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Old 15-03-2007, 08:25 PM   #1180
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Best Steaks: Juicy U.S. prime Midwestern beef, broiled to perfection, is the forte of American chain Ruth's Chris Steak House, 68 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East (tel. 852/2366 6000) and 89 Queensway, Central (tel. 852/2522 9090), along with side dishes of mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, and Caesar salad. This place is guaranteed to satisfy the cravings of the most dedicated carnivore.

Best Burgers and Beer: Dan Ryan's Chicago Grill, with two locations both sides of the harbor at 88 Queensway, Central (tel. 852/2845 4600), and Ocean Terminal (tel. 852/2735 6111), offers casual dining, good burgers (and other good American food), and drinks throughout the day; its Kowloon branch even provides a view of the busy harbor.

Best Pizza: Located in Hong Kong's prime nightlife district, Baci Pizza, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central (tel. 852/2840 0153), is a small casual pizzeria offering delicious, wafer-thin pizzas at reasonable prices, as well as pastas.

Best Outdoor Dining: Atop Victoria Peak, away from the constant drone of Hong Kong's traffic, is the delightful Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Rd., Victoria Peak (tel. 852/2849 1000), which serves international cuisine. From an outdoor terrace surrounded by lush foliage, you can actually hear the birds sing. Some tables provide views of Hong Kong Island's southern coast. Musicians entertain nightly with oldies but goldies.

Best for Families: Mövenpick Marché, Peak Tower, Victoria Peak (tel. 852/2849 2000), is a cafeteria offering something for everyone (pizza and pasta for the kids, international fare and drinks for the parents), along with great views of Hong Kong. It's also one of the few restaurants that actually acknowledge the existence of kids, with a children's corner complete with a toddler slide, toys, crayons, and other diversions. For older kids, there's a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Madame Tussaud's, and a motion-simulation theater in the same building on the Peak.

Best Place to Chill Out: If the stress of travel and the noise and crowds of Hong Kong have pushed you to the breaking point, take a ferry to one of the open-air seafood restaurants on the waterfront of Sok Kwu Wan village on Lamma island, where you can dine on fresh seafood, drink a beer or two, and regain perspective. For even more relaxation, hike to one of the island's beaches.

Best Afternoon Tea: For that most British institution, no place is more famous than the golden-age and unparalleled Peninsula Hotel Lobby, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (tel. 852/2920 2888), where you can nibble on delicate finger sandwiches and scones, watch the parade of people, and listen to live classical music being played from an upstairs balcony.

Best Sunday Brunch: You'll be spoiled forever -- or at least for the rest of the day -- if you begin Sunday morning at The Verandah, 109 Repulse Bay Rd., Repulse Bay (tel. 852/2812 2722), complete with a three-piece band. Wonderfully reminiscent of the colonial era, it features Hong Kong's most famous Sunday spread, with main courses like eggs Benedict from a menu, a carving of the day, pasta cooked to order, sushi, dim sum, and more. If ever there were a place that inspired champagne for breakfast, this is it.

Best Desserts: I was born without a sweet tooth, but even I was tempted when the dessert cart was wheeled out at the end of a memorable dinner at Sabatini, Royal Garden hotel, 69 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East (tel. 852/2733 2000). The sinfully rich creations were all lovingly described and looked equally delicious. In the end, I went for the tiramisu, and I can't imagine the meal without it.
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