Being in a foreign country on a free and easy trip is very fun. You never know what you may encounter. This was the case when we were in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago. Although many people say there isn’t much to do at Times Square, we decided to go for the picture-taking opportunity and to try out the food at Food Forum. So we stood in front of the board and wondered which restaurant to pick. There were quite a number of them, all looked really classy and nice, and no prices were mentioned. Oh-oh! So based on eeny, meeny, miny, moe – we picked Hunan Garden!
As we turned towards the lift, we got a shock! It was probably the lunch crowd, but the queue going towards the lifts that would bring us up to the restaurants were a mile long. Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit, but the queue was by no means short! In my life, I’ve never had to queue to get into a lift before. At least not such a long queue. For a moment, we contemplated if we should really go to Hunan Garden, but in the end, we decided we should. And Hunan Garden did not let us down.
As we entered the restaurant, beautiful interior decor greeted us. The tableware were beautiful with motif of horses. As we looked closely, each plate has a different design of a horse. The silver teapot was reflecting the lights off the beautiful chandelier while the silverware were glistening in the light. For a moment, we felt utterly underdressed for the restaurant. We were like typical tourists in our shorts, tee, sandals, and backpack and felt really out of place at Hunan Garden. Every other customer were neatly dressed in suits and dresses. However, that did not deter us from our quest.
EAT! (we were super hungry after that long walk around Central).
We opened up the menu but our meal had been predetermined by my kiddo Shane, who had only one thing in mind.
“I want oodle!” he exclaimed.
So oodle it is. We ordered 3 bowls of noodles. Minced meat in spicy sauce, grilled eel and seafood noodle and so forth. Ordered some fried dumplings too. The taste? Excellent. The noodle texture? Soft and springy. It was absolutely wonderful. The broth from the grilled eel noodle was fabulous. Shane loved every bite of it. So did we.
The overall meal cost us only HKD$130. Not too pricey, but not exactly cheap as we only had 3 bowls of noodles, 1 plate of fried dumplings and chinese tea. But for the taste, Hunan Garden definitely deserved every cent. The service was excellent too.
We left the place feeling satisfied and happy. If you are ever around Times Square and can’t decide which place at Food Forum you want to go to, try Hunan Garden. You won’t regret it.
Hunan Garden Restaurant
13F, Times Square, Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong