The Seafood Mile
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Hong Kong, Hong Kong Guide (D): The Seafood Mile

Cheung Chau is one of a cluster of Islands off the coast of Hong Kong. It has a fishing harbor to the front, which is overlooked by many restaurants. With it being a fishing harbor, you can buy a variety of fish, you may never have seen before and take them to a restaurant, where they will cook them for you at a cost of $50-$100 depending on the size of the fish. The following is a guide to 10 of these restaurants known as The Seafood Mile.
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Guide Name: The Seafood Mile
Guide Location: Hong Kong » Hong Kong
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Destinations: 10
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Base To Eat   The King Cafe   WSYZ Cafe   The Rainbow   Hang Mei Restaurant   Red Point   Morocco's Restaurant & Bar   Cheung Po Tsai   Lovely Island Restaurant   U CAN COOK  
Author: Andy Chester
Author Bio: Written by Andy Chester, a critically acclaimed UK songwriter for his band My Computer, who runs his own online record label Recreation Records and was, at the time of writing, living in Cheung Chau.
Author Website: http://www.recreationrecords.com
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Base To Eat

1) Base To Eat

Turning left off the ferry, you will pass a variety of eateries but we will start at the top of the first stretch of Restaurants where you will find Base To Eat. This restaurant is very popular with the tourists and locals alike. Dining is al fresco and a line of tables and chairs are prepared at around 6pm when the restaurant opens. The food can be cooked either at the table or, from the kitchen, comes a full menu of fresh sashimi, meat and vegetable dishes in Chinese and Western styles. There is a fish trader next door, where you can choose from a large selection of fish that are still swimming. I can recommend the prawns. They are huge. You buy your fish here and take them back to base. All the food is amazing. My favorite is beef flank in red, green or yellow coconut curry, with broccoli in garlic and ginger. The lean tuna is also very good. Prices range from around $60 for the beef flank and broccoli to around $100 for the fresh fish dishes, which are too numerous to mention here. The menu is eight pages long and action packed. All tastes are catered for. They also sell a comprehensive range of beers and wines. Closing time is 2am. They close for 1 or 2 days a week for a well-deserved break. Very busy.
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The King Cafe

2) The King Cafe

The King Café down a couple of doors is more of an indoor affair, but there are a couple of tables outside. This is the cheapest restaurant along the harbor and offers no nonsense Chinese food but you can also get egg and chips. The dishes range from your standard beef and chicken curries, to pork chops with noodles and every kind of noodle and rice dish you can think of. The curries are around $35 and the chop and other meat dishes are around $70. The portions are big and fresh and the service comes with a smile. This is a really good budget place to eat and whether you are here for the day or to stay, this will accommodate for the smaller pockets amongst you.
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WSYZ Cafe

3) WSYZ Cafe

The next restaurant along the mile is a dainty establishment which serves a selection of Soufflé’s, Panini’s, Eggs Benedict with ham and Escargot Bourguignone as specials. Other well-known Italian dishes are on the main menu, which makes this more of a Western establishment fare wise. For desert there is Apple Crumble Tart and daily treats. One of the quieter places to eat. Small tables inside and out. Prices from $40 to $80HKD. Reminded me of Happy Days. It has an American diner feel to it, without looking like one. Plays a great classic rock 'n' roll soundtrack for you to eat along to.
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The Rainbow

4) The Rainbow

The Rainbow Restaurant is what looks like WYSE Cafe's sister restaurant. Another restaurant with a 50’s American feel to it and leanings to Western cuisine. There are Tortillas, Fajitas, a huge all day full English breakfast menu and lots of deserts from Chocolate Fondue to Honey Toast with Ice Cream with any drinks and smoothies. Set meals on three big menus and value for money. My favorites were the beef and chicken Fajitas. A great place for and very popular with, kids. Mainly small tables indoors, with a few outside too. Prices between $38 and $80.
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Hang Mei Restaurant

5) Hang Mei Restaurant

At the corner of Man Shun Lane, this restaurant offers al fresco dining on the harbor front and just back from it under a canopy, there are more tables. Inside dining is just three tables. The tables are large and round and cater for family eating, which is why it is full mostly, but there are a few smaller ones for couples and singles. The food here is traditional Hong Kong fare and there is lots of it. Just about every imaginable dish is on offer from $45. Steamed Fresh Fish, Cherrystone Clam, Deep Fried Squilla, Steamed Lamarck and Vermicelli’s all for $78. One of the most popular restaurants in Cheung Chau and busy right through the day and night. If you are looking for something authentic and family oriented, this is the place for you.
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Red Point

6) Red Point

If you follow Man Shun Lane down for 10 seconds walk, you will find on the opposing corner a very cute Japanese restaurant. Red point is an indoor affair and offers a wide variety of Japanese and some Western fare too in the form of their Campbell’s soup series. Beef Tenderloin with Macaroni or Spaghetti in 6 types of Campbell’s soup. There are Noodle soups and Ink Noodles with Squid and Ink. Vietnamese cold vermicelli rice noodle and Japanese Teisyoku which is my favorite. It comes on a set plate, with rice, chicken or beef, seaweed and tempura prawn accompanied by a bowl of miso soup, which you have to stir to really appreciate the freshness. The service is very friendly and with a smile, which most of this island has, on account of it being a favored holiday and day out for the residents and visitors of Hong Kong and China. Prices for the Teisyoku are very reasonable. At $58 you get a meal, a soup and a drink. All other set meals like noodles in soup, rice & spaghetti, rice stick noodle with laksa soup and Cheung Chau style braised pork rice are $40 which makes this a good value place to eat and drink. Nice food and a nice clean stylish décor. A little gem
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Morocco's Restaurant & Bar

7) Morocco's Restaurant & Bar

Ran by Harry, who has adorned the walls of the entrance to his restaurant with images of the mountains of Nepal where he was born and grew up. Woman pick rice and the views of the Nepalese countryside are evocative. Harry serves a Thai/Indian menu and what a menu it is. Just about every delicious thing about food is for sale here. Thai roasted barbecue chicken is an absolute must at $68 for ½ and $132 whole. You won’t need to eat anything else all day if you get the whole chicken. Whatever they coat the chicken in is seriously tasty. Thai Hot Pot is three types of fish for $138 four soups (sour and spicy prawn, coconut chicken, seafood and veg) at $58 for small to $138 for large, three noodle dishes (Pak Thai, La Na, La Na Tar Lat) Salads are around $50. Vegetable dishes from $55 - $68HKD. Rice dishes from $56 - $68. Thai set meals are $248 for 2, $458 for 4 and $598 for 6. Indian dishes are just as comprehensive with appetisers like veg samosa, veg pakora and onion baji from $38. Soups and salads are from $50. All Tandories like chicken tikka and hariyali chicken are served. There are 10 fish dishes (Jal Ki Rani) and 11 vegetable dishes (Jhadi Ki Sabzi) Indian sets are $458 for 4 and $598 for 6 people. All beers, whiskeys and soft drinks served. This is a dual indoor/outdoor seated Restaurant. The hardest working restaurant in Cheung Chau.
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Cheung Po Tsai

8) Cheung Po Tsai

This restaurant grows its own organic dill and makes its own Japanese Blueberry Cheesecake fresh on site every day. The dishes range in price from $48 -$250. There are some fantastic fish dishes like the sea bass fillet $128 and the Norwegian gravlax salmon $168. Various cheese and salami platters, tortellini and creole bouillabaisse, primavera, risottos, soups and pizza’s priced at $48 for small and $88 for the large, this is the suavest of western style restaurants on the island. The décor is cosmopolitan and the tables are all indoors. Strong specialty beers from Germany are reasonably priced and have to be tried along with whatever meal you choose. One of the more expensive places to eat on Cheung Chau, but the food and service make it worth every penny.
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Lovely Island Restaurant

9) Lovely Island Restaurant

This restaurant is ran by a Portuguese lady called Dina and it has a Portuguese fusion style menu. It is currently undergoing a renaissance with French and Italian chefs. The décor is Mediterranean and the menu is Mid-price in cost and changes its set meals daily up to $180. It has an a la carte menu serving salads, sandwiches and soups at a price of $40-$80. Dina serves a mean red wine reduction sauce and Portuguese Sangria. The main courses are chicken and beef curry, seafood pasta, grilled rib eye steak, USA pork chops, Atlantic fish and chips, grilled lamb chops and many more mouthwatering dishes for $60 -$95. The seating is café style indoors and is undergoing refurbishment. The service is homely and friendly.
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U CAN COOK

10) U CAN COOK

U CAN COOK is just a little further down the Street, just past Shing Cheong Lane. It is a café style place that has two sites opposite each other. One is Hong Kong style, the other is more Western, with an English country cottage feel to it. They serve simple delicious dishes: Baked potatoes, baked spaghetti, skewers, steaks, roast chicken, pasta dishes, rice and noodle soups, duck breast and smoked salmon. Winkle Mollusc w/ Mashed Potato. Baked Mahed Potato. Cheese Horse Roof Sausage. Baked Lamb Chop. Baby Pork Rib. Seafood Platter. For desserts there is Cold Chocolate Mousse Cake, Chocolate Brownies and

Ice Cream Pancakes. Special Drinks are Rainbow Chocolate Cookie Smoothies and Guava Lemon Soda. You can expect to pay anywhere between $40 and $120 and all the seats are indoors.

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