By David Sutton
268a Shun Tak Centre
Tel: 2517 7696
Grub: Mix of Asian and Western. Menu changes throughout the day.
Vibe: Typical mall-style semi-fast-food eatery, with black-trimmed white walls. The kitchen is open so you can watch the chef as he prepares your food. The staff is friendly, and service is prompt.
Who to take: Your travelling companions if you are going to or coming from Macau.
What's hot: There are three menus here. Breakfast is available from 7.30am to 11.30am; lunch and dinner from 11.30am to 9.30pm; and the afternoon tea set available from 3pm to 6pm.
Asian-style breakfasts include braised e-fu noodles with straw mushroom, Chinese chives, and conpoy (dried scallop), and satay beef with fried egg in noodle soup. Western breakfasts include eggs, toast, beans, tomatoes and hash browns with ham, bacon or sausage, crispy fish fillet or chicken steak in mushroom sauce. The chicken, which is fried in the local style, is probably the best option. The hash browns are a little on the small side, but the toast is good and thick. Other items include barbecued pork or luncheon meat with fried egg and fusilli in soup.
The main menu includes a range of curry and pasta dishes. Linguine with assorted mushrooms looked tempting as does the seafood curry with rice. Also served with rice are Thai-style roast chicken and baked fish fillet and shrimp in lobster sauce. The fish fillet burger, mince and chicken and mushroom pie are all served with French fries.
Noodle dishes include seafood laksa or Japanese-style beef with ramen. The ramen is well worth tasting. It is served piping hot with mushrooms, corn, seaweed and bean sprouts.
The tea set menu is mostly variations of the main menu, but it does include the only dessert, which is American cheesecake.
As well as the usual canned drinks are on sale and fresh juices, look out for the range of fruit-flavoured white teas.
What's not: It has to be remembered that this is a low-budget restaurant, and one can't really expect too much. However the mince pie was notable mostly for its complete lack of mince. The filling was almost entirely potato soaked in a meat-flavoured gravy. It was edible, just somewhat disappointing.
Cost: None of the items on the menu cost more than HK$58, and most cost much less. Breakfasts and tea sets are mostly HK$26 to HK$32. Lunch and dinner dishes start at HK$38. You'd have to be very hungry indeed to spend more than HK$80.