'I’m opening a submarine!’ Jamie Oliver struggles with Cantonese as he announces Hong Kong restaurant

Lost in translation: The video, which features Jamie Oliver attempting to repeat words read out by a Cantonese-speaker off-screen, has received more than 35,000 hits since it was posted on Tuesday. Photo: Jamie's Italian

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver proved his cooking is better than his Cantonese, when he announced in a YouTube video his new Hong Kong restaurant would be 'very slippery'.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 7:35am 6 comments

Civil engineer Simon Wong built a small family restaurant business into a HK$1 billion company

From the moment Simon Wong took over the family-run restaurant business, he has only one thing on his mind - change. Photo: Thomas Yau

Simon Wong Kit-lung is an executive director of restaurant management firm LHGroup. Under his management, the company has grown to 30 restaurants, including Banqueting House and Gyu-Kaku, and has more than HK$1 billion in annual turnover. Wong is the son of one of the company's founders.

25 Jan 2014 - 5:14am

Here comes Kennedy

Once filled with apothecaries and dried fish stores, Hau Wo Street now boasts Western and fusion cuisine. Photo: Nora Tam

A small street in this out-of-the-way district is quietly starting to figure on the culinary map, writes Anneliese O'Young

13 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Restaurant review: Cornucopia Fine Dining

The opulent interior of Cornucopia Fine Dining. Photo: Edward Wong

Cornucopia Fine Dining is an odd name for a Chinese restaurant, and nothing about the interior or food would suggest the lavish abundance that its namesake brings to mind.

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Restaurant review: Sour and Spicy Noodle

Original Chongqing tingling; the comfortable booths. Photo: Nora Tam

Most of the seats in this small restaurant were in comfortable booths overlooking a busy area of Causeway Bay.

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

I know a place: CNBC Asia host Bernie Lo

Bernie Lo

"When I started as a cub reporter at ATV, I didn't make much money so I discovered lots of cheap and great noodle and congee places in Kowloon City, where I lived.

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Restaurant review: Bresola

Bresola's cosy, 24-seat interior. Photo: May Tse

The high ceilings, pale walls, tasteful fixtures and accordion doors, which were fully open on the night of our visit, made this small restaurant comfortable rather than claustrophobic.

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Avian visitor curries favour with Hong Kong

Hong Kong people have taken to their latest giant visitor like a duck to water. Photo: George Chen

That duck - don’t pretend you don’t know the one I’m talking about - is the talk of the town.

7 May 2013 - 11:47am

Restaurant review: Socialito

The Taqueria at Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central. Photo: K.Y.Cheng

If there is any doubt that the Hong Kong restaurant scene is experiencing a Latin Renaissance, look no further than the new taco joints that are popping up in Central. In the past twelve months, Mr. Taco Truck, Taco Chaca, Chicha, Brickhouse and Socialito opened all within the 100-yard radius of my office.

6 Apr 2013 - 2:03am

Restaurant review: Chicha

Chicha only takes reservations by text messages. Photo: SCMP

The Latin fever in Hong Kong’s restaurant scene is showing no sign of abating. While tapas places are springing up like champiñóns, the trend has now spread to less familiar cuisines. Take Chicha for example.

6 Mar 2013 - 9:28am

Restaurant review: 22 Ships

The bar facing the kitchen at 22 Ships.

Despite all that’s happening in Spain – a debt crisis and the looming threat of Catalonia’s secession – Spanish food is all the rage in Hong Kong.

5 Mar 2013 - 2:24pm 1 comment

Restaurants targeted by officials in raid on 'Rat Alley' in Lan Kwai Fong

Diners welcomed by restaurant owners in Wing Wah Lane.

Up to 10 officers were involved in the raid on Wednesday that saw three restaurants closed down for the night in Wing Wah Lane - a short alley that extends off D'Aguilar Street and which got its nickname because of the rodents that used to inhabit it. A spokesman said the department had received several complaints recently about obstruction caused by tables and seats placed outside the restaurants.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am 1 comment

Pet Peeve: Valentine's day meals

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

One February 14, at some otherwise unspecified point in the third century AD, a Roman christian named Valentinus is believed to have been martyred for his faith.

14 Feb 2013 - 9:38am

Places to find the food of love

Watermark at Pier 7 has stunning harbour views.

It's that time of year again when couples scramble to make reservations at the city's most romantic restaurants. 

7 Feb 2013 - 9:26am

Expensive cuisines more a matter of price and prejudice

Some friends and I had a discussion on what cuisines were "worth" high prices. I've pondered this often. 

7 Feb 2013 - 9:11am