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Kowloon-Shangri-La, Hong Kong claims five eateries and two bar/lounges plus 24-hour room service, so there's no need to pack the peanut butter for this trip to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. With so much to choose from, picking just five bites is a challenge, but here are some of our favorite things to nosh on:
1. Lobster in two servings at Shang Palace. The hotel’s chic Chinese restaurant offers a wide variety of exquisitely prepared Cantonese cuisine. Among the signature dishes, we love the lobster two ways, which includes the tail meat sautéed with black bean sauce and the head and claws deep-fried with spicy salt. If you’re not a lobster fan, the three-layer basket offers treats like steamed scallop stuffed with crab roe, braised abalone with black mushrooms and poached greens with Yunnan ham.
2. Simmered kinki fish at Nadaman. If you don’t want to opt for raw fish by ordering one of the many sushi and sashimi plates or go all out with a kaiseki meal, try the kinki fish appetizer, which comes from Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Known as rockfish in English, the swimmer is cooked nitsuke style, meaning it’s been simmered. Order this in winter, when the fish is at its peak.
3. Grilled turbot at Angelini. The hotel’s Italian restaurant serves up stellar views of Victoria Harbour along with a selection of Northern Italian dishes. One dish we particularly enjoy is the bone-in turbot served with a Pommery mustard flan and salad dressed with black truffle vinaigrette.
4. Dim sum at The Lobby Lounge. Dim sum is regularly eaten for breakfast in Hong Kong, but we love it as a little afternoon pick-me-up, available in the hotel’s main lobby, which offers comfortable seating and live piano music. Snack on steamed scallop dumplings and barbecued pork buns, and wash it all down with one of the premium Chinese Pu-erh or flower teas available, or live it up and go for the slightly sweet signature tea cocktail made with baby chrysanthemum tea, honey and vodka.
5. Osmanthus jelly from room service. We ordered this dessert (which is also available at The Lobby Lounge) on a whim and were really glad we did, since we ended up loving the floral, Jell-o-esque dessert, which came studded with goji berries and topped with gold leaf. It’s a refreshing and traditional way to end any meal at Kowloon Shangri-La.