The best places to eat in Quarry Bay
Japanese comfort food
Unlike many Japanese restaurants in town, Camper’s offers home-style dishes. And owned by two Japanese – a sure mark of authenticity – this spot is all about that homey comfort food. Reflecting the food, the interior is nothing fancy but has a warm, welcoming feel, and you can check out the kitchen through a large see-through window. Go for the warm salad, the stir-fried pork with ginger sauce and the beef with sesame sauce.
Launched in June by Joanne Poon, a local cookbook writer, this Italian restaurant has immediately became a favourite lunch meetup spot for their affordable set lunches. Their signature croissants are crispy on the outside, but moist and soft inside, pairing well with both smoked salmon ($58) and smoked ham and cheese ($58). Don’t forget to end your meal with their cheesecakes (included in the set) which are cheesy and creamy. The place is small, so come early if you want to do your lunch at rush-hours.
What conspiracies can noodles have? You’ll never know until you try one of the Shanghainese fusion noodles from this Korean-looking place. Their drunken chicken noodles ($48) – with chicken pieces which are steamed and soaked in Chinese Huadiao – is one of the most-loved dishes in the neighbourhood. But we would recommend the pork chop tomato soup noodles ($46), with a juicy pork chop swimming in a beautifully thick tomato soup. If you’re not a fan of tomato, try their wasabi-shredded chicken noodles, a perfect warm-weather dish with strips of bird mixed with wasabi and served cold.
Owned by a pair of certified baristas, Pregio serves up some top quality coffee. After deciding on your beverage, you can choose from siphoned or hand-filtered coffee, and if you don’t know one from the other, the helpful staff are more than happy to explain. Order the mixed berry waffle to go with your cup of joe. This is definitely one of the best places for coffee in the neighbourhood.
Iconic bowls of goodness
If you’re looking for a healthy antidote to all that feasting, perhaps you should check out this famous congee joint. Originally in Sheung Wan, the 40-year-old congee stall opened their branch in Quarry Bay in 2008, bringing their famous beef belly noodles ($30) with it. Soaked with their secret sauce and served with chewy noodles, this bowl of beef is full of comforting warmth. If you’re in the mood for fish, we recommend the fresh and thick fish belly congee ($33) – and throw in the pan-fried fish cakes ($12) for a bit more of a fill.
An offshoot of their main store in Central, Shugetsu specialises in their signature tsukemen, a kind of ‘dipping’ ramen that’s served either hot or cold ($85). The sauce looks oily at first sight, but it soon wins you over with a strong scent of soy, complemented by the chewy noodles and flavoured eggs. We’d also recommend some freshness to the meal with their tangerine juice ($22).
As the name suggests, this local favourite specialises in ‘soup dumplings’. Slightly larger and less oily than your conventional xiao long bao ($30), these dumplings are seriously good. However, don’t neglect other items on the menu – the sweet and sour soup ($34), lion’s head (large braised meat balls) ($45) and their handmade noodles ($35) are all worth a try. Get in early, as it fills up quickly for lunch and dinner!
Take a trip to the land of the maple leaf at Yo Bago, where toasty warm bagels envelope luscious meats or leafy veggies of your choice. Try the sweet and naughty Oreo cream cheese on your fresh bagel and, in true Canadian spirit, pair it with Tim Horton’s coffee or tea. There’s no better way to start your morning.