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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Add: 88 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2813 4467