The best: just one choice. A favourite dish? Mine is minced bean fish fillets and noodle soup in bamboo at Hunan Garden in Exchange Square. If all Chinese food was this good, I'd never eat any other Asian or Western food again. Those great, made-for-comfort armchairs with arms as broad as tables at The Time Is Always Now on Wyndham Street. There can be no better public place on this crammed little island to mellow out with an Amaretto on the rocks. If the company's great, youcan hear them speak - a rare thing in Lan Kwai Fong. Post 1997's great breakfast, served round the clock. Not only is it pure fuelling-up fodder, it also seems healthy with its great mound of mushrooms and total absence of grease. Pampering afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental's coffee shop, and more specifically the rose petal jam. When will all waiters and waitresses learn to ask if you want the remains boxed-up without a hint of superciliousness? Absolutely anything at the Banana Leaf Curry House, especially the okra curry, aubergine curry and the best roti this side of Malaysia. Thai Delicacy on Hennessy Road: probably the best Thai food in Hong Kong. When it is on, wine served is new world chardonnay, as buttery and round as in a top-class restaurant, and once you've eaten your fill of seafood in a medley of spices, pineapple rice, tom yum soup and chili crabs, an even better surprise awaits - the bill. Truly excellent value. The worst: Suspiciously watery cocktails at the Galley Restaurant in Jardine house. Enough of Arctic blasts. Try to prevent teeth clattering on to chopsticks/forks during summer - at 90 per cent of Hong Kong restaurants. Waiting for a meal at the Waterside Inn, Discovery Bay. Waits in the past year have lasted up to one hour - or one bottle of wine. With luck next year, the food, when it finally comes, will be worth the wait. Abstemious portion of meat at the Marriott's buffet Thanksgiving dinner. Even the long-suffering pilgrims would have found those shaved-off morsels hard to give thanks for. Bentley's in the Prince's Building is a pale imitation of its London namesake. The chefs and waiters should be packed off to London to see how real salmon cakes should taste and look - moist and served with a good pile of greenery and fish pie that is not over-cooked or served in a pyrex dish. Oh, for a gin and tonic that tastes of gin. The ones ordered at LA Cafe, Dan Ryan's and Time is Always Now tasted suitable for children.