THE F X CALIBRE'S GUIDE TO HONG KONG
You think of Hong Kong and immediately food, sights, sounds and style come to mind.
The thoughts of traipsing through the seemingly hundreds of discount shopping malls, markets and centres are made only that much sweeter when coupled with the incredible – and mostly edible – street-side food available around every turn.
Hong Kong truly is a tourist’s dream, and is honestly as easy to expatriate yourself to either for a week, a fortnight or a month, as any other western city or country.
They got something right with this one.
Admittedly, though, it can be a bit confusing, is probably the word, when it comes to deciding where to eat and how to get there with all the half Chinese, half English type names that surround you at every corner.
We’ve put together a bit of a guide on where to stay, where to go, and where to eat in Hong Kong thanks to men’s lifestyle, retail and fashion blogger James Banham from THE F that’ll make life in Hong Kong that much easier til you find your own.
The Fatty Crab
Right in the middle of Hong Kong Island’s party town, Lan Kwai Fong – more colloquially known as LKF – the Fatty Crab is as delicious in menu produce as its name is weird.
It’s the kind of place you’d expect to find north-of-the-river in Melbourne; the moody-lit, secretly doored, interesting drinks listed venue that is almost too cool for itself, but then reels it right back in with its decent staff and top-notch customer service. Best bit is, most of the waiters are European, so for the non-Cantonese speaker, you’re in for a breezy night.
Topping their menu popularities are, to no surprise, their crab options. Although shellfish is sometimes a lot of hard work with not much reward, trying to prise every little morsel of crab from their finiky shells is work every mouthful. They have a huge array of other options ranging from the Asian to the Western and everything in-between.
With a nice sized dining room and a generous sweeping view through a pane of glass of a neighbouring street that often plays highway to the drunk and hilarious; it’s a great restaurant in a great part of town.
See more about Fatty Crab at their website.
Pictures via Fatty Crab Facebook
You know those moments when all you want is a substantial meal of things you know, love and could (and would) eat for days? Soho Spice is that.
Situated fairly centrally in Lan Kwai Fong, Soho Spice is a bit Thai, a bit Vietnamese and a lot delicious.
They serve a lot of traditional and authentic food presented in contemporary, not-scary fashion, perfect for the group diners or a simple eat-and-run. They rate high on Open Rice, Hong Kong’s version of Urban Spoon and are very easy to find.
See more at their website.
Pictures via Soho Spice Facebook
One of the nicest bars in Hong Kong (alongside Aqua Bar in Tsim Sha Tsui), Sevva is a testament to the secret twists and turns that make-up the brilliance of Hong Kong’s night life.
Right in the heart of Hong Kong in Central, there is a building, corporate from the outside, a shopping haven on the inside. With offices.
You walk in, take an unassuming elevator to the top floor and alight, facing a glamorous display case of gold plated cutlery available for purchase to the tune of around $AUD4000. You can imagine the kind of venue you’re about to walk into.
Sevva is immeasurably sophisticated, visually stunning and enjoyably pleasant beyond all other quantifiers, you have no other option than to simply sit back with your overpriced (for Hong Kong) glass of wine and enjoy the view.
It sits atop the roof of a corporate building, overlooking Victoria Harbour and the surrounding highways, dwarfed on all sides by the tallest buildings of the Hong Kong skyline that participate nightly in the 8 o’clock light show; famous around the world.
Every night, the surrounding buildings owned by the likes of HSBC and the like, explode in a display of colour, moving imagery and lights to entertain tourists and keep the skyline interesting regardless of the clear or murky weather that’s taken hold.
It’s a sight to behold and on a clear night, can help any new-to-Hong Kong visitor or seasoned veteran identify all manners of landmarks and renowend buildings as far as the eye can see.
Highly recommended, see more about Sevva on their website.
Pictures via Seeva Website
All-in-all Hong Kong is a phenomenal mixing pot of awesomeness, colour, culture and affordable and decent food. It’s an opening of the eyes, senses, wallet and personality to maximise what you get from each and every turn of its maze-like madness.
If you’ve been, go back; if you haven’t, go.