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Restaurant Review: Dragon Noodles Academy

By Sophie Pettit 24 February 2017
We sink our teeth into a selection of traditional Chinese dishes at the quirky new restaurant that claims to "bring Hong Kong's DNA to life".
If you're looking for modern Chinese food with a touch of drama then you'll love new restaurant Dragon Noodles Academy. Located in a prime location on Des Voeux Road Central, this quirky dining spot boasts a five-metre long dragon at its entrance, 12 handmade lion heads along its walls, and a Chinese clinic-themed bar with spirits and liqueurs presented in antique Chinese herb containers. The theatricals don't stop at the decor either - the restaurant's open kitchen showcases a lobster noodle station where you can watch chefs prepare four varieties of handmade noodles, paired with a slow-cooked broth and lobsters cooked three ways - claw, grilled tail, and tail meat wontons. If you're seafood mad, then this is the spot for you. The Crispy Lobster Puff ($69 per piece) makes an adorable starter, while the Lobster Tail Soup Noodle ($149) is a must order. The real winner, however, is the Wood-Over 8-Week Whole Peking Duck with Pancakes ($499/12 pieces), which steals the show with both taste and presentation. Served right at your table in three different ways - crispy golden skin, tender meat, and skin with meat - and paired with cucumber, melon (yes, melon), leeks, and pink cabbage, this quacker is delicious, non-fatty, and totally worth coming just for this. Just make sure you pre-order before you arrive, and be prepared to choose a second course to use up the remaining duck - if there is any! Aside from the duck, we must give a shout out to the adorable Baby Cabbage Florets with Ham ($99) which are almost too pretty to eat, as well as the wholly edible Tiramisu Garden ($49) which tastes as divine as it looks! Great value for money, great aesthetics, great location - what more could you want! Dragon Noodles Academy, Shop G04, G/F Man Yee Arcade, Man Yee Building, 68 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, (+852) 2561 6688
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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.