The Canny Man

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 April, 2010, 12:00am

Fare Do try traditional Scottish staples such as haggis, Scottish oatcakes, black pudding, lamb stovies and mince and tatties; they are good, plus you probably won't see most of them anywhere else in Hong Kong. They headline the extensive menu packed with pub grub. The regular or vegetarian haggis (left) starters, served with turnips and mashed potatoes, were tasty and so much better than the only time I had tried haggis before - in Edinburgh. Hearty describes the vegetarian all-day breakfast, and the main course of mince and tatties. Both dishes would be ideal after a long night out.

Ambience This is a pub that serves food rather than a restaurant offering drinks. So be prepared, especially if there's sport on the big screen. The framed cartoon of David Sole's Scotland 1990 Grand Slam winning rugby bravehearts, who downed Auld Enemy England at Murrayfield, provides an obvious clue. Another lies in the extensive drinks menu.

Cost A three-course meal, with a drink apiece, will set you back about HK$300 per head. But if you're here for the drinks, and also eat, you won't regret it the next morning.

Who to bring Drinking or betting mates - or both, especially if they're of a sporting persuasion, so that you can continue the arguments over why your favourite team won or lost.

Turn-ons The desserts. The caramel shortbread (millionaire's shortbread) with ice cream or the equally delicious homemade apple pie with ice cream are sensational, evoking childhood memories.

Turn-offs Even potato heads might baulk at the sight of spuds, hash browns and potato scones on the vegetarian all-day breakfast. There's toast, too. Vegetarian sausages would have made a welcome replacement.

Drinks No danger of going thirsty. An extensive selection, alcoholic and other beverages.

Basement, The Wharney Guang Dong Hotel, 57-73 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, 28611935