I know a place

Andrew Sun

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 July, 2013, 10:29pm

Barney Cheng is a fashion designer known for his couture evening gowns and wedding dresses.


"Since I work in Central, I'm usually popping into restaurants close to my studio. I tend to go for Japanese first, then steak, Italian food and then Chinese.

If I am with clients, I usually book Xuan Sushi (3/F Parekh House, 63-65 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2537 5555), as the lunch is amazing value for money. The offerings are extremely fresh and chef Cheng Chi-keung's preparations are innovative.

Sushi Hiro (10/F Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 8752) is another of my haunts. Its tempura fish, shelled hairy snow crab, plum wine, and kettle soup are some of my all-time favourites.

I also love On Lot 10 (34 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2155 9210). The food is so yummy but oh-so fattening. I must walk past Ms B's Cakery (39 Gough Street, tel: 2815 8303) at least once a week to satisfy my addiction for Ms Gokson's creations. She is a wonder cake woman.

I love Italian, so when I need comfort food, I go to Giando (1/F The Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King Street, Fenwick Pier, Wan Chai, tel: 2511 8912) for its scrumptious breads and out-of-this-world pizzas. The sea salt baked sea bass is yummilicious!

If I'm in a rush and want somewhere quiet to eat alone, I go for a late lunch at the Foreign Correspondents' Club (2 Lower Albert Road, Central, tel: 2521 1511), which is a members-only venue. It's cheap, cheerful and the service is great. The most wonderful thing is no mobile phones are allowed so it's very peaceful. Its Indian offerings are yummy, but most of the time I have the chicken Caesar due to my middle-age spread. I haven't done any fancy nights out for a while but, when the craving comes, I go for a red meat feast at The Steak House at the InterContinental hotel (LG/F, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2313 2323). It's an institution now. I love its salad bar, its heart attack-inducing tower of onion rings and super-fantabulous dessert bar.

I confess, I love Cipriani's (12/F Bank of China Building, 2A Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2501 0222) cake selection more, but it doesn't have the Steak House's ginger soufflé.

If I'm eating just with my office kiddos, we usually make a beeline for Hanagushi Yakitori Japanese Restaurant (8/F, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2521 0868). It's cheap, cheerful and I have a VIP card so I can get a 10 per cent discount. I've been going for 15 years so it has become like a canteen.

I travel a lot, so I have a list of favourites all over the world. In Macau, I like Tenmasa (11F Altira Macau, Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa, tel: +853 8803 6611), Robouchon au Dome (43/F Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau, tel: +853 8803 7878) and Beijing Kitchen at the Grand Hyatt Macau (City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, tel: +853 8868 1930)."