Mango Tree

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  Having been to Mango Tree in Bangkok and absolutely loved it, upon hearing that it was adding to its repertoire of cities including London and Dubai by opening another branch in Hong Kong, I was desperate to try it. For me, I’m not sure it completely lives up to the high standards that its Thai forefather has set, however. Whereas the Bangkok restaurant exudes a warm, casual feel, set in a beautiful old Thai house and courtyard, adorned with ...
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Ever since I was little, I have always loved cooking. I used to make every effort I could to do a big supermarket shop and cook yummy meals most days, whether just for myself or for small dinner parties. Now, however, living in Hong Kong, I cook far less often. Whether this is because I can’t really find exactly what I’m looking for in the supermarkets (and when I can it’s outrageously expensive), or whether it’s because I have just ...
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Although we all love the lifestyle here in Hong Kong, it cannot be denied that sometimes, or perhaps more often than sometimes, life just shoots by far too fast and we find ourselves short of time to really take care of ourselves. This is particularly true when it comes to eating food that is actually doing our bodies good. When we’re short of time to have a decent lunch, we often opt for places that offer something quick and unhealthy, ...
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Le Souk

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Another review for Timeout led me to Le Souk, a brand new Middle Eastern restaurant on Staunton Street. Le Souk stands in the place where Pacific Grill used to be and follows the speedy exit of Z Grill, a restaurant which appeared to last only five minutes. Let’s hope Le Souk doesn’t suffer the same fate. It is, however, owned by Egyptian brothers Dody and Hero, also owners of the ever-popular Sahara and Antipasto (both on Elgin Street). Considering the ...
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Madam Sixty Ate has received a lot of hype since its opening in the summer and I have been desperate to see what all the fuss is about. The answer is that it is a different species of restaurant to what we are used to seeing in Hong Kong, where the two Australian chefs, Chris Woodyard, formerly culinary director at W Hotel, and Andrew Braham, formerly Tom Aiken's sous chef in London, carefully present European-inspired cuisine with that all important ...
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Over the past few months, Café Deco Group has been busy increasing its repertoire of yummy restaurants and I had the pleasure of visiting one of them on Monday night. dim sum bar, over on what we have established is actually not-such-a-dark side, opened its doors in Harbour City at the end of August, serving its namesake both in the form of old trusty classics and interesting modern treats. Behold my second dim sum review on The Dim Sum Diaries… ...
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I thought I had found my favourite restaurant-filled building, but I think I may have just found Stanley 11’s rival. Fusion 5th Floor, a restaurant with neither an original nor an interesting name yet very original and interesting food, is situated in The Pemberton on Bonham Strand. As soon as I entered the lift and saw the names of all the restaurants, I knew, even before reaching the fifth floor that I would have to return again. And again. And again… ...
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  Fully aware of my love of food, and particularly my adoration of chocolate, as my leaving present from AsiaSpa, the lovely girls gave me a voucher for afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton’s Chocolate Library. I'm sure you can imagine my excitement at receiving this, an excitement that was intensified when I had actually made the booking, months in advance, for tea a couple of Sundays ago. I have been to Ozone, the bar at the top of the Ritz, ...
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Yardbird

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  Since even before it opened, I had heard nothing but good publicity about Yardbird’s chicken yakitori. Knowing that the chef, Matt Abergel, had been poached from Zuma, I wasn’t at all surprised at what I was hearing and was eager to try it for myself. A little past Oolaa on Bridges Street, you’ll find Yardbird, a modern, lively restaurant modelled on a Japanese izakaya – a down to earth neighbourhood restaurant, and that is exactly the vibe that Yardbird ...
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I was invited to the media preview of ‘A Nordic Autumn’ at FINDS, a five-course menu tasting extravaganza. Having only just started work and begun to re-accustom my body to the early mornings, the thought of the trek across to the dark side filled me with dread...until I remembered how good the food was last time (see review here) and how good it would inevitably be this time. So, once more, I bit the bullet and off to the dark ...
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