Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Caroline Soubanh, Teakha operations manager
Soubanh likes Vietnamese pho, Lebanese cuisine and French food, and if she has to be romantic, getting up close and personal at Ronin
My dining style is pretty casual. I like to eat at home most of the time. Home-cooked food is the best. However, Hong Kong has so many options, it’s sometimes hard to resist the convenience.
One of my frequent choices is BEP Vietnamese Kitchen (LG/F, 9-11 Staunton Street, SoHo, tel: 2522 7533). I am originally from France. There, you’re spoiled with authentic and affordable Vietnamese food, which is surprisingly hard to find here. BEP is the only place I go to for pho. The soup is fragrant, the beef is thinly sliced and the rice noodles are not ove cooked unlike in other places.
I like Maison Libanaise (10 Shelley Street, SoHo, tel: 2111 2284) because you can have an all-vegetarian meal without feeling like you’re missing the meat. It’s tasty, colourful, full of spices, and the portions are just perfect for sharing. My favourites include the roasted cauliflower and golden fried eggplant. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is warm, albeit a bit noisy in the evening.
I might be biased but I would take visitors to Teakha Kitchen (18 Po Tuck Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 3956 9009) after a walk around the city. The masala chai is my favourite tea from the menu and the only place in Hong Kong I get it.
For French food, my boyfriend’s cooking is the best, but there are some other options. Grab the roast chicken sandwich from La Rotisserie (three locations including 71 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, tel: 2857 0818) for a quick lunch and finish off with their sea salt chocolate cake. It’s perfection for less than HK$100.
I don’t really do romantic dinners, but if I had to choose a place, I guess it would be Ronin (8 On Wo Lane, Sheung Wan, tel: 2547 5263). It has that speakeasy vibe with the almost invisible door entrance. The place is tiny so you’re seated on counters, close to your dining partner and the service is very professional but friendly. Of course, the food is amazing too, heavenly for seafood lovers.
As told to Andrew Sun