Paperback, 232 pages
Size: 14.8 x 10.5 x 1.4 cm
Published: January 2003
Price: HK$85 /
by Nicole Lade
Hong Kong may be one of the world's most
expensive cities -- but that doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of
money on dining out!
There's no doubt that dining in the SAR can
appear a little daunting. Potential language barriers aside, there are
about 9,500 restaurants in the territory, according to the Government,
and Hong Kong is generally renowned as being expensive. Hence the
arrival of HK Cheap Eats -- an easy-to-use guide book that includes more
than 250 of Hong Kong's budget dining options. Restaurants right across
the territory - well known or not, covering all different cuisine types
-- have been included.
Quite simply, HK Cheap Eats has come about
because the author, Nicole Lade, can't cook. Also naturally inquisitive,
she is always eating out and looking for good-value restaurants to
satisfy her daily food intake. Nicole has now decided to tell more
people about her discoveries.
In a convenient
pocket-sized format for easy carrying, HK Cheap Eats includes:
> recommendations and reviews of over 250 good-value restaurants,
> useful information about each restaurant, as well as a quick
reference guide at the back
> handy tips on how and where to eat cheaply
So next time you are hungry but don't want
to break the bank, pick up this guide for some independent advice about
the best value restaurants Hong Kong has to offer!
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"When times get tough, expense accounts dwindle, and so do splurges
on wining and dining. Hong Kong Cheap Eats, therefore, is a timely release.
This is no 'hole-in-the-wall' guide to Hong Kong, but a well-researched
collection of restaurants where customers can have a satisfying feed for
less than HK$100 per head.
Author Nicole Lade has divided the book into geographical areas and
recommends a wide range of Asian and Western restaurants. Readers will
be surprised to learn that there are plenty of tempting inclusions in
districts generally perceived to be pricy, such as Soho and Happy
Valley. The pocket-sized guide contains more than 250 eateries and is a
must for adventurous and budget-aware diners."
-- Andrew Dembina, Talkies, June-July 2003 edition
"Having raved about Sydney's Cheap Eats guide during a recent trip
to Australia, I was delighted to learn a guide called Hong
Kong Cheap Eats has
been published. This pocket-sized book contains reviews of more than 250
restaurants at which main courses cost less than HK$60. Author Nicole Lade
says poor cooking skills and a shrunken bank account drove her to search
out Hong Kong's best dining experiences.
Restaurants are organised by location and cuisine in the index. A handy
addition is a list of late-opening eateries such as Lotus Garden (G/F
51A and 61 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley), which dishes up noodles, rice
and desserts until 2.30am."
-- Nell Nelson, South China Morning Post
Sunday Magazine, 9 March 2003
Tips for budget dining
"If you need cheaper restaurant alternatives to those mentioned in
the Tatler restaurant guide, then check out Hong
Kong Cheap Eats. The book is
written by Australian Nicole Lade, who came to Hong Kong in June 2001,
and soon found herself unemployed and in need of affordable restaurants.
Her results are compiled in this guide. To be included, the restaurants needed to have most main courses at
or less and a total meal cost of about HK$100 or less. Lade has a chapter
on 'tips for budget dining,' which lists areas where cheaper food
abounds (Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui and Temple Street in
Jordan), and recommends going between the lunch and dinner rushes to
take advantage of tea sets."
-- Susan Jung, South China Morning Post,
10 January 2003
Well-done and comprehensive
"Hong Kong Cheap Eats is the first edition of this pocket-sized book. It
lists over 250 local eateries where you can sit, supposedly in a
decently clean environment, and have a decent meal - including food,
drink and tip - for less than HK$100 a head. It's the personal creation of
Nicole Lade, who is definitely not one of the city's usual chi-chi food
and wine writers - which is probably why this book is such a
Lade is a Melbourne native who moved to Hong Kong in 2001 and found
herself out of a job after the tech crash. As someone who loves food,
but is a self-confessed bad cook, she found herself on a quest for
cheap, good eats all over the SAR. The result is this volume here.
The listings take up the bulk of this book and are organised by area,
which makes sense for a cheap-food book. (You might travel across town
for a five-star meal, but are not likely to go out of your way for a
sandwich or a bowl of noodle soup). And, in a happy contrast to the
usually Central/TST-centred food books out there, Hong
Kong Cheap Eats ventures
out into the New Territories and outlying islands too. The places listed
range from the well-known, such as the various EAT outlets, to the
obscure, like Peng Chau Island's The Forest Bar, a combination Thai fast
food joint/British pub with a snooker table. And then there are some
places that are just fun to read about, even if you never end up going.
(The Little Egret Restaurant in Tai Po, where there is so-so food but
also live egrets that supposedly wander around the nearby lake, is
probably one of these).
The recommendations also range from the dirt cheap (like Ka Ka Lok Fast
Food in Tsimshatsui, where you can get a chicken and lettuce sandwich
for a mere HK$8), to some surprisingly upscale places (like Movenpick
Marche on the Peak, where one would have to choose carefully to make it
under the HK$100 mark). All in all, this is a well-done and comprehensive little package,
especially for a first-time attempt. It's a great book to stick in your
backpack when you go wandering, hungry, around Hong Kong."
-- Joyce Hor-Chung Lau, HK Magazine,
10 January 2003
Hong Kong Cheap Eats is certainly one book I'm taking when
I go back to Hong Kong
"I used the 2003 Edition of
Hong Kong Cheap Eats written by Nicole Lade
and available in Hong Kong bookstores. I had tea and checked the menu at
the Tiffany Restaurant (page 121) at 188 Hennessy Road in Wan Chai and
the book was right about the prices. $55 for spaghetti and
curried vegetables. It was also right about the shashlik of kangaroo and
roast ostrich. But I didn't have time to eat.
I was delighted to learn from it about the wonderful Cyber Café (page
33) just west of Central Market at 12-13 Jubilee Street in Central. The
IT Fans Cyber Café charges a very reasonable HK$18 an hour, but also
serves food and drinks. It has lots of computers and telephones, and is
open 24 hours.
We only actually ate at Le Rendez-vous (page 63) at 5 Staunton Street, a
little café specializing in crepes which were very good and reasonably
priced (HK$20-$45 each). While in the neighbourhood, we tried a
restaurant that wasn't listed, and it turned out to be uninteresting
with bland food. We should have stuck with the crepes.
Listed are restaurants with entrees HK$60 or less, and there are 250 of
them with many varieties of food: international, Vietnamese, Thai,
Chinese, American, Italian, vegetarian, Indian, etc. I was sorry I had
no time to try more and Hong Kong Cheap Eats is certainly one book that I'm
taking when I go back to Hong Kong again."
-- Ruth Lor Malloy, www.china-travel-guide.com