An Asian Holiday: Part 12 – The Best Gnocchi Emily’s Had in Her Entire Life and Other Meals in Hong Kong

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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!
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Family Dinner at Nicholini’s in Hong Kong

An Asian Holiday – Trip Report Index:

This posts will cover a few restaurants in Hong Kong, including:

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.

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Breakfast at the Executive Lounge With a Spectacular View of Victoria Harbour

The executive lounge is on the 59th floor.

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Executive Lounges Are a Great Way to Save Money on Food When You Travel!

The seating is close together.

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Good Thing It Was Practically Empty Because There Wasn’t Much Space
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There Was an Assortment of Cheese, Bread, Juice, and Yogurt

There were 8 different kinds of cheese.

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Some of the Cheeses Were Gorgonzola, Brie, Goat Cheese, and Edam

There was a fruit and juice bar…

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Everything Was Neatly Displayed
…with an assortment of fresh fruit, juice, and smoothies.
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The Fresh Juice Was Fantastic

There was also a meat and salad bar.

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Daraius Faced a Dilemma! Meat Gives Him Super Strength but Leafy Greens Are His Kryptonite!

You could get tea…

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There Were 8 Types of Tea to Choose From
…or coffee.
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I Wish I Had This Coffee Maker at Home!

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.

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The Buffet Also Had Hot Food

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.

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The Food Was Great! Errr…It Was OK
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The Great Food Hall Is on the Bottom Level of Pacific Place Tower

The supermarket had a lot of food, from prepared pizza…

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Pizza With Many Different Toppings
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Lasagna Looked Too Filling for Lunch
…prepared salads…
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There Was Thai Fried Rice, Pomelo Salad, Chicken Salad, and Fried Noodles
…Indian food…
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Not as Good as Daraius’ Mother Makes
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Chicken Cooked in a Variety of Herbs and Spices
…Thai food, sushi…
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There Was Food From Almost Every Country
…more sushi…
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You Can Find Much Better Sushi at Local Restaurants
…baked goods…
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Hong Kong Junk Food
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They Even Have Hello Kitty on Their Snack Foods
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Shopping for My Food for the Next Few Days
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There Was Also a Large Selection of Pot Pies
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I Wanted to Try Them All!
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Asparagus Biscuits
…fresh juice…
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Every Type of Fruit Juice You Can Think of
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Watson’s Wine Also Offers Wine Tastings
…and even a hamburger restaurant called Triple O’s.
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The Cure for Your Hamburger Fix

The grocery section had a lot of juices.

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Hong Kong Imports Over 90% of Its Food

There was also frozen food, and I was surprised to find macaroni and cheese!

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Microwavable Mac & Cheese If You Need Some Comfort Food

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.

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All of This Is Just for Daraius

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.

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My Only Real Meal in Hong Kong!

We ordered Carpaccio as a starter…

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Beef, Arugula, and Aged Parmesan
…followed by raspberry gelato.  Ice cream is the best palette cleanser.
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The Gelato Was a Refreshing Break Between Courses

I then had potato gnocchi with Fontina cream cheese and white truffles.

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Food Tastes So Good When You Haven’t Had a Real Meal in Days

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.

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Daraius’ Meal Didn’t Look as Delicious as My Gnocchi

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!

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I Was Tempted to Order a Second Plate

Before we left, the server gave us complimentary dessert which included chocolates and cookies.

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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.

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We Found It!

They had a menu with dim sum and snacks.

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Just Place a Check Next to the Items You Want to Order

They also had snake soup.

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Snake Soup Is Made With Snake and Chicken Broth.  It’s a Winter Dish to Keep Away Illness or Fight a Fever

The food looked tasty.

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Each Item Had a Interesting Presentation
He received a wire basket which came with a variety of dim sum.
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Dim Sum in the Cage

It all looked delicious!

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Egg Tart and Baked Pork Buns

There was 2 of everything.

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The Dumplings Filled With Shrimp Paste Had Eyes

I had honey ginger tea and a Bobo’s Oat Bar.

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I Couldn’t Eat With Everyone Else, But I Didn’t Miss Out on Much

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.

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Daraius Is Not Impressed

Paisano’s Pizzeria

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!

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Paisano’s Is a New York Style Restaurant

All of the regular pizza toppings were there, including pepperoni and supreme.

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It Costs ~$3 to ~$6 per Slice Depending Upon Which Toppings You Choose
You could grab a slice to go or sit down.
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Paisano’s Also Serves Subs, Salads, and Calzones

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!

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Our Trips Have Given Me Great Patience for Foreign Tourists Back Home Because I Can Sympathize With Their Difficulties!

The food was good, but not great, though the portions were large.

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I Ordered My Meal With a Hill of Rice but Instead It Came With a Mountain

When choosing restaurants, we enjoy a mix of relying on researched reviews and being spontaneous.

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Daraius Said it Was a Flavorful Medley of Tangy Spice and Cholesterol.

Bottom Line

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.

Paisano’s is a good place to go for New York style pizza if you’re craving some American food.  But my favorite restaurant in Hong Kong was Nicholini’s.  The gnocchi is to die for!

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