The Boathouse: raising the level of seaside dining
Hill Choi Lee
88 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, 2813 4467
FARE International seafood cuisine.
AMBIANCE Relaxing and casual, the three-story building at the start of the eating promenade in Stanley sets the mood for a day at the beach.
COST Leans towards the higher end of seaside dining.
WHO TO BRING Friends and family.
TURN-ONS The Boathouse's interior makes for a comfortable seaside dining haunt with its crisp décor, wooden floors and "East Coast" style. The elaborate seafood offering includes a chilled seafood platter (HK$358) to share, or have warm black mussels, prawns and/or clams in small buckets (HK$168 to HK$278). There is a nice selection of beautifully-presented tapas-styled appetisers priced up to HK$138. The pork belly taco is visually pleasing, tasty and easy to share. The presentation continues with their main dishes with meat being the focus. The African chicken and barbecue back pork ribs are their chef's recommendations, however for a light main course opt for the salmon with quinoa black bean cake, which was a flavourful surprise. They also do lunch and dinner specials that include burgers and wraps during the day, and bouillabaisse, crab cake and beef Rossini in the evening.
TURN-OFFS The price can be a bit steep for a beachside dinner. One bucket (small) assorted shellfish, one portion of pork belly taco and the salmon dish, including a glass of sangria, will set you back about HK$650 per person easily.
DRINKS There is a nice assortment of summer drinks, which you can order by the glass or carafe.