Being a huge seafood lover, I had to do some digging on where to get me some fresh seafood. The times where you try to locate Fisherman’s Wharf when you’re overseas. But no, here in Hong Kong, Sai Kung Promenade is the place for seafood. It is far off from the city area, but if you have time to spare, travel to Sai Kung (Choi Hung MTR –> Exit C1 –> Minibus 1A) for its seafood dedication. Loaf On, is the only restaurant in Sai Kung to be awarded with the Michelin Star. Therefore, don’t be fooled into its competitors who are located along the promenade. This featured Guangdong Seafood Restaurant is hidden at the end of the stretch along See Cheung Street (facing the water, walk right until you hit the sign ‘Seafood Street’, the road on the right of it is See Cheung Street). It is advisable to make a reservation (through your hotel, if needed) before heading down, depending on the time / day that you’ve planned for it. We had it on a mid-week, for lunch. So it wasn’t bad, but was already partially filled. So you can only imagine it on a weekend, dinner.
It is a 3-storey shop house. We were ushered to the highest level. No view, no, it was facing the opposite shop house. Service was prompt though. And the interior was comfortable and spacious enough.
Since it is a Seafood-oriented restaurant, you can expect a lot of the prices to be at ‘market value’. And also because of its style, there are many other ways that the particular seafood can be prepared, other than the ones stated in the menu. We were fortunate to have a waitperson who was knowledgeable and very helpful. We were sure we wanted prawns and crabs, so communication was easier. Prices are listed per ‘jin’. 1 jin = 0.5 kg. Not only do they know the prices off the top of their head, they also have the estimation of how much is needed for your party of people, which was really useful for us. Charges apply for preparation for each seafood dish. The prices are listed on another separate menu. So if you’re doing some calculation on your budget, do remember to include that in.
Crispy Salt & Pepper Tofu (HKD88) :: If you want to take it literally, the direct translation for the name of the dish is ‘amazingly crispy tofu‘. We were laughing about it before the dish was served, but man, I’m telling you, it was no joke. Okay, it was that crispy, because what would the tofu taste like, right. But its salted and peppered golden crust was, to die for. It was naturally addictive, and we each had our share, willingly, and cleanly. Well, for about SGD14, this dish is a steal.
Peppered Clams (HKD128) :: To me, this is the most value for money item. The clams are nothing like the ones I’ve had. The small, pathetic-looking clams that seems to be suffocating in its shells. That wasn’t the case for these clams. These clams, are some luxurious clams, who had probably snacked all day before it was caught and cooked, because they are so meaty. Oh yes, I just used meaty to describe clam meats. You can actually feel the bite on it, and the juices squirting out of it. Best clams yet.
The seafood was fresh, needless to say. We paid HKD765 (about SGD125) for the above two items. I thought it was reasonable, considering the portions was for a party of four. Preparation fee was HKD74 for each of the two dishes. The former was well-marinated, and actually had meat, notwithstanding that it looks choked full of only bones and crisps. The latter was slightly disappointing. I thought it was a little over-cooked, so the meat was a little hard. Other than that, it was quite a satisfying meal, and half the crab per person was orgasmic enough.
Tea + Water + Towels amounted to HKD10 per person. It was surprisingly cheap on that part.
Service was better than the usual ones we got in Hong Kong (no offence, but service can, at most times, be worse than that of Singapore’s). Plates were replaced whenever necessary. It was quite a conducive environment all in all, for a relaxed, air-conditioned, meal of seafood.
Address: Sai Cheung Street, Sai Kung Promenade
Telephone: +852 2792 9966
Opening Hours: 11am – 10.30pm