Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Skandiastyle founder Yardley Wong – it’s all about the sharing
A Michelin-starred establishment that makes her love Hong Kong all over again, a Sai Kung coffee shop with amazing salads and a Vietnamese place for date nights are all at the top of the list for this fashion and style entrepreneur
I love to cook and I do so all the time for family and friends when I am not too busy. That’s why I always like to explore different type of foods for my taste buds. However, the most attractive aspect is sharing at the table. I think it’s very important when dining with friends and family; it is very exciting when everyone is looking forward to the food together.
For Michelin-level dining, I like Bo Innovation (Shop 8, 1/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2850 8371) and Caprice (Podium 6, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, tel: 3196 8860) for their total experiences, from service and food presentation to quality.
I especially like Bo because they bring up some great memories of my childhood. Only local Hong Kong people will understand some of the meanings behind the setting. From the restaurant’s design, the tableware and the ingredients used, it makes me appreciate and love Hong Kong all over again. They conjure local elements that I have taken for granted and forgotten as the city became more East meets West over the years.
I take visiting friends for Shanghainese dinners. I like traditional Shanghainese with a nice environment, so I normally bring guests to Ye Shanghai (two locations including Shop 332, 3/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9833).
For more casual dining, there is a Sai Kung coffee shop called Little Cove Espresso (34 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, tel: 9572 8560) that I spend a lot of time in with my husband and son during the weekend. The meatballs with zucchini spaghetti and the salads are amazing, and it’s in a friendly neighbourhood surrounding.
For a special night, I just like to cook at home. I enjoy keeping traditions like having family and friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chinese New Year and birthdays. But if it is a date night, my husband and I like nice casual dinners in small restaurants just to spend quality time together.
We do not have any particular preference because we like to try new food on date nights. The most important thing is the conversation, but we do like to eat Vietnamese food at Nha Trang (various locations including Shop 1303, 13/F Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2220).