Fah Thai March 2014 - page 109

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1 _
WHAT WE
RECOMMEND
Occupying a great
expanse of green in the
upper north-east corner of
Hong Kong, Sai Kung West
Country Park is a world
away from the concrete,
pollution and noise of
Kowloon and Central. Sai
Kung’s town centre also
boasts plenty of stalls,
restaurants, bars and
coffee shops, as well as a
waterfront promenade.
2 _
KNOW THE
NUMBER
61 – the number of
films in which the late,
lamented Leslie Cheung
appeared over the course
of a glittering – though
short-lived – career.
3 _
LIONS NATURE
CENTRE
No visit to Sai Kung
is complete without a
trip to the Lions Nature
Education Centre. Set
amid varied flora and
fauna, the centre features
vegetable and herb
gardens, a stall selling
fresh, local produce, two
ponds, an "insectarium"
and a nature trail through
the woods.
COUNTRY
CODE
+852
EXCHANGE
RATE
HK$7.7 = US$1
FREQUENCY
2 flights per day
via Koh Samui
VIBRANT
Hong
Kong is one of
the most densely
populated cities in
the world
C R O S S R O A D S
Top 3
insider
travel tips
Top tables
HIGH STREET GRILL
With the impending arrival
of the MTR in Sai Ying Pun,
restaurants and bars are
popping up at a rapid clip. High
Street Grill is a casual eatery
serving homey food, with great
coffee to boot. Dishes include
fettuccine bolognaise, steak
and eggs, chicken Caesar salad
and a no-nonsense wagyu beef
burger. If you’re tired of eating in
Central, then this is the place to
come for well-made nosh.
(highstreetgrill.net)
SUSHI KUU
Good sushi and sashimi in Lan
Kwai Fong was once hard to
come by. But that has changed
with the arrival of Sushi Kuu.
Diners can either sit kitchen-
side or at the tables dotting the
restaurant. Try the remarkably
fresh sushi or light tempura,
which is not the least bit greasy.
(1/F, Wellington Place)
Bottoms Up
121BC
The fast-paced gentrification of
SoHo continues, as yet another
local Cantonese dining spot
makes way for a Western joint
where a glass of wine costs
more than a meal did at its
predecessor. But that’s not to
say that this new bar-cum-
restaurant at the top of Peel
Street isn’t worth saving up
for. Chief sommelier Giorgio
De Maria sources only the
finest wines from Italy, while
food highlights include grilled
calamari, homemade pasta and
hanger steak. It’s a great place
for an after-work drink and a
bite to eat.
(121bc.com.hk)
BRECHT’S
This small, nondescript bar has
been around for a while now,
but it’s so often given facelifts
and is so out of the way that
it rarely gets a look in. Tucked
away in Causeway Bay and
featuring a dark interior, Brecht’s
is noteworthy for its music –
always well chosen by its two
friendly owners – and its great
selection of beers.
(123 Leighton Rd)
Hong Kong
TEXT: OLIVER CLASPER
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