DAY 2 (CON’T)
Doing one of my favourite activities – which is taking the ferry across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon side. And slowly taking in views of Hong Kong Island from the ferry itself.
Having taken a lot of pictures in my last trip (Year 2009) – felt less of the need to take so much this time round 😛
The good thing about taking the Star Ferry is that not only its a great way to experience a part of old Hong Kong, but also Harbour City is right at the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry terminal. Have not been to Harbour City prior to this trip, and so decided to make time to check out this shopping complex and find a place for tea break.
Upon alighting at the ferry terminal, there was some busking going on. And just a walk down, its Harbour City!
It was already around 445pm when I stepped into Harbour City proper. As lunch earlier at Langham Place was pretty early around 12+ …… decided to hunt for an eating place and I already had Dim Sum Bar in mind – thanks to my favourite food blogger’s review here.
Very very long walk ….. as Harbour City itself is humongously huge! And got lost a few times even despite having a map of the mall and asking the ushers/information counter staff :P. Saw a viewing gallery right along level 2 (somewhere near the art gallery), and walked out to take some shots.
Nice clear bright day. Loved the shot with the clouds overlooking the Star Cruise ship parked right at the Harbour City Terminal.
After another 15 min walk, finally reached Dim Sum Bar right at the other end of Harbour City – where you have to cross the road to get to the Arcade side, where the restaurant is located. And this is not before falling down on my knees while crossing the road (Yes, I really fell, think lost concentration for a moment :P) ……
Pretty empty at 5-plus (dinner crowd comes in closer to 6pm as mentioned by the waitress). To my disappointment, didn’t see the menu indicating the buffet dinner promotion. Confirmed with the waitress that the buffet is only served during off-seasons (that’s why their Facebook page also does not indicate as well). I really should have called to check (or asked questions on Facebook to double confirm) …… for I was really looking foward to the buffet (close to 200 HKD to try out 20 odd different dim sum is not a bad deal) and was willing to starve myself and have a early dinner for it. Oh well ……
And since I have already walked all the way (and fell as well!), might as well just try 1 or 2 items. The big pot of tea (which was compulsory) kept me pretty full so only ordered 1 portion of siew mai (just normal prawn and pork, with scallop on top. No fusion siew mai with truffle unlike what the reviews stated) and a chicken wrapped with cabbage (ah, at least something different from the traditional dim sum). The thing about eating dim sum alone is such that just 2 plates and you are already full! Would have loved to order the glutinous rice as well, but it is really too much for 1 person.
Note: Harbour City was also doing an Instragram campaign with food as the theme. So did up the collage using my portable wifi and IG-ed it for fun. Hehe
And so this is my 1st dim sum meal of the trip. They actually have a pretty extensive menu – place is modern looking and classy, given the location, prices are definitely on the higher end but still worth a try. Thinking about it now, if I knew there wasn’t a buffet, would have come here for dinner instead so that I can also check out some of the mains and seasonal menu 😛
Finished my meal close to 5.45pm, paid my bill, packed a box of the baked barbeque pork cream buns (thought it was unique) and left to walk the long way back to where I came from.
Saw another splanking new shopping centre right behind Harbour City itself, along Canton Road ……
Walked around Harbour City a bit more, mainly branded stores (which I’m not interested to buy). Tried looking for another Western Cafe to get a coffee, but found none (recall there was a Greyhound Cafe somewhere at the Gateway Terminal side – facing the Star Cruise ship but the walk was so long that I gave up!) …… And so one last look at the Star Ferry pier before I left Harbour City towards my next destination – The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Avenue of Stars!
A short walk further down the Star Ferry Pier – the icnonic Clock Tower which marks the start of the my walk down the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. The odd-shaped building (which resembles a ski slope) is the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.