Erawan Tea Room

You know how there’s always a restaurant that you have to go everytime you revisit the same cities? Its different for everyone. For me in Shanghai, it’d be Jia Jia Tang Bao and / or Xiao Yang Sheng Jian. In LA, it’s In-N-Out Burger or Pink’s Hotdogs. In Bangkok, it’s definitely Erawan Tea Room.

Why? Because they serve hotel-quality Thai food, in a hotel-quality environment, with hotel-quality service, but at Tsui Wah prices (per dish). Oh, all those mentions of “hotel” – that’s because the restaurant is managed by Erawan Grand Hyatt.

Erawan Tea Room by Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

Erawan Tea Room by Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

The bill for 4 grown men, ~10 dish plus drinks came out to be about 3,300 Bhat (or US$25 per head) and we were stuffed. Sure, you can find decent Thai food for cheaper prices and 800 Baht per head isn’t exactly cheap in Bee Kay Kay, but everything is relative and let’s put it into perspective – sometimes you just want a nice, quiet and easy meal away from the Bangkok heat and pollution, but you don’t want to get shafted by going to restaurants like Blue Elephant.

(By the way, if you really want upscale Thai cuisine in Bangkok, go to Naj. Prices are a little cheaper than Blue Elephant, but at least locals go there, and that alone speaks volume. Blue Elephant’s for clueless tourists too lazy to do a bit of research and too stuck-up to interrogate their hotel concierge. Sorry!)

Back to Erawan Tea Room.

The setting is like a nice cozy living room with comfortable (large) chairs and sofa, dimmed but not dim lightings, wooden blinds … the ambiance is just really .chill. (for a lack of a better description). There’s a touch of homeliness to the restaurant as well, as they have giant shelves surrounding the entrance where you can purchase fresh cakes, biscuits, scones, jam, tea, Thai snacks and treats made by the restaurant and even Erawan Tea Room tableware (i.e. plates, bowls and utensils). While I don’t know anyone’s who’s bought any tableware from them, I just like the idea that you can take a piece of the restaurant with you back home – perhaps, an explanation of why I like going back so much; its just like home!

Erawan Tea Room Interior 1

Erawan Tea Room Interior 1

Erawan Tea Room Interior 2

Erawan Tea Room Interior 2

Erawan Tea Room Interior 3

Erawan Tea Room Interior 3

That same balance you find in its decor and ambiance transcends, quite easily it feels, to its extensive menu and dishes. I should probably also add that for most dishes on the menu, you can either choose “S” for small portions or “L” for large portion and the prices are neatly laid out. (Yeeees yes, its not rocket science to offer 2 portions, but most restaurants don’t lay the information out quite so clearly and when you have to ask about it, and inevitably when you have to ask about the prices, its becomes that much more tedious … and not cool).

The dishes here are terrific. While I can’t quite say it was the best I’ve ever had, its definitely up there in to top 5. (I think I’ve had some pretty decent Thai food in Shanghai. Lan Na Thai, Coconut Paradise, Simply Thai and Thai Gallery were all pretty good. OMG, Banana Leaf (Hong Kong Plaza) is really really bad, don’t go!)

Phuket Promotion at Erawan Tea Room

Phuket Promotion at Erawan Tea Room

Lime Soda - My Favorite Drink

Lime Soda - My Favorite Drink

A real properly-made lime soda makes my day.

"Spicy & Sour Prawn Soup with Lemongrass"

"Spicy & Sour Prawn Soup with Lemongrass"

Tom Yum Kung – definitely one of my favorite soup other than lobster bisque. This one’s got a good balance between hot and sour (actually I didn’t find it spicy at all, my a friend of mine couldn’t handle it so I had his as well) and was quite garlicky and lemongrassy. As an added bonus, there was a generous portion of fresh river shrimp (I counted 8). In most other places, they’ll give you about 4?

Fish Cake & Green Mango Salad

Fish Cake & Green Mango Salad

The green mango salad was pretty spicy, but the sourness to the dish is definitely an appetizer in the full sense of the word. The fish cake is … well, its a fish cake. I don’t think they vary that much between restaurants … I’ve never had extremely good or bad fish cakes before. (Prawn / shrimps cakes different).

My Favorite Phad Thai Anywhereeee

My Favorite Phad Thai Anywhereeee

The Phad Thai at Erawan Tea Room is probably one of my favorite. Its leaning a little towards the sweeter side,but the mix of a whole lot of other flavours help counter that sweetness quite effectively. Its got a bit of fresh bean sprouts, dried shrimps, leeks, egg, onions, garlic, peanut all mixed with the noodle, which was so fresh it was chewy (but not the rubbery kind of chewy). The thin layer of egg wrap helps contain the heat and as you break it open, all the said flavours oozes out … then everybody fights their way to get first dibs.

Chicken in Green Curry at Erawan Tea Room

Chicken in Green Curry at Erawan Tea Room

(See red curry below)

Stir-fried Kailan with Crispy Pork

Stir-fried Kailan with Crispy Pork

I remember this Kailan dish to be slightly better last time I visited the restaurant. It wasn’t bad, but I guess the veggies getting a little “old” and so it wasn’t as fresh as I remembered. Nonetheless, a good dish.

Roasted Duck in Red Curry

Roasted Duck in Red Curry

We asked for mild for both the green and red curry so neither of the curries were that spicy. Regardless, they just go so well with Thai rice. Both the chicken and the duck was cooked well enough so that it wasn’t dry at all.

Steamed Whole Sea Bass with Chili and Lime Sauce

Steamed Whole Sea Bass with Chili and Lime Sauce

The cook deboned the fish so all that was left was fresh sea bass that we can scope with our spoon and get a bit of the chili and lime sauce. Great dish for lazy people like me. The fish was pretty fresh too and my friend who doesn’t normally eat fish (the same dude who gave me his Tom Yum Kung) liked it alot. And for 360 Baht, this fish was a pretty good deal.

3300 Bhaaaaaat! ขอบคุณ

3300 Bhaaaaaat! ขอบคุณ

I love this place. Need I say more?

(SEVEN) – inside joke.

Siu Yeh Rating: 9.5/10

Note: Photos taken with BlackBerry Curve 8900

Erawan Tea Room
Erawan Bangkok
494 Ploenchit Road
Bangkok 10330
Tel: +662 250 7777
Website: www dot erawanbangkok dot com/tearoom.php

Wai Kee Noodle & Cafe (維記咖啡粉麵)

So I got a little tired of looking for places to eat in Hong Kong Island. The cool thing to do now  (for me anyway) is to venture out into the heart of Kowloon (Tsimshatsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Shamshuipo, Prince Edward, etc.) and even Kowloon City … because there are just so many small finds there that have rich histories and not-your-usual-type-of-food.

Case in point (or point in case, whatever floats your boat), in my quest to explore a little more of Kowloon, I was recommended this place called Wai Kee Noodle & Cafe (維記咖啡粉麵) in Shamshuipo. Apparently, its been around since 1957 and they have 3 stores side-by-side (well, a real estates agency got sandwiched in between) and their specialties are:

  • Milk Tea, Coffee (奶茶, 咖啡)
  • French Toast (咖央西多士); and
  • Pig’s Liver and Beef Noodles (豬潤牛肉麵)

We got there at around 1PM and usually, there would’ve been a long line-up already, but we got lucky. Surely enough, as we left the restaurant, there was a small queue outside the restaurant.

Anyway, part of the reason why I think the restaurant saw a rise in popularity is because Donald Tsang came here to eat a while back and there was a picture of him on the wall. It was just like the British-days (pre-1997) when Chris Patten would go around the city having herbal teas and egg tarts.

Anyway, this is what I had which is the Pig’s Liver and Beef Noodles (豬潤牛肉麵). For noodles, you get to choose between variations of vermicelli and instant noodles. I had the latter.

Pig's Liver and Beef Instand Noodle

Pig's Liver and Beef Instand Noodle

Pig's Liver and Beef Vermicelli

Pig's Liver and Beef Vermicelli

I don’t know what all the fuzz is about. It was really just instant noodle with beef and pig’s liver and I can’t really taste the beef either. The soup base isn’t the really flavorful type you would expect from say, Kau Kee … it was more the really clear broth (清汤) that cooked the beef and livers. Hence, all that residue from the liver’s blood floating on the soup. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as good as I had expected. That said, however, the liver is pretty fresh and even after sitting in the soup for a while, it was still chewy / tender … and wasn’t too tough or flaky.

French Toast

French Toast

What was good though, was the French Toast (咖央西多士), which I had after the noodle. It wasn’t too oily and the “咖央”, which is the filling, whatever it is (I still can’t quite describe it) isn’t too sweet, which is good. I believe the filling is a a mixture of butter, sweetened concentrated milk and syrup and it was done just right. I would go there just to have another French toast right now!

Wai Kee Noodle & Cafe - The Original Shop! Circa 1957

Wai Kee Noodle & Cafe - The Original Shop! Circa 1957

I’ll go back for the French toast and milk tea next time!

Siu Yeh Rating: 5/10

Note: Photos taken with an iPhone

Wai Kee Noodle & Cafe (維記咖啡粉麵)
62-66 Fuk Wing Street, Shamshuipo
Kowloon, Hong Kong
(Exit B2 at the Shamshuipo MTR exit)
深水埗福榮街62及66號地下
Tel: +852 2387 6515

De Fa Chang (德发长) in Xi’an Not Quite As Legendary As It Claims

On my last day in Xi’an, I was recommended a dumpling restaurant near the Drum Tower called De Fa Chang. “You can’t really miss it … there’s this big sign” says the concierge. And when I got there … she was right.

The signage reads “千古风味饺子香 传奇品质德发长” followed by a line underneath that says “The legendary DeFa Chang Restaurant is renowned for its superior delicious dumplings” … hey, at least they got the English right 🙂 A good sign …

De Fa Chang (德发长) in Xian

De Fa Chang (德发长) in Xian

There are quite a few locals dining there (that to me, is also good sign!), at least on the first floor anyway. While I was eating, I saw a group of foreign tourists led by a Chinese tour guide into a lift heading to the second floor. Anyway, if locals are eating there, that’s good enough for me … but in a land of 1.3 billion, that’s not saying all that much.

Menu at De Fa Chang in Xian

Menu at De Fa Chang in Xian

When it came to ordering, I really had no clue what’s good there so I had to ask the lady by the till what her recommendation was. She suggested the following:

  • 虾脑水饺 or the “Shrimp Brain Dumpings” (the second item on the list below [in green] at RMB 22 for 15 pieces); and
  • 蟹黄蒸饺 or the “Crab Roe Steamed Dumplings” (the third item from the bottom of the list below [in pink] at RMB 16 for 10 pieces)

and just so I can try a little more, I got the 食神牛丸 (“God of Cooking” Beefballs) at RMB 6 for 3 pieces (the last item on the list below)

What Is Good Here?

What Is Good Here?

Somehow these beefballs look both very appetizing and nasty at the same time.

Paying Tribute to 周星驰's 食神! I think so!

Paying Tribute to 周星驰's 食神! I think so!

Here’s the 食神牛丸 … probably a tribute to Stephen Chow’s classic 食神 (God of Cookery, lol) movie. I made the mistake of thinking that the name was just part of a marketing strategy to get people to try them. I didn’t think much of the beefballs itself … until I found out (the hard way) it had soup in them … and so my first bite resulted in spraying beef soup all over myself (see photo below). It turns out, these beefballs are so aptly named.

酱爆 (i.e. Exploing Sauce) 牛丸!

酱爆 (i.e. Exploing Sauce) 牛丸!

There was definitely some beef taste to it, but it is not Chiu Chow Beefballs … I’m sorry.

RMB 22 虾脑水饺 ...

RMB 22 虾脑水饺 ...

These dumplings … I don’t really know where to start. It had a bit of the crab roe (蟹黄) taste to it … so I thought it was the Crab Roe Steamed Dumplings … but it’s the “Shrimp Brain Dumplings” … but I can’t really taste the shrimp. It was just pork inside a dumpling wrap. In retrospect, I wonder if they had given me the wrong dish. Anyway … this is one of those dish which you eat it just to satisfy your hunger. Sorry, it wasn’t all that good … I had to soak them in vinegar to eat them.

Dumpling Soup Trolley

Dumpling Soup Trolley

And while I was waiting for my other set of dumplings, I was given a “dumpling soup” on the house. Basically, this is the water they use to boil the dumplings (there are 2 kinds, one boiled, one steamed) … and like the “soba soup” (boiling water used to cook the Japanese soba noodle, before they’re then cooled), this is also good for your skin. Supposedly.

Dumpling Soup at De Fa Chang, Xian, China

Dumpling Soup at De Fa Chang, Xian, China

Chinese wastes nothing!

Crab Roe Steamed Dumplings

Crab Roe Steamed Dumplings

And after waiting what seemed like 15-20 minutes for these dumplings, I’ve already lost my appetite. But even if I had space to eat them, they were MILES off of Jia Jia Tang Bao in Shanghai. These so-called Crab Roe dumplings tasted exactly the same as the first ones I’ve had … which was either the pork and/or shrimp (brain) dumplings.

Here’s a slogan they can put on their banner: “At De Fa Chang … Everything tastes the same!”

Note: Photos taken with an iPhone.

SiuYeh Rating: 3/10

De Fa Chang (德发长)
Near the Drum Tower
Xi’an, China

Restaurant Bobby Chinn is Overrated!

So before I left for Hanoi, I did a bit of research online on where I might be able to find popular / good restaurant … decent ones, of course (in the event that we can no longer handle street foods). One restaurant that consistently came out on top was Restaurant Bobby Chinn. Our “Lonely Planet Hanoi & Halong Bay Encounter” guide also mentioned the same restaurant and so we decided to give it a shot.

Restaurant Bobby Chinn

Restaurant Bobby Chinn

We made a reservation for 6 at 7:45PM and having got there on time, we still had to wait 10 minutes for our table. Meanwhile,  2 pairs of visitors came later than us, went in before us. To be fair though, the staff were probably setting up the table for us, a group of 5 … but still.

The decor inside was dimly lit and with all the red (silk) curtains draping about, I thought it was a liiiittle bit cheesy. And because it was so dimly lit, each one of us were given a magnifying glass with a built-in lamp so that you can see the menu clearer. I actually didn’t mind that; in fact, I thought that was quite a novelty. It felt as thought the restaurant was trying a little too hard making the decor “romantic”, but at the same time, it was fun.

I also like the menu a lot too … it seems Mr. Bobby Chinn has quite a sense of humour and I quote:

Creative Menu from Restaurant Bobby Chinn

Creative Menu from Restaurant Bobby Chinn

Restaurant Bobby Chinn
December 23rd, 2008 – January 31st, 2009

In the unlikely event of a terrorist hostage-taking situation in this restaurant, please DO NOT call the Russian Special Forces. I would rather be pecked to death by a duck! In the year of the rooster, otherwise known as “Cock” Bird Flu! It was NOT a promising year for Dogs in the “Year of the Dog” here in Vietnam. Last year “Year of the Pig”, sucked for every pig all over the world, (but that’s another story). Lets all hope for this continued trend in the “Year of the Rat” Now you can honestly say you ate in a restaurant where Cock, Dog and Rat were on the menu

Appetizers

  • Japanese Eggplant Salad with Haricots Vert, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Shallots, Soy Vinaigrette $9.00
  • Moroccan Beet Salad with Hazelnut Crusted Goat Cheese & House Vinaigrette $10.00
  • Warm White Bean & Seafood Salad, Finished with White Truffle Oil $11.00
  • Seared Day Boat Scallops with Braised Edamae and Truffle Pea Jus $18.00
  • Steamed Prawn Lotus Salad with Herbs and Chili Lime Vinaigrette $11.00
  • Tropical Seafood Ceviche, Mangosteen Coconut Truffle Jus $12.00
  • Duck Confit, Lemongrass Scented Lentils with Chipotle Sauce $16.00
  • Flour Tortilla Quesadilla’s with Mango Chipotle Salsa $11.00
  • Steak Salad with Eggplants and Chipotle Sauce $9.00″

And on the other page:

Entrees (Otherwise Known as Main)
Dumb cows that thought they were living in India or something. Lambs that had no idea about Islam & Cold-blooded seawater & freshwater creatures that didn’t have a chance or even a clue!

  • Grilled Prawn with Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice, Red Curry Sauce $17.00
  • Filet Mignon with Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Red Wine Ragout $27.00
  • Symphony Of Flavours, the Chef’s Signature Bite-Size Appetizers $21.00
  • Mezze Platter, Vegetarian Nirvana on a Plate with Homemade Bread $15.00
  • Caramelised “Salmon” in Clay Pot, Cucumber Salad & Stir Fried Rice $18.00
  • Braised Lamb Shank, Gnocchi, Spinach, Pine Nuts and Raisins Lamb Jus $25.00
  • “THE BURGER” 180 grams of mouth-watering heaven and Truffled French Fries $15.00
  • Green Tea Smoked Duck with Black Sticky Rice, Baby Bok Choy & Pomegranate Jus $20.00
  • “The” Pan Roasted Salmon on Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables, Ginger Demi Glace $20.00
  • Blackened Barramundi on Braised Banana Blossoms with a Turmeric Balsamic Vinaigrette $17.00
  • 5 Spiced Smoked Zealand Rack of Lamb with Apple Risotto, Red Wine Lamb Jus Reduction $30.00
  • Grilled Lemon-Scented Poussin with Gnocchi, Spinach, Pine Nuts and Sultans with Red Wine Sauce $18.00

If you are a VEGETARIAN, then it looks like you are pretty much screwed again! Have no fear, we have a very good Vegetarian Menu, but being a big tree hugger myself, I do not want to waste paper or ink (e.g. heavy petroleum distillate). I am sure you can understand. Price is negotiable if you wear Birkenstocks or Jesus sandals.

Bar Food, Side Dishes & Midnight Munchies

  • We tell you “You are beautiful” all night long. (Includes a signed copy of the menu.) $5.00
  • Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Vegetables, Truffled Mushroom Pho Cuon, Garden Greens, Salmon Cha $6.50
  • Fried Calamari, BBQ Pork Ribs, Mac & Cheese $6.50
  • Grape Goat Cheese 8.00
  • Nachos $10.00

Restaurant Bobby Chinn Rules:
This restaurant is an Abba, Kenny G, and Gypsy King Free Zone. We also refuse to play any bands with more than one lead singer or matching sweater. Female Teenyboppers dressed like whores with synchronized dancing are also banned! To preserve the dining experience, we request that you are well versed in mobile phone etiquette (SILENCE). All our Poultry & Meats are Halal or as close as it gets to Kosher … Except the Pork of course! None of the staff were harmed (physically) to bring you quality food and service tonight, or ever. Children’s menu available upon request and duct tape is available for hyperactive children. Please do not ask us to split the bill other than by a number. We do not do “She had this, and I had 1/2 of that” very well. Please note that we have smaller portions at the same prices for Anorexics and those aspiring. Also this restaurant allows smoking, non-smokers, please refrain from farting in the smoking section, unless it’s a cigar. that you …”

ANYWAY, enough about the menu, let’s get right into the food:

We were given a complimentary starter; some sort of a sushi-like thing, actually I have no clue what its called, or what it is. All I heard was that it included foie gras and was topped with some sirloin steak? Personally, I thought it was a little odd to start off with that … it wasn’t really an “appetite teaser” if you know what I mean.

The Opening Act

The Opening Act

Then came our 3 appetizers for sharing. They were:

  • Fried Calamari (which actually isn’t on the Appetizers menu, we just wanted it)
  • Japanese Eggplant Salad with Haricots Vert, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Shallots, Soy Vinaigrette
  • Steak Salad with Eggplants and Chipotle Sauce
Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari

Japanese Eggplant Salad with Haricots Vert, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Shallots, Soy Vinaigrette

Japanese Eggplant Salad with Haricots Vert, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Shallots, Soy Vinaigrette

Steak Salad with Eggplants and Chipotle Sauce

Steak Salad with Eggplants and Chipotle Sauce

(last 2 photos taken with flash covered with napkin)

I quite like their appetizers; the calamaris were fresh and both the Japanese Eggplant Salad and Steak Salad was on par with what I had in mind. The eggplants were lightly salted, and the greens were also dressed with the right amount of vinaigrette. For the steak salad, the meat was tender and was cooked to medium, which make them quite juicy – just how I like my steak done too!

Burger with Truffled Fries

Burger with Truffled Fries

Then, for my maincourse, I had the Burger with Truffled Fries … the burger was just a normal burger with an average patty. They got my burger (medium well; I wanted to be a little safer and had gone with a slightly more cooked patty) mixed with my friend’s (medium rare) and when we told them about the issue, they just apologized and didn’t offer to replace my friend’s burger. Bad service.

Anyway, the burger wasn’t bad. As it turned out, my now medium rare patty was better than I had expected … but for what I’m paying, its definitely not a “gourmet” burger. It was on par with most burgers I can find in Hong Kong … except, the patty was a little on the dry-side here. What was an interesting concept was the french fries with a coat of truffle flavors – probably mixed with some truffle oil. It was a good touch, but overall, I thought it was a sad attempt in making this dish more gourmet than it really is. Without the word “Truffle” in the name, I can probably put together this dish at home.

Grilled Prawn with Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice, Red Curry Sauce

Grilled Prawn with Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice, Red Curry Sauce

I tried a bit of this and found nothing special about this dish either.

Symphony of Flavours, the Chefs Signature Bite-size Appetizers

Symphony of Flavours, the Chefs Signature Bite-size Appetizers

I definitely liked the name … and that’s probably what convinced my friend on the dish, but as it turned out … this was also nothing special. It felt a bit like arranging nicely on a plate what we could’ve got in a Thai / Vietnamese buffet dinner.

Green Tea Smoked Duck with Black Sticky Rice, Baby Bok Choy and Pomegranate Jus

Green Tea Smoked Duck with Black Sticky Rice, Baby Bok Choy and Pomegranate Jus

My friend got this duck dish and this apparently, wasn’t too bad (I didn’t try, so I couldn’t tell you whether its good or not).

Finally, this was a complimentary dessert: A Chocolate Taco.

Chocolate Taco

Chocolate Taco

The skin was bland and the chocolate cream (at least, that’s what I think it is), is a little stronger in taste – as in, I can taste some chocolate. But as you can see from the photo, there’s some condensation on the “taco” skin meaning it was probably in the fridge for quite some time and they’re probably going to throw it again anyway, so might as well give it out. But hey, this was a good photo isn’t it?

In retrospect, we probably went in with very high expectations (well, I did anyway) since people were raving about it so much and that “Hillary Clinton” visited the restaurant while she visiting Hanoi. The food was average, but prices were above-average even for US standards, but this is Hanoi we’re talking about. The bill came up to about USD 250 for 5 people (we had 2 bottles of wine, though), but consider this: Vietnamese pho noodle is selling at USD 1 per bowl across the street!

Points for Creativity

Points for Creativity

I believe part of the hype surrounding this restaurant is because there are so few gourmet restaurants in Hanoi. In fact, I can only think of Bobby Chinn outside of a hotel setting. And where else would you go if you’re sick of Vietnamese food? Well, I have lots of other choices in Hanoi … but for most expats, I suppose this is one of only a few choices.

Will I go back again? Very unlikely. We should’ve gone with Le Beaulieu Restaurant at the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi. I’d like for anyone who’s tried this restaurant to let me know what its like! Sorry Bobby.

Siu Yeh Rating: 5.5/10

Restaurant Bobby Chinn
1 Ba Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi, Vietnam

Gough 40 in Noho

My first time visiting Gough 40 for dinner – I’ve been their twice previously for lunch – and the food is terrific.

Their lunch menu was and is a great bargain. If memory serves right, the lunch set was less than HKD 100, which comes with an appetizer and a main course plus drinks.

The dinner menu is considerably more expensive. I had a seafood soup (HKD 138?), which was not bad, but wasn’t as thick as I had thought. The scallop and prawn was served in generous portions, and the mussels and clams were fresh.

As for the main course, I had the steak for two (HKD 720) which I had shared with a friend, and it was terrific – the portions were just right and the side vegetables were lightly salted. Spot on!

Including an apple crumble and copious amount of white (Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc) and red (I forget) wine, the damage was easily upwards of HKD 800! Thankfully, it was a treat!

Awesome.

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About Gough Street

Gough Street is fast becoming (if it hasn’t already in the last 2 years) a gourmet street much like Soho, which is just a stone’s throw away. The street was also recently dubbed “Noho”, although its really not “north of Soho” because its on the same side as Soho – I suppose it is just a name the folks there wanted, so as to differentiate themselves from the real Soho. Stay tuned for my entries on Gough Street’s other famous finds such as Paul’s Kitchen, Burger Republic, Ngau Kei (牛記) and my personal favorite of all time, Gou Kei (九記牛腩)!

Gough 40 Restaurant
G/F., 40 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2851 8498 / +852 93041468 (Ask for Jimmy)
Mondays to Saturdays Noon – 11PM
Sunday Reservation ONly