaten path however.


Macau: Sopa De Fitas Wing Kei

For everything tofu, Sopa De Fitas Wing Kei is the place; cold, warm, sweet, salty, they have it. Pretty goog too. And inexpensive.

They have shops in Hong Kong as well...

Yee Shun Dairy Company 義順牛奶公司
7 Senado Square 议事厅前地7号
Tel: 28573638

11 Rua Ferreira do Amaral R/C 东望洋街11号
Tel: 28304857

381 Avenida de Almeida Rebeilo 新马路381号
Tel: 28373104

Hong Kong branches:
G/F 63 Pilkem St Kln 佐敦庇利金街63號地下
Tel: 2730 2799

G/F 244 Sai Yeung Choi South St Prince Edward 太子西洋菜南街244號地下
Tel: 23933301

G/F 513 Nathan Rd Yanmati Kln 油麻地彌敦道513號地下
Tel: 2374 5460

G/F 506 Lockhart Rd Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣駱克道506號地下
Tel: 2591 1837

Macau: Madeira - Portuguese restaurant at Venitian

We wanted portuguese food and May's mother doesn't believe in reservations. Well, Clube Militar was booked solid. So, still wanting some portuguese before we left Macau, we went to Madeira at the Venetian Macau. Not worth the detour...

Greek-ish salad.

Stewed seafood for 2: 468 patacas

Portuguese chicken; 148 patacas

Braised Shank veal 238 patacas

Glass of house white; 38 patacas
Mushroom Spag; 118 patacas
Extra bread roll (yes, they charged us!); 30 patacas


Monday, February 2, 2009

Macau: Cocos Hung Heng

Away from the neon lights of the casinos, you will find Cocos Hung Heng, a small shop which is renown for its home made coconut ice cream.

It is really a little hole in the wall type shop but the ice cream is very good and the shop keeper friendly. They also sell books by the way! (go figure)

Macau: Ying at Crown

Much more subtle tasting that anything else I ate in Hong Kong, from a Dim Sum point of view. I think Ying is worth it's Michelin star.

Pricier than the regular Hong Kong fare but worth it if one takes time to enjoy the food and soak in the great view.

Fresh Milk Tarts with bird's nest.

However, it seems that the service went down a bit.

Macau: Red 8

Little trip to Macau with the in-laws before we leave for Thailand.

Obligatory visit to the major casinos. Are they ever smoky and the Chinese gamblers are... well... not very polite. Enough said about that.

At the Wynn, we stopped for munchies at Red 8. Not bad at all. It's right in the middle of the casino however so, not the most relaxing place. But there's a nice view of the kitchen at work, behind huge glass panes.

Chef Aquarium.

At the Wynn Macau.