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Great inexpensive find Apr 28, 2012
RECOMMENDED: Kowloon City isn't an area of HK where you'll find much (or rather no) Westerners roaming about, but that shouldn't stop you making the effort to visit this interesting area of Hong Kong. Kowloon City on the edge of the Walled City Park area is a mini-Thailand full of an assortment of shops with all things Thai, including numerous Thai restaurants.
Chao Phraya stands out in a group of mostly nondescript restaurants. Nice modern music is playing at an appropriate volume when you enter, nicely designed modern tables and chairs and the menu (shown in another review is in English and is nicely presented as well). Recognize though this is a basic restaurant and while not an elegant 'date' night place, it'd be fine for a gang of friends to turn up. Our visit here was late on a Saturday afternoon well before the dinner hour. We were warmly welcomed and created an immediate stir, obviously not many Westerners appear here and they wanted to make a good impression.
But it's all about the food at a restaurant and Chao Phraya did not disappoint.
First out was a mango smoothie. Fresh blended mango, a slight hint of sweetness and full of flavour presented in attractive glassware started the experience. Authentic a tall and quite cold Chang Thai beer along with chilled glassware was brought out as we ordered a selection of dishes.
The minced pork with lettuce wraps is a classic dish and was well presented. Steaming hot and full of fresh Thai spices and cool lettuce leaves. You could taste each spice and was fantastic. The portion size was quite large and the waitress automatically brought extra lettuce without being asked. More than enough for 2 and nearly a main on it's on.
This is a definite FIND in my HK restaurant hunt and while it's a bit out of the way, it's worth making the effort to visit.
Supplementary Information:Bus 101 runs regularly from the main sections of HK Island (Western area to Causeway Bay) to this area and the stop is 2 short blocks from the restaurant, figure 20-30 minutes. The nearest MTR is Lok Fu but a hike from there (nearly 1.5 k) but a short taxi ride.
Credit cards accepted for > 300 HK dollar tabs.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Apr 28, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD150
Value for Money5