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Via Tokyo, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I heard about this place from my friend thesuzchef, her husband went to high school with the owner of Via Tokyo – who also owns Ramen Jo and Haven. I love everything matcha! Via Tokyo specialises in matcha and milk ‘soft cream’ along with traditional Japanese desserts. Via Tokyo can be found on the busy street of Leighton Road, and the place is TINY – you can possibly sit about 12 people max?

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I’ve been here a couple of times now and every time it has been excellent. Mind you – I pretty much get the same thing every single time! Without fail, I always get the fruit matcha with shiratama amitsu. The green tea matcha is definitely one of the best I have had in Hong Kong. I have yet to go to Sweets house cha cha so I can’t compare but I really do like the matcha.

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‘The Mother’ had the original – soft cream anmitsu and although it is indeed creamy I do prefer the green tea matcha. It is infinitely better.

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I’ve also tried the green tea latte… LOVE! The place does get extremely busy, we have been lucky as we have been coming here off peak so only had to wait 5 – 10 minutes for a table. I am not sure if I would wait for 90 mins for a table though! Take away would be a better option. No doubt will be back – Dragon really enjoyed it also!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Via Tokyo

Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F.,

Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road,

Causeway Bay

Hong Kong

Heichinrou, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I have been to this restaurant a couple of times now, once for dim sum and another for dinner. I have to say, both times, food was really good. Heichinrou can be found in Times Square in Causeway Bay on the 11th Floor. Can you believe that I don’t go to dim sum very often in Hong Kong? Maybe once every quarter, not even that! I used to go once a month in Sydney but got very sick of it very quickly. Having dim sum with just ‘The Mother’ sometimes is hard, as you can’t eat as much… well he can’t anyways.

We started with some soy chicken which believe it or not, was eaten by Dragon herself! My friend, M, only had like 2 pieces – Sorry! It was deliciously tender and the skin silky smooth!

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I absolutely love yu tau wrapped in Cheung fun.

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The hundred thousand year old egg was also delicious – a favourite of mine.

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Chicken feet which was delicious.

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M ordered the shrimp dumpling – it was huge and she absolutely enjoyed it.

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Dragon was still hungry and insisted that we order more chicken wings (she was doing the chicken wings movement!) We ordered these wings which were slightly sweet.

For dessert, I couldn’t go past the custard with yolk – OH MY! This was deliciously sinful – love the oozy egg yolk! NICE!

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For dinner, there were 3.5 of us – two of my high school friends and Dragon of course! She wouldn’t want to miss out on char siu and soy chicken! We started with char siu and this was good. Had the right amount of fat and meat ratio. Yum!

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Dinner with M is never complete if there are no vegetables – beans with minced pork – one of my favourites, but a tad on the oily side.

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Soy chicken – this was as good as lunch!

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M and S wanted the claypot rice which came with blood sausage, Chinese sausage, some pig trotters and chicken. I love blood and Chinese sausage which were delicious.

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Service I thought was good and efficient. Will definitely go back to try their other dishes!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Heichinrou

Shop 1102, 11/F, Food Forum

Times Square, 1 Matheson Street

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2506 2333

Ramen Jo, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I first heard about this place from my dear friend thesuzchef, her husband’s high school friend opened this place. It took me a while to get there, and finally one weekend I suggested it to ‘The Mother’. Ramen Jo can be found on Caroline Hill Road in Causeway Bay. From memory this used to be a Taiwanese Place but I haven’t been to Caroline Hill for such a long time that I don’t even remember.

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There are a lot of Ramen joints opening in Hong Kong that I have lost count! The restaurant is TINY – you could probably fit about 12 – 15 people max? There was a queue when we got there and it was only 11.45am! We were given the menu and there are 5 different ramen choices – tonkatsu, miso, spicy ramen, mountain and specials. Similar to other ramen joints, you get to pick the type of noodles you want, spices and additional toppings.

Both ‘The Mother’ and I both and the tonkatsu – which wasn’t as thick as Butao. Every different ramen shop has different broths – it is really just a matter of preference.

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Dragon absolutely LOVED the noodles – it was soft and cooked to perfection. I like my ramen simple – no shallots, no ginger, less oily and not too thick!

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The egg is a must order in my opinion – LOVE!!!

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We also got a serve of dumplings which were great – ‘The Mother’ ate most of it 😦

For dessert, we couldn’t go past the lychee ice cream and it was deliciously light and refreshing. Perfect way to end the meal.

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I have heard the queues for Ramen Jo can be long. We both enjoyed our meal here, but I think I still prefer Butao. Regardless, I wouldn’t hesitate to come back for a ramen fix and try their other ramen.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Ramen Jo

G.F, 3 Caroline Hill Road,

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2885 0638

Shiro, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I have probably eaten at two restaurants at Hysan Place, one being the Japanese curry – Izumi Curry and the other Shiro. There are quite a number of restaurants there, not sure why we don’t eat there very often.

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‘The Mother’ suggested this restaurant and I have to admit, it was a very good suggestion. The menu vast, it took me a while to figure out what to eat as Dragon had to be able to eat it also. ‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the sashimi plate and my goodness, it looks fantastic! Different types of sashimi, he demolished this within seconds.

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The gyoza was actually quite delicious.

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Dragon thoroughly enjoyed the cucumber roll. It was actually the first time that she didn’t just pick out the cucumber and ate it!

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I couldn’t go past the yakitori set – pork belly, beef, chicken wings and pork balls. I loved the pork belly and chicken wings yakitori, the pork balls were a little bit of a disappointment.

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I wasn’t sure how big the set was so ordered another chicken wings just for Dragon and she definitely enjoyed it.

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With both set came with rice, miso soup, some appetizers and green salad. Service was polite and friendly and food was delicious. Definitely will be back to try their other dishes.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Shiro

Shop 1301, 13/F, Hysan Place,

500 Hennessy Road

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2155 8066

Fu Sing Shark Fin Restaurant, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Can you believe that it has taken me about 1 year to go Fu Sing for dim sum? I am definitely spoilt for choices when it comes for dim sum in Hong Kong, there’s the fancy dim sum like LKH or Man Wah (which I have to admit, I like) or the cheap dim sum like Tim Ho Wan. A friend was visiting from Tokyo, S and she wanted some Chinese food, and what better than have dim sum?

We started with the bbq pork – one of the best I have eaten, fatty and incredibly delicious. Even Dragon couldn’t resist.

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The chicken was tender and ticked Dragon’s palate.

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It was hard to eat just one cheung fan cooked with xo sauce. It was wonderful aromatic and tasty.

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The har gow – prawn dumplings was plump and moreish. The pastry silky smooth.

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You can never go wrong with pan fried dumplings.

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The char siu bun was another favourite of Dragon.

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We couldn’t go past the chicken feet – one of my favourites dim sum dishes.

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The pork with black bean sauce was good but I have definitely had better.

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S enjoyed the radish cake which was slightly deep fried.

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We had mango pudding and mango sago for dessert which were great.

The food I really enjoyed, but then again, I haven’t really had bad dim sum in Hong Kong. Decor not so great but the service was polite and friendly. Would definitely be back to try their other dishes.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant

1/F, 68 Yee Woo Street

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2504 4228