Craving a beachside vacation without the hassle of quarantine?
With COVID-19 restricting our travel, white sand, a cocktail in hand, and platters of good food in front of you sound like a dream. Instead of spending a week in isolation, flag a cab instead and hop over to these 5 beachside restaurants in Hong Kong that will transport you back to your last vacation!
1. Cococabana, Shek O ($$$)
Shek O Beach is great for every type of beach-goer, whether it be to swim, surf, or just laze in the sun. Restaurants and amenities are aplenty, making the experience at Shek O stress-free. Overlooking this beach is Cococabana’s tiffany blue and white exterior, reminiscent of a vacation in Europe, with the French Mediterranean food to match.
The menu consists of a variety of fresh and flavor-forward seafood dishes like freshly shucked oysters (6 for $295) and tuna tartare ($218). The Fettucini aux Quatres Fromages ($310) is creamy, cheesy, and rich in all the right ways which would pair well with a glass of white wine from their extensive wine list.
2. Thai Dao, Sai Kung ($-$$)
A time-tested Sunday getaway in Hong Kong means heading to the picturesque town of Sai Kung. Sha Ha, a hotspot for kayakers and watersports fanatics, has a few restaurants to cap off your beach visit.
Thai Dao, one of the restaurants there serves authentic and fresh Thai food blasting you back to a beachside day in Phuket. Despite the blistering heat, getting a table outside during sunset is SO worth it.
The restaurant caters to both carnivores and herbivores alike. Their standard Small Snack Platter ($148) consisting of Thai snacks is a must-have to share with friends. If you’re looking for something more light, the Grilled Pork Neck Salad ($138) is a great alternative or addition. Vegetarians need not fret, with a dedicated section in the menu for them, ranging from rich Green Curry ($128) to Flat Noodles with Vegetarian Chicken ($118)*.
If a flight to Thailand is impossible, then then a car ride to Thai Dao is the next best thing!
*If you ask the staff to remove meat from a dish, they are happy to, if that is an option you prefer!
3. Bathers Restaurant and Bar, Cheung Sha ($$$)
Address: 32 Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau
Down in the Southern New Territories, Cheung Sha Beach is home to Bathers, one of the best beach-side joints in Hong Kong!
The cuisine takes from British and Western influences. Their Breakfast by the Ocean menu features a Lantau Big Start ($110), similar to an all-English breakfast. If you’re not looking to wake up early to eat, the a-la-carte menu also serves fresh and tasty bites.
Instead of committing to a seafood main, get the fresh Fritto Misto ($450) platter which includes prawns, whitebait, crab, squid & sweet potato fries. For a main, the Steak and Frittes ($320) can’t be missed. Though your eyes may be glued to the food, make sure to watch the glimmering sunset and cows that grace Lower Cheung Sha Beach.
4. Zaks, Discovery Bay ($$-$$$)
Address: 98 Discovery Bay Rd, Lantau Island
If you’re truly feeling like getting away for a mini-vacation in Hong Kong, Discovery Bay is the perfect place - the island feels like a resort away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Adjacent to the on-island Tai Pak Beach sits Zaks - the ultimate shelter from the swelter. Facing the coast, Zaks serves classic Western food, giving the aire of a roadtrip beach pit-stop. Their grilled baby-back ribs ($375) will melt in your mouth and go perfectly with a side of chips ($50). The menu also includes burgers, pizza, chicken, and a plethora of dessert.
If you’re looking for a dreamy and creamy treat to satisfy your sweet craving, the banoffee pie ($85) at Zaks is to die for. Buttery, nutty, and banana-y, you can’t go wrong with a perfect slice to end the day.
5. Limewood, Repulse Bay ($$)
Finally, to top off these beachy visits is Limewood - aptly deemed “a true Californian experience”. Situated at one of Hong Kong’s most famous beach, Repulse Bay, the chic and modern restaurant serves flavoursome seafood and meat dishes!
The crunchy calamari ($175) is paired beautifully with their tangy mango-curry mayo for an unexpected combination you will love. Seafood has been a main theme for these beachside visits, and rightfully so - Limewood’s signature whole snapper Thai style ($360) is succulent and refreshing. The mix of cuisines is done just right, combining the Western flavours of meats and offsetting them with the acids and zests of Asian cuisine. The wagyu sirloin ($480) puts this fusion to the test and does so perfectly, with the tender meats complemented superbly with their spicy Thai crying tiger sauce.
Top your meal off with one of their mean cocktails. Their barbecued pineapple Cuban mojito ($95) hits the spot, the smokiness and tartness of the roasted fruit giving depth to the drink.
If you can’t go on a vacation, bring the vacation to you by visiting these beachside restaurants. Pack a swimsuit (check out our new styles here) and an empty stomach, and be on your way to these delectable delights in Hong Kong!