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Emily Jablon: Daraius and I celebrated Christmas with his family in Macau and Hong Kong 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 post will cover various restaurants we tried in Hong Kong, including:
- Breakfast in the Conrad, Hong Kong Garden Café
- Tsui Wah Restaurant
- Food stalls near Temple Street Market
- Golden Leaf, the Chinese restaurant in the Conrad
Eating In Hong Kong – Part 2
Conrad Hong Kong, Breakfast at the Garden Café
We arrived at around 9:00 am and there was a 10 minute wait. The restaurant was very large, and there was a lot of food on the buffet.
There were cold cuts…
…mackerel and salmon…
…freshly cut fruit, including pineapple, melon, honeydew, and watermelon…
…yogurt and smoothies…
…a selection of bread and pastries…
…fruit in syrup…
…and a wide selection of hot foods….
…including all of the American favorites.
There was also Chinese food…
…with a variety of Chinese meat.
Lastly, there was fresh juice.
Daraius and his dad had a great time trying out all of the food.
Because of all of the fish on the menu, I ate packaged yogurt, granola, ground flaxseed, and pastries. The manager said he would make anything I wanted, but I felt like having a smaller breakfast and didn’t want to take risks.
Tsui Wah Restaurant
Daraius had given up on the guidebook recommendations, and instead ate at a nearby restaurant when he was hungry.
For lunch, we went to Tsui Wah Restaurant, in Central Hong Kong. It wasn’t the closest Tsui Wah location to the Conrad Hong Kong, but it was nearby where we were at the time.
The dining area was busy, but we quickly got a table for 4.
Tsui Wah had a large menu. One entire page was fish dishes.
Daraius ordered pork…
Daraius thought the food was okay, and wouldn’t return.
Food Stalls Near Temple Street Night Market
For dinner, Daraius and his dad went to the food stalls near the Temple Street Markets. After scouting out a few stalls, Daraius decided on the Woosung Street Temporary Cooked Food Hawker Bazaar.
There weren’t many places to sit, but we found a table.
Most of the menus were in Cantonese…
…which made ordering a bit tough for me because of my allergy. So I decided to skip eating.
However, there were 1 to 2 small menus with pictures and a little bit of English.
That helped a lot! But Daraius noticed that the menu had only a few items, and wasn’t as extensive as the Cantonese menu.
So Daraius walked around and pointed out to what the locals had on their table which looked good to him! In the end, Daraius ordered a Chinese hot pot…
…and steamed fish with black bean sauce.
Daraius liked the fish better than the hot pot. He had visions of a tasty hot pot which his Chinese business colleagues had made him eat years ago, and was yearning for something similar. This was a bit different and wasn’t as tasty as what he had eaten before.
Golden Leaf, Conrad Hong Kong
For dinner, we went to the Golden Leaf, the Chinese restaurant in our hotel. The Golden Leaf is a 1 star Michelin restaurant. We’ve had great meals at other 1 star Michelin restaurants, like the Mirabelle Restaurant in Rome, so I was looking forward to to the food.
There was an expansive menu that included a variety of dishes, including bird’s nest soup!
Daraius ordered duck…
…and a spicy beef dish.
Even better was that they brought me food from Nicholini’s, the Italian restaurant upstairs because of my fish allergy.
I tried to stay away from Chinese food on this trip because there’s so much fish everywhere and cross contamination was a potential concern. The staff at the Conrad took great care of me. And it made my trip much more enjoyable because I could relax and eat what I wanted instead of my energy bars, pizza, and McWings.
But Daraius was adventurous and tried lots of Chinese dishes, including street food!