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Emily Jablon: Daraius and I celebrated Christmas in Macau and Hong Kong with his family for ~8 days. It was our 1st time to Macau and Hong Kong and we were very excited to visit!
An Asian Holiday – Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Using Miles and Points to Get to India And Hong Kong
- Part 2 – Etihad Lounge in Washington, DC
- Part 3 – Using Miles for Two $8,000 First Class Seats to Mumbai, India
- Part 4 – By Air and Sea – Cathay First Class to Hong Kong, Ferry to Macau
- Part 5 – A Free Stay in a ~$360 Per Night Suite at the Grand Hyatt Macau
- Part 6 – A Surprise Trip to the Panda Pavilion, Street Entertainment, and a Historic Walking Tour
- Part 7 – Historic Sites, Street Food & a Show in Macau
- Part 8 – Egg Tarts & Other Delicacies in Macau
- Part 9 – Our Free Stay at the Conrad Hong Kong
- Part 10 – Spectacular View of Hong Kong From Victoria Peak & the Amazing Symphony of Lights
- Part 11 – Hong Kong Walking Tour of Shops, Flowers, and More
- Part 12 – The Best Gnocchi Emily’s Had in Her Entire Life and Other Meals in Hong Kong
- Part 13 – From Fine Dining to Food Stalls, Eating in Hong Kong
- Part 14 – Sipping Champagne in the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Part 15 – Cathay Pacific First Class from Hong Kong to the US
- Part 16 – Conclusion and Blog Giveaway
This posts will cover a few restaurants in Hong Kong, including:
- Breakfast in the Conrad Executive Lounge
- Great Food Hall, the supermarket in Pacific Place connected to the Conrad
- Nicholini’s, the Italian restaurant in the Conrad
- Serenade Restaurant
- Paisano’s Pizzeria
Hong Kong is filled with great food in its many restaurants, but I have to be very careful because of my fish allergy. So I stick to places where I know there won’t serve fish.
Breakfast at the Conrad Hong Kong Executive Lounge
Our 1st morning at the Conrad, we tried the Executive Lounge for breakfast. Daraius is a Diamond member, so we got access to the lounge for breakfast. We could have breakfast in either the Executive Lounge or in the main restaurant for free.
We tried both and the breakfast in the main restaurant was much better than the breakfast served in the Executive Lounge. That’s because it wasn’t so cramped as the lounge and there were more choices in the buffet.
The executive lounge is on the 59th floor.
The seating is close together.
There were 8 different kinds of cheese.
There was a fruit and juice bar…
…with an assortment of fresh fruit, juice, and smoothies.
There was also a meat and salad bar.
You could get tea…
One side of the lounge
had a cold buffet and the other side had a hot buffet. The hot buffet had both Chinese and Continental food.
Neither of the buffets were particularly large and the lounge felt cramped.
It was still nice to get free breakfast in the hotel, which saved a lot of time and money! That said, we preferred the breakfast in the main restaurant.
Great Food Hall (located in Pacific Place)
For lunch we went to the Great Food Hall supermarket in the Pacific Place mall. It is ~5 minute walk from the Conrad.
The supermarket had a lot of food, from prepared pizza…
…Thai food, sushi…
…and even a hamburger restaurant called Triple O’s.
The grocery section had a lot of juices.
There was also frozen food, and I was surprised to find macaroni and cheese!
I had a cheap meal and had pizza for ~$6 that I really enjoyed. There were a few barstools located near the burger joint where we were able to sit.
Daraius got Thai food which was ~$30 that he split with his dad. They have bigger appetites than I do and finished green curry, Thai salad, chicken satay, and crab rangoon.
That said, the food was’t great for the price and you could get better meals for $30 outside the mall on the streets.
For dinner we went to Nicholini’s, the Italian restaurant in the hotel. It is considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong. This was the only restaurant we splurged on. It was also my only fancy meal in Hong Kong because of my fish allergy (I had been eating McDonald’s, pizza, and energy bars for almost every other meal.) Here’s a link to the Nicholini’s menu.
We ordered Carpaccio as a starter…
…followed by raspberry gelato. Ice cream is the best palette cleanser.
I then had potato gnocchi with Fontina cream cheese and white truffles.
The gnocchi was actually the best I’ve ever had in my whole life! It tasted so fresh, like it was made from scratch after I ordered it.
The truffles were so delicate and subtle, but full of flavor. Unfortunately, the portion was small but I still enjoyed my dinner immensely!
Daraius and his dad had the tasting menu.
Daraius’ sister Sharon got seafood risotto. The gnocchi was so good that before the meal was over I was plotting ways to have another meal before I left Hong Kong. I was the first one to finish my dinner this time, and I’m usually the last!
Before we left, the server gave us complimentary dessert which included chocolates and cookies.
For a dim sum lunch we went to Serenade restaurant in Kowloon. It’s located in the Hong Kong cultural center. It’s a bit hard to find, but we asked around and were pointed in the right direction.
They had a menu with dim sum and snacks.
They also had snake soup.
The food looked tasty.
He received a wire basket which came with a variety of dim sum.
It all looked delicious!
There was 2 of everything.
I had honey ginger tea and a Bobo’s Oat Bar.
The dim sum was good, but not great. It was the last time he trusted the Fodor’s Hong Kong food recommendations. The writer also recommended California Pizza Kitchen, which is good but not something we want to try in Hong Kong, with its many culinary delights.
For dinner, we went to Paisano’s Pizzeria for New York style pizza. We noticed several Paisano’s restaurants around Hong Kong. I am very allergic to fish, so I eat food which I can be 100% sure doesn’t have fish!
All of the regular pizza toppings were there, including pepperoni and supreme.
You could grab a slice to go or sit down.
The pizza was very good and I felt safe eating because there wasn’t even fish on the menu! It was much better than the pizza at Great Food Hall.
Don’t Know Restaurant’s Name!
We were looking a quick bite after visiting the bird market, preferably at place serving Chinese food. So we just walked into a nearby restaurant!
The food was good, but not great, though the portions were large.
When choosing restaurants, we enjoy a mix of relying on researched reviews and being spontaneous.
If you’re on a budget or have a food allergy like me, the Great Food Hall offers a lot of options, but it isn’t particularly cheap or tasty.