G/F, 35 Lower Cheung Sha Village
Tel: 2320 2001
Vibe: Relaxed beach bar. Situated right on the waterfront, you can either choose one of the tables on the sand itself, one of the tables on the outdoor, sheltered terrace, or, if it’s really hot, retreat inside to the sanctuary of the air con.
Who to take: Your friends, after a long day of paddle boarding or kayaking on the beach. The food menu describes itself as “international”, and there really is something for everyone, from salads and Asian dishes to pizza and ribs.
What’s hot: The food tastes great. The chicken tikka pizza had an ultra thin and crispy base that makes a nice change from the thick, stodgy pizzas we are normally served in Hong Kong. There was a generous amount of chicken tikka on top and the yogurt and coriander sauce was thoughtfully served on the side as it had a bit of a kick, which makes it easier if you’re sharing and people like different levels of spice.
The ribs aren’t as easy to share, but the meat was tender, juicy, and fell off the bone, and the BBQ sauce was finger-licking good. Served with fries and onion rings, the dish was beautifully presented on a wooden block, and it’s nice to see that even a low-key beach restaurant put some thought into their presentation.
What’s not: The price of drinks. HK$30 for a 7-UP seems painfully expensive, and the hiked-up price jars with the image of relaxed local beach hangout that they are trying to create. Also, although the pizza had a generous amount of chicken tikka, it could have done with a little more cheese, as the base ended up being a little too crunchy and dry. While the restaurant doesn’t mind if you leave your food while you go back for a paddle, this isn’t really possible because some little birds are not afraid to brazenly climb all over your table and eat your food right from your plate.
Cost: Starters cost HK$98-HK$148. Salads are HK$138-HK$168, main courses cost between HK$128 and HK$180. Asian delights cost from HK$88 to HK$168. Drinks are HK$30-HK$70.