Favourite dining spots of Nicholas Larkin, theatre producer for Millennium Entertainment International
Aussie expat offers his go-to places for the best Thai food, Shanghai dumplings, coffee and a big breakfast
I’m from Sydney and previously lived in Singapore and Dubai before Hong Kong. I like spicy food, which I picked up in Singapore. But I am a creature of habit. I do like to try local foods, but nothing really scary like chicken feet or blood cakes.
For local food, we’ll go to Social Place (2/F The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 3568 9666). But my favourite cuisine is Thai. I eat that once or twice a week. Tuk Tuk Thai (30 Graham Street, Central, tel: 2542 2760) is a favourite. But recently we’ve been going to Thai On High (Kam Lun Mansion, 39-41 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2858 7380). I like the pork or chicken stir-fried with basil. It’s quite authentic. A lot of Thai is very sweet, and Hong Kong tends to serve it extra sweet.
I am a coffee fiend. The latest place I enjoy is Winstons Coffee (213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2559 5078). They serve latte in a large glass so you can see the colour. The other place that is quite good is CoCo Espresso (50 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2663 2884). The guy who owns it did his barista training in Australia. He even does Vegemite toast.
I don’t really do lunch. My colleagues need hot food, but I often just grab and go with a Pret a Manger sandwich. I am big on breakfast, as Australians tend to be. On weekends, we go to Oolaa (Centre Stage, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2803 2083). I don’t necessarily do big British fry-ups, but I must have eggs. The other breakfast place I like is Nosh (11 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2559 8508).
We’re not big on spending thousands of dollars on dinners, either. We have Indian curry at Chautari Restaurant (1/F Queen Street Cooked Food Market, 1 Queen Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 2600 4408). They are very good and it’s a change from my usual Thai green curry.
The place I take visitors is Isola (shop 3071-75, 3/F IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, tel: 2383 8765) for its views of the harbour. Another good place is The Pawn (2/F, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 3444) where we try to sit on the balcony. We go to East Hotel mainly for drinks and the view at Sugar (32/F East, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, tel: 3968 3738) but we’ve had dinner at Feast (1/F East, tel: 3968 3777) a few times. Another good choice for a view is Hutong (28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3428 8342).
We like the Shanghainese dumplings at Xia Fei Society (4/F Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2522 7611). And finally, I’ve given up sugar but I like the ginger soup and sesame dumplings at Honeymoon Dessert (shop 4-8, Western Market, Sheung Wan, tel: 2851 2606).