Month: November 2016

Mamasita’s Cantina: Casual Fun Mexican Food

I was both excited and nervous when I heard a new Mexican restaurant was coming to Central. Excited because apart from Calimex, Little Burro and Brickhouse, there haven’t been many Mexican spots opening up in the recent few years (have there..?). Nervous because I heard it was under the same group as My Tai Tai – which I honestly feel serves mediocre chain restaurant-like Thai food a few floors down. Ok, My Tai Tai is not that bad, but because we have Kowloon City and a whole lot of other new Thai restaurants flooding the city lately, My Tai Tai just doesn’t live up to Hong Kong Thai food standards. Mamasita’s Cantina is cute and very colourfully decorated – it’s home to the perfect ambience if you’re looking for casual good vibes with a group of friends. In fact, there were at least four big groups dining there when we went on a Thursday night. Guacamole Dip – HK$88 *must order* Starting with some guacamole and chips is an unspoken must if you’re having Mexican food, so I …

Lantau Trail Sec. 12: Hike to Beachside Restaurant Mavericks

For those of us who aren’t serious trail runners, but are fit and nature-loving, a comfortably challenging hike which ends at a beachside restaurant could not be a more perfect way to spend a Saturday morning/afternoon. It’s always nice to have a rewarding end point to a hike, which is also the reason I highly recommend part of the MacLehose Trail Section 2 in Sai Kung which leads to Ham Tin Wan. That walk is still the best value-for-effort walk I’ve done to date. It’s easy (I can even bring my toy poodle along), the views are amazing and you end up at a beach restaurant. Section 12 of Lantau Trail is similar, except the beach restaurant – Mavericks – is even better. Lantau Trail Section 12: Mui Wo to Pui O (we went backwards) What I loved about this hike is that it’s more challenging (than the walk to Ham Tin I mentioned earlier). There are steeper climbs and descents, but it’s still just challenging in the right doses. There are some beautiful views …

Fujiyama 55: Japanese Sea Urchin Tsukemen

Ever since 三田製麵所 Tsukemen Mitaseimenjo and Tetsu opened up in Causeway Bay, I’ve been hooked onto Japanese tsukemen noodles. But what is tsukemen? Unlike the more prevalent type of soup ramen, Japanese tsukemen noodles are much thicker and are not served in a soup broth. Instead, a smaller bowl of thick broth is served on the side, which is usually extremely dense and flavourful. You’re meant to pick up a few strands of the noodles then dip it in the sauce before slurping. Quick lunch in Tsim Sha Tsui East A flavourful broth and al dente noodles are a must for my bowl of tsukemen noodles. But when I was walking around Tsim Sha Tsui East for a quick lunch to kill some time, I came across this quaint-looking Japanese storefront and saw that they sell sea urchin tsukemen. I was instantly sold. Sea urchin? A surprisingly good fit for ramen From the menu photos, I wasn’t sure if sea urchin would be a good match for ramen noodles, or if this was just one of those places trying …