Friday, 9 May 2008

Fishy Fishy Fishy Fish !!! or Island Hopping

I really can say that I have never eaten so much seafood in such a short space of time. It has been excellent and I can see it continuing. The seafood that is consumed here in Hong Kong is at the other end of the scale from what we had in Japan, that I cannot begin to describe. 
We started our mammoth seafood bonanza in a large open air restaurant near to the beginning or at the end of Temple Street Market. Depending on which way you started.
It was a joy to be able to sit outside in shorts, drinking cold cheap beer by the litre. The food wasn't the best n the world but the atmosphere and the place made it a real joy.
But I have to say that the razor clams in black bean sauce were really good, as well as the deep fried spicy prawns.

The sad thing was we never had enough money on us to try the crab, and the same happened when we visited the Spicy Crab Under The Bridge Restaurant Number 3. There are four of them, all within 20 metres of each other.

I had heard about this place for a while and came across it by chance. We managed to get in just before lunchtime service, which meant our food came pretty quick.
Sautéed clams with chili & bean sauce, fried eels with XO sauce and a plate of deep fried chicken wings.
There are a couple of things to point out here. Have you ever tried eating chicken wings with chopsticks? It's not easy, but we are now masters. Stripped those bones bare.
The XO Sauce. Found out after it's a Hong Kong creation, meaning Xtra Old. Goes very well with fish dishes. 

If you want to eat good Chinese food with a commanding view over Hong Kong Island, then you cannot do much wrong by dining at Hutong restaurant.
When I booked I made sure we were going to get a table by the windows facing the famous Hong Kong Island skyline. The restaurant came up trumps. The view was spectacular. We even saw a mist cover the island, the bay and then us before revealing those buildings in all their glory. Beautiful.

The menu here is like a book. It's soooo vast; it took us ages to go from start to finish. It was really daunting, and puzzling as everything looked so good. We wish we could have ordered everything, but my wallet was not bulging.
We in the end opted for fish, meat and some vegetables. The plum wine was a bit of a bad idea. We both had a slight hangover the next day. 
The highlight of the show was definitely the Beijing Fish. To be honest I have no idea what fish it was, but it was fantastic, so delicate and cooked to perfection. Really good.
After dinner drinks are best taken in Aqua, which has more of a European feel to it, but the cocktails in the upstairs bar are to die for. Although I’m still not sure on that Lychee Martini. Maybe that gave me the hangover and not the plum wine.

Sadly we only went on one day trip to Lamma Island. Really lovely place and it was such a great day. Clear blue skies, nice walk from North to South. A nice bit of exercise away from the maddening crowds of Central.
Whilst we were waiting for the return ferry, we indulged in some more seafood at the Hilton Restaurant.

Even though I’ve not eaten at any official Hilton Restaurant, I’m sure this small one would fare just as well.

It wasn't so much the quality of the food, as it was ok. But it was the place, the atmosphere, the setting, the sun, the breeze, and the smell of the sea.

Imagine sitting at a table, looking out towards a small fishing harbour, small fishing boats idly bobbing up and down on the water, waves gently swishing against the deck we were sitting on.

The breeze just keeping us cool and keeping the beers cooler. It was a perfect afternoon. 

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