What a relief! No longer needing to trek down Center street, we rejoice as the SYP MTR is born! Now we have all-time accessibility to the heavens of Third Street and High Street. Foodie makes a headstart - in time for all you out there planning your trip to this part of town. Here are some of our favourite handpicked for y'all who's heading this way.
We suspected that Uncle Padak would be popular exclusively to the likes of K-culture fans, but no. We're in too, attracted by the magnetic field of ...crispy, steaming, tender Fried Chicken Padak (paired with a glass of icy cold beer, of course). It is no wonder that Koreans themselves often conquer a large proportion of the 26-seater restaurant; its authenticity and indigenous flavours is a pure delight.
Shop D, G/F, 53-65 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Yuan Is Here 阿元來了
Cheap Taiwanese food = crowds of students during lunch time. Yuan Is Here perfectly recreates the real-life gist of a typical Taiwanese stall. We ordered the Braised Pork Rice with Pickles (魯肉飯)which had the ideal amount of fat that made the dish seriously aromatic and moist. Although hand diced, the meat pieces were not minced, which was saved for texture. The Salt and Pepper Chicken (鹽酥雞) was crispy outside and tender on the inside, which is something that mainstream restaurants often miss a point on.
73 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
My go-to French bistro, Metropolitain is a delicate hotspot for expats in the area. We were in awe with their lunch set's Beef Skirt with Dauphinois potato, but we were even more impressed with the gorgeous Pan Fried Halibut, which was tender and fluffy. The white wine sauce as well as the bonus Spinach, Mussels and Clams has won our hearts in entirety. Check out its Duo de Tartares for a perfect starter; Salmon and Beef on the same plat will never go wrong.
46 High street, Sai Ying Pun
Ping Pong 129 Gintonería
It's official - Ping Pong 129 is the coolest place in town. This underground getaway is all about the neon billboard and exotic vibes. Being a Spanish Gin and Tonic bar, it literally sports half a hundred gins from around the world on the face of its menu. Nibbles like roasted Padrón peppers and cured meats, as well as smoked anchovies are also served for you alcoholics out there.
129 Second Street, L/G Nam Cheong House, Sai Ying Pun
Acting upon its initial success in Sheung Wan, La Rotisserie opened up in the Pun for its second outlet. We love this chicken a lot. Do not expect any comfy seats of fancy cutlery as they serve with fold-up paper boxes. But behold, inside these humble containers are the finest of all - Grade A Grass-fed free-range chicken, slow-roasted till they are gleaming golden.
G/F, 71 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
Newly opened and located at SoHo 189, adjacent to the station; La Paloma will bring another splash of Spanish cuisine to Hong Kong following the continuous success of FoFo by el Willy in Central. La Paloma is built around a fun, affordable, value for money and interactive dining experience. There will be an open kitchen with full frontal view of live Paella stations and the “Asador”, a traditional clay oven with temperatures up to 300 degrees Celsius that is ideal for their roast suckling pig, pigeon, lechazo and more.
Keep an eye out for the May issue of Foodie where we will be giving you even more restaurants to test out in the Sai Ying Pun area. Subscribe here.