All that swimming/surfing/lying in the sun sure does build up an appetite – here are a few places to satisfy your bellyaching needs. THE BAY 7 Beach Front, Mo Tat Wan, Lamma Island, 2982-8186, www.thebayhk.com Hard to miss with its bright neon sign shining like a beacon in the dusk, The Bay is one of the few beachside restaurants left on Lamma. Heaped bowls of authentic Mediterranean-style pasta are cooked to perfection, while a hearty selection of meats and seafood are grilled to satisfy the needs of all Atkins fans – steaks and veal sausages for the carnies, salmon and sole for omegas. Finish off your meal and take a nap in one of the overnight rooms, complete with twin bed, sleek granite bath and plasma TV. Or alternatively, bring some friends down to the beach and hire the restaurant out for a private party. Getting there: Take a ferry from Aberdeen, schedule available on their website. COCOCABANA UG/F, Beach Building, Deep Water Bay Beach, Island Rd., Deep Water Bay, 2812-2226 Formerly part of Lamma’s crowded hippie restaurant scene, Cococabana’s new location in Deep Water Bay adds another dining experience to the growing beach. The spectacular view spreads across the entire bay, Ocean Park cable cars and failing wakeboarders present in equal measure. While seating is traditionally on the second floor, they aren’t adverse to the idea of setting up on the beach, where former Michelin chef Jean Paul serves up at least five menus on a regular basis. Mediterranean and Provencal choices are set alongside wild game and vegetarian selections, with a vast array of snacks to go with that seaside cocktail. Getting there: Take Citybus 6A, 6X, 41A, 65, 73, 76, 260, 315, 399 or 973. Or jump on minibus 40 or 52. HEMINGWAY’S BY THE BAY Shop G09, G/F, Block A, Water Margin, Discovery Bay, 2987-8855, www.hemingwaysdb.com Despite the obvious literary connotations, Hemingway’s is neither an American nor a Spanish joint. Taking its cue from Jamaican fare, the restaurant is divided into two – half the tables are alfresco, where the lights of Disneyland and Tuen Mun can be seen in the distance, while those who favor interior dining can enjoy the colors of the Caribbean coast. Serving up a fusion of Mediterranean and European delights, Hemingway’s comfortably dishes out barbecued ribs alongside rich seafood pastas, while the West Indian selections like the jerk chicken and key lime pie work well with the background island music. Make sure to drop in for their barbecue nights on Tue, Thu and weekends. Getting there: Take the DB ferry from Central Pier 3. MING KEE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Po Toi Island, 2849-7038 The beach counterpart to their famed Wan Chai and Yuen Long restaurants, Ming Kee is one of the few seaside restaurants not catering solely to gweilos and tourists. Adopting the whole outlying island eatery vibe (open-air interiors, plastic stools, collapsible tables), the restaurant cleverly situates a few tables for alfresco dining, with the rare clean seawater in view. The crowds roar in on the weekends for the freshly caught seafood, where oceanic specialties like chili squid and baked oysters in wine are served along with the more traditional grilled fish and shrimps in soy sauce. Getting there: On Tue, Thu and weekends, grab the ferry from Aberdeen or St. Stephen’s Beach in Stanley. Hire a junk or sampan on the odd days. OOH LA LA Pui O Beach, Lantau, 2984-8710, www.treasureisland.com.hk Recently rejuvenated with a new chef and menu, Ooh La La is the lone restaurant on Pui O Beach. With the menu changing according to the climate, the restaurant makes sure to keep a steady selection of barbecued meats (seafood, chicken, steaks) ready for all beach bums. Head over on a Sunday morning and be greeted with their brunch special or stop by for one of their salsa nights. Getting there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 6. Jump on bus 1, 2, 3, 3M, 4 or A35 from Mui Wo Pier to Pui O and walk for 10 minutes. THE STOEP 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau, 2980-2699 Pronounced “stoop,” the Stoep is located on one of the few beaches that make you forget you’re in Hong Kong – long stretches of white sand, transparent waters if you squint and a blend of South African and Mediterranean cuisines. Start off with a glass of sangria and their homemade bread, served with a selection of hummus, pesto, tapenade (blend of olives, capers, anchovies) and tzatziki (a Greek-style cucumber relish). Head there with a craving for meat and be rewarded with their grilled meat platters, barbecued chicken and for the ravenous, a whole rotisserie lamb. Get there early as weekends see hordes of the junk set eager to relieve the ache after that hike. Getting there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 68. Jump on bus 1, 2 or 4 from Mui Wo to Cheung Sha and walk down to the lower section. UNO BEACH CAFÉ G/F, West Block, Deep Water Bay Beach, Island Rd., Deep Water Bay, 2328-2138 From the owners of Cococabana comes this late-night beach bargain, open till 5am for those drunken nights out in the Deep Water. Purely alfresco in its setting, Uno keeps things easy with a wide selection of Spanish and Mediterranean tapas dishes – most won’t set you back more than $30, the exception being their signature dish: garlic and herb-roasted whole piri piri chicken at a reasonable $100. They provide beach umbrellas and mats if you’d prefer to feel the sea breeze on your face, and with one of Uno’s homemade fruit juices in hand, who wouldn’t? Getting there: Take Citybus 6A, 6X, 41A, 65, 73, 76, 260, 315, 399 or 973. Or jump on minibus 40 or 52.