August is always a good month to escape Manila. There are a lot of long weekends to choose from, and it also happens to be my daughter’s birth month :).
Last year, we took the little one to Hong Kong. We took her to Disneyland, went food-tripping, and did some shopping. This time around, we decided to make the trip a bit more educational, opting to sightsee, rather than to spend our time at a theme park. Ofcourse shopping and eating are always part of the itinerary :).
We decided to take an 8am flight out of the Philippines, and arrived in Hong Kong at 930 in the morning. Everything went smoothly from the moment we left our condo, to the minute we arrived at our hotel for the next 3 days, the Marco Polo Gateway.
It’s been years since I last stayed at this hotel, and I was glad to see that everything was nice, modern, and newly refurbished!
I also super love the location! Because it is on Canton Street, not only is it just across Silvercord Mall (home to Din Tai Fung, Ippudo, and near H & M), but it is also conveniently connected to the Harbor City Mall! All the shops are practically a stone’s throw away!
When we got to our room, I was happy to discover that it was a nice size, perfect for our little family. I was thrilled that the bathroom looked so clean and brand new! It totally passed my standards with flying colors! Hahaha!
After we unpacked and had gotten settled in, lunch was in order. We decided to give our friends at Din Tai Fung a visit, especially since I was craving for some soup dumplings. They never fail to hit the hungry spot! Hahaha! I also needed to fuel up for the whole afternoon shopping session that was to come after our sumptuous lunch :).
Since I’d rather not bore you with shopping details (I was on my best behavior! *Read : I didn’t really buy much :)), let me end this post by sharing about the restaurant where we decided to have dinner.
By this time we were exhausted and chose to eat close to home. Prior to our trip, I had been researching the blogosphere for some recommendations, and this one came from Jin of Jin Loves to Eat. We decided to eat at Canton Deli, located at the 3rd floor of the Harbor City Mall.
They serve very traditional cantonese dishes, and since we were in Hong Kong, we thought, “What the heck, might as well eat authentic Chinese food!”. Hahaha!
While the ambience was nothing to rave about (although they did have these cute bird cages suspended from the ceiling), the food was quite good! Since it was a bit late, the hubby and I decided to just share some soup and beef tenderloin cooked chinese style.
I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty everything was :). The soup had a good amount of crab chunks and corn. The beef had slices that were thicker than I was used to, but it was very soft and flavorful that I did not mind at all! Definitely, we enjoyed our meal very much :). I would have wanted to try other stuff on the menu, but because it was already very late, we decided against it :). Hahahaha!
If you ever find yourself in the Marco Polo/Harbor City Mall vicinity, do give Canton Deli a try :). While it’s not the type of restaurant that’ll blow you away, the food tastes pretty good, and it is very conveniently located as well :). We walked away that evening with pretty happy tummies! 🙂
Anyway, since this is already pretty lengthy, in my next post, I’ll talk naman about the places we visited, and the sights we saw in Hong Kong.
Hope you guys will stay tuned! 🙂