The Stoep, Lantau – In need of a menu and attitude overhaul
Right, so The Stoep used to be a another stalwart of the Lantau dining scene, a real gem, but over the last few years it’s gone really down hill. They never have any specials, and they haven’t changed the menu in the 9 years I’ve been in Hong Kong. How lazy is that?
Perhaps because of this, the service has also become incredibly slack. It may be different at weekends when the junks come, but a restaurant on Lantau really survives on the locals turning up during the slow weeknights, and the service is pretty rubbish.
Blessed by a lovely beach-front location and an established reputation, you would think that the latest management team would be all over this opportunity, but unfortunately not.
Food: South African BBQ. Steaks nowhere near as good as they used to be, chips, salad, kebabs, chicken – you get the picture. They do make a lovely seed bread though…
Drinks: Decent wine list.
Ambience: Can be rammed with junk trippers and families at the weekend, so very informal, beachwear and flips styley. During the week it’s usually dead, and would suggest asking them to put a table on the beach with candles and mozzie coils which creates a really lovely desert island vibe.
Service: Can be slow and fraught at weekends. Weeknights be prepared for your hosts to sit at a table and just call them over when you need something, best summed up as disinterested.
Price: Soho prices and the quality of the ingredients really doesn’t deserve the pricing.
Location: Lower Cheung Sha on the beach, 10 mins from Mui Wo by Taxi and 15 from Tung Chung, all the taxi drivers know it by name. Make sure your junk has a tender if you don’t want to swim as there is no jetty. Tel: 2980 2699
Open: Tues through Sunday, lunch all the way through dinner.
The Stoep is well past its sell-by date and is in desperate need of an attitude and menu overhaul. Place could be really good again, but is frankly disappointing.