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Embark on a culinary adventure in Hong Kong’s gentrified neighbourhoods located at Pak Tai Street, Tam Kung Road and Ma Tau Wai Road

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 December, 2015, 5:51pm
UPDATED : Monday, 21 December, 2015, 12:30pm

The increasingly gentrified neighbourhoods around Pak Tai Street, Tam Kung Road and Ma Tau Wai Road (near the future Pak Tai Street exit of the To Kwa Wan station of Shatin to Central Link) have been transformed into a culinary town populated with a diverse range of local eateries and western restaurants. The collection of individually owned or family-run restaurants offer unique and authentic ambiences that are rarely found in formulaic chains elsewhere.  

The Alps
Tucked amid the quaint streets, The Alps is a hidden gem for exquisite yet reasonably priced fusion cuisine. While the restaurant is small in size, the space is meticulously fitted out and decorated to ooze a sense of warmth and cosiness. It may not have the space to host a company event, but it can comfortably seat a group of five to seven people across two tables. A typical lunch menu might include the classic cheese tortellini with mozzarella, angel hair pasta, fish and chips, roasted chicken, and rib-eye steak. Dinner could be rack of lamb with garlic and herbs, Spanish Iberico ham, roast suckling pig or seafood paella. A pot of crème brulee paired with a cup of hot coffee complete your meal - amazing!   

Number 9
Located at No. 9 Ma Tau Kok Road, Number 9 is an American-style bar and restaurant specialised in oversized burgers, spaghetti, fries, lobsters and oysters, and of course, a wide selection of alcoholic drinks. To avoid lunch-hour crowds, the best time to visit Number 9 is a lazy Sunday afternoon. Tired of beef burgers? Try their signature lamb burger featuring tapenade, pickled red onions, goat cheese feta and fresh tomatoes. At their best, their French fries have the every quality it should have: crisp, light, salty, but not greasy. Their mushroom pasta is perfectly simple and simply perfect. The combination of salty-sweet sundried tomatoes, earthy mushrooms, and moist chicken in a mild, light cream sauce is sure to please anyone. Ladies who prefer a lighter meal set might want to try their smother fluffy waffles with fried bananas and vanilla ice cream.  

Tanraku is a yakiniku-style restaurant located at Pak Tai Street. Yakiniku, literally meaning "grilled meat", is the Japanese take on the Korean barbecue and one of the most popular casual-dining restaurants in Japan. Tanraku serves various grills and you can order a choice of bite-sized cuts of meats, seafood and vegetables. It also serves a selection of sashimi, small hot dishes, salads, rice and noodles with Japanese flavours and cooking styles.