The Curry lunch buffets of Hong Kong Island, in some kind of order of preference.
Every weekday is curry lunch day at the Conrad Hotel. The reason this is my favourite buffet is that they have a chef on continual duty making dosas.
They have a good mix of veggie and meat curries and it’s top notch food. Plus if you like dessert there is a choice of about 10.
As ever in a top hotel like The Conrad the service is very good, the only slight bother is the low tables which means that you can end up with indigestion unless you remember to sit up properly!
Price: HK$250 + 10%. Expensive but worth it.
Location: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong. Tel: 852-2521-3838
2) Khana Khazana (see here for full review)
KK does a very reasonable buffet lunch, totally veggie and usually have dosa as part of the deal. If it’s not dosa then it’s either idlis or some kind of puri. Either way, it’s nice to have something a bit different.
Price: HK$88. Super reasonable, and very tasty.
Location: 1F, Dannies House, 20 Luard Road, Wanchai. Entrance is on Jaffe Road though. Tel: 2520 5308
3) Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Wednesday is curry lunch at the Yacht Club. If you can find someone with a membership then this is very good value (ha, of course it is, the member has to pay!). Always bustling on this day and the spread is very comprehensive, although they don’t have dosa. The Yacht Club is one of the most unstuffy clubs in Hong Kong and has a lovely restaurant and terrace. Service is very good too.
Price: HK$105. Good value for the quality, service and environment.
Location: Kellet Island, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2832 2817
4) IRC – Indian Recreation Club (rather odd website…)
Most people probably know the IRC best as the location of The Tent at the Rugby Sevens. You don’t have to be a member to have lunch, you can buy vouchers at the reception on the way in.
Whilst not a buffet, I’ve included it here as it’s cheap and cheerful for lunch. If the weather isn’t too hot then sitting outside on the patio, gazing out across the grass pitches in this haven of quiet in Causeway Bay is a great way to break up a hectic day in the office. They also do a mean samosa.
Price: Lunch costs between HK$50 and $100 a head.
Location: 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po (opposite Hong Kong Stadium). Tel 2576 1673
Jashan is a bit hit and miss, but when I’ve been for lunch it’s been very good. It’s been a couple of evening meals where I’ve had some snags (uncooked meat in curries type of issues). Any Indian restaurant that doesn’t serve dosa every day immediately slips off my favourites list, but if I was in Central I’d give definitely go to Jashan for lunch once in a while. It has a wide variety of dishes, and serves various puris every day. If I didn’t have to eat in Central then I would go to one of the restaurants above.
Location: 1F, 23 Hollywood Road, Central. Tel: 3105 5300
I more often go to Tandoor for supper than lunch, and even then not very often. I’m not a fan of Central’s curry houses, preferring Wanchai and of course my fave – Southern India Club Mess in Chungking Mansions. The food is good here, I’m just not a big fan of the venue as it has too many tables for the space, especially when the customers are shuttling too and fro to the buffet.
Location: 1F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Tel: 3105 5300
7) Curry Pot
In the lunch buffet rankings, Curry Pot doesn’t stack up against the restaurants above. I find the Curry Pot’s fare more akin to British curry restaurants, i.e. a bit heavy handed.
Location: 1/F., 68-70 Lockhart Road, Wanchai. Tel: 2865 6099
As I haven’t been to Viceroy in Wanchi since it morphed into Duetto, I can’t include it here. If the chefs and the concept is the same though, it’s definitely worth a look-see, and at $88 is again very reasonable.