Month: November 2015

Shanghai: Guang Ming Cun

Shanghai has previously been described as the ‘Paris of the East’ and is known as a cultural and international metropolis, filled with excitement and bustling energy, which is why it will always remain one of my favourite cities. Guang Ming Cun is located in the popular area of Huaihai Road; one of the prettiest and quirkiest parts of Shanghai. One minute you’re walking past high-end retailers and fancy boutiques and the next you stumble across old style houses and tiny side streets – a glorious combination of old and new. Outside the restaurant, the queue of locals huddled underneath umbrellas was definitely a good sign. On closer inspection, I could see that they were in fact queuing for the meat pastries on the ground floor but several people were also headed upstairs which is where the restaurant part is located. Once upstairs it’s a battle of the hungriest. There is no reservation or queuing system, it’s simply a case of awkwardly hovering around tables and waiting for people to finish. I was able to get a table after …

Beef & Liberty: Mid Mo Party

You can take the girl out of London but she’ll still sniff out the best burger joint in town. Turns out I didn’t need to look too far – Beef & Liberty is located on Wing Fung Street in the heart of Wan Chai and claims to answer all my hamburger prayers. Priding themselves on quality meat and beer, the restaurant describe their gourmet grass-fed beef patties in sour-dough rolls as the best in Hong Kong. Their latest event saw them team up with Pizza Express to present a mid Movember party with the promise of free flowing pizza, burgers and drinks. Tickets were $200 and all proceeds were donated to the Movember cause. Thanks to their sponsors, each guest was greeted with a goody bag from Kiehl’s and a $50 voucher to redeem at Beef & Liberty. A good start to the evening.     Spoilt in London by the likes of Honest Burgers and Meat Liquor, I was apprehensive as to what I could expect. Platters of burgers came around at every opportunity and I’m …

Sweet Review: Lucky Dessert

Dessert shops are on every street corner in Hong Kong which is why I’ll be regularly writing reviews dedicated to all things sweet. The first place I shall review is Lucky Dessert in Tsim Sha Tsui. The culture of going for a late night dessert and catching up with friends over a sweet treat is one that has my full attention. Mango dumplings, mango ice cream, mango pudding – no prizes for guessing what you can expect at Lucky Dessert. First up was the mango puff rolls which consisted of fleshy mango chunks encased in a crispy roll topped with icing sugar, sesame seeds and melon balls. Not only does it look heavenly but it tastes pretty good too – the crispy roll has a filo-style texture which reminded me of a fruit pie. Non-mango options included the chocolate fondant pudding. As promised, the middle gives way to a rich, gooey chocolate sauce. It is also served with a large scoop of ice cream placed on top of a mini waffle. This is definately one for …

That’s how I roll: Ba Sushi

Arriving in a new city can be daunting.  Not so much the thought of making new friends, adjusting to a new climate and culture, but more that all-important question: where do I  go to eat?! Thanks to endless information on the internet, OpenRice and local pals, I wasn’t left to starve. I was introduced to Ba Sushi by a friend and it has remained my go-to for a cheap and convenient sushi fix ever since. Located just off Wan Chai Road on Burrows Street, it can take a while to find and admittedly it doesn’t look like much from the front but I often find these are the best places. Once inside, the restaurant is warm and accommodating with a mix of communal and individual seating. The service is really efficient and you can easily spend a couple of hours there as you never feel rushed. You can also see the sushi chefs behind the counter freshly preparing the dishes which are made to order. The first thing that was ordered was a half portion …