Are you bored of eating out at the same old lunch spots to get your fix of Asian delights? Then why not let foodie blogger bluebalu let you in on some hidden gems that won't break the bank around the bustling area of Time Square? Grab your chopsticks and tuck in!
First a word of warning, this post is not meant to be a complete list of lunch options in Wan Chai or Causeway Bay (check out Open Rice
or other blogs for this), and it is according to my own taste. It might not suit you. Also note that the places I regularly visit for lunch are options that are cheap and cheerful, so usually lunch will be around $50-70 for one dish and drink.
Here is a list of different options, in no particular order.
Nam Kee Spring Roll Noodle Co. Ltd 南記粉麵
Always long queues at lunch here so again, this is a takeaway spot rather than a dine-in. Nam Kee has several outlets on Hong Kong Island, this one is the closest to Times Square. Unfortunately the staff does not speak English, so I usually need to rely on my colleagues to help me place an order. I like the red soup base with the pork and pickled cabbage, which is sweet and spicy. Other options are the clear soup broth with the noodles and the spring rolls (the Nam Kee spring rolls are chewy and different from the crispy dim sum ones).
G/F,1-3 Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai
TamJai SamGor Mixian 譚仔三哥米線
There are two outlets close to Times Square, but this one is newer, bigger (hence more space – but still it gets very busy at lunch), and some staff members speak English. I like the peppery soup base and often go there for the soup with the pickled cabbage and the minced pork.
G/F, Island Building, 439-441 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Wan Lam Noodles 雲南桂林過橋米線
Another soup noodle option, this time Yunnan style, so the noodles are made from sweet potato and the soup includes peanuts. The minced pork is a good option, and I love to add turnips to my soup. Portion sizes are huge, you can eat in or out and there is a short English menu.
G/F., 450 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
Dragon Dumpling House Dumpling Pro
As the name says, a good place to eat dumplings – tasty, yummy and freshly made.
Wanchai rich ground floor, 243 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
A good Japanese restaurant with an extensive lunch menu at very affordable prices – it is frequented by students from close-by schools, so if you go at lunch you might have to wait! I usually eat in and have the tempura udon or the sukiyaki. But the sushi is also good!
3 Wood Street, Wan Chai (it’s behind CC Wu building)
Istanbul Express Turkish Restaurant 伊斯坦堡特快
I am not the biggest fan of kebab for lunch and I also think that the kebab options in Hong Kong are not great, however, for some grilled meat, salad and rice, this is a solid option. I would just skip the sauces as I don’t think they are always fresh. But apart from that, this could be a good option if you don’t fancy a noodle soup or rice dish for lunch.
G/F, 66 Lockhard Road, Wan Chai
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