As the summery weather draws to a close, we can’t stop daydreaming about squeezing in one last day trip to Sai Kung. This idyllic town boasts a gorgeous waterfront as well as ample opportunities for sailing, kayaking and puppy-watching, but most importantly, it’s a thrumming hotspot for food-lovers.
Where to eat in Sai Kung
This dinky oasis serves all-day breakfasts and healthy Mediterranean lunch offerings like the haloumi bowl with quinoa, pickled beetroot and lemon tahini dressing. Stop by for nourishing grub and good coffee, as well as comfy couches, fast Wi-Fi and plenty of sockets for your laptop or phone.
This waterfront fish ’n’ chips joint is owned by a husband and wife team who are crazy about English food. Inspired by the delicious fish ’n’ chips that they used to eat in London’s Camden Town area, they decided to bring the iconic dish to good ol’ Sai Kung. Rest assured – the moist, crispy and hot battered fish is sure to satisfy.
Opened since July, Passion Drink’s USP is its fruitades: healthy fruit sodas that come in varieties such as salted lemonade and pomegranate vinegar. The refreshingly sour and fizzy flavours are unusual in the best possible way. Also available are a variety of detoxifying pressed juices as well as smoothies and delicious cold noodles.
Sai Kung’s oldest pub has been around since 1988, with a loyal band of regulars to show for it. A couple of years back, the Duke of York faced closure due to a rent hike but it’s now under new management and thriving once again. With a dive bar vibe and 70s British punk rock playing over the speakers, it’s the perfect spot to grab a drink and play a few rounds of pool.
This dessert shop sells adorable muffins with custard cream centres, which come in flavours that include caramel coffee and green tea milk, and you can opt to top them with ice cream or yoghurt. Circle Muffin also sells ‘duffins’ – doughnut-muffin hybrids – and ice cream sandwiches. These guys also take custom orders, so you can bring a whole box of sugary treasures with you on your boat trip.
It’s a bit out of the way but you just can’t do a Sai Kung food tour without mentioning One Thirty-One. This exclusive private kitchen is located in a gorgeous three-storey Mediterranean house overlooking Tolo Harbour, 10 minutes from Sai Kung town by taxi. September’s menu includes a foie gras terrine, smoked blue lobster and Australian lamb with garlic confit.
This Michelin-starred restaurant on the waterfront has an eye-catching crimson facade and a reputation for excellence. Catch anything that lives in water and this Cantonese restaurant will work its magic, from sautéed clams to braised fish. The signature deep-fried abalone is a fragrant and juicy must-try, while the crispy chicken deserves almost as much acclaim.
Decked out in Wild West and Native American paraphernalia, this Texas-style bar is dedicated to custom wood-smoked meats and USDA prime steaks imported from California. The menu includes lipsmackers like smoked ribs, beef brisket, barbecued chicken, buffalo wings and all things delicious from the land of the free.
At first glance, the curries, rotis and samosas on AJ’s menu seem to indicate Sri Lankan cuisine is little different to the food in neighbouring India. But once you dig in, you realise that Sri Lankan food has its own distinctive twist. The curries are lighter and milkier, with sweet relishes and fiery spices dominating the palate. A favourite among locals, AJ’s is great for vegetarians and non-veggies alike.
Goodbye, generic commercial beers. Hello, artisanal breweries. The Bottle Shop is stocked with shelf upon shelf of exotic craft beers and ciders sourced from across five continents. The selection can be overwhelming but everything here is meticulously organised and labelled. Whether you’re looking for something hoppy, malty, dark, fruity or barrel-aged, they’re sure to have what you want in stock.