Very Good Restaurant is a Guangdong Chinese Restaurant situated next to Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit B. It is at a superb location, convenient and accessible in the shopping belt.
Appetizer and Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Shark Fin, Fish Maw and Swallow’s Nest Menu
Soup, Roast and Vegetable Menu
It serves a very wide range of food; ranging from Dim Sum, Appetizers, Seafood, Vegetables, Roast Meat, noodles, rice and etc. Since we were there for dinner, we wanted some dishes like seafood, vegetables to go with rice.
We have ordered an appetizer, Jelly Fish and Cucumber. The cucumber is a preserved cucumber, slightly sourish and very crunchy, very appetizing. The Jelly Fish, likewise is crunchy.
We ordered a prawn dish as well. The prawn was succulent and as fresh fruits were added, it gave a refreshing taste to the dish.
I wanted to tried as much roast meat in Hong Kong so as usual I ordered a 2-mixed roast meat, roast goose and BBQ Pork. Both the roast were tender and soft. Both were flavourful. The roast goose skin was not as crispy as those served in Yung Kee but was good enough.
For vegetables, we have the Fried Green Beans for a change. It was rather oily and salty, nevertheless was tasty. Great with a bowl of white plain rice.
As the service crew, highly recommend the Custard Crispy Baked Bun, so we ordered a set of two to try though our intention wasn’t to have Dim Sum. The bun skin was crispy on the top layer and soft in the inside with a sweet custard filling. The custard filling was not delicious, it was with sweet tasting and nothing else. I didn’t like this Dim Sum.
Overall, the food served in Very Good Restaurant was above average but not for the only Dim Sum we tried. I suspect the Dim Sum is only mediocre. Other than that, it was a fine restaurant with the typical Chinese Restaurant ambience, a little noisy.
My colleague in Hong Kong bought me to this famous Hong Kong restaurant, Baby Cafe by Angelababy. There is a restaurant in Mongkok in Langham Mall, conveniently accessible by MTR, as an exit from the Mongkok MTR leads you directly to the mall. They have a few other outlets in Hong Kong
Baby Cafe serves set lunch and Ala Carte and we chose to have set lunch. The lunch set comes with a Starter, Main and a Coffee or Tea. There are a number of choices for Main, pretty good selection.
I decided on the Linguine while my colleagues chose the Grilled Black Sirloin (Pork) and New Zealand Rib Eye Steak (Beef). For the starter, I chose the Salad as I don’t prefer Soup while my colleagues opted for Soup.
Starter, Tomato Soup
Starter, Smoked Duck Salad
I didn’t try the soup so I have no idea of the taste. The salad was served with generous amount of Smoked Duck. I like the smoked duck. The salad dress was I think is Vinaigrette. It is a bit too sourish and did not blend with the smoked duck well.
Linguine with Prawn and Shrimp Roe
Grilled Black Sirloin (Pork)
New Zealand Rib Eye Steak (Beef)
The linguine was Al Dente, pretty decent in taste. It would be great if you serve it with two prawns instead of one. I don’t see much of the Shrimp Roe too. It was a pity that I didn’t try both the Grilled Black Sirloin and Rib Eye Steak.
Finally, coffee or tea was served. All the three of us chose coffee over tea. I find the coffee has a full body and low acidity, decent aroma. It was the robust kind.
Barista Caffe is located along Ashley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, in a Citadines (Hotel), level 3. You won’t be able to spot the cafe at ground floor but look fro Citadines and you should be seeing a sign stand at the door of Citadines if they are opened.
Step into Citadines and take the lift to level 3 and once you exit the lift you should be able to spot the Cafe, like the photo below.
The cafe is pretty spacious, cosy with a pretty good gap between the tables. The design is simple with some accessories used to decorate the cafe giving a homely feel.
Interior, Bar Counter
Barista Caffe offers a simple menu with a page for Breakfast cum Tea, a page for lunch and a page for beverages.
Breakfast/Tea Set Menu
I was there for breakfast and I chose the cake of the day from the breakfast/tea set menu, that comes with a cup of coffee or tea. There wasn’t any option as the only available was Chocolate Brownie. Instead of the brew coffee, I opted for Cappuccino; I need to top up with HKD 10. That was pretty reasonable.
The coffee was pretty decent, rooms for improvement for the brownies though.
My last thoughts, simply, I like the ambience of the cafe.
Ocean Empire Food Shop has a number of outlets throughout Hong Kong and I went to the outlet at Yau Ma Tei. It is along Nathan Road.
Other Food and Drinks Menu
It serves mainly Congee and Rice Roll and along with a few others dishes.
A very classic Rice Roll is the Fried Dough Rice Roll. A fried dough is wrapped in a thin and smooth Rice Sheet. There are three sauces on the table. You can mix the sweet sauce and sesame seed sauce and dipped with the rice roll.
The Pan Fried Turnip Cake was very soft. Personally, I think it was too soft. The flour added was too little therefore the ingredients in the radish cake scattered when I start picking it up. Nevertheless, it was flavourful with lots of radish.
We ordered the Ocean Empire Congee which has fish, meat balls, pork and prawn. The congee was smooth and thick.
Overall, we enjoyed the breakfast at Ocean Empire.
The Next Station is a dessert shop that serve what I called the Western dessert. If you are looking for Red Bean Soup, Beancurd, Sesame Paste; this is not the place.
When we were there on a weekday, after dinner at about 8 pm, there was a queue, ahead of us there were three groups. It wasn’t a long wait though. It’s a pretty cool shop.
The Next Station serves desserts like the nougat, brulee, waffles and there was this very dessert which I saw it for the first time here which they called Foam, sounded so chemical. Nevertheless, this attracted our attention.
We ordered the Green Tea Foam. It has Red Bean Panna Cotta at the bottom and on top of the panna cotta, it was a layer of strawberry jelly. Next there was Wheat Germ Meringue and it was topped with a scoop of Green Tea Ice Cream and the Green Tea Foam. Two of us, include myself, didn’t like the Foam, only one enjoy it. It has a good amount of Green Tea flavour, but I didn’t like the texture.
Another dessert we ordered was the Chocolate Molten Cake served with Cookies & Cream Ice Cream. It would be infused with a small amount of alcohol, about 3 ml, I think. You can choose from Rum, Grand Manier and Baileys. I don’t like Baileys, so I was deciding between Rum and Grand Manier. I chose Rum, a safer option, thinking to myself.
When you squeeze the alcohol into the cake, remember, not to release the squeeze. Hold onto the squeeze and withdrew the pipette. Otherwise, by now, the alcohol have mixed with the chocolate, will be sucked back into the pipette.
The Chocolate Lave flowing out from the centre of the cake was so enticing. We can’t wait to eat it. The Lava cake was good but wasn’t the best I have tried so far.
The Next Station
G/F, 13 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok
Tel: +852 2668 8355
Tai Hing offers mixed platter roast meat, this is a great option for people like me who like to try everything the restaurant offers. It was a pity that they don’t serve roast goose in the platter. The Roast Meat was great. The fat layer was a very thin layer and the meat is still so tender and soft. The skin layer was well roast, it was crispy.
The BBQ Pork is tender and delicious, full flavour of the BBQ sauce but on the salty end.
The Roast Goose has a crispy shiny skin and tender meat. A great place to enjoy roast meat at a reasonable price.
32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2522 1624
Opening Hours: Daily 1100 to 2300; Closed on Lunar New Year Day 1 to 3
Getting There: By MTR – Central (Exit D1)
Three types of Roast Meat
The roast goose is well roasted with a crispy skin and the fat layer between the skin and meat was thin. I find the meat a slightly, very slightly, tough. It would be better if it is a little more tender.
I know this post is about roast but the Century Egg is so good till I must share it here. It is a must eat. It is excellent. It has a soft yolk centre and crystal clear white. This is the kind of perfect looking and tasting Century Eggs.
We tried the roast at Very Good Restaurant when we were there for dinner on a Friday night. The roast was pretty good. The roast goose meat was tender and flavourful but still not the best.
Joy Hing Roasted Meat 再興燒臘飯店
Block C, G/F, 265-267 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2519 6639
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 1000 to 2200; Day of Traditional Chinese Festives 1000 to 1800; Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
The Roast Meat at Joy Hing is extremely fatty. I suppose it is the fatty meat that the patrons are coming back for. I didn’t enjoy as I always prefer lean tender meat. In terms of flavour, pretty fine. Personally I think they could do it a little more flavourful, I find it little blend.
Yat Lok Restaurant 一樂燒鵝
G/F, 34-38 Stanley Street, Central
Tel: +852 2524 3882
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 0730 to 2100; Saturday – Sunday 0900 to 1730
Roasted Goose and BBQ Pork Rice
Yat Lok Restaurant Front
The roast meat served at Yat Lok was flavourful. I like it very much. It was a pity that it was extremely salty. It would be great if they reduce the amount of salt added.
Kam’s Roast Goose 甘牌燒鵝
G/F, Po Wah Commercial Center, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Tel: +852 2520 1110 / 5408 7740
Opening Hours: Daily 1130 to 2130
The roast goose meat, lacking of flavours, tasted very natural with not enough of marinate. Fortunately, the meat is still pretty tender
Maxim’s Food2 美心
(Non-Restricted Area) Meeters & Greeters Hall, Arrivals, Level 5, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport,Chek Lap Kok
Tel: +852 2261 2010
Three Treasure Rice
I pretty enjoy the food served at Maxim’s Food. I ordered the Three Treasure Rice Set. There are Sausage, Roasted Meat and Soy Chicken. The meat were tender, flavourful and the saltiness level was just right to eat it with the rice.
Chuen Moon Kee Restaurant (铨满记餐厅小厨) is right behind the office cum the hotel I was staying. As we will be working late on one particular night, we need to have dinner nearby so we decided to check it out at Chuen Moon Kee Restaurant.
The restaurant has some claypot with more usual ingredients like prawns, eel, abalone and etc. It came as a set with a plate of vegetable and a small pot of soup of the day. We chose a Glass Noodle with Prawn Claypot rice (金银蒜粉丝开虾煲仔饭) and a Eel Claypot Rice (古法黄鳝煲仔饭).
The soup was great, very flavourful. All the essence from the ingredients were absorbed into the soup.
We ordered an additional vegetable though the set came with a plate of greens. The stirred Fried Mixed Vegetables has a variety of vegetables such as capsicum, olive, zucchini, broccoli, celery, onions and one other which I can’t identify together with some slices of chinese sausages. I like the variety of greens but I didn’t like the oiliness.
Glass Noodle with Prawn Claypot Rice
The claypot was yummy. I like especially the Glass Noodle with Prawn Claypot Rice. The glasss noodle with rice gave an extra fragrance.
All should try Chuen Moon Kee Restaurant claypot, highly recommended to everyone.