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Hong Kong budget eats

Five places to eat for under HK$100 in Yau Tsim Mong - save money on meals after your Christmas holiday blowout

From health-food-focused Japanese to Taiwanese hot pot, an Indian buffet bargain and a fusion feast, there’s plenty to like about these budget restaurants on Kowloon side

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 January, 2017, 1:01pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 January, 2017, 4:29pm

If you need to economise after a Christmas and New Year blow-out, we’ve got an idea to help you save money: five places on Kowloon side where you can eat for under HK$100 a head. They’re all places we’ve tried in the past few months (for scores of other reviews of budget dining options on both sides of the harbour and further afield, see link at end of story). To read full reviews of these restaurants, click on their names.

Floom Floom, Tsim Sha Tsui

There’s a focus on healthy fare at Floom Floom, with ingredients such as tofu, beetroot and avocado, and unlike many of Tsim Sha Tsui’s cheaper restaurants, no pressure to vacate your table for waiting guests. Among the dishes we tried was the yuzu pepper grilled chicken and shrimp salad (HK$88). The chicken and shrimp were fresh and went well with the sesame sauce.

M&S Café, Mong Kok

Although not as dainty as those served in high-end cafés, the cakes and sandwiches were delicious and the afternoon tea set (HK$179 for two) is reasonably priced. We also liked the crushed avocado on toast (HK$49 for two pieces).

The Menu, Tai Kok Tsui

Opened by a disciple of celebrity chef Jacky Yu, this fusion restaurant offers remarkably good value. An appetiser of white wine mala spicy clams (HK$32) is a must-try. We recommend the chilled pineapple soup (HK$28). We liked the tom yum seafood penne (HK$44). Be warned: with only 11 seats, dinner bookings must be made days in advance.

8 Pots, Tsim Sha Tsui

This hot pot restaurant offers eight versions of the smelly hot pots which are famous in Taiwan.

Each hotpot costs HK$98 (including a drink) at lunchtime and is served with a bowl of rice. We liked the house special hot soup with sliced pork, clam, vermicelli, mushroom and tomato.

Curry Leaf, Jordan

At HK$78 per head including an Indian soft drink, this could be Hong Kong’s best-value lunch buffet. You’ll find most of the classic Indian dishes – the selection changes daily – but go early. On the day we visited, most of the food had gone by 2pm.

Five places to eat for under HK$100 in Causeway Bay or Central while you wait for January’s pay cheque after that holiday blowout

For dozens of budget dining options all over Hong Kong, take a look at our Hong Kong budget eats page (and add it to your topics list in the SCMP mobile app).