It's lunchtime as Cabbage Patch Kids manufacturer Yeung Wing-chung sits at his favourite table at the top of the stairs and surveys the scene. The owner of Amigo restaurant in Happy Valley greets his regular customers as he dines on such dishes as turtle soup, foie gras, fried rice and crepes suzettes. The spritely Yeung comes here practically every day to check up on the classic European restaurant that he's owned for half of his 88 years. Originally on Percival Street in Causeway Bay, the restaurant moved to its current location on Wong Nai Chung Road in 1976. Since then the venue has hosted countless birthdays, wedding proposals and even lovers' tiffs. Having bought the property in Happy Valley, Yeung set about creating the restaurant according to his vision. 'I like old things,' he said. 'What's also good is that I don't need to update the decor. It's been like this for decades.' It's like walking into an old English home with lots of dark wood panelling, bronze statues and watercolours by Sir William Russell Flint on the walls. There are also antique sideboards holding Christofle silver and trolleys for carving or making crepes suzettes at the table. 'I purposely chose wood that had lots of knots in it,' Yeung said. 'What's the point of having plain wood? I wanted the wood to have character.' He explained that each piece was burnt and stained dark. Such is Yeung's attention to detail that he also insisted the high-backed chairs be carved on the back as well as the front. That diligence extends to the choice of premium wines, stored in a cave-like 'cellar' on the second floor. Wait staff are immaculately dressed in tuxedo tails, bow ties and white gloves - a rarity in modern Hong Kong. These days, though, Yeung no longer provides shirts, ties and jackets for male guests he considers unsuitably attired. Yeung comes from an entrepreneurial family whose main business was selling rice. He later branched out into the toy business and hit the jackpot in the 1980s manufacturing one of that decade's crazes - Cabbage Patch Kids. Despite his financial success, Yeung remains a down-to-earth and unassuming restaurateur. Even his staff call him 'Uncle Five', as he's the fifth child in the family. Married and with no children, Yeung follows Chinese tradition by treating his staff like family. 'Some of my staff have been here for more than 40 years,' he says. Yeung started a pension plan for his staff long before the Mandatory Provident Fund scheme began nearly 11 years ago. 'If staff did five years of service, they would get 2.5 per cent, and with 10 years onward, it would be 7.5 per cent. So I've helped some staff put their children through university,' he says. Some of Yeung's regular customers were children when he started the restaurant, and now they're bringing their children. 'For some people, coming here is like coming home,' he says. 'I have one customer who comes here almost every day. The staff reserve a table for her every day and then call before lunchtime to see if she's coming or not.' Yeung also continues to give toys to children to play with at the table. For birthdays and anniversaries, Amigo will give the table a complimentary birthday cake. Many wedding proposals have also been made in the restaurant. 'Ninety-nine per cent of them said yes,' Yeung says. 'Only one said no. In fact, they had an argument, and the woman asked for separate bills, and that was the end of that.' Another special touch is the black-covered mini-notebooks embossed with the restaurant's golden sun logo and the guest's name. 'I think women like to have these to put in their purses in case they need to write something,' he says. Yeung has not completely retired; he keeps active, and that helps him look younger than his age. He stopped playing tennis only four years ago, and he attributes his good health to his habit of exercising since he was young. He now plays golf three times a week after lunch. 'As long as you can walk, you can still play golf,' he says with a smile. 'I only started playing golf when I was 73, and since then I've had five holes-in-one,' he says proudly. 'Some people play their whole lives and cannot even get one,' he says, saying his good swing comes from his earlier days of playing baseball. While Amigo's values may be as old as their owner's, they're still a hit with loyal customers and staff.