Many friends asked me recently what I would eat or where I would go for dinner when dining by myself. I am actually quite spontaneous (while being picky still) when I dine alone. I would go to noodle places, fast food chains, Burger King, buy take outs or even Hong Kong style restaurants. The decision is mainly mood driven. And my mood for this evening consisted of excitement and anticipation because I got myself Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol! I wonder if I will get much sleep tonight ... humm? I do have a few review backlogs to post but this particular entry gained priority over others not necessarily due to its food quality but for the interesting dining experience.
I picked this place because my previous visit to this restaurant was almost a year ago (or maybe more) and I wanted something quick so I can head back home and start reading. (of course I ended up typing this entry instead due to the interesting experience below) Apparently the interior of the restaurant got a face lift and it looked slightly more modern. This neighborhood joint is very popular among students living in the university residence nearby and often you see groups of students as well as family dining here.
Before I go into the main item I ordered, please take a look at the picture above! I took it right after the basket of bun and soup were served. YES, the basket of bread was placed right on the edge of the table and my soup was well OVER 50 cm away from me at the very very very edge / corner of the table. All items in the picture were placed as shown in the picture! I had to stretch my arm all the way across the table to get the soup! ... sigh ... I do understand that service is not a top priority at this place and I was not expecting much honestly, but ... what I really want to find out what was going on in the waiter's mind at that particular moment when he served the soup. Hellooooo .... I am right over HERE !!! (btw, I changed the soup to daily Chinese soup which was "Winter Melon" soup)
(1) Sizzling Hot Plate Grill Items
I ordered the "select your own items" Sizzling Hot Plate Set which consisted of steak (with onion sauce), fish fillet and spaghetti. First of all, it was not sizzling hot, it sizzled for a few seconds only! The fish fillet was of frozen fish as expected. The steak was of typical Hong Kong style which was very tender and soft, likely a result of the use of baking soda. The lightly garlic flavored spaghetti was actually rather cold so I guess enough said on that. It would be extremely unfair to compare the so-called steak here with Ruth Chris, BLT or even Morton's because one has to consider different factors such as location, price, atmosphere and service into consideration. Also, the so-called steak being served here was of unique Hong Kong style, the closest match for comparison I can think of is Garden Restaurant (花園餐廳). This type of steak should have its own unique category in my opinion. Anyhow, all I can say was that I was able to finish the "steak" and the fillet but not the spaghetti.
- Quick? (in terms of serving time)
- Basic serving skills requires much improvement even for such local neighborhood joint.
- relatively cool spaghetti
- Fries were all soaked with the onion sauce. (again, that's the typical HK style sizzling hot plate set)
Cheung Wing Restaurant (祥榮餐廳)
Shop 7A-B,D, G/F, Site 1, Whampoa Garden,
Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa, 121 Baker Street, Hung Hom
Tel: 2362 2675