Eddie’s – Still Clinging On…
Update 21.5.10:…or not.
A post was seen on a Lantau community page with a lot of kitchen equipment for sale very recently from Eddie’s. Maybe it’s all over. I think a case of decent food, wrong venue, wrong location. If anyone knows get in touch.
Well, Eddie’s is still hanging on there in Tong Fuk. My original review way back when I started blogging last summer provoked a tornado (i.e. windy but brief) of localised reaction, including some unrepeatable opinions which even made me blush – unfortunately for you my dear readers, I have some kind of moral conscience and so decided not to publish the comments as it would have started an even bigger s**tstorm.
Anyhew, I found myself deciding to give Eddie’s another go a few weeks back and we had a very good meal of fish and chips. Admittedly both were under-seasoned, but that’s easily corrected at table, so not a biggy. The fish was really very good. Big, luscious slabs of meaty, perfectly flaky fish, and although I’m a breaded rather than battered fan, the batter was nicely crispy and not doughy and cloying at all.
The portions were a very generous size as was the side-salad accompaniment.
The service was better if still a little amateur, but this time it was endearing and friendly rather than rude and frustrating, so that’s a step in the right direction.
I still think Eddie’s would do better business out of Tong Fuk. I think they should have grabbed the Thai restaurant’s space next to The Stoep when that came up for rent renewal a few months back. The Stoep is a dreadful restaurant and Eddie’s seafood/sustainable theme would be perfect for junk trippers and the quality starved natives of that village.
And one final point – Eddie’s you’ve got to change your website from being Flash based, and take down the notice in the news section that “due to unforeseen circumstances” you can only open on weekends for dinner. Re-brand poppet! Call Eddie’s the best Weekend Dining Retreat in Lantau. You could claim that like many Lantau residents you go there at weekends to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and your stressful weekday job… Positives chaps, not negatives, (I don’t know why I feel it necessary to give you advice, but I just think you are still getting this thing wrong).
Your site architecture at the moment means that search engines can’t find you. If I were you, I’d use WordPress, Joomla or Expression Engine to host your website – free, and so easy to use that you don’t need to pay anyone for design and developing. That way, my reviews won’t come so close to the top of the searches, which I’m sure would be a great relief!
Location: 17B Tong Fuk Village, South Lantau, Hong Kong. Tel: 2980- 2636