Brunch Around the World II: The Boathouse

On a hot summer weekend, seaside brunch is exactly what we need. And fortunate for us there are so many beautiful beaches around Hong Kong, and great restaurants along them. Stanley is probably top of the list for me. Although it is known to be a tourist magnet, it is also a culinary destination in town in its own right.

The Boathouse

We arrived in Stanley very late after falling down the Rabbithole for some quality coffee (separate post to follow), and we decided upon this light and airy restaurant on Stanley’s restaurant-packed waterfront promenade for our al fresco brunch.

The Boathouse’s seafood-focussed menu

We were seated on the (rather small) roof with amazing view over the ocean and Murray House. I always fancy a refreshing salad when it’s hot out, so I picked Seared tuna salad with apple, crispy bacon and cucumber.

Seared Tuna Salad

The lettuce, apples and tomatoes were fresh with natural sweetness, and the bacon was crispy (as suggested by the name of the dish) yet not overly salty. However, I was not a huge fan of the seared tuna which looked and tasted more like Tandoori chicken. It was, unfortunately, overcooked and stringy.

In keeping with the seafood theme, we also tried the Boston clam chowder which was rich, creamy and clamy (in a good way here).

Boston Clam Chowder

This is of the New England variation, a milk- or cream-based chowder, traditionally made with potatoes, onion, and clams. The Boathouse version did not have any potatoes in it, but otherwise fairly authentic.

Giant Clams in White Wine Garlic Cream Sauce

Originally wanted to order the Bucket of fresh seafood as the main, but they sold out of the last bucket to the table that arrived before us, so got the clams instead. Was in for a pleasant surprise. The clams were giant as shown in the photo, but it was one of the sweetest and freshest clams I have ever tried. The sauce was garlicky and creamy, but could barely taste the wine in it. The quality of the clams managed to redeem this dish on the whole.

Would be happy to come back for another al fresco brunch in this lovely 3-storey building for some solid seafood specials.

Took a stroll around Stanley after our lazy brunch and couldn’t help but feel very lucky to be living in this city. Each neighbourhood is so full of character. Here is a little snippet of what we love in Stanley.

Florist at the Stanley Market

Stanley Beach

Akita-chan taking a little dip

Perfect Day on the Beach

The Boathouse
Add: 88 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2813 4467

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About Patricia

Born in Hong Kong and studied in England for most of her life. Transplanted herself to Tokyo, New York and finally back to her root. Having treated her taste buds to the best of these continents have to offer, she has decided to invite others to join her on her gastronomic voyage. Full-time food lover, part-time cook who wants to enjoy the pleasures of life, mostly at the dining table.
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