March 29, 2015

NUR, Hong Kong…the No-Choice Restaurant

NUR doesn’t give you any choices. It serves just one prix-fixe menu of nine courses including dessert, and they came in rapid succession. The food is innovative, sophisticated and artfully presented: tomato, Hokkaido scallop, maitake mushroom, squid in noodles, scrambled taiyouran egg, mackerel, beef tongue, aomori apple, doughnut with goji cream.

NUR, which opened in April 2014, is a new one-star entry in the 2015 Michelin guide.

Be warned though; the dining space is compact and includes an open kitchen which allows you to watch the chefs working like demons stroking the fires of hell. The bill makes you think you’ve arrived there. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 12, 2012

Stanley Market, Hong Kong…two words : Tourist Trap

Stanley Market is is a cluster of about 150 shops which sell a variety of items mainly clothes and accessories. I have got only two words for it: Tourist Trap.

A downside is that it is really very far away. Getting there is easy: I took express bus number 260 from exchange square, Central. The bus ride back is very challenging. Return buses were 260 to admiralty or number 6 or 6x but there were monster queues everywhere. Taxis were going to be too costly as Stanley Market is a world away from the megacity on the other side of Victoria Peak.

That hassle aside, is it worth all the trouble? I do not need to hesitate on the answer: NO. Stanley Market is frequented by tourists, so you’ll probably pay more than elsewhere. There are better place to shop if you want those lower prices. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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