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Capo at Rockbund: Pizza was supposed to be good… unfortunately not.

Was trying to find a decent restaurant for dinner in the area and read good things about capo. The restaurant is located on the 5th for of a rather deserted mall (no open shops at all) and is accessed through a lounge / bar like area. The restaurant manager was a very nice guy and suggested a nice by-the-glass wine to go with my pizza. Unfortunately, said pizza was not very good (sorry, Giorgio!) One major problem with the pizza…

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Dadong Roast Duck: Not only the duck is good!

Dadong is one of my “default” restaurants when I come to Beijing – I always tell myself I won’t be going again this time, but would end up there somehow. Impressively, whilst the restaurant was always very busy when I visited, they never failed to find me a seat. That the roast duck is good here should be known by most by now. The skin is deliciously crispy and the meat moist and tender. The options of condiments to go…

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Family Li Imperial Cuisine (厲家菜): Good food with great value. Must try!

Had dinner at the Family Li Imperial Cuisine on Jinbao Street. The restaurant only serves set tasting menus that cost from RMB600 to 3000 per head and is supposed to give a good representation of what their cuisine is about. It was very nice that the waitstaff was not particularly pushy in selling their higher priced menus and said that the lowest priced menu already gives a good taste of their style and the higher priced menus differs mainly in…

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New York Steakhouse @ JW Marriott Sukhumvit: Price and quality mismatch

It is difficult not to question whether it is the lack of outstanding steakhouses that allowed the New York Steakhouse to sell at inflated prices, or whether it was my mistake of coming down for dinner late that has left me severely disappointed. In short, the atmosphere was good, but the food was awful. The dining room certainly felt right – large hefty chairs that are comfortable, with high enough backs and table layout that makes you feel somewhat isolated…

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Poke Co.: Nice new poke stop in Wan Chai!

Any day when you unintentionally come across a good, new restaurant is a good day.  When I went to Wan Chai this afternoon for some chicken steak rice I ended up at the Poke Co.  This is a brand new restaurant in their first day of operation (to be exact, they did a trial run yesterday and officially opened today).  The shop is right where the old Landale Street pop-it used to be, and the layout inside wasn’t much different. …

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Ming Bistro (名館): A young dimsum restaurant with a view.

Us locusts don’t usually find ourselves at Hysan Place for lunch on weekends, despite that we do happen to be in Causeway Bay quite often.  It is just way too busy for our liking and you often have to wait for tables.  This day, though, we happened to be at eslite around lunch and decided to have lunch at Ming Bistro. It is said that Ming Bistro is run by the second generation of the family behind the restaurant chain Ming Garden (名苑酒家), which…

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Miss Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine: So much oil.

Miss Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine… play the music! They’re called bui-doi… the dust of life… Conceived in hell… and born in strife. Such was the first thought I had when I saw the name – a song from the musical Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg et al.  Then I remembered the scene in the musical where a bunch of Vietnamese bar girls / prostitutes compete for the title of “Miss Saigon”.  Yes, it’s never a bad idea to research more extensively when picking a name.  Not…

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Fernandez & Wells: Coffee not bad, food average.

We were at Fernandez & Wells for a quick brunch before heading to the museums nearby. The flat white we have ordered was decent but average, especially when compared with proper coffee shops around London. For food, I had a chorizo omelette on toast – an almost fail-proof recipe. It was average. Whist egg fried in chorizo fat can hardly taste bad, mine was significantly overcooked. The smell in the shop when it was being made was mouth-watering, though. Whilst we…

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Skinners Arms: Friendly & helpful staff, decent beer, average food.

To begin with, be very careful with your personal belongings when you are in this vicinity of the Skinners Arms. Two tourist couples had their phones taken whilst using their maps near the pub, when we were having lunch there. The staff of the pub were very helpful to these couples, going out of their way to give chase but the thief was long gone on his motorcycle and nothing much could be done. We had lunch here, and the…

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The Drapers Arms: Mediocre food, friendly busy staff.

The meal at Drapers Arms was a bit of a disappointment, partly due to our misplaced expectations. In short, the food was overwhelmingly mediocre, the beer / cask ale selection was very limited (yes we were spoiled by the Euston Tap) and the staff were too busy. To be fair, this would serve fine as a local pub, and I would be quite happy if I have a local like this back home. Yet gastropub this is not. The food…

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